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Pioneer Valley Theatre News May 5, 2016

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  May 5-25, 2016

New Century Theatre is still accepting intern and apprentice applications for this summer! See below for more information or email me if you have any questions. 

Congratulations to everyone for their Valley Gives Day success - but don't forget that our favorite theatres happily accept donations year round. Support the arts! 

Looking for something fun? Check out this site. Pick a country and a decade and listen to the playlist - perhaps while you read a play set in that place and time. 

The next issue will include events through June 1. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before next Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at

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from Howlround
Ensemble Creation: The Director's Roles
by Ben Yalom
From the article: 

“I am going to have lots of time for you all to be creative and give input. But I am also going to do my work.”

So said the director at the first cast meeting for a production by foolsFURY, the San Francisco-based ensemble of which I am co-artistic director, some years ago. The statement set off a faint alarm bell: I knew something was off, but I couldn’t put words to it. Certainly we want performers in a collaborative process to offer their best creative ideas. And certainly the director must do important work throughout. So what was the problem? Figuring it out made me think long and hard about how directing collaborative creations can differ from more traditional directing.

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
College Theater Workshop
Seven Shorts

May 5 at 11:00 AM
May 6 and 7 at 7:00 PM
Scibelli Theater, Scibelli Hall,
Springfield Technical Community College

An electic collection of ten-minutes that examine relationships, love and life itself. Playwrights include Carole Real, Humana Festival winner Rachel Bonds, and Pulitzter Prize winner David Lindsay Abaire.
Tickets are $10 General, and $5 Students and Seniors. Call Phil O'Donoghue, 413-755-4233 for more information.

Facebook event
The Majestic Theater presents BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO
May 5-22 
West Springfield

The musical, which features the music of Neil Sedaka, is set during Labor Day Weekend in 1960 and features Marge and her stagestruck best friend Lois, who arrive at Esther’s Paradise Resort in the Catskills. Marge has just been left at the altar, and has decided to turn what would have been her honeymoon into a vacation with Lois. Romantic schemes and entanglements involve the pair along with several other characters, including Del Delmonaco, the resort’s handsome singer, Gabe, a geekish handyman, Harvey, the Borscht Belt comic and the widowed Esther.

Cast members include Elizabeth Swan (Marge), Alexandra O’Halloran (Lois), Robbie Simpson (Del Delmonaco), Denise Walker (Esther) and Frank Aronson (Harvey). The play will be directed by the Majestic’s Producing Director Danny Eaton. Mitch Chakour is the music director, and set design is by Greg Trochlil.

Ticket for the play range from $25-$30 and are available by calling or visiting the box office during its hours of operation, which are Monday through Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm.  More information
Exit 7 Players presents URINETOWN: The Musical
May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, & 21 @ 8pm, May 15 & 22 @ 2pm
Exit 7 Players Theater, 37 Chestnut St., Ludlow, MA

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

More information online.
Amherst College Department of Theatre presents Seven Devils and A French Nun
By Ron Bashford and
Carine Montbertrand
Directed by Ron Bashford
May 6-7 at 8PM, May 8, 2PM,
Studio 3, Webster Hall
Admission is free
Reservations recommended 

(413) 542-2277
Professional actor and Bouffon-clown performer Carine Montbertrand teams up with director Ron Bashford to present their original one-woman show, Seven Devils and a French Nun. Admission is free, but seating is extremely limited and reservations are highly recommended.  

Seven Devils and a French Nun is based on the true story of Jeanne des Anges, the 17th-century hunchback nun who accused a renegade priest of possessing her with seven devils.   Multiple exorcisms, a burning, and a major miracle later, Jeanne became a living saint, captivating all of France during her lifetime.  Performing in the tradition of a Bouffon clown (a technique made famous by Sasha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” character), Carine Montbertrand portrays Jeanne and each of the devils who possessed her in a 75-minute bravura performance.  The show was co-created and co-written with director Ron Bashford through a two-year process of improvisation and research.   Seven Devils and a French Nun was first presented last summer in a workshop version at the Barn Arts Collective in Bass Harbor, Maine, and then again recently at Cloud City in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Before the Amherst run, Ms. Montbertrand will perform an excerpt of the show at Dixon Place in New York City.  Future plans include a run at the Stella Adler Studios in New York this summer, and an eventual tour of international festivals dedicated to presenting new work.

Lighting for show will be designed by Kathy Couch, the resident lighting designer at Amherst College.  The creation and presentation of Seven Devils and A French Nun has been supported by the H. Axel Schupf ’57 Fund for Intellectual Life, and the Theater and Dance Department at Amherst College.

For more information about Seven Devils and A French Nun and other arts events on the Amherst College campus, go to, and
The Majestic Theater presents The Majesters Improv Comedy
May 10 and June 7 at 7:00 PM
The Majestic Theatre, 131 Elm St. West Springfield, MA

An evening of musical improv comedy featuring the valley's best spontaneous comics.

Tickets for the Majesters shows will be $7 and sold at the door only the night of each show. The troupe takes suggestions and inspiration from audience members. Seating is general admission.

More info 
Starlight’s Youth Theatre invites you to take a journey with them Into The Woods   
May 13 at 7 p.m.; May 14 at 2p.m. and 7 p.m.; and May 15 at 2 p.m.
Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton

The success of Disney’s Into The Woods movie starring Meryl Streep has energized this local musical theater group to present the original Tony-Award-winning Broadway musical version by Stephen Sondheim and you can see it will come alive on the Academy of Music stage. This musical brings favorite fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk to life; they set off to make their wishes come true but soon learn to be careful what they wish for as witches, giants and wolves loom.  

Tickets are $10 for children/seniors and $14 for adults and are available at the Academy of Music Box Office or
Unity House players presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and
Lyrics by Tim Rice
May 13, 14, 20, & 21 at 7:30 pm
May 15 & 22 at 2:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield, 245 Porter Lake Dr., Springfield MA 01106

Calling all dreamers!  

General Admission: $18
Students/Seniors: $15

Director/Choreographer: Kathleen Delaney
Music Director: Elisabeth Weber

For more info visit us on Facebook at Unity House Players;
Email or Call: 413-739-2324
Happier Valley Comedy presents the Happier Valley Comedy Show
Saturday, May 14th at 8pm
doors open at 7 
Arts Block Cafe
189 Main St., Greenfield, MA
Tickets available online
and at the door: $13

This month, The Ha-Ha's are joined by our special local friends GerryNuggeT, a two-person improv group featuring Mosie McNally and Kristina Smarz and THE HA-HA'S will perform "Shrink: Where Freud Meets Funny"

More information
J-ART at the JCC presents
J-ART Youth

May 19 at 6:00 PM,
May 22 at 11:30am and 3:00pm;
May 23 at 6:00pm
Springfield JCC: 1160 Dickinson St, Springfield, Massachusetts 01108

Come Into The Woods with J-ART Youth Theater, directed by Tony Jones.

More information on Facebook

For tickets call 413-739-4715
Children under 12: $5
Adults: $10 
Reserved Patron Seating: $20
Happier Valley Comedy presents the Happier Family Comedy Show
Saturday, May 21 at 4:00 PM
121 Club at Eastworks 

Funny for the whole family (and perfect for kids 5-12 and their adults)! Get your family-friendly funnies in this totally interactive, high energy improv comedy show on the third Saturday of every month. 

Facebook event here.

Answers to your FAQs:
IS THIS SHOW FAMILY FRIENDLY? Um, yeah! By its very definition and design. This show is rated G. We think it's most appropriate for kids 5-12, but everyone is welcome.

WHAT MAKES A FAMILY? Love makes a family. You don't need to be related to come to the family show. You don't even need to be a kid! 

WHAT IF I GET THIRSTY DURING THE SHOW? Little kid and "big kid" drinks are available for purchase before the show.

WHAT IS THE FAMILY MAX TICKET THING? It's our immediate family discount. So you pay only $20 max for an immediate family circle. But our tickets are super reasonable anyway: Kids are only $5. Their adults are $10.
The Northampton Arts Council has set a May 15th deadline for applications from organizations, schools and individuals for grants that support cultural activities in the community.
The online application form is now open and available here.
The application process will be online only. Please do not submit paper applications.

These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds, including exhibits, writings, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.

The Northampton Arts Council is a unique Local Cultural Council in that it offers a second round of grants every spring with money raised through annual events like Transperformance and the Four Sundays in February Series. 

Funds will be available in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Schools, Theater, and Visual Arts. Last spring, the Council awarded $15,000 to 23 recipients with grants ranging from $250-$1500. 

Projects must start no earlier than July 1, 2016, and must be completed by June 30, 2017. ArtsEZ grants are reimbursed to the recipient after the completion of the project.

More info here.
TheatreTruck hosts a roving Meet & Greet for The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Community
Tuesday, May 17
Northampton Brewery in the bar area

Join us in Northampton! It's "
community pint night" at the Brewery, so we've decided to plan our meet up around a good cause this month!

Please help spread the word and add your company members and colleagues to the guest list.

A casual night out of chatting and networking. What is the most pressing issue facing Pioneer Valley performing artists? American artists? Come talk about it. Grab a drink, say hello, talk up your latest project. We hope to see you there. 
Audition for the J-ART 2016 Summer Series: J-ART Sings
May 23
Springfield JCC: 1160 Dickinson St, Springfield, Massachusetts 01108

We're holding auditions for our annual summer series fundraiser performances! This summer, we’re holding two cafĂ©-style revue performances of “J-ART Sings.” Performers of all genders, ages 15 and up are welcome.

Use this link to sing up for an audition slot. Slot times are 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Performance Dates:
J-ART Sings: Women Who Rock – Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m.
J-ART Sings: Favorite Animated Classics – Sunday, August 28 at 12:00 p.m.

Audition Info:
Please prepare 32 bars of a song in the genre(s) you will be auditioning for. Either bring a CD or be prepared to sing a capella.
Performers must be available on 7/18 & 7/19 for “Women Who Rock” and 8/25 & 8/28 for “Favorite Animated Classics."
All participants have a $50 ad sale requirement

Facebook event here.
Summer Internships and Apprenticeships with New Century Theatre
Season: May 31-August 6

New Century Theatre’s Internship Program is a full-time summer experience meant for motivated individuals who are looking to bridge the gap between their academic experience and a career in theatre. Our interns are vital members of this small professional theatre, working alongside a dedicated company of artists, administrators, technicians and designers. Interns will gain practical experience, knowledge and industry contacts. New Century Theatre encourages interns to learn the basics behind all areas of theatrical production by varying intern assignments throughout the ten-week program.

The apprenticeship program at New Century Theatre is a part-time summer program for local high school students. Apprentices may work backstage, assist in the creation of props and costumes, and run the light board for our NCT Kids productions. Apprentices interested in lighting, costumes and set design may also have the opportunity to help with our mainstage New Century Theatre shows.

More information and applications available online.
Have a class, workshop, audition or event coming up? Submit it today! 
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