Thursday, November 10, 2016

Pioneer Valley Theatre News November 10, 2016

Pioneer Valley Theatre Newsletter
View this email in your browser

 November 10 - 30, 2016

Hi, all. I don't have much to say, except: keep making art. Let's collaborate and pull each other up. Let's tell stories and explore and experiment. This is why we make theatre. Let's make each other think and give each other joy.

The Academy of Music has open auditions for the Spring production of Carol Carpenter's Sweet, Sweet Spirit this coming Monday, November 14th. It's a beautiful space to work in, and I'm stage managing! 
Auditions are also coming up this weekend for the first spring show at Smith, Tigers Be Still by Kim Rosenstock. 

And tonight at 7:00 PM - come learn about the restoration of Easthampton's Old Town Hall into a multi-use performance space.

The next issue will include events through December 7. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at

Submit Your Theatre Event
from Howlround
Guns Onstage are a Model for Guns Offstage

by Charlotte M. Canning
From the article: 

If we told artists they could not have guns onstage or in movies, they would be furious at such an egregious suppression of the freedom of speech and expression. Imagine Annie Get Your Gun without guns. How would Annie come to the realization, “You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun,” as she sings in Act I? In Chicago, Roxie Hart can’t reinvent her story if she can’t show how “We Both Reached for the Gun.” Playwrights as diverse as Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Miller, and Suzan-Lori Parks all include guns onstage. Guns have a place onstage and in the movies without a doubt; however, the performance industry strictly regulates firearms.

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
Smith College Department of Theatre New Playreading Series presents:

by Sabrina Brier, directed by Siobhan McManamon

Thursday, November 10 at 4:00 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College

Bubbie is on her death bed in her cold, middle-of-nowhere home in Montana. The grandkids have made their way over to her from their busy city lives, each with a plan in mind: to bury a secret, to ex-communicate a sibling, and to score a big Hollywood break. 

Free and open to the public.
The Mount Holyoke College Department of Theatre Arts presents Lynn Nottage’s INTIMATE APPAREL
November 10-12 at 7:30 PM,
November 13 at 2:00 PM
Rooke Theatre, Mount Holyoke College

Directed by visiting Hampshire College Professor of Humanities and Arts Natalie Sowell, the play profoundly explores race, class, and gender through the life of a New York City seamstress at the turn of the century. The production includes set design by the department’s technical director, Shawn Hill, costume design by Phuong Nguyen ’17, and lighting and sound design by Lara Dubin.

Turn of the century NYC - Esther, an African American seamstress, lives in a rooming house creating lingerie for her clients while longing for a better life. Amidst society's manifold norms and -isms, desires of the heart are as complicated as Esther's exquisite corsets.

For reservations:  (413) 538-2406 or email:

Reserved tickets must be picked up ½ hour prior to the performance.

Tickets: $7 general | $4 students and senior citizens

More information online.
Bay Path University presents Mary Poppins
Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 pm
Friday, November 11 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 12 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 pm
Mills Theatre (Carr Hall)

She’s practically perfect in every way! This fall, Mary Poppins flies over the rooftops of London and onto the Bay Path stage in the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical event of the season. The heartwarming tale, based on the beloved books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, has captivated audiences for generations, and now the enchanting story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking production numbers, and astonishing stagecraft are poised to dazzle and delight theatergoers of all ages again, like never before. Come believe in the magic and discover an irresistible world where anything can happen if you let it!

Following the performance, there will be a meet and greet with each of the characters.

2 Hours and 30 Minutes (includes one intermission)

Adults: $12.00
Senior Citizens: $8.00
Children (up to age 18): $5.00
Family Bundle (2 Adults and 2 Children): $30.00 (with code "FamilyBundle")
College Students with ID: Free

But tickets online or visit/call the Student Information Desk (413) 565 – 1307.

Mary Poppins’ Magical Craftiscal Emporium | Mrs. Corry’s Perfectionary Confectionary

Step right up and step in time to the jolliest pre-show holiday in town! Pop by up to one hour before each performance to create your own kite, color in your favorite characters, build a bird feeder and hear an abridged retelling of this whimsical Walt Disney tale. Be sure to visit Mrs. Corry’s Perfectionary Confectionary for show-related treats!
The Majestic Theater presents Love, Loss, & What I Wore
by Nora and Delia Ephron
West Springfield
November 10 through December 11

Winner of a Drama Desk Award, “Love, Loss, & What I Wore” features female characters, some in multiple roles, who tell stories about what certain clothes really mean to them, and those moments when they have tried to find their identity through them. There are tales of wardrobe malfunctions, first date outfits, lucky underwear, prom dresses, favorite boots, irreplaceable shirts, dressing room experiences and the occasional disorganized purse. Behind these stories are also memories of mothers, boyfriends, husbands, ex-husbands, sisters and grandchildren, and matters of the heart.

Cast members include Jarice Hanson (Gingy), Cate Damon (Gingy's mother, Holly, Liz, Eve, Geralyn), Alexandra O'Halloran (Nancy, Stephanie, Liz's older sister, Mary's mother, Lisa), Kyle Boatright (Alex, Merrill, Liz's younger sister, Heather), Susanna Apgar (Rosie, Lynne, Dora, Doctor), Kait Rankins (Nancy's mother, Pam, Mary, Amanda), Jen Wall (Nora, Woman) and Katie Sloan (Nancy, Alex's mother, Annie, Eve's shrink).

The play is directed by Sue Dziura, set design is by Greg Trochlil, and costume design is by Dawn McKay. Dan Rist is lighting designer, Stephen Petit is production stage manager and the associate production stage manager is Aurora Ferraro. Danny Eaton is producing director.

Ticket for the play range from $25-$33 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.
The Drama Studio presents
November 11 and 12 at 7:30 PM, November 13 at 6:30 PM
The Drama Studio, Springfield

Inspired by the style and music of the late rock legend, Prince, director Dan Morbyrneʼs production features an ensemble of eight young women and a frenzy of dance, swordplay, passion, poetry, whimsy, angst, and love.  One weekend only!

Recommended for ages twelve and over. More information online.
Valley Light Opera presents
Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore

Academy of Music in Northampton, MA
Friday and Saturday nights November 11, 12, 18 & 19th at 7:30PM and Sundays November 13 and 20th at 2:00PM.
Friday November 11th is a paid dress with 10 dollar tickets at the door, and there is a pre-show talk and discussion at 1PM before each of the matinees featuring VLO co-founder Michael Greenebaum.

While not always among the best known of the Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas, Ruddigore is considered a favorite of many G&S aficionados and novices alike due to its beautiful score, macabre plot, arguably the best patter song in the canon and its lively, creative staging, period costumes and high melodrama. Ruddigore also features the often imitated, show-stopping chorus of ghostly ancestors emerging from their portraits as the original walking dead! A classic story of curses, crime, flirtation, and madness, Ruddigore is a parody of Melodrama and Horror - two of the major literary and theatrical movements of their time. As always, Valley Light Opera productions feature a large cast, full orchestra, elaborate sets, lavish period costumes, and lots of fun and humor! 

Facebook event here. Tickets here.
J-ART at the Springfield JCC presents You're A Good Man Charlie Brown
Saturday, November 12 at 8:00pm 
Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 and 7:00pm
Herbert M. Goldstein Auditorium, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA

J-ART kicks off our 2016-2017 season with everybody's favorite Peanuts! Based on the classic comic strip, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown brings your favorite characters to the stage and tells many different stories about the lives of these 5 year olds!

Children under 12: $12
Adults: $18
Patron Reserved Seating: $25
For tickets call: (413) 739-4715
or go online.

Charlie Brown: Peter Vaiknoras
Lucy van Pelt: Emily Weber
Snoopy: Nichole Hines
Sally Brown: Emma Redman
Schroeder: Bryce Porter
Linus van Pelt: Connor McDowell
Peppermint Patty: Mo Ronan 
Pig Pen: Daniel Madden
Woodstock: Robbie Coolong

Director: Kevin Lempke
Music Director: Michael Falcetti
Choreographer: Nichole Hines
Stage Manager: Mackenzie Sullivan 
Assistant Stage Manager: Sydney Goodman
Costumer: Stephanie Norman
Lighting Design: Joey Grabowski
Producer: Becca Coolong
Happier Valley Comedy Show Monthly Show 
Saturday November 12th
Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street,
Easthampton MA 01027) at 8:00pm. (Doors open at 7:30pm.)
Tickets $13 at the door and $10 in advance online. For show info email

Facebook event here.
More Improv, More Better Jam & Showcase:
Open improv jam for everyone and anyone to play and watch improv games lead by Happier Valley Comedy friends. Plus a showcase set featuring an up-and-coming improv team. 

Saturday, November 12th 
NEW LOCATION: 121 Club, Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton MA 01027)at10-11pm. (Directly following the Happier Valley Comedy Show.) Free show (one drink minimum.)

For more info visit the website or send an email.

Facebook event here.
Easthampton High School presents The Wizard of Oz
Nov 17 @ 6pm,
Nov 18 & 19 @ 7pm, 
Nov 20 @ 2 pm
70 Williston Avenue, Easthampton, MA

For reservations call: 413-527-1163. Tickets are $12 for Adults and $8 for Students/Seniors
Black Cat Theater is delighted to present: Oliver!
directed by Emily MacLeod, with musical direction by Dick Matteson.

Come to South Hadley High School, November 17th through 20th, and get to know sweet Oliver, clever Artful Dodger, courageous Nancy, frightening Bill Sikes, itchy fingered Fagin, and more!

Thursday, November 17 at 7:00pm
Friday, November 18 at 7:00pm
Saturday, November 19 at 7:00pm 
Sunday, November 20 at 2:00pm

General Admission - $15
Seniors/Students - $12
Military / Veterans / First Responders (with ID) - Free
Girl/Boy scouts who come in uniform (with an adult) - Free with the donation of a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry

You can reserve tickets to any of the performances by emailing or by calling (413) 563-6023.

Facebook event here.
St. Michael's Players presents Beauty and the Beast
Nov. 17-19 @ 7 p.m. and Nov. 20 @ 2 p.m.
St. Michael's Community Center 53 Somers Rd. E. Longmeadow, MA

St. Michael's Players is a Community Theater group committed to providing quality theater with a family atmosphere!  Come "Be Our Guest" at our performances of "Beauty and the Beast"!  Fun for all ages!

More information

Springfield Commonwealth Academy Theater Program Presents: 

Student Experimental Theater Project

Witness the amazing stories from our students and learn how the school rose up from the rubber after the tornado of June 2011. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

November 18th at 7pm
November 19th at 2pm and 7pm

Springfield Commonwealth Academy Auditorium
1 Ames Hill Drive Springfield, MA 01105

Happier FAMILY Comedy Show:
Monthly improv comedy show for the whole family.
Best for 5-12 year olds and their adults. 
Saturday, November 19th at 4pm. 
Located at Eastworks' Community Room (Suite 160) 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton.

Tickets at the door: $10/Adults, $5/Kids (3 yrs and under free), $30/Family Max.
Purchase tickets online or at the door (*cash or check only at the door please*) For more info visit

Facebook event here.

Academy of Music History Tour


Did you know that a trap door was once cut into the stage at the Academy of Music in Northampton for Harry Houdini’s disappearing act? Or that Frankenstein’s monster himself, Boris Karloff, appeared at the 123-year-old theater? And, come see the recently discovered and conserved 1913 Tuttle scenic curtain to learn more during a history tour led by Academy Board Member Gail Yacuzzo.

November 29, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. 584-9032, ext. 105.

UMass Amherst Department of Theatre presents REFUGEE

Written by Milan Dragicevich
With music by Tim Eriksen
Directed by Nikita Milivojević
Curtain Theater
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, Half-Price Preview at 7:30 pm
Friday, December 2, 2016, Opening Night at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 8, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm
Friday, December 9, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016, Performance at 2 pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm

Buy tickets

Two sisters gaze across an endless stretch of barren desert at the El Shatt refugee camp, while a war rages across Europe.  In the hollows of southern Appalachia, an idealistic guitar-strumming activist fights to preserve a way of life. On the streets of embattled Belgrade, a hustler struggles to survive in the underground markets of a desperate people.  What binds them together?  Where is home?  When we cross borders, what do we become?  This new play with music jumps across time and place, with a multigenerational story of displacement, capricious destiny, and the search for identity.


Easthampton Old Town Hall Restoration Phase 3

CitySpace, the nonprofit organization that manages Easthampton’s old Town Hall, will hold a public presentation of the design for “Phase 3, old Town Hall Restoration, The Big One” at 7p.m. in Flywheel Arts Collective, at 43 Main Street Easthampton on Thursday, November 10, 2016. Architects Kuhn Riddle Architects will present their proposal and attendees will have the opportunity to meet CitySpace members. This event is free and open to the public. No tickets necessary. Refreshments will be provided by Galaxy

More information:

CitySpace’s goal is to create a multi-use 250-seat performance space that will be available for use by the community for performances and events. The second floor grand hall requires installation of an elevator to make it ADA compliant and accessible to the public. Kuhn Riddle has created an extensive design that includes design of the elevator, entry, office, storage, and performance space. Come check it out, ask questions and learn about your historic gem in Easthampton's center.
The New England New Play Alliance publishes a free weekly online newsletter with information about readings and full performances of new plays throughout New England. You can keep up to date with the latest shows and trends by subscribing.
Join us, November 12th 
Registration & Intro Workshop for Annie Jr & Les Miserables School Edition Starlight's Youth Theatre
rehearsing at 
Maple Ridge Community Center 659 Amherst Rd. Sunderland, MA 01375

9-10am: Annie Jr. Grades 1-6

Register and pick up your materials** for the show to start preparing these awesome songs!!! **At least a deposit must be made to receive materials**

At the Workshop you will learn the song and movement to “Hard Knock Life” with Dan Mashia (music director) and Cyn Strycharz (director). 

10-11am: Les Miserables, School Edition Grades 7-12

Register and pick up materials** for the show to start preparing these awesome songs!!! **At least a deposit must be made to receive materials**

**If you are unable to attend this event you can still participate in these amazing shows!! Register at our website on or before Nov 12. to reserve your spot and receive a discount!!!*****

At the Workshop, learn the song and movement to “One Day More” with Dan Mashia (music director) and Cyn Strycharz (director), and Sara Holmes (vocal coach). Here’s a little taste-  

Learn about the multiple supporting characters in this amazing show!! It will be a great time to meet other cast members and begin the fun!!!


Smith College Department of Theatre presents Auditions for 

Tigers Be Still
by Kim Rosenstock
directed by Megumi Lee '17
Auditions: November 13 and 14,  7-10 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre
Callbacks: November 16, 7-10 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

TIGERS BE STILL is a comedy that follows the misadventures of Sherry Wickman, a young woman who has recently earned her masters degree in art therapy only to find herself moving back home with her family, sending out countless résumés and waiting for the job offer that never comes. Unemployed and overwhelmed, Sherry retreats to her childhood bed and remains there until an unexpected employment opportunity gives her a renewed sense of purpose and hope. 

Perusal scripts available in Josten Library. No appointment necessary, sides will be available to read. 

Performances: February 26, 27, March 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 PM, Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. 
Facebook event here.

Auditions for Sweet Sweet Spirit
by Carol Carpenter

Academy of Music Theatre
November 14, 7-10:30 PM
Callbacks November 16, 7-10 PM

Academy of Music Theatre is holding open auditions for a new work by Carol Carpenter, entitled “Sweet, Sweet Spirit,” to be staged March 24th and 25th 2017, and directed Sheila Siragusa. 

The play follows a conservative evangelical West Texas family as they struggle to cope with the reality that their teenage boy (Tyler) is gay, and had been beaten into a coma by his own father. This play raises issues around the complexities of faith, culture, family and community in a rapidly changing world, so relevant to today.

Please bring contemporary monologue, less than 2 minutes, or we will provide material to read cold. Please prepare West Texas dialect. The monologue does not need to be in West Texas dialect. Upon arrival, please enter through the portico door on South Street.

The play is One Act 90 minutes with 3 Females (2 females 36-39 years of age, 1 senior) and 2 Males (1 male 39 years of age, 1 grown man of unidentified age)

Call backs November 16th.
For further questions, please contact Debra J’Anthony at 413.584.9032 x102
Facebook event here.

Looking for a actress, actor  and/or  comedian to co host a podcast focusing on a satirical look at entertainment and pop culture.  Must be comfortable on a microphone. Up on and interested in entertainment and pop culture. Have a good sense of humor with the right amount of sarcasm and snark.  If you think think this may be perfect for you, email Lorraine
Playwriting & Screenwriting Consulting

Individual consulting with playwright & screenwriter ROSE MARTULA to provide feedback or assist in editing scripts: PLAYS, FULL-LENGTH FEATURES, SHORTS, TV PILOTS or WEB SERIES. In whatever stage. I'm here to honor your vision, not alter. Let's do this!

Contact Rose.
Double Edge Theatre presents The Winter Intensive
January 1-7, 2017

The Winter Intensive is an explosive dive into Double Edge's training process. We’ll work daily from morning until night, both in Double Edge's indoor training spaces and outside in the fields. Layering our physical training practice with music, design, dramaturgy, large object work and individual and group research, intensives are a full-body experience of our multidisciplinary creative process. We explore the dialogue between individual process and group training and creation. The intensives are open to participants of all levels of experience and are ideal for pushing the boundaries of your physicality, creativity, and imagination!

For more information, call Travis: 413.628.0277 or email
More information online.
Copyright © *|CURRENT_YEAR|* *|LIST:COMPANY|*, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 


No comments:

Post a Comment