Thursday, December 8, 2016

Pioneer Valley Theatre News December 8, 2016

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December 8-28, 2016

Easthampton City Arts+ presents STRUT tonight - you don't want to miss this fabulous inclusive fashion show and dance party. It's like no other event in the Valley - and your ticket price goes directly to supporting arts programming and artists in Easthampton. You can get your tickets at the door tonight - just head to Eastworks for 6:30 PM. Check out this article about all the outfits the amazing Cassandra Holden is putting together!

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from Howlround
Theatre and Meaning at Kakuma Refugee Camp

by Jessica Bauman
From the article: 

For almost two years, I have been working on a refugee-related theatre project: a production of As You Like It as a refugee story. Over the course of that work, I have connected with many refugees and asylees who now live in New York. But at a certain point, it became clear to me that in order to truly grasp the story I am trying to tell, I needed to leave the country to see how refugees are living before they get resettled. After many months searching for opportunities, I connected with Film Aid International, a film/arts focused NGO. And so in early May 2016, I found myself in Kakuma Refugee Camp in the northwest corner of Kenya, preparing to teach a workshop to forty refugee theatre artists.

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Easthampton City Arts+ presents Light Up the Arts

WHEN: Thursday December 8, 6:30-10pm
WHERE: The Ballroom at Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street in Easthampton
TICKETS: Sliding scale starting at $15 / $8 student rate / Purchase tickets here

Join us for a fun and celebratory evening featuring a fashion show of local artisans and designers, an awards show, and a room filled with artists and makers from throughout the Valley. Guests will enjoy hand crafted beverages from local breweries and wineries along with light hors d’oeuvres to fuel this spirited celebration in support of arts and culture in Easthampton. More information can be found here.

Every ticket purchased for this event directly supports the growing and thriving arts and culture of Easthampton. Each year, Easthampton City Arts serves tens of thousands of artists, residents, visitors, local businesses, and community-based organizations through monthly exhibitions, events, workshops, and seasonal cultural festivals. Each of ECA's innovative and engaging programs is made possible through its annual fundraiser, Light Up the ArtsThank you for your support! We look forward to celebrating with you!

*Please note, we are currently accepting donated items and services for our silent auction. Send your ideas to Thank you!

UMass Amherst Department of Theatre presents REFUGEE

Written by Milan Dragicevich
With music by Tim Eriksen
Directed by Nikita Milivojević
Curtain Theater

Thursday, December 8,  7:30 pm
Friday, December 9,  7:30 pm
Saturday, December 10,  2 pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016,  7:30 pm

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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.


Springfield Technical Community College presents Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Story by Lewis Carroll
Adaptation by Deborah Lynn Frockt
Directed by Greg Trochlil
Performed by STCC College Theatre Workshop

December 8 at 11:00 AM, Fri, Dec 9 @ 7pm, Sat, Dec 10 @ 2pm, Mon, Dec 12 @ 1pm
Springfield Technical Community College,  Scibelli Hall Theater, Building 2, One Armory Square,  Springfield, MA 01102

It’s a very ordinary and rather boring day for Alice until she spots a White Rabbit with a pocket watch whizzing through a world that’s beyond imagination! Her insatiable curiosity draws her into a madcap adventure in which she meets remarkable characters like the Caterpillar, Talking Flowers, a Duchess and her Cook, a Gryphon and Mock Turtle, a Mad Hatter and a March Hare. When Alice finally catches up with the White Rabbit in the Queen’s Court, she’s in for her biggest adventure of all. The wonder-filled world of Alice is a fantastic journey for the adventurous of any age.

General Admission Tickets:
$5 Students/Children under 13
$10 Adults
Tickets available at the door
Info @ 413-755-4232
More info online.
The Majestic Theater presents Love, Loss, & What I Wore
by Nora and Delia Ephron
West Springfield
December 8-11

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.
Pioneer Valley Ballet presents THE NUTCRACKER
Friday, December 9 at 4:00 and 7:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11 at 1:00 and 4:30 PM
Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton

First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892, The Nutcracker is a ballet for all those who love the magic of theatre. Always beautiful, always sweet, always new. Pioneer Valley Ballet is proud to present its annual production of this enchanting, classic ballet at the landmark Academy of Music Theatre under the artistic direction of Maryanne Delisle Kodzis and Thomas Vacanti. The Nutcracker cast includes community members, Pioneer Valley Ballet students, Pioneer Valley Ballet Company Members. Featuring Carolina Ballet Dancers Jan Burkhard and Pablo Javier Perez as the Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier.

Tickets available online.
Black Cat Theater presents Songs of the Season
December 9, 16, 6:30-8:30 PM
The Yarde Tavern South Hadley (3 Hadley St, South Hadley, MA)

Come enjoy a little Holiday Spirit with some of the members of Black Cat Theater the first three Fridays of December (2nd, 9th, and 16th) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Yarde House. Come enjoy a great meal with the family, or a drink with friends, or just sit back with a brew and relax to the wonderful sounds of Songs of the Season with some talented performers just waiting to share their Holiday Spirit and voices with you. You may find yourself humming along, tapping a foot, clapping in rhythm, or even singing fact, it's tradition!!!
Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration
December 9 and 10 at 7:30 PM, December 11 at 2:00 PM
Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA

The 32nd annual Welcome Yule Midwinter Celebration comes to the Shea Theater in Turners Falls on Dec. 9, 10, 11. Welcome Yule celebrates the return of the light with a festive family show filled with music, dance, songs and stories to drive the dark away.  
This year, we bring the interplay of darkness and light, day and night to the stage with the classic tale of the cunning fox and the proud rooster, set in a mythical medieval hamlet. The villagers and the animals enact the symbolic death of the year, the coming of winter, and the rebirth of spring as the fox and the rooster pursue each other through the countryside.
Welcome Yule’s signature wassailing songs and carols will be on the program, along with some new music sure to become favorites. Puppets, border dancing and a mummers play will also be included, along with the passing of the Yule log and the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance.  

More information online.

Silverthorne Theater Company brings new life to the familiar tale in its production of A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play, playing in three different Franklin County locations December 9 -11.

This script, adapted by John Reese, Linda McInerney, and Michael Haley from an original full-length play, presents a 1930s live radio broadcast, complete with six actors gathered around standing microphones voicing multiple characters – 31 in all.  Haley anchors the performance as Scrooge, joined by Joan Haley, David Rowland, Sharon Weyers, Ann Steinhauser and John Reese. The cast is under the direction of Reese, who directed a full-length production of the play in 2014 at the Academy of Music.

Sound effects genius John Iverson will recreate the excitement of the early days of live sound production with an assortment of weird-looking and -sounding machines. Period commercials spice up the station identification breaks!

Specifically designed to be family-friendly, A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play will be performed in three venues:

·      Friday, December 9 at 7 pm at The Arts Block 4th Floor
(289 Main St., Greenfield)
·      Saturday, December 10 at 7 pm at The Centennial House 
(94 Main St, Northfield – part of Northfield’s Special Day Celebration)
·      Sunday, December 11 at 4 pm at The Deerfield Inn 
(81 Old Main Street, Deerfield)

Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for youth 10 to 18; children 9 and under free; maximum $25 per family. Seating is limited; tickets may be ordered by calling 413-768-7514 or through the Silverthorne Theater website.

NOTE: Audience members are asked to bring along donations of food for the needy – canned good and non-perishables to be delivered to local food pantries.

Happier Valley Comedy presents the Happier Valley Comedy Show December 10th at Eastworks
December 10 at 8:00 PM
121 Club, Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton MA 01027

***NEW PRICING DISCOUNT! $10 if you buy your tickets in advance online!***

In our next show on December 10, The Ha-Ha's perform "The Buckingham." Plus special guest Scott Braidman joins them for a fully improvised set based on audience suggestion. PLUS a special opening perfromance by singer/songwriter and perfromance artist Ashley Hamel

What is The Buckingham?
A unique structure created by Pam Victor, The Buckingham combines the joys of fleet-footed short-form and the soul satisfaction of longform improvisation. Most of all, it's a rip-roarin' fun time!

Saturday, December 10 at 8pm - doors open at 7:30pm 
Location: 121 Club, Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton MA. 01027
-at the door: $13 (cash or check only)
-online: $10 (until 5pm on the day of the show) 
-student discount: $7 (with coupon code for current students only)

Audiences can look forward to a full evening of comic entertainment rated PG-13 in this handicapped-accessible space. For more information about The Happier Valley Comedy Show, visit the show website. Facebook event here.
Happier Valley Comedy presents
More Improv, More Better Jam & Showcase

Saturday, December 10th, 10-11 PM
NEW LOCATION: 121 Club, Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton MA 01027
(Directly following the Happier Valley Comedy Show.)

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. Free show (one drink minimum.) For more info o

Facebook event here.
Majestic Theater presents “Home for the Holidays”
West Springfield's Majestic Theater 
December 14-22

Producing Director Danny Eaton has announced a solid roster of Majestic performers who will take the stage including Ben Ashley, Ray Guillemette Jr., Sue Dziura, Luis Manzi, Myka Plunkett, Lori Efford, Michael King, Emery Henderson, Caelie Flanagan, Molly Damon-Rush, Madi Hartling and Todd Farnsworth. Santa Claus will also be making a special appearance.

Cate Damon will direct the show, and Musical Director Mitch Chakour will lead a band that includes Tim Hosmer, Don Rovero and Cliff Schofer.

Ticket for the show range from $24-$26 for adults, $10 for children 10 and under, 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. 

For additional information, visit the website.
Eggtooth Productions presents a New Vaudeville Holiday Spectacular!
December 15, 16, 17, at 7:30 and Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 pm at the Shea Theatre. The show promises family fun with all children under 15 free! $15 for the grown ups available at
The Shea is located at: 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
When venues for their Full Disclosure and Double Take Fringe Festivals disappeared or became too expensive at the same time the artists they love working with multiplied and expanded, the folks at Eggtooth Productions had an idea. What if they did the same thing as their festivals but tucked all the acts into one evening? The response was terrific and so the New Vaudeville Holiday Spectacular was born. And what a line up! The acts include: dance, theater, installation, cabaret, music, puppets, drag, à cappella music, and monologue. Each offering is 5-7 minutes long and the theme of the evening is Grace.
The cast of characters participating in the event include: Joshua Platt, Katherine Adler, Emily MacLeod, Rachel Schneider, Anna Sobel, Maya Rivera, Meghan Zaremba, Emily Ditkovski, Amy Johnquest (AKA Bannerqueen), Joe Dulude, Emma Ayres, Pam Smith, Maureen McElligott and Company, Jack Golden, Lindel Hart, David Fersh and Art Fuleuhan, Joe Graveline, Grace Booth and her new company Til Lalezar Theater Company, Lori Holmes Clark and Meg van Dyck and Company.
PaintBox Theatre Presents 
The Santa Show: Reindeer to the Rescue!

Written and directed by Tom McCabe

Friday, December 16, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 17, 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 18, 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. 
Northampton High School Auditorium, 380 Elm Street, Northampton

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: PaintBox—the Pioneer Valley’s theatre of imagination and improvisation for all ages—presents its annual holiday extravaganza! 
The Santa Show: Reindeer to the Rescue—featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves, Roscoe the dog, and the reindeer—takes us back to Santa’s first year on the job. The toys are made (with the help of the audience), but now Santa needs to figure out how to get around the world in one night. Spoiler alert: the reindeer come to the rescue. In this case, it’s eight very strange reindeer that look suspiciously like people wearing brown long underwear and antlers. Mrs. Claus thinks they might be able to pull the sleigh. Santa doesn’t agree. They start as an unruly herd, but, if Santa can pull them all together and turn them into a team, Christmas is saved.
PaintBox favorite Troy Mercier (Peter Pan, Tarzan, Treasure Island) leads the reindeer and doubles as Roscoe the dog. Linda Tardif (Raggedy Ann, Grace for President) is Mrs. Claus. The audience plays the elves and the reindeer are played by a bunch of brave and silly teenagers and adults. Santa plays himself, of course. There will be plenty of audience participation, songs, hijinks, and if we’re lucky, some flying, too. 

Tickets: Single Tickets $10. General Seating. Online or at the door. Group discounts: $7 for groups of 14+.
Phone: 413-923-7159
Happier Valley Comedy presents Happier FAMILY Comedy Show
Saturday, December 17th at 4pm. 
Located at Eastworks' Community Room (Suite 160) 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton.

Monthly improv comedy show for the whole family. Best for 5-12 year olds and their adults.  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

Tickets online. Facebook.
Phantom Sheep Players presents LaughCrafters: Holiday Show
December 19 at 6:30 PM
Agawam Library Community Room

Celebrate the season with live laughter as the Phantom Sheep Players create scenes on the spot based on audience suggestions! This annual free performance of comedy improv and sketches will take place in the Agawam Library Community Room.

Phantom Sheep is a local Western MA comedy troupe including Eric Boucher, Tommy Lynch, Jesse Redmond, Greg Seymour, Jeff Tingley and featuring new players Devin Horan and Jessica Lamoureaux.

Arena Civic Theatre Announces Auditions for Six Degrees of Separation
By John Guare
Directed by Tony Jones
Produced by Megan Healey

Wednesday, 12/14/16 at 6:30 PM Thursday, 12/15/16 at 6:30 PM
The Bangs Community Center – 70 Boltwood Walk in Amherst.

From Dramatists Play Service:
“Winner of the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. No subject is left untouched in this comic, fast-paced and affecting piece. The title refers to a statistical theory which states that any two people in the world can be connected through only six other people. The play is an examination of the threads of chance that link one person to another.”

Auditions for Arena Civic Theatre’s Six Degrees of Separation, will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, December 14-15 at 6:30pm. The audition will take place at The Bangs Community Center in Amherst and consist of cold readings chosen from the script. Rehearsals begin after the New Year and will be on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Amherst and Holyoke (not all actors will be called for every evening).

Facebook Event Here.
Available Roles: Total of 9m, 4w
Six Degrees of Separation will be presented at the White Church Community Center in Historic Deerfield, April 21, 22, 28, 29 and 30th of 2017.

Mohawk Trail Regional Middle/High School
Director of Musical Production 

Mohawk Trail Regional School in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts is looking for a creative individual with a background in educational theater to direct/produce a creative musical production of Shrek for students in grades 5-12. 

Beginning casting in December, and rehearsals to begin on a regular basis in January for the staging of the show in early March. The successful candidate will be able to engage students and community members in an original production that showcases student talent and ingenuity both onstage and behind the scenes. Applicants should have experience managing all aspects of a production, including fundraising, community outreach, and promotion. The director/producer will work with a team of educators who have experience with staging productions, including lighting, direction, and music.

Forward cover letter, resume, licensure, transcripts and recommendations to: Superintendent of Schools, Mohawk Trail Regional School District, 24 Ashfield Road, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370 or email to

Applications deadline: open until qualified candidate appointed. 

The school district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, disability, religion or sexual orientation.
Hampshire Shakespeare: Now Hiring: Directors!
The 2017 Season
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Alternating Performances June 22 -August 5, 2017

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is looking to hire two directors to collaborate on our Mainstage Shakespeare Under the Stars summer season! Join us for the chance to put Shakespeare in the great outdoors and be part of a talented community that will innovate and enchant as we breathe new life into old words.

For the first time in Hampshire Shakespeare history, we are producing both Mainstage shows in repertory with identical casts performing. The directors hired will be working in tandem, one on each production, to execute a shared artistic vision for the season, between themselves and the company’s season designers. This provides the exciting opportunity to artistically collaborate with another director and to create a cohesive season, uniting two shows as one.

We have a proud tradition of outdoor performance, emphasizing the relationship between actor and audience. Potential directing candidates are encouraged to consider the advantages and limitations of outdoor theatre in their concepts, and should have at least 2 years experience. History working on productions with a collaborative artistic vision and/or Shakespeare is preferred but not required. All candidates will be required to submit a 500-1000 word artistic proposal for one or both pieces,  which will be reviewed and evaluated as one half of a season proposal. If an applicant wishes to submit an artistic proposal for both shows, they may be combined into one document of the same length.

Deadline: January 6, 2017

Please submit proposals and a resume in PDF form by email to Jessica Thompson (Producer).

Salary: $800 – $1,000
Application Deadline: January 6, 2017

Auditions to be held in Mid March
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Heidi Haas presents IMPROV WORKSHOPS in December:
Florence Civic Center

Adults and Kids!  
On Thursday Dec 15th from 3:30-5:30  Come and play with your child(ren) our favorite improv games!! 

The cost for each workshop will be $20 and $30 for each parent/child. Space will be limited to 16 participants per workshop. 

AND of course it is NOT too early to register for the Winter session which will begin the week of Jan 5th. People are already signing up, so don't lose your spot!!

Email for more information or to register or call 413-584-5562.
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
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