The Ghost Light Project is tonight! There are details about the project and a few locations below. Join together at 5:30 to create a light for the dark times ahead - pledge to protect values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone.
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So you sit down to see a new play. The play has mostly male characters, but there’s a woman with tough features and intense eyes. You notice she has no love interest and seems uninterested in any other character. She then attacks people with swords and is super strong, end of play. You talk with your friends after and they say how happy they are to see a “strong female character.” “She hit that random dude with a sword so well! I can really relate to that as a woman," your friend says.
I am so tired of this Strong Female Character. It seems that writers are so scared of the backlash of writing a small male-dependent female role (wife/prostitute/boring sister) that they are counteracting with extra strong female characters.
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ON JANUARY 19TH, 2017 AT 5:30PM IN EACH TIME ZONE ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE WILL GATHER OUTSIDE OF THEATERS TO CREATE A "LIGHT" FOR DARK TIMES AHEAD, AND TO MAKE, OR RENEW, A PLEDGE TO STAND FOR AND PROTECT THE VALUES OF INCLUSION, PARTICIPATION, AND COMPASSION FOR EVERYONE, REGARDLESS OF RACE, CLASS, RELIGION, COUNTRY OF ORIGIN, IMMIGRATION STATUS, (DIS)ABILITY, GENDER IDENTITY, OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION.
On January 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in each time zone across the country, members of the theater community - from Broadway to regional theaters to high schools and colleges and community theaters - will come together to launch The Ghostlight Project. Gathering outside of theaters on the eve of the Presidential Inauguration, people will join in a collective, simultaneous action, together creating “light” for challenging times ahead. Inspired by the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on in a darkened theater, artists and communities will make or renew a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone--regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
January 19th is a moment of gathering within a larger resistance to intolerance at all levels. We aim to create brave spaces that will serve as lights in the coming years. We aim to activate a network of people across the country working to support vulnerable communities. This is not a substitution for protests or direct action, but rather a pledge for continued vigilance and increased advocacy.
Silverthorne Theater Company will join with other area theater organizations in the Upper Valley and southern Vermont to participate in The Ghostlight Project – Upper Valley at 5:30 pm on Thursday, Jan 19, outside The Arts Block in downtown Greenfield. This is a nationwide effort with theaters and arts organizations all over the country planning actions.
Participants are invited to gather outside of Silverthorne’s new performance space, The Arts Block, on Main Street at Court Square in Greenfield to create a 'light for dark times ahead, and to renew our pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone regardless of race, class, age, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.'
Bring a light source that is off on arrival (flashlight, lantern, cell phone! whatever!)
Open mic – anyone may bring an appropriate speech/monologue/piece of dialogue/song - (3 minute limit).
Bring friends and family - this event needs to reflect the deep concerns we have about the negative direction that we see our civic and cultural communities moving and a large turnout will be evidence of our commitment
Directlly following a community vigil (part of the nationwide Ghostlight Project event) outside the Shea Theater Arts Center on January 19th at 5:30pm, come inside the lobby bar to talk, meet new collaborators and share space with old friends. We kick off our 2017 Meet N' Greet series with a day of Action for theatre makers and allies/supporters.
Amherst Leisure Services Community Theatre presents
Shrek The Musical January 19-22, 2017
Bowker Auditorium at UMASS
Director: Kimberly Overtree
Music Director: Cindy Naughton
Choreographer: Mary Ann Holmes
TICKETS ON SALE NOW! (413) 259-3065 or www.alsct.org
The Majestic Theater presents AMADEUS January 19-February 12
The Majestic Theater continues the celebration of its 20th season of live theater with the presentation of “Amadeus,” the award-winning drama that profiles the lives of composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri.
Having been presented as both a stage play and a successful film, “Amadeus” reveals the bitter jealousy exhibited by Salieri, who spent years of his life coveting the success and genius with which Mozart was gifted. Masquerading as an ally, Salieri does his utmost to destroy Mozart's reputation and success. Written by Peter Shaffer, “Amadeus” won the 1981 Tony Award for Best Play, and was adapted by Shaffer to beome an Academy Award-winning movie in 1984.
Cast members include Keith Langsdale (Antonio Salieri), Stephen Petit (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Kaytlyn Vendeloecht (Constanze Weber), Jack Grigoli (Venitcello 1), Rich Vaden (Venticello 2), Stuart Gamble (Emperor Joseph II), James Emery (Baron Von Swieten), George Lombardo (Count Orsini-Rosenberg) and William Wieliczka (Count Von Strack).
J. T. Waite will direct the play. Set design is by Greg Trochlil, and Dan Rist is lighting designer. Laura Gomez is stage manager, and production manager is Stephen Petit. Danny Eaton is the 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. More information online.
Happier FAMILY Comedy Show Saturday, January 21st 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 www.happiervalley.com. Facebook event here.
Happily Sponsored by Eastworks, Easthampton and River Valley Co-op in Northampton.
Panopera presents CARMEN Friday, January 27 at at 7:30 PM and
Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 PM
Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton
Following the success of last year’s La Boheme, Panopera presents perhaps the most famous opera ever: Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Sam Rush of New Century Theatre directs the cast of regional professional singers in this classic tragedy of obsessive love, accompanied by a full orchestra, conducted by E. Wayne Abercrombie.
Get a discount on advance tickets purchased before January 19. Tickets available online or by calling the Academy of Music at 413-584-9032 x105.
The Majestic Theater in West Springfield will present its resident improv comedy troupe, The Majesters, in two upcoming shows on Tuesday, February 7 and Tuesday, April 18, both at 7:00 p.m. 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.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Would you like to have your work on stage in some format at the Academy of Music Theatre to benefit the Arts? Here’s your chance!
The Really Big Gong Show
Four Sundays in February Event #4
February 26th – 2 PM, Academy of Music Theatre
A showcase of the best local talent in the Valley’s favorite variety show at the communities’ most beloved theater. Win prizes! See your friends and loved ones display their talents!
SILVERTHORNE THEATER AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Announcing auditions for Silverthorne Theater Company’s production of the classic cabaret musical Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. It will be performed April 20-22 and 27-29 in The Arts Block, Greenfield, directed by Chris Rohmann. Auditions by appointment only.
The production will be set in a Parisian café where the performers are the staff and the audience members are the patrons. The score features some of the great Belgian/French songwriter’s most memorable songs in elegant English translations. They range through love ballads, comic novelties, social satire and poignant memory pieces, all of them bursting with Brel’s abundant gift for melody and his heartfelt power and passion.
We are seeking two singer/actors (non-Equity) for two of the four roles:
male, tenor/high baritone
All types and ethnicities welcome.
Audition dates: Sunday, January 29, 1-4 pm
Tuesday, January 31, 7-9 pm
Location to be announced. Callbacks, if necessary, Wednesday, February 1.
Two musical numbers (32 bars) – a ballad and an up-tempo comic or other song
Piano accompaniment, CD player and laptop for flash drive will be provided
A one-minute monologue, preferably memorized.
Alternate audition dates may be available at the discretion of the director.
Rehearsal schedule TBA, late February/early March into April. These roles are paid.
Call 413-768-7514 for appointment and information or email email@example.com.
UMass Theater auditions for Play Lab and Ta'zieh scheduled for Jan. 30 & 31
Auditions for Play Lab and Ta'zieh — Between Two Rivers will be held on Jan. 30 and 31 at UMass Theater and as ever, community performers are invited to audition for roles in the pieces. These works will be of particular interest to performers who like to be a part of developing new work, and for Ta'zieh, we are specifically looking for performers of all stripes, not just actors.
For our Play Lab, now in its fourth year, actors work with the playwright in the room to hone new work through rehearsals and staged readings; often, the script used in the last performance differs significantly from the one actors got ioin the first day of rehearsal as playwrights revise their work in reaction to what their hear from actors and audiences. This year, LIFE DEFYING ACTS and I LOVE SEAN are directed by Ifa Bayeza. Life Defying Acts will have a longer rehearsal and performance schedule than I Love Sean; details about the process will be shared by the artistic team during auditions.
Play Lab auditions are Jan. 30 & 31, 6:30-10:30pm, in Fine Arts Center 204/206.
Callbacks are Feb. 1 & 2.
Actors will be asked to read from scripts for the audition. Anyone auditioning will be considered for roles in either Play Lab play.
Ta’zieh – Between Two Rivers, directed by Nikoo Mamdoohi, is based on an Iranian tradition that brings people together to work through community struggles and clashes through music, drama and spectacle. A Ta’zieh starts with a procession: live music, costumes, bystanders drawn into the celebration, and will be performed outside. For this piece, we aim to build an ensemble of actors, singers, dancers and musicians who are willing and ready to collaborate, learn and explore new horizons in our intercultural project. We would like to see a one-minute contemporary monologue from actors, a short song from singers, a short choreographed dance from dancers and a short performance of their music by musicians. We are specifically looking for musicians playing drums and trumpets.
Ta'zieh auditions are Jan. 30 & 31, 6-10pm in the Curtain Theater. Callbacks are Feb. 1 & 2.
Additional information for these shows, including casting breakdowns where available, is posted on the UMass Theater audition page.
Actors can sign up on the Call Board in the UMass Department of Theater, and actors who will not be able to visit UMass prior to auditions can call the main office at 413-545-3490.
The Department of Theater is committed to racial, cultural and individual diversity.
Casting for all department-sponsored productions is open to any student, staff, or faculty member of the Five College Consortium, any member of the community, or any invited guest artist regardless of age. race, ethnic origin, abilty, sexual orientation or gender identification.
Arena Civic Theatre proudly announces our Broadway bus trip to see the new musical everyone is talking about - DEAR EVAN HANSEN.
Saturday, March 25th 2017
Bus leaves Wildwood Elementary School - 71 Strong Street in Amherst at 7:00 AM (please arrive at 6:45 in the side parking lot) and will drop guests off at the Music Box Theatre at approximately 11:00 AM.
Trip includes one spot on the chartered Peter Pan coach and one mezzanine ticket to the 2:00 performance of Dear Evan Hansen.
Bus leaves the city (from the theater) at 6:00 PM and will make a travel plaza dinner stop on the way home. Arrival back at Wildwood between 10 and 11:00 PM.
Tickets available here. More information on Facebook.
**ANYONE UNDER 18 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT**
**NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES**
CALL FOR DIRECTORS
Silverthorne Theater Company is seeking experienced directors for its 2017 Season shows. Paid position. All performances at The Arts Block in downtown Greenfield. To set up an interview, contact Lucinda Kidder at 413-768-7514 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions will be held March 10-12; show dates STUPID FUCKING BIRD, by Aaron Posner June 22 - July 1; CHAPATTI, by Christopher O'Reilly July 20-29; GREATER TUNA, by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams October 5-14.
Once more proving our versatility, Silverthorne opens the season with a musical! Full of edgy passion and poignant humor, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Pariswill take full advantage of our new performance space. It will be April in Paris when the actor/singers create a sophisticated cabaret atmosphere as performers and as servers with attitude. Jacques Brel runs April 20-22, 27-29.
The Company’s second season production goes out on a limb (literally). Stupid F***ing Bird is rightly described by playwright Aaron Posner as “a sort of adaptation of Chekhov’s The Sea Gull.” The familiar characters are there in all their tortured glory, even if the names are slightly modified. The themes of thwarted ambition and family conflict are played out in this thoroughly contemporary and achingly funny piece that leaves no doubt about the comedic genius of both Posner and his Russian prototype. June 22-24, 29 - July 1.
In the third show of the season, Chapatti, the only thing preventing Dan from committing suicide is his dog, Chapatti. His faithful companion cannot fill the hole in his life caused by the death of his life-long companion. In this little-known piece full of humor and compassion, playwright Christopher O’Reilly introduces Betty, a similarly lost soul, with unpredictable consequences. July 20-22, 27-29.
The season wraps with an all-time comic favorite, Greater Tuna, by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams. Silverthorne’s production re-visits this send-up of small town life in rural Texas to look at what makes us so incurably and endlessly obsessed with each other’s personal foibles. GT is a truly hilarious antidote for depression in these complicated times. October 5-7, 12-14.
Interviews for directors are currently underway, and open season auditions will be held in March.
Audition information to come in February!
Hampshire Shakespeare Company is seeking a Production Manager & a Technical Director for the 2017 summer season of “Shakespeare Under the Stars,” which will include productions of “Hamlet” and “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” in repertory. The positions start immediately and run through late-August.
Candidates for the following positions should have reliable transportation, leadership and conflict management experience, excellent communication skills, and enjoy working with young people under the age of 18. The ideal candidates will be excited to grow and develop with a small local theater committed to providing valuable experiences for those beginning their careers.
The Production Manager plays a critical role in our Production Team and is responsible for managing the logistics of the rehearsal and performance process. Responsibilities include:
Creation and management of the season calendar, including rehearsals, technical schedule, and special events
Participation in season preparation and strike
Formulating timeline and tasks for technical staff
Acting as point-person for communication to the artistic company
Coordinating rehearsal space
Scheduling and facilitating production meetings
Attending Hampshire Shakespeare Board meetings to provide updates on the season
Compiling and management of production budgets
Mentorship and supervision of production assistants
Providing support to the stage managers and directors, including mediating conflict within the season at the request of each production’s stage manager
Addressing actor and crew comfort and needs during rehearsals and technical production
Maintaining communication with the Renaissance Center staff
Working with the producer, stage manager, and front of house manager to build the tech and show pattern schedule
The ideal candidate will have be an experienced and creative team player dedicated to creating a sense of community in an organization that includes staff and volunteers. Ability to quickly problem-solve is a must. The ability to deal with stressful situations with grace, humor, and tact is very helpful.
The Technical Director will help support our proud artistic tradition of outdoor performances, which emphasizes the relationship between actor and audience. Responsibilities include:
Overseeing season setup and strike, including but not limited to construction and work with scenic designer, and facilitating light hang and focus schedule
Enforcing safety procedures and training production staff on setup and breakdown of rehearsal space
Creating and procuring small scenic elements and properties, as well as maintaining, organizing, and storing all pre-existing scenic elements
Presence at tech rehearsals to facilitate the execution of the artistic vision of the production
Presence at the season’s performances to maintain crew’s performance pattern and facilitate all technical elements during the run of the show
Work directly with facilities managers when applicable
Attending all on-site special events
Attending all production meetings
Mentorship and supervision of our production assistants.
The ideal candidate will have lighting, sound, and carpentry experience, leadership experience as well as reliable transportation. We are looking for a collaborative and creative team-player who likes problem-solving.
Hampshire Shakespeare Company is seeking a Dramaturg & a Publicist for the 2017 summer season of “Shakespeare Under the Stars,” which will include productions of “Hamlet” and “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” in repertory. The positions start immediately and run through late-August.
Hampshire Shakespeare Company is seeking a Publicist for the 2017 summer season of “Shakespeare Under the Stars,” Responsibilities include:
Promoting and selling tickets for the season
Writing, designing, and producing advertisements
Forging partnerships with potential advertisers
Creation of Posters, including sourcing or creating graphic elements
Publicizing the productions and the company through venues including but not limited to:
The ideal candidate will have be an experienced and creative team player dedicated to creating a sense of community in an organization that includes staff and volunteers. Ability to quickly problem-solve is a must. Candidates with an understanding of and connections to the local community are strongly preferred.
Candidates should have strong writing skills and experience with printed and online publicity. Graphic design skills are prefered. The ideal candidate will be excited to grow and develop with a small local theater committed to providing valuable experiences for those beginning their careers.
Salary: $900 for the Season
Hampshire Shakespeare Company is seeking a Dramaturg for the 2017 summer season of “Shakespeare Under the Stars.” The dramaturg will play a critical role in developing the themes and context of our season’s productions. Responsibilities to include:
Meet and offer analysis, ideas, and notes with regard to text and staging to the director and artistic staff.
Support artistic staff in the creation, tracking, and distribution of script and script changes
Provide research materials as needed and agreed upon for distribution to directors, cast and creative team
Author dramaturgical notes to be printed in the playbill
Contribute copy relating to the Play for publicity and/or education materials, as requested and in collaboration with the artistic team.
Lead pre- or post-show discussions during the run of performances, as requested by the directors
Act as a creative and thematic liaison between the creative teams for each production
The successful candidate will be prepared to collaborate with a team of directors and technical professionals to bring a unified vision to Hampshire Shakespeare Company’s first repertory season. The successful candidate will play a key and critical role in communications between the creative teams for each production.
Candidates should have reliable transportation, research experience, excellent communication skills, and enjoy working with young people under the age of 18. The ideal candidate will be excited to grow and develop with a small local theater committed to providing valuable experiences for those beginning their careers.
Salary: $600 for the Season
Interested applicants for either postion should send a resume and cover letter in PDF format to Jessica Thompson, Producer at email@example.com.
Valley Light Opera
Director Call for 2017 VLO production: My Fair Lady
Valley Light Opera is seeking nominations and applications for artistic/stage director for our 43rd annual production: Lerner and Lowe's My Fair Lady to be performed November 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11, 2017, at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton.
Stage Director Description: The stage director creates the overall artistic concept of the show. He/ She works closely with the musical director as well as the set and costume designers, the choreographer and technical staff to carry out the concept. The stage director also rehearses principals and chorus in dialogue, acting, blocking, and dancing. Rehearsals begin in early September and are typically three nights a week plus a full tech week prior to opening night.
All participants in VLO are volunteers, including all producers, directors, performers and crew.
For those interested in applying as stage director, proposals should be submitted by January 20th, 2017. Proposals may be submitted to VLO president Kate Green at: firstname.lastname@example.org and must include the following:
* Letter of interest and artistic concept (no more than 3 pages)
* Theater or music resume
Nominations are also encouraged and may be submitted to the same email address.
Applications will be reviewed as they arrive, starting immediately, and will be accepted until January 23, 2017. Finalists may be invited to make a presentation to the VLO Board after that date. A description of the stage version of My Fair Lady can be found here.
Valley Light Opera is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization based in Amherst, MA. Each year for over 40 years the VLO has produced fully-staged, orchestrated and lavishly costumed productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and other musical theater works. Rehearsals are typically in Hadley or Amherst, and performances at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Applicants who are unfamiliar with VLO are encouraged to explore our website at vlo.org.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is now accepting 2017 Artist Fellowship applications in the categories of Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography. Deadline: Monday, January 23, 2017. Read the program guidelines and tips on applying.
The Artist Fellowships are competitive, anonymously judged grants of $12,000 and finalist awards of $1,000, providing direct support to individual Massachusetts artists in recognition of artistic excellence.
Smith College Department of Theatre presents Auditions for BAKKHAI By Euripides, a new translation by Anne Carson
directed by Emma Laube '17
Performances April 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 PM, Theatre 14.
Auditions will be held Sunday and Monday, January 29 and 30, 7-10 PM in Acting Studio 1. Callbacks will be on Wednesday, February 2, 7-10 PM. No appointment or preparation necessary. Sides from the script will be provided. Perusal scripts are available in Josten Library.
Roles for 11-13 actors. Five college and community members welcome. We welcome diversity and color inclusive casting.
About the play: A powerful new translation of the Greek classic by award-winning Classics scholar, poet, and writer Anne Carson. Pentheus has banned the wild, riutalistic worship of the god Dionysos. A stranger arrives to persuade him to change his mind. Euripides's electrifying tragedy is a struggle to the death between freedom and restraint, the rational and the irrational, man and god.
* Free if you sign up for our upcoming 6 week session that starts February 13th!
Pauline Productions Theatre Co. is bringing the three women who are Til Lalezar Theatre Co. to teach a 3-Hour Workshop January 29th at 5:30 -8:30 pm. They are just back from their 3 year training at Dell' Arte International School and want to share the wealth. Details--follow this link and come! www.PaulineLive.com
In partnership with J-ART, Phantom Sheep presents LaughCrafters:Comedy Improv Classes! Adults & Teens (Ages 15+) WINTER SESSION!
The fun continues! All levels welcomed!
Six Mondays 7-9PM Starting February 13th!
Springfield Jewish Community Center
Sharpen quick thinking!
Unleash creativity and characters!
Build confidence in your own talents!
Enjoy the power of collaboration!
Improve acting and stage presence!
Relax and laugh! (a lot)!
All levels welcomed and challenged at own pace.
Taught in a very fun, encouraging, and constructive atmosphere.
Tuition: $90 General Public
*Discounts available for JCC and JART Members.
NCT Producing Director Sam Rush teaches two courses beginning Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Cost for the eight-week course is $275. All Classes will be held at the Northampton Senior Center - 67 Conz Street.
The perfect course if you have never taken an acting class before but have always wanted to try or had a class once way back when and want to try again. With NCT Producing Director Sam Rush, you'll have a chance to explore your inner ham in a fun, relaxed and supportive environment. Using improvisation, text and original source material, you'll learn fundamental acting techniques that may just serve you the rest of your life - on stage or off.
Scene Study Intensive - Instructor, Sam Rush
Ages 18 and up (or by instructor permission)
Wednesdays, 5:15-7:15 p.m.
February 15 - April 12 (no class on March 15)
This class is for actors with previous experience and for students who have taken the Acting for Non-Actors course and wish to continue their study of the actor's craft. We'll start right away with scene study work and exercises that support the rehearsal process.