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Pioneer Valley Theatre News January 26, 2017

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January 26-February 15, 2017

Panopera's Carmen performs this Friday and Sunday at the Academy of Music - I'm stage managing! Come see this great new production by this local artist-led opera company. 

The next issue will include events through February 22. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at

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Tickets available online.
from Howlround
Parenting and Playwriting: The Lady Doth Protest (but not enough)

by Catherine Trieschmann
From the article: 

I haven’t attended a protest since 1992, the year I marched with a group of college students across the University of North Carolina’s verdant campus, demanding a freestanding black student union. The reasons are myriad: privilege, definitely; apathy, certainly; but mostly, personality. That student march was an aberration. I am, by nature, more recluse than activist. I read books on planes to avoid eye contact. I hide from the dry cleaner when he drops off clothes. When a stranger in the check-out line comments on the weather, I have to curb an instinct to growl. In short, I can think of nothing less pleasant than joining a crowd of strangers and chanting loudly.

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The Majestic Theater presents AMADEUS
January 26-February 12
West Springfield

The Majestic Theater continues the celebration of its 20
th 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.  
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.

More information online.

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.

Westfield Theatre Group presents My Funny Valentine

Performances will be held February 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 7:30 PM at the Westfield Woman's Club, located at 28 Court Street in Westfield.

Check the WTG website ( or call 413-572-6838 for ticket and reservation information. See event image (attached) for full details.
Six local directors come together to create this light-hearted romp.  (Please note: mature content addressed.)

Prelude To 35
Seth Kramer
Rae would rather endure nine hours at a train station in a snowstorm with no coat than spend one more minute at Jay's parents' house. Jay botches the job of running after Rae, and ends up with a bloody nose. All in all, a strange way to kick off an engagement…

Sure Thing
David Ives
Two people meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love.

The Wedding Story
Julianne Homokay
The audience just wants a happy fairytale, and the Storyteller wants to oblige, but the bride and groom aren’t the perfect cake-topper they seem to be. Will we hear a bedtime story, or will we hear the real story?

Dead Giveaway
Daniel Guyton
It’s Valentine’s day and Robert has gotten Denise the perfect gift, or so he thinks. This examination of the hilarity in the phrase “til death do us part” has this husband and wife taking cracks at each other and splitting conversational hairs.

Sniffing The Pickup
Barbara Lindsay
It’s all about the timing at happy hour when Brad takes brother, Howard, to the bar to teach him a few things about meeting women. Clearly Julie has a lot to learn about making a love connection from friend Ruth. Will a hook-up, or a love connection be made?

It’s A Stretch
Donna Warfield
When you are looking for love in all the wrong places you don’t expect Mr.Right to pop into your yoga class. When Martin does just that (wearing half a Doorman’s uniform, half basketball shorts) Joan is forced to actually notice him, will she give him a second glance?

Post-its® (Notes on a Marriage)
Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman
In this homage to Love Letters, an actor and actress read the Post-it® Notes between a couple that span the duration of their lives together. Hilarious and moving, Post-its® explores the ups and downs of a relationship that were unexpectedly captured on scraps of paper.
The Seth Show: Breaking up with Facebook
February 7 at 7:00 PM
Eastworks' THE WEST END 116 Pleasant St, Suite 160 Easthampton, MA 01027

While even posting an event with this title is an automatic eyebrow raiser, the fact remains that breaking up is hard to do. When I decided that I would slowly be leaving social media all together for an indeterminate time, I wasn’t sure how I would go about promoting my performances without this platform. So here I am, asking you to come to a performance about trying to keep it casual with Facebook, while knowing I just need a clean break, once and for all.

How we network, socialize, find out about gatherings and happenings, and paradoxically feel less/more isolated is all wrapped up in social media. At the same time the algorithm is tracking every word we type, page and post we like and uses that Black Box to categorize our humanity in digital bites. Tangents, miscommunications and genuine connections all live side by side. 

Is Facebook necessary? Is this just part of our world? If we abandon it and strive for face to face connections will that better our lives? Am I just kidding myself trying to get away from something that has become the best promotional tool for artists? Let’s dig in.

This is the last season of The Seth Show. Pay-What-You-Decide at the end of the show. Take a chance. You got nothing to lose.
More info here.
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.
Sinai Temple presents CHILDREN OF EDEN
February 10 at 7:30 PM
February 11 at 2:00 and 7:30 PM
February 12 at 2:00 PM
1100 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA 01108

Children of Eden is a two-act musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The musical is based on the Book of Genesis. Act I tells the story of Adam and Eve, Cain, and Abel, and Act II deals with Noah and the Flood. Though it had a short run on London's West End in the Prince Edward Theatre and has never played Broadway, the show is popular in community theatres worldwide.

Sinai Temple's cast is multi-generational and multi-talented.  Come see this timeless Biblical story of love, heavenly and earthly guidance, the expanse of humanity, family dynamics and forgiveness.

More information online.
Exit 7 Players presents

Feb 10, 11, 17, 18 @ 8pm; 
Feb 12, 19 @ 2pm
Exit 7 theater, 37 Chestnut Street Ludlow, MA

Directed by: Joe Van Allen
Produced by: Christina Climo, Stephanie Gilbert and Megan Hoy

Cast list:
    Truvy - Christine Voytko 
    Annelle - Steph Magillivary
    M'Lynn - Becca Greene-Van Horn
    Shelby - Carina Savoie
    Clairee - Janet Crosier
    Ouiser - Theresa Allie

Starting off on Shelby's wedding day, Steel Magnolias follows six women from different generations and backgrounds as they move through their lives, facing challenges and triumphs while finding support in each others company. Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, Steel Magnolias witnesses the characters undergo the sudden realization of how their mortality affects the others. The strength and love of the women make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Tickets available online.
LOVE walks into the room, and you never know what's going to happen next! Don't miss MAKING UP LOVE - a unique collaboration between New Century Theatre and Happier Valley Comedy on February 12th at Northampton's Academy of Music.

When: Sunday, February 12  – 2:00PM, Doors Open at 1:30PM

Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060

Ticket Outlet: Academy of Music Theatre Box Office 

Six NCT actors will set the stage by performing three scripted scenes with a LOVE theme. Then six Happier Valley Comedy improvisers leap into the same scene for the first time, performing their parts out of thin air. 

Based on Happier Valley Comedy's immensely popular SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED show, this unique event aims to captures that great lover's leap into the unknown. Will they swipe left or right? Make a love match or wind up in divorce court? Nobody knows how these love 'em or leave 'em stories are going to turn out until the lights go up. The scripted actors meet eyes with the unscripted improvisers, and the sparks fly. One thing is for sure, Shakespeare had it right when he wrote, "The course of true love never did run smooth." But it does run hilariously in MAKING UP LOVE.

Lisa Abend, Sandra Blaney, Stephanie Carlson, Cate Damon, Sam Rush, Sam Samuels

Along with Happier Valley Comedy:
Laura Patrick, Christine Stevens, Scott Braidman, Maureen McElligott, Maile Shoul, Pam Victor
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 cafĂ© 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:
  • female, soprano/mezzo
  • 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.

Please prepare:
  • 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
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.

Facebook event here. More information on the website.
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.
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

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 humorJacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris will 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, Chapattithe 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.

Production Manager

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.

Technical Director

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.


Salary for each position: $2,500 for the season

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter in PDF format to Jessica Thompson, Producer,  at
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:

Social Media

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
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!
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.

6 weeks!
Tuition: $90 General Public
*Discounts available for JCC and JART Members. 

Class size is limited! 
Register Today! 
Facebook event here.
Acting Classes with New Century Theatre

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.

To register, send an email to Sam Rush ( or call413-587-3933 to hold a spot. You can Click on this link to download the PDF information and registration form.  
Acting for Non-Actors - Instructor, Sam Rush 
Ages 18 and up (or by instructor permission) 
Tuesdays, 5:15-7:15 p.m. 

February 14 - April 11 (no class on March 14)

Course Description:
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)

Course Description: 
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. 
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