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Pioneer Valley Theatre News August 17, 2017

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August 17 - September 6, 2017

What was the best play you saw this summer? Send me an email - I'm curious!

Don't miss New Century Theatre's THE 39 STEPS - it only runs through Sunday!

The Academy of Music in hiring a Box Office Manager - come work with me! It's a super fun environment with lots of great shows. 

The next issue will include events through September 13. 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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August 17-20 at the Academy of Music – Buy Tickets
from American Theatre
Looking In: Teen Theatre That Keeps it Real
by Ed Wierzbicki
From the article: 

As my TV crew sets up cameras and positions several portable lights, the five teen actors I’ve come to meet and interview have already begun rehearsing. I can barely hear them over the set-up activity, but they appear locked in, busy running lines and reviewing their blocking. Clearly they’ve done this before. So I just watch.

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
New Century Theatre presents THE 39 STEPS
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
Directed by Sam Rush
August 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 PM,
August 20 at 2:00 PM
Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton

Two parts vaudeville style comedy, one part classic Hitchcock masterpiece, and a dose of edge-of-your-seat spy thriller, THE 39 STEPS is a raucous whodunit for theatre lovers everywhere. A man with a boring life meets a mysterious woman and is soon embroiled in international espionage culminating in a death-defying finale. This Tony Award-winner is a fast-paced delight packed with nonstop laughs and over 150 characters played by just four actors. The New York Times calls it, “Theatre at its finest!... Absurdly enjoyable! This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock's film is fast and frothy." THE 39 STEPS, with its wildly inventive stagecraft, is an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure.

Tickets available here or by calling 413-584-9032 x105. 
the clementine collective presents . . . 

by Madeleine George
directed by Amelia Cain

Rebecca and her chronically unemployed butch girlfriend, O, have created a happy nest in their run-down Queens walk-up. But domestic bliss starts slipping as their daily lives are overtaken by charming Nazis, family ghosts, and the secrets they keep. The two women fight for, and against, each other in this sharp, moving almost-love story.

AUGUST 17-20, 2017.
The Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301

Thursday at 7 PM
Friday at 8 PM
Saturday at 2 and 8 PM
Sunday at 2 and 7 PM

25 for general admission
20 for seniors/vets/students

13 for Student Rush tickets, available at the door

For tickets, click here.
Happier Valley Comedy presents Happier FAMILY Comedy Show
August 19 at 3:00 PM
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA 01002

Happier FAMILY Comedy Show: Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, best for 5-12 year olds and their adults. New Location! New Time! Saturday, August 19th at 3-4pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst. Tickets at the door: $10/Adults, $5/Kids, Free/3 yrs and under. For more info.
Pioneer Valley Theatre Companies

Academy of Music Theatre

Arena Civic Theatre

Black Cat Theater

Chester Theatre Company

The Country Players

Eggtooth Productions

Exit 7 Players

Ghost Light Theater

Hampshire Shakespeare Company

Happier Valley Comedy

New Century Theatre

PaintBox Theatre

Pauline Productions

Real Live Theatre

Red Thread Theater

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble

Westfield Theatre Group

Is your theatre company missing? Email me!
Happier Valley Comedy is now hiring!

Looking for an Executive Assistant and a School Coordinator, or some fantastic soul interested in being considered for both positions. Feel free to share this notice or have your super awesome friends reach out to me at
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT & SCHOOL COORDINATOR at Happier Valley Comedy: Small, non-profit, improv comedy company in the Pioneer Valley, Mass. is seeking a super efficient, highly organized, and focused executive assistant for this part-time job with growth potential. Beginning August 22, 2018.
You: Extremely organized, able to juggle many responsibilities, positive, people-friendly, tech-savvy
Me: Highly productive solopreneur, collaborative spirit, pretty funny
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT to the President of a small, non-profit improv comedy company 
*Primary duties include: creating regular newsletters; maintaining website; assist with producing comedy shows; assist with publicity, marketing; communication through social and conventional media, email correspondence; and general office administration 
*Flexible 10-12 hours/week
*Work on site in small home-office in Pelham with possibility to work remotely
*Pay: $15/hr plus staff discount for improv classes/workshops
SCHOOL COORDINATOR of a small, non-profit improv comedy school
*Primary duties include: managing registration of classes and workshops; listing and updating classes/workshops on website and on Brown Paper Tickets; coordinating schedules, contracts, and payment paperwork with teachers; overseeing rental of classroom spaces; communicating effectively with students, teachers, and colleagues; organizing online and company-wide calendar; distributing and tracking feedback forms to students and students; assist with marketing and publicity; communication through social and conventional media
*Flexible 7-10 hours/week
*Work on site in small home-office in Pelham with possibility to work remotely
*Pay: $15/hr plus staff discount for improv classes/workshops

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is looking for an experienced season producer to oversee the renowned Shakespeare Under the Stars 2017 summer season. Join us for the chance to bring the Bard’s work to the great outdoors and facilitate the creation of theatrical experiences from the most profound to the most playful.

The producer will assist in creating a budget, hiring administrative staff, and overseeing the two Mainstage shows and Young Company show. Contract begins immediately and completes after the Board retreat, which is held no later than September 2018.

Producer duties:
  • takes overall responsibility for functioning of the season with the advice and consent of the Board, including fundraising and presence in community
  • manages large scale budget with an eye toward end-of-season net (e.g. stipends for staff, fundraising income, program ads)
  • directly responsible for the hiring and supervision of Production Manager, House Manager, and Publicist
  • attends monthly board meetings and provides updates to the board on process of all shows, receiving relevant information from the Production Manager
  • may attend production meetings at the request of the Production Manager
  • may oversee mentorship of production assistant program

Required Qualifications:
  • strong communication skills
  • experience in budget management
  • non-profit arts administration experience
  • willingness to take initiative
  • flexibility
  • team player
  • good sense of humor

Preferred Qualifications:
  • conflict resolution
  • grant writing experience
  • experience working with young people

Please send resume and cover letter to Accepting applications through August 31, 2017.

While Hampshire Shakespeare is a community theatre, the company offers a small stipend for much of its production staff. All stipends are commensurate with experience and company budget.
Assistant to the Event Coordinator at Eastworks 
Eastworks is a 500,000-sq.-ft. mixed-use, revitalized mill. We are a dynamic community of artists, designers, craftspersons, tech and software firms, wellness-centered businesses, nonprofits and community-based organizations. We have a long history of fostering community by offering exciting, flexible spaces for events large and small, public and private.

The Assistant to the Event Coordinator will work closely with the Event Coordinator and the rest of the Events team to assist clients with preparation for events, which include weddings, theater performances, screenings, art shows, fundraisers, meetings and cultural events in three unique venues at Eastworks. The candidate will be a personable, diplomatic, detail-oriented and adaptable problem solver who possesses excellent communication skills (written and oral). This is a great entry-level opportunity for a recent college graduate in hospitality, management or a similar field.

This is a part-time position (20 hrs/week) with possible additional hours; must be available to work weekends and evenings as needed. Compensation: $15.00/hr. 

Please send cover letter and resume to

The Academy of Music is hiring a part-time Box Office Manager:

The Academy of Music box office manager is responsible for controlling all aspects of tickets sales for the Academy. The box office manager works closely with the accountant, website manager and the renters of the Academy to make sure ticket sales and money are brought in balance, information for ticket sales is accurate and timely, and customer or renter concerns are addressed in a courteous and professional manner.

The box office manager trains and supervises personnel that work with ticket sales. This may include training new employees on computer software, handling credit card payments and potential difficulties. The box office manager works closely with staff to help with problem solving challenges and to support their work environment.

The box office manager responds to customer complaints and deals with any issues that arise at the ticket counter.

The box office manager sets the ticket and show pages through Ticketfly and website platform.


• 2 years of relevant experience working in a box office environment for non-profit venue or organization
• Strong computer skills
• Broad knowledge of box office protocols and procedures
• Excellent customer service skills
• Knowledge of, on-line ticket sales, credit card procedures
• Strong bookkeeping skills


• Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent
• Extensive experience in a box office environment

Please send resume and three references by September 7th to Theater Manager Addie MacDonald @

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble/Social Media Assistant for Fall-Spring 2017-18
Location:  Northampton/Leeds MA  with-
   Rehearsal Studio  #233/ Eastworks Bldg., Easthampton
   Home Office/ Northampton, MA
A brief description of position: Part-time Paid Position starting in end of August for designing and posting SOCIAL MEDIA  for Serious Play Theatre Esnemble toward fundraising and project production updates & also handle box office and ticketing thru brownpapertickets. We need someone to be in charge of coordinating engaging social media postings on Facebook, Instagram; regularly update our website with information, photographs and videos; help with outreach and public listings/press releases of productions; coordinate our online yearly Nov-Dec fund-raising campaign with National Giving Tuesday.  

Please contact Artistic Director, Sheryl Stoodley
413-588-7439 or email your resume
Pioneer Valley theatre groups: Did you know that Smith Vocational High School (80 Locust St., Northampton) has a gym with a stage--and that this space can be rented by community organizations? For more information, visit their website.
Open casting call and age appropriate casting for "Sister Act".

*Must be in at least 9th grade to audition*

Attend one of the following audition times:
Friday, September 8th @ 6:00pm
Saturday, September 9th @ 10:00am

Ja'Duke Center for the Performing Arts
110 Industrial Blvd
Turners Falls, MA 01376

Audition Info
You will be asked to learn and perform a short piece of choreography. Please dress appropriately for dance and movement.

Be prepared to sing a song for the show.

For more information please visit:

Email Kimberly at:

Call Ja'Duke at 413-863-0001
Audition phone lines are LIVE for ALSCT's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!
Call Amherst Leisure Services at 413-259-3065 for your appointment!
AUDITIONS: Friday, Sept. 15Saturday, Sept. 16Sunday, Sept. 17
Callbacks Monday, September 18
Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater (ALSCT) brings Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the classic “tale as old as time” to the UMass Bowker Auditorium stage in January, 2018. Lavish sets and costumes, a full live orchestra, and enthusiastic audiences fill the 600-seat theater for nine performances. Actors, singers, and dancers ages 7-107 are encouraged to audition.
ALSCT strives to be inclusive in casting and welcomes talented performers and theater enthusiasts of all backgrounds to participate in auditions and/or be a part of the behind-the-scenes team.
For more information, see
Director: Dave Grout
Musical Director: Cindy Naughton
Choreographer: Mary Ann Holmes
Conductor: Max Sherrill

Heidi Haas Improv 

Theater improvisation increases spontaneity, creativity and self-confidence. We will work on tuning into one’s scene partners, creating bold characters and developing skits with each other. The students will have opportunities to perform in the community, for family and friends

Middle School Group~ Weds. 3:00-5:00, Beginning September 6
Elementary-Age Group~ Thurs. 3:30-5:00, Beginning September 7

Heidi Haas 584-5562

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