Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pioneer Valley Theatre News September 14, 2017

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September 14 - October 4, 2017

The World Premiere of The Scarlet Professor opera opens tomorrow - and tickets for the opening professional cast weekend are almost sold out. Perhaps I will see you there!

UMass Amherst Theater is offering subscriptions this year - $45 for tickets to all shows, including both Play Lab shows - and only $25 for students. More information about their season here.

The next issue will include events through October 11. 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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from Howlround
The West Side Story Appropriation We Never Really Talk About
by Viviana Vargas
From the article: 

While in graduate school this past spring, I engaged in a research paper project on people of color in the 1950s New York City theatre scene. One of my case studies truly stuck with me personally as an underreported historical happening I felt I needed to share. Months later, as this essay makes its way to HowlRound in this time of visibly heightened white supremacy and based on a topic during a time period that occurred more than half a century ago, its message is still extremely relevant in thinking about how we can counter white supremacy in our arts, on our stages, and in our legacies.

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
Spindrift Theatre presents SILENT SKY by Lauren Gunderson
Thursday thru Saturday Sep. 14-16, 7:30 PM and Sunday, Sep. 17, 2:00 PM,
Shea Theater, Turners Falls.

With Myka Plunkett, Marina Goldman, Louise Krieger, Linda Tardif, and Reynolds Whalen.

TICKETS at the Door. $16 and $14 Seniors/ Students. 413-586-6095, 413-648-7432.
The Majestic Theater presents

September 14 Through October 22
Majestic Theater, West Springfield

The Majestic Theater celebrates the launch of its 21st Season with the opening of “The Bridges of Madison County” on September 7. The Tony Award-winning musical was adapted from Robert James Waller's 1992 book, which also inspired the hit film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood.
The story revolves around Francesca Johnson, an Italian war bride living in Winterset, Iowa in 1965. She has had eighteen years of a largely unfulfilling farm life, and when her husband Bud and two teenage children leave Iowa to attend a national 4H fair, she looks forward to a weekend free from responsibility. But then a stranger named Robert Kincaid, a photographer for National Geographic, drives up seeking directions to the covered bridges he's been assigned to photograph, and from that moment both of their lives change.
Cast members include Heather Hannon (Francesca), John Baker (Bud Johnson), Joe Casey (Robert Kincaid), Bryan Austermann (Michael), Molly Damon-Rush (Carolyn), Margie Secora (Marge), Kevin Reid (Charlie), and Kaytlyn Vandeloecht (Marian/Club Singer/Waitress). Theater Project Founder Danny Eaton is producing director, Mitch Chakour is music director and set design is by Greg Trochlil. Costume design is by Dawn McKay, and Dan Rist is lighting designer. Cate Damon is stage manager, and production manager is Stephen Petit.
Ticket for the play range from $23-$33 and are now available by calling or visiting the box office during its hours of operation, which are Monday through Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm. Tickets are now also available for the rest of the Majestic's 21th Season lineup, which includes “Crimes of the Heart” (November 2-December 10, 2017), “Alabama Story” (January 4-February 11, 2018), “Outside Mullingar” (February 22-April 1, 2018) and the season closer, “Guys and Dolls” (April 12-May 27, 2018).

For additional information, visit the website.  
Exit 7 Players presents A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams

September 15, 16 at 8:00 PM
September 17 at 2:00 Pm

Exit 7 Players Theatre, 37 Chestnut Street, Ludlow, MA
Directed by Bob Laviolette

Explosive, passionate, and heartrending, A Streetcar Named Desire is modern American theatre at its best. When fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois arrives on the doorstep of her sister Stella’s apartment building in New Orleans, she is unwittingly entering a lion’s den. Wounded by romantic abuses, loss, and dangerous mistakes, Blanche prefers her world kept in dim, flattering light, fuzzy at the edges. She is shocked by Stella’s simple existence, her new low-class habits, and most of all, her crude, simple husband, Stanley. Stanley is fierce and unpredictable, moving from violence to softness in an instant, and he and Blanche begin a cruel, sadistic dance that’s only possible end is pain. 

With his signature poetic prose, muggy Southern Gothic setting, and psychological insight, Tennessee Williams’ mighty play, and his troubled, eccentric heroine, unravel before our very eyes.

Cast List
Blanche Dubois - Stephanie Gilbert
Stanley Kowalski - Gio Castellano
Stella Kowalski - Jami Wilson
Harold Mitchell "Mitch" - Matthew O'Reilly
Eunice Hubbell - Nancy Colby
Steve Hubbell - James Reilly
Pablo Gonzalez - Luis Serrano
Neighbor Lady/Flower Seller/Nurse - Carol Cisek
The Young Collector - Andrei Danilchenko
The Doctor - Jeffrey Flood

Tickets and other information are available online and by contacting the box office at (413)583-4301
Five College Opera presents The Scarlet Professor
composed by Eric Sawyer, libretto by Harley Erdman, based on the book by Barry Werth
September 15 at 8:00 PM,
September 16 at 8:00 PM,
September 17 at 3:00 PM,
September 23 at 8:00 PM,
September 24 at 3:00 PM
Theatre 14, Smith College

A true story of shame and scandal from 1960: renowned Smith English professor Newton Arvin is arrested and disgraced for possessing gay magazines and materials. The drama centers on Arvin’s friendship with a young colleague also caught in the scandal, as well as Arvin’s literary obsession with The Scarlet Letter, whose characters spring from his imagination onto the opera stage. The first weekend of world premiere performances presented by Five College Opera features a cast of top opera professionals. The second weekend features a cast of young artists from the Five Colleges. Ron Bashford directs the stage and Eduardo Leandro conducts an orchestra of Five College faculty.

More information. 
Happier Valley Comedy presents Happier FAMILY Comedy Show
September 16 at 3:00 PM
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA

Let's make your happy family HAPPIER!
Join us at The Happier FAMILY Comedy Show! 

Every show is all new and created on the spot based on your suggestions. Best for 5-12 year-olds and their adults.
This improv comedy show is
funny for the whole family!

The third Saturday of every month 3-4pm 
at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 W Bay Rd,
Amherst, MA

Tickets available at the door*
$5/children $10/adults
4 years and under are FREE!
Discounts available for groups of 8+ too!
*Attendees do not need to purchase museum entrance. 
**Note: Museum members get a discount for Show tickets.
Pioneer Valley Theatre Companies
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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

Smith College Department of Theatre

St. Michael's Players


Westfield Theatre Group
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
William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

Directed by Ryan Bird

PERFORMANCE DATES: February 9-11 and 16-18, 2018
AUDITIONS: Closed auditions Sunday & Monday September 24 and 25, 6:30-9pm by appointment.  

Click here to schedule your appointment.

Actors who arrive without an appointment will be see on an “as available” basis.  

Please note that appointments will be in 15 minute blocks and times are first come/first served.

Call backs, as needed, by invitation on Wednesday, September 27

Please note that auditions are being held at the United Church of Christ in Ludlow, MA (a few blocks from Exit 7 theater) located at 51 Center St. Ludlow, MA. Please email if you have any questions.

All actors must be 18 years of age or older by audition date.  
All races, genders, shapes and sizes are encouraged to audition.  
All roles are open.  

All ages listed in role description are approximate only.  

Actors should bring a theater resume and headshot if they have one. 

Actors who wish to be considered for the roles of Beatrice, Benedick, Claudio, Hero and Dogberry should prepare an approximately one minute comedic Shakespearean monologue.  

Actors who are open to any role should familiarize themselves with the script and be prepared to read from the script.

REHEARSALS: Tentatively scheduled for Sunday-Wednesday beginning on or shortly after October 29th. With a break over the Thanksgiving and Winter holidays. Please be prepared to list conflicts with rehearsal dates at time of audition.

ROLES: 4-12 women and 7-12 men. Approximal half of the roles are gender neutral and very flexible on age

More information about each role.
J-ART in partnership with Phantom Sheep Productions presents Comedy Improv Classes Adults & Teens (15+)
Mondays beginning September 18 to October 30 
Springfield Jewish Community Center

Week Fall Session. Mondays 7-9PM starting September 18th.

All levels welcome and challenged at own pace. 
Sharpen quick thinking!
Unleash creativity and characters!
Build confidence!
Enjoy the power of collaboration!
Improve acting and stage presence!
Relax and laugh! (a lot)!
Taught in a very fun, encouraging, and constructive atmosphere.

Facebook event here. 
Open to the public. Discounts available for JCC and J-ART members
Valley Performance Playground
Creative Drama After-School Class

Tuesdays, 3:45-5:15, Sept 19-Dec 5, 2017, (12-week session)
Arts Trust Building, Lower Level, 33 Hawley St, Northampton

Looking for a creative outlet for your kids after-school? Check out Valley Performance Playground's newest fall class, CREATIVE DRAMA.

Each week, students will play theater and improvisation games, and explore vocal and movement exercises as they create and develop original characters. Collaboration, careful observation, and creative thinking will be emphasized throughout the process as students gain theater technique and confidence.

Instructor: Sarah Marcus
Ages: 7-11
Cost: $225

More information.
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