Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I hope you have a lot to be thankful for this year. I know all these theatre companies have YOU to be thankful for - as do I. Thanks for reading and submitting to this newsletter. Thanks for keeping theatre alive in the Pioneer Valley.
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Éric Fassin is a sociologist and professor of political science at the Université Paris VIII. His research focuses on contemporary sexual and racial politics and their intersections (particularly with regard to immigration issues in Europe) from a comparative perspective. He is the author of Gauche: l’avenir d’une désillusion (2014) (The Left: The Future of Disillusion) and Démocratie précaire: Chroniques de la déraison (2012) (Precarious Democracy: Chronicles of Foolishness) and has contributed to Roms et Riverains. Une politique municipale de la race (2014) (Roma and Locals. Municipal Politics on Race)
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The Majestic Theater presents Crimes of the Heart
by Beth Henley November 23 through December 10
The Majestic, West Springfield
The story is set in Hazelhurst, Mississippi in 1974, and focuses on the gathering of the three Magrath sisters; Lenny, Meg and Babe. The trio has come together at the home of their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in a local hospital. Lenny, the eldest sister, is unmarried and facing few prospects. Meg, the middle sister, has had an unsuccessful attempt to launch a singing career in California, and Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her abusive husband. Joining them are their cousin Chick, an old boyfriend of Meg's named Doc, and Barnette, an awkward young lawyer attempting to keep Babe out of jail. As one critic put it, "It's a play with heart, wit, and zany passion."
Cast members include Emily Bloch (Lenny), Suzanne Ankrum (Meg), Katie Sloan (Babe), Dan Whelton (Doc), Josiah Durham (Barnette) and Elizaeth Drevits (Chick). The play is directed by Cate Damon, and producing director is Danny Eaton. Set designer is Greg Trochlil, Dawn McKay is costume designer and lighting designer is Dan Rist. Stephen Petit is production stage manager.
Ticket for the play range from $23-$30 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.
Silverthorne Theater Company presents YOUR VOICE, POET
Saturday, November 25 at 8 pm
The Bing Arts Center, located at 716 Sumner Avenue, Springfield
Sunday, November 26 at 3 pm
The Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main Street, Greenfield.
There is no admission charge. Refreshments will be provided free of charge.
FREE Community Arts event features a performance of YOUR VOICE, POET, by Haitian-American playwright Jean Dany Joachim. Winner of Silverthorne Theater's 2016 Playwrights of Color competition will be performed by members of NYC's Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble. Performance followed by extended facilitated discussion of the function of the arts in a dysfunctional world.
Supported in part by a grant from MassHumanities.
UMass Theater Department presents QUEER & NOW: A Lip Sync Spectacular December 1 at 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, December 2 at 7:00 PM
UMass French Hall, Room 102
QUEER & NOW: A Lip Sync Spectacular is a new theatrical event that fuses the forms of drag, lip sync, and ensemble-based physical theater. Conceived by director Garrett Sager in response to the increased anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric in American culture, QUEER & NOW disrupts oppressive narratives through the celebration of queerness as an act of radical dissent.
This event was made possible (in part) by a grant from the UMass Arts Council.
Serious Play Theatre Ensemble presents PULSE December 1 and 2 at 8:00 PM
The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
Direct from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scottish actress and musician Mairi Campbell performs her critically acclaimed one-woman show! A tale of growth, discovery, and passion, this performance tells Campbell's own story, her search for her musical "pulse."
"Not many musicians could hope to fill a theatre with a one-woman experimental musical about their own lives. But Mairi Campbell’s new show 'Pulse' in which she acts, sings, plays the fiddle and dances the story of her own musical coming of age has been selected to represent the best of Scottish musical culture at the prestigious Showcase event at Celtic Connections in January 2016." -Jackie Kemp/ journalist
"Pulse" is a part of Serious Play Theatre Ensemble's new Perspectives Through Performance Initiative, a program of performance exchange with theatre artists from the U.K., particularly Edinburgh.
Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors and students, and $20 at the door. Reservations are strongly recommended! Tickets available here.
Serious Play Theatre Ensemble - ROOTS AND WINGS A conversation with Mairi Campbell, John Sheldon, Managing Director Robin Doty, and Artistic Director Sheryl Stoodley
Sunday, December 3, 3:30-5:00 PM
at the new Northampton Community Arts Trust building, 33 Hawley St from 3:30-5pm (Free to public)
Discussing the collaboration of musicians, their personal storytelling and ensemble theatre- and the inspiration for, and making of, both PULSE and Serious Play's THE RED GUITAR.
When I first saw Mairi Campbell perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival , she owned every moment of her movement, her story, her music, her singing- every sound she uttered onstage. She owned them with a vitality, commitment and grace, all her own. I was inspired as I observed her enthusiasm for the exploration of her own creative expression, the care and intelligence with which she infuses every step of her ongoing process. It was never ego that was at stake. She has the patience to keep exploring, and she is never content with mediocre attempts in herself or others. She is an authentic artist, the kind of performer I seek out as a collaborator with Serious Play. I knew I wanted to bring her here to the Pioneer Valley.
- Sheryl Stoodley
UMass New Play Lab Snowflakes by Dustin Chinn: Dec. 1, 2, 7 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
Unconditional by Tatiana Rodriguez: Nov. 30, Dec. 6, 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Attrition by Nicholas Cummings: Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.
Gabriel Harrell and Gaven Trinidad, Kim Euell and Judyie Al-Bilali
The Curtain Theater, Fine Arts Center
Dustin Chinn has spent time developing plays across the nation, from Washington D.C., to the Ma-Yi Theater Company in New York, A.C.T. in San Francisco, and most recently at The Ground Floor Summer Lab Intensive at Berkeley Rep. His work is edgy and humorous. Chinn doesn’t shy away from political discourses on race and representation in the United States. In his futuristic political satire Snowflakes or Rare White People, Chinn explores conversations around whiteness through the lenses of people of color in the 23rd century United States.
Attrition, by student Nicholas Cummings '19, delves into the complicated friendship between two working class men at three vastly different stages in their lives. Cummings explores the complexities and multiple dimensions of love. Audience members will see how these two men’s lives are intertwined through the performances of six different actors who will perform the two characters throughout the play.
Tatiana Maria Rodriguez '19 presents her play Unconditional, a drama about the experiences of a circle of college-aged friends caught in abusive relationships. Rodriguez explores how even in the most tumultuous experiences in one’s life, love and support can always be found. Rodriguez is also an author of other plays. A presentation of her short play “The Difference” was enthusiastically received at the Five College Word! Festival last Spring. Her play was the only one selected to represent UMASS.
$5 per play students/seniors, $15 for a choice of 2 plays for general admission
Visit the Fine Arts Center Box Office in person, online, or by calling 1-800-999-UMAS
Mount Holyoke College Department of Theatre Arts presents BULL IN A CHINA SHOP December 7-9 at 7:30 pm, December 11 at 2:00 pm
at the Rooke Theatre on the MHC campus
The Mount Holyoke College Department of Theatre Arts concludes its Fall Season with Bryna Turner’s BULL IN A CHINA SHOP. Directed by Molly Page, the original play is inspired by the real letters between Mary Woolley, MHC's 11th President, and Jeannette Marks, spanning 1888-1937. This fast-paced comedy asks: What is revolution? What does it mean to be at odds with the world? How do we fulfill our potential? The production includes set design by Wenfei Jia, lighting by Yael Silver, and sound by Lara Dubin.
"A pugnacious, tender and gloriously funny new play. Bryna Turner makes an immensely auspicious professional playwriting debut....Bull in a China Shop is passionate, joyous and radiant with life!"
- The New York Times
Buy Tickets Now at: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/theatre
For reservations: (413) 538-2406 or email: email@example.com
Reserved tickets must be picked up ½ hour prior to the performance.
Tickets: $8 general | $5 students and senior citizens
“HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 2017” AT MAJESTIC THEATER Special Holiday Variety Show to Run December 13-22
The family-friendly show, featuring Pioneer Valley-based performers, has become a tradition at the theater for the past nine years. Similar in style to nostalgic holiday specials of years past headlined by Andy Williams and Perry Como, “Home For The Holidays 2017” will be hosted by singer Ray Guillemette, Jr., who has headlined several previous "Home for the Holidays” shows and countless "A Ray of Elvis" sold-out shows at the Majestic.
Joining Ray onstage will be veteran Majestic performers including Ben Ashley (“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” “La Cage aux Folles”), Sue Dzuira (“Miss Saigon,” “Next to Normal”), Tomm Knightlee (“The Full Monty,” “La Cage aux Folles”), Christine Greene (“Blood Brothers,” “La Cage aux Folles”), Kaytlyn Vandelochte (“Million Dollar Quartet,” “Amadeus”)
Other performers in the lineup are Amy Porchelli, Steven Sands, Brad Shepard and Michael Morales. Santa Claus will also be on hand to entertain.
The show will be directed by Cate Damon, with music direction by Mitch Chakour. Band members include Chakour, Tim Hosmer and Cliff Schofer.
Tickets are $24 & $26 for adults, and $10 for children 10 and under, and are available by visiting or calling the Majestic Theater Box Office at (413) 747-7797 during its hours of operation (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday10am - 5pm, Wednesday 10am - 8pm, and Saturday 10am - 1pm).
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
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Hampshire Shakespeare Company is currently seeking a Production Manager, a Fundraising Director, and a Publicist for the 2018 Summer season of “Shakespeare Under the Stars,” which will include the adult productions of Othello and Twelfth Night and the Young Company production to follow. Please see the website for more information on how to apply!
Office Manager/Programs Coordinator Needed for Innovative Improv Company
Would you like to make a living facilitating laughter and joy? Happier Valley Comedy is a small, nonprofit company in Western Massachusetts in search of a sharp Office Manager/Programs Coordinator. Happier Valley Comedy’s mission is to bring more laughter and joy to Western Massachusetts by providing regular improv comedy shows, a full-curriculum improv school, and personal/professional training programs. If you are psyched about doing the administrative work, logistics and program coordination necessary to maintain a small non-profit then this may be the job for you. If, in addition to running the day-to-day activities, you are excited about the opportunity to help a small company grow via fundraising, marketing and grant-writing, then this may be your dream job.
Presently, Happier Valley Comedy is run exclusively by its founder, who needs someone who has strong office management skills and an interest in learning new skills. The position has a lot of growth potential and would be a super exciting job for someone interested in getting in on the ground floor of an improv company with an extremely supportive, enthusiastic, and burgeoning cliental community.
The position is paid hourly for up to 40 hours/week - flexible hours and potential for remote work. The pay is $18/hour.
● Demonstration of strong office management skills
● Experience coordinating and administering logistics for events/classes/workshops
● Strong communication skills, including writing
● Proficient in online and social media communication tools, such as: Google Drive, Excel/Google
Sheets, Google Calendar, Brown Paper Tickets, MailChimp, Weebly, Canva, Facebook, Twitter,
● Managing payroll process and analyzing big picture financial plans
● Highly organized, detail-oriented, and capable of independent prioritized task management with
● A quick learner and self-starter with an interest in the arts and a commitment to help grow the
● While sales, marketing, and/or grant-writing experience is a bonus, more important are an
interest and aptitude to learn independently through experience and become skilled in these areas. The company president is willing to provide training and experience for the right individual
● Positive, helpful attitude in interactions with clients
● Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree preferred
Key Duties and Responsibilities :
Administrative/Office Management Duties: Independent, crackerjack organizing of office operations and procedures. Correspond with clients and staff in a positive, supportive way. Design images for programs. Update website. Self-directed design and implement of office policies by establishing standards and procedures; measuring results against standards; making necessary adjustments.
Logistics/Coordination : Manage and administer registration, logistics, and running of 6+ weekly classes, workshops, retreats and special events throughout the year. Organize and manage annual schedule of classes in conjunction with president, staff, and teachers. Liaison with staff and clients. Provide contracting and other paperwork for teachers and clients. Assist with show production duties (booking guests, space rental, organizing volunteers.)
Sales and Marketing: Create and enact traditional and unique publicity and marketing strategies to promote class, shows, and training programs as well as grow client base. Draft eye-catching, weekly newsletters, press releases and social media posts. Solicit sponsors and carry out fulfillment of sponsors’ agreements.
Financial Oversight: Prepare payroll. Coordinate with bookkeeper to analyze financials (draft P&Ls) in order to create beneficial financial strategies. Grant-writing preferred.
Interested parties should review www.happiervalley.com . Send cover letter and CV to: Pam Victor, firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Center Dance Studio is seeking a costume designer for our upcoming production of A 21st Century Nutcracker. Specifically, we need to hire someone to design/sew costumes for our Battle Scene, which features a horde of mice, a Mouse Queen and the Nutcracker himself. This person should be skilled in the art of constructing costumes that can be danced in! Cast size for Battle Scene is about 10 dancers.
Our show is Saturday, December 16th. Dress Rehearsal is Sunday, December 10th.
The Center Dance Studio is located in Amherst, MA. We are in our 4th year of operation. A 21st Century Nutcracker is in its 2nd year of production. We would love to develop an ongoing relationship with a local costume designer, as we forsee many productions in our future!
This article featured in The Hampshire Gazette last year gives a good overview of the production. To learn more about our studio, visit www.thecenterdance.com