Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pioneer Valley Theatre News February 15, 2018

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 February 15 - March 7, 2018

With so many fantastic fully staged productions in the valley, it's easy to forget about all the staged readings. But staged readings are an affordable way to see new work and experience more theatre. Tonight, Smith College kicks off it's spring New Play Reading Series with a work by Lyssandra Norton. The semester will include four subsequent readings as well. Real Live Theatre is also hosting a reading of WHEN LAST WE FLEW at Gateway City Arts this Saturday: see the listing below for more information and tickets.

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Real Live Theatre presents WHEN LAST WE FLEW
February 17 at 7:00 PM at Gateway City Arts
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from Howlround
Pop Theatre: Revitalizing and Reimagining a Dying Artform
by Zach Donovan

From the article: 

The summer after my freshman year at New York University, I returned to my hometown of Fishers, Indiana. I remember a night that July, driving back to my dad’s house with a car full of Goodwill props and painted lumber after closing Say When Theatre Company's production of Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl—my first theatrical success. Say When Theatre Company is a company I founded with my childhood friend for the sole purpose of producing this play we both loved. We cast our best friends, rehearsed in my dad’s basement, built the set in my mom’s garage, partnered with a local historic home to bring arts programming to a venue that was primarily rented for weddings.

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Smith College Department of Theatre New Play Reading Series presents HOW TO DATE A MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL
Written and Directed by Lyssandra Norton MFA
Thursday, February 15 at 7:30 PM
Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College
122 Green Street, Northampton, MA

Spencer is sure he's found the perfect girl, complete with quirky hobbies, an alternative look, and an indie road trip. But does he really know her at all? Or is he just seeing her in pieces?

Free and open to the public.

UMass Theater presents Dream Play

An immersive experience based on the classic play by August Strindberg
Directed by Mary Corinne Miller

February 15, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.
Departs from and concludes in the Curtain Theater, and travels to Rooms 433-442 on the Fourth Floor Arts Bridge, Fine Arts Center; accessible
$5 per play students/seniors, $15 general admission
We accept credit cards and Ucards at the door
Visit the Fine Arts Center Box Office in person, online, or by calling 1-800-999-UMAS

Eyes looking forward, feet still, knees straight ahead — that's how we take in most theater performances. Not so with UMass Theater's Dream Play. In director Mary Corinne Miller’s innovative vision for August Strindberg’s drama, the internal psyche of dreams comes to life in a site-specific, experiential/immersive play, the first of its kind to be part of the UMass mainstage season.
Audience members are invited to mingle with performers as they forge their own path through this unique take on a classic, running Feb. 7-17 on the fourth floor Arts Bridge in the UMass Fine Arts Center. 
Written in 1901 as a counter strike on the era of realism, Dream Play  challenged people to reconsider how they experienced time and space. 
In Strindberg’s original production, Dream Play followed Agnes, a daughter of the gods, on her quest to understand humanity. In her travels, she met countless individuals and couples whose suffering was great. Miller’s immersive adaptation of this play invites the audience to step into the role of Agnes. Like her, they'll venture through the story, meeting the other characters Agnes met, pondering what their experiences mean. They will encounter not only the hardships of human existence but the joys of life; they will get the opportunity to discover for themselves what it means to be human. 
A team of fourteen actors will guide audience members from the Curtain Theater up to the fourth floor Arts Bridge in the Fine Arts Center, where a dream-world will unfold throughout ten different rooms. Audience members can choose to stay in one room, follow a specific actor on their journey through the space, or forge their own pathway through the Arts Bridge. 
Not only will this production of Dream Play be the first immersive, experiential performance done as a mainstage production at UMass Theater, it will also be one of the first to experiment with engaging all five senses throughout the performance. Audience members will not be required to participate in the performance but may be offered objects to hold by actors, invited to listen through telephones, experience smells in the separate rooms, and even taste food and drink while they move through the spaces.
After the performance concludes, audience members are invited to join members of the production in the Curtain Theater to mingle, enjoy a beverage, and discuss the performance.

Buy your tickets now and join us inside a gorgeous, surreal world!
Exit 7 Theater presents William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
February 16, 17 at 8pm, February 18 at 2pm
Exit 7 Theater, 37 Chestnut st, Ludlow, MA
(413)583-4301 or at

The Exit 7 Players are proud to announce Its winter production, William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Show dates are February 9,10, 16, and 17 at 8pm and February 11 and 18 at 2pm. The Bard’s famous comedic romp known for the brilliant war of words between the feisty Beatrice and the staunch bachelor Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party. When Don Pedro Prince of Aragon visits Leonato, Duke of Messina, love antics ensue. War hero Claudio falls in love with Leonato’s daughter, Hero and their marriage is agreed upon. While marriage preparations ensue, Don Pedro schemes up a plan to make old flames and longtime bantering partners Benedick and Beatrice fall in love. This charming exploration of love and marriage, friendship and honor, features some of Shakespeare’s wittiest and most poignant dialogue.

The show is directed by Ryan Bird. Ticket prices are $22 (preferred), $20 (adult) and $18 (seniors over 62/children 12 and under), and are available through the Exit 7 Theater website at or via phone at (413) 583-4301. Discounted group tickets are also available by calling the box office.
Sunderland Public Library presents Sunderland Short Story Series
February 17 at 2:00 PM
Sunderland Public Library - Community Room

Dramatic readings performed by professional local actors that bring short stories to life.

Myka Plunkett reads "The Lone Pilgrim" by Laurie Colwin

Troy David Mercier reads stories from "Man Seeking Woman" by Simon Rich

This performance is free and open to all.
Happier Valley Comedy presents the Happier FAMILY Comedy Show
February 17 at 3:00 PM
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, best for 5-12 year olds and their adults. Every show is all new and created on the spot based on your suggestions. A high-energy interactive improv comedy show that is funny for the whole family. $5/child, $10/adult, 4 and under/free (attendees do NOT have to pay museum admission; however discounted show tickets are available for museum members).
Real Live Theatre presents When Last We Flew (a staged reading)
February 17 at 7:00 PM
Gateway City Arts

After stealing his local library’s only copy of Angels in America, misfit teenager Paul locks himself in the bathroom and begins reading the landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him in his small Kansas suburb are about to take flight, and over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen…

RLT presents a staged reading of the funny and powerful script When Last We Flew by playwright Harrison David Rivers. This coming of age story follows teens Paul, Ian, and Natalie (and their families) as they take ownership of their identities as Black, gay, and activists.

Co-directed by Ellen Morbyrne & Trenda Loftin.

The reading is taking place at Gateway City Arts and their fabulous Bistro will be open for food and drinks before and after the performance. A perfect all-in-one night out! Check out their full menu.

Mature content (sexual themes and strong language).
This reading is also a fundraiser for RLT's 2018 5th Anniversary Season. Sliding scale tickets $10-$20. (Inquire about potential group discounts.)

Promotional image art by Clare Black.

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Happier Valley Comedy presents We Made a Thing: a Tiny Audience Show
February 19
February 26
Northampton Senior Center

We Made a Thing, a tiny audience show: Super casual, weekly improvised theater show every Monday at 9pm at 67 Conz Street, Northampton. Free.


Smith College Department of Theatre presents THE WOLVES 
by Sarah DeLappe
directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer
February 23, 24, March 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre
Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College
122 Green Street, Northampton, MA

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

Tickets $10 General, $5 Students/Seniors, FREE for Smith students.
Purchase tickets online or by calling 413-585-3220.

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

Ja'Duke Center for the Performing Arts

Ko Theater Works/Ko Festival of Performance
Majestic Theater

New Century Theatre

PaintBox Theatre

Pauline Productions

Real Live Theatre

Red Thread Theater

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble

Silverthorne Theater

Smith College Department of Theatre

St. Michael's Players


Turbulent Times Theater

Westfield Theatre Group

Wilbraham United Players
CitySpace Inc. seeks a driven and proactive Capital Campaign Consultant responsible for a fundraising effort to reconstruct and renovate the 2nd floor of the historic Old Town Hall. Renovations will include making the 2nd floor accessible to the public and developing a public gathering and performance space. The Capital Campaign Consultant will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the CitySpace capital campaign. The consultant will work in partnership with the CitySpace Board of Directors and a Capital Campaign Committee to carry out a fundraising plan targeting individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies to support this initiative. The Capital Campaign Consultant will coordinate a $2.5 million fundraising effort as part of anticipated $5 million campaign.

Details and application here. 
K and E Theater Group Sweeney Todd Auditions at Gateway City Arts
February 20, 5:00-10:00 PM
Gateway City Arts 92-114 Race Street, Holyoke, MA  01040
K and E Theater Group is so excited to announce auditions for their premiere production 
" Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street".
Auditions are February 20, 2018 from 5-10pm. Callbacks will be held Febraury 26, 2018 from 
5-10pm. Both auditions and callbacks wil take place at Gateway City Arts.

Please email to secure an audition slot. Please include in your email 3 times that you request for a time slot and someone will answer confirming your slot.
Hampshire Shakespeare Company
650 E Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

HSC Hiring 2 Stage Managers & a Technical Director
Hampshire Shakespeare is seeking two Stage Managers and a Technical Director for our summer season of Othello and Twelfth Night. Please view all staffing opportunities at

Please send all inquiries to
Valley Performance Playground presents Movers & Shakers
Fridays, 10-10:45 am Jan 5-March 16, April 6-June 15
Northampton Center for the Arts, Downstairs, 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA

Go on a creative adventure each week with your child as you move your bodies and stretch your imaginations. Children will gain physical awareness and hone social skills as they explore the dynamics of movement and rhythm. The class is designed to give caregivers the opportunity to connect with their children in a joyful and playful environment and take home creative tools to incorporate into everyday life. A variety of music, imaginative props, and stories will be used to create a stimulating and fun creative movement/drama class.

Ages: 18 mos-5 yrs, and their grown-ups,
drop-ins welcome ($15, 1/2 price for siblings)
More information.
NOW MUSIC AND THEATER Summer Programs for Children at beautiful Eaglebrook School 

Eggtooth Productions offers TWO different two week sessions of summer theater or music for children ages 8-13.
July 30 - August 10, 2018
MUSIC with Jo Sallins 
This program allows children to have their hands on their very own instrument and become part of an ensemble. Participants are taken on a journey from percussion basics into complex sound techniques for a truly magnificent music appreciation experience.
THEATER with Bill Stewart 
Learn about stage play and combat, comic bits, delightful language and the joy that play can bring all while relishing the language of the Bard. Children create their own devised production that will be presented at the end of the session!
Registration Form 
The cost is $590 with a limit of 15 children in each section. A check may be made to: Eggtooth Productions 102 Highland Ave., Greenfield, MA 01301. Founded in 1922, Eaglebrook School is located on 750 acres on the Pocumtuck Ridge in Deerfield, MA just off Routes 5 & 10. To learn more about Eaglebrook School or for directions visit: Camp runs 9 AM to 3 PM with mornings devoted to creation and rehearsal. Lunch will be provided in the beautiful Gibbs Dining Hall.  Activities including swimming in the Schwab Pool, playing on the fields, and more.
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