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Pioneer Valley Theatre News August 2, 2018

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 August 2 - 22, 2018

Want to be in a musical this fall? The audition phone line for Amherst Leisure Services production of Peter Pan is now open: call 413-259-3065 to schedule your appointment. 

There are a bunch of fantastic shows closing this weekend: don't miss Industrious Angels at Ko Festival, The Roommate at Pauline Productions, Mary's Wedding at Chester Theatre, Copenhagen at Ghost Light Theater, Death and Taxes at Arena Civic Theatre, The Amendments at the Cardboard Sea Theatre Company, and PaintBox Theatre's The Little Mermaid. Catch a few of those before they close!

The next issue will include events through August 29. 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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Audition Appointments Now Open: Call 413-259-3065
Ko Festival of Performance: INDUSTRIOUS ANGELS August 3-5
Tickets and more information.
from Howlround
Twenty-five Meditations on SITI Company's Theatre Piece No. 1
by David Dudley

From the article: 

1. While at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, John Cage ate breakfast every morning with friend/lover/dancer Merce Cunningham and architect/designer/author Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller. It was during one of these breakfasts in 1952 that Cage conceived of what would become Theater Piece No. 1. By lunch, he had written time brackets on sheets of paper, which he then gave to Cunningham, Fuller, painter Robert Rauschenberg, and poets M.C. Richards and Charles Olson, among others. Each person was to perform as themselves for the duration of time written on each piece of paper. Those sheets gave structure to Theater Piece No. 1.

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Berkshire on Stage
Pauline Productions presents THE ROOMMATE by Jen Silverman
Directed by Toby Vera Bercovici
starring Jeannine Haas and Lisa Abend

Thursday August 2, 7:30  $25/20
Friday and Saturday August 3 and August 4, 8pm  $25/20

First Congregational Church of Ashfield, MA
(right across from Town Hall) on Main Street (route 116)

Recently divorced and living in an old house in Iowa, Sharon (Lisa Abend) finds a sensible roommate like herself--a woman in her fifties to make ends meet. But she quickly learns that Robyn (Jeannine Haas), a vegan from the Bronx, couldn't be further from the ladies in her book club. Hell-bent on getting to know Robyn despite their differences, Sharon deploys her friendly Midwestern charm at full force. Their sensibilities are humorously mismatched, but turning over a new leaf can have unintended consequences.

"A refreshingly unique dramatization of an older female friendship that I don't think I've seen before.....Pleasantly quirky and surprisingly unexpected... Silverman has successfully penned a very natural yet still outrageous play that gets more and more compelling as it progresses." -Michael Quintos, Onstage LA

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(advanced sales end 3 hrs before curtain. Tickets on sale at door must be paid in cash or check)  

For more information:
Double Edge Theatre’s
We The People

Summer Spectacle 2018
August 2 - 19
8pm in July, 7:30 pm in August

Wed - Sun, rain or shine

We are reimagining We The People, with entirely uncharted territories to explore. The audience will travel among the fields, flowers, waterways, barns, forests, and secret paths of our blooming, verdant Farm. Birds fly above, transforming into human form as they gently land. Courageous citizens emerge from the past - a farmer, an immigrant, a suffragist, a black knight and more - leaving a legacy of vital imagination that shapes the present and future. Enormous creatures appear from the trees and spring up from the water; a woman’s voice is heard, her song of longing floating on the wind.
History, flight, and music are woven together to create an allegorical tapestry, the audience invited to wander among these fantastical, interlaced worlds.

For tickets:
Chester Theatre Company presents Mary's Wedding
by Stephen Massicotte
8/2 @ 2 & 8pm, 8/3 @ 8pm, 8/4 @ 2 & 8pm, 8/5 @ 2pm
Town Hall Theatre, 15 Middlefield Rd., Chester, MA

When Mary and Charlie find themselves sheltering from a storm in the same barn, they don’t yet realize their chance meeting will change their young lives. Time is a mere construct in this tale of a great love told in the shadow of the Great War.

Ghost Light Theater presents Copenhagen

Presented at Gateway City Arts
92 Race St, Holyoke Ma

Aug 2, 3, 4
8pm $12

The Tony Award—winning play that soars at the intersection of science and art, Copenhagen is an explosive re-imagining of the mysterious wartime meeting between two Nobel laureates to discuss the atomic bomb.

In 1941 the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a clandestine trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart and friend Niels Bohr. Their work together on quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle had revolutionized atomic physics. But now the world had changed and the two men were on opposite sides in a world war. Why Heisenberg went to Copenhagen and what he wanted to say to Bohr are questions that have vexed historians ever since. In Michael Frayn’s ambitious, fiercely intelligent, and daring new play Heisenberg and Bohr meet once again to discuss the intricacies of physics and to ponder the metaphysical—the very essence of human motivation.

Directed by Chris Rose

Niels Bohr - Jason Cook
Margarethe Bohr - Monique du Bois
Werner Heisenberg - Dominic Baird

Arena Civic Theatre presents Death And Taxes
8/2 at 7:30 pm, 8/3 7:30pm, 8/4 7:30pm & 8/5 2:30pm
Deerfield Community Center

Welcome to Hendricks where (more than) everything happens. Hendricks is a lot like some towns and residents we are familiar with and some of these residents are member of the Town Council. You will meet the editor/reporter of the Hendricks Herald (who can never find a pencil), the country doctor, the sheriff (former high school football star), the typical nosy neighbor, the Mayor who won her election by a hair (there were three recounts), the bickering married couple, the (forever unorganized) mayor's secretary, and the High School drama teacher (who eventually takes charge).

Hendricks doesn't have a town hall so they have to use the High School auditorium for their six member Town Council meetings. Council members and towns people (you, the audience) have been brought together for the regular city council meeting. Much to the chagrin of the Council, the Mayor has opted to turn this meeting into coroners jury because last week there was a MURDER in Carl and Mattie Johansen's living room.

There are hidden agendas, revelations, secrets and clues everywhere during this meeting. You should listen closely because you will have the opportunity to ask questions of all the council members, Dr. Bishop, Ms Martindale and Mattie Johansen so you can vote for the "winner".

Terry Adams
Jennifer Goselin
Su Hoyle
Tom Kokonowski
Jerry Marcanio
Dawn Mayo
Jim Merlin
Cristen Rosinski
Marvin Shedd

Directed by Jennifer Coliskey
Producer: Dawn Mayo
Costumes: Maggie Duprey

*Thursday, August 2nd is a discounted performance. ALL TICKETS $10.*

ticket prices for 8/3, 8/4 & 8/5:
General Admission- $16
Senior/Student- $13

The Cardboard Sea Theatre Company
The Amendments

By Jeff Donnelly
Directed by Todd Weakley
Performed by Charles Holt, Lauren Williams, and Kirstin Leigh Daniel
Friday, August 2 - Saturday, August 4, 2018, 8:00 PM
Anchor House of Artists
518 Pleasant Street
Northampton, MA. 01060-3997
(413) 588-4337

Tickets:  $20
Reserve tickets:
Adult content; not recommended for children.

Photo credit: Melissa Hunsucker

Ko Festival of Performance presents INDUSTRIOUS ANGELS

Fri. & Sat. August 3 & 4 at 8pm, Sunday August 5 at 4pm
Holden Theater, Amherst College

INDUSTRIOUS ANGELS is hand-made by Laurie McCants, in collaboration with director/lighting designer Sabrina Hamilton, scenic designer F. Elaine Williams, and composer Guy Klucevsek, who has created a haunting score with piano, violin, accordion, and toy piano.

INDUSTRIOUS ANGELS is a solo hand-crafted-story-spinning-shadow-puppet-memory-play-with-music evoking the secret creative lives of women, mother/daughter bloodlines, and the ghost of Emily Dickinson. In a shadowed attic, crammed with curio cabinets, work tables, chests and drawers (containers for mementos and unmentionables), a daughter searches for what it is that ties together her mother, herself, and a radical, elusive poet.

A story about the crafting of stories, INDUSTRIOUS ANGELS was conceived by actor/creator Laurie McCants on a visit to Emily Dickinson’s home, where the poet wrote the almost 1800 poems that were found after her death.  The story unfolds through puppetry, paper-cutting, music, movement, light and dark, and the weaving together of words.  It is a dance of the hands honoring women’s handiwork:  mending, preserving, ordering, adorning, writing, hiding.

This piece was developed at the Ko Festival of Performance and the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. It first premiered at the Ko Festival in 2011 and is being reworked and revived this year at Ko in conjunction with Annual Meeting of the Emily Dickinson International Society which is being hosted by the Emily Dickinson Museum.

An elite group of musicians, from as far afield as Vienna, gathered to record Klucevsek’s score for INDUSTRIOUS ANGELS. They include Todd Reynolds on violin, pianist and toy piano prodigy Isabel Ettenauer, and the composer on accordion.

$22 Adult, $18 Students and Seniors. $10 with SNAP/EBT. Limited number of $8 tickets available.

Tickets and more information.

Email for directions or further information, or call (413) 542-3750.

Exit 7 Youth Players presents The Little Mermaid
Friday 8/3 at 8:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 8/4-8/5 at 2PM, Friday 8/10 at 8PM, Saturdayand Sunday 8/11-12 at 2PM
Exit 7 Theater, 37 Chestnut Street, Ludlow, MA

Exit 7 Youth Players present Disney's The Little Mermaid August 3-5and 10-12. Based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, and the wildly popular Disney film, this musical staging of The Little Mermaid features a funny and fanciful book by Doug Wright, with the beloved score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Glenn Slater in an expanded but completely faithful form, featuring the rambunctious and persuasive “Under the Sea,” the romantic expectation of “Kiss the Girl,” and that anthem to longing and belonging, “Part of Your World.”

Directed by Andrew Gilbert with Music Direction by Dan Monte and Choreography by Stephanie Gilbert. 

Beautiful mermaid Ariel should be a happy girl -- she lives in an enchanted undersea country, her father is a King, and she has the most beautiful singing voice. But she is a passionate, headstrong teenager, and wants what she cannot have -- to live on land.

When she falls in love with a handsome human prince, Ariel is more determined than ever to gain a pair of legs. But her only option is to defy her furious father, and bargain for the help of Ursula the Sea Witch, with her voice the price of entry onto dry land. With the help of Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and officious court composer Sebastian the crab, Ariel must wordlessly gain the love of Prince Eric within three days -- or lose her soul to the ambitious witch! Please visit for tickets.

Reserved Ticket Prices: $22 Preferred (first four rows), $20 Adult, $18 Seniors (62+), Students with ID, and Children (12 and under). Prices for special shows and events may be different.
For group sales, (10 or more tickets/$15 each, Preferred seating not included) or wheelchair seating please contact the box office directly at 413.583.4301. Preferred seating excluded in group discount offer.

More information.
PaintBox Theatre presents
The Little Mermaid

Saturday & Sunday, August 4 & 5: 10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Williston Theatre

Wednesday, August 8: 10:30 a.m. (Rain date Thursday, August 9)
Easthampton Band Shell

Who reads underwater? No one! The books just end up a soggy mess. But our hero will find a way. Our 15th season closes with a PaintBox Theatre take on the classic deep-sea extravaganza, The Little Mermaid. Our Mermaid decides that she is going to figure out a way to get books under the sea and teach everyone there to read. If she can do this, there will be stories covering the seabed for as far as the fin can swim. We’ll witness the Mermaid’s epic struggle with the deep’s deadliest denizen: the Giant Octopus, played, in true PaintBox fashion, by the audience. Our cast features Linda Tardif, Myka Plunkett, and Connor Paradis, with Emily Bloch as the Mermaid. We’re planning special guest appearances by our “Mistress of Cardboard,” Lee Thomson and our costumer extraordinaire, Christina Beam. 
You can see PaintBox Theatre’s shows at the Williston Theatre in Easthampton (air-conditioned!) and the Easthampton Band Shell. As always, PaintBox Theatre’s performances will feature lots of audience participation, artwork created by dozens of local kids, and plenty of belly laughs.

Williston Theatre, 18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton
Easthampton Band Shell, 2 Ferry Street, along the Manhan Rail Trail
Tickets: $10, Free for children under 2
Season Pass: $24
Groups (12+): $7 each, email
Tickets at the door or
The Country Players Youth Production 
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – A Musical 

Adapted for stage by Susan K. Morgan, Original Music by Danny Elfman
New Lyrics by Susan K. Morgan and Nikolas Thompson

August 10th and August 11th, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sunday August 12th at 2:30pm.  Performances will be held at Frontier Regional High School, 113 N Main Street, South Deerfield MA.  Tickets: Adult General Admission $12, Students (10 and under) $10, and Seniors (65 and up) $10
The Country Players’ Youth Theater troupe has been busy once again! Join us for Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – A Musical, featuring the music of this much beloved story. Come see Jack, Sally, Oogie Boogie, Dr Finkelstein, the Mayor and all the fun characters of Halloween town tell this fun story.
Facebook event 

Happier Valley Comedy: Grand Opening Show
Saturday, August 11 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Rd, Hadley, MA

Don't miss the first ever show in our NEW HOME! Longtime local favorites The Ha-Ha's take the stage for the first time along with friends Kelsey Flynn, Paul McNeil, and Scott Braidman for a completely improvised comedy show. Stick around after the show for a theater tour, raffles, and a celebratory drink next door at The Taproom! Saturday, August 11th at 7pm at the new Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $13 online and at the door.
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

Starlight's Youth Theatre, Inc.


Turbulent Times Theater

Westfield Theatre Group

Wilbraham United Players
Smith College Department of Theatre is hiring
Publicity Manager for the Arts 

Position Summary:

Provide creative vision for audience development and publicity management in the Dance, Theatre, Music, and Film and Media Studies Departments. Plan and manage publicity efforts, and develop promotional ideas in conjunction with chairs and artistic directors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Develop long-term strategies for publicity, marketing and on-line presence. Plan and manage new publicity efforts and promotional ideas in conjunction with chairs and artistic directors.

Responsible for the design, production, and distribution of all physical and digital publicity and marketing materials. Collect information, and create (writing and editing, and creating or supervising layout and design) all publicity materials for Dance, Music, Theatre, and Film and Media Studies public events. Write, edit, and disseminate press releases, PSAs, and associated material in timely fashion for regular performing arts season events and for additional events as assigned by supervisor.

Understand and follow Smith College general public relations protocols. Coordinate with College Relations as appropriate. Maintain media materials for press and websites. Plan and coordinate new publicity efforts and promotional ideas in conjunction with chairs and department objectives.

Hire, train, supervise, and maintain schedules and job assignment descriptions for student employees.

Plan and analyze annual budgets and submit to chairs for feedback and approval. Manage publicity budget. Work with departments to set audience and revenue goals, and consult on ticket pricing with attention to those goals. Coordinate with Budget and Provost’s offices about budget and additional needs.

May need to attend evening rehearsals, performances, concerts, screenings and/or other events. May advise or participate in committee work or planning in the four departments.


Education/Experience: BA/BFA and 3 years job-related experience and/or the equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Professional experience in arts marketing and/or publicity.

Skills: Ability to solve problems; ability to take initiative; excellent communication (oral and written), organizational and interpersonal skills; strong project and budget management skills. Comfort and experience with social media and marketing. Graphic design skills are a plus but not required.

Additional Information:

This is a 44 week, academic year position.  Applications can be submitted until August 15, 2018 for priority consideration for this position.  The search committee will begin reviewing candidate profiles on August 16th, 2018.

More info and to apply. 


Music by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Directed by Patricia Sandoval and Ellen Cogen

Auditions are Tuesday and Wednesday August 21 & 22, 2-5pm and 6-8pm with possible callbacks on Friday, August 24.
Holyoke Community College Fine & Performing Arts Building, Leslie Phillips Theater (the Forum)

Performance Dates: Thursday through Saturday, November 8, 9, and 10 and November 15, 16, and 17.

Auditions will consist of
-Readings from the script
-16 bars of a song from "In the Heights"
-Dancing. Wear clothing you can move around in.

Set around Fourth of July in the primarily Hispanic neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City, "In the Heights" tells the universal stories of three generations living in this vibrant community. Their neighborhood is on the brink of change, and the characters sing about their hopes and struggles. These songs tell audiences about the dreams of first-generation college student Nina Rosario; Abuela Claudia, who left her home country of Cuba as a child; Usnavi de la Vega and Daniela, who fight to keep their small businesses open as the neighborhood faces gentrification; and many others. Each character negotiates which traditions are important for them to keep and which ones they should leave behind.

This production is made possible, in part, by the support of the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts.

*You do not have to be an HCC student to audition*
Springfield College Theater hiring a Technical Direction/Scenic Designer
Springfield College Fuller Arts Center and scenic shop
Beginning Fall 2018

Provide technical direction and scenic design for Springfield College Theater, supervised and directed by Prof. Martin Shell.  We produce one play each semester.

Fee per show. Applicants with an MA or MFA may also apply to instruct a stage production course as an adjunct. TD does not require the grad degree, but please provide your resume of experience.


Auditions for Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater's upcoming production of Peter Pan are September 14-16! Audition appointments can be made via phone at 413-259-3065. Auditions are at the Bangs Community Center in Amherst.

The production will be an exciting and inclusive take on the classic story of Peter Pan. The show goes up in Bowker Auditorium at UMass Amherst in January 2019.

Cast size will be about 60. Auditions are open to anyone age 7-107 (no performing experience required). Folks of all genders, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and sexual orientations are encouraged to audition. Visit for more information (including an audition FAQ) and email with any questions.


We are psyched to launch five brand new summer workshops for theatre makers of all backgrounds, interests, and levels of experience.

All workshops are led by RLT members and educators and will take place at the North Star Building on Route 116 in Sunderland, MA. Join us for any or all of these fabulous afternoons - discounts are available for those interested in more than one!

Saturday August 4th 1-4 PM: The Art of the Director with Toby Vera Bercovici

Saturday August 11th 12-4 PM: Choreographing Intimacy with Toby Vera Bercovici and Ellen Morbyrne

Saturday August 25th 1-4 PM: Instigating Hope and Change Through Theater with Ezekiel Baskin and Trenda Loftin

CLICK HERE for more information on each workshop, our educators, and how to register! Feel free to email with any questions.
Happier Valley Comedy presents Forget Your Fear & Trust Your Truth: A Personal Growth Workshop for Women with Pam Victor
August 12 at 10:00 AM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley

Ready to disregard the hogwash that’s holding you back?
Would you like to get better at quieting your inner critic, so you can amplify your truth?
Ready to be braver about standing up to authority and authentically speaking your mind?
Would you like to connect mindfully with a group of supportive women who are on (and by) your side? 
Do you need more play in your life?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then
treat yourself to a day of self-care and empowerment on Sunday, August 12! 

"Forget Your Fear & Trust Your Truth" is a three-hour workshop packed with learning and laughter, community and connection, mindfulness and manifesting, trust and truth.

This workshop provides you with game-changing tools to bolster these skills in a supportive, judgment-free community of women using fun and active improv exercises to help you gain courage to flip off your fear and trust your truth because

This workshop is part of the "Females Unleashing Courage, Knowledge, Individuality, and Truth Program" which facilitates powerful learning experiences through easy-to-learn, non-performance improv training exercises. Most improv exercises are completed in a circle or pairs; participants are never forced to be “on stage.” Pam Victor's superpower is making sure all people along the introvert-extrovert spectrum feel successful and have a blast with the THROUGH LAUGHTER workshops. Throughout the workshop, you'll have opportunities for
both private reflection and focused sharing of your experiences and knowledge in a positive, judgment-free community of women who are there to lift each other up. Let's grow stronger together! 

No improv (or other) experience necessary.
More information.
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