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Pioneer Valley Theatre News August 23, 2018

Pioneer Valley Theatre Newsletter
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 August 23 - September 12, 2018

It's a bit of a short newsletter this week - but audition season is picking up! Do you know of a show that's not included in the newsletter? Let the producing company know they can submit it - or submit it yourself via the link below. And don't forget to like Pioneer Valley Theatre News on Facebook for updates throughout the week!

The next issue will include events through September 19. 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
from Howlround
What Indigenous Writers Can Bring to Theatre
by Ishmael Hope

From the article: 

As an Alaska Native artist, I’m not sure I have yet been able to express what I hoped to express in theatre. That feeling of not quite making it, of absence or hunger, often bubbles up in me when I read a play by Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca or Jean Racine, for example, reminding me of the thrilling, startling, meta-corporeal experience I know I could foster and help bring to the stage.

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Ware Community Theatre present Heathers the Musical
August 23-25 at 7pm, August 26 at 2pm
Ware Town Hall, 126 Main St, Ware, MA

By special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. we offer girly high school angst between Veronica, a wanna be member of Heathers, a mean spirited group of popular girls who cause lots of mayhem in school.

This cult classic contains mature subject matter and plays to an adult audience.

Tickets sold at door: $18.00 General Audience—-$15.00 Seniors
Doors open 1/2 hr. before showtime.
Auditions for Ghost Light's final show of 2018, "Sex With Strangers." by Laurie Eason
August 29 and 30 at 7:00 PM
Gateway City Arts, 92-114 Race St. Holyoke, MA

How far will you go to get what you want? Will you be the same person if you do? When twenty-something star sex blogger and memoirist Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure forty-ish novelist Olivia, he finds they each crave what the other possesses. As attraction turns to sex, and they inch closer to getting what they want, both must confront the dark side of ambition and the trouble of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away.

Directed by Kevin Tracy

OLIVIA: 39 and then 41. Smart, sexy, outwardly strong but covering some fragility. American but spent many years living abroad.

ETHAN: 28 and then 30. Very charismatic, sexy, a fast talker, used to being the center of attention. From Chicago but has little to no accent.

Performance dates: 11/9, 11/10, 11/15, 11/16, 11/17 @ 8pm
11/11 @ 2pm

A selection of the script can be found here:

Auditions will consist of cold reads. There may be a callback date.

This play will not be appropriate for children.

For questions contact
AUDITIONS for the WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL this fall at Smith College


Music & Lyrics by Clifton J. Noble
Book by Samantha Noble
Directed by Ellen W. Kaplan

Auditions are Saturday, September 8, 2-5 PM and 7-10 PM in Acting Studio 1, and Tuesday, September 11, 7-10 PM in Acting Studio 1. Auditions times and details are subject to change. 

Callbacks will be Wednesday, September 12, 7-10 PM in Theatre 14. 

No appointment necessary. Auditions will be first come, first served. Please sign in upon arrival. Please come in clothes you can move in, and warm up to sing before you arrive. Actors with special skills encouraged to audition.

Performances will be October 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 PM in Theatre 14.

For Singing Audition:
16 bars of prepared audition song with sheet music in your key. 

Actors interested in being considered for the following roles should also be prepare to sing music from the show:

For principal roles (other than Peaslee): please learn 16 measures of One Last Grand Adventure from Act I (music and accompaniment available soon) 

For Peaslee: EITHER some kind of prepared patter song (G&S) OR 16 bars of Peaslee's Song from Act I (music and accompaniment available soon)

For Acting Audition: 
Sides from the script will be provided. Perusal scripts will be available for 3-hour checkout from Josten Library.

Available Roles:
FOUR principal women's (or treble/any gender) roles all of whom can be mezzo-soprano, with some leaning higher or lower than others 

preferably male and tenor or high baritone

any gender

non speaking non singing role any gender

10 or more - any voice part

multiple ensemble roles, singing and non singing.

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Greenfield Community College
Auditions for Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN

September 10 and 11, 4-7 pm
GCC's Sloan Theater, One College Drive, Greenfield, MA



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.

Request for Proposals
Eggtooth Productions Radical Interconnectedness Festival

Turners Falls, MA
April 26, 27, 2019

We are seeking proposals from artists to address the concerns of marginalized communities.
We invite stories that engage issues of race, age, gender, religion, economic class, and those aspects of cultural identity that have been suppressed.
We seek a wide range of artistic expression: music, dance, theatrical, visual, immersive, installation.
Commission fee will be $500 and Eggtooth will provide the venue, the audience, and promotions for the work.
Email proposals to:
Deadline is October 31, 2018

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 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.
Acting is a creative discipline that can be a exciting journey of self-discovery. Through its practice we can gain tools and techniques that can be used to create truthful moments on the stage. These techniques are available to anyone at any time of life. It is separate from talent. Talent is simply one's innate gift and that is something out of your control. Technique is fully within your control.

Whether you have career aspirations on the stage or screen, seek to gain confidence speaking in public, or would just like to feel more present and connected to those around you, take action and register today for an acting class. 
Acting For Non-Actors
Class begins Monday, September 17 [eight weekly sessions]

Scene Study Intensive

Class begins Wednesday, September 5 [ten weekly sessions]
Enrollment is limited. 
Acting for Non-Actors (18+ or instructor permission)

Scene Study Intensive (18+ or instructor permission)   

Classes are held at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street in Northampton, MA.

To register, send an email to Sam Rush ( or call/text 413-626-3238 to hold a spot. You can click on this link to download a registration form.

Acting for Non-Actors - Instructor, Sam Rush  
Ages 18 and up (or by instructor permission)  
Mondays, 5:15-7:15 p.m.  
Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street 
September 17 - November 12 (no class October 8)

Course Description:
The perfect course if you have never taken an acting class before but have always wanted to try or had a class once way back when and want to try again. With NCT Producing Director Sam Rush, you'll have a chance to explore your inner ham in a fun, relaxed and supportive environment. Using improvisation, text and original source material, you'll learn a solid base of fundamental acting techniques that may serve you the rest of your life - on stage or off.  

Scene Study Intensive - Instructor, Sam Rush
Ages 18 and up (or by instructor permission) 
Wednesdays, 5:15-7:15 p.m. 
Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street
September 5 - November 14 
Course Description: 
This class is for actors with previous experience and for students who have taken the Acting for Non-Actors course and wish to continue their study of the actor's craft. Based on the enrollment, we'll work together to establish our focus and work together on a final class project.
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
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