Auditions for the World Premiere musical MOONLIGHT ON THE MISKATONIC will be at Smith College this weekend - Saturday and again next Tuesday. Also this Saturday: a great opportunity to check out the new Happier Valley Comedy Theater in Hadley!
The next issue will include events through October 3. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the outing of serial abusers Al Chase and Israel Horowitz, the New England theatre community has started taking a closer look at its inclusion and harassment policies. These recent events have led to a greater concern for implementation of best practices on an individual, company, and community-wide level, such as our local theatre service organization StageSource’s Line Drawn Summit in June. New England is buzzing with the potential for positive change.
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Happier Valley Comedy presents The Ha-Ha's & Friends: Sea Tea Improv's Romantic Baby September 8 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Rd, Hadley, MA
Longtime local favorites The Ha-Ha's perform a completely improvised comedy show on the second Saturday of every month! Each show has a new special guest - this month we welcome Romantic Baby from Sea Tea Improv in Hartford! Saturday, September 8th at 7pm at the new Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). And stick around after for the 9pm showcase and open improv jam! Tickets: $13 online and at the door. For more info: www.happiervalley.com.
The quintessential New England play -- "Our Town" -- is coming to the quintessential New England Town Hall in Shelburne in mid-September..
The Thornton Wilder play about life in a small town in 1904 will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14, 15, 21, and 22 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 at Memorial Hall Theater, above Town Hall.
Tickets are $12 matinee tickets are $6.
About 2/3 of the cast and crew are from Shelburne or Shelburne Falls. Jackie Walsh at Footlights at the Falls chose the show in celebration of Shelburne's 250th anniversary of its founding.
"I wanted to have lots of people from town in it, and I am thrilled with how many people from town came to auditions and were cast," said Jackie Walsh, founder of Footlights and "Our Town" producer. "It's a really talented cast."
Thornton Wilder wrote the play about a small, New Hampshire town. It features two families, the Gibbs and the Webbs. Three acts focus on day-to-day life, marriage and death.
Grovers Corners, very much like Shelburne in 1904, has a milkman delivering milk by horse, a constable walking the streets, a pharmacy with a soda fountain, lots of churches and houses with lots of flowers and vegetable gardens.
Like Shelburne then, people in the play tend to stay put after high school and get married.
Nicole LaRoche of Shelburne is enjoying directing.
"The opportunity to direct this quintessential American play has been such a blessing. Wilder’s words resonate as deeply today as when written and together the cast and I have been discovering what they mean to us in our own town. I am so pleased to be able to share our emotional journey with the community we all love," LaRoche said.
Shelburne residents will see plenty of familiar people in the play, whether its a barista from Mocha Maya's coffee shop, a clerk at the post office, the woman who drives a school bus in the Shelburne hills, a girl who rides the bus, or a runner they see in Shelburne Falls. Nicole LaRoche of Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls is the director.
Walsh began Footlights at the Falls two years ago to bring theater back to Shelburne Falls, which has had little theater since West County Players closed its doors nearly 20 years ago.
So far, the group has put on "Later Life" and "Dixie Swim Club." This is its first show with a big cast (20 people).
"I'm so happy we can give all these actors an opportunity to do theater right down the street!" Walsh said.
Anyone interested in ushering or joining the Footlights board of directors, please contact Walsh at 413-625-9413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cultural council grants help fund this production. They are from Ashfield, Buckland, Colrain, Cummington, Charlemont-Hawley, Heath, Rowe, Goshen, Plainfield and Shelburne.
Springfield College presents
Avner the Eccentric in Exceptions to Gravity
Friday, September 14, 7:30 pm
Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center
I laughed for two solid hours. The show only lasted an hour and a half.
—Joel Siegel, ABC-TV
Avner Eisenberg in Exceptions to Gravity is a reminder of the theatrical power that can reside in a single charismatic performer who touches the heart.
Our scheduled presentation of Avner last March was cancelled due to a snow storm, so he’s back to perform for us this fall by meteorological demand!
A master of the art of physical comedy, Avner the Eccentric weaves a spell of poetic simplicity in a show of hilarious predicaments. Avner has appeared on and off Broadway, and he played the endearing Holy Man, The Jewel, in the Michael Douglas film, The Jewel of the Nile. Avner’s show defies the barriers of language and culture and has toured extensively in the US and abroad.
“If laughter really is the best medicine, Avner Eisenberg could easily cure everything that ails you. He’s a clown in the truest sense of the word...You’ve got to see it to believe it can be this much fun.”
“Here is what Avner the Eccentric does best: he reduces his audience to laughter and giggles and applause.” New York Times
Suggested Donation: General Audience - $5.00 Students/Seniors/Children - FREE
Panopera presents LA TRAVIATA Friday, September 14 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 PM
Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton
Panopera, Western Massachusetts artist-led regional opera company, presents Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, one of his most beloved and enduring works: the story of a powerful and successful woman facing her mortality and struggling to live out her days as she wishes, not as her past and her society dictate.
$15-49 (plus applicable fees)
Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Academy of Music Box Office Open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM
Call: 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase)
Happier Valley Comedy Presents: Not In Charge September 15 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Rd, Hadley, MA
Join the talented new group Not In Charge for a fast-paced, high-energy short form improv show! For a limited run on the third Saturday of each month. Saturday, September 15th at 7pm at the new Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). And stick around after for the 9pm showcase and open improv jam! Tickets: $13 online and at the door. For more info: www.happiervalley.com.
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center presents Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co. September 15 at 9:00 PM
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301
Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co. has been hailed by Take magazine as making “burlesque cool again," but this tantalizing crew of saucy ladies and jaunty gents is also red-hot! Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co. is a coed troupe that has been captivating audiences for the past seven years with a unique blend of playful sexiness, cheeky comedy, live singing and dynamic dance routines. Gypsy Layne debuts at Hawks & Reed Perfoming Arts Center to tease their way into your hearts with their vivacious artistry and outrageous charmsin an unabashed celebration of inclusivity and body-positivity. Get ready for a breathless journey filled with sexy moves, hilarious hi-jinks, sultry surprises, and more glamour than you can shake a tassel at!
“JOHNNY GUITAR” TO RING IN MAJESTIC THEATER'S 22nd EASON
Musical To Run September 6 Through October 21
The Majestic Theater celebrates the launch of its 22nd Season with the opening of “Johnny Guitar” on September 6. The madcap musical, by Nicholas Van Hoogstraten, Martin Silvestri and Joel Higgins, is based on the legendary Joan Crawford cult Western from the 1950s. The play is a send-up of fifties-style acting, melodramatic romance, and rough and tumble cowboy action, set to a doo-wop/country ballad musical score. The story follows what happens to a sultry saloon keeper and her jealous nemesis when a handsome stranger rides into town. Screwball comedy reminiscent of a Mel Brooks spoof is the result.
The cast includes Billy Clark Taylor (Johnny), Myka Plunkett (Vienna), Bethany Fitzgerald (Emma), Michael Morales (Dancin' Kid), Walter Mantani (McIvers), Joe Duda (Turkey), Michael King (Bart), Steven Sands (Eddie) and Michael Garcia (Sam). The play is being directed by Producing Director Danny Eaton, and Mitch Chakour is the music director. Greg Trochlil is set designer, Dawn McKay is costume designer and stage manager is Gary Lamagna.
Tickets for these shows range from $24-$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. Subscriptions are still being accepted for the five Season shows.For additional information, visit www.majestictheater.com.
Real Live Theatre presents She Kills Monsters written by Qui Nguyen
directed by Dan Morbyrne
presented by Real Live Theatre and Pauline Productions
SHE KILLS MONSTERS is a funny, irreverent, gory, sexy, and surprisingly touching journey into the world of Dungeons & Dragons and the fraught relationship between two sisters. When Agnes finds her dead sister's Dungeon Master notebook, she must join the campaign to save her sister's soul from Tiamat, and kill a ton of monsters along the way. Bugbears, Dark Elves, Demon Queens, Quantum Leap-obsessed devils, and cheerleading succubi, SHE KILLS MONSTERS has something for everyone!
Arena Civic Theatre presents Annie 9/20 at 7:00pm 9/21 7:00pm, 9/22 2:00pm & 7:00pm, 9/23 2:00pm
Shea Theater Arts Center, Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA
Arena Civic Theatre is pleased to present the Tony Award winning best musical, ANNIE, as its Fall production. Under the Direction of Megan Healey, Music Direction of Anthony Ferreira, Choreography by Sue Dresser and Costumes by Maggie Duprey, this popular children’s musical based on the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, runs September 20th through 23rd with evening performances Thursday through Saturday at 7pm and matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.
After premiering at the Goodspeed Opera House in 1976, Annie became an instant family classic. Depicting real-life situations of the Great Depression, Annie is the story of a lovable little red-haired orphan who outsmarts her greedy orphanage matron, Miss Hannigan, and wins an invitation to stay at billionaire business mogul, Oliver Warbucks’ mansion for Christmas.
Including all the hits you know and love; “Tomorrow,” “Hard Knock Life,” “Fully Dressed” – ANNIE is the premier fall musical event!
OPENING NIGHT ONLY(Thursday 9/20) - ALL TICKETS JUST $12!
Ticket prices for all other performances are:
General Admission $18
Senior/Student(pre K-college) $15
Reserve tickets by calling 413-233-4368
Limited tickets available on WHAI's 30% Off Store while supplies last @whai.com.
The Northampton Playwrights Lab and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, in association with the Northampton Center for the Arts and A.P.E. Gallery Ltd. present:
PLAY BY PLAY 2018
Third festival of readings of new plays performed by local professional actors with INAUGURAL performances in the Arts Trust Building FlexSpace Theatre!
September 21 – 30, 2018
FlexSpace Theatre, Northampton Community Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street, Downtown Northampton
Featuring new plays by playwrights Leanna James Blackwell, Stephanie Carlson, Meryl Cohn, Harley Erdman, Peter Kennedy, Talya Kingston, and Tanyss Rhea Martula
All Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 23rd performances at 2 p.m and 3:30 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 30th at 7:30 p.m
Suggested donation at the door: $10
Friday, Sept. 21: Leanna James Blackwell, NEW SOUL,directed by the playwright
Saturday, Sept. 22: Tanyss Rhea Martula, FRESH AIR, directed by Sam Rush
Sunday, Sept. 23: Stephanie Carlson, SEA MONSTER, directed by John Bruner
Sunday, Sept. 23: Talya Kingston, CAMPUS UNREST, directed by Trenda Loftin There will be a half-hour reception between performances on 9/23
Friday, Sept. 28: Harley Erdman, INSTITUTION, directed by Talya Kingston
Saturday, Sept. 29: Meryl Cohn, ALMOST HOME, directed by Will MacAdams
Sunday, Sept. 30: Peter Kennedy, FAMILY GAME NIGHT, directed by the playwright
NEW SOUL by Leanna James Blackwell
A young, mixed-race couple in love in France in the early 1960s. A married couple in urban America at the dawn of the new millennium. Long-buried secrets and a search for a stranger. New Soul is a full-length drama about race, family, religion, love, and the eternal question: what makes us who we are?
FRESH AIR, a letter play by Tanyss Rhea Martula
Two very different families in the 80's participate in a summer program that sends inner city children to the country. What happens? Who benefits? What happens when relationships develop long-term? What happens to the children?
SEAMONSTER by Stephanie Carlson
Jane and Kim are at an awkward stage in their relationship: They're not sure when they're getting in each other's way or getting in their own way. Internal conflicts come to the fore in this offbeat one-act comedy, as Jane and Kim's inner voices take the stage to banter and bitch. A funny, honest story about creativity, trust, communication ... and seamonsters.
CAMPUS UNREST by Talya Kingston
Mia arrives full of excitement and hope for her Professorship at a prestigious New England College. She soon discovers that while in Britain it was enough for her to lecture about identity politics, in America she is expected to embody her politics. Her partner Kwame finds his place in the burgeoning campus Black Liberation Collective, but Mia is increasingly intimidated by the spectre of the beloved gender studies professor that she is replacing.
INSTITUTION by Harley Erdman
An academic search committee. A professor who refuses to retire. A case of champagne, and four colleagues with vastly different ideas for the future of their institution. These are the ingredients for a fast-moving, madcap 90-minute play that is a mirror of our times – and full of surprises.
ALMOST HOME by Meryl Cohn
When Phoebe’s poet partner, Amanda, takes off with a young fan, Phoebe is left with Amanda’s teenaged daughter Jody. Both Phoebe and Jody are outraged at being dumped by Amanda, but is that enough to keep them together as a pseudo-family? Phoebe confronts her past and tries to launch her photography show, while Jody pushes against every boundary she can find. Will the two succeed in their struggle to recreate their relationship without Amanda? Almost Homeis a drama/comedy about the search for a place to belong.
FAMILY GAME NIGHT by Peter Kennedy
On the third Saturday evening of every month, the Mortons gather together for their traditional board game night at Mom and Dad's house. Tonight, however, will be a little different than the usual round of Monopoly or Clue. What begins with a mildly irritating board game featuring glitter and Grim Reaper hand puppets suddenly turns darker as three generations of the Morton family struggle with articulating wildly different views about their individual end of life (and afterlife) choices.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Shakespeare Stage Auditions for 12th Night September 7th, 4-7pm
Greenfield public library
Auditions For 12th Night
Bring a headshot and resume, prepare a classical monologue ( comedic preferred)
18 years or older
AUDITIONS for the WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL this fall at Smith College
MOONLIGHT ON THE MISKATONIC
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.
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.
SEDGE, SARAH, ELLIOTT, and TOBY
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
non speaking non singing role any gender
Auditions for Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater's upcoming production of Peter Panare 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 www.alsct.org/auditions for more information (including an audition FAQ) and email email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline is October 31, 2018
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
Starlight's Youth Theatre
FREE Introductory Class Grades K-2
September 8 at 9:00 AM
Monday 9/10 3:45
Maple Ridge Community Center
Come visit and enjoy the first class FREE and sign up after if your child wishes!!!
Storybook Theatre – Grades K-1st, Directed by Sara Holmes
Saturdays 9/8-11/3, 9:00-9:45, Tuition $75
Storybook Theater is a perfect way to introduce the young actor to the magical world of theater. Actors will begin work on imagination as they play games, role play characters, act out emotions and expressions all while creating wonderful characters from their favorite stories. On the last day of class, we will present an original adaptation of of Where the Wild Things Are.
Playacting – Grades 1-2, Directed by Cyn Strycharz
Mondays 9/10-11/5, 3:45-4:30, Tuition $75
This is a beginning class that focuses on building imagination. This class, using theater games and improvisational scenes, allows the young actor to explore and expand their creativity. The class will conclude with a presentation of “The Lorax.”
Starlight Youth Theatre Acting Classes Maple Ridge Community Center, 659 Amherst Rd (Rt 116), Sunderland, MA
Storybook Theatre – Grades K-1st
Storybook Theater is a perfect way to introduce the young actor to the magical world of theater. Actors will begin work on imagination as they play games, role play characters, act out emotions and expressions all while creating wonderful characters from their favorite stories. On the last day of class, we will present and original adaptation of of Where the Wild Things Are.
Saturdays – 9:00-9:45, Tuition $75 Beginning Sept. 8 – till Presentation on Nov. 3 Directed by Sara Holmes
Actor’s Tool Box – Grades 2 nd -3rd
Once the student actor has some experience on stage, they need to fill their tool box with skills such as how to develop a character, including how that character walks, talks, thinks and feels. During classes students will use these tools to devise and perform in their original adaption of “Pinocchio”
Saturdays- 9:00-9:50, tuition – $145 Beginning Sept 8- till show Nov. 3 Directed by Cyn Strycharz
Lights Up Grades – Grades 4-5 th
With a focus on the performance they will learn about timing, pace and finding moments within the play as they use these new skills to create their original adaption of “Alice in Wonderland”.
Saturdays-10:00- 11:00, tuition $145 – Beginning Sept. 8- till show Nov. 10 Directed by Cyn Strycharz
Play Production– Grades 6-7 th
This class will focus on character development and the decisions the actor makes to bring this character to life. The cast will be involved in multiple areas of the production such as costumes, props and set design and painting. They will be presenting “Robin Hood”,
Saturdays 10:30-11:30, tuition $145 – Beginning Sept. 8- till show Nov 10 Directed by Liam Bertrand
Act Two – Grades 8-9
Moving beyond character development student actors will explore how to act and react on stage and work collaboratively with their ensemble. They will present the classical favorite “A Christmas Carol”
Saturdays 11:00-12:00, tuition $145 – Beginning Sept 8- show Dec. 1 Directed by Cyn Strycharz
Fifth Beat Grades 10-12
The fifth beat is an opportunity for the student actor to internalize their character work and now breathe new life and energy into their character as they bring it alive on stage. This is an advanced Acting Class that will be performing Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”
Saturdays 12:00-1:15, tuition $150 – Beginning Sept. 8 till show December 15th, 7pm – Directed by Cyn Strycharz
Playacting – Grades 1-2
This is a beginning class that focuses on building imagination. This class, using theater games and improvisational scenes, allows the young actor to explore and expand their creativity.
3:45- 4:30 Beginning Sept 10-Nov 5, Tuition $75 – Directed by Cyn Strycharz
Act One – Grades 3-6
Students will explore improvisation, stage movement and the physicality of their characters. Using skits and you finish scenes this class will focus on identifying and strengthening their acting skills. They will present their adaption of “The Wizard of Oz” (nonmusical).
4:30-5:30, Sept 10- Show on Nov 12, Tuition $145 – Directed by Cyn Strycharz
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.
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)
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
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.