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Pioneer Valley Theatre News October 25, 2018

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 October 25 - November 14, 2018

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from American Theatre
Pack and Play: Theatre Parents Find Strength in Numbers
by Caroline Macon

From the article: 

It was January in Chicago, and my fingers were freeze pops. I was so sleep-deprived I forgot to wear gloves. My 3-month-old son was at home, weepy and adorable all at once. It was the end of my maternity leave, and this was one of the first times since his birth I was without him. He will be okay, I told myself. Think of all the happy, successful parents you know who spend time without their babies.

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Smith College Department of Theatre presents WORLD PREMIERE performance of MOONLIGHT ON THE MISKATONIC

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

October 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 PM in Theatre 14

The campus of Miskatonic U is decked out for Illumination Night. Four alums have arrived for their five-year reunion, only to find creepy goings-on hidden behind the ivy-covered walls, and the terrifying disappearances of students keep happening. There’s a snake in Paradise….or something much, much worse. Based on the super-scary stories of HP Lovecraft, this new musical is about love, friendship, and growing up – and about horrors that lurk very near.

Tickets $10 General, $5 Students and Seniors, Free for Smith Students. 

Tickets online or call 413-585-3220.

UMass Theater presents Snowflakes, or Rare White People
Oct. 25, 26, 27, Nov. 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. School Matinee Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.
The Rand Theater, Fine Arts Center, UMass

Directed by Gabriel Harrell
Tickets: $15 general admission, $5 students and seniors. Purchase online
If you purchase an individual ticket to Snowflakes and decide to subscribe, you can apply your Snowflakes ticket price toward the cost of your subscription! (Contact the box office by Nov. 10 with proof of purchase; some restrictions may apply.)

We start our season funny, with Dustin Chinn's pointed, futuristic comedy Snowflakes, or Rare White People. In Nueva New York in the 23rd Century, a cadre of nearly-extinct white hipsters escape the museum exhibit in which they live, bringing a perilous level of Caucasity to the rest of society. We’re thrilled for a second opportunity to engage with Chinn's sly, hysterical commentary, which we first encountered in last year’s Play Lab.
Greenfield Community College presents 

Oct 26, 27 at 7:30pm, Sunday Matinee Oct 28 at 2pm, Halloween Night Oct 31 at 7:30pm
GCC's Sloan Theater, Main Campus, One College Drive, Greenfield, MA

A new adaptation by Roddy Barnes, based on the novel by Mary Shelley. This version of FRANKENSTEIN has comedic and poignant dialogue, along with the ever-present eeriness that defines the best of FRANKENSTEIN. Directed by Tom Geha, this production has a cast of eleven characters and a combined cast and crew of over twenty students, alumni, and faculty. Please join us for the excitement.

Exit 7 Players presents Sweeney Todd
Oct 26-Nov 2 (Fridays/Saturday’s at 8pm, Sunday’s at 2pm)
Exit 7 Theater, 37 Chestnut Street, Ludlow, MA

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!

Directed by Kim Overtree, Musically Directed by Dan Monte. 

Cast List:
Sweeney Todd - Ryan Bird
Mrs. Lovett - Stephanie Gilbert
Anthony - Jeff Baum
Johanna - McKenna Troy
Beggar Woman - Marguerite Durant 
Tobias Ragg - Johnny Gordon
Aldolpho Pirelli - Erik Gladwin
Judge Turpin - Brian Cipoletta 
The Beadle - Drew Gilbert
Jonas Fogg - Jim Brennan

Jim Brennan
Phoebe Blaisdell
Angie Bourdeau
Regina Diemand
Monique DuBois
Leon Jerfita
Craig Judicki
Peter Kochanek
Mary Marcil-Labbe
Andy Price
Krista Stoops
Kerry Turok
Lucy Tew
Bridget Venezia
Amelia Weatherbee
Emily Yesu

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
A Musical Thriller

Music and Lyrics by

Book by
From an Adaptation by

Originally Directed On Broadway by HAROLD PRINCE

Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Originally Produced on Broadway by Richard Barr,
Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards
in Association with Dean and Judy Manos

Sweeney Todd

Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

This is an immersive experience to honor the legacy of Anne Frank, through the mediums of live theater performance, music, and visual arts and includes:

A Full Scale Production of the award winning stage version of "The Diary of Anne Frank"

Traveling Art Exhibit from The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect entitled "Art and Propaganda"

Music Performed and Underscoring the Play in collaboration with the Leo Smit Foundation

Cost: Payment required - Play & Art Exhibit: $20 adults, $15 seniors & students Art Exhibit only: Suggested donation

Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It mixes humor, dance, and video while undoing the rules and rhetoric surrounding rape and comedy. Adrienne straddles the world of stand-up and performance art in this one woman show dressed only from the waist up and ankles down. With commentary from George Carlin, Louis C. K. and Robert De Niro, she takes on ducks, mini-skirts, rape whistles, Daniel Tosh, and Rick Ross all while drinking enough gin & tonics to get a girl in trouble. Heavy at its core but light on its feet, Adrienne makes jokes about rape all night long…even if you ask her to stop.

“Brutal, brilliant and brave…if you miss it you will miss the moment in the history of stand-up comedy wherein a woman actually took the genre and did something with it that no man could do. This is without doubt the most powerful hour of comedy.” – The Scotsman (UK)

“Truscott is always a step ahead… with firecracker wit, sophistication and luminous humanity.” (Guardian, UK)

“I’d heard rumors of the audacity and excellence of Ms. Truscott’s ‘Asking for It’ in the midst of the performance festivals that crowd New York each January…Those rumors are true” (Alexis Soloski – The New York Times)

*This show contains nudity and strong language.

Show Date/ Time:
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Doors at 7:30 pm

Ticket Prices:
$20.00 (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)

Online Tickets 

Sunderland Public Library presents Sunderland Short Stories
October 30, 6:30 PM
Sunderland Public Library, 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA

Actors Ellen Morbyrne and Linda Putnam usher in Halloween by performing some really spooky ghost stories, written by Rosemary Timperley and Cynthia Asquith.  For more info, call 413-665-2642.

This event is free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Sunderland Public Library.

Premiere Production of Latest Play Written by Majestic’s Producing Director Danny Eaton

“The War and Walt Whipple,” a comedy/drama written by Danny Eaton, makes its debut at West Springfield’s Majestic Theater November 1 – December 9. Eaton is the producing director at the Majestic.

The play, based on events in Eaton’s family history, tells the story of Walt and Alice Whipple, parents to four sons. When World War II erupts, three of the sons immediately join the services, but before shipping out, each marries and sends their wives to the Whipple family homestead for the duration of the war. The arrival of three daughters-in-law, following a lifetime raising sons, challenges Walt on many levels.

I was inspired to write this play because I wanted my children and grandchildren, who are generationally removed, to better understand the life my parents and my grandparents led,” said Eaton. “World War II was a time of common purpose in America, and those families who endured such hardships deserve to be remembered and honored. It was a great experience for me, as one of three survivors of my generation, to look back into my family's history and to bring life to it. My dad was the story teller in the family, and I hope this play not only carries on that tradition, but maybe even inspires a few people to reach back into their own lives.”

The War and Walt Whipple” features several actors who have appeared in previous Majestic plays including J. T. Waite, Sue Dziura, Ron Komora, Tom Dahl, Margaret Streeter and Mark Dean. They join other cast members including Katie Mack, Jami Wilson, Jordan Reed, Chris Rojas, Joshua True and Cliff Blake.

Eaton will direct the play, and set design is by Greg Trochlil. Dawn McKay is costume designer, Dan Rist is lighting designer and Stephen Petit is production stage manager.

Tickets range from $24-$34 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.

Valley Light Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers
November 2, 3,9,10 7:30PM and November 4,11 at 2:30PM
Academy of Music Theater, Northampton

Set in Venice and Spain, this lively and colorful comic opera includes some of Sullivan’s most beautiful and soaring tunes along with extravagant dancing and ensemble numbers. The Gondoliers is the most popular and often-performed of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operettas after the “Big Three”- Mikado, Pirates and Pinafore. True to form, the operetta is also full of Gilbert’s most biting satire and hilariously clever wit. No one is safe and the society and government targets are still relevant to modern times. Valley Light Opera will be performing The Gondoliers as a complete, elaborately staged production with a full orchestra and choral ensemble, splendid sets and the sumptuous costuming for which the company is renowned. Performed with supertitles. 

Music Director: Aldo Fabrizi
Artistic Director: Michael Budnick
Choreographers: Sue Dresser and Nicole Newell

Company website
The Wilbraham United Players will present the hysterically funny PLAY ON! written by Rick Abbott
November 2, 3, 9, 10 at 7:30 and November 4 and 11 at 2:30 in Fellowship Hall.

This show is a “play within a play” about a group of community players attempting to present a play by a very hands-on local author who fancies herself the next Agatha Christie.  Laughs abound – the cast includes many WUP favorites including David Chivers, Carolyn Averill, Christine Arruda, Kevin Bechard, Catherine and Jim Martin, along with Meaghan Callahan and Casey Dion.  Newcomers to WUP Theresa Allie and Carol Cisek join the group for this production.  The show is directed by Joe Van Allen.

Tickets may be purchased online or by calling Karen Kielb at (413)204-8125. Premium Reserved Seats are $25 and General Seating is $20 with a $5 discount available for Students and Seniors.
Smith College Department of Theatre New Play Reading Series: POOK by Mary Beth Brooker
Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 PM
Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College

Written and performed by Mary Beth Brooker 

Part clown, part spirit, part riddle, the solitary storyteller of Pook invites us to laughter and contemplation.

Free and open to the public. 


Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Directed by Patricia Sandoval
Musical Direction by Ellen Cogen
Choreography by Tiffany Joseph

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.


FRI NOV 16 @ 7PM
SAT NOV 17 @ 7PM

In the Leslie Phillips Theater in the Fine & Performing Arts Building of Holyoke Community College (park in LOT F)

Tickets available online and at the door:
$10 General Admission
$8 for Seniors and non-HCC Students
$5 for HCC Faculty, Staff, and Students

This production is made possible, in part, by the support of the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts. IN THE HEIGHTS is presented through a special arrangement with R & H Theatricals:
Bay Path University "We Will Rock You" - The Musical by Queen
Thursday, November 8 at 7:30, Friday, November 9 at 7:30, Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday, November 11 at 2:00
588 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA 06106

Get ready to rock! Based on the legendary music of Queen, “We Will Rock You” follows two revolutionaries as they fight to save rock n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world, where free thinking, fashion, and live music are forbidden. Featuring a fantastic score of more than 20 killer Queen tunes, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and “Somebody to Love,” this hilarious, multi-award-winning and record-breaking phenomenon is the world champion of musicals, and the show that parties harder than any other! This November, will you do the fandango?

2 Hours and 15 Minutes (including one intermission)

Adults: $14.00
Senior Citizens: $10.00
Children (up to age 18): $5.00
Family Bundle (2 Adults and 2 Children): $35.00 (with code “FamilyBundle”)
College Students with ID: Free

Buy tickets online starting October 1 at or visit|call the Student Information Desk (413) 565 – 1307.

Killer Queen’s School of Rock | The Hard Rock Cafe
30 minutes prior to each performance in Carr 202 and 212
Get on your bikes and ride to the Killer Queen School of Rock for that crazy little thing called crafts! Young Bohemians will see a little silhouetto of complimentary coloring pages, activities, and show-related arts and crafts on site 30 minutes prior to each performance. Budding young rockstars can walk the red carpet and strike a righteous pose at the photo booth, before making a pit stop at the Hard Rock Cafe for some rocket fuel and rebel fare!
Ghost Light Theater presents Sex With Strangers by Laura Eason
November 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8:00 PM, November 11 at 2:00 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 twentysomething
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.

Featuring Susanna Apgar as Olivia and Ethan Blake as Ethan

Directed by Kevin Tracy

*This production is not appropriate for young audiences.*

More information.

On Friday, November 9, 2018, Silverthorne Theater is proud to present Humorist and Storyteller DYLAN BRODY’s special benefit performance in theHawks & Reed Ballroom of THE GREATEST SHOW EVER: Hilarious Stories and Poignant Meditations on the World We Share.  Mr. Brody describes this full evening of comedy as the “long-awaited follow-up to his 2009 hit show, More Arts/Less Martial.”

Attendees will have a choice of intimate stage-front table seating, or theater seating. When they arrive, they will walk the red carpet in front of Hawks & Reed, and smile for the paparazzi! )  Anyone buying their ticket online by October 20 will be eligible to win a free limousine ride to and from the Event (donated by West County Limos.) Centennial House Bed & Breakfast in Northfield will provide housing for Mr. Brody during his stay.

Premium table seating is $50 per person; general admission theater seating is $35 per person. An intimate lunch with Mr. Brody at Thai Blue Ginger Restaurant is $20 per person. Tickets available now at or by calling 413-768-7514. The Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center is located at 289 Main St., Greenfield.

Happier Valley Comedy presents Scripted/Unscripted
November 10 ay 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Rd, Hadley, MA

Our most popular show is back! SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED pairs one professional actor following a published script line-by-line with one plucky improviser doing their best to play along without having any idea what scene they're in. It's a dazzling display of acting chops, quick thinking, and the magic of the moment! Saturday, November 10th at 7pm AND 9pm at the new Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $13 online and at the door. For more info:
UMass Theater Auditions: Actors and singers needed for English-language premiere of Wild Thing
Oct. 29 & 30, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
RAND Theater
Fine Arts Center 
Callbacks Oct. 31, 6-10:30 p.m. 
UMass Theater seeks a diverse cast of actors and singers with a facility with heightened language and full-body physical commitment for our production of Wild Thing, an English world-premiere of a play written in 1613 that tackles gender in an astonishingly modern way.

Auditions are Oct. 29 and 30 in the Rand Theater, and students and community members of any age, race, ethnic origin, ability, sexual orientation or gender identification are welcome! We encourage trans or nonbinary actors as well as cis-gender women to audition for the lead role of Gila.

Actors are asked to please prepare any heightened language monologue. This includes the option of choosing a monologue from Wild Thing. We are also open to Shakespeare, Lope de Vega, Moliere, Mac Wellman, Suzan-Lori Parks, etc.

If you are a singer, please also prepare a section from "Serrana" (a recording and sheet music are in our audition folder). You will have the opportunity to go over the music with the composer, Eric Sawyer, before you sing. Half the roles in Wild Thing include singing and half do not. It is completely fine to audition without singing.

Please read the entire script before the audition. (It is also accessible in the audition folder.)

Visit our AUDITIONS page for updated audition details, links to the script, and sign-up information. 

To sign up for an audition slot visit SignUpGenius.
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
Smith College Department of Theatre presents
Auditions for THE MOORS by Jen Silverman

directed by Isabelle Brown '19

Sunday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 6, 7-10 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

Callbacks: Wednesday, November 7, 7-10 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility.

Roles for 6 Actors.

Performances are February 22, 23, 28, March 1, 2 at 7:30 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

No appointment or preparation necessary. Sides from the script will be provided. Perusal scripts are available in Josten Library. 

Questions? Email

Request for Proposals to Performing Artists!

O come all ye faithful be part of Eggtooth Productions’ 3rd Holiday Spectacular!
Submissions due by November 15, 2018 to

Eggtooth Productions & Mr Drag and Karl are now taking submissions for participation in the Third Holiday Spectacular on Dec. 14 and 15, 2018.  Performances must be holiday themed.  This can be from any holiday which happens at the end of December including Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, etc.  In fact, we encourage diversity!  Performances will be limited to 5 minutes (1 song) for a musical/dance number and 3-4 minutes for a spoken word/other performance.  Try to keep submissions upbeat (remember we are trying to keep it light and entertaining and holiday feeling for the audience), but we will accept some sentimental holiday numbers.

The concept is simple.  Mr Drag and Karl will be hosting.  The set will look like Mr Drag’s living room.  Everyone will be coming on as guests of Mr Drag and Karl and will be performing at their home just like an old TV holiday special.  He may invite the guests to sit on his couch and chat before or after their number.  There is an opening number being performed by Mr Drag, Karl and the Karl-a-like dancers.  Lori Holmes-Clark will be choreographing. There will be a finale.  Anyone interested in the finale, will have to agree to two rehearsals prior to tech.

If interested, please include your name, contact info a brief description of your performance, limited to 3-5 sentences.  Also, if you are interested in being a part of the finale, being interviewed by Mr Drag or being one of the Karl-a-like dancers please mention that in your submission.

Happier Valley Comedy The Zen of Improv One-Day Intensive
November 3 at 1:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley)

Are you an actor who would like to strengthen your improv skills?
Would you like to play and laugh in a supportive community?
Do you want to get better at thinking on your feet?
Could you use some practice in mindfulness? 
turning off your inner critic? 
​being brave?
Would you like to become more confident speaking in public?
Curious about how this whole improv comedy thing works?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, Zen of Improv One-Day Intensive would be an ever so lovely way to spend the day. Happier Valley Comedy's Founder and Head of Happiness Pam Victor offers this five-hour* intensive for adults who want to try something fun, rewarding, and, quite possibly, mind-expanding. You'll learn a very gentle, very easy, patient approach to improv comedy in an incredibly positive and accepting atmosphere that will get you up on your feet and out of your head. Through improv exercises,  games, and scenework, you'll practice the vital improvisation skills of paying attention acutely, accepting other peoples ideas, redefining and disempowering failure, staying in the moment, quieting your critical voice to invite more joy and ease into your work, and much more.

No experience necessary. Being funny is not required!
Everyone can improvise.
(No joke.) 

Join Pam for the Zen of Improv.
​It’s good for the stage and it’s good for the soul!

Pre-requisite: None. This intensive is great for people who want to get the whole Zen of Improv 1 curriculum in one improvluscious day as well as experienced performers who'd like to get a healthy dose of the Zen of Improv way.

Register Here.

Registration opens to the public on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6am! This one will fill up quickly.
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

K and E Theater Group

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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