Thursday, December 19, 2019

Pioneer Valley Theatre News December 19, 2019

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December 19 - January 8, 2019

Here's some theatre for you all!

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from Howlround

Invisible Labor in Theatre Academia
by Kate Busselle

From the article: 

When we think about labor in the theatre, we typically think of the time spent building the set, hanging the lights, rehearsing a dance number repeatedly, or performing a monologue. In academia, this labor shifts to reflect the hours grading journals or history papers, serving on a hiring committee, prepping and presenting classroom material, and, as the job calls often advertise, “other duties as assigned.”

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December 19-22

West Springfield’s Majestic Theater will present its annual seasonal variety show, “Home For The Holidays,” December 11-22. 

The family-friendly show, featuring Pioneer Valley-based performers, has become a tradition at the theater for more than 10 years. Similar in style to nostalgic holiday specials of years past headlined by Andy Williams and Perry Como, “Home For The Holidays 2019” will be hosted by singer Ray Guillemette, Jr., who has headlined several previous "Home for the Holidays” shows and countless "A Ray of Elvis" sold-out shows at the Majestic.

Joining Ray onstage will be veteran Majestic performers including Ben Ashley, Myka Plunkett, Tomm Knightlee and Kait Rankins. Guest performers include Steven Sands, Brad Shepard, Kaytlyn Vandeloecht, Lori Efford, Autumn Marchetto and Rob Clark. 

Music Director Mitch Chakour will lead a band that also includes Tim Hosmer, Cliff Schofer and Don Rovero. The show will be directed by Sue Dziura

Tickets are $24 & $26 for adults, and $10 for children 10 and under, and are available by visiting or calling the Majestic Theater Box Office at (413) 747-7797 during its hours of operation (Monday – Friday 10am - 5pm, and Saturday 10am - 1pm).
Storytelling Standup Showcase
December 20th at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA)
Catch local talent trying out their new material hosted by the amazing Kelsey Flynn. Friday, December 20th at 7pm at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $5 at the door.
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no theater presents A SKULL IN CONNEMARA by Martin McDonagh

December 20, 21, 27, 28, 2019, 8:00pm

A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA

by Martin McDonagh
A dark comedy by the writer/director of the Academy Award winning film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

4 nights only, December 20/21 and 27/28 at 8 pm

Performed by No Theater veterans Roy Faudree, Charles Holt, Jane Karakula and Tom Mahnken, the play takes place in McDonagh’s fictional rural West Ireland small town where people “smile at you ‘til you’re a mile away before they start talking behind your back."  

No Theater, the resident theater of A.P.E., takes its time working on its original scripts and productions of the published works of playwrights.  No Theater presented three separate local productions of Richard Maxwell's CAVEMAN over a period of three years before its New York run in 2013.  2018's google gogol was the result of members of the community reading several translations and adaptations of Nikolai Gogol's Ревизор (THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR) for a year.      

A SKULL IN CONNEMARA is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
A SKULL IN CONNEMARA was first presented as a Druid Theatre Company and Royal Court Theatre co-production in Galway, Ireland and then in London in the summer of 1997.  "Mr. McDonagh's great strength is that he combines a love of traditional story-telling with the savage ironic humour of the modern generation....  In A SKULL IN CONNEMARA, a gravedigger, whose job is to disinter the bones of seven-year-old corpses and smash them to a pulp, is hotly suspected of killing his wife."  THE GUARDIAN

Based in Northampton, No Theater has been presenting their new original experimental works in Western Massachusetts and around the world since 1972, alongside innovative productions of plays by such diverse writers as Shakespeare, Chekhov, Čapek, Kroetz, Gogol, Williams, Albee, Berkman, Maceda, Mullin, McDonald, and Maxwell.  

House opens at 7:30pm.  Performance starts promptly at 8:00pm.  No late seating.  

Running time approximately 90 minutes.
Limited seating (20).  
Limited engagement, 4 performance only, Friday/Saturday, December 20/21 and 27/28, 2019.

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Shakespeare Stage presents 

After the Island

A sequel to William Shakespeare's The Tempest

by David Rowland

Directed by Julian Findlay

A Staged Reading


A.P.E @ Hawley 

FLEX Space 

33 Hawley Street


Dec. 20th at 7:30pm

Dec. 21st at 7:30pm

Tickets: $10 at the door. Cash/check/credit card accepted. 


The Happier FAMILY Comedy Show
December 21st at 3:00 PM
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA

Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, great for 5-13 year olds and their adults. It's funny for the whole family! Saturday, December 21st at 3pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 W Bay Rd., Amherst). Tickets at the door: $10/Adults, $5/Kids, Free/4 yrs and under (Reduced admission for museum members).
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HVC Presents: Not In Charge! 
December 21st at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA) 
Join the talented group Not In Charge for a polished, fast-paced improv show inspired by true stories from the cast and audience! Saturday, December 21st at 7pm at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $13 online and at the door.
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The Happier Valley Championship! 
December 28th at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA) 
In this competitive comedy show, two teams of improvisers face off through scenes and games to see who can win the ultimate prize: an old trophy we found in someone's attic. Saturday, December 28th at 7pm at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $13 online and at the door.
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First Night Northampton
December 31 
Downtown Northampton - Many Venues!

The Northampton Arts Council is delighted to present our city’s 35th annual New Year's Eve celebration and festival of the performing arts on December 31, 2019. First Night Northampton continues to be a special opportunity to celebrate the cultural vibrancy of our community while sharing time with friends, neighbors and visitors. The event falls on a Tuesday this year, we look forward to welcoming enthusiastic crowds at the venues and on the streets of downtown.

Once again, we will witness a spectacular display of fireworks at 6:15 pm—all visible from the heart of the city. As midnight approaches, we’ll gather together outside the Hotel Northampton for a unique “ball-raising.” A bargain-priced button is still the ticket to each performance at every venue, day and night. We ask you to join us, and our partners at PeoplesBank, by sponsoring this alcohol-free, family-friendly event.

Mount Holyoke College, Department of Theatre Arts
Jan 13
Looking for musical director for production of "Lizzie, the musical" at Mount Holyoke College.  March 5-8
Paid position.

We are looking for IMMEDIATE video submissions for the role of "MARK" the sensitive high pop tenor of the Altar Boyz.

Show dates are April 16-19, 2020 at Northampton Center for the Arts!

If interested PLEASE send a video submission to singing a song best showing off your high range in both chest voice and pop falsetto.  (If singing from the show, please look at the song "Epiphany")

Rehearsals will begin February 3, 2020. Deadline for submissions is December 21, 2020!

The Play Reading Co-op is currently seeking submissions of full length plays from New England writers for a monthly, ongoing reading series. The mission of the co-op is simply for local theater makers to have a chance to get in a room together to work on high quality material for our own learning, enjoyment, and camaraderie. It's also a great way to learn about new works and writers. The reading is intended to be informal and without an audience other than other co-op “members” and potentially a friend or colleague(s) of the writer. If the writer is looking for a discussion or feedback afterward, we are happy to make space for that as well. We are ideally looking for plays with at least 2 female identifying roles.
Happier Valley Comedy presents a workshop: Life Imitating Art Imitating Life
December 21 at 2:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Rd, Hadley, MA

The skills we use in improvisation can have offstage benefits, as well - learning to improvise can begin to have an impact on how we communicate and connect with one another.  Likewise, our onstage performance improves if we are able to practice the needed skills offstage in the real world.  This class explores that relationship between onstage and offstage skills and gives students the opportunity to discover ways to be more mindful about our practice.

More information.
Pioneer Valley Theatre Companies
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Academy of Music Theatre

Arena Civic Theatre

Black Cat Theater

Chester Theatre Company


Cold Spring Community Theatre

Drama Studio

Double Edge Theatre

Eggtooth Productions

Exit 7 Players

Franklin County Youth Theater

Ghost Light Theater

Greenfield Community College's Theater Department

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

No Theater
Northampton Community Arts Trust

Northampton Playwrights Lab

PaintBox Theatre


Pauline Productions

Real Live Theatre

Red Thread Theater

Royal Frog Ballet

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble

Shakespeare Stage

Shea Theater Arts Center

Silverthorne Theater

Smith College Department of Theatre

St. Michael's Players

Starlight's Youth Theatre, Inc.

Strident Theatre


Turbulent Times Theater

UMass Theatre Guild

Valley Light Opera

Westfield Theatre Group

Wilbraham United Players
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