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Pioneer Valley Theatre News January 16, 2020

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January 16 - February 5, 2019

Queer & Now: Sync or Swim performs this weekend at Hawks and Reed in Greenfield - don't miss this drag/lip-sync/dance show. More details about it below. 

And if you are looking for something just as fun, but a little more formal, check out Panopera's Barber of Seville at the Academy of Music next weekend. 

The next issue will include events through February 12. 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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Panopera presents THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
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from Howlround

Vocalizing Different Issues as Playwrights in Residence
by Pearl Cleage and Vera Starbard

From the article: 

Vera Starbard: How are you?

Pearl Cleage: Good. I’ve just finished up six years of my National Playwright Residency Program (NPRP) residency at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, but they have asked me to stay. So I’m still there as an artist-in-residence, which is wonderful.

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Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater (ALSCT) presents Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical!

Thursday, January 16 at 7:30 pm (general admission); Friday, January 17 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, January 18 at 1:00 pm (matinee); Sunday, January 19 at 1:00 pm (matinee); Thursday, January 23 at 7:30 pm; Friday, January 24 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, January 25 at 1:00 pm (matinee); Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, January 26 at 1:00 pm (matinee)

Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall, UMass

This Tony Award-winning musical, based on the novel by the "brilliantly batty" Roald Dahl, is a wild ride for the whole family with singing, dancing, sweet and sinister school teachers, and plenty of revolting children! Presented with lavish sets and costumes and a full live orchestra in Bowker Auditorium, Umass, nine performances will run January 16-19 and January 23-26, 2020. For tickets, call LSSE at (413) 259-3065 or visit


The latest production in the Majestic Theater's 23rd Season is “Deathtrap,” which runs through February 16, according to Producing Director Danny Eaton.

The classic comedy/thriller by Ira Levin follows the story of Sidney Bruhl, a formerly successful playwright now low on money and inspiration. A play written by a student, Clifford Anderson, arrives and Sidney is certain it will be a hit, even joking to his wife that he may have to kill the young man and steal his script. Sidney invites Cliff over to work on the play, which is also titled “Deathtrap,” then learns there are no other copies of the play in existence. To the horror of his wife, Sidney appears to choke Cliff to death and drag him off to bury him, but are things as they seem? Levin's play is described as an ingenious and spellbinding thriller, both sinister and hilarious.

The cast includes Ron Komora, Krista Lucas, Jack Grigoli, Lisa Abend and Walter Mantani. Danny Eaton is producing director. The director is Robbie Simpson, set design is by Greg Trochlil, Dawn McKay is costume designer and the lighting design is by Dan Rist. Stephen Petit is production stage manager.

Ticket prices range from $24 to $31 and can be purchased by calling the box office at (413) 747-7797 or visiting while the box office is open (Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm).
Storytelling Standup Showcase
January 17th at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA)   

Catch new talent trying out their latest material, hosted by the amazing Kelsey Flynn! Friday, January 17th at 7pm at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $5 at the door.
For more info:
Queer & Now: Sync or Swim

Friday, January 17th & Saturday, January 18th. Doors 7:30PM, Show 8:00PM

The Perch at Hawks and Reed

Tickets: Sliding scale $10-$25

After Party in The Wheelhouse Saturday at 10PM

Our borders are shifting. Our bodies are transforming.

Set in a world where water is rapidly rising and borders are massively disintegrating, Queer & Now: Sync or Swim follows seven mythical deities overcoming struggles rooted in rampant sexism, corporate greed, and climate change.

Told through a series of vignettes with drag, lip syncing, and dance, Queer & Now: Sync or Swim takes ancient world mythology and fuses it with contemporary pop music to embrace our impending future.

Facebook event
The Happier FAMILY Comedy Show
January 18th 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, January 18th 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).
For more info:
HVC Presents: Not In Charge! 
January 18th at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Th
eater (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, January 18th at 7pm at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $13 online and at the door.
For more info:
Ja'Duke Theater presents To Kill A Mockingbird
1/18 @ 7:00, 1/19 @ 2:00, 1/24 @7:00, 1/25 @ 7:00, 1/26 @ 2:00
Ja'Duke Theater, 110 Industrial Blvd, Turners Falls MA

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, the stage adaptation by Christopher Sergel based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, comes to the new theater at the Ja’Duke center for the performing arts. Ja’Duke is pleased to present the literary classic, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Under the direction of Michael Glazier, who is pleased to lend his talents to Harper Lee’s celebrated novel. The play chronicles the social and racial inequalities of the rural south in 1935.

Jean Louise Finch, or better known as Scout, portrayed by Ja’Duke student Talia Pederzini, is a precocious young tomboy, whose innocence and blindness to the faults of her neighbors are what drive the plot of this tumultuous drama. Her eyes become opened when her father, the heroic Atticus Finch, played by Nick DeRuiter, takes on a controversial case defending a man of color who is wrongly accused of rape. Fighting racism and injustice, Atticus teaches Scout and her brother, Jem (played by Anthony McNamara), to always stand up for what’s right. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is an amazing story of tolerance and morality. Please be advised this play contains strong language and situations.

The play opens January 18th at 7 PM at the Ja’Duke theater located at 110 Industrial Boulevard in Turners Falls, MA, with additional evening showings on January 24th and 25th and matinees at 2 PM on January 19th and 26th.  Tickets are available by visiting the website or calling 413-863-0001


Panopera presents The Barber of Seville
Friday, January 24 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 26 at 2:00 PM
Academy of Music, Northampton


Certain operas will forever be associated with certain artists: Tosca with Maria Callas, Aida with Leontyne Price, and The Barber of Seville with… Bugs Bunny.

It is with that same lighthearted, zany spirit that Panopera, western New England’s artist-led opera company, is pleased to bring you Rossini’s comic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville, starring Panopera favorite and Springfield resident, Cailin Marcel Manson as Figaro.

The Happier Valley Championship! 
January 25th 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, January 25th at 7pm at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $13 online and at the door.
For more info:
High Note Productions presents Cabaret Dinner Theater
January 25 at 7:00 PM
Slainte Jarvis Ave- Holyoke

Dinner show starring Le Cabaret a music and comedy revue
For reservations call 413 534 4000
The Amherst College Musical Presents Green Day's American Idiot
1/30 7:30pm, 1/31 7:30pm, 2/1 7:30pm, 2/2 7:30pm

The Powerhouse, 10 East Drive, Amherst, MA 01002


The Amherst College Musical presents Green Day's American Idiot! We will perform in the Powerhouse at Amherst College on 1/30-2/2 at 7:30pm. Tickets are FREE for 5-college students, faculty, and staff, $15 for general admission, and $10 for seniors. We hope to see you there!
produced by Maegan Clearwood, Bianca Dillard, Josh Glenn-Kayden and Tatiana Godfrey
directed by Josh Glenn-Kayden

The Interrobangers
by M Sloth Levine
Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and 6 at 7:30
Feb. 8 at 2 
The Curtain Theater
by Amy Berryman
Feb. 14, 15, 20 at 7:30
Feb. 22 at 2
The Curtain Theater
Audience members are encouraged to stay after the performance for a conversation about the play.

$5 students and seniors, $7.50 general admission. Call 1-800-999-UMAS or
reserve your tickets through the Fine Arts Center Box Office
Two sisters working out family tensions amid a climate crisis and the settlement of Mars. Four meddling kids and a dog confront the unexplainable and question their identities.
The pair of plays selected for this year's UMass Theater New Play Lab — running Jan. 31-Feb. 22 — use sci-fi conventions as a way to look at familiar issues from a new angle. Now in its seventh iteration, Play Lab offers our team of graduate student dramaturgs and director, as well as our cast of undergrads, the opportunity to work on selecting and shaping new work fresh from the brains of emerging playwrights. 

As valuable as the creative members of this enterprise are, though, there's one more element needed for a successful Play Lab, and that's the audience. Getting a work in front of community members who share their honest reactions is crucial to the Play Lab process, because it offers playwrights and our team an in-the-moment barometer of which parts of the script are successful and what needs more work. Those changes are often made in between performances. We've seen whole scenes added, even titles changed, over the course of a Play Lab run based on audience reactions and feedback gathered during the post-show conversations held after every performance. It's an immediate way for theater-goers to affect the direction of their favorite performing art!

About this year's plays:

The Interrobangers is written by M Sloth Levine. Four groovy teens and a dog search the woods in their van to solve a mystery while exploring drugs, queerness, and the fear that men in rubber masks are scarier than monsters. The four question the world they know, looking into the parts of their history they would rather avoid.

Walden by Amy Berryman is an extraordinary piece asking the questions about the relationships between the human spirit and scientific discovery. In the not-so-distant future, climate change has intensified and scientists are recommending that we colonize elsewhere. Cassie, a NASA botanist, returns from her year-long deployment in space and is shocked to find her sister, Stella, a former NASA architect, engaged to an Earth Advocate. As the twins grapple with questions of rivalry and love, humanity hangs in the balance. 

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $7.50 general admission. All audience members are invited to the free post-show conversation after every performance. Come see both plays, or see a play twice and watch it evolve.
On Saturday, February 1 at 7:30 pm, Silverthorne Theater will pull out some of the more spectacular of the costumes used in Silverthorne's past six seasons as well as samples from its collection for a festive Fashion Show. This free event will celebrate Silverthorne’s new tenancy in the LAVA Center, the arts incubation space in downtown Greenfield at 324 Main Street. Space is limited – seating will be on a first-come basis.
 Over the years, Silverthorne Theater has amassed a large collection of costumes for a wide range of shows. Some are original creations, built for specific characters. Others were bought and adapted for shows. A large number of period pieces were donated by generous Silverthorne fans.  Many will be featured in the Fashion Show.

An extra added attraction will be "THESE SHOES WEREN'T MADE FOR WALKING" - a display of some of the outrageous footwear from STC's collection - up for auction! Visitors to the LAVA Center throughout the weekend will be able to bid on a selection of utterly amazing shoes. Proceeds will benefit STC’s upcoming Theater Thursdays New Play Reading Series. More information
at https://silverthornetheater/specialevents
Already Alive is making a series of videos for Vital Voices, a non-profit that funds/supports women leaders (trans-inclusively), particularly grassroots organizers, around the globe. The videos are for VV’s Global Leadership awards in March in DC that will highlight some of this year’s grant recipients.
This is a volunteer casting call for the intro video that we’re making, hyping the overall work of the organization.
We are looking for women and non-binary femmes of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds to pose cinematically as we put up cool/dramatic lights. There will be no audio/acting involved, we’re just making video portraits.
This will take place the morning of January 18th, 2020, in Florence, MA.
We’re asking for people who have an easy ability to volunteer part of their Saturday, somewhere between 2 and 5 hours.  Light lunch and snacks will be provided. As a thank-you, we will be giving all volunteers a $50 gift certificate. 
If you are interested, please send a headshot or link to an online picture of yourself to Feel free to ask me for more info! Please share with anyone you think might be interested!
Relevant links:
Vital Voices -
Already Alive -
2020 VV Global Leadership Awards -
Auditions: Performers needed for Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play
What will endure when the cataclysm arrives—when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we’re faced with the task of rebuilding? 
Director Erin Nicole Eggers is seeking a joyful and eclectic group of storytellers for Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, the final show of the mainstage season.  
AUDITIONS are scheduled for Jan. 27 & 28, 6-10 p.m., in FAC 204, with callbacks Jan. 29 & 30.
Sign up for an audition slot at SignUp Genius.
About the play 
Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future. 
After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of The Simpsons episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. Seven years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created. 
A paean to live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another. 
About the players
4F/4M* + an ensemble of all genders
  • MATT (M) (Potential to double as Act II: Homer and Act III: Scratchy
  • JENNY (F) (Potential to double as Act II: First FBI Agent & Marge and Act III: Bart
  • MARIA (F) (Potential to double as Act II: Lisa & Second FBI Agent and Act III: Marge)
  • SAM (M) (Potential to double as Act II: Bart and Act III: Itchy
  • COLLEEN (F) (Potential to double as Act III: Lisa)
  • GIBSON (M) (Potential to double as Act II: Loving Husband & Sideshow Bob and Act III: Homer)
  • QUINCY (F) (Potential to double as Act II: Businesswoman and Act III: Edna Krabappel)
  • MR. BURNS (M)
*Most characters in this play are written with she/her or he/him pronouns and you will see that in the above descriptions. But however limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. There is also no race/ethnicity written in the text of the play specific to any of the characters, and we are seeking all races and ethnicities. The director is dedicated to casting a non-homogenous group of storytellers representative of this campus and this country for this project. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide.  
What you should prepare
The monologue provided. It does not need to be memorized but you should practice it ahead of your audition. Monologue and script are in a read-only format at this link.
A song. Any song. Bring 30 seconds to 1 minute of a song of your choice. It can be Happy Birthday. It can be a song from Musical Theatre. It can be a song you like on Spotify. Bring something that you enjoy singing and that shows YOU. You don’t need to be an amazing singer in order to be cast.  
Smith College Department of Theatre AUDITIONS
The Penelopiad

by Margaret Atwood
directed by Tara Franklin

As portrayed in Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - has become a symbol of wifely duty and devotion, enduring twenty years of waiting when her husband goes to fight in the Trojan War. As she fends off the attentions of a hundred greedy suitors, travelling minstrels regale her with news of Odysseus’ epic adventures around the Mediterranean - slaying monsters and grappling with amorous goddesses. When Odysseus finally comes home, he kills her suitors and then, in an act that served as little more than a footnote in Homer’s original story, ruthlessly hangs Penelope’s twelve maids. Now, Penelope and her chorus of wronged maids tell their side of the story in a new stage version by Margaret Atwood, adapted from her own wry, witty and wise novel.

Auditions: Sunday, February 2, 7:00-9:00 PM, Acting Studio 1
Monday, February 3, 7:00-9:00 PM, Acting Studio 1
Callbacks on Wednesday, February 5, 7:00-9:00 PM, Acting Studio 1
Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College
Performances: April 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 PM, Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center, Smith College.
Casting Breakdown: 13 Actors
Audition Prep: Sides will be provided from the script. No monologues or appointments necessary.
Contact/Questions: Production Manager, Nikki Beck, 
Scripts: Perusal scripts available in Josten Library, Mendenhall Center, Smith College |


CitySpace is a non-profit with a mission to restore, manage and preserve Old Town Hall as a vital center for the arts in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

Capital Campaign Coordinator

CitySpace is midway through its Transformation Campaign to restore Old Town Hall’s second floor into a flexible and accessible performing arts organization. The Capital Campaign Coordinator for the CitySpace will work closely with the president of the board, as well as with campaign volunteers to coordinate a successful $6.6 million capital campaign. Central to the role is: assisting in developing capital campaign strategies, researching prospective donors, CRM software management and maintenance, coordinating the flow of information and meetings, follow-ups, and donor communications in accordance with CitySpace and the campaign plan.

Status: The Capital Campaign Coordinator is a contract position and is budgeted at 15-25 hours per week on a schedule mutually agreed upon by the Coordinator and the CitySpace Board of Directors. This is an 8 month part-time contracted position with the possibility of renewal. The Coordinator will work primarily offsite.

Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

  • Document pipeline and task assignments, track prospects and maintain timelines
  • Research and identify corporate, foundation and individual prospects
  • Assist in developing and expanding capital campaign teams
  • Schedule meetings, prep for Board members and campaign volunteers
  • Acknowledge all campaign gifts and pledges and prepare pledge payment reminders and pledge agreements in coordination with board president
  • Write campaign correspondence including meeting requests and meeting follow up
  • Assist in maintaining campaign calendar
  • Organize and monitor volunteer assignments and follow-up
  • Schedule tours with board members and prospects
  • Assist with planning capital campaign gatherings and cultivation events
  • Work with the CitySpace board to create and distribute invitations, announcements, and other campaign communications to the public
  • Research donor information
  • Enter planned asks and other proposal information
  • Run campaign progress reports
  • Enter notes to track conversations and meetings
  • Work with board president to enter pledges into the system as assigned
  • Follow up with pledge commitments and past-due pledges
  • Work with board president to ensure that gifts are acknowledged with appropriate recognition and appreciation
  • Analyze donor giving patterns to increase donor retention, upgrading, and conversion rates
  • Perform other projects as assigned by the board leadership


  • Bachelor’s degree in the relevant area preferred
  • Development experience, including personal interactions with major donors
  • High level of computer literacy, preferably with a development management database and research software.
  • Detail-oriented and committed to accuracy
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Creative problem solver
  • Ability and desire to work as a member of a team
  • Self-starter, and proficiency in organizing and managing projects
  • Good judgment and ethical behavior
  • Experience with event planning and/or crowdfunding desirable
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of CitySpace.

Please include a cover letter, resume, and names of three references.

The review begins immediately. Applications accepted until the position is filled.

CitySpace does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, gender, disability, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


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.

Local Access to Valley Arts to host grand opening weekend for new arts space in Greenfield

Arts nonprofit organization Local Access to Valley Arts is thrilled to announce the opening of its new performing arts and community space in downtown Greenfield, MA!

The LAVA Center is a new performing arts incubator, black box theater and community space in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Greenfield, MA—the crossroads of the Upper Pioneer Valley. The LAVA Center is located at 324 Main St., in between TD Bank and the Pushkin Gallery.

With a focus on creating opportunities in and through primarily the performing and literary arts, the LAVA Center will host a wide variety of arts events, classes, and workshops as well as be a space to display and sell art made by local artisans.

The LAVA Center’s grand opening will coincide with Greenfield’s annual Winter Carnival, with events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1–2. All events will take place at 324 Main St., Greenfield, MA. Facebook event: 

Confirmed events:

  • Friday, Jan. 31, 4:30 p.m.: LAVA Grand Opening Party with the Farley String Band, followed by watching the parade from our stoop at 6 p.m.

  • Saturday, Feb. 1, 1 p.m.: Kids Story Hour with author-educator Doug Selwyn

  • Saturday, Feb. 1, 2 p.m.: Strings for Kids Advanced Ensemble Performance

  • Saturday, Feb. 1, 5:30 p.m.: BYO Performance Salon: bring something performative to share, such as your favorite poem, something you’ve written, musical instruments, etc.

  • Saturday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.: Silverthorne Theater Fashion Show!

  • Sunday, Feb. 2, 5 p.m.: Community potluck and discussion of what you’d like to see happen in our space! Accompanied by a traditional Irish music session.

More events to be announced!

Learn more about Local Access to Valley Arts and our new space at or

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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