Thursday, December 31, 2020

Pioneer Valley Theatre News December 31, 2020

Pioneer Valley Theatre Newsletter
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December 31, 2020 - January 20, 2021

Bye bye, 2020! I'm feeling hesitant about new years resolutions this year, but I sure hope we can see each other in person again before the end of the year. I hope you are all able to have a safe and joyful celebration - check out the First Night livestream!

The next issue will include events through January 27. 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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from Howlround

Fire Season
by Alice Stanley Jr.

From the article: 

It’s not common to be drenched in sweat by the end of a play viewing, but it seems fitting for a piece about climate change. I attended immersive theatre company Capital W’s newest piece, Fire Season, on a Saturday afternoon in October. It was officially fall, but 90 degrees. I had driven about forty-five minutes outside of Los Angeles to the Santa Monica Mountains where one could usually escape city smog, but because of the California fires that had been blazing for months, the air quality was (according to my weather app) “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!

First Night Northampton Online

Live-streaming on Thursday December 31, 2020 from NOON to MIDNIGHT on

First Night Northampton has filled our Paradise City with a 12-hour, family-friendly festival of the arts since 1985. This signature New Year’s Eve event features memorable performances of your favorite artists. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit local arts enrichment.

In light of Covid-19 there will be many necessary changes to the celebration, most importantly there is no in-person entertainment this year. Watch all of the performances from the comfort of your own space and the screen of your choice. All of the exciting shows, the fireworks, and the ball raising will be broadcast online and on television for FREE! Tune in at or on Northampton Comcast Cable channels 12, 15, and 23.

Catch your favorite acts without having to wait in line! The Fawns, Kimaya Diggs, Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry as well as First Night newbies Mister G, Zoe Lemos, Priya Darshini + Max ZT. Don’t forget the entertainment for KIDS, ShowCircus Studio, Henry the Juggler, and The Yo-Yo Guy. Check out our performance page for more details

The lack of button sales this year will hamper our fundraising efforts to benefit local arts enrichment activities. Please consider donating to First Night Northampton. To show our gratitude for your donation, we will send you exclusive gifts to say thank you!

R.S.V.P. on Facebook

You know our iconic Old Town Hall from the outside, now experience it from the inside. This is your invitation to virtually tour the building.

Explore one of Easthampton’s most historic structures from the comfort of your home. As you glide up the stairs and into the 2nd floor, be sure to explore all the nooks and vantage points.

Over the past decade, CitySpace has been working on plans to restore the building to full function, to equitably foster the arts, and to sustain the economic and cultural vitality of Easthampton. Experience Old Town Hall.

And when you visit, enter to win a Main Street gift box worth over $100!
From the New England New Play Alliance:

Virtual Theatre and Podcasts


Portland Stage presents
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
adapted by
Joel Leffert 
directed by
Anita Stewart 
now-Jan. 7

The holiday family classic is brought to life in this world-premiere one-man show, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. It is guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge, and is now available as an on-demand digital performance. Tickets: $25.


New World Theatre presents 
Snow Fall
Episode 3:
The Thaw
by Donald Tongue

After the storm, Ashley's brother, Matt, comes over to give his kid sis a shoulder to cry on—and to get some breakfast. Episodes 1-3 streaming here.


Third Citizen Theatre Company presents
Digital Dionysia
now-January 26

A 10-week series of new, contemporary short plays inspired by classical Greek theatre and mythology and produced by local creative teams with playwrights from New England and beyond. These plays reintroduce familiar characters and settings in ways that are surprising, hilarious, thought-provoking, and always original. 

Week seven:

Ree & Lexie Go To College
by Nehessaiu DeGannes
December 29
directed by Morgan Flynn

Week eight:

Finding Zeus
by Jack Rushton
January 5
directed by Kevin Williams

Achilles and Patroclus
by Jessica Tocci
January 5
directed by Nick Klevisha

by J. Marc Quattlebaum
January 5
directed by Michelle Aguillon

Tickets: $5 per week; $25 series pass.

 Friday and Saturday, January 8 and 9, 2021
North StarThe Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA), and the Shea Theater are pleased to announce Get Down with Your Hometown (GDHT)GDHT is an online music festival with the goal of promoting the musical talent of North Star and the IMA, and benefiting the three non-profit organizations in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts..  The festival will take place on January 8 and 9, 2021 (details below).
North Star and IMA students and alumni will be performing along with local and nationally known musicians.  The event is open to the public with a sliding scale tip jar for donations throughout the event, the proceeds will be split between the three organizations.
Friday, January 8,  6 p.m. – 9:30  p.m
 Saturday, January 9,  4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m
Dates are confirmed, times subject to change.
Artists include:
Lake Street Dive          June Millington          Dar Williams 
Taylor Ashton           The Winterpills           Naia Kete & Say Real
Suitcase Junket             Erin McKeown           The Nields
Old Flame                          Kimaya Diggs                Martin Sexton
Kalliope Jones            Miro Sprague         Jaime Kent
                                                                                                                                                with many more and Special Guests TBA!
Play Incubation Collective
Saturday, January 9 at 8:00 PM

Join Play Incubation Collective theater artists for an evening of exclusively new work. We're talking music, dance, scenes, sketch, improv, and even a brand new scene written DURING the show and performed as part of the big finale. This is a one-night-only event that you won't want to miss.

And the best part is that it's all for a good cause. This event will help raise funds for local artists and the development of new plays home grown here in Western New England.

PIC is a collective of empowered theater artists centering stories that challenge the dominant cultural paradigm through a highly collaborative, unique play development process and is an emerging hub for new play creation in Western New England.

Facebook Event here. 
K and E Theater Group Auditions: HELLO AGAIN
Audition submissions and materials accepted until January 24, 2021!

K and E Theater Group can't wait to say HELLO AGAIN!

Auditions to be held by video submission until January 24, 2021. Callbacks to be held over Zoom.

Check out for more information about the show, character breakdown and for audition submission requirements.

HELLO AGAIN runs September 9-12, 2021, at Northampton Center for the Arts in Northampton.

Don't forget to like us on Facebook and Instagram and visit for more information on our supersized Season Two!

Northampton Community Making Space

Where:  33 Hawley - Eli’s room

When: Third Saturday’s of the Month from 4-7
Jan 16
Feb 27

Who: Our Community

Cost:  Free - there will be a  voluntary (NOT required) collection jar to help pay for the space rental

What:  Northampton Community Making Space

As we continue to figure out how to be artists in this time, I would like to offer a space for us to make in a community, while still paying attention to the care that we need to take of ourselves and others in the times of COVID 19.  Please join us at 33 Hawley on the third Saturday of the month from 4-7 in Eli’s Room for community making.   All experience levels are welcome. 

Who is a maker?  A maker is a writer, a painter, a mover, a quilter, a weaver, a poet, a photographer, a digital artist, a filmmaker, a woodworker, a stained glass artist, a performer, a musician, a potter, a philosopher, an activist - so many things that it defies definition.  A maker is someone who looks around them and asks of themselves and others, “what can this idea become?” A maker is in continuous evolution. 

We will each have a 6’ space. You will be provided a table, a chair or easy chair, a dedicated power strip, and a drop cloth. You will need to bring your own materials and tools.  Please bring projects that are appropriate for working on in a group setting.  There will be three foot aisles between each space, and masks will be required at all times.  

The space will accommodate 10 people at one time.  You may stay for the full three hours, or just drop in for an hour or so.  In order to organize our safe attendance, please follow this link to sign up for a time.  Please indicate your interest and the time that you would like to attend by following the link and signing up for a slot.

I hope you are able to join us for making in community   See you soon!

Happier Valley Comedy presents
Resilience Training Through Joy: HVC's 30-Day Happiness Experiment

January 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM

How's your happiness and resilience going? If you just groaned or sad-chuckled incredulously, I'd like to offer you some support.

This online 30-day personal growth program provides simple yet game-changing resilience and happiness practices and the support to make happiness a life-long habit.

After the initial kickoff presentation - where I walk you through an interactive experience of scientifically-based, improv-enriched Happiness & Resilience Habits - this program is a commitment of about 1-10 minutes each day.Just for 30 days.

Best of all, the entire 30-Day Happiness Experiment is remote and completely customizable, so you choose the Happiness & Resilience Habits, time commitment, schedule,
accountability aids, and connection style that works best for you. Safe, easy, self-directed, introvert- and extrovert-friendly.

More information.

Submit your workshop, class, audition, performance, or any other theatre opportunity here!
Pioneer Valley Theatre Companies
Academy of Music Theatre

Arena Civic Theatre

Black Cat Theater

Chester Theatre Company


Cold Spring Community Theatre

Completely Ridiculous Productions

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

Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center

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 Department of Theater

UMass Theatre Guild

Valley Light Opera

Westfield Theatre Group

Wilbraham United Players
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