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Pioneer Valley Theatre News January 7, 2021

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January 7 - 27, 2021

Happy New Year! 

A few workshops coming up early in the year - Learn to make puppets from recycled materials with World & Eye, or join classes in musical theatre, storytelling, and more from Starlight's Youth Theatre. More details in the listings below. 

The next issue will include events through February 3. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at

Submit Your Theatre Event
Workshop: Recycled Puppets and The Throw Away World
January 23, 24, 29, 30
More information and register here.
Winter Online Acting Classes
January 9-February 13
More information and registration.
$5 per week for your poster and ticket link in top billing!
Email me to reserve your dates.
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from Howlround

Reverse-Engineering Zoom with Isadora
by Barbara Fuchs and Jared Mezzocchi

From the article: 

Jared Mezzocchi has been systematically exploring what Zoom and the editing program Isadora can offer theatre practitioners during the pandemic. He has been working in the field for over a decade and has explored it from multiple points of view—designer, director, playwright, artistic director. As a theatre educator, he launched an MFA program at University of Maryland in projection design, and he recently designed and co-directed Russian Troll Farm, the highly acclaimed Zoom theatre production. We Zoomed in November to talk about the production, how to reverse-engineer Zoom, Isadora as the way forward, and more.

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


 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).

Get Down with Your Hometown is an online music festival, made possible through the collaboration of three great Pioneer Valley organizations, North Star, the Institute for the Musical Arts, and the Shea Theater. Bringing together the Shea's acclaim for incredible concerts, IMA's inspiring summer programs and events, and North Star's reputation for fostering bands and musicians, this event will combine what's special about each of them in providing a weekend of entertainment for you in presenting #GetDownHometown. Western Massachusetts-based and nationally known musicians, many of whom are former North Star and IMA students, or have performed at the Shea, will be featured.

Friday, January 8,  6 p.m. – 9:30  p.m
 Saturday, January 9,  3 p.m. – 9:30 p.m

Select Artists include:

Lake Street Dive          June Millington          Dar Williams 
     Taylor Ashton           The Winterpills           Naia Kete & SayReal 
Suitcase Junket        Erin McKeown           The Nields      Old Flame                 Kimaya Diggs                Martin Sexton       Kalliope Jones        Miro Sprague         Jaime Kent

with many more and Special Guests!

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. 
Reserve your ticket here! It's FREE!
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. 9

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.

Play Incubation Collective presents
Variety Show Fundraiser
January 9

Join Play Incubation Collective theater artists on January 9t at 8:00 pm for an evening of exclusively new work including a scene written during the show and performed as part of the big finale. This event will help raise funds for Play Incubation Collective artists and the development of new plays home grown in New England. 

The Place That Made You
by Darcy Parker Bruce
directed by Rachel F. Hirsch

Jonah is a trans man who feels most at home and safe with Emily, who has just married someone else.

by Patrick Gabridge

This play will be written during the variety show with input from the audience.

The Absence of Dog
by Jackie Martin

One actor will read lines from the scene while an improvisor, who has not seen the scene, will improvise their lines.

Humanity’s Child
written and directed by John McDonnell Tierney

Maria Bechara will perform a song from this musical theater work.

by Germaine Shames, Krista Pojman, and Daniel Lincoln

Rachel F. Hirsch will perform the title song from the musical theater piece.

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by Lama El Homaïssi
music by Lama El Homaïssi and Elliot Lazar

The writers will perform the song “Children of the Night” from the musical.

Tickets: free.

Third Citizen Theatre Company presents
Digital Dionysia
now-January 26

A ten 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:

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

Week eight:

by Andrea Aptecker
January 12
directed by Alexandra Smith

Octavian Augustus: A Tale Of Topping
by Nic Sommerfield
January 12
directed by Jillian Blevins

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

Shoestring Radio Theatre presents

The Telemarketer

by Monica Raymond

directed by Virginia Handley

When Krishna, a telemarketer in New Delhi, calls Karen, a schoolteacher in the US, his life takes a sudden upturn. Karen believes Krishna is worthy of something better than telemarketing, and his sales numbers soar. When Karen loses her job teaching special ed, how can he help her in turn? Stream here.

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!
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!
Starlight's Youth Theatre
Winter Online Acting Classes

Classes run January 9-February 13
Financial Aid is available

We are happy to announce a Winter Term of Zoom classes for January and February on both Saturday mornings and Monday evenings.  Classes include Musical Theatre, Storytelling, Acting for Film, Directing Workshop, Aesop's Fables, and The Jungle Book.

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!

Recycled Puppets and the Throw Away World


Dates and times (eastern standard): 
Saturday January 23 @ 1:00- 3:00 pm
Sunday January 24 @ 1:00- 3:00 pm
Friday January 29 @ 7:00- 9:00 pm
Saturday January 30 @ 1:00- 3:00 pm



Recycled Puppets and The Throw Away World

How can objects found around the house be brought to life? What stories do they have to tell? 
Engage with others in short scenes and discussions about objects that are precious and the cost of knick knacks on the planet. Have fun discovering characters, stories and scenes through the magic of animating puppets made of a crumpled paper, an old baby blanket, a discarded umbrella. Explore sustainability in a completely new creative hands on approach.

Special Introductory New Year Offer: $50 for all 4 meetings

For information and to register:

About the facilitator: Jean Minuchin runs The World and Eye Arts Center, which produces hands-on workshops, exhibits and performance about social issues through the arts. Jean has 20 + years in arts education in schools and community. Her own works are a mixture of multi-disciplinary puppetry and storytelling.                                   

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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