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.
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NORTH STAR, THE INSTITUTE FOR THE MUSICAL ARTS, AND THE SHEA THEATER ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE GET DOWN WITH YOUR HOMETOWN
Friday and Saturday, January 8 and 9, 2021
A TWO-DAY VIRTUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL TO BENEFIT ALL THREE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
HOSTED BY: MONTE BELMONTE, KELSEY FLYNN, and PAM VICTOR
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.
GET DOWN WITH YOUR HOMETOWN
Friday, January 8, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m
Saturday, January 9, 3 p.m. – 9:30 p.m www.getdownhometown.com
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.
Portland Stage presents A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Jack Rushton
directed by Kevin Williams
Achilles and Patroclus
by Jessica Tocci
directed by Nick Klevisha
by J. Marc Quattlebaum
directed by Michelle Aguillon
by Andrea Aptecker
directed by Alexandra Smith
Octavian Augustus: A Tale Of Topping
by Nic Sommerfield
directed by Jillian Blevins
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.
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.
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
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
VIRTUAL ZOOM WORKSHOP
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
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
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. www.jeanminuchin.com