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Pioneer Valley Theatre News July 29, 2021

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July 29 - August 18, 2021

If you missed the live presentation of MOVING WATER from Ko Festival of Performance and Serious Play Theatre Ensemble last week, you can watch the virtual multi-camera recording of it this weekend! The show will have closed captioning and live post-show conversations with the team. Perhaps I'll see you in the audience! And while you are grabbing your tickets, you can get a ticket for the next show in the Ko season: Hawaii Five-G: Canary in the Gold Mine. 

Looking for something to do with your kids this fall? Starlight Youth Theatre classes are beginning September 4! Scroll down to the class listings to see everything they are offering this year. 

The next issue will include events from August 5 - 25. 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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Ko Festival of Performance & Piti Theatre Company present
HAWAII FIVE-G: Canary in the Gold Mine
August 6, 7, 8 Tickets and more information
Starlight's Youth Theatre's fall classes will start September 4th.  
All classes will be held at Maple Ridge Community Center, Sunderland. 
To register please go to     
$5 per week for your poster and ticket link in top billing!
Email me to reserve your dates.
Click to Access: Pioneer Valley Theatre Google Calendar
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from Howlround

Internships Are Dead. Long Live Internships.
by Ashley Malafronte and Michael DeWhatley

From the article: 

Ten. That is the combined number of internships we—Michael and Ashley—have completed. Michael worked five internships that spanned three theatre companies—at two he interned twice in different departments—and landed a full-time job where he spent six years. Ashley began interning at outdoor Shakespeare performances during summers in high school, and a post-graduate internship at a New York theatre festival introduced her to many of her future collaborators in the city. These experiences showed us what we wanted (or forcefully did not want) our professional lives to look like and taught us the necessary skills to pursue careers in theatre. As interns, we’ve met lifelong friends and had transformative artistic experiences. We’re examples of internships doing what they’re designed to do: provide emerging artists with the experiences, training, collaborators, and mentors that will prepare them for fulfilling careers.

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
Silverthorne Theater Company presents
A Broadway Cabaret

August 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m.
August 8 at 3:00 p.m.
What better way to celebrate the return of live theater than with music? In our first major post-pandemic production, Silverthorne Theater Company presents A Broadway Cabaret, onstage August 6-8 in The Perch at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in downtown Greenfield. Nine singer/actors will perform tunes from Broadway’s Golden Age shows - solos and ensemble numbers presented for audiences seated at cabaret tables arranged for maximum comfort and following whatever state guidelines for indoor performance are in place at that time.

A Broadway Cabaret is a fundraiser for Silverthorne which, like all other live theaters, saw drastically reduced revenues during the COVID-19 shutdown in 2020. 
In recognition of their extraordinary service provided to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, a portion of tickets for each performance have been donated to local health care workers.

Join us as we celebrate how far we have come as a community and the return of live theater!

Tickets available via Eventbrite.


The Workroom at APE@Hawley

August 13-14, 8pm, August 15, 2pm

A genre-bending new theater work comes to the stage at A.P.E.@33 Hawley this August. My Evil Twin is an intimate musical starring identical twin opera singers Jim and John Demler – as Jim and John Demler. Funny, poignant, and adventurous, My Evil Twin exposes tenderness and vulnerability beneath masculine bravado as the twins tell the story of their lives in words and song. It is a tribute to sibling love.

The gorgeous songs are by Eric Sawyer. They span styles from pop to Broadway to art song to opera, and give the twins the chance to unleash their virtuosic basso voices with madcap energy and deep emotion. The witty, fast-moving book, by Harley Erdman, was developed in rehearsal with the twins themselves and with director Ron Bashford. The show was developed at KO Festival of Theater in 2019 and is now presented in a newly revised version. The result is a polished, exquisite, entertaining, and totally out-of-the-box new kind of musical. 

Sawyer, Erdman, and Bashford got the idea for the piece working while on The Scarlet Professor (2017), which won the America Prize for opera. John played the villainous Detective Reagan in the workshop version of the show, while Jim played the same role in the final production. 

Jim, who has sung many roles around the world and teaches at Boston University, says he is grateful for “the opportunity of a lifetime to perform alongside my talented yet somewhat less attractive identical twin.” Pittsfield-based John, who has sung many roles around the world and will be familiar to Berkshire audiences, says he is grateful for “the opportunity of a lifetime to perform alongside my talented yet somewhat less attractive identical twin.”

If you have ever experienced sibling rivalry, or meditated on sibling love, come see My Evil Twin. It is a joyous and thrilling 75 minutes. You can also decide for yourself who is the less attractive of the twins.

Masks required. Theater has a new air-filtering HVAC system.


Play Incubation Collective presents 
Piedmont Plays Project
August 14 and 15 at 5:00 PM
Northampton Arts Trust Parking Lot @ 33 Hawley Street

The Play Incubation Collective is pleased to share our first live and in-person presentation of a script-in-progress: excerpts of Darcy Parker Bruce’s “Piedmont Plays," a 4-play-cycle that PIC has been developing since our inception. Our two presentations on August 14th and 15th will each be followed by a community dialogue with local non-profit organizations (Community Action’s Generation Q on 8/14 and Jewish Family Service’ New Americans Program on 8/15). For those who can’t attend in person, a recorded performance will be available online the week of Aug 16th. As Darcy describes them, “the Piedmont Plays are an exploration of what it means to be queer in a small town, and what it means to trade everything you have for a nation’s promise. The Piedmont Cycle is intended as a gift for every queer heart searching for somewhere to call home.” Join us for this very exciting premiere!

Tickets and more information. 

MAD House, a new theatre collective dedicated to making theatre that is adventurous in style and subject matter, partners with Eggtooth Productions to produce An Intervention Mike Bartlett’s fast-paced and funny two-hander which examines the limits of friendship and responsibility and asks us to consider how and when to intervene in both personal and political matters. 

Directed by Gabby Farrah, the show will reopen The Shea Theater in Turners Falls, MA where it will be performed live and in person on August 14th and 15th at 8pm with COVID safety measures in place. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at<> or by phone at (413) 648-7432.

Farrah writes, “During the past year and a half of relative isolation, I found myself craving connection in theatre and life. Bartlett’s script is nuanced and complex, never trite or moralizing. I am eager for audiences to wrestle with the questions it poses. As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, I’m thrilled to bring this play—a battle cry for connection against all odds—to life in an intimate production showcasing the work of our artists at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls.”

Linda McInerney, Artistic Director of Eggtooth said, "It's such a pleasure to provide opportunities for young creators, particularly since they have been so waylaid by the pandemic and finding work in the theater has not been possible. I love Gabby and June and their work is superlative. I'm certain that this production of An Intervention will give them the showcase in our community that they so deserve and will launch them and their collective to find an audience here in the Valley.
Ja'Duke presents
Young Frankenstein
Saturday, August 14 at 7:00 PM, Sunday, Aug 15, 2021 at 2:00 PM Friday, Aug 20, 2021 at 7:00  PM  Saturday, Aug 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM Sunday, Aug 22 2021 at 2:00 PM
Ja'Duke Theater, 110 Industrial Blvd., Turners Falls, MA 01376

Ja'Duke is Puttin’ On The Ritz at the Ja’Duke Theater

On August 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2021 Ja’Duke will present its production of the Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein, the horror-comedy tunefest based on the uproariously funny 1974 Mel Brooks film Young Frankenstein. This hilarious adaptation features the music and lyrics of Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan.

Young Frankenstein tells the story of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (played by Justin Begin), a professor at a medical school who leaves behind his fiancée Elizabeth (Jessica Thompson) and travels to Transylvania to claim the estate of his grandfather – the creator of the famous Frankenstein monster. After years spent rejecting his family name, the doctor is helped by the castle’s current residents – Frau Blucher (Juniper Holmes), Igor (William LaPlante), and Inga (Samantha Myburgh) — in bringing his own monster (BJ Kulp) to life, with hilarious and unexpected results.

This Ja’Duke production features a cast of 40 in singing, dancing, and acting roles. It is directed by Ja’Duke’s Founder Nick Waynelovich with Choreography by Eula Sagan and additional direction by Jessica Thompson.

Director Nick Waynelovich thought it was very important that the first show opening at the the Ja’Duke Theater post Covid 19 be a funny, forget-your-troubles comedy. Proving to be not only funny but laugh-a-minute hilarious, Young Frankenstein will easily score a 10 plus on the laugh scale! Please join us at the Ja’Duke Theater for an evening of uproarious fun and frivolity. Young Frankenstein is rated PG13.

Performance dates are:
Saturday, Aug 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, Aug 15, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Friday, Aug 20, 2021 at 7:00
Saturday, Aug 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, Aug 22 2021 at 2:00 PM

Tickets are:
Children 12 & under $12.00
Senior Citizen 65 and up $12.00
General Admission $16.00

To purchase tickets online please visit:
Serious Play Theatre Ensemble and Ko Festival of Performance present
In the face of rising sea levels, a new devised theatre piece about climate change, & how water fragility shapes our human interactions…

WEB: July 30–Aug 1, Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 4pm with talkbacks
via online through Ko Festival of Performance
Multi-camera recording by Northampton Open Media 


a 2-year collaboration by Serious Play Theatre Ensemble
 written by Eric Henry Sanders
 direction: Sheryl Stoodley
 original music: Jonny Rodgers
 set & video design: Robin Doty
 lighting design Sabrina Hamilton
 with actors: Kermit Dunkelberg, Ximena Salmerón, Will Swyers

Questions: or 413-588-7439
And check out the new Serious Play website:
From the New England New Play Alliance:

Virtual Theatre
and Audio Plays


Flat Earth Theatre presents
7 Rooms: The Mask
of the Red Death

July 28-Aug. 15

An immersive virtual theatre experience where audience members choose their own adventure as they navigate different rooms in Prospero’s decadent end-of-the-world party while a plague devastates the world outside. 

The Blue Room
by Cliff Odle
directed by Johnny Nichols, Jr.

The Purple Room
by MJ Halberstadt
directed by Lee Mikeska Gardner

The Green Room
by Michael Lin
directed by David R. Gammons

The Orange Room
by Hortense Gerardo
directed by Jessica Ernst

The Violet Room
by Sari Boren
directed by Shira Helena Gitlin

The White Room
by Kelly Smith
directed by Elizabeth Yvette Ramirez

The Black and Red Room
by Gabriel Graetz
directed by LaToya T. Robinson

The Manor
by A. Lehrmitt
directed by Lindsay Eagle

Tickets: Pay What You Can.

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble presents
Moving Water
by Eric Henry Sanders
July 30-31
directed by
Sheryl Stoodley

During a pandemic exacerbated by threatening storms, three apartment dwellers are thrown together in an existential struggle hinging on their personal stances on climate change and a developing water crisis. Zara, a Pakistani immigrant and friend to Sergei the building’s super, is missing. They’ve been designing a secret project to save their building from an impending flood. Luna, a Mexican oceanographic student, and Drew, a climate denier and son of the building’s owner, are quickly embroiled in the search. Edited, close-captioned, multi-camera version.  Online post-show discussions with collaborators and guest experts follow each online performance. Tickets: $10-$32.

The Road Theatre Company presents
The Outside World
by Dayenne C. Walters
July 31
directed by Dan Martin

An immersive multimedia play about a young mother’s fight to save her family’s life after her untimely death, and her eight-year-old son, whose emotions and feelings manifest in a superpower kind of synesthesia —cacophonous sounds and music that his father is trying to help him suppress. Stream: free. 

Lyric Stage Company presents
The Walking Plays: Mother’s Day
by John Minigan
August 1
directed by Rosalind Bevan

As a global pandemic begins to ease, recently widowed Ann Frances and her daughter Evie spend a Mother's Day afternoon walking Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway. Their destination may be a North End bakery, but Evie's goal is to reconnect and begin to process their grief over the COVID-related death of Ann's husband. This is the latest in Lyric’s Walking Plays series.  Stream: free. 

Fourteen Wedding Dresses
by Steve Henderson
Directed by Keith Langsdale

Jimmy and Vivian are frightened teenagers running away from their small town home in Kentucky to get married.  They fear not only for themselves but for their younger siblings Missy and Henry. They offer the best advice they can on how to stay safe and promise to return in a few years. But nothing goes as planned. Decades pass. Henry and Missy narrow their lives into a strange and heartbreaking cycle until the arrival of a young visitor exposes secrets and lies that rip their desperate routine to rags and tatters.

Theater Thursdays is supported in part by a grant from the Greenfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Conway, Deerfield, Northfield, and Shelburne Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Watch now on the Silverthorne Theater Company YouTube Channel

Ko Festival of Performance presents
HAWAII FIVE-G: Canary in the Gold Mine

Written and performed by Jonathan Mirin
Directed by Deanna Fleysher
Sound Design & Stream Engineering by M Florian Staab
Videography by Hannah Brookman
ONLINE: AUGUST 6- 8 | Fri. & Sat at 8pm, EST | Sun. at 4pm, EST
Live, online post-show discussions with collaborators & guest experts, hosted by Trenda Loftin, follow each online performance.

Hawaii Five-G was sparked by the appearance of mysterious symptoms, as performer Jonathan Mirin’s partner became increasingly sickened by electro-hypersensitivity (EHS), a.k.a. “microwave sickness.” As her condition worsened, Mirin found himself compelled to become a public health advocate, activist & petitioner in a landmark legal case against the FCC.

The production is highly theatrical and employs many of the tricks and techniques theatre makers have been devising in this COVID-driven age of “Zoom Theatre.” Desperate to make theatre during the pandemic, Mirin raids his son’s Lego stash and creates a series of appropriately tiny Hawaii Five-O sets. His parody of the hit 70’s crime series is an eco-justice drama called Hawaii Five-G. The pandemic Lego movie goes viral, bringing nations together to re-imagine a future where even Monsanto re-structures as a non-profit. When faced with impossible odds, can humor, love and pieces of interlocking plastic prevent catastrophe?

Tickets and more information.

Silverthorne Theater Company, Greenfield, MA, is seeking a stage manager for their fall 2021 production, Charles Ludlam's The Mystery of Irma Vep - the classic quick-change parody of Gothic horror and monster movies, directed by Chris Rohmann.
  • Rehearsals begin the last week of August - mostly three rehearsals per week until late September - opening on October 1st for three weekends at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield. 
  • Responsibilities include facilitating rehearsals and production meetings; keeping book; maintaining schedules, contact lists & other materials; maintaining communications among cast and crew; and overseeing tech rehearsals and performances.
  • There is a stipend of $750 for the position.
Contact Chris with interest and/or or 413-532-5321.
Model Needed for Children's Book

Two Views Kids is a new book publishing venture concentrating on philosophy for children. The book we’re currently working on is called Mattie and Rabbit and we’re looking for a Mattie character to use as a model. Here is the website, it’s not yet live:
Mattie is a gardener and needs to be about 7 and willing to pose in the garden, digging, pruning, etc. We need an image of her happy and jumping, funny pictures of her bored and waiting for spring, hanging upside-down on the couch, maybe drooping over the arm in a funny way, maybe cross-legged reading a book. We will need her shoe size so we can provide pink boots. She will need a winter/spring coat for some shots and a wide brimmed hat for others. If she doesn’t have a hat we can supply it. Some pictures will be in front of a green screen some outside or with props like a wheelbarrow, rake, etc.
We are looking for a budding young actress that would be interested in this project. She can be of any ethnicity but not much older than 7 or a petite 8 or 9 that could pass for 7. The photographs will be processed in photoshop to look like illustrations.
Philip Doyle is the photographer. Mattie’s parent(s) will be required on site to sign a release and the shoot shouldn’t take longer than 2 hours.
Among other things, Phil takes pictures for Mass Audubon, Arcadia Day Camp at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary and Jericho in Holyoke. They will be happy to supply a reference. If you’d like to see some of his work go here:
The model and parents can keep any pictures from the shoot and we can also provide family or individual portraits at a time/place that is convenient for them if interested. We’re all fully vaccinated but will wear masks. We are based out of Easthampton and have lived here for 20 years.

If you are interested, email a picture of ‘Mattie’ to and she will get back to you.
Thank you.

Academy of Music Theatre is hiring a Technical Director


The Technical Director (TD) has the daily responsibility for the theatrical technical operations of the Academy, including lighting, sound, set design and construction, and coordinating necessary theatrical maintenance. The Technical Director will act as crew chief, determining number of stagehands and scheduling staff for all productions. The TD will act as liaison with the steward of I.A.T.S.E. Local 232, communicating the number of stagehands required and will oversee union crew during production. The TD is responsible for all technical operations during all shows.

Duties and responsibilities include:

· Determines the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances presented at the facility in advance of production dates.

· Engineers and provides for set ups, maintains and operates all house systems including but not limited to rigging, lighting, projections and sound systems for theater, dance, music, and other productions and projects; assists guest designers and artists with technical matters.

· Engineers, supervises and assists with set and stage construction, installation and management.

· Oversees stage crews and back stage staff; responsible for hiring and firing non-I.A.T.S.E stagehands and for maintaining records of job performance for all stage hands. Makes recommendations for training.

· Orients Academy renters and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics and other areas of facility operations; facilitates the use of the technical facilities by the resident company and others engaged by or renting the Academy.

· Monitors the condition of and maintains all Academy theatrical equipment including lighting, sound, projection and rigging equipment; arranges for the repair and replacement within budget; performs preventive maintenance on equipment; prepares annual budget for equipment purchases and maintenance.

· Assists with the preparation and control of Academy production budgets; maintains inventory and orders specialized supplies.

· Provides estimate for production costs prior to rental contract execution and for Academy productions; provides invoice for work performed to Executive Director.

· Assists Front of House Manager with facility maintenance.

· Any other tasks assigned by Executive Director



  • At least 3 years of relevant experience with a performing arts venue
  • Working knowledge of current techniques, methods and procedures of theater, dance, and music productions and presentations including stage, set, sound and lighting design and implementation; stage management; computerized lighting systems; stage carpentry; appropriate safety precautions and procedures.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50lbs
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skill
  • Master Electrician
  • BFA in Technical Theater or commensurate experience
  • Experience working in a union house preferred

How To Apply:
Please send résumé, letter of interest and 3 letters of recommendation to Executive Director Debra J'Anthony at
Apply by:
August 20, 2021
Hampshire Shakespeare Company
Summer Theater Workshop
August 2-6 starting at 9am
Online & Williston

In this half day program students will learn age-appropriate storytelling and performance skills from home for the first few days, and work together to present on Friday. Come practice acting, public speaking, empathy, creative writing, prop making, costume designing, resiliency, and play (just to name a few!) with us.

More information
Hampshire Shakespeare Company presents
Young Company Two Day Workshop

August 12 and 13, 10 am - 4pm
Williston Northampton School

Two day theater lab exploring Shakespeare's Macbeth led by Hannah Simms and Adam Lee Secor.
Ages 13-18, no experience needed.
Performance for invited audience at end.
This is an outdoor event.
Contact person- Cynthia Strycharz   
Company- Starlight's Youth Theatre
Starlight's Youth Theatre accepting registration for Fall Acting Classes 
image.pngIntro to Theater – This class is for the first or second term student who loves to use their imagination creating their own plays. Working with the theme of being unique and special we will create different scenes which will come together in their original play “The Unicorns”. Grades 1-3     Saturdays 9:00-9:45   Sept. 4- Oct. 23 Show at Eric Carle   Fee- $125.00
image.pngActor’s Toolbox-  Once the student actor has some experience on stage, they need to fill their tool box with skills such as: how to develop a character, how does that character walks, talks, thinks and feels. During classes students will use these tools to create and then perform in their original adaption of  “Alice In Wonderland”.Grades 3-5    Saturdays 10:00-10:45   Sept. 4-  Oct. 23  Show at Eric Carle    Fee- $125.00
image.pngPlay ProductionThis class will focus on character development and the decisions the actor makes to bring their character to life.  The cast will be involved in multiple areas of the production such as costumes, props and set design and painting.  They will be presenting “Fight for the Right”, a play about Susan B. Anthony’s journey to achieve the vote for woman.Grades 6-8:  Saturday 11:00-12:00  Beginning Sept. 4- till show Nov. 6  at Northampton Center of the Arts Fee      $140.00 
image.pngLights Up   With a focus on the performance the students will learn about timing, pace and finding moments within the play as they use these new skills to present their original play “The Story of Dr. Dolittle”.  This play will be recreated by the students themselves as they work to develop the story in “you finish it scenes” during class.Grades 3-5th   Mondays 4:00-4:45  Beginning Sept. 13- till show Nov. 6 at Northampton Center of the Arts    Fee-  $140.00 
image.pngSherlock Holmes and Dr. WatsonSherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are looking for your help to solve their new mystery.  Come join the fun and cast while they not only rely on each other to help solve this mystery, but also the audience as they engage them in finding the clues to solve this very funny mystery. 
Grades 6-8   Mondays 5:00-6:00   Beginning Sept 13 till show Nov. 1 at Maple Ridge                Fee $145.00
All classes will be held at Maple Ridge Community Center, Sunderland.  To register please go to   
Submit your workshop, class, audition, performance, or any other theatre opportunity here!
Pioneer Valley Theatre Companies
Academy of Music Theatre

Amherst Community Theater

Arena Civic Theatre

A.C.T. Youth Theatre

Black Cat Theater

Chester Theatre Company


Cold Spring Community Theatre

Completely Ridiculous Productions

Drama Studio

Double Edge Theatre

Eggtooth Productions

Exit 7 Players

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

No Theater

Northampton Community Arts Trust

Northampton Playwrights Lab
PaintBox Theatre


Pauline Productions

Performance Project

Phantom Sheep Players

Play Incubation Collective

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

Unity House Players

Valley Light Opera

Ware Community Theatre

Westfield Theatre Group

Wilbraham United Players
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