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Pioneer Valley Theatre News April 21, 2022

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April 21 - May 11, 2022


This week in the Valley Advocate, Chris Rohmann writes about the return of National Theatre Live - those performances from the English stage, live-captured in big-screen high-def - at the Amherst Cinema. Read it here.

The next issue will include events from April 28 - May 18. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at pioneervalleytheatre@gmail.com

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THIS WEEK IN THEATRE NEWS:
from Howlround

Stories: Mirrors of Identity
by Sonia Carmona

From the article: 

Stories are pre-models of existence.

Stories reveal you.

Stories compel us to face our truths. The story is the mirror in which we look to see our truths.

Stories teach us to look in deeply.

The minute you see, the minute you can do. A story helps one see.

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me! pioneervalleytheatre@gmail.com
PERFORMANCES

FUN HOME by  Lisa Kron, Jeanine Tesori, Alison Bechdel
April 20, 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 PM April 23 at 2:00 PM
Theatre 14 | Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts

The Smith College Department of Theatre presents the five-time Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home, directed by Fiona King ’22. The play is adapted from Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron. The musical follows Bechdel at three different ages in her life, as she sets out to unravel the many mysteries of her childhood through a series of memories and conversations -- from her coming out, to her moving journey of acceptance.

The show is open to the public in Theatre 14 on the Smith College campus. Masks and Smith IDs or proof of full vaccination required. Tickets available at SmithArts.Booktix.com.

Double Edge Theatre / Magdalena International Festival
April 20 – 24, 2022

Tickets are still on sale for the first event from RITES, our five-month celebration of Double Edge Theatre's forty years. The five-day Double Edge Theatre / Magdalena International Festival is in partnership with The Magdalena Project and will include performances and gatherings with worldwide women, non-binary, and trans artists.

Click below to learn more about the festival line-up and schedule or to buy tickets. 

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9 TO 5 WORKS ITS MAGIC ON MAJESTIC THEATER STAGE
APRIL 21 – MAY 29
Musical is Based on Iconic 1980 Film with Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
 
9 to 5, the musical based on the beloved 1980 film that featured Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as three unlikely friends who bond over their frustrating jobs, will be staged at the Majestic Theater April 14 – May 29.
 
The story focuses on Violet, Doralee and Judy, whose boss, Franklin Hart, Jr., is president of their company, as well as a domineering and lecherous man.  A fantasized poisoning has him threatening to call the police on the women, but they turn the tables on him, tie him up and kidnap him.  Back at work, they institute changes under Hart’s name, but also discover some “creative accounting” practices.  Hart escapes and returns to work ready to take over when the company’s CEO arrives, is impressed by the changes, promotes Violet and ships Hart off to manage the company branch in Bolivia.  The play 9 to 5 was written by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick
 
The cast of 9 to 5 includes Crystin Gilmore (Violet), Kaytlyn Vandeloecht (Dora Lee), Mollie Posnick (Judy), Joe Casey (Hart), Kait Rankins (Roz), and Chris Rojas (Joe).  Danny Eaton is producing director, Sue Dziura is associate producing director/assistant stage manager and Rand Foerster is directing the musical.  The music director is Mitch Chakour and Stephen Petit is production stage manager.  The set design is by Greg Trochlil, costumes are designed by Dawn McKay, and Doug Wallace is sound designer. Choreography is by Stacy Ashley.
 
In accordance with regulations from the Actors' Equity Association, an American labor union representing those who work in live theatrical performance, the Majestic Theater requires all attendees to wear masks at all times (except when eating and drinking), to be fully vaccinated against COVID, and to present their vaccination card (or a photo or other proof of it, on their cell phone) upon arrival.  At this time, no food or drink may be brought into the theater, and needs to be consumed in the Majestic CafĂ©.
 
Following 9 to 5, the Season concludes with Betty & the Patch, a new contemporary comedy/drama by Danny Eaton that had originally been scheduled for this past January, but will be staged June 9 – July 24.  All original ticket holders for Betty & the Patch will be able to see the play on their rescheduled date.
 
Tickets to 9 to 5 and Betty & the Patch range from $31 - $37 and are available for sale at the Majestic’s box office Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm; or on the phone at (413) 747-7797.  
UMASS NEW PLAY LAB is the anchor of our Fringe Festival with two exciting new works by two of our graduate students.
Parzival 
by Percival Hornak
April 22, 27, & 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Rand Theater, located in the Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts at UMass

Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert. 
A Wild Adaptation 
by Bianca Dillard
April 21 & 28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 24 at 2 p.m., May 1 TBA
Curtain Theater, located in the Bromery Center for the Arts 

Student works:
Cry Wolf
An online audio drama by Shelly Hed
An online part of the Fringe Festival, coming in April

Taylor Rose Mickens 'Bye UMass' Senior Recital, Visual Art, and Mutual Aid Exhibit
April 22 at 7:30 pm in Bromery Center for the Arts Room 413
Part of our Fringe Festival, tickets free, check back for reservation details

24-Hour Play Project
Produced by Ali Farina
April 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Curtain Theater, located in the Bromery Center for the Arts 
Part of our Fringe Festival, tickets free, check back for reservation details.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
Directed and produced by Ivy Linden-Dionne, Claudia Maurino, Kaliska Wiley, and Madeline Choiniere Barr
April 29 at 7:30 p.m., April 30 at 2 p.m.
Curtain Theater, located in the Bromery Center for the Arts 
Part of our Fringe Festival, tickets free, check back for reservation details.

The Other America
Written by Pedro Eiras, inspired by Nobel Prize Winner Dario Fo's Johan Padan and The Discovery of the Americas
May 1 at 2 p.m.
Curtain Theater, located in the Bromery Center for the Arts 
Part of our Fringe Festival, tickets free, check back for reservation details

Webgirl
by Sena Yacteen
May 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m., May 7 at 2 p.m. and May 8 time TBA
Curtain Theater, located in the Bromery Center for the Arts 
Part of our Fringe Festival, tickets free, check back for reservation details
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Play Lab reservations are free but encouraged, and can be made through the Fine Arts Center Box Office (click here to go directly to our events).
Other Fringe events are also free, but reservations are encouraged where available.
More details are on the Department's Fringe Fest page: https://www.umass.edu/theater/fringe-fest-22
The Happier Valley Championship! 
April 22nd 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, April 22nd 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: https://www.happiervalley.com/championship.html

SILVERTHORNE THEATER PRESENTS ADMISSIONS: A SEARING DRAMA OF PRIVILEGE, POWER AND HYPOCRISY

In its final show of the ’21-’22 Season, Silverthorne Theater Company presents Joshua Harmon’s 2018 drama, Admissions, on stage in The Perch at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield from April 22 through 30. Tickets for Admissions are on sale now via Eventbrite.

Winner of the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play, and the 2018 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play, Admissions was described by The Guardian as “a harsh lesson for white liberals.” Set in a private school not unlike many in the Valley and beyond, and drawing on the current atmosphere of vigorous re-examination of the true meaning of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the play approaches progressive values and implicit racism – not without humor – but asking audience members to step back from preconceived ideas. Silverthorne’s production will include post show discussion.

Sherri Rosen-Mason is head of the admissions department at a New England prep school, fighting to diversify the student body. Alongside her husband, the school’s headmaster, they’ve largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the twenty-first century. But when their only son sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values, with convulsive results. This is a no-holds-barred look at privilege, power, and the perils of hypocrisy.

Directed by Mark Dean, the cast features veteran actor Steve Eldredge* as Headmaster Bill Mason, with Margaret Streeter as his wife, Admissions Director Sherri Rosen-Mason, and Luke Bosco as their son Charlie. Sarah Wilson plays Sherri’s friend Ginnie, with Jane Barish as Development staff member Roberta. Technical Director John Iverson provides set, lighting and sound design, and Amanda Bowman stage manages. 

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Everyone who attends a Silverthorne event must wear face coverings while in the building and show proof of full vaccination for COVID-19.

Follow STC on Instagram and Facebook @silverthornetheater to join in! You can also sign up for our Email Newsletters to stay in the know. 

For questions and further information, please contact us at silverthornetheater@gmail.com, call 413-768-7514, or visit https://silverthornetheater.org/event/admissions/ 

Eggtooth Productions is proud to offer Joe Dulude’s final drag musical production before leaving the Pioneer Valley, though he promises to come back to entertain us in the future. His latest musical drag extravaganza, Dragspringa, will be presented on Friday May 13 and Saturday, May 14, 2022 at the Shea Theatre in Turners Falls. Performances take place at 7:30 pm and tickets are $20 at https://sheatheater.org/.
 
Joe, in the guise of Mr. Drag, his beloved drag persona had this to say, “Dragspringa - that time in every Drag's life when they must leave everyone they know behind and explore the world. Join the Drag Sisters as they raise one last martini and bid a fond farewell to Mr Drag. Expect laughter, tears and of course copious amounts of alcohol.

For this latest saga in the Drag Family's life, Joe Dulude II, who created and performs the role of Mr Drag wanted to write a show that celebrates the Drag Sisters at their best for this farewell. He is moving away from the Pioneer Valley and wanted to give one last hurrah . Alongside Joe, Jane Williams portrays his older sister Kat and Myka Plunkett their younger sister DD. Joining them on stage is Linda Tardif as their musical device Jinnifer, plus some special guests.
This is not goodbye...it is until next time. Cheers!”
GCC Theater presents The Elephant Man
Fri, May 6th, Sat, May 7th, Thur, May 12th, Fri, May 13th, and Sat, May 14th, all at 7:30pm. One 2pm Matinee on Sunday, May 8th
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, Downtown Greenfield, MA

After being canceled by the pandemic, two years later The Elephant Man returns. Since then, the Sloan Theater at GCC has been in renovation, so with most of the same cast and crew, the production will open Friday, May 6th at 7:30pm at Hawks & Reed in downtown Greenfield with additional performances Sat, May 7th, Thur, May 12th, Fri, May 13th, and Sat, May 14th, all at 7:30pm. One 2pm Matinee on Sunday, May 8th. The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance takes place in late 1800s England and is based on the life of Joseph Merrick, referred to as John Merrick in the play, whose life was complicated by extreme growths on his body. The play is directed by GCC Theater's department chair, Tom Geha with a cast and crew of over 25 students, alumni, and community members.

More information.
Mother’s Day Celebration
Sunday May 8th the Academy of Music, Northampton at 2:30 PM
Show your love for your nurturer and all nurtures 
who make the world a better place with their love, care, and support.
 
Shout! Elevate! Inspire! 
CELEBRATE all the NURTURERS in your life AND support YOUTH VOICE, SOCIAL JUSTICE, and the ARTS
The Performance Project Benefit Concert 2022 
Invite your mom, invite your nurturer, your sweetie, your extended family
Go out to brunch! 
 then from 2:30 - 4:30 - Shout! Elevate! Inspire!  
Or, attend the concert, and then GO OUT TO DINNER! 
It’s perfect!  
 
AMAZING LINEUP OF MUSICIANS AND PERFORMING ARTISTS
The Lost Tribe
Avery Sharpe
Taylor Mickens
Amina “Illypsis Speaks” Jordan-Mendez
Iyawna Burnett 
First Generation Ensemble 
MCs I-SHEA and Chloe Estrella Soto
 
 
the Drama Studio
OPEN HOUSE
June 14th and June 15th at 6 pm
41 OAKLAND STREET, SPRINGFIELD, MA, 01108

Join us for our 2022 on-site Open House to learn about our acting classes and Conservatory program! Come and visit the Drama Studio on Tuesday, June 14th, at 6 pm for ages 6-8, and Wednesday, June 15th, at 6 pm for ages 9-18.

To R.S.V.P. for the Open House, click here.

*Please note, all participants must be masked.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Ja'Duke Theater
Crazy For You Auditions
May 15th at 2pm and May 16th at 7pm.
Ja'Duke Theater

We are excited to announce details for our next full length musical, Crazy For You!  This is an open casting call for students currently in 9th grade and up and all adults!

Visit https://www.jadukeshows.com/crazy-for-you for more information
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
Completely Ridiculous Productions
Acting as Play - A Clown Class with Text
Saturday April 23rd
Pine Box Studio, Florence Massachusetts
11am - 4pm, with an hour long break from 1-2pm
$125

In this four hour workshop we will spend the first two hours exploring the comic world - jumping into our bodies, playing some games, and making a glorious mess as we begin to investigate what is so funny about YOU! Then, after an hour long break, we'll return to see how we can apply all of that wonder, whimsy and simple, stupid fun to text! It's going to have fun, like a lot of fun, maybe too much and then a little more. And laughter, lots and lots of laughter - all in pursuit of unfettered joy, radical acceptance and the actor's true super power, Empathic Vulnerability: the willingness to fully see an other and be fully seen by an other, all while staying open to the possibility of transformation.


More information.
Completely Ridiculous Productions presents
Alexander Technique for PLAY
May 7 at 12:30 PM
Little Roots, 46 Maple Street in Florence

Explore the technique that professional actors use to free their body & voice, avoid injury, navigate anxiety, and expand their emotional and imaginative capacities.

Actors and curious humans alike are welcome to this 3 hr class which will include guided
-Embodied Meditation
-Anatomical anchors (muscular-skeletal structure & Autonomic Nervous System)
-Movement & Games

Bring a yoga mat and a willing spirit
Leave with some concrete tools for grounding inside yourself as a baseline for your creative life!

"Do you want your body and mind to feel WHOLE AGAIN? Then do AT with Tracy." "I finally get and love my spine! My relationship to my body, finally make sense." "The class reawakened a curiosity about my use of my body, that was more detached from judgment and a desire to get it right than in previous AT training." "Tracy helped me to discover a long lost connection that I didn't know I had with myself." "...she helped me to find comfort and belonging in my body." “I feel so well taken care of in your skilled, brilliant, able hands and intentionally-created spaces, Tracy. Thank you!  - Student Testimonials
Drama Studio Summer Programs
July 5th, 2022 - August 19th, 2022
41 OAKLAND STREET, SPRINGFIELD, MA, 01108

The Drama Studio is a unique community where young people grow as artists, leaders, and individuals. Now offering a variety of onsite acting and theater programs in a safe environment, including Stories on Stage, where students will prepare an entire production of Story Theatre and Improv for younger audiences, including a literacy video. In TeenScene: SummerFest teens will present a fully produced festival of One Acts. Other programs include Acting Up: Summer Fun Stories, SummerSlam: Improv Week, and Island Improv, Scenes and Myths. No prior acting experience is required. Summer enrollment now open! Space is limited.

https://dramastudio.org/summer-programs
Enrollment Opens Monday for PIC's First
Youth Program
 
WHAT: This 2-week summer program, led by arts educators Kit Marshall and Felicia Sloin, will invite participants to explore their creativity through art, music, yoga, drumming, dance, and improvisation. The program will culminate in a celebratory sharing for friends and family. 
We are very excited to be presenting our first ever youth programming with CREATIVE JOURNEYS - formerly a program of Valley Performance Playground-  this summer!

WHO: Ages 7-11 (limited to 14 participants)
WHERE: Lander Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect St., Northampton
WHEN: August 1-5, 8-12, 9am-3pm
COST: $625 for 2 weeks

Registration opens Monday, March 7th and will be limited to 14 participants. So register early to reserve your spot!

Learn More Here
Hampshire Shakespeare Company presents
Educational Theater Workshops
July 11-15, July 21-29, Aug 1-5
Northampton Center for the Arts

Fun and educational week-long theater programs for kids ages 7-15 run by local professionals.

https://hampshireshakespeare.com/
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

CitySpace

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

Mount Holyoke College Rooke Theatre

No Theater

Northampton Community Arts Trust

Northampton Playwrights Lab
PaintBox Theatre

Panopera

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

Theater Between Addresses

TheatreTruck

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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