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Pioneer Valley Theatre News May 5, 2022

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May 5 - 25, 2022

This Sunday at the Academy of Music - a benefit concert for The Performance Project! Learn more about the event and about The Performance Project here. I'll be backstage - but I hope to see you in the audience!

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from Howlround

On Hauling Water: Outdoor Theater as Re-Enchantment amidst Climate Crisis
by Elle Thoni

From the article: 

It’s fifteen minutes until rehearsal begins and once again my glued-together 1997 RAV4 is parked illegally—just for a few minutes—on the grassy slope of Powderhorn Park in south Minneapolis. Orren and Remus, our teenage prop master and crew member respectively, volley greetings as they open my truck to unload set items. Across the drought-stiffened grass, director Harry Waters Jr. has already spread out his iconic tricolored parachute—a childhood classic redubbed our “green room space.”

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MAY 5 - 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.
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.

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

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:
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.
Ja'Duke Theater
Disney's Descendants
5/6/22 at 6:00pm, 5/7/22 @ 2:00pm and 6:00pm
Ja'Duke Theater

Based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies, Disney's Descendants: The Musical is a brand-new musical comedy featuring the beloved characters and hit songs from the films! It is present-day, and in the kingdom of Auradon, all of Disney’s beloved heroes and royalty are living happily ever after, safe from the terrifying villains and troublesome sidekicks they have banished to the magic-free Isle of the Lost. That is until Ben, the benevolent teenage son of Belle and King Adam (The Beast), offers a chance of redemption for the troublemaking offspring of the evilest villains. Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos – the children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil, and Jafar – are welcomed to Auradon Prep to attend school with the children of their parents’ sworn enemies. Now entering a completely foreign world and way of life, the four Villain Kids have a difficult choice to make: should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or learn to be good? Rating: G Run Time: 70 min (one intermission)
The Understudies: An Improvised Musical! 
May 7th at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA)   
Be part of the fun as brave improvisers and their trusty musician create an entire musical from scratch. Saturday, May 7th 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:
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! 
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!  
The Lost Tribe
Avery Sharpe
Taylor Mickens
Amina “Illypsis Speaks” Jordan-Mendez
Iyawna Burnett 
First Generation Ensemble 
MCs I-SHEA and Chloe Estrella Soto
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
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 is until next time. Cheers!”

Poor Garry Essendine, the famous leading man is not having a good week.  The world that revolves around him is just not behaving as it should. As he faces down the years of middle-age the ingenue he brought home from a party wants to stay with him forever; his not really “ex” wife has him conspiring against his friend and director. His producer’s wife is trying to seduce him; his long-suffering secretary and his servants serve with a side of “sass” and to top it all off a crazy playwright who is a dedicated fan just won’t leave him alone.

Join the Wilbraham United Players as they take the stage with Noel Coward’s sparkling comedy – Present Laughter on May 13, 14, 15 and 20, 21 and 22.  Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30. Sunday matinees are at 2:30.

The production is being performed on the Fellowship Hall Stage at the Wilbraham United Church – 500 Main St.

Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Player’s website – Reserved Premium Seats are $27 and General Seating is $22.  There is a discount for Seniors and Students.
2nd Saturdays Presents...
May 14th at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA)   

A dive into theatrical longform improv formats you'll love, from classics like Armando and Shrink to new creations like Neighbors, which has played to standing ovation! Saturday, May 14th 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:
HVC’s Fun Fridays: Storytelling Standup Showcase

May 20th at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA)   

Watch Happier Valley Comedy talent try out their latest material, laugh together, raise a glass, and support up-and-coming standup comedians. Doors open at 5:30. Showcase starts at 7pm. Friday, May 20th at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Free!
For more info:
HVC Presents: Not In Charge! 
May 21st at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA)   

Join the talented group Not In Charge for a polished, fast-paced improv show inspired by true stories from the cast and audience! Saturday, May 21st 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:
Play Incubation Collective
Auditions for "Return to Abya Yala"
Submissions Due May 9th

Play Incubation Collective is now accepting video audition submissions (through May 9th) for all roles in our upcoming 2022 Developmental Residency: "Return to Abya Yala," by Aria Acevedo. Interested actors should read the character breakdown and audition information on our website and reach out with questions.
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 for more information
the Drama Studio
June 14th and June 15th at 6 pm

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.
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

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.
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.
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

Mount Holyoke College Rooke Theatre

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

Theater Between Addresses


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

World and Eye
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