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Pioneer Valley Theatre News December 22, 2022

Pioneer Valley Theatre Newsletter
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December 22 - January 11, 2022

The second to last newsletter of this year is here - and it's a pretty short one. A reminder that this newsletter is compiled 100% from reader submissions and local theatre companies sending me their events. If you know about something that should be in the newsletter - or if you are looking for theatre resources of any kind - please reach out to me and share your listing. Thanks to everyone who has send me a listing this year, and extra special thanks to anyone who has supported the newsletter by posting an ad in the newsletter - just $5! 

The next issue will include events from December 29 - January 18. 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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from Howlround

The Queer Theatre We Need Now
by David Valdes

From the article: 

“I feel kind of abused, tbh.”

That was a message I received this fall from one of my Queer Theater and Film students in response to having read a number of early- and mid-twentieth-century LGBTQ-themed plays, including Robert Patrick’s The Haunted Host and Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour, and after viewing the film documentary Celluloid Closet. We had spent the first part of the semester covering historic representations of queer life, which involved a persistent drumbeat of suffering: suicide, alcoholism, abuse, persecution, and loss.

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West Springfield’s Majestic Theater will present its annual seasonal variety show, “Home for The Holidays,” December 8-22. 
The family-friendly show, featuring Pioneer Valley-based performers, has become a tradition at the theater for more than a dozen years.  Similar in style to nostalgic holiday specials of years past headlined by Andy Williams and Perry Como, “Home for The Holidays 2019” will be co-hosted by singer Ray Guillemette, Jr., who has headlined countless "A Ray of Elvis" sold-out shows at the Majestic, and Ben Ashley, a Majestic favorite who has performed in several hit shows including “Mamma Mia” and “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.”
Joining Ray and Ben onstage will be veteran Majestic performers including Myka Plunkett, Kait Rankins, Tully Russell, Vivienne Damon, Caelie Scott Flanagan, Michael Graham Morales, Alexandra O’Halloran, plus guest appearances from The Grinch and Santa Claus.  The show will be directed by Stephen Petit, and Mitch Chakour is the music director/arranger.
Tickets are $28 & $26 for adults, and $10 for children 10 and under, and are available by visiting or calling the Majestic Theater Box Office at (413) 747-7797 during its hours of operation (Monday – Friday 10am - 5pm, and Saturday 10am - 1pm). 
Other upcoming Majestic holiday-themed shows include: “Holiday Stress Relief,” a night of improv comedy with The Majesters on Monday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.  General admission seating is $15 at the door the night of the show.
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Easthampton Theater Company
Auditions: God of Carnage

CitySpace Blue Room, Easthampton, MA

The Easthampton Theater Company is excited to announce auditions for its debut production of the remarkable Tony and Olivier award-winning play God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza. We are seeking three talented and dedicated actors with a strong sense of comedic timing for the roles of Alan, Annette and Michael. The role of Veronica has been cast.

Synopsis: When two boys get into a playground fight, their parents sit down to talk it out and try to resolve matters like civilized adults. What could possibly go wrong? Well, everything! God of Carnage is a tense and at times hilarious comedic drama that explores the pitfalls of modern parents as they try - and fail - to bridge their differences. While confronting one another, they devolve through the course of the show to their most basic, and profoundly flawed, instincts.

The show is directed by Jason Rose-Langston and produced by Michael O. Budnick.
We are conducting auditions by appointment only for the following roles (all ages are stage playing ages):

Annette: Age range 30s to 50s. Annette is a professional woman; very well put together and struggling to raise her son well while maintaining a manicured front of wealth and privilege. Image is everything for her, however she does not shy away from the messy work of being a mother. She is also very proud and emotional about her expensive belongings..

Michael: Age range 30s to 50s. Michael is married to Veronica, grew up working class, and supports his family through his own business, while his wife pursues a life of art, culture, and social justice. He is a rough, but good hearted father, and has a crippling phobia of hamsters.

Alan: Age range 30s to 50s. Married to Annette, Alan is a high powered lawyer in a three piece suit every day of his life. He is bold, self assured, and solely committed to his work. He is detached from his family, and constantly working on one case or the next. He has the emotional compartmentalization that only lawyers can achieve, and is proud of it. He truly believes in the “god of carnage” - who in his view presides over our more visceral human nature..

This is a four-person show, and all four actors are on stage for the duration. Performances will be held at the Easthampton Town Hall in The Blue Room and are scheduled for May 11th through May 14, 2023. Rehearsals will begin the first week of March in or near Easthampton and will be scheduled based on cast and crew availability - likely one evening and one weekend time per week. Tech week begins May 6th and some availability will be required that weekend as well as full availability in the evenings the entire following week.

Auditions will be by appointment only.. If you would like to schedule an audition or would like more information or for any questions/concerns, please contact the production team. For auditions, please prepare a short monologue (no more than 2-5 minutes) for your audition. Your monologue should show us both your dramatic skills and comedic timing. You will also be asked to read with other actors or production team members from sides provided in advance of auditions. Sides and a pdf of the script are available at the link below for perusal. Callbacks may be arranged as necessary.

Easthampton Theater Company is a new production group created by Easthampton and nearby residents to bring quality community theater productions to the City. With the support of local businesses, patrons and theater aficionados, ETC strives to become the premiere theatrical venue for locally produced theater within the burgeoning arts scene based in Easthampton. Our website is under development and you can also see news about the organization in this facebook group, and be sure to like our facebook page under development.

Dear Edwina Jr

Audition Registration

is now open!

Register Now

What is the show?

The performance is for "Dear Edwina Jr." and more information can be found at:

When are auditions?

The auditions will be held on January 5th, 2023 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

When are the performances?

There will be two performances. They will be on Thursday, March 9th and Friday, March 10th at 6:30 PM.

What's the rehearsal schedule?

Rehearsals will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at The Academy of Music from 5:00 to 7:00 PM starting January 10th.

Who can participate?

All children ages 9 to 16 years old are welcome! No experience required!

What if I have more questions?

Please contact Education Director Kyle Lawrence with any questions. He can be reached at

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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