January is always a quiet time for theatre in the valley, as colleges get back in session and theatres get back into rehearsal. But there are still a few things happening - go see Native Gardens at the Majestic (opening tonight!), and get your tickets for The Little Mermaid with Amherst Community Theater at the end of the month. Are you a director? Consider submitting to direct a one-man show I'm likely going to be stage managing this summer - more details in the opportunities listings below.
The next issue will include events from January 12 - February 1. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at email@example.com
When Rachel Sterner was growing up in Boiling Springs, Pa., she saw a summer stock production of “South Pacific” at the Playhouse at Allenberry. She was hooked.
“By 8, I was ushering. Two years later, I was running the spotlight that follows people across the stage,” Ms. Sterner said. “We did a new show every month from April through November. I loved it.”
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NATIVE GARDENS IN BLOOM AT MAJESTIC THEATER
JANUARY 5 THROUGH FEBRUARY 12
West Springfield’s Majestic Theater continues its 25th Season with Native Gardens, a contemporary comedy by Karen Zacarias. The play, which runs January 5 through February 12, looks at how next door neighbors in an affluent neighborhood in Washington, DC hash out border disputes and cultural misunderstandings. The timely comedy focuses on Frank and Virginia Butely, residents of a lush home who fill their time with dinner parties and tending to Frank’s prize-winning garden. When lawyer Pablo Del Valle and his pregnant wife Tania move into the fixer-upper next door, they challenge the status quo by cultivating a “native garden,” planting only vegetation indigenous to the area, and threatening Frank’s annual entry to the Potomac Horticultural Society’s neighborhood garden contest.
Danny Eaton is producing director, while James Warwick is directing the play. Associate Producing Director/Stage manager is Sue Dziura, and Stephen Petit is production stage manager. Aurora Ferraro is associate production manager, and Josiah Durham is technical director. The set was designed by Greg Trochlil, Dawn McKay is costume designer, and Daniel Rist is lighting designer.
Cast members include J. T. Waite (Frank), Ellen Barry (Virginia), Peter Evangelista (Pablo) and Sara Linares (Tania). They are joined by Tina Sparkle, Michael Morales and Mikey Perez.
Ticket prices range from $29 - $35 and can be obtained by visiting or calling the box office at (413) 747-7797 during hours of operation (Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Audience members are required to wear a mask while in the building unless actively eating or drinking in the café. Doors to the theater will open one hour before the start of a show, which is also when the café opens. For more information, visit www.majestictheater.com
Come join the swimming, singing, and sparkling sea creatures in this delightful tale, complete with irresistible songs, stunning sets and costumes, and full live orchestra! Join us “under the sea” in UMass’s beautiful Bowker Auditorium; nine performances run January 19-22 and January 26-29, 2023. For tickets, just visit www.amherstacts.org!
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Wanted: director for new one-man show by critically acclaimed writer-performer of productions at the Edinburgh Fringe, United Solo Festival, One Man Standing Festival, and venues from Washington DC to Vermont. John Feffer’s latest play features Sherlock Holmes’s last case, the suicide of a famous Russian poet in Moscow in 1930. There’s no mystery who killed Vladimir Mayakovsky—but why did he do it? Hope I Die Before I Get Old combines video, music, dance, and puppetry in a multi-media exploration of artistic ambition, political revolution, and unrequited love.
We are planning rehearsals in late spring/early summer 2023 and performances in the Northampton area in summer or early fall, with remounts elsewhere in the Northeast in 2023 and 2024. Please send resume and cover letter to stage manager Nikki Beck at email@example.com. Script available upon request.
The Majestic Theater has been bringing locally-produced live, professional theater to the Pioneer Valley since 1997. Every season at the Majestic consists of five productions, including at least one musical, which typically run for six weeks. In addition to the subscription season, the summer includes children's theater, concerts, plays, improvisational comedy shows, and more.
The Scenic Artist works closely with the Technical Director and Scenic Designer to accomplish all texture and painted effects of a production. The scenic artist oversees painting crews as needed, but primarily works independently alongside the TD and Designer. The successful candidate should have a working knowledge of all theatrical painting techniques and/or the self-motivation and determination to discover the best way to accomplish the work according to the design. Carpentry and design skills are a plus. Experience in a professional or collegiate theatrical shop required.
Work schedule based upon productions: five season productions (August – April), children’s theater (May – June), additional productions as scheduled.
Short-term/Seasonal position, but could become full-time with the right candidate
Hourly compensation based upon experience. Hourly range $20 to $25.
Interested applicants should email firstname.lastname@example.org with current professional resume and website/portfolio.
Smith College Department of Theatre AUDITIONS: LA RUTA
by Isaac Gómez
directed by Monica Lopez Orozco
To the U.S.-owned factories in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, La Ruta is just a bus. But to the hundreds of women who live, work and often disappear along the route, it’s so much more than that. Inspired by real testimonies, and using live music to evoke factory work and protest marches, La Ruta is a visceral unearthing of secrets buried in the desert and a celebration of the Mexican women who stand resiliently in the wake of loss.
Auditions: Sunday, January 29 and Monday, January 30, 7:00-9:00 PM
Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall CPA Please let us know if you are interested but unable to make either date.
Callbacks will be on Tuesday, January 31, 7:00-9:00 PM
Begin early March. Exact schedule TBD. We typically rehearse 5 days per week (Sunday through Thursday)
April 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 PM in Theatre 14
All of the characters in this play are Mexican.
YOLI - a mother, 40s
MARISELA - a mother, 40s
IVONNE - a friend, 26
BRENDA - a daughter, 16
ZAIDE - a maquila worker, 40s
DESAMAYA - a singer/musician who is both timeless and ageless
WOMEN OF JUÁREZ - women who fill the world of Juárez, all ages
No appointment necessary. No preparation required, but auditioners are encouraged to be familiar with the text. If you are a strong singer and/or instrument player, please prepare a short, 32 bar cut of a song (roughly 1:15-1:30 minutes ) to bring into your audition. Genres to consider; folk, traditional (and/or regional) songs specific to any Latin American country, and blues. Perusal scripts available at Josten Library.
Greenfield Community College
Auditions for THE MINUTES by Tracy Letts
Sloan Theater at Greenfield Community College
Auditions for THE MINUTES at GCC Theater Mon, Feb 6 & Tue, Feb 7 at 3:30pm, with Callbacks Wed, Feb 8 at 3:30pm.
No experience needed for actors or backstage crew.
Fresh from Broadway and 2022 Tony Award nominee for Best Play…
A comedy by Tracy Letts
Directed by Tom Geha
Described as a “scathing new comedy about small-town politics and real-world power, from the author of August: Osage County, exposes the ugliness behind some of our most closely-held American narratives while asking each of us what we would do to keep from becoming history’s losers.” – Concord Theatricals
City Council Meeting in the fictional town of Big Cherry
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
PRACTICE STUDIO with Chalia La Tour
A Weekly, 90 minute Drop-In Class, Open to All Levels of Experience
Mondays starting September 26th | 12-1.30pm EST | On Zoom
NEW PRICING FOR 2023!
First Session for $5 / Drop-In for $15 / 4 Class Pack for $55
Like any art form, acting is a practice. In Practice Studio you will be given held space to do just that. Practice. Practice tuning into yourself. Practice releasing & empowering your voice. Practice generously offering and vulnerably revealing yourself. Each week Tony Award nominee and Broadway Black’s Antonyo Award Recipient for Best Featured Actor in a Broadway Play, Chalia La Tour (Slave Play Broadway, Yale MFA) will guide you through a progression of exercises & deep internal exploration to aid you on a path where your artistry is ever growing. This class is perfect for maintaining a sharpness of skills, preparation for auditions, or revitalizing your connection to your work. What does practice make? Better.