Thursday, June 1, 2023

Pioneer Valley Theatre News June 1, 2023

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June 1 - 21, 2023

There are a couple of new job postings this week - the Majestic Theatre is seeking a scenic carpenter / buildings maintenance person, and Smith Theatre and Dance are hiring a Box Office Manager. The Academy of Music is hiring a Marketing and Development Director and UMass FAC is hiring a Technical Assistant. See full listings below along with the links for more info and to apply. 

The next issue will include events from June 8-28. 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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Silverthorne Theater Company presents The Cake
June 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 7:30 PM, June 10, 11, 17 at 3:00 PM
Tickets and More Information
Real Live Theatre presents When The Mind's Free
June 16 and 17 at the Shea Theater in Turner's Falls
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$5 per week for your poster and ticket link in top billing!
Email me to reserve your dates.
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from Howlround

How Training and Education Can Create a Greener Performing Arts Sector
by Iphigenia Taxopoulou

From the article: 

More than a decade ago, Bill Moskin and Katie Oman’s “Making the Case for Environmental Sustainability in the Arts” demonstrated that ecological sustainability is a win–win for the recipients of arts grants and grantmakers and funding bodies. Adopting greener practices not only leads to increased efficiency and financial savings; it also secures legal compliance and may yield reputational benefits. More importantly, a commitment to environmental responsibility is a tangible response to one of today’s major global issues: the climate crisis. And yet, as Moskin and Oman noted, this concern did not seem to have translated into institutional or industry-wide knowledge or action. So they asked what was standing in the way.

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Shakespeare Stage presents Twelfth Night at the Academy of Music, with performances on June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2023, at 7:30 pm.
The show will run for approximately 2.5 hours with a 15 minute intermission. Photography and film are allowed, with no flash.

Set “sometime” in the 1980’s, our production of Twelfth Night will feature original music, lyrics and design composed by Julian Findlay, Artistic Director and Founder of Shakespeare Stage.

Now in its eighth year, Shakespeare Stage offers high quality performances amid an opportunity for actor training and development of the performer, within the community. To that end, our mission remains one of preserving and sharing the rich world of Shakespeare through live performance.

The Academy of Music, with its rich history of live theatrical performance permeating this iconic theatre since the 1890’s, offers Shakespeare Stage an incredible opportunity to perform here in Northampton, Massachusetts. This company, comprised of local actors, is both honored and inspired to present their vision of Twelfth Night for you!

We hope you enjoy the magnificent theatre itself, the cast, the music, the staged movement and each other during our time together tonight!
 JUNE 1-4
The life story of one of the most influential pioneers of 1950’s rock and roll comes to the Majestic Theater with the return of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story April 13 through May 28.  The rock musical by Alan James was the first play presented when the Majestic re-opened to the public in March 1997, and it became an immediate crowd-pleaser.
The play follows the musical path of the young man from Lubbock, Texas who created some of rock’s first big hits including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Rave On,” “Oh Boy,” and “Peggy Sue,” among others featured in the show.  Holly led the way in writing and producing his own songs, as well as playing all the instruments with his band, The Crickets.  Buddy also features many other hit tunes of the era including “Chantilly Lace” and “La Bamba.”
Cast members include Dan Whelton, Caleb Koval, Shaun O’Keefe, Tina Sparkle, Josh Karam, Jacob Nichols, Chelsea Nectow, Josh Mason, Steve Henderson and Brad Shepard.  Producing Director Danny Eaton will direct the play, and Sue Dziura is associate producing director.  Music director is Mitch Chakour and Stephen Petit is production stage manager.  Set director/technical director is Josiah Durham, and Dawn McKay is costume designer.  Dan Rist is lighting designer and sound design is being handled by Doug Wallace.
According to Eaton, “The demand for another presentation of Buddy has never subsided.  Over the years our audience members have kept requesting that we present the show again, and we figured it would be a great addition to our 25th Anniversary Season at the Majestic.  The show is timeless, the songs are brilliant, and the story of Buddy Holly, one of the most talented and endearing figures in early rock and roll, has touched audiences around the world.”
Ticket prices range from $31 - $37 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.)
Effective March 2023, audience members are encouraged to wear face masks, but they are no longer required at the Majestic.  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
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School
June 2 and 3 at 7:00 PM
PVPA 15 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley, MA 01075

The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts (PVPA) Charter Public School is pleased to present Metamorphoses, a play based on the Myths of Ovid, originally written and directed by Mary Zimmerman. The show will run from June 2-3, 2023 with performances beginning at 7PM in the main stage theater at 15 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley. Ticket prices are as follows: $10 general admission; $7 military and seniors; $5 PVPA alumni, and $3 students. This performance is part of PVPA’s spring production calendar, available at

PVPA’s production of Metamorphoses, directed by PVPA Theater Teacher Cullen Burling and Assistant Director Zoey Puffer, PVPA ‘25, brings to life Greek myths that focus on love, loss, and human connection. Set in and around a pool of water, this collection of interwoven ancient tales showcases the best and worst of humanity, and how we navigate transformation and change. The set design, featuring a pool of water thrust out into the audience in PVPA’s main stage theater, was created by PVPA Stagecraft students under the direction of Technical Theater Department Head Martin Bridge.

PVPA is a regional public charter school serving 400 students grades 7-12, from over 50 towns throughout Western Massachusetts. We seek to connect the creative process with critical thinking to inspire a love of learning. For more information:
What We Remember: Stories From Your Lives
Shea Theater
Friday, June 2 & Saturday, June 3 at 7pm; Saturday June 3 at 4pm

TICKETS: $10 general/$5 students; at the door cash/check only or buy ahead here.

DESCRIPTION: The North Star Players return to the stage with a memory collage created by the five teens in our Playmaking class. These teens interviewed over a dozen friends, family members, and acquaintances (ages 9-88) about the beginnings and endings of moments and experiences in their lives - generating 72 pages of raw memory!

The Playmaking teens (Isabel Miller, Enzo Belmonte, Luna Marotto, Solena Davidson-Carroll, and Penelope Black) then worked with their director Ellen Morbyrne to shape many of the memories into a collage of people growing up and growing through their stories. They created our original play: What We Remember: Stories From Your Lives.

Our play performs in the round on the audience risers in the beautiful Shea Theater, so seating is somewhat limited. (And wheelchair accessible!)

Thank you for joining us, and supporting the performing arts at North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens!

Festival of new play readings by local playwrights to take place at The LAVA Center in June

On the Boards: a festival of new play readings by local playwrights
Fridays and Saturdays in June, 7 p.m. (see complete schedule below)
The LAVA Center, 324 Main St., Greenfield

The LAVA Center is proud to present “On the Boards,” a festival of new play readings by local playwrights.

For the past few months, LAVA has hosted a theater incubation series, during which six local playwrights have workshopped and developed new plays. Now they’re ready for an audience! Join The LAVA Center and the playwrights (Christine Benvenuto, P. H. Crosby, Nina Gross, Jan Maher, Silvia Martinez-Howard, and John McDonnell Tierney) for a festival of staged readings in June.


An Interview with Archie by John McDonnell Tierney
Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, 7 p.m.

Interview with Archie is a new play by John McDonnell Tierney that focuses on two themes — faith and dementia — and yet it is not “about” either. Rather, this play explores the experience of two men-of-the-cloth, one old, one young, with faith and dementia. Archie, a 90 year old retired Catholic Bishop who doesn’t believe Heaven exists, meets Elijah, a 20-year old Evangelical Seminarian whose whole purpose in life is to get to there.

John McDonnell Tierney, aka “Jack McT,” is a composer and playwright with an Off-Broadway track record and numerous plays and musicals in his portfolio. His musical, Humanity’s Child, premiered at the New York Theater Festival and played four weeks at the Players Theatre Off- Broadway in 2019. Extraordinary Hero, Jack’s full-length musical for virtual theater, was streamed on the Rogue Theatre Festival, 2022 and a trio of his comedies will play at the 2023 Festival in July. He is a contributing playwright to several online theater groups and is a director and actor as well. Jack works out of his home studio in Heath, MA where he lives with his wife Patricia and cat Willow.

“Time in Tatters” by Silvia Martinez-Howard

“Inheritance” by Nina Gross

Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10, 7 p.m.

“Time in Tatters” by Silvia Martinez-Howard
This is a story of identity, uprooting, exile and traumas of war.

Silvia is a native of Argentina, who produced events for Amnesty International, in honor of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, and to the Minority Task Force on Aids, in New York City. Her eclectic work encompasses poetry, playwriting, ceramic sculpture, photography, textiles and jewelry. She teaches Spanish and loves cooking.

“Inheritance” by Nina Gross

Details to come.


“750%” by Christine Benvenuto

Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener” adapted by P. H. Crosby

Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17, 7 p.m.

“750%” by Christine Benvenuto

A seemingly random encounter on a subway platform brings two people together. As their story unfolds, who they are and who they are to each other, their shared past and separate futures, turn out to be as labile and unstable as the intimate partner violence that has brought them to this moment.

“750%” will be performed by Shannon Chabot and Mary Budzn.

Christine Benvenuto’s plays have been produced by the Boston Theater Marathon, the Sixth Festival in NYC, The Braid in Los Angeles, and online. Her play Bridges was part of The LAVA Center’s social justice series last year. Her play Destination Wedding received its first public reading at LAVA last summer, and its second at Clamour Theater in Northern Florida as part of a playwright’s residency in March. She is the author of two books published by St. Martin’s Press, and her short stories, essays, and articles have appeared in many newspapers, magazines and anthologies.

Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener” adapted by P. H. Crosby

Who is Bartleby? Where did he come from? What does he want? The head of a Wall Street law firm in the 1860s wrestles with proper management of his office staff, including a strange newcomer.

“Bartleby the Scrivener” will be performed by Rick Malone, Tracy Trimm, Kevin McVeigh, Becca Mandel and Andra Daunhauer.

P. H. Crosby, a resident of Gill, is a writer of poetry, fiction and drama, published in Changing Men, The Other Side, War, Literature and the Arts (WLA), the Montague Reporter, Sparks of Calliope, Friends Journal, Blue Unicorn and other venues. A short play, “A Change in Climate” was produced online in 2020 by The LAVA Center, where Crosby’s adaptation of George Gissing’s The Odd Women also received a two-part stage reading in 2022 and 2023. Crosby has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University and studied English and Drama at Catholic University and Greenfield Community College.

As We Were: Nine Days in October by Jan Maher

Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, 7 p.m.
Over sixty years ago, Bob Dylan recorded his first album, "Rocky and Bullwinkle" dominated Saturday morning television, and the world teetered on the precipice of all out nuclear war.

As We Were: Nine Days in October focuses on the impact of the Cuban Missile Crisis on the lives of ten students on a Midwestern campus. In the lounge of their small college, the students play chess, cards, and guitars; discuss homework, music, and Halloween pranks; flirt and banter. Abruptly, their cocoon is ripped open by JFK’s announcement that the world is on the brink of nuclear war. Each is wrenched into stark confrontations with identity, sexuality, values, mortality, themselves, and each other.

The Cuban Missile Crisis ends a mere nine days after JFK’s speech to the nation, but during that time the students and their world—our world—are forever changed.

Playwright Jan Maher was a freshman in college during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Events depicted are, as they say, “based on a true story,” though Maher freely admits she is primarily a writer of fiction.

All plays are also viewable online for two weeks. For more information and tickets, visit

On the Boards is made possible by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the local cultural councils of Greenfield, Bernardston, Gill, Leyden, and Northfield.

The Hidden Territories of the Bacchae 
Directed by Stacy Klein
Co-created with the DE Ensemble

After a sold-out run in 2022, we are happy to bring back The Hidden Territories of the Bacchae. We look forward to sharing a further developed and re-imagined version of this work: our response to Euripides' Bacchae in which women's rites are no longer in hidden territories but freely able to express their deeply held desires.

Mark your calendars and buy your tickets early:
Member tickets* are available from May 8, 2023
General Box Office will open on May 22, 2023

*Double Edge Members are given priority access to our Summer Spectacle tickets and other perks. Interested in finding out more about Membership? Write to Hannah and Carlos at or give us a call at 413-628-0277 ext 204.

Silverthorne Theater Company
The Cake
6/9 at 7:30pm, 6/10 at 3pm & 7:30pm, 6/11 at 3pm, 6/15 at 7:30pm, 6/16 at 7:30pm, 6/17 at 3pm & 7:30pm
Emily Dickinson Hall, Hampshire College, 893 West St, Amherst, MA 01007

Silverthorne Theater Company presents the final production of our 2023 season, Bekah Brunstetter's The Cake. Directed by Gina Kaufmann, performances will take place at the Mainstage Theater at Hampshire College in Amherst, from June 9th - 17th. Tickets are available at at $25 general admission, with discounted tickets for students, seniors, and audience members 25 and under. Silverthorne Theater Company is a proud participant in the Card to Culture program, offering $5 tickets to SNAP/EBT, WIC, and ConnectCare cardholders.

The cast is anchored by Elizabeth Aspenlieder*, a company member at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, where she has performed in over 30 plays over the past 20 years, including Regan in King Lear, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hermione in A Winter’s Tale.  She won Boston’s prestigious Elliot Norton award for her solo performance in the comedy Bad Dates and won a 2019 Berkie Award for best supporting actor in The Waverly Gallery.  In The Cake, Aspenlieder will be taking on the role of Della, a conservative baker who faces a crisis of conscience.  

Rounding out the cast are four veteran actors, listed here with their previous Silverthorne Theater credits: Tahmie Der (The Taming, Christmas at Pemberley, Intimate Apparel), Gabriel Levey (Intimate Apparel), Claudia Maurino (Christmas at Pemberley) and Sam Samuels* (The Mystery of Irma Vep, Tar2f!).  

When Della, a North Carolina Baker and devout Christian, is asked to bake a wedding cake for her best friend’s daughter, she is overjoyed. But that joy is short-lived when she learns that the intended is another bride and realizes she is faced with an agonizing choice between faith and family. Struggling to reconcile her deeply-held belief in “traditional marriage” and the love she has for the woman she helped raise, Della finds herself in strange new territory.  Inspired by a story still in the headlines, this marvelously funny play is proof that love is the key ingredient in creating common ground.

Leonora, la maga y la maestra 
  Porsgrunn Internasjonale Teaterfestival
June 9 & 10  buy tickets here

“… a peek into an expansive world – a hallucinatory, symbol-heavy tour of Carrington’s fervid mind.” – New York Times Critic’s Pick

Inspired by the visual art, writings and life of British-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington and her mentorship of a long line of male artists, this surreal performance unfolds an encounter between Leonora and Adán (everyman) and portrays the magic, mystery, and humanity found in Carrington’s work.

On both days, critic and author Susanne Christensen will give an introduction to the performance in the foyer. She has written the book Leonora’s Journey, in which she undertakes a journey in Leonora Carrington’s footsteps, to New York, Mexico and California, in search of Carrington’s life and work.

Real Live Theatre
When The Mind's Free Staged Reading
June 16 at 6:30 PM (Caregiver's Event) and June 17 at 7:00 PM (Gala Event)
Shea Theater in Tuners Falls
Tickets for both events

When The Mind's Free is a dance-theatre piece that lifts language, ideas, and story from Shakespeare’s King Lear and places them in a contemporary context, that of a lesbian couple dealing with the early-onset-Alzheimer’s of the matriarch and the opioid addiction of their youngest daughter. The language in this piece is mainly contemporary and has emerged out of improvisations outlined and shaped by the director (Toby Vera Bercovici) and performed by the ensemble (Linda Tardif, Myka Plunkett, Annelise Nielsen, Liz Stanton, and Carolyn Goelzer).

After working on this project for the past few years, RLT is ready to share staged readings of the final script, including choreographed dance pieces (choreography by Annelise Nielsen) and original live music (composed & performed by Samuel V. Perry).

“There is a desperate need to increase the representation of those living with Alzheimer's and caregivers in media and pieces like this; this disease continues to impact more families and we need art pieces to help the broader public understand this disease.” -Meghan Lemay, Alzheimer's Association, Regional Manager, supporting consultant to When The Mind's Free.

June 16 at 6:30 PM
This evening is a pay-what-you-can staged reading for anyone impacted by dementia/Alzheimer’s or addiction, featuring a community conversation with the Alzheimer’s Association as well as information about local resources for those living with, or caring for loved ones with, memory loss and/or addiction.

June 17 at 7:00 PM
This evening is for the general public and also serves as a fundraising gala to celebrate & support When The Mind's Free - enjoy free food and a cash bar as well as the staged reading. Although ticket purchases are not tax-deductible, there will be options for making tax-deductible donations at the event.

These 2023 staged readings will help us build momentum for the world premiere (here in the Valley!) in 2024, followed by a national tour 2024-2025.

This project is funded in part by generous grants received from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Mass Cultural Council believes in the power of culture. We believe a diverse, accessible, and equitable creative and cultural sector is essential to the vitality of the Commonwealth. The Agency is embarking on the development of a Disability Equity Plan to increase opportunities for people who are d/Deaf or Disabled. 
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Job Summary
Oversee the overall day to day operations of the box office from the daily sales and office hours to scheduling student staff for daytime and evening operations. The Box Office Manager will ensure a hospitable, smooth and efficient operation. Responsible for programming and monitoring the ticketing system, tracking daily sales and deposits, ticket account management and fulfillment, supervising and directing student staff and volunteers, and troubleshooting in difficult situations. Work closely with Theatre and Dance department staff, SmithArts Publicity Manager, and the Director of the Smith Office for the Arts. Leads by example at all times and provides the highest level of customer service to all guests, vendors and clients. Provide box office expertise and conduct research to help build a more expansive box office model for future years, serving diverse departments and partners across the Arts at Smith.

This role would be a 2-year fixed-term part-time benefits eligible role from September 2023-May 2025.

UMass FAC hiring Technical Assistant III
Job Summary

The Technical Assistant III oversees all operations in the lighting department, supervises lighting and related electrical aspects of productions with Fine Arts Center including outdoor, hybrid, virtual, rental and on/off campus events, assists in general production duties and supervises student and professional crew members in these activities. 


Essential Functions 

  • Coordinates lighting and production planning with visiting professional and student production companies, designs, adapts or implements lighting plans for all stage productions and supervises the hanging and focus of stage lights and operation of lighting control consoles. 
  • Repairs and provides preventative maintenance for stage lighting and related electrical equipment, responds to lighting and electrical problems occurring during productions and makes recommendations on major repair of lighting and on new equipment acquisitions. 
  • Creates and maintains all lighting records including but not limited to detailing current lighting positions, circuit, focus, purpose and rentals. Manages and maintains all lighting inventories. Tracks electrical expenses for events from pre-production through post-production. 
  • Trains and supervises student work crews in the performance of lighting and general stage production duties. Works collaboratively with touring technical production personnel and also supervises professional and union crew members. 
  • Assists in general stage management duties, supervision of load-in, set-up, dismantling, and load-out of touring productions and securing of the performance area before and after production.  Works with Production Manager to advance all events. Assists AV Head with technical projection and camera needs.

Marketing and Development Manager

General Position Summary:

The Marketing and Development Manager provides administrative support under the supervision of the Executive Director for the annual marketing and development plans that will achieve the programming and fundraising goals of the Academy.

Essential Functions and Major Responsibilities:

· Partner with the Executive Director, Theater Manager and Development committee on fundraising events. Coordinate and help manage fundraising events.

· Acknowledge sponsors and oversee their sponsor packet opportunities.

· Coordinate direct mail campaigns. Responsible for mailings, acknowledgements, and tax-receipts.

· Manage and update accurate records of donors and prospects in Spektrix database and match against QuickBooks account. Enter contact reports of all visits, significant telephone conversations, letters and correspondence, gift solicitations, and other communications with donors.

· Identify, solicit, and manage a portfolio of advertisers for annual program guide. Design and create annual program guide and inserts.

· Create all print and electronic marketing and communication materials for Academy programs, including social and digital media.

· Schedule radio and television interviews for Academy productions

· Attend Development Committee Meetings.

· Any other tasks assigned by Executive Director


Specific Job Skills:

· Excellent writing and speaking skills.

· Excellent time management and organizational skills.

· Strong knowledge of and experience working with donor and graphic design software programs.

· Strong personal interest in the performing arts.

· Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

· Ability to lift 30 lbs.

Minimum Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent required.

· Three years experience in development and marketing or related field.

How To Apply:
Please send résumé to Executive Director Debra J'Anthony at

Apply by:
June 22, 2023
$50,000 / Per year
About this Organization:
The Academy of Music Theatre is an 816 seat non-profit performing arts center located in the beautiful college town of Northampton, Massachusetts.

Summer Young Company is designed for young actors who wish to engage deeply with Shakespeare’s work through a more rigorous exploration of text, introductory voice, movement, ensemble building, and more. It's an extension of the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, Spring Young Company, and Riotous Company programs, and is ideal for local participants or those with access to local housing or personal transportation to/from local rehearsal spaces. 

The program runs Monday through Friday, 9am – 3:30pm, with a break for lunch. Mornings are set aside for classes, while the afternoon is dedicated to creating and rehearsing.

Final performances are Friday, July 28 at The Dell at The Mount, Edith Wharton's home, and Saturday, July 29 at Shakespeare & Company’s Rose Footprint Theatre.

To learn more or to schedule an audition, contact Education Programs Manager Meg Marchione at or (413) 637-1199 ext. 172.

Majestic Theater Scenic Carpenter & Buildings Maintenance

This new entry-level position at the Majestic Theater is our attempt to combine two part-time jobs into one full-time job with the following responsibilities:

  1. Assist the Majestic’s Technical Director with the construction and installation of five season productions' sets and various other theatrical projects.   Basic carpentry skills required, tools will be provided, and building techniques unique to the theater will be taught.  
  2. Provide basic maintenance, cleaning and snow shoveling of the Majestic Theater’s three buildings (theater, shop/rehearsal, and actor house).  Coordinate sub-contractors providing any maintenance services related to electrical, plumbing or HVAC.   Help to support and supply the Majestic Café’s operation.

The time spent on these two tasks will be determined by the Majestic’s production schedule.  Candidates for this position should be upbeat, and willing to join a team that will work together to get the job done!   There will be the opportunity to learn about many aspects of the theater.

Compensation will be hourly with an average week being 40 hours.   During weeks that season production sets are being installed at the Majestic Theater the work hours will increase.   The pay rate will be $16 to $19 per hour depending upon past experience and skills, with benefits to be reviewed.   Valid driver’s license required.  The Majestic Theater is an inclusive employer.

To apply for this position, please email:

Auditions for both Equity and non-Equity performers for roles in the upcoming 2023-2024 Season at the Majestic Theater will be held in June, according to Producing Director Danny Eaton.  This will be the 26th Season of performances since the venue was re-opened for live theater in March 1997.
Auditions will be held at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield on the following dates:
Monday, June 5 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Equity Principal Actors only)
Tuesday, June 6 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Equity Principal Actors only)
Wednesday, June 7 – 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Equity and Non-Equity Actors)
Thursday, June 8 – 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Equity and Non-Equity Actors)
Friday, June 9 - 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Equity and Non-Equity Actors)
Saturday, June 10 – 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Equity and Non-Equity Actors)
Equity Principal Actors and Non-Equity Actors will need to schedule their in-person auditions at the Majestic during the allocated times.  To book an audition time, performers must call the theater at (413) 747-7797.
An accompanist will be onsite June 5 and 6 for singing auditions.  On other audition dates, performers are encouraged to bring an instrumental track to accompany them. 
Actors will be auditioned for parts in the following productions: Bright Star (musical) which runs September 7 – October 15, 2023, Moonglow (romantic comedy) which runs October 26 – December 3, 2023, The Importance of Being Earnest (comedy) which runs January 4 – February 11, 2024, The Ladyslipper (contemporary drama) February 15 – March 24, 2024, and The Play That Goes Wrong (contemporary farce) April 18 – June 2, 2024. See cast breakdown here.
Non-Equity performers new to the Majestic should prepare a brief monologue of their choice, and bring a picture and resume.  They will also be asked to read from prepared script selections. 
People auditioning and performing at the Majestic must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 
Ghost Light Theater
Auditions for Ghost Light Theater's LIZZIE!!
July 9 and 10 at 6:00 PM
Gateway City Arts - 92 Race St. in Holyoke

Ghost Light Theater announces auditions for LIZZIE!!!
Music by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt, Lyrics by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Tim Maner & Book by Tim Maner

Directed by Kevin Tracy
Music Direction by Sarah Puckett
Choreography by Sarah Devine

On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent businessman and his wife were brutally axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Lizzie’s trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become an American legend.
LIZZIE is four women fronting a six-piece rock band. LIZZIE is rage, sex, betrayal, and bloody murder. LIZZIE is American mythology set to a blistering rock score.
Please be advised that this production contains adult subject matter - some of a violent and sexual nature.

Auditions will take place July 9 & 10th at 6:00 PM at Gateway  City Arts - 92 Race St. in Holyoke.
Call backs are by invitation only.

Please prepare 32 bars of a rock song - you can bring sheet music for accompaniment or bring a backing track to play over Bluetooth. You will be asked to read from the script and participate in a short dance call.

Please fill out this audition form and submit it back to producer Megan Healey via email (  by noon on your audition day.

Rehearsals begin once weekly or bi-weekly starting in mid-July with a regular rehearsal schedule starting in September.
Performances are November 3, 4**, 9, 10 & 11 at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke.
**2 show day


LIZZIE BORDEN: Lead, Female identifying, 20-30
The younger daughter of the Borden household, accused of her father and stepmother’s murders; transforms from broken, fragile, meek, and obedient to strong, self assured, conniving, and terrifying.
Rock mezzo with strong high belt and head voice (High belt: F#3-F#5, Belt to A5)
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

ALICE RUSSELL: Supporting, Female identifying, 20-30
She lives next door to the Bordens and visits Lizzie often; secret, sweet, and sensuous, with a slightly maternal tenderness in her affections for Lizzie.
Pop/rock soprano with strong mix. (High mezzo lyric/mix/belt: G3 with F#3 pick-up – A5 legit soprano)
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

BRIDGET SULLIVAN/MAGGIE: Supporting, Female identifying, 20-35
Speaks and sings with an Irish dialect, traditional Irish lilting to hard rock-n-roll; housemaid to the Borden family; sly, with a dark, dry sense of humor; quick on the uptake. Rock mezzo. (Contralto/low alto: F3 with E3 pick-up)
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities
EMMA BORDEN: Supporting, Female Identifying, 30-35
Older sister to Lizzie; resents her father’s second wife and his financial support of her family; commanding, angry, outspoken, and possessive, but also desperately sad. Rock alto/mezzo belt. (Alto/mezzo belt: F#3-D5)
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Ghost Light Theater encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities to audition.
LIZZIE is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC. (

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The Northampton Arts Council is now accepting performer applications for First Night Northampton 2024

On Sunday, December 31, 2023, the Northampton Arts Council will present the 38th annual community New Year’s Eve celebration and festival of performing arts. Since 1985, First Night Northampton has filled our Paradise City with a 12-hour family-friendly festival of the arts, culminating in a traditional ball-raising from the roof of the Hotel Northampton. Proceeds from First Night Northampton will benefit local artists and community arts activities.

We look forward to receiving many proposals and creating a diverse, exciting, family-friendly event. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2023. Proposals are reviewed as they are received, so early applications are recommended. Please submit separate applications for each proposal. Proposals without support materials will not be reviewed. We will be notifying applicants at the end of October. To apply to perform at First Night Northampton 2024, please complete the online application, which can be found at Check out the First Night Northampton 2023 playlist on YouTube.

Sundays | 11-1pm PST / 2-4pm EST / 7-9pm GMT | June 4th - July 9th | On Zoom | Open to 8 Participants


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A Very Special Writing Class (or Claire’s Writing Cult), is a playful and challenging class with weekly exercises and writing prompts — that run the gamut from surreal to straightforward, very deep to very dumb — will encourage you to get out of your head, delve into your unconscious, and develop your authentic voice, leading to vulnerable, funny, fierce, strange, and surprising work. Each week, we’ll subvert elements of memoir, theater, fiction, and other genres to help inspire creativity, with a curriculum that’s designed for artists of all kinds: writers, comedians, performers, filmmakers, visual artists, and non-artists interested in exploring creative expression. Dropouts, shut-ins and people picked last in gym class are welcome!*

*Jocks, geniuses and the well-adjusted are also welcome. This is an inclusive class.
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

Easthampton Theater Company

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

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