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Pioneer Valley Theatre News May 30, 2024

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May 30 - June 19, 2024


Come see my show this weekend: Orlando by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Linda McInerney and starring Linda Tardif, Kyle Boatwright, Rich Vaden, Lindel Hart, and Joe Dulude. It's a good time at the Shea Theater! Three shows only! 

The next issue will include events from June 6 - 26. 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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Serious Play Theatre Ensemble presents Moving Water & Climate Change Forum
June 20-23 at the Workroom, 33 Hawley Street in Northampton
Tickets and More Information 
Easthampton Theater Company presents The Man Who Came To Dinner
June 20-23 at Williston Theater, Easthampton
Tickets and More Information
Silverthorne Theater Company presents The Broken Machine
June 7-9, 13-15 at Emily Dickinson Hall, Hampshire College
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PERFORMANCES
Eggtooth Productions and The Shea Theatre are pleased to present Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando on May 30, 31 and the 1st of June at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $20 at https://sheatheater.org/ or at the door. Special VIP tickets for the first two rows are $45 and will feature some fun immersive elements.
 
Featuring the Shea’s own Linda Tardif in the title role, this ensemble cast includes Kyle Boatwright, Lindel Hart, and Rich Vaden with Broadway makeup artist and beloved character Mr. Drag, Joe Dulude II, as Queen Elizabeth. This fantastical production offers lighting design by John Bechtold, costumes by Christina Beam, and is stage managed by Nikki Beck. Orlando is made possible through the generous donations of the Markham Nathan Fund for Social Justice, the Montague Local Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Parker on Main of Greenfield, and Plum Boutique of Northampton. 
 
Based upon the Virginia Woolf novel, this is the story of a young nobleman who is drawn into a love affair with Queen Elizabeth I. For a time, life at court is interesting enough, but Orlando yearns for something more. As he strives to make his way as a poet and lover, his travels through time and space keep him at the heart of a dazzling tale where gender and gender freedom shift regularly, often with hilarious results. Though deeply funny, the play is also heartfelt and moving, as Orlando seeks liberation through art, identity, gender, and time becoming a 20th century woman in the process.
 
An adaptation of the “longest and most charming love letter in literature,” written by Virginia Woolf for her lover, Vita Sackville-West, Orlando is a theatrical, wild, fantastical trip through 400 years of history. About her play, Ruhl writes, “Woolf apparently wrote Orlando with more joy, buoyancy, and speed than any of her other novels. The character of Orlando, based on Virginia’s lover Vita Sackville-West, famously begins life as a man in the Elizabethan era, trots through a couple more centuries, dodging various lovers, and in the 18th century, after a long sleep, wakes up, a woman. Woolf wrote in a letter, ‘I have written this book quicker than any; & it is all a joke; & yet gay & quick reading I think; a writer’s holiday.’
 
Orlando was light years ahead of its time (1928) in terms of its expansive, fluid, liberatory views of gender and sexuality. Conversations around gender have changed monumentally in the culture since I first adapted this novel in 1998. At times it feels as though we are only now catching up to Virginia Woolf, who wrote in A Room of One’s Own that the ‘androgynous mind is resonant and porous…transmits emotion without impediment…is naturally creative, incandescent, and undivided.’”
 
This dreamy adaptation is a magical and poetic dance between gender and through time, a fantastical world in which courtly movement and biographical narration combine to tell the story of a being who lives outside of human expectations, and enjoys the liberation that being alive has to offer.
 
The production is offered in support of the Collective at Lupinewood. https://www.lupinewood.com/

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG TO CLOSE OUT MAJESTIC’S 26th SEASON MAY 30 – JUNE 2

The Play That Goes Wrong, a contemporary farce by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields and Jonathan Sayer, will be onstage at West Springfield’s Majestic Theater April 18 through June 2. 

The comedy takes place on opening night of the Cornley University Drama Society’s latest production, The Murder at Haversham Manor, and things begin to spiral out of control.  An exasperated detective, a corpse who can’t play dead, an unconscious leading lady and other embattled and eccentric characters must overcome technical issues, forgotten lines and unreliable scenery in order to make it to the final curtain call.  The Play That Goes Wrong has been described as “part Monty Python, part Marx Brothers, part Sherlock Holmes, and all mayhem.”  The show has played to sold out audiences all over the world, and will be the final production of the Majestic Theater’s 26th season.  Its new season will debut in September.

Cast members include Jack Grigoli (Chris), Scott Renzoni (Max), Shaun O’Keefe (Robert), Elizabeth Pietrangelo (Sandra), Josh Karam (Dennis), Mariko Iwasa (Annie), Liv Cunha (Trevor) and Weston Pytel (Jonathan).  Danny Eaton is producing director of the play, and Sue Dziura is associate producing director.  Stephen Petit is the director and production manager for the show.  Associate production manager is Aurora Ferraro, and stage manager is Hope Rose Kelly.  Dan Rist is lighting designer, and costumer designer is Dawn McKay.

 Tickets are now available for The Play that Goes Wrong, and range from $31 - $37.  They are available either in-person at the box office or by calling (413) 747-7797.  Box office hours are Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm, and Saturday 10am-1pm.   The wearing of face masks in the theater is optional.

Doors to the theater will open one hour before the start of a show, which is also when the cafĂ© opens.  For more information, visit www.majestictheater.com

PIC PIPS is always free to attend.

We look forward to welcoming you back to The Workroom for another round of PIC PIPS this weekend!

Please use the downstairs doors at 33 Hawley Street, nearest to the courtyard. Outside doors will be open at 7:15 and will be locked at 7:45 so please arrive promptly.

Silverthorne Theater Company
The Broken Machine

6/7 at 7:30 PM, 6/8 at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM; 6/9 at 3:00 PM; 6/13 at 7:30 PM; 6/14 at 7:30 PM; 6/15 at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Mainstage Theater, Emily Dickinson Hall, Hampshire College; 893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002

Silverthorne Theater celebrates its 10th anniversary by launching its first-ever summer season. The three-show slate of contemporary American plays kicks off with the world premiere of Liz Duffy Adams’ The Broken Machine, directed by Gina Kaufmann, with performances June 7-15, 2024 at the Hampshire College Theater in Amherst. The Broken Machine is a whimsical climate-change fantasy, set in the not-too-distant future. Mac (Julie Nelson*) is a coder who has broken free of the web and now lives alone in the woods, calling herself “The Broken Machine” and trading food for news with her only companion – a cynical Gray Fox (Noah Tuleja*). When fire breaks out, a bumbling Laurel and Hardy-esque forest ranger team (Hia Ghosh & Walt Manasse-Latham) try to rescue her, but a mad, magical, Psychopomp (Darrow Sherman) plays Puck and leads the lost quartet astray. Please note: The 3pm matinee on Saturday, June 8th, will be mask-required. Masks are welcome but not required at all other performances. This production is made possible by the generous support of the Mass Cultural Council and the Amherst Cultural Council, Pelham Cultural Council, Hadley Cultural Council, South Hadley Cultural Council and the West Springfield Arts Council, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


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New play fest at The LAVA Center to feature new play readings by (mostly) local playwrights

WHAT: On the Boards ’24: a festival of new play readings by (mostly) local playwrights

WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 22, 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 29, 7 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, July 12–13, 7 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, July 19–20, 7 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, July 26–27, 7 p.m.

WHERE: The LAVA Center, 324 Main St., Greenfield

MORE DETAILS: https://thelavacenter.org/on-the-boards/ 

The LAVA Center is proud to present our second annual festival of new play readings by (mostly) local playwrights, “On the Boards ’24.”

This year’s festival will include new works by ten local playwrights as well as two from friends of LAVA who are further afield.

Since last year, LAVA has been continuing to build its community of playwrights through incubation sessions. Now, these twelve playwrights are ready for an audience! Get a glimpse into the process of making theater, in this festival of readings of new works in many stages of development.

In June, we will host table readings of new works in development. In July there will be staged readings of plays a little further along in the development process. There’s a new program every weekend, so come out to them all!

The schedule:

Saturday, June 15, 7 p.m. — table readings:
The Female Gaze, written and directed by Mary Nelen
Rogue Flight, written by Rex McGregor and directed by Ash Goverman

Saturday, June 22, 7 p.m. — table readings:
Good Shabbos, Aronsteinowits!, written by Sasha and directed by Ash Goverman
The Fourth Dimension, written by Christine Benvenuto and directed by Ash Goverman

Saturday, June 29, 7 p.m. — table readings:
Phoenix in the Holy Land, written by JuPong Lin and directed by Ash Goverman
Acacia, written by Samuel Rahman and directed by Ash Goverman

Friday–Saturday, July 12–13, 7 p.m. — staged readings:
The Moon Over Us, written by Beth Filson and directed by Penney Hulten
Cancer Mom, written by Steve Poulin and directed by Tracy Grammer

Friday–Saturday, July 19–20, 7 p.m. — staged readings:
Man and his Shadow, written and directed by Silvia
Modern Times, written and directed by P.H. Crosby
American Stink Bug, written by Jean Minuchin and directed by Bri Boehm

Friday–Saturday, July 26–27, 7 p.m. — staged reading:
Inheritance, written by Nina Gross and co-directed with Kiersten Samali

More details about the plays, cast and crew will come soon! Visit https://thelavacenter.org/on-the-boards/ for updates.

All plays will also be viewable online for a short time, with closed captioning.

On the Boards ’24 is made possible by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the local cultural councils of Amherst, Bernardston, Buckland, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Leyden, Northfield and Shelburne.

January 6 Productions
January 6: the Sex Strike

Jun 19, 2024 @ 7:30 PM, June 20 @ 7:30 pm, June 21 @ 7:30 pm, June 22 @ 3:00 pm, June 22 @ 7:30 pm, June 23 @ 3:00 pm
The Perch at Hawks & Reed 289 Main St 4th Floor Greenfield, MA 01301

“January 6: the Sex Strike” Make war? NO LOVE!! < In Aristophanes’ comedy, “Lysistrata”, written 2,500 years ago, the women of Athens began a sex strike against their warrior men demanding the end of the 27 year war against Sparta. The Peloponnesian War ended shortly thereafter. What would happen if the women of America started their own sex strike to end our War on Democracy? Will the unlikely alliance of Liz Cheney, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Ruth Bader Ginsburg prevail against the likes of Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani? Come find out in “January 6: the Sex Strike”, an outrageously inappropriate satirically comedic tour de force written by Aristo Stophanes and directed by Rick Malone. 
TRUMP ...Rick Malone 
RUDY.......Kevin Reid 
LIZ........…Jennifer Nadeau 
MTG......…Holly Sroka 
RBG.....….Becca Greene-Van Horn 
Performances: June 19 @ 7:30 pm June 20 @ 7:30 pm June 21 @ 7:30 pm June 22 @ 3:00 pm June 22 @ 7:30 pm June 23 @ 3:00 pm The Perch at Hawks & Reed 289 Main St 4th Floor Greenfield, MA 01301 
Tickets: $10 (cause Trump is cheap) Buy Tickets

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble presents

MOVING WATER 2024 PERFORMANCES & FREE CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNITY FORUM 

JUNE 20-23    
WORKROOM@33HAWLEY   
Northampton MA

Serious Play Ensemble feels strongly about the existential threat of climate change & the power of theatre to motivate audiences to think critically, ask questions & to take action.

*Ticket Sales for MOVING WATER & Registration for CCC FORUM are online 5/1/2024

MOVING WATER 2024 PERFORMANCES

June 20-22       8:30pm. 
June 23.            2pm matinee 
Limited seating  12 yrs & up
Wait list opens one hour before event

TICKETS Here OR visit our website at: seriousplay.org

MOVING WATER is a devised physical theatre piece about climate change, rising sea levels & how water fragility shapes our human interactions.

Production devised by Serious Play Theatre Ensemble
Written Eric Henry Sanders
Directed by Sheryl Stoodley
Music composed by Jonny Rodgers
Technical direction/ video & set design by Robin Doty
Lighting design by Holly Gettings
Dramaturgy by Roz Driscoll

Ensemble Actors: Stephanie Reyes (Luna), Kermit Dunkelberg (Sergei), Marcus Neverson (Drew)

Moving Water is a groundbreaking & revolutionary piece of theater…The talent driving the production is simply astounding, leaving audiences inspired to activate change in their own communities. (James Monroe-Producer SubSpace /Adult Programming-Museum of Science Boston)

One of the best theater productions I have seen in years that addresses the real impact of water in people’s lives…a combination of down-to-earth facts & big picture ideas. (Betsy Damon- Founder of Keepers of the Waters- Author of Water Talks) 

 

FREE CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNITY FORUM- JUNE 22  
Saturday June 22   4pm- 6:30pm. (afternoon before evening performance)
Limited seating- 14yrs & up 

Wait list opens one hour before event 

FREE with REQUIRED ONLINE REGISTRATION OR visit our website at: seriousplay.org

The FORUM offers 3 group conversations around 3 chosen aspects of the climate crisis, moving participants toward action on 3 specific climate projects. The goal is for participants to become more deeply informed on, and involved with, at least one aspect of our climate emergency, galvanizing the community to make change toward climate justice & resilience. 

The FORUM is hosted by Andrea Battle & John Feffer, members of Serious Play’s Climate Change Community Forum Advisory Group, which also includes: Russ Vernon-Jones, Andrea Ayvazian & Susan Theberge, Climate Action Now.

Easthampton Theater Company
ETC Presents The Man Who Came to Dinner

6/20, 6/21 and 6/22 at 7:30PM and 6/23 at 2PM
Williston Theater, 18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA

The Man Who Came to Dinner is a timely satire of celebrity, cult of personality and egotism - with strong relevance to today's fame-obsessed culture. Most recently revived on Broadway with Nathan Lane in the title role, the 2000 production was nominated for a Tony and Drama Desk award. Sheridan Whiteside – critic, lecturer, wit, radio orator, intimate friend of the great and near great – having dined at the home of the Stanleys, slips on their doorstep resulting in a tumultuous six weeks of confinement. Whiteside turns the Stanley household upside down, forcing everyone in town to cater to his egotistical demands. Meanwhile, his essential assistant has given her notice after falling in love with a local reporter. Whiteside must engage every weapon in his considerable arsenal of guile and manipulation to keep her in his employ – including blackmail, deceit, and the intervention of the glamorous actress Lorraine Sheldon and the elegant British wit of playwright Beverly Carlton. A three-ring circus of machinations and celebrity appearances ensues - characters that are loosely based on real-life figures. The Man Who Came to Dinner originally premiered on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre on October16, 1939. The production ran for 739 performances and was followed by the hit 1941 movie featuring Bette Davis. A 1980 revival was nominated for Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Featured Actor and Actress in a Play. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency

http://easthamptontheater.com

Reserved seating is available in advance. Tickets may be available at the door subject to availability.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
  • Long-Term Substitute Fall Play Director

    The Williston Northampton School, an independent co-educational boarding and day school in Easthampton, Massachusetts, is a culturally diverse educational community serving grades 7-12. We are seeking to hire a Long-Term Substitute Director for the fall play.

    The responsibilities of this position would begin on September 4, 2024 and conclude on November 15, 2024. The Long-Term Substitute Director will direct the fall play. In this role, they will provide designers with a directorial approach for the production and feedback on set and costume renderings. The Long-Term Substitute Director will identify casting needs and conduct the casting process. They will develop a production calendar with rehearsal call times for actors and tech week times for all participants in the production, students and adults alike. As Director, they will develop the blocking and teach it to students, coaching actors on their performances. The Long-Term Substitute Director will support the student Stage Manager with their production responsibilities, identifying props and scenic needs of the show and communicating them to the Set Designer promptly. Additionally, the Long-Term Substitute Director will participate in weekly production meetings; promote production, in collaboration with the communications office; and participate in strike. The salary range for this position is $5,000 to $7,000 depending on experience.

    Strong candidates will have experience working in some capacity with middle or high school students. Strong communication and collaboration skills are essential. Candidates must possess the flexibility, energy, creativity, and appreciation for adolescents that life in an independent school boarding community requires. Candidates must be able to successfully complete the state-mandated CORI, as well as SORI, a general background check, and a fingerprint-based criminal background check. Candidates must also hold a valid driver’s license. Please direct all inquiries, including a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for three references to Corinne Fogg, Dean of Faculty, through the link provided below. EOE Non-smoking campus.

    Click here to apply

Majestic Theater 2024-2025 Season Auditions

Actors Equity Principal  Auditions (EPAs):

Monday June 10, 10 AM-6 PM

Tuesday June 11, 10 AM-6 PM

Non-Equity and Equity appointments:

Monday June 3, 6-10 PM

Tuesday June 4, 6-10 PM

Wednesday June 12, 6-10 PM

Thursday June 13, 6-10 PM

Saturday June 15, 11 AM-4 PM

Please visit the website to book your audition appointment online at

https://www.majestictheater.com/ 

We are not able to accept video submissions at this time 

Preparation: 

Please note that there will only be an accompanist provided on June 10 & 11. If you are scheduled on 6/3, 6/4, 6/12, 6/13, 6/15, please bring a track to be connected via bluetooth speaker provided by the theater.

Actors should be prepared to read from the script(s). Sides will be provided. 
  • If this is your first time auditioning with us, please prepare a brief, contemporary monologue. 

  • If auditioning for the musical, please prepare 16 bars of a contemporary musical theater song.

  • Please bring your headshot and resume stapled together, if you have them; photos will be taken at the theater as well


SHEAR MADNESS

1st Rehearsal 8/19/24

Runs 9/5-10/20/24

A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN

1st Rehearsal 10/7/24

Runs 10/24-12/1/24

INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP

1st Rehearsal 12/19/24

Runs 1/9-2/16/25

FENCES

1st Rehearsal 2/10/25

Runs 2/27-4/6/25

WAITRESS

1st Rehearsal 3/24/25

Runs 4/17-6/1/25

Please see linked casting breakdown for available roles 

Valley Light Opera
Auditions for Valley Light Opera's fall show "The McAdo"

Jun 13, 2024 at 5:00 PM
6/14/24 at 5:00; 6/16/24 at 2:00
Wesley United Methodist Church, 98 N Maple St, Hadley, MA

You LAUGH at the story, Now you’ll be SMITTEN with a new setting! Yes, The McAdo! For its 49th production, Valley Light Opera has chosen a version of The Mikado set in the Highlands of Scotland. This version from Gilbert and Sullivan Austin highlights VLO’s strengths in terms of music and costumes. Our stage director will be Jacqueline (Jacki) Haney and our music director will be Aldo Fabrizi. Performances will be held the first two weekends in November.

The actual text of the show is only minimally changed. Please familiarize yourself with the roles, music, and storyline before your audition. The easiest way to do this is to visit the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive. If you are seeking a principal role, please prepare a selection from the show for the audition (we will have an accompanist). There may be dialogue readings, and there may be some dance steps. For more information and to sign up for an audition time click here. If for any reason you cannot be available for these audition times, please contact Coordinating Producer Ted Blaisdell at hagrid417@gmail.com to discuss alternatives. VLO is also offering an audition workshop on Wednesday June 12th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Wesley UMC to describe our audition and rehearsal processes, model a short physical and vocal warm-up, discuss audition selections, and answer any questions. Feel free to contact Coordinating Producer Ted Blaisdell at hagrid417@gmail.com or Stage Director Jacki Haney at jacquelinehaney@yahoo.com with questions. We can’t wait to share this wonderful version of this most popular Gilbert and Sullivan show with you and the Pioneer Valley!
Ethel the Barn
The Siege-A fundraiser for Palestine

Jun 16, 2024 at 2:00 PM
Ethel the Barn

ETHEL is presenting a reading of THE SIEGE, by Palestinian playwright and former Artistic Director of the Freedom Theatre Nabeel AlRaee. This documentary piece depicts the events in 2002 when Palestinians sought refuge in the Church of the Nativity following Israel's siege of the city of Bethlehem.

We are looking for 5 actors to do the reading. There will be one or two meetings priir to the actual event. All donations will be sent to Palestinian artists.Interested performers should contact me at : perlsteinj@gmail.com
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

Shakespeare & Company's free Behind the Curtain lecture series resumes on Saturday, April 6, led by Shakespeare scholar Ann Berman.

Featuring directors, cast, and design team members as guests, Berman examines various themes surrounding both the Shakespeare and contemporary productions slated for Season 2024 through talks designed to be accessible, engaging, and interactive.

Berman holds a Master of Arts in Shakespeare Studies from King’s College, London, and explores topics ranging from historical parallels in Shakespeare’s plays to the effect costumes, scenic design, lighting, and more can have on audience response to a performance.

This season will include seven Behind the Curtain lectures held from April through August; Spring talks will be held in the Jane Iredale Lobby at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, while Summer sessions will be held outdoors at the tented Rose Footprint Theatre in the Rose Meadow.

Behind the Curtain lectures for the 2024 Season include:

Saturday, June 22 – Shakespeare & Music with Artistic Director Allyn Burrows

Saturday, July 13 – The Comedy of Errors with Director Kate Kohler Amory

Saturday, July 27– Flight of the MonarchPenning New Plays with playwright Jim Frangione

Saturday, August 10 – The Winter's Tale with Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer

Saturday, August 24 – Three Tall Persian Women; guest to be announced

All Behind the Curtain lectures are free, but tickets are required. For more information, visit shakespeare.org or call the Box Office at (413) 637-3353.

MAJESTIC THEATER ANNOUNCES YOUTH THEATER WORKSHOP FOR SUMMER 2024

Two-Week Workshop Enrolling Children in Grades 5-8 for Theater Education Program

The Majestic Theater has announced its new Majestic Youth Theater Workshop, for children entering grades 5-8 next fall, set for June-July 2024.  Sue Dziura, associate producing director at the Majestic will lead the theater education program in which participants will get a part, rehearse a play and perform the show in a period of two weeks.

The workshop is designed for both beginners and more seasoned actors who want to hone the necessary skills to communicate effectively onstage.  Guided by Dziura and a staff of experienced theater professionals, the program will utilize theater games, improv, voice for the actor, movement work, scene study and ensemble-building exercises to develop each young actor’s toolkit. 

The two-week program will culminate in two performances of “Snowderella” by Nate Eppler.  Every participant gets a role, or multiple roles, to allow young actors to learn and grow as performers on the Majestic Theater stage. Participants will begin to learn:

·        What skills are needed to be an actor and how to develop those skills

·        How to audition, have stage presence, vocal projection and physical comedy skills

·        The joy of working as an ensemble

·        How to perform live in front of their friends and families

The workshop will take play Monday through Friday, June 24 through July 5 (not including July 4) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and the cost to participate will be $380.  The performances of “Snowderella” will take place Friday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 6 at 2:00 p.m.  All performance tickets will be $10. 

Participants must submit an application to be part of the program.  Applications are available at the Majestic Theater box office or online at majestictheater.com

Registration is open now for Riotous Youth, Shakespeare & Company’s summer theater program for children and teenagers, slated to run from Monday, July 1 to Friday, August 16.

These one-, two-, and three-week sessions are tailored to different age groups, introducing participants ages seven to 17 to the language, stories, characters, and ideas in Shakespeare’s plays through imaginative and playful methods. Exercises and games incorporating voice, movement, and acting enable participants to explore Shakespeare’s text emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Participants then create a performance piece based on their experience of the play, which they share with family, friends, and Company members on the final day of each session.

2024 summer sessions include:

One-week session

Julius Caesar: August 12 – 16

For Ages: 7 – 12 

Tuition: $425

Two-week sessions

Twelfth Night: July 1 – 12 (sessions A and B are waitlist only)

Henry V: July 15 – 26 (session D: limited spots available)

Love's Labor’s Lost: July 29 – August 9 (sessions G and H: limited spots available)

For Ages: 7 – 15

Tuition: $825

Three-week sessions 

Riotous Company

For Ages: 14 – 17

Tuition: $1075

All sessions are held at the Shakespeare & Company campus at 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, Mass., and limited financial aid is available. Visit shakespeare.org/education to learn more and apply. For more information, contact Education Residency and Riotous Youth Programs Manager Caitlin Kraft at ckraft@shakespeare.org or (413) 637-1199 ext. 132. 

The Shea Theater offers TWO two week sessions of summer theater with Atticus and Enzo Belmonte for children ages 8-12.

Each day of the program will be dedicated to creating and rehearsing the immersive theater performance, as well as learning and participating in various acting games and workshops.

The cost is $650 per session with a limit of 20 children in each section. This fee includes snacks but not lunch. To register: sheatheaterartscenter@gmail.com

DATES:
July 8-19, 2024 and
July 22-August 2, 2024
Monday - Friday

Program runs 9 AM to 3 PM. Performance of the immersive play will take place on the second Friday at 10 am at the Shea on 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.
 

In this program, the performers will rehearse and perform in an immersive theater show based on a fairytale, a Shakespeare play, or a myth. This immersive approach encourages imagination, collaboration, and creativity while teaching acting and movement techniques in a nurturing and holistic environment.

A check may be made to:
Shea Theater
PO Box 773
Turners Falls, MA 01376

Deposit of $100 is required at registration with remainder due by June 15, 2024

Atticus Belmonte is a writer, director, actor, and theater major at Bard College. He is a founder of Patch Productions that he formed with his brothers and several friends taking his immersive theater pieces to the Shea where they have offered several productions.

Enzo Belmonte is 16 years old and grew up doing theater, specifically Shakespeare and immersive theater. He has a special skill set in technical theater and will create lights and sound for the show.

The medium of Immersive Theater is an innovative theater format allows audience members to wander wherever they wish within a play, finding characters and scenes at their own will in different rooms and spaces. No audience member has the same experience; they all will see different scenes in different locations, piecing together the story as they go.

Registration is now open!

Is your creative kiddo ready for a fun-filled summer of a creating their own fairy tale, channeling their inner wild creature, going on a magical musical adventure, and channeling their inner clown? Does your tween or teen feel that creative spark? Registration is now open for PIC Kids Summer with options to pay in full or a deposit only.

This year we are excited to have offerings for young artists ages 7-11 AND ages 11-15!

For younger artists (ages 7-11) will adventure through the creative process as they explore theater, movement, and music. Each week follows a different theme, and all weeks will culminate in a sharing of the young artists' original work on Fridays at 2:30.

JUL 22-26        Fairy Tale Mash Up!

JUL 29-AUG 2  Growl and Groove

AUG 5-9          Soundscapes and Sorcery

AUG 12-16       Theatrical Clown

9am-3pm each day 

$325/week

Bombyx Center for Arts and Equity, 130 Pine St, Florence

Older youth artists (ages 11-15) will explore all things ensemble, co-creating a brand new collaborative performance. Using theater games, writing exercises, improvisation, movement, songwriting, and art, participants will draw upon their dreams, original perspectives, and hopes for the future. All of this collaborative fun will culminating in a sharing at 4pm on Friday, August 16th.

AUG 12-16       PIC Kids Ensemble: Our Dreams!​

9:30am-3:30pm each day 

$350/week

The Workroom at 33 Hawley Street, Northampton

Learn more and register

Shakespeare & Company’s Center for Actor Training will host its 9-Day Intensive at its Lenox campus from Thursday, August 22 through Saturday, August 31. 

Designed for mid-career actors, educators, directors, and others seeking professional and artistic development, the 9-Day Intensive is inspired by Shakespeare & Company’s Month-long Intensive. Director of Training Sheila Bandyopadhyay said the workshop offers participants an opportunity to immerse themselves in Shakespeare training and make connections with like-minded artists in a robust, accessible format. 

“We regularly hear from artists in the mid-stages of their career that they wish they could attend our renowned Month-long Intensive in the winter, but their schedules simply do not permit them to do so,” said Bandyopadhyay. “For those out there who are juggling teaching, acting, directing, parenting responsibilities, and the like, the 9-Day Intensive is ideal.”

The daily schedule includes classes in Linklater Voice, Movement, monologue and scene work, and the format and tuition include admission to three Shakespeare & Company shows staged at the height of its 2024 performance season. 

Tuition is $1,495 with partial scholarships available for BIPOC artists. Early payment, alumni, and union member discounts are also available. Limited on-campus housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information or to apply, visit shakespeare.org or call 413.637.1199, ext. 114.

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