Handbill & Callboard: Theater Studies Through Engagement in Western MA for September

Handbill & Callboard:
September Theater Productions and Call for Auditions in Western MA

Support a love for theater with these featured September theater productions in Western MA! A great way to engage in your community while supporting an interest in theater studies.

Comic Drama and Contemporary Musical at the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield; Children’s Musical at Ruth B. Smith Auditorium in Orange; Play Festival at A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton; Outdoor Traveling Spectacle with Double Edge Theatre in Springfield.

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Handbill & Callboard: Theater Studies Through Engagement in Western MA for August

Handbill & Callboard:
August Theater Productions and Call for Auditions in Western MA

Support a love for theater with these featured August theater productions in Western MA! A great way to engage in your community while supporting an interest in theater studies.

Contemporary drama at Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre in Lenox, children’s musical at Majestic Theater in West Springfield, Shakeseare at Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, youth theater at  The Williston Theater in Easthampton, community theater in the park in Pittsfield, comedic drama at Historic North Hall in Huntington, contemporary musical on the St. Germain Stage in Pittsfield, comedic opera  on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage in Pittsfield, historical drama at the Chester Theatre Company in Chester, children’s theater at Red Door Theatre in Feeding Hills,  indoor-outdoor traveling spectacle at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, musical at the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield! Read the rest of this entry »

Handbill & Callboard: Theater Studies Through Engagement in Western MA for July

Handbill & Callboard:
July Theater Productions and Call for Auditions in Western MA

Support a love for theater with these featured July theater productions in Western MA! A great way to engage in your community while supporting an interest in theater studies.

Shakespeare in the Park in Pittsfield, Shakespeare Under the Stars with Hampshire Shakespeare Company in Amherst, world premier of contemporary drama with Chester Theatre Company, contemporary drama with Shakespeare & Co. at Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre in Lenox, audience participatory youth theater with PaintBox in Easthampton and Turners Falls, children’s theater musical at Majestic Theater in West Springfield, literature in theater at Red Door Theatre in Feeding Hills, comedic opera with Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, and an indoor-outdoor traveling spectacle with Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield! Read the rest of this entry »

Handbill & Callboard: Theater Studies Through Engagement in Western MA for June

Handbill & Callboard:
June Theater Productions and Call for Auditions in Western MA

Support a love for theater with these featured June theater productions in Western MA! A great way to engage in your community while supporting an interest in theater studies.

Performances include world premier musical at St. Germain Stage in Pittsfield, Shakespeare and contemporary drama at Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre in Lenox, radio theater at Theatre 14 in Northampton, adult comedy at East Meadow School in Granby, theater festival at Art Block in Greenfield, and world premiere contemporary theater at Boyd-Quinson Mainstage in Pittsfield! Read the rest of this entry »

Handbill & Callboard: Theater Studies Through Engagement in Western MA for April

Handbill & Callboard:
April Theater Productions and Call for Auditions in Western MA

Support a love for theater with these featured May theater productions in Western MA! A great way to engage in your community while supporting an interest in theater studies.

Performances include rock musical at Arena Civic Theater in Orange, high school broadway musical at Williston Northampton Theater in Easthampton, historical comedy in Studio 3 at Amherst College, and youth musical at Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton. Read the rest of this entry »

Handbill & Callboard: Theater Studies Through Engagement in Western MA for April

Handbill & Callboard:
April Theater Productions and Call for Auditions in Western MA

Support a love for theater with these featured April theater productions in Western MA! A great way to engage in your community while supporting an interest in theater studies.

Performances include slapstick comedy at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, contemporary mystery & existential performances  in the Mendenhall Center for Performing Arts at Smith College in Northampton, musical at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield, staged reading at The Unicorn Theater in Stockbridge, and a rock musical at the Ruth B. Smith Auditorium at the Orange Town Hall!  Read the rest of this entry »

Handbill & Callboard: Theater Studies Through Engagement in Western MA for March

Handbill & Callboard:
March Theater Productions and Call for Auditions in Western MA

Support a love for theater with these featured March theater productions in Western MA! A great way to engage in your community while supporting an interest in theater studies.

Performances include contemporary theater on the Curtain Theater stage at UMass Fine Arts Center, youth musical in the  Herbert M. Goldstein Auditorium at the Jewish Community Center in Springfield, musical theater on the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre stage at Smith College in Northampton, children’s theater on the Mills Theatre stage at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, and a performing arts festival on the stage at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls! Read the rest of this entry »

Handbill & Callboard: Theater Studies Through Engagement in Western MA for February

Handbill & Callboard:
February Theater Productions and Call for Auditions in Western MA

Support a love for theater with these featured February theater productions in Western MA! A great way to engage in your community while supporting an interest in theater studies.

Performances include community theater at the the Majestic Theater in West Springfield, improve at 121 Club at Eastworks in Easthampton, youth theater at the Drama Studio in Springfield, a new play festival at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield, and a new playreading series at Smith College Department of Theatre in Northampton!  Read the rest of this entry »

The Berkshires are Alive with Live Theater Opportunities this Summer!

Diverse Theater Selection Brings Entertainment & Education Opportunities for Entire Family

The Berkshires are alive! Get your tickets for a theater production and bring the family. There are options that fit all budgets!

The Berkshires region of western Massachusetts is filled with endless opportunities for learning and playing – especially in the summer. A popular vacation destination for locals and out-of-towners alike, the region offers up a wide variety of things to do, places to visit, and stuff to see. And this summer, some of the best stuff to see is on stage at the Berkshires’ many theaters and performance spaces! From children’s theater to clowning, Shakespeare to musicals, the Berkshires’ numerous theater companies are dishing out shows that not only entertain, but also present valuable learning opportunities. Read the rest of this entry »

“Making Waves” in the Hilltowns

Chester Theatre Company Presents: Making Waves
An Evening of Professionally Produced, Student Written One-Act Plays
November 20 and 21, 2009

Six student-written one act plays fitting the theme Making Waves will be presented on November 20 and 21 at the Gateway Performing Arts Center in Huntington, MA. This semester’s playwrights are Iris Delaney, Allison Garriepy, Jordan Roberts, Peter Rochford, Samantha Sawyer and Lily Wyand.

These are not your typical student plays. Written by sixth grade students at Gateway Regional Middle School, the plays are produced by The Chester Theatre Company, which teams professional actors, directors and designers with the student playwrights to help bring their creative visions to life. The program is now in its fifth year, and the latest evening of truly unique one-act plays – Making Waves – will be presented at 7 p.m. on each night. Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Giveaway: (Tickets) Victoria Chaplin’s “Aurélia’s Oratorio” at the Calvin Theater

WIN FREE TICKETS

Unforgettable, beautiful, and unlike anything seen since the heyday of Harry Houdini." - Londonmonthly.com

Victoria Chaplin’s
Aurélia’s Oratorio

At the Calvin Theatre
in Northampton, MA

SHOWTIMES:
July 17th @ 7pm
July 18th @ 2pm & 7pm

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance for three different families to win 4 free tickets to see Victoria Chaplin’s internationally acclaimed theatrical creation, Aurélia’s Oratorio. A family pack of four tickets are being offered for each of the three performances.  Find out how to enter to win below.

ABOUT AURELIA’S ORATORIO

"Fluid, sensual and stylishly surreal surprises... and topsy-turvy transformations." - The Times

Aurélia’s Oratorio, is a breathtaking and mind-bending theatrical performance that combines circus arts, physical theater, and visual illusion for the whole family. Framed within its lush red velvet curtains, the show includes music hall comedy, vaudeville, clowning, and acrobatics to create an enchanting and surreal dreamscape. In Aurelia’s captivating world, anything is possible. A kite flies a person instead of a person flying a kite. A young woman pops out of bedroom bureau drawers and puppets perform a show—for other puppets.

Show creator Victoria Chaplin has broken new ground in a comic tradition rooted in her own world-famous family. Along the way, she has developed an international reputation as a pioneer in Cirque Nouveau, a theatrical kind of circus that uses no animals or traditional clowns. In their place, Chaplin and her husband and partner Jean Baptiste Thierrée have developed a rich spectacle using theatrical settings, inventive costumes and props, and extravagant acrobatics – where audiences are invited to enter magical worlds of the imagination. This new circus form, that Chaplin has helped to pioneer during the past quarter century is what has made Quebec’s Cirque du Soleil the most popular theater in North America.

Aurélia’s Oratorio is not as huge and sprawling as Cirque du Soleil. But in its human scale, it achieves a rare intimacy and transcendence—where small moments resonate and last in our thoughts and memory. Indeed, reviewing the show for Edge Boston, critic Kilian Melloy wrote, “There’s so much going on here at every moment that Aurélia’s Oratorio is akin to living inside a glass of champagne: for an hour and a half, reality itself seems effervescent.”

RAVE REVIEWS

Aurélia’s Oratorio played for five weeks last December to sold-out houses and rave reviews at the American Repertory Theater (ART) in Cambridge, MA (see video above). Unable to fulfill the audience demand and ecstatic word-of-mouth, A.R.T. has booked a rare return engagement–another two-week run that will play after the Calvin’s Northampton date. The A.R.T. engagement was made possible when the City of Burlington, Vermont negotiated with Aurelia’s European producers to bring the troupe (and its two tons of stage gear) back to the U.S. from their tour of Europe and Russia—to perform as the keynote event representing France at Burlington’s 400th anniversary festival celebrating the 1609 lake expedition of Samuel de Champlain, the first European to visit the region. The Northampton presentation of Aurélia’s Oratorio is being made possible with support from the Burlington Festival.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a family 4-pack of free tickets to see Victoria Chaplin’s Aurélia’s Oratorio is as easy as 1-2-3 (4-5-6)!  To win simply:

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible.
  4. We are offering a family 4-pack of tickets for each evening, so be sure to tell us which show you prefer to see to be eligible to win: (Friday (07/17) @ 7pm, Saturday (07/18/09) @ 2pm or 7pm.).
  5. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  6. We’ll randomly draw 3 winners, one winner for each scheduled performance, and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 07/15/09 @ 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go! Tickets for “Aurelia’s Oratorio” are available at the Northampton Box office, online at IHEG.com or by calling 413-586-8686.

Suggested Events 07/20/07 – 07/27/07

THEATER MARATHON vs. CANNONBALLS


We’re RICH in theater this week. With an abundance of theater-going opportunities, I could potentially take my daugher to see seven classic stories performed on stage, including The Princess and the Pea, Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast, Cinderella, Three Little Pigs, Hansel & Gretel and the Frog Princess. All in the span of seven days! If I were really ambitious, we could go on a theater marathon, doing a home study on the various methods the different shows will be empolying, including puppetry, musicals, avantgarde or classic theater … or… we could hang out poolside in Worthington, or at the lake in Ashfield, soaking up the sun and splashing the day away.

My daughter will start her third week of swim lessons next week. She’s this close (pinching fingers half an inch apart) to swimming on her own. She’s doing cannon balls off the dock, dropping in over her head in the murky waters, and then emerging with fear and exhilaration on her face. Then she gets out, runs up on the dock and does it again. And again. And again. Until she’s so tired that just the thought of a popped balloon will send her into a complete meltdown.

NEW FEATURES, BELLS & WHISTLES

A NEW FEATURE feature has been added for our list of weekly suggested events on Hilltown Families: A Printable Format Link. (hear loud applause, cheering and whistles!) That’s right folks … you are now able to print out our list of suggested and coordinated events every week and tack it to your bulletin board, tape it to your fridge, or shove it in your junk drawer. I decided to make this available after a number of families have expressed how much they missed the monthly calendar I put together for several years for young families with kids 5 and under. Now that our kids are getting older and getting out and about, here’s a printable version to go along with you.

SUGGESTED EVENTS THIS WEEK

If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, or would like to submit your event to the Hilltown Families calendar of Suggested Events, email Sienna at swildfield@juno.com. Comments are warmly welcomed!

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Friday – 07/20

10am – PLAYDATE – Bridge Street School playground in Northampton, MA. 10am-Noon. [Families] (Free)

10am, 1pm & 7pm – FAMILY MUSICAL – The Academy at Charlemont will offer a free musical: “The Princess and the Pea.” Call 413.339.4912 for more info and directions. [Families] (Free)

Noon – PUPPET SHOW – At the Springfield Museum Romper Rhythm and Puppets will present “Pirates Ahoy.” 413.263.6800 [Families] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families5pm – COMMUNITY DINNER – Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA, invites community members to come together to share dinner and conversation every Friday evening. Click here for menu. 413.628.4003 [Families] ($)

5pm – MUSIC FESTIVAL – Green River Festival pre-festival music event at Energy Park in Greenfield, MA, with Crooked Still and Ellen Jewell. [Families] (Free)

6pm – HOT AIR BALLOONS & MUSIC – The Green River Festival begins with a Louisiana Music Night & hot air balloon rides. At 9:30pm is a balloon illumination program set to music. It’s better than fireworks! Greenfield, MA. [Families] ($)

Dusk – MOVIE ON THE COMMON – Free outdoor movie on the Pittsfield Common, beginning shortly after dust. This week it’s Charlotte’s Web, based on the classic children’s book by E.B. White. Rain cancels. 413.499.9344 [Families] (Free)

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Students & Shakespeare in Western Mass

Shakespeare & Co.’s Spring Residency Programs Begins Western MA

Shakespeare & Company’s popular Massachusetts spring Elementary and Middle School Residency programs for grades four through seven begin performances this week beginning with Pine Cobble School’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 5:30 pm, April 12th at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. See complete schedule below.

Other schools involved in the Residency program include:

  • Lenox Middle School
  • Monument Valley Middle School (previously Searles Middle School)
  • Richmond School
  • Upper Middle Cape High School
  • Williamstown Elementary School
  • For more information on the Company’s Residency program and other Education Programs please contact Youth Programs Director Jenna Ware at (413) 637-1199 ext. 172 or education@shakespeare.org.

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Hilltown Families Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Noho

With clear winter skies and no snow in sight, you couldn’t have asked for a better day to explore all the family activities happening on Sunday afternoon for Northampton (Noho) First Night. The day’s program of activities was filled with nearly 40 venues of entertainment, including dance, theater and music at 18 different performance halls, churches and public spaces in Northampton. Well worth the trip down from the hills with something for everyone, especially families!

At twelve noon the festivities kicked off at the Northampton Center for the Arts with a Caribbean Street Carnival, presented by the Enchanted Circle Theater (ECT). ECT has been infusing arts and education for 30 year! At Noho First Night they put on a spirited performance of music, dance and storytelling. Read the rest of this entry »

Little Mermaid

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