Theater Bulletin Board

Welcome to the Hilltown Families’ Theater Bulletin Board, a place for community organizations, nonprofits, and individuals to share theater productions and call for auditions in Western MA. Please feel encouraged to self-post the following:

  • Local Performances
  • Call for Auditions

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THEATER BULLETIN BOARD MANAGER

Cheryl Allan Carlyle ♦ Cheryl is a native of Western Massachusetts who was introduced to theater at a young age, and whose love of performing arts has only grown throughout the years. Cheryl is an accomplished playwright whose feature-length play, The Weight of Silence, made its world premiere in Cape Cod. Her work has also been showcased at local theaters and festivals throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. Whether it’s local stages or the bright lights of Broadway, Cheryl has a deep appreciation for theater arts and the amount of work and dedication that goes into each performance. As our Theater Bulletin Board Manager, Cheryl will be providing our readers with a bridge that connects our local community with the magic and wonderment of live theater. theater@hilltownfamilies.org


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  1. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    March 11, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Saturday, March 23. 7:30pm

    COLLEGE PROJECT/OPIOID EPIDEMIC: (In)Dependent: The Heroin Project. This new drama by Kent State University students features interviews with heroin users, counselors, and family members. (In)Dependent: The Heroin Project exposes the reality of the heroin crisis, and captures the physical, mental, and emotional issues of people who have experienced opioid misuse disorder, including friends, families, nurses, policemen, and children, from primary and secondary interaction with heroin. The Academy of Music Theatre will partner with Hampshire HOPE, a multi-sector opioid coalition in Northampton, to raise awareness about Opioid misuse disorder, reduce stigma, and elevate the voices of those who are oppressed; to provide a deeper, more meaningful community engagement process which allows us to better understand the experiences of those impacted. Performance will be held at the Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

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  2. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    March 11, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Friday, March 22. 7pm
    Saturday, March 23. 2pm

    DISNEY CLASSIC/MUSICAL: Alice in Wonderland, Jr.. Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Alice in Wonderland, Jr. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale. The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! This lively musical is fun for the whole family! Performances will be held at the Ann T. Dunphy School. 1 Petticoat Hill Road, Williamsburg, MA. ($)

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  3. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    March 5, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Thursday, April 4. 7:30pm
    Friday, April 5. 7:30pm
    Saturday, April 6. 7:30pm
    Thursday, April 11. 7:30pm
    Friday, April 12. 7:30pm
    Saturday, April 13. 2pm
    Saturday, April 13. 7:30pm

    PULITZER PRIZE WINNING/SOCIAL ISSUES: Sweat. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Lynn Nottage’s play deftly and unflinchingly examines the complicated ways race, class, and gender intersect in a struggling factory town. Sweat features well-drawn characters that stir us to think about how we can overlook the various ways hate presents itself and how close it is to us, until we are forced to confront it. This piece engages audiences in an exploration of one of the most critical social topics of our time. Performances will be held in The Curtain Theater at th Fine Arts Center at UMass.151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA. ($$)

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  4. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    March 5, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Friday, March 22. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 23. 7:30pm
    Thursday, March 28. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 30. 2pm

    NEW WORKS/PLAY LAB: Come My Beloved. In this new play about race, intimacy, and Detroit, Michigan, Come My Beloved chronicles one Friday night in the lives of three Black and Jewish couples, based on one real family. Through glimpses into lives of these three couples, this show explores the downfall and resurgence of one of America’s most important cities and the vastly different trajectories of two communities within it. With cultural relevance and important insight, Come My Beloved is featured as part of UMass Amherst’s 2019 Play Lab project. Performances will be held in the Rand Theater at the Fine Arts Center at UMass.151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA. ($$)

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  5. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    March 5, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Thursday, March 21. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 23. 2pm
    Friday, March 29. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 30. 7:30pm

    NEW WORKS/STUDENT PLAYWRIGHTS: Swimming Lessons. In this new work by two UMass undergraduate students follows the story of Yusuf and Josephine, who are both interning with a brilliant surgeon at a Boston hospital. Together they navigate the issues on all of our minds: politics, cultural differences, childhood, dreams, and fears. Sprinkled with insight and humor, Swimming Lessons is part of this year’s UMass Play Lab project, which is dedicated to featuring the work of local theater students. Performances will be held in the Rand Theater at the Fine Arts Center at UMass.151 Presidents Drive, AMHERST, MA. ($$)

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  6. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    March 5, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Saturday, March 16. 2pm

    DISNEY/FAMILY MUSICAL: Rapunzel. Nominated for Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show, Ragtag Theatre’s Rapunzel follows a troupe of poor “Italian” actors as they present a twisted musical romp through the fairy tale Rapunzel! With talkin’ birds, an 80’s hair stylist, a prince in a giraffe onesie and a cobbler and his wife from the wrong side of the tracks, this drag-infused production is done in the style of Commedia dell’Arte and is highly-interactive — incorporating improvisation and loads of audience participation. This production allows audiences to experience the thrill of immersive theater! Performances will be in the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at Barrington Stage Company. 30 Union Street, PITTSFIELD, MA. ($$)

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  7. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 25, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Friday, March 15. 7pm
    Saturday, March 16. 7pm
    Sunday, March 17. 2pm

    CHILDREN’S THEATER/BROADWAY MUSICAL: Into the Woods. This hit Broadway musical is presented by local high school students right here in our community! Into the Woods features well-known fairy tale characters, including Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk. Each character has a deeply held wish that they long to see fulfilled, learning valuable lessons along the way. This story highlights the importance of connection and community, and how the choices we make moment to moment come together to form our life experiences and ultimately shape our character. Performances will be held at Hampshire Regional High School. 19 Stage Road, Westhampton, MA. ($)

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  8. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 25, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Thursday, March 7. 7:30pm
    Friday, March 8. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 9. 2pm
    Saturday, March 9. 7:30pm

    MUSICAL THEATER/FAMILY:Tuck Everlasting: The Musical. This musical adaptation of Natalie Babbit’s famous novel on life and immortality has been hailed by the New York Times as a show with “kinetic beauty that startles with its emotional resonance and theatrical force.” In this all-ages show, Tuck Everlasting explores the timeless question: what if you could live forever? Come experience the magic of this show, which features the work of student designers, a student-driven pit orchestra, and a brilliant student cast. This production helps young people cultivate an early love of theater while creating a memorable experience for the entire family! Performances will be held in the Amherst Regional High School Auditorium. 21 Mattoon Street, Amherst, MA. ($)

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  9. February 25, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Saturday, March 2. 9:30am
    Saturday, March 2. 11am

    CHILDREN’S THEATER/IMMERSIVE:The Princess Who Lost Her Voice. Tiny Tales is a live, participatory theater experience specifically designed for young children between the ages of 3 and 8. The Princess Who Lost Her Voice is a funny story about a young princess who loses her voice and must find alternative ways of communicating, much to the distraction of the adults around her. Throughout the show, children are invited up on stage to take an active part in the production while those who remain in the audience provide sound effects and hand motions that enhance the story. The immersive format of this show helps children develop an early love for theater. Performance will be held at The Red Door Theatre. 152 South Westfield Street, Feeding Hills, MA. ($)

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  10. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 18, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Friday, March 8. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 9. 7:30pm
    Sunday, March 10. 6:30pm
    Friday, March 15. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 16. 7:30pm
    Sunday, March 17. 3pm
    Sunday, March 17. 6:30pm

    FEMALE PERSPECTIVE/PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST: The Wolves . This exciting new drama tells the story of a nine-member girls’ soccer team preparing for their games on an indoor soccer field in suburban America. As they warm up, we are given a stunning portrait of contemporary young-womanhood. The New York Times said of the play, “The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene.” A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Wolves has been performed by many colleges and professional theatres throughout the country, but this production offers an opportunity to see the play performed by girls the same age as their characters and who have direct access into these characters’ experiences. Due to mature language and content, this show is recommended for audiences age 14 and older. Performances will be held at The Drama Studio, 41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA. ($$)

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  11. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 18, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Friday, February 22. 7:30pm
    Saturday, February 23. 7:30pm
    Thursday, February 28. 7:30pm
    Friday, March 1. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 2. 7:30pm

    CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL/DARK COMEDY: THE MOORS. Set in the Victorian era of the 1840’s England, this play tells the tale of two sisters and a dog who live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. THE MOORS is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility. This production is presented by the Smith College Department of Theatre. Performances will be held in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre at the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA. ($)

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  12. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 18, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Friday, February 22. 7pm
    Saturday, February 23. 7pm
    Sunday, February 24. 2pm
    Friday, March 1. 7pm
    Saturday, March 2. 7pm

    CLASSICAL THEATER/HISTORICAL DRAMA:The Lion in Winter. This engaging drama tells the story of the most powerful, and the most fascinating, family of the 12th Century: Henry II of England and his combative wife and children. Come watch as these sharp-tongued, strong-willed royals manipulate, negotiate, and bargain as they try to get control of the throne of the aging King Henry II. The taught, often comedic exchanges between them is dialogue writing at its best, and the themes – sibling rivalry, adultery, dungeons – are classic in scope. The Lion in Winter is a brilliantly witty play about the entanglements of personal life, and enduring passions and enmities, with grand political questions. Note that tickets are being sold at half price for the Sunday show! Performances will be held at the Ashfield Town Hall, 412 Main Street (Rt. 116), Ashfield, MA. ($)

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  13. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 13, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Friday, March 8. 7pm
    Saturday, March 9. 7pm
    Sunday, March 10. 7pm

    CONTEMPORARY PREVIEW/SOLO PERFORMANCE:SUGA. Slated for a Fall production, The Double Edge Theatre is performing a preview of this original solo performance. This pieces was conceived, created, and performed by Travis Coe, who began working on SUGA as he explored the Afro-Caribbean/Latinx history of his family, and their native lands spanning Belize, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico. This show is an investigation of freedom, and the bounds — personal, artistic, societal, and political — one must break through to achieve that end. As a caretaker of a museum of memory, Coe touches/reveals/remixes all the aspects of himself — as Queer, Black, Latino, and American, to find the path to sing, fly, run – toward freedom. Performances will be held at The Double Edge Theatre. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

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  14. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 13, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Thursday, February 21. 7:30pm
    Friday, February 22. 7:30pm
    Saturday, February 23. 7:30pm
    Sunday, February 24. 2pm

    CLASSICAL THEATER/OSCAR WILDE:The Importance of Being Earnest. Considered one of the greatest comedies of the English-language stage, the witty play satirizes the social conventions of late Victorian London. Written by famous British playwright Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest is said to be the most well-known and quoted play in English after “Hamlet.” This comedic play focuses on two men, Algernon and Jack, who are both leading double lives. The show explores marriage, class, and social expectations, themes that remain relevant to today’s discussion. Performances will be held in the Rooke Theatre at Mount Holyoke College. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA. ($)

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  15. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 9, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Saturday, March 2. 9:30am
    Saturday, March 2. 11am

    CHILDREN’S THEATER/IMMERSIVE:The Princess Who Lost Her Voice. Tiny Tales is a live, participatory theater experience specifically designed for young children between the ages of 3 and 8. The Princess Who Lost Her Voice is a funny story about a young princess who loses her voice and must find alternative ways of communicating, much to the distraction of the adults around her. Throughout the show, children are invited up on stage to take an active part in the production while those who remain in the audience provide sound effects and hand motions that enhance the story. The immersive format of this show helps children develop an early love for theater. Performance will be held at The Red Door Theatre. 152 South Westfield Street, Feeding Hills, MA. ($)

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  16. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    February 9, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Thursday, March 14. 7pm
    Friday, March 15. 7pm
    Saturday, March 16. 2pm
    Saturday, March 16. 7pm

    CLASSIC MUSICAL/HIGH SCHOOL THEATER:Grease. Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of this classic musical. In the singing, dancing world of Grease, you’ll experience the friendships, romances, and adventures of a group of high school students in the 1950s as they navigate their differences. Performance will be held in the Northampton High School Auditorium. 380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

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  17. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    January 31, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Saturday, February 16. 1pm

    LONDON THEATRE/LIVE BROADCAST: Julie. Called “provocative and profound,” this story follows the wild and newly single Julie in a power game that rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival. This showing transcends traditional theater in that audiences will be watching the production via live broadcast from the National Theatre in London. Julie allows us to experience theater through a different lens and brings the magic of international theater to our local community! The Clark Institute, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. ($$)

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  18. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    January 24, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Friday, February 1. 7:30pm

    MODERN MUSICAL/SPECIAL PRESENTATION:Mrs. Smith. Kidnapped from her Upper East Side penthouse and held for ransom by a Norwegian death metal band, Mrs. Smith suffered the Stockholm Syndrome granting her extraordinary musical abilities. She uses her brilliant guitar skills and vocal stylings to express the grief and rage she feels over the disappearance of her beloved cat Carlyle. Mrs. Smith is a humorous, new age guitar musical that spans genre. All tracks are innovatively arranged and it’s truly a feast for the ears. Come witness musical theater like you never have before! The Curtain Theater in the Fine Arts Center at UMass Amherst. 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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  19. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    January 19, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Thursday, March 7. 6:30pm
    Friday, March 8. 6:30pm

    YOUTH THEATER/BROADWAY MUSICAL:42nd Street. 42nd Street is the ultimate show-biz musical, celebrating Broadway theater, Times Square, and the people who make the magic of musical theatre! A Broadway classic that never fails to sweep audiences off their feet, this musical bubbles over with energy, humor, and show-stopping production numbers. Academy Youth Productions bring the magic of Broadway to our own backyard, and are performed by area youth ages 9-15. Performance will be held at The Academy of Music Theatre. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$$)

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  20. Cheryl Allan Carlyle said,

    January 19, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Saturday, February 2. 9:30am
    Saturday, February 2. 11am

    CHILDREN’S THEATER/DISNEY:The Princess and the Frog. Tiny Tales is a live, participatory theater experience specifically designed for young children between the ages of 3 and 8. The Princess and the Frog is a tale of passion and purpose, kindness and determination. Throughout the show, children are invited up on stage to take an active part in the production while those who remain in the audience provide sound effects and hand motions that enhance the story. The immersive format of this show helps children develop an early love for theater. Performance will be held at The Red Door Theatre. 152 South Westfield Street, Feeding Hills, MA. ($)

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