Theater Bulletin Board

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THEATER BULLETIN BOARD MANAGER

Cheryl Przezdziecki ♦ 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. Over the past year, Cheryl has been pursuing her dream of becoming a playwright and is currently writing and developing a full-length play which she hopes to bring to full production in the near future. 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 a bridge that connects our local community with the magic and wonderment of live theater. theater@hilltownfamilies.org


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  1. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    September 16, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Thursday, September 22. 6:30pm
    Thursday, September 22. 8:30pm
    Friday, September 23. 6:30pm
    Friday, September 23. 8:30p,
    Saturday, September 24. 6:30pm
    Saturday, September 24. 8:30pm

    MUSIC & THEATER FUSION/LOCAL FLAIR: The Water Project (Immersive). “Newspaper headlines read: 4 towns flooded, 2,500 people relocated, houses moved on the backs of trucks, 7,500 graves dug up and reburied on higher ground, memories drowned, and little know…” The Water Project (Immersive) submerges the audience in a dreamscape evoking the final week of the decision making-process: to flood or not to flood Quabbin Reservoir in service of providing clean water to rapidly growing Boston. The audience is invited to explore the story unfolding around them in this theatrical journey through our local landscape. Faced with imminent flooding, the Doubleday family confronts the end of life and home as they know it, while anxiety rises and rumors walk the halls. Live theater joins forces with the Pioneer Valley’s thriving independent music scene in this original production that immerses audiences in the currents of time. Presented by TheatreTruck and The Swift River Valley Historical Society. Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here or cash-only at the door. The performances will be held at the The Swift River Valley Historical Society, 40 Elm Street, New Salem, MA. ($$)

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  2. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    September 8, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Friday, September 16. 8:30pm
    Saturday, September 17. 8:30pm
    Sunday, September 18. 3pm

    AWARD WINNING/DRAMATIC FICTION: Sotto Voce. This haunting work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Anna in the Tropics explores the indelible power of memories and the resiliency of true love. A passionate, Jewish-Cuban young man seeks out a famous, reclusive novelist who, decades earlier was separated from her lover when he boarded the MS St. Louis, an ill-fated ship of Jewish refugees during World War II. Sotto Voce is a poetic work that examines memory, loss, and the redemptive power of fiction. Performances will be held in the Elayne Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare & Company. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA. ($$$)

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  3. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    September 8, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Audition Dates:
    Friday, September 16.
    Saturday, September 17.
    Sunday, September 18.

    AUDITIONS/CHILDREN’S THEATER: Fall Festival . The Drama Studio is looking for young actors to star in their 2016-2017 Fall Festival of shows! This year’s fall season will include performances of The Boxcar Children, Romeo & Juliet, and The Adventures of Madeline. There are roles available for girls and boys ages 8 and up. This is a wonderful opportunity for children who are interested in theater arts to develop and showcase their talents before a community audience. For detailed audition information, please visit The Drama Studio’s website by clicking here or call 413-739-1983 to reserve a 20-minute audition spot. Auditions will be held at The Drama Studio. 41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

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  4. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 30, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    September 15, 2016 through September 25, 2016

    FULL-LENGTH PLAY FESTIVAL/PLAY READINGS: Play By Play 2016. The Northampton Playwrights Lab Presents their second annual festival of readings of new plays performed by local professional actors. Play By Play 2016 will feature new plays and performance pieces by playwrights Meryl Cohn, Mojie Crigler, Harley Erdman, Leanna James Blackwell, Tanyss Rhea Martula, and Eric Henry Sander. This festival offers audiences the chance to see contemporary theatrical work written, produced, and performed by local artists. The following shows will be featured:

    Thursday, September 15. 7:30pm
    >CROWSNEST by Harley Erdman
    In an ecovillage somewhere up in the hills, Danny, a newcomer, arrives at a utopian community divided over its future direction. His friendship with two residents, Sarah and Carl, embroils him in passion, jealousy, secrets, and conspiracy. This play explores the meanings of love, family, and community, in a corner of contemporary America where people striving for utopia put these terms to the extreme test. This will be the first-ever public performance of this brand-new play by Harley Erdman, a UMass theater professor known locally for his librettos for the operas The Garden of Martyrs and The Scarlet Professor.

    Friday, September 16. 7:30pm
    THE WINKLEMEYERS BET IT ALL by Mojie Crigler
    This play tells the story of one man’s boom and bust during the first wave of big Internet money, and the price he pays for success that continues to elude him. This play, which was originally produced at an obscure, now-defunct theatre festival in New York City, is one of a number of works by Mojie Crigler, whose other plays have been seen at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Magic Theatre, New York Performance Works, and Carnegie Mellon University.

    Saturday, September 17. 7:30pm
    WHERE’S ANNIE? by Eric Henry Sanders
    Where’s Annie? Who’s Annie? And what have Jack and Birdie done with her? In this dark comedy, Sarah Bitts returns home to confront her estranged grandparents, only to discover that the eccentric pair hides a past more frightening than she ever imagined. Caught in the couple’s alternately terrifying and bitterly humorous web of riddles, lies, and suspicion, Sarah fights her way to the truth and to her family’s redemption. Originally workshopped at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City, this play was developed in a reading with Frances Sternhagen at the Hudson Stage Company, where it also received its premiere production. This reading offers audiences a first glimpse at a substantially revised version of the play.

    Thursday, September 22. 7:30pm
    Friday, September 23. 7:30pm

    NAKED WITH FRUIT by Meryl Cohn
    Can three people who share the loss of the same love come together to heal? This play is a comedy about grief and the quest for love and family. Isabel and Marilyn reconsider polyamory as they grieve the death of the secret third member of their intimate relationship. Isabel’s longing to connect inspires desperate measures, including befriending a Rabbi — which leads to more secrets and betrayals. Through a tricky road to recovery, the loss of a shared love may turn out to be a powerful bond. An earlier version of Naked with Fruit was produced at the Provincetown Theater and was a Mass Cultural Council Finalist for playwriting.

    Saturday, September 24. 7:30pm
    GRIMM WOMEN by Leanna James Blackwell
    A radical re-envisioning of three classic fairy tales, this play features a trio of women – a young runaway from a religious community, an adoptive mother living in urban public housing, and a globally successful business owner – telling their stories in a series of impassioned monologues. The story transforms the traditionally maligned witches, stepmothers, and spell-casting fairies of legend into living, breathing, 21st century women with a mission: to tell their side of the story for the first time. This will be the first-ever public performance of Grimm Women, the newest play by the director of Bay Path University’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction and the author of Curtain Call, The Wendy Chronicles, and New Soul.

    Sunday, September 25. 4pm
    HOTPOT and MY LIFE IN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: Two pieces by Tanyss Rhea Martula
    HOTPOT is a short play about two mothers who meet to talk about their teenage children and find themselves in a melange of tight spaces, awkwardness, and confusion as things heat up. An earlier version of the play was staged at Chicago Dramatists. MY LIFE IN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, a solo performance piece in progress takes audiences on a roller coaster ride through the highs of an unexpected late-in-life passion and the highs and lows of an unpredictable family. Performed by the playwright who will be showing the work she developed during the two-week Play By Play residency. A brief talk-back will be held following this performance.

    An early arrival is recommended. Seating is limited and there are no reservations. All performances will be held at the A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($10 SUGGESTED DONATION)

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  5. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 30, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Auditions will be held on the following dates by appointment only:

    Thursday, September 15.
    Friday, September 16.
    Saturday, September 17.
    Sunday, September 18.

    ACTORS WANTED/MUSICAL: Shrek the Musical. Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater is seeking local talent to help bring the magic of the Shrek film to life on stage! Many roles in ‘Shrek the Musical’ are non-specific in regard to age, gender, body type, race, etc. and may be cast non-traditionally. Auditions are by appointment only by calling Amherst Leisure Services at 413-259-3065. Click here for required forms and detailed audition information. Come be a part of this exciting musical while showcasing your talents to a community audience! Auditions will be held at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA (FREE)

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  6. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 30, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Sunday, September 11. 7-10pm
    Monday, September 12. 7-10pm

    ACTORS WANTED/AUDITIONS: Steel Magnolias. Based on the well-known movie of the same name, Steel Magnolias is a moving and heart wrenching drama. M’Lynn is the mother of bride-to-be Shelby Eatenton, and as friend Truvy fixes the women’s hair for the ceremony, with the helping hand of aspiring beautician Annelle, diabetic Shelby has a health scare that doesn’t bode well for her hopes of having children. As time passes, the women and their friends encounter both tragedy and good fortune, highlighting the importance of support during life’s most difficult challenges. The Smith College Department of Theatre is casting roles for 6 actors. Five college and community members are invited to audition, and diversity and color-inclusive casting is welcome. Perusal scripts are available in the Josten Library and those interested can click here for detailed audition information. Auditions will be held in Acting Studio 1 in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)

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  7. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 30, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Friday, September 23. 7pm
    Saturday, September 24. 7pm

    LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE/MUSICAL: The Springfield Spectacle. Based on Double Edge’s Once a Blue Moon – Cada Luna Azul, this large-scale outdoor performance features the Double Edge Ensemble and renowned Argentine guest musicians Manuel Uriona (Bersuit Vergarabat) and Micaela Farias Gomez (Santadiabla), and will showcase youth performers from Springfield Conservatory of the Arts Public School. The Springfield Spectacle follows a traveler who returns to his hometown after many years. Memories of his past and stories about the town’s colorful inhabitants evoke reflections about an increasingly universal theme: how progress can displace people. Inspired by Alejandro Jodorowski and other Latin American writers, the show infuses audiences with the excitement of a Latin American carnival, and draws upon memory, culture, and song. The show is free and open to the public, making this celebration of culture accessible to all audiences. The performances will be held at 1350 Main Street, Springfield, MA (FREE)

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  8. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 18, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Friday, September 9. 8pm
    Saturday, September 10. 2pm
    Saturday, September 10. 8pm
    Sunday, September 11. 2pm
    Tuesday, September 13. 7pm
    Wednesday, September 14. 2pm
    Wednesday, September 14. 7pm
    Thursday, September 15. 7pm
    Friday, September 16. 8pm
    Saturday, September 17. 2pm
    Saturday, September 17. 8pm
    Sunday, September 18. 2pm
    Tuesday, September 20. 7pm
    Wednesday, September 21. 2pm
    Wednesday, September 21. 7pm
    Thursday, September 22. 7 pm
    Friday, September 23. 8pm
    Saturday, September 24. 2pm
    Saturday, September 24. 8pm
    Sunday, September 25. 2pm
    Tuesday, September 27. 7pm
    Wednesday, September 28. 2pm
    Wednesday, September 28. 7pm
    Thursday, September 29. 7pm
    Friday, September 30. 8pm
    Saturday, October 1. 2pm
    Saturday, October 1. 8pm
    Sunday, October 2. 2pm
    Tuesday, October 4. 7pm
    Wednesday, October 5. 2pm
    Wednesday, October 5. 7pm
    Thursday, October 6. 7pm
    Friday, October 7. 8pm

    CHILDREN’S MUSICAL/DISNEY CLASSIC: Beauty and the Beast. Based on the beloved Walt Disney classic of the same name, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of an arrogant young prince and his castle’s servants who fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast. The only way the spell can be broken is if he learns to love and be loved in return. The story truly begins when the spirited, headstrong village girl Belle enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father Maurice. With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts and the playful teacup named Chip, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation. Through the art of song and dance, this timeless tale highlights the importance of remaining true to ourselves and reminds us that real beauty comes from within. The production is presented by the Arena Civic Theatre and performances will be held at The Ruth B. Smith Auditorium in the Orange Town Hall. 6 Prospect Street, Orange, MA. ($$)

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  9. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 12, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Sunday, August 28. 1-4pm

    ART-THEATER FUSION/SPANISH HISTORY. At The Clark Art Institute’s final “Summer Sundays” session, participants will spend an afternoon learning about El Siglo de Oro, the Golden Age of the Spanish nobility. This merging of art and theater will feature art-making activities, along with Boston-based theater troupe Pazzi Lazzi as they perform three original scenarios in the commedia dell’arte style of theater presented at the royal court of King Philip II of Spain. The show compliments The Clark Art Institute’s special exhibition, Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado. Attendees are invited to leave their mark on a giant body-tracing mural, take home a crown fit for a Spanish king, make their own wire sculpture of a work from the special exhibition, in addition to enjoying the outdoor theater performance. The Summer Sunday: The Golden Age experience offers families an interactive way of learning about the culture of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain while celebrating the human body. The event will take place on the Fernandez Terrace at The Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

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  10. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Thursday, August 18. 8pm
    Friday, August 19. 8pm
    Saturday, August 20. 8pm
    Sunday, August 21. 5pm
    Tuesday, August 23. 7pm
    Wednesday, August 24. 7pm
    Thursday, August 25. 8pm
    Friday, August 26. 2pm
    Friday, August 26. 2pm
    Saturday, August 27. 8pm
    Sunday, August 28. 5pm
    Tuesday, August 30. 7pm
    Wednesday, August 31. 2pm
    Wednesday, August 31. 7pm
    Thursday, September 1. 8pm
    Friday, September 2. 2pm
    Friday, September 2. 8pm
    Saturday, September 3. 8pm

    AWARD WINNING/COMEDIC DRAMA: Tribes. Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Tribes is a deeply moving yet comical play about a young man who was born deaf into an unconventional hearing family. When he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, he finally understands what it means to “speak up” for himself. The play explores the idea of families as “tribes” and highlights how values, beliefs, and language are passed on through generations. Performed on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at the Barrington Stage Company. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA ($$)

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  11. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 1, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Friday, August 5. 8pm
    Saturday, August 6. 8pm
    Sunday, August 7. 4pm

    YOUTH THEATER/SOCIAL JUSTICE: Tenderness. The Ko Festival of Performance presents Tenderness, a show by the Performance Project’s “First Generation” Ensemble. Young theater artists from Springfield contrast the dehumanization at the core of violence, racism, and the school-to-prison pipeline with the external power of human tenderness. The show inspires young people to explore the pressing social justice issues of their time on a local and global level. Performances will be held in at Holden Theater at Amherst College. 413-542-3750. Route 116, Amherst, MA. ($$)

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  12. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    July 29, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Lead Role Auditions:
    Monday, August 8. 6pm
    Tuesday, August 16. 6pm
    Ensemble Auditions:
    Tuesday, August 9. 6pm
    Wednesday, August 17. 6pm

    THEATER AUDITIONS/MUSICAL: Oliver!. Come be a part of this award winning musical based on Charles Dickens’ beloved novel, Oliver Twist. After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver befriends Nancy and both find neither are fit for a life of crime. Each of the lead roles has a specific song that must be sung for the audition (see website for complete list). Ensemble singers should be prepared to sing a short song in the style of the show. For more detailed audition information, please click here. If unavailable to appear in person please email blackcattheater@gmail.com or leave a message at 413-563-6023. Auditions will be held at All Saints Church. 7 Woodbridge Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

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  13. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    July 29, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Friday, July 29. 8pm (Preview)
    Saturday, July 30. 3:30pm (Preview)
    Saturday, July 30. 8pm (Celebration)
    Sunday, July 31. 2pm
    Sunday, July 31. 7pm
    Tuesday, August 2. 7:30pm
    Wednesday, August 3. 7:30pm
    Thursday, August 4. 2pm
    Thursday, August 4. 7:30pm
    Friday, August 5. 8pm
    Saturday, August 6. 3:30pm
    Saturday, August 6. 8pm
    Sunday, August 7. 2pm

    WORLD PREMIERE/CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL DRAMA: Poster Boy. This dramatic tale follows a community of gay men from an online chat room as they come together to discover what drove one of their own to take his life. The play is inspired by actual events surrounding the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, a college student who brought national attention to cyber-bullying. Poster Boy is a new American musical by Tony Award-nominated composer Craig Carnelia and playwright Joe Tracz. Directed by Olivier Award-nominee Stafford Arima with movement byDanny Mefford, this provocative and moving show lays bare the complexity of protecting our privacy, identity and humanity in the digital era. Performances will be held on the Nikos Stage at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. 413-597-3400. 1000 Main Street, Williamstown, MA. ($$$)

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  14. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    July 22, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Wednesday, August 3. 8pm
    Thursday, August 4. 2pm
    Thursday, August 4. 8pm
    Friday, August 5. 2pm
    Saturday, August 6. 8pm
    Sunday, August 7. 2pm
    Wednesday, August 10. 8pm
    Thursday, August 11. 2pm
    Thursday, August 11. 8pm
    Friday, August 12. 2pm
    Saturday, August 13. 8pm
    Sunday, August 14. 2pm

    REGIONAL PREMIER/COMEDIC DRAMA: Sister Play. Join us for a heartwarming comedy John Kolvenbach as it makes it regional premiere with the Chester Theatre Company. Anna will do anything to make her sister Lilly happy, including destroying all her relationships. When Lilly, Anna, and her husband Malcolm retreat to their late father’s cabin in Cape Cod, they expect to relax, unwind, and take stock. But when a charming but shadowy drifter enters the picture angling for Lilly’s heart, their pilgrimage takes a surprising turn. Sister Play is a whimsical piece that melds playful and dramatic passages with moments of a philosophical nature, highlighting the bonds we create with others and within ourselves. Audience Talkbacks follow the Thursday 2pm and Saturday 8pm shows, Cast Conversations follow the Friday 2pm shows, and Panel Discussion follows the Sunday, August 7th 2pm show. Discounted tickets are available for students and residents of Chester. This production is presented by the Chester Theatre Company and performances will be held in the Chester Town Hall, 15 Middlefield Road, 413-354-7771, Chester, MA. ($$)

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  15. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    July 22, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Sunday, August 7. 2pm

    STAGED READING/AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY: The Gin Game. Winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize, The Gin Game uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home when he meets Fonsia Dorsey, prim and self-righteous. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. This award-winning comedic drama invites audiences to explore the thin line between ego and connection, and the ways in which both impact our story. The reading will take place at Historic North Hall. 413-667-5543. 40 Searle Road, Huntington, MA. (FREE)

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  16. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    July 22, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Tuesday, August 2. 8:30pm
    Wednesday, August 3. 3pm
    Saturday, August 6. 8:30pm
    Sunday, August 7. 8:30pm
    Tuesday, August 9. 8:30pm
    Wednesday, August 10. 8:30pm
    Friday, August 12. 3pm
    Saturday, August 13. 3pm
    Sunday, August 14. 3pm
    Friday, August 19. 8:30pm
    Saturday, August 20. 3pm
    Sunday, August 21. 8:30pm
    Wednesday, August 24. 8:30pm
    Thursday, August 25. 3pm
    Saturday, August 27. 8:30pm
    Sunday, August 28. 3pm

    CONTEMPORARY DRAMA/MILITARY: Ugly Lies the Bone . This timely and humorous new drama, Ugly Lies the Bone, follows the story of Jess, a combat veteran who returns home to Florida after three tours in Afghanistan. Bearing deep physical and emotional scars, Jess embarks on a journey of healing through innovative, experimental video game therapy that offers an escape from her excruciating pain. But can virtual reality help Jess come to terms with the altered reality of her hometown, relationships, and dreams? Winner of the Woodward/Newman Award and the Laurents/Hatcher Citation of Excellence, this play boldly explores the concepts of reality with a perspective that’s both humorous and profoundly moving. Performances will be held in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare & Co. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)

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  17. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    July 22, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Wednesday, August 3. 8:30pm
    Thursday, August 4. 3pm
    Friday, August 5. 8:30pm
    Saturday, August 6. 3pm
    Wednesday, August 10. 8:30pm
    Thursday, August 11. 8:30pm
    Saturday, August 13. 8:30pm

    SHAKESPEARE/MILITARY: Cry “Havoc!”. In an inspiring and moving performance, Stephan Wolfert recounts his own experience pre- and post-military service. Through the lines of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches and his own personal insights, Wolfert explores our societal neurosis of war. Cry “Havoc!” explores how military recruits and trains citizens to kill, but what does the “de-cruit” process look like? How do we re-learn to live together? Audiences will marvel in how Shakespeare’s words transcend time with haunting relevance to the modern realities of war. Each performance will be followed by an engaging discussion between actor, audience, and veterans who dare to explore these questions. Performances will be held at Shakespeare & Co. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)

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  18. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    July 22, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Friday, August 5. 7pm
    Saturday, August 6. 10:30am
    Saturday, August 6. 1pm
    Sunday, August 7. 10:30am
    Sunday, August 7. 1pm

    YOUTH THEATER/DISNEY CLASSIC: Peter Pan. The 2016 season of PaintBox includes Peter Pan, a classic tale about the boy who wanted to stay young forever. Weaving imagination and wonder, come fly with Peter Pan on this magical journey that explores the balance between holding on and letting go. Performances will be held at The Williston Theater at The Williston School. 18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA. ($)

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  19. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    July 22, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Friday, August 12. 7:30pm
    Saturday, August 13. 7:30pm
    Sunday, August 14. 3pm
    Tuesday, August 16. 7:30pm
    Wednesday, August 17. 7:30pm
    Thursday, August 18. 7:30pm
    Friday, August 19. 7:30pm
    Saturday, August 20. 3pm
    Saturday, August 20. 7:30pm
    Sunday, August 21. 3pm
    Tuesday, August 23. 7:30pm
    Wednesday, August 24. 7:30pm
    Thursday, August 25. 3pm
    Thursday, August 25. 7:30pm
    Friday, August 26. 7:30pm
    Saturday, August 27. 3pm
    Saturday, August 27. 7:30pm
    Sunday, August 28. 3pm
    Tuesday, August 30. 7:30pm
    Wednesday, August 31. 7:30pm
    Thursday, September 1. 3pm
    Thursday, September 1. 7:30pm
    Friday, September 2. 7:30pm
    Saturday, September 3. 3pm
    Saturday, September 3. 7:30pm
    Sunday, September 4. 3pm

    WORLD PREMIER/CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL: Broadway Bounty Hunter. Inspired by the Blaxploitation movies for the 1970s (think Shaft), this exciting new musical follows a 60-year-old, unemployed actor named Annie as she’s asked to become a bounty hunter and capture a South American warlord. With a score rich with R&B, Funk, and a splash of 80s Rock and Roll, Broadway Bounty Hunter is a musical that follows a woman as she tries to find the inner strength she needs to save theater itself, while realizing her true identity. This world premiere performance gives audiences have the opportunity to experiencing the fresh face of contemporary musical theater! Performances will be held on the St. Germain Stage at the Barrington Stage Company, 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

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  20. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    July 22, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Thursday, August 18. 2pm
    Thursday, August 18. 8pm
    Friday, August 19. 2pm
    Saturday, August 20. 8pm
    Sunday, August 21. 2pm
    Wednesday, August 24. 8pm
    Thursday, August 25. 2pm
    Thursday, August 25. 8pm
    Friday, August 26. 2pm
    Saturday, August 27. 8pm
    Sunday, August 28. 2pm

    REGIONAL PREMIER/HISTORICAL DRAMA: The Mountaintop. It’s April 3, 1969 in a drab room at the Lorraine Hotel. An exhausted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wants two things – a cup of coffee and a cigarette. What he gets instead is Camae, a brash, irreverent maid on a mission of her own. Their banter quickly turns into something more mysterious and profound, forcing Dr. King to confront his legacy as a leader and a man. The Mountaintop is the winner of London’s 2010 Olivier Award, and has been deemed “a beautiful and startling piece… magical, spiritual and touching.” This show offers audiences a chance to reflect on Dr. King’s enduring legacy as viewed from a unique and contemporary lens. Audience Talkbacks follow the Thursday 2pm and Saturday 8pm shows, Cast Conversations follow the Friday 2pm shows, and Panel Discussion follows the Sunday, August 21st 2pm show. Discounted tickets are available for students and residents of Chester. This production is presented by the Chester Theatre Company and performances will be held in the Chester Town Hall, 15 Middlefield Road, 413-354-7771, Chester, MA. ($$)

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  21. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    July 22, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Friday, August 19. 7:30pm
    Saturday, August 20. 2pm
    Saturday, August 20. 7:30pm
    Sunday, August 21. 2pm

    CHILDRENS THEATER/SHAKESPEAREAN: All the World’s a Stage. Kit and Kaboodle is a children’s summer theater series presented by the Red Door Theatre. The show is the culmination of a summer camp program for older children ages 10-15. All the World’s a Stage weaves Shakespearean scenes and early English dialogue to tell the story of women’s entry into the world of theater. After attending a play called R&J at the Globe Theatre, Bet is determined to make theatre her life. There’s only one problem – girls aren’t allowed. This play takes us back to the late 1600s when women’s parts were played by men and the stage in general was looked on by religious leaders as a playground of the devil. But what if the queen wants to have a play performed at court, and have children play the parts of pixies and fairies in Shakespeare’s play? Bet may find her dream comes true! This show offers a beautiful introduction to Shakespearean theater while keeping the tradition of classical theater alive. Call 413-789-2026 to reserve your tickets. Performances will take place at the Red Door Theatre. 152 South Westfield Street, Feeding Hills, MA. ($)

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  22. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    July 18, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Wednesday, July 27. 7pm
    Thursday, July 28. 2pm
    Friday, July 29. 7pm
    Saturday, July 30. 2pm
    Sunday, July 31. 2pm
    Wednesday, August 3. 7pm
    Thursday, August 4. 2pm (Autism-Friendly)
    Thursday, August 4. 7pm
    Friday, August 5. 7pm
    Saturday, August 6. 2pm
    Sunday, August 7. 2pm
    Wednesday, August 10. 2pm
    Wednesday, August 10. 7pm
    Thursday, August 11. 2pm
    Thursday, August 11. 7pm
    Friday, August 12. 7pm
    Saturday, August 13. 2pm
    Sunday, August 14. 2pm

    MUSICAL/YOUTH THEATER: The Wiz. The Barrington Stage Youth Theatre presents this glorious musical retelling of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. An infectious, funky and soulful score, with lyrics by Charlie Smalls, The Wiz brings a renewed relevance to a timeless American classic. Children ages 3 and older are welcome to attend any Saturday performance of The Wiz when accompanied by an adult. No children under the age of 3 will be permitted in the theater for Family Saturday performances. For all other performances, children ages 5 and older are welcome. This show also features an Autism-friendly performance on Thursday, August 4 at 2pm which aims to bring the enjoyment of live theater to all children, regardless of limitations. Performances will be held at the Barrington Stage Company. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

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  23. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    July 14, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Thursday, July 14. 7:30pm
    Friday, July 15. 8pm
    Saturday, July 16. 3pm
    Saturday, July 16. 8pm
    Sunday, July 17. 2pm
    Sunday, July 17. 7pm
    Tuesday, July 19. 7:30pm
    Wednesday, July 20. 2pm
    Wednesday, July 20. 7:30pm
    Thursday, July 21. 2pm
    Thursday, July 21. 7:30pm
    Friday, July 22. 8pm
    Saturday, July 23. 3pm
    Saturday, July 23. 8pm

    WORLD PREMIERE/SCI-FI COMEDY THRILLER: The Chinese Room. Obie Award-winner James Macdonald directs this sci-fi comedy thriller by Irish playwright Michael West as part of the Williamstown Theater Festival. A visionary in the field of artificial intelligence, Frank has built a humandroid to preserve his wife Lily’s memory – because she is losing hers. But when he is ousted from the company he founded, he must race to save his life’s work. As Frank scrambles to protect his property, his legacy and the technology he invented, the The Chinese Room
    encourages audiences to examine how far we will go to preserve what we love. Performances will be held on the Nikos Stage at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. 413-597-3400. 1000 Main Street, Williamstown, MA. ($$$)

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  24. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    July 14, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Thursday, July 14. 7:30pm
    Friday, July 15. 7:30pm
    Saturday, July 16. 7:30pm
    Sunday, July 17. 5pm

    WORLD PREMIERE/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Orpheus in the Berkshires. The Williamstown Theater Festival presents this world premier production made by and for the Berkshires! Born of the belief that theatre is central to understanding, building and maintaining community, this initiative invites the people of Western Massachusetts to be a part of the Festival’s creative process — not just as audience members, but on stage! Obie Award-winning playwright Lucy Thurber puts a new spin on the Orpheus myth, set in Western Massachusetts. When Orpheus, a teenage girl, realizes that something is amiss in her neighborhood, she embarks on a treacherous journey to save her hometown. Helmed by Festival Associate Director Laura Savia, and developed in collaboration with community partners, this World Premiere features a cast of 75 Berkshire residents performing alongside Festival actors. Orpheus in the Berkshires is a celebration of our local history, honoring our community and sense of place. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend this free event! No reservations required. Bring blankets, pillows, and a picnic! Performances will be held at Greylock Works. 508 State Road, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

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  25. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    July 12, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Thursday, July 21. 2pm
    Friday, July 22. 7pm

    CHILDREN’S CLASSIC/FILM IN THEATER: The Wizard of Oz. Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day, a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination! The Wizard of Oz is a chance to introduce young people to joys of live theater while keeping the magic of this classic story alive in the hearts of young and old alike! Performances will be held at The Spectrum Playhouse. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street, Lee, MA. ($)

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  26. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 24, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Wednesday, June 29. 7:30 pm
    Thursday, June 30. 7:30 pm
    Friday, July 1. 7:30 pm
    Saturday, July 2. 7:30 pm
    Sunday, July 3. 7:30 pm
    Wednesday, July 6. 7:30 pm
    Thursday, July 7. 7:30 pm
    Friday, July 8. 7:30 pm
    Saturday, July 9. 7:30 pm
    Sunday, July 10. 7:30 pm

    OUTDOOR THEATER/SHAKESPEARE: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Hampshire Shakespeare Company presents a summer show under the stars with William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This production will transform the natural environment of our outdoor theater into an urban wonderland through gesture, dance and music. The audience will be guided on a tour from the Gated Community of Athens, where the rich, privileged lovers lead their sheltered lives, all the way to Forest, a broken down city with a punk rock energy and leather-clad fairies. The repression of the rich will be overthrown, the fairies will fight relentlessly for anarchy, and the touring performance artist collective The Mechanicals will dazzle with their conceptual, experimental production of “Pyramus and Thisbe”. Audiences are encouraged to come early and bring a picnic. Tickets are available online and also at Broadside Books in Northampton and at Amherst Books in Amherst. Performances will be held rain or shine at the Hampshire Shakespeare Company. 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. ($$)

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  27. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 24, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Thursday, July 20. 8pm
    Friday, July 21. 8pm
    Saturday, July 22. 8pm
    Sunday, July 23. 8pm
    Thursday, July 27. 8pm
    Friday, July 28. 8pm
    Saturday, July 29. 8pm
    Sunday, July 30. 8pm
    Thursday, August 4. 8pm
    Friday, August 5. 8pm
    Saturday, August 6. 8pm
    Sunday, August 7. 8pm
    Thursday, August 11. 8pm
    Friday, August 12. 8pm
    Saturday, August 13. 8pm
    Sunday, August 14. 8pm
    Thursday, August 18. 8pm
    Friday, August 19. 8pm
    Saturday, August 20. 8pm
    Sunday, August 21. 8pm
    Monday, August 22. 8pm

    CULTURAL THEATER/LATIN AMERICA: Once a Blue Moon – Cada Luna Azul. This stunning show is inspired by magic realism and a plethora of Latin American stories that include Where the Bird Sings by Alejandro Iodorowski, Eva Luna by Isabel Allende, writings by Borges and Marquez, as well as poetry by Pablo Neruda and Octavio Paz and many others. Once a Blue Moon – Cada Luna Azul reflects an increasingly universal situation in which “progress” displaces people, in this case causing a flood. In a story of memory, culture, and song, imbued with the excitement of Latin American carnival, audience members will traverse the physical and cultural landscape while mingling with the vibrant townspeople of Agua Santa. Performances will be held rain or shine at the Double Edge Theatre. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$$)

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  28. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 24, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Friday, July 29. 7:30pm
    Saturday, July 30. 2pm
    Saturday, July 30. 7:30pm
    Sunday, July 31. 2pm

    CHILDRENS THEATER/MUSICAL: Frankystein the Monstercal. Kit and Kaboodle is a children’s summer theater series presented by the Red Door Theatre. The show is the culmination of a summer camp program for children ages 8-15. Frankystein the Monstercal has taken the classic Frankenstein and turned it upside down! The village people are all monsters out to destroy the creation of Dr. Frank E. Stein. But Frankystein the monster is actually just a normal, young boy. Join us as we sing wacky songs like “Monster-Maker Shuffle”, “Funkystein Slide” and “Monsters Need To Be Loved.” In addition to being a wonderful introduction to musical theater, the reversal of roles in this performance will offer audiences a unique perspective on what it’s like to be different. Call 413-789-2026 to reserve your tickets. Performances will take place at the Red Door Theatre. 152 South Westfield Street, Feeding Hills, MA. ($)

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  29. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 24, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Friday, July 22. 8pm
    Saturday, July 23.8pm
    Sunday, July 24. 2pm
    Friday, July 29. 8pm
    Saturday, July 30 8pm
    Sunday, July 31. 2pm

    CONTEMPORARY/HISTORIC EVENTS: Yankee Tavern. This engaging thriller follows Adam, the young owner of a crumbling New York City Bar, as he becomes entrenched in a plot of personal and national significance. While his fiancé is busy counting down the days to their wedding, Adam deals with his dead father’s best friend, an aging barfly who believes that everything is a conspiracy. Among all this chaos, a stranger enters who knows much more than he should, in an instant blurring the lines between conspiracy theory and reality, forever changing the way these characters relate to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Presented by the Arena Civic Theater with special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Performances will be held at the White Church Community Center. 413-233-4368. 84B Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA. (DONATION)

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  30. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 24, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Friday, July 29. 7pm
    Saturday, July 30. 10:30am
    Saturday, July 30. 1pm

    YOUTH THEATER/AESOP’S FABLES: The Great Race of the Tortoise and the Hare. The 2016 season of PaintBox includes one of Aesop’s age old fables. In The Great Race of the Tortoise and the Hare, children will learn the concepts of persistence, the important moral lesson about goals and actions, and how “slow and steady” really can win the race. Welcome to The International Raceway where this competition between the Tortoise and the Hare is taking place. There will surely be lots of cheering and excitement from the audience as they witness one of the greatest races of all time! Performances will be held at the Shea Theater. 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. ($)

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  31. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 24, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Friday, July 22. 7pm
    Saturday, July 23. 10:30am
    Saturday, July 23. 1pm
    Sunday, July 24. 10:30am
    Sunday, July 24. 1pm

    YOUTH THEATER/AESOP’S FABLES: The Great Race of the Tortoise and the Hare. The 2016 season of PaintBox includes one of Aesop’s age old fables. In The Great Race of the Tortoise and the Hare, children will learn the concepts of persistence, the important moral lesson about goals and actions, and how “slow and steady” really can win the race. Welcome to The International Raceway where this competition between the Tortoise and the Hare is taking place. There will surely be lots of cheering and excitement from the audience as they witness one of the greatest races of all time! Performances will be held at The Williston Theater at The Williston School. 18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA. ($)

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  32. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 24, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Friday, July 15. 8pm
    Saturday, July 16. 8pm
    Sunday, July 17. 5pm
    Tuesday, July 19. 7pm
    Wednesday, July 20. 7pm
    Thursday, July 21. 8pm
    Friday, July 22. 2pm
    Friday, July 22. 8pm
    Saturday, July 23. 8pm
    Sunday, July 24. 5pm
    Tuesday, July 26. 7pm
    Wednesday, July 27. 2pm
    Wednesday, July 27. 7pm
    Thursday, July 28. 8pm
    Friday, July 29. 2pm
    Friday, July 29. 8pm
    Saturday, July 30. 8pm
    Sunday, July 31. 5pm
    Tuesday, August 2. 7pm
    Wednesday, August 3. 2pm
    Wednesday, August 3. 7pm
    Thursday, August 4. 8pm
    Friday, August 5. 2pm
    Friday, August 5. 8pm
    Saturday, August 6. 8pm
    Sunday, August 7. 5pm
    Tuesday, August 9. 7pm
    Wednesday, August 10. 2pm
    Wednesday, August 10. 7pm
    Thursday, August 11. 8pm
    Friday, August 12. 2pm
    Friday August 12. 8pm
    Saturday, August 13. 8pm

    CLASSICAL THEATER/COMEDIC OPERA: The Pirates of Penzance. Known as one of the most frequently played Gilbert and Sullivan operas, Pirates of Penzance made it’s debut in 1879 and has been entertaining audiences ever since! With its swashbuckling pirates, bumbling policeman, and a Major-General who sings one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history, this show highlights opera as both a classical and a contemporary form of theater art. Performed on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at the Barrington Stage Company. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA ($$)

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  33. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 24, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Friday, July 22. 7:30pm
    Saturday, July 23. 2pm
    Saturday, July 23. 7:30pm
    Sunday, July 24. 2pm

    CHILDRENS THEATER/MAGICAL FANTASY: Merlin’s Mirror. Kit and Kaboodle is a children’s summer theater series presented by the Red Door Theatre. The show is the culmination of a summer camp program for children ages 8-15. In Merlin’s Mirror, the magician Merlin has been grooming young Arthur to be the new King of Britain, unite his country, and bring peace to the land. But as the coronation draws near, Morgan Le Fay has other plans. She places a spell on Merlin’s Mirror which causes him to believe that he is aging backward. As he comes to believe this, it truly begins to happen to both Merlin and Arthur! The would-be king’s odd behavior raises questions among his subjects and Merlin raises many questions for himself. Meanwhile, Morgan has other plans in mind for both of them in her quest to take Camelot for her own. Will she succeed? Can Merlin reverse the spell before it’s too late? Knights, ladies, magicians, goddesses, and woodland friends all band together to help spin this tale of magical, courtly days of yore. Call 413-789-2026 to reserve your tickets. Performances will take place at the Red Door Theatre. 152 South Westfield Street, Feeding Hills, MA. ($)

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  34. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 24, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Thursday, July 21. 8pm
    Friday, July 22. 8pm
    Saturday, July 23. 8pm
    Sunday, July 24. 8pm
    Thursday, July 28. 8pm
    Friday, July 29. 8pm
    Saturday, July 30. 8pm
    Sunday, July 31. 8pm
    Thursday, August 4. 8pm
    Friday, August 5. 8pm
    Saturday, August 6. 8pm
    Sunday, August 7. 8pm

    SHAKESPEARE/COMMUNITY THEATER: The Tempest. The third annual Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, in coordination with the Office of Cultural Development, presents Shakespeare’s last known work, The Tempest. The play tells the story of revenge and redemption on a magical, mysterious island. Pittsfield’s mayor explains that Shakespeare in the Park “provides a way, free of barriers, for the entire community to experience and enjoy amazing theatre in the heart of our city.” Performances are held outdoors on the stage at the First Street Common, Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

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  35. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 24, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Friday, July 15. 7:30pm
    Saturday, July 16. 2pm
    Saturday, July 16. 7:30pm
    Sunday, July 17. 2pm

    CHILDRENS THEATER/LITERATURE IN THEATER: The Lost Bookmarker. Kit and Kaboodle is a children’s summer theater series presented by the Red Door Theatre. The show is the culmination of a summer camp program for children ages 8-15. The Lost Bookmarker tells the story of Peter, a boy who hates books and doodles all over them he is punished by having to work at the library. He falls asleep and finds himself called to task for his misdeeds. What follows next is an adventure as he leaps from story to story trying to escape the craziness he has created. From Captain Hook’s ballet-dancing pirates to ogres slurping up the dormouse, Peter and his guide, Scribbles, run through fairy tales, adventures, and history trying to evade the angry inhabitants of the stories as they realize he is the cause of all their troubles. Bedlam ensues wherever they go and it’s unclear if Peter will be stuck forever in these mixed up tales. The show offers an opportunity to introduce young children to the joys of live theater while cultivating their interest in the art. Summer theatre presented by young people for young people! Call 413-789-2026 to reserve your tickets. Performances will take place at the Red Door Theatre. 152 South Westfield Street, Feeding Hills, MA. ($)

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  36. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 24, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Monday, July 11. 10am
    Monday, July 11. 1pm
    Monday, July 11. 6:30pm
    Tuesday, July 12. 10am
    Tuesday, July 12. 1pm
    Wednesday, July 13. 10am
    Wednesday, July 13. 1pm
    Sunday, July 31. 2pm
    Sunday, July 31. 6:30pm
    Monday, August 1. 10am
    Monday, August 1. 1pm
    Monday, August1. 6:30pm
    Tuesday, August 2. 10am
    Tuesday, August 2. 1pm
    Wednesday, August 3. 10am
    Wednesday, August 3. 1pm

    CHILDREN’S THEATER/MUSICAL: The Frog Prince: A Musical . Fred the Frog doesn’t like eating flies. He’d rather sit at a table of real food just like the Royal Family. Why? Because he was once a prince, of course! When his loving Grandma tells Fred that to turn human again he must be kissed by a Princess, he’s in luck when a spoiled little Princess from next door just happens to toss her golden ball into their swamp, knowing poor Grandma on the head! Meanwhile, the unhappy Princess is being pushed by her royal parents to marry Crown, an obnoxious little prince who rides around the house on his make-believe golden Harley. The Princess, of course, doesn’t want either one of them! However, Freddy is determined to show the Princess that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and he needs your help. With seven original, catchy songs and plenty of audience interactions, The Frog Prince offers a building block that will spark and cultivate your child’s love of musical theater. Performances will be held at the Majestic Theater. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA. ($)

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  37. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 24, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Sunday, July 10. 2pm
    Thursday, July 14. 2pm
    Thursday, July 14. 8pm
    Friday, July 15. 2pm
    Saturday, July 16. 8pm
    Sunday, July 17. 2pm
    Wednesday, July 20. 8pm
    Thursday, July 21. 2pm
    Thursday, July 21. 8pm
    Friday, July 22. 2pm
    Saturday, July 23. 8pm
    Sunday, July 24. 2pm

    REGIONAL PREMIER/RELIGIOUS: Oh God. Produced in partnership with Israeli Stage, this play makes its regional debut right here in Western Massachusetts. It’s no joke when God becomes so depressed he’s ready to end it all – “all” being humankind, his greatest and most disappointing creation. Can Ella, a therapist with doubts about her own faith, talk him out of it in a single session? God only knows…or does he? Featuring three-time IRNE Award-winner Maureen Keiller as Ella and Norton Prize honoree Will Lyman as God, Oh God is full of lines that reflect the way characters, phrases and situations from the Old Testament imbue daily life and culture in Israel in a way that is accessible to audience members who are unfamiliar with the country. Audience Talkbacks follow our Thursday 2pm and Saturday 8pm shows, Cast Conversations follow our Friday 2pm shows, Panel Discussion follows our Sunday, July 17th 2pm show. Discounted tickets are available for students and residents of Chester. This production is presented by the Chester Theatre Company and performances will be held in the Chester Town Hall, 15 Middlefield Road, 413-354-7771, Chester, MA. ($$)

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  38. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 24, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Friday, July 8. 7pm
    Saturday, July 9. 10:30am
    Saturday, July 9. 1pm
    Sunday, July 10. 10:30am
    Sunday, July 10. 1pm

    YOUTH THEATER/LITERATURE ON STAGE: Raggedy Ann. The 2016 season of PaintBox opens with Linda Tardif as a living doll – Raggedy Ann. Eight stories in one big production. Raggedy Ann is the world’s best-known and most adored rag doll. As a literary character, Raggedy Ann possesses attributes and outlooks reflecting trustworthiness, kindness, and spunk. She is known for starring in whimsical, fanciful tales, based on fantasy and make believe. Come see this timeless childhood doll come to life before your eyes. With costume changes galore and lots of audience participation, this show is sure to delight audiences of all ages! Performances will be held at The Williston Theater at The Williston School. 18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA. ($)

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  39. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 24, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Saturday, July 2. 8:30pm
    Sunday, July 3. 3pm
    Tuesday, July 5. 8:30pm
    Wednesday, July 6. 3pm
    Thursday, July 7. 8:30pm
    Saturday, July 9. 3pm
    Wednesday, July 13. 8:30pm
    Thursday, July 14. 3pm
    Saturday, July 16. 8:30pm
    Sunday, July 17. 8:30pm
    Tuesday, July 19. 8:30pm
    Wednesday, July 20. 3pm
    Friday, July 22. 3pm
    Saturday, July 23. 3pm
    Thursday, July 28. 3pm
    Friday, July 29. 3pm
    Saturday, July 30. 3pm
    Sunday, July 31. 8:30pm

    CONTEMPORARY DRAMA/MILITARY: Ugly Lies the Bone . This timely and humorous new drama, Ugly Lies the Bone, follows the story of Jess, a combat veteran who returns home to Florida after three tours in Afghanistan. Bearing deep physical and emotional scars, Jess embarks on a journey of healing through innovative, experimental video game therapy that offers an escape from her excruciating pain. But can virtual reality help Jess come to terms with the altered reality of her hometown, relationships, and dreams? Winner of the Woodward/Newman Award and the Laurents/Hatcher Citation of Excellence, this play boldly explores the concepts of reality with a perspective that’s both humorous and profoundly moving. Performances will be held in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare & Co. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)

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  40. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 3, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Wednesday, June 29. 8pm
    Thursday, June 30. 2pm
    Thursday, June 30. 8pm
    Friday, July 1. 2pm
    Saturday, July 2. 8pm
    Sunday, July 3. 2pm
    Wednesday, July 6. 8pm
    Thursday, July 7. 2pm
    Thursday, July 7. 8pm
    Friday, July 8. 2pm
    Saturday, July 9. 8pm
    Sunday, July 10. 2pm

    WORLD PREMIER/CONTEMPORARY DRAMA: My Jane . Charlotte Bronte’s beloved novel Jane Eyre is given a contemporary twist in this sweeping drama that tells the story of Jane’s journey from Victorian hardship to independence and happiness. Weaving a tale of survival, romance, and dark secrets, My Jane gives audiences a moving look at how deeply a book can affect readers two centuries later. Audience Talkbacks will follow the Thursday 2pm and Saturday 8pm shows, Cast Conversations follow the Friday 2pm shows, and Panel Discussion follows our Sunday (7/3) 2pm show. Discounted tickets are available for students and residents of Chester. This production is presented by the Chester Theatre Company and performances will be held in the Chester Town Hall, 15 Middlefield Road, 413-354-7771, Chester, MA. ($$)

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  41. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 27, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Friday, June 10.
    Saturday, June 11.

    THEATER FESTIVAL/ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES: Full Disclosure Festival. Eggtooth Productions presents The Full Disclosure Festival, which explores the impact of human behavior on the environment. The theme of this event is AGAINST THE CURRENT: HUMAN IMPACT UPON PLACE. A centerpiece of the Festival is Emma Ayres’ new production of The Water Project, a music theater piece about the expropriation of towns to create the Quabbin Reservoir. Her work blends the history of the disincorporation and destruction, in April 1938, of four towns in Franklin County with our present conflicts with power, politics, and natural resources. The Full Disclosure Festival will also feature poetry readings, spoken word with dance, and immersive theater. Come see what happens when climatologists, anthropologists, and historians collaborate with artists to find new ways to express what we know and what we don’t know about the state of our earth past, present, and future. Performance schedules and maps can be found online. The festival will take place at the Art Block on Main Street. 413-522-1445. Main Street, Greendfield, MA. ($$)

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  42. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 27, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Saturday, June 4. 9:30am

    CHILDRENS THEATER/PUPPETS: Fairies of the Seasons . Talking Hands Theatre presents this magical show featuring handmade fairy puppets and felted animals! Set on the storyteller’s dress, these delightful characters invite the audience to sing, move, and help the fairies find their way back to the seasons where they belong. This show introduces young children to the joy of theater through the use of puppetry, imagination, and participation. Recommended for children ages 2-7. The performance will be held at the Wendell Library. 7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell, MA. (FREE)

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  43. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 27, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Thursday, June 16. 7:30pm
    Saturday, June 18. 7:30pm
    Sunday, June 19. 3pm
    Thursday, June 23. 7:30pm
    Friday, June 24. 7:30pm
    Saturday, June 25. 3pm
    Wednesday, June 29. 7:30pm

    CONTEMPORARY DRAMA/MILITARY: Ugly Lies the Bone . This timely and humorous new drama, Ugly Lies the Bone, follows the story of Jess, a combat veteran who returns home to Florida after three tours in Afghanistan. Bearing deep physical and emotional scars, Jess embarks on a journey of healing through innovative, experimental video game therapy that offers an escape from her excrutiating pain. But can virtual reality help Jess come to terms with the altered reality of her hometown, relationships, and dreams? Winner of the Woodward/Newman Award and the Laurents/Hatcher Citation of Excellence, this play boldly explores the concepts of reality with a perspective that’s both humorous and profoundly moving. Performances will be held in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare & Co. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)

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  44. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 26, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Friday, May 27. 7:30pm
    Saturday, May 28. 7:30pm
    Sunday, May 29. 3pm
    Friday, June 3. 7:30pm
    Saturday, June 4. 7:30pm
    Sunday, June 5. 3pm
    Friday, June 10. 7:30pm
    Saturday, June 11. 7:30pm
    Sunday, June 12. 3pm
    Friday, June 17. 7:30pm
    Saturday, June 18. 7:30pm
    Sunday, June 19. 3pm
    Wednesday, June 22. 7:30pm
    Saturday, June 25. 7:30pm
    Sunday, June 26. 3pm
    Tuesday, June 28. 7:30pm
    Thursday, June 30. 7:30pm

    SHAKESPEARE/POLITICAL COMEDY: The Taming of the Shrew . Come join Shakespeare & Company as they kick off their summer season with a new spin on a Shakespearean classic! This heightened and cheerful rendition of The Taming of the Shrew spanks America’s sound-bite politics, wrestles with a Shakespeare-inspired, playful and problematic battle of the sexes, and proves the point that true debate is hot. In a hilarious red-state versus blue-state comedy, America’s overheated political rhetoric is exposed through the passions of three slightly insane women who just might be revolutionary geniuses. This show is sure to entertain audiences as it weaves the inspiration of classic Shakespeare into the modern political and social landscape. Performances will be held in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare & Co. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA. ($$)

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  45. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 24, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Thursday, June 9. 7pm
    Friday, June 10. 7pm
    Saturday, June 11. 7pm
    Sunday, June 12. 2pm

    ADULT COMEDY/BROADWAY: Moon Over Buffalo . The Black Cat Theater presents their Spring adult comedy directed by Donald Beach. In the make-up comedy tradition of ‘Lend Me A Tenor’, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the1950’s. On the brink of a disastrous split up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might have just one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong in this 1995 Broadway hit that is sure to delight audiences and incite raucous laughter! Please note that this show is recommended for mature audiences only. Veterans and military receive free admission. To reserve your ticket, please call 413-563-6023 or email blackcattheater@gmail.com. Performances will be held at East Meadow School, 393 East State Street, Granby, MA. ($$)

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  46. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 24, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Friday, June 17. 8pm
    Saturday, June 18. 8pm
    Sunday, June 19. 5pm
    Tuesday, June 21. 7pm
    Thursday, June 23. 8pm
    Friday, June 24. 2pm
    Friday, June 24. 8pm
    Sunday, June 26. 5pm
    Tuesday, June 28. 7pm
    Wednesday, June 29. 7pm
    Thursday, June 30. 8pm
    Friday, July 1. 2pm
    Friday, July 1. 8pm
    Saturday, July 2. 8pm
    Sunday, July 3. 5pm
    Tuesday, July 5. 7pm
    Wednesday, July 6. 2pm
    Wednesday, July 6. 7pm
    Thursday, July 7. 8pm
    Friday, July 8. 2pm
    Friday, July 8. 8pm
    Saturday, July 9. 8pm

    WORLD PREMIERE/CONTEMPORARY THEATER: American Son. Winner of the prestigious 2016 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for Best Play, American Son examines our nation’s racial divide as seen through the eyes of an estranged biracial couple. Over the course of a tense night, the couple’s disparate backgrounds collide as they confront an unexpected crisis involving the police and their missing 18-year old son. This new work is a timely and important play on race in present-day America. Performed on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at the Barrington Stage Company. 413-236-8888. 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA ($$)

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  47. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 20, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Monday, May 23.

    AUDITIONS/SINGERS WANTED: J-ART 2016 Summer Series: J-ART Sings.

    The Springfield JCC is holding auditions for their annual summer series fundraiser performances! They are hosting two café-style revue performances of “J-ART Sings.” Performers of all genders, ages 15 and up are encouraged to audition! The genre for the performances are “Women Who Rock” and “Favorite Animated Classics.” Please prepare 32 bars of a song in the genre(s) you wish to audition for. You can either bring a CD or be prepared to sign acapella. To request a time slot for the audition, please click here. For more information, visit theJ-ART Sings event page. Auditions and performances will be held at the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA.

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  48. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 20, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Wednesday, June 1.
    Thursday, June 2.
    Friday, June 3.
    Sunday, June 5.

    AUDITIONS/LOCAL ACTORS WANTED: Majestic Theater 2016-2017 Season Auditions. The Majestic Theater is seeking the talent of local actors to fill the many roles available in their upcoming season. Actors will be auditioned for parts in the following productions: “Million Dollar Quartet” (classic rock and roll musical), “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” (comedy), “Amadeus” (classical drama), “Painting Churches” (contemporary drama), and “La Cage aux Folles” (musical). Auditions are scheduled in 10 minute time slots. Performers who are new to the Majestic should prepare a monologue of their choice and, if singing, bring an instrumental CD as well as a picture and resume. All actors will be asked to read from prepared script selections. To book an audition, please call the Majestic Theater at 413-747-7797. Auditions and performances will be held at the Majestic Theater. 131 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA.

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  49. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 16, 2016 at 10:18 am

    *Submission Deadline Extended: October 1, 2016

    PLAYWRIGHTS OF COLOR/COMPETITION: New Play Competition: Call for Plays by Playwrights of Color. The Silverthorne Theater Company is sponsoring a competition to select a new play by a local playwright of color for possible production during the 2017 season. Local writer and actor Kent Alexander stated that, “Given the astonishing range of theater being made by people of color all over the country, the reluctance of many theaters to walk the walk they talk is increasingly at odds with the reality of American theater as a whole.” Silverthorne Theater president Lucinda Kidder added, “We consider it a fundamental part of Silverthorne’s artistic mission to draw from the entire pool of talented writers, actors, designers and technicians who work, live, and enrich our region with their cultural and ethnic diversity.” Complete information about the contest may be found by visiting the Silverthorne Theater Company website. New submission deadline is October 1, 2016.

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  50. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 16, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Saturday, June 4. 7pm

    LOCAL CULTURE/RADIO THEATER: Life in the (413). Come help kick off New Century Theatre’s 2016 summer season with a toast and roast of life inside our 413 area code! Laugh and celebrate our collective Western Massachusetts home towns with six original tales by local authors presented as old-time radio theater. Life in the (413) honors local culture and shines a spotlight on what makes our community so vibrant and unique! This one-night-only performance will be held in Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for Performing Arts at Smith College. 413-585-2787. Northampton, MA. ($$$)

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  51. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 15, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Friday, May 20. 8pm
    Saturday, May 21. 8pm
    Sunday, May 22. 2pm

    BROADWAY MUSICAL/COLLEGE THEATER: Avenue Q. This laugh-out-loud musical comedy tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college graduate named Princeton who arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He moves into a shabby apartment on Avenue Q where he meets a colorful cast of characters. Avenue Q is a puppet-filled show that follows a group of young adults seeking their purpose in big-city life. Come experience this Tony Award-winning play that explores the deeper meaning of life in a manner that’s both insightful and wildly entertaining! Performances will be held in the Boland Theatre at Berkshire Community College. 413-499-4660. 1350 West Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

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  52. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Tuesday, May 24. 7:30pm
    Wednesday, May 25. 7:30pm
    Thursday, May 26. 3pm
    Thursday, May 26. 7:30pm
    Friday, May 27. 7:30pm
    Saturday, May 28. 3pm
    Saturday, May 28. 7:30pm
    Sunday, May 29. 3pm
    Sunday, May 29. 9pm
    Monday, May 30. 8pm
    Tuesday, May 31. 7:30pm
    Wednesday, June 1. 7:30pm
    Thursday, June 2. 3pm
    Thursday, June 2. 7:30pm
    Friday, June 3. 7:30pm
    Saturday, June 4. 3pm
    Saturday, June 4. 7:30pm
    Sunday, June 5. 3pm

    WORLD PREMIER/MUSICAL: Presto Change-O. This exciting new musical features a star-studded cast that includes Tony Award winner Michael Rupert (Broadway’s Falsettos, On The Town), Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector (Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Tony Award nominee Barbara Walsh (Broadway’s Company), Jenni Barber (Broadway’s Wicked), Bob Walton (Broadway’s 42nd Street), and Lenny Wolpe (Broadway’s The Drowsy Chaperone, Wicked). Presto Change-O tells the story of three generations of magicians who find themselves under one roof for the first time in years. When the grandfather causes real magic to happen, they must confront their past mistakes and re-examine what it means to be a family. The show is presented by the Barrington Stage Company and performances will be held on the St. Germain Stage. 413-236-8888. 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

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  53. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 29, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Saturday, May 21. 1pm
    Sunday, May 22. 1pm

    SHAKESPEAREAN YOUTH/CLASSICAL THEATER: Romeo and Juliet. The dedicated young actors of Young Shakespeare Players East (YSP) are thrilled to present the timeless tale of Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers caught in the crossfire between their rival families, the Capulets and the Montagues. The actors that make up the YSP range in age from 8-19. They have studied Shakespearean theater and have come to appreciate both the language and the drama of these great works. Through their study and theatrical training, the YSP are inspiring young people in our region to fall in love with the works of Shakespeare by making it fun and accessible to community audiences. No tickets or reservations required. This show is being presented by the Young Shakespeare Players East and performances will be held at the UMass Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies. 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA (FREE)

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  54. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 29, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Saturday, May 14. 6pm
    Sunday, May 15. 6pm

    SHAKESPEAREAN YOUTH/CLASSICAL THEATER: Romeo and Juliet. The dedicated young actors of Young Shakespeare Players East (YSP) are thrilled to present the timeless tale of Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers caught in the crossfire between their rival families, the Capulets and the Montagues. The actors that make up the YSP range in age from 8-19. They have studied Shakespearean theater and have come to appreciate both the language and the drama of these great works. Through their study and theatrical training, the YSP are inspiring young people in our region to fall in love with the works of Shakespeare by making it fun and accessible to community audiences. No tickets or reservations required. This show is being presented by the Young Shakespeare Players East and performances will be held at the Shea Theater. 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

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  55. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 29, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Friday, May 13. 7:00pm

    LOCAL THEATER/HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals. The Berkshire Theatre Group presents their annual show that features ten-minute encore performance from this year’s Berkshire County high school musicals. Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals will feature over 100 students from local high schools, such as Hoosac Valley, Lee High School, Taconic High School, Mt. Greylock Regional, Drury High, and more, as they perform catchy musical numbers that will delight audiences of all ages. Come support the developing musical and theatrical talents of high school students from our own communities. This show is being presented by the Berkshire Theater group and the performance will be held at the Colonial Theater. 413-448-8084, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA ($$)

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  56. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Thursday, April 28. 7:30pm
    Friday, April 29. 7:30pm
    Saturday, April 30. 7:30pm
    Thursday, May 5. 7:30pm
    Friday, May 6. 7:30pm
    Saturday, May 7. 7:30pm

    YOUTH THEATER/BROADWAY MUSICAL: In The Heights. With its musical roots in hip-hop and salsa, In The Heights took audiences by storm when it hit Broadway in 2008. This play tells the story of residents in Washington Heights, a neighborhood in Upper Manhattan, as they struggle to make lives for themselves despite poverty, oppression, and gentrification. To help the student cast better understand the origin of this production, Williston theater director Emily Ditkovski took her students to New York City in January to learn about the play’s development first hand, while having lunch with members of the original Broadway cast! The students then toured the real-life setting of the play, Washington Heights. Preparing for this play has been a journey of discovery for these students, as they immersed themselves in new cultures to better understand the context of the musical. The performances are the result of extensive study and cultural immersion, giving this show a unique and vibrant authenticity. In The Heights is said to be a beautiful celebration of family, love, and the resilience of the human spirit. Performances will be held at The Williston Northampton Theater. 413-529-3000. 19 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA. ($)

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  57. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 21, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Friday, May 6. 8pm
    Saturday, May 7. 8pm
    Sunday, May 8. 2pm

    HISTORICAL COMEDY/SOLO THEATER: Seven Devils and a French Nun. This historical piece is based on the true story of Jeanne des Anges, a 17th-century hunchback nun who accused a renegade priest of possessing her with seven devils. Multiple exorcisms, a burning, and a major miracle later, Jeanne became a living saint, captivating all of France during her lifetime. Performing in the tradition of a bouffon clown, a technique made famous by Sasha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” character, Carine Montbertrand portrays Jeanne and each of the devils who possessed her in a one-woman bravura performance. Seven Devils and a French Nun is the culmination of a two-year process of improvisation and research, resulting in a brilliantly intricate and humorous story of historical proportions! Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended by calling 413-542-2277. Performances will be held in Studio 3, Webster Hall (Room G19) at Amherst College, 200 South Pleasant Street Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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  58. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 21, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Thursday, May 12. 7pm
    Friday, May 13. 2pm
    Friday, May 13. 7pm
    Saturday, May 14. 2pm

    YOUTH THEATER/DISNEY FILM ON STAGE: Into The Woods. Starlight’s Youth Theater presents the Tony-Award-winning Broadway musical version of Disney’s Into The Woods right here in our own backyard! This musical brings favorite fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk to life; they set off to make their wishes come true but soon learn to be careful what they wish for as witches, giants and wolves loom. Come watch as a talented cast of 70 youths, ages 10-18, come from all over the Pioneer Valley. Starlight’s Youth Theater is dedicated to the development of the child, using theater as a tool to build self-esteem, communication skills and confidence. Performances will be held at The Academy of Music Theatre. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

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  59. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 12, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Friday, April 29. 10am
    Friday, April 29. 7:30pm
    Saturday, April 30. 2:30pm
    Saturday, April 30. 7:30pm

    CHILDREN’S CLASSIC/MUSICAL: Willy Wonka. This lively musical production is based on the beloved children’s classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Telling the timeless story of a world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir, Willy Wonka, a family-friendly musical, is sure to bring back wonderful chocolate-filled memories for adults and entertain children like never before! The show features cast members ranging from age 6 to 70 with an orchestra and engaging choreography. This rollicking performance will encourage children to seek out the rest of Roald Dahl’s quirky and imaginative stories and encourage all ages, perhaps, to become involved in their local community theater. The show is presented by Greene Room Productions and performances will be held at The Academy of Music Theatre. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

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  60. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 12, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Thursday, April 14. 7pm
    Friday, April 15. 7pm

    SHAKESPEARE/HIGH SCHOOL THEATER: The Taming of the Shrew. The Gateway Theater Club presents William Shakespeare’s brilliantly twisted take on the dark side of relationships. This performance of The Taming of the Shrew finds us in an oddly realized near-future with vast fortunes at stake. The only thing standing between Petruchio, a smarmy rogue, and mountains of wealth is a startlingly self-possessed young woman with a rapier wit and a nearly unbreakable will. A terribly funny journey onto the front lines of a battle between the sexes with a shockingly subversive twist ending that will leave you speechless. This show provides an entertaining theatrical experience that brings Shakespeare to life in modern times. Performances will be held at the Gateway Performing Arts Center at Gateway Regional High School. 12 Littleville Road, Huntington, MA. ($)

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  61. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 4, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Thursday, April 14. 7pm
    Friday, April 15. 7pm
    Saturday, April 16. 7pm
    Sunday, April 17. 2pm

    CLASSIC THROWBACK/MUSICAL: Disco Inferno. The classic tale of the soul-selling Faust is set to the greatest disco hits of the 1970’s. Grabbing that jive old story and injecting it with groove, Disco Inferno is chock-full of the songs that defined a generation. Jack is an aspiring musician who wants nothing more than to be famous, so signing away this thing called a soul is a small price to pay. But Jack soon finds all that glitters isn’t gold on the other side, especially if you’re all out of love. Come experience a talented cast of young actors as they bring this artful and entertaining show to life! Veterans, active military, and Scouts in uniform (with accompanying adult) receive free admission with a donation of a non-perishable food item. Performances will be held in the auditorium at South Hadley High School. 413-563-6023. 153 Newton Street, South Hadley, MA. ($$)

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  62. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 1, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Saturday, April 9. 4:30 pm

    CHILDREN’S THEATER/LITERATURE ON STAGE: Frog and Toad. Based on the beloved children’s book series, Frog and Toad follows the simple, often humorous short stories chronicling the exploits of two friends. Each of these poignant and simple tales highlights the value of friendship in a way that is accessible and entertaining for young children. This show is performed as part of a training program for young theater students who wish to showcase their talents in front of a live audience. The performance is being held at The Drama Studio, 41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

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  63. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 1, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Sunday, April 17. 3pm

    STAGED READING/LOCAL WOMEN: Through The Looking Glass: Musings from the Pens of Berkshire Women Writers.. The Berkshire Theatre Group is hosting this unique staged reading that exemplifies the diversity of women’s writing in the 19th and 20th centuries. The thread that joins these women together is the dilemma of self-realization versus the socially accepted self-sacrifice of the times in which they lived: desire versus duty. With the Berkshires as their palette, Through The Looking Glass opens the journals of these incredible women, sharing the words, letters and stories that highlight their concern for broad cultural and social issues, as well as the issues of particular interest to women. Their individual voices resonate with recognition as we see ourselves in the looking glass of their experience. The reading is presented by the Berkshire Theatre Group and will be held at The Unicorn Theater. 413-997-4444. 6 East Street, Stockbridge, MA ($$)

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  64. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 1, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Friday, April 22. 8pm
    Saturday, April 23.8pm
    Sunday, April 24.8pm
    Friday, April 29.8pm
    Saturday, April 30.8pm
    Sunday, May 1. 2pm

    ROCK MUSICAL/CONTEMPORARY: Spring Awakening. Spring Awakening is an extraordinary new rock musical with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Duncan Sheik. Inspired by Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 play about teenage sexuality and society’s efforts to control it, the piece seamlessly merges past and present, underscoring the timelessness of adolescent angst and the universality of human passion. Presented by the Arena Civic Theater and performances will be held at the Ruth B. Smith Auditorium at the Orange Town Hall. 413-233-4368. 6 Prospect Street, Orange, MA. ($$)

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  65. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    March 28, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Friday, April 8. 7:30pm
    Saturday, April 9. 4pm
    Saturday, April 9. 7:30pm

    CONTEMPORARY/EXISTENTIAL: Exit Stage Left. This is an original play by Smith College student Zoe Rose Kriegler-Wenk (’18). Exit Stage Left asks the question: do you ever wonder if part of your life is scripted for you? For Kasey, Oscar, Laura, and Lexi, this is not just a theoretical question that crosses ones mind in moments of existential wonderment, but an ingrained part of their reality. Everyone received their Character Description, Title, and Cast List in the mail at the precise moment they were expected. Everyone, that is, except Kasey. Her Cast List brings with it many surprises about the world of the actors, author, and the audience. This delightful new play explores the concepts of social hierarchy, individual ambitions, and personal relationships through the allegory of theater. Performances will be held in the Mendenhall Center for Performing Arts at Smith College. Space is limited so please arrive early if you plan to attend. 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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  66. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    March 28, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Thursday, April 7. 7:30pm

    PLAYREADING SERIES/CONTEMPORARY MYSTERY: An Exorcism in Cambridge. At Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, students have been telling the story of a ghost who haunts the old master’s lodge for generations. In 1913, four students, haunted by forbidden feelings of their own, decide to contact and exorcise this ghost once and for all. But do they know the real story, and can they exorcise a ghost they can’t understand? Flashback to 1632, when Dr. Henry Bury, master of the college, is wrongfully accused of necromancy. He begins to hear sounds in the room he can’t explain, as he spirals deeper and deeper toward inevitable tragedy. But who does he hear? And how can he ever express what he most needs to say? An Exorcism in Cambridge is a suspenseful and thrilling new play that will have audiences on the edge of their seat! Performance will be held in the Mendenhall Center for Performing Arts at Smith College. 413-585-3201. 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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  67. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    March 28, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Thursday, April 14. 7:30pm
    Friday, April 15. 8pm
    Saturday, April 16. 8pm
    Sunday, April 17. 2pm
    Wednesday, April 20. 7pm
    Thursday, April 21. 7:30
    Friday, April 22. 8pm
    Saturday, April 23. 8pm
    Sunday, April 24. 2pm
    Wednesday, April 27. 7pm
    Thursday, April 28. 7:30pm
    Friday, April 29. 8pm
    Saturday, April 30. 8pm
    Sunday, April 1. 2pm
    Sunday, April 1. 8pm
    Wednesday, May 4. 7pm
    Thursday, May 5. 7:30pm
    Friday, May 6. 8pm
    Saturday, May 7. 8pm
    Sunday, May 8. 2pm
    Sunday, May 8. 7pm
    Wednesday, May 11. 7pm
    Thursday, May 12 7:30pm
    Friday, May 13. 8pm
    Saturday, May 14. 2pm
    Saturday, May 14. 8pm
    Sunday, May 15. 2pm
    Wednesday, May 18. 7pm
    Thursday, May 19. 7:30pm
    Friday, May 20. 8pm
    Saturday, May 21. 8pm
    Sunday, May 22. 2pm

    MUSICAL/THROWBACK: Breaking Up is Hard to Do. It’s Labor Day Weekend in 1960. Marge and her stagestruck best friend Lois arrive at Esther’s Paradise Resort in the Catskills on a vacation that was intended to be Marge’s honeymoon — but the groom has left her at the altar. Lois does her best to console Marge and comes up with a plan to set her up with Del Delmonaco, the resort’s handsome but self-obsessed singer who mistakenly assumes that Marge’s father can get him on American Bandstand and make him the next teen heartthrob. Then there’s Gabe, the geekish handyman and aspiring songwriter, always looking forlornly on — and of course Harvey, the Borscht Belt comic who for years has secretly carried a torch for the widowed Esther. Breaking Up is Hard to Do engages audiences with the tunes of Neil Sedaka while bringing to life a heartwarming throwback to a simpler time. Performances will be held at the Majestic Theater. 413-747-7797. 131 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA. ($$$)

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  68. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    March 21, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Thursday, March 24. 7:30pm

    NEW PLAYREADING SERIES/WOMEN’S ISSUES: SPARE RIB. New Playreading Series at Smith College presents SPARE RIB by Winter Miller. This comedic, fantastical and semi-true story is sure to be a conversation starter. The play tells the tale of women who knew the secrets of plants and herbs and provided abortions before women’s bodies were medicalized and made government property. The story jumps from the distant past to today’s providers, who despite stigma and threats on their lives, make that choice possible. Expect a time-traveling odyssey, that feels one part Coney Island, one part happening, and one part theater. This bold story invites audiences to explore the history and controversy surrounding body autonomy and women’s rights. Reading will be held in Acting Studio 1 (T100) at Smith College. 413-585-2787. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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  69. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    March 21, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Thursday, March 24. 8pm
    Friday, March 25. 8pm
    Saturday, March 26. 8pm

    EXPERIMENTAL/COLLEGE THEATER: Send Him Home. Pitcher Robin Fulton is down in the minor leagues, leading the Chattanooga Lookouts to victory in spite of the unpredictable actions of his teammates and their low-down manager. As he struggles to find his place on the team, adversity threatens his pursuit of a dream and his love of the game. Written by Daphne Thompson ’16, this dramatic comedy draws inspiration from real-life diaries that chronicle a 15-year professional baseball career. Send Him Home gives audiences an opportunity to see the developing talents of young college students and graduates as they showcase their work in all aspects of theater art, including acting, play writing, and design. Performance will be held at the Holden Experimental Theater in Webster Hall at Amherst College. Reservations are recommended. 413-542-2277. 220 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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  70. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    March 14, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Saturday, April 2. 2pm

    CHILDREN’S THEATER/SLAPSTICK COMEDY: Mr. Fumblebody. The character Mr. Fumblebody is inspired by, and pays homage to, the great silent movie comedians Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and early Jaques Tati. This hilarious show is suitable for audiences ages 5 years and up, combining physical slapstick with vivid audience participation and hilarious improvisations. The performance gives children an opportunity to experience the lost art of silent theater. Performances will be held at the Double Edge Theatre. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

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  71. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    March 10, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Friday, March 18. 7pm
    Saturday, March 19. 2pm

    ORIGINAL MUSICAL/LOCAL FLARE: West Side of the Bridge. The Whole Children and Milestones Theater Studio, along with the Joyful Chorus, is excited to present an original musical, West Side of the Bridge. This unique adaptation draws inspiration from Grease and West Side Story, playfully following the rivalry between Northampton and Amherst, while exploring themes of inclusion, belonging, and loyalty. In an entertaining mix of song and dance, this musical brings local culture to life on stage in a delightful and unifying way. The performance is hosted by Whole Children and will be held in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre in the Mendenhall Center for Performing Arts at Smith College. 413-585-585-2500. Northampton, MA ($)

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  72. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    March 4, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Thursday, March 10. 6:30pm
    Friday, March 11. 6:30pm

    YOUTH THEATER/MUSICAL: The Music Man, Jr. Master showman Harold Hill is in town, and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? Based on the timeless Broadway classic, The Music Man Jr. adapts this masterful musical for young performers. The result is family entertainment at its best – a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter! In this sixth annual Academy Youth Production, The Music Man, Jr. delights audiences as it showcase the talents of area youth, ages 9-15, who are developing their talents in arena theater arts. Performances will be held at The Academy of Music Theatre. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA (<$)

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  73. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    March 4, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Wednesday, March 9. 6pm
    Friday, March 11. 6pm

    AUDITIONS/LOCAL THEATER: Moon Over Buffalo. The Black Cat Theater is hosting auditions for their Spring comedy directed by Donald Beach. The story follows Charlotte and George Hay, a husband and wife team of actors, as they struggle to perform in repertory while dealing with family crises and the possibility of a Hollywood director’s visit. Actors of all ethnicities and skill level are encouraged to attend. For detailed character descriptions and audition information, visit the Black Cat Theater event page. Auditions will be held at the South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal Street, South Hadley, MA (FREE)

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  74. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    March 4, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Friday, March 18. 7pm
    Saturday, March 19. 7pm
    Sunday, March 20. 2pm

    DISNEY CLASSIC/MUSICAL: Peter Pan. This classic story tells the tale about a boy who refuses to grow up. When Peter Pan shows up in the London nursery of Wendy, John, and Michael Darling with his friend Tinker Bell, the children are taken on a magical journey to Never Land. This enchanted island is home to a colorful cast of characters, including the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and her Native American nation, and the cunning Captain Hook! Through music and storytelling, Peter Pan captures the nostalgia of childhood wonderment and the delicate balance between holding on and letting go. Performances will be held at Hampshire Regional High School. 413-437-5597. 19 Stage Road, Westhampton, MA ($$)

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  75. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    March 3, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Saturday, March 12. 7pm
    Saturday, March 12. 9pm

    EXPERIMENTAL THEATER/SHORT PLAY PROJECT: 24- Hour Theater Project. It’s that time of the year again! The 24-Hour Theater Project is a beloved annual theatrical high-wire act that presents six short plays grown and nurtured literally overnight! Founded in 2002, this experimental theater project has blossomed to become one of the most anticipated theatre events each year. Within 24 hours, six ten-minute plays will be written, rehearsed, directed, produced, and staged. The culmination of this day-long burst of creativity are two public performances. This show is often standing-room-only and showcases local writers, actors, and directors. 24-Hour Theater organizer Liz Foley describes the event as both “theatrical mayhem” and “controlled madness.” Come witness a show that quickly merges the beginning, middle, and final stages of the theatrical process into one exciting theatrical experiment! Performances will be held in Theatre 14 at the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts. Smith College, 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA ($$)

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  76. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    March 3, 2016 at 11:30 am

    PLAYWRIGHTS OF COLOR/COMPETITION: New Play Competition: Call for Plays by Playwrights of Color. The Silverthorne Theater Company is sponsoring a competition to select a new play by a local playwright of color for possible production during the 2017 season. Local writer and actor Kent Alexander stated that, “Given the astonishing range of theater being made by people of color all over the country, the reluctance of many theaters to walk the walk they talk is increasingly at odds with the reality of American theater as a whole.” Silverthorne Theater president Lucinda Kidder added, “We consider it a fundamental part of Silverthorne’s artistic mission to draw from the entire pool of talented writers, actors, designers and technicians who work, live, and enrich our region with their cultural and ethnic diversity.” Complete information about the contest may be found by visiting the Silverthorne Theater Company website. Submission deadline is September 1, 2016.

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  77. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    February 26, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Sunday, March 20.

    PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL: Syrup 2016. Piti Theatre Company’s 7th Annual Syrup Festival will feature another delicious potpourri of world class performances for all ages. Admission includes several shows, syrup tasting, free pickles from Real Pickles of Greenfield, and much more! Performing arts events include:

    Olde Colraine by the Piti Theatre Comany, featuring guests from Ballet Renverse and a troupe of local actors of all ages. The performance features beautiful melodies sung by the troupe, and tells a tale woven with local culture. This show will be followed by a rich Q&A discussion.

    The Snowflake Man, an award winning Puppetkabob show that swings audiences into the historic 1920s through creative storytelling, intricately designed Czech-style marionettes, and a striking pop-up book of water color scenery. The show combines art, science, and a little known piece of American history to magical effect! Following the performance, children will have the opportunity to bring their own snowy story to life in a fun arts-and-crafts workshop.

    Tickets are available at Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls, World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, and online beginning February 29th. Tickets are also available at the door 1 hour before the show. The event and all performances will be held in Memorial Hall, 413-625-6569, 51 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA. ($)

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  78. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    February 22, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    By Appointment
    Friday, March 18. 4-6pm, 7-9pm
    Saturday, March 19. 1-5pm

    AUDITIONS/ACTORS WANTED. The Silverthorne Theater will be holding auditions for their 2016 theater season. They are seeking actors for the following performances:

    The Miser by Moliere. The classic French farce rendered supremely hilarious in a contemporary, but respectful, translation. Casting 10 actors with doubling/tripling. Gender/age/race/ethnicity blind casting.

    Two Rooms by Lee Blessing. A searing drama of the physical and emotional imprisonment of hostage-taking in the 1980’s that is startlingly immediate today. Casting two male roles (30’s) and one female role (30’s).

    Turn of the Screw by Jeffrey Hatcher (adaptation). A tour-de-force piece based on Henry James’s masterfully creepy Victorian tale of two decidedly scary children and the adults in their lives. Casting a male role with extensive doubling (no age specified), and a Governess (no age specified).

    All auditions by appointment only. For full audition information, visit the Silverthorne Theater website. For questions, or to reserve an audition time, call 413-768-7514, or e-mail silverthornetheater@gmail.com. All audition activities held in the Art Building at Stoneleigh-Burnham School, 574 Bernardston Road, Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

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  79. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    February 22, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Thursday, March 3. 6pm
    Saturday, March 5. 8:30pm
    Sunday, March 6. 3pm
    Thursday, March 10. 6pm
    Saturday, March 12. 8:30pm
    Sunday, March 13. 3pm

    CHILDRENS THEATER/MUSICAL: Shrek The Musical . Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation Film, this show is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure. Featuring all new songs, Shrek The Musical brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. Shrek is an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got yourself a hilariously entertaining show sure to delight audiences of all ages. Ultimately, through adventure and humor, Shrek The Musical teaches us that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. The show is presented by J-ART and performances will be held in the Herbert M. Goldstein Auditorium at the Jewish Community

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  80. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    February 22, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Friday, March 4. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 5. 2pm
    Saturday, March 5. 7:30pm
    Sunday, March 6. 11am (Sensory Friendly / ASL Interpreted)
    Sunday, March 6. 2pm

    CHILDRENS THEATER/LITERATURE ON STAGE: James and the Giant Peach. Adapted from the beloved classic children’s tale by Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach follows the story of James, an orphan sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree. It’s there that James discovers a mysterious potion that results in a tremendous peach, launching audiences into a journey of enormous proportions! The show combines hilarious orchestrations and steampunk-style costumes with the magical sweetness of a young boy on a whirlwind adventure to find his chosen family. More than a theatrical performance about love and belonging, this event also offers families fun activities before and after the show. One hour before the performance, children have a chance to weave their own web, color in their favorite characters, and hear an abridged telling of Roald Dahl’s whimsical tale, allowing children an introduction to the story prior to seeing it come to life on stage. Show-related treats will be available and there will be a meet and greet with each character after the show. This is certain to be a fun-filled event for children and adults of all ages! Enter code “FamilyBundle” at checkout to receive 2 Adult and 2 Child tickets for only $30. Performances will be held in the Mills Theatre at Bay Path University. 413-565-1307. 588 Longmeadow Street,Longmeadow, MA. ($)

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  81. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    February 19, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Friday, February 26. 7:30pm
    Saturday, February 27. 7:30pm
    Thursday, March 3. 7:30pm
    Friday, March 4. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 5. 7:30pm

    MUSICAL THEATER/LITERATURE ON STAGE: Orlando. This play is based on a biographical parody of the same name, by Virginia Woolf about her companion and lover Vita Sackville-West, to whom it was dedicated. The 1928 novel was once described as Sackville-West’s brother as, “the longest and most charming love-letter in literature.” Smith College students invite you to see their theatrical interpretation of this classic, as they take you on a musical romp through time under the Big Top! Led by a rambunctious chorus, Orlando tells the story of a young nobleman who falls asleep one night and wakes up a woman. Come watch as Orlando chases after passionate love, a sense of unwavering identity, and the euphoria of being fully alive in every given moment. Student director J. Mehr Kaur ’16 explains that “The power of the play is in the scope of the ensemble – constantly fluid and unapologetically shattering our notions about identity. The story stops us in our tracks and opens us up to the possibility that we may be so much more than just our singular selves.” Performances will be held in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre at Smith College. 413-585-3220. Northampton, MA. ($)

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  82. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    February 19, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Thursday, February 25. 7:30pm
    Friday, February 26.
    Saturday, February 27. 7:30pm
    Sunday, February 28. 2pm

    COLLEGE THEATER/FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE: Fefu and Her Friends. Written by Cuban American playwright Maria Irene Fornes, Fefu and Her Friends has been recognized as a feminist play for its all-female cast, central ideas of gender roles, and its bold deviation from conventional stage presentation and audience involvement. Audiences are introduced to Stephanie (call her Fefu, please) and her seven female friends during an intimate country-house gathering. On the agenda: cocktails, discussions of love, sex, art, and philosophy; singing, kissing, hallucinations and even a water fight! The individual scenes highlight conflict in all of the women’s life thus illustrating a more communal feminist struggle. In this unique production, audiences are drawn into the unfolding action, which ponders the collective struggles of women in society. Performances will be held in the Rooke Theatre at Mount Holyoke College. 413-538-2000. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (<$)

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  83. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    February 19, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Thursday, February 25. 7:30pm
    Saturday, February 27. 7:30pm
    Tuesday, March 1. 7:30pm
    Wednesday, March 2. 7:30pm
    Thursday, March 3. 7:30pm
    Friday, March 4. 7:30pm
    Saturday, March 5. 2pm
    Saturday, March 5. 7:30pm

    COLLEGE THEATER/CONTEMPORARY: Love and Information. In the age of gadgets and modern technology, have we lost the reason for our communication: how to share our feelings, care for others, and love? Love and Information prompts us to see ourselves, our lives, our concerns and our longings in surprising new ways. This multi-faceted play offers something for all audiences, as the dazzling language draws out a story about humanity and connection. Every performance will be followed by a small group discussion moderated by members of the production team and UMass Theater students. This important piece allows audience members to explore their collective experience and interpretation of the material presented. Performance will be held in the Curtain Theater at the Fine Arts Center, UMass Amherst Campus. 413-545-2511.151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA. ($$)

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  84. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    February 19, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Friday, February 19. 8pm
    Saturday, February 20. 8pm
    Sunday, February 21. 8pm
    Thursday, February 25. 8pm
    Saturday, February 27. 8pm
    Sunday, February 28. 8pm

    COLLEGE THEATER/METAPHYSICAL: Pullman Car Hiawatha. This one-act play by Thornton Wilder is set on a train traveling from New York to Chicago in December of 1930. When Harriet dies and conventional time is suspended, the only true measures of existence are life and death. The resulting metaphysical journey – with personified places, hours of the day, the weather, the planets, and supernatural beings – invites audiences to explore the concept of self and identity in a vast and enigmatic universe. Hampshire College Theatre is a student-run, faculty-advised learning-oriented and process-oriented program that allows students to present their theatrical work to the general public. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the box office beginning an hour before the show. Performance will be held in the Mainstage Theater in Emily Dickinson Hall at Hampshire College. 413-559-5824. 893 West Street, Amherst, MA. (DONATION)

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  85. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    February 10, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Thursday, February 11. 7:30pm
    Friday, February 12. 7:30pm
    Saturday, February 13. 2pm

    COLLEGE THEATER/FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE: The Vagina Monologues . In this episodic play made up of varying numbers of monologues read by women, The Vagina Monologues covers a range of topics including women’s sexuality, the LGBTQ experience, domestic and systematic abuse against women, women’s health, as well as how women are viewed and interacted with on a societal level. This year’s production is directed by current WSU students and is scheduled annually around Valentine’s Day in a movement to end violence against women and girls. Junior director Samantha Geissler believes “that these are issues that we need to discuss in order to make things better. ‘The Vagina Monologues’ are very empowering and are a great way to get people to discuss and become more aware of the everyday issues, violence, and discrimination that women face.” This emotionally provocative experience offers audiences a platform to begin these discussions. Additionally, proceeds from the show will be donated to the YWCA Westfield New Beginnings program, which provides shelter, counseling, and advocacy for women and children who have been victims of violence or abuse. Performances will be held at the Dever Stage (Parenzo Hall) at Westfield State University. 413-572-8323. 577 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA. ($)

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  86. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    February 5, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Tuesday, February 23. 7:30pm

    PLAYREADING SERIES/CONTEMPORARY: Wade in Da WaTer . Tired of being blamed for the aftermath of natural disasters, the United States Federal Government attempts to play the blame game by suing the most catastrophic storm of the 21st Century: Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina agrees to be tried, but only if it will allow humanity to progress toward healing, awareness, forgiveness, and requiem for the dead. Audiences can expect the unexpected from Wade in Da WaTer as gods, politicans, news anchors, as well as regular people are summoned to testify in the greatest trial in history. This contemporary work allows us to reflect on the impact of natural disasters and how they challenge and test the threads of human connection. The performance will be held in Acting Studio 1 at Smith College, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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  87. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    February 5, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Thursday, February 18. 8pm
    Friday, February 19. 8pm
    Saturday, February 20. 8pm

    COLLEGE THEATER/FEMALE PERSPECTIVE: Twine: After Troy . In a collaboratively-developed performance by Amherst College students and alumnae, Twine: After Troy tells the story of four women scavenging for a future in the rubble of their gutted past. Using the threads of stories passed down for generations, they begin to weave themselves a new mythology – one in which chaos gives way to creation, silence is supplanted by strength, and the love of sisters, mothers, and daughters unravels into women who survive. This deeply moving story will explore the transcendental nature of our emotional bonds of sisterhood, and how these connections instill the power necessary to heal and rebuild our lives. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended by calling 413-542-2277. Performances will be held in the Kirby Theater at Amherst College, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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  88. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    February 5, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Tuesday, February 16. 2pm

    CHILDREN’S THEATER/SPACE ADVENTURE: Moon Mouse: Space Odyssey . Come follow the adventures of Marvin the mouse as he longs to have adventures and be the hero of his own story. Constantly bullied and picked on by the “cool” rats, Marvin is labeled as a loser and a geek. As respite from the continuous badgering, Marvin retreats into his science books and a world of fantasy. Join Marvin the Moon Mouse on this space adventure of a lifetime that includes a trip to the moon in his homemade rocket, where he meets a strange cast of misfit creatures and views awesome beauty. Children will delight in this exciting tale that helps them explore the concepts of self-acceptance, bravery, and making their dreams come true! Performances will be held in the Colonial Theater, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

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  89. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    February 5, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Monday, February 15. 11am
    Tuesday, February 16. 11am
    Wednesday, February 17. 11am
    Thursday, February 18. 11am
    Friday, February 19. 11am
    Saturday, February 20. 11am

    FAMILY THEATER/BASEBALL: Play Ball! Reflection on the Origins of Baseball. This show blends history, poetry, and wonderful sense of humor to create an exciting and hilarious play! Audiences will learn the rules and terms of baseball, while simultaneously celebrating the cultural significance of baseball in Massachusetts. Play Ball! aims to enlighten audiences to the importance of a mascot not just as comic relief, but as a symbol of luck and hope that can unite cities. Weaving fictional interactions with actual historic figures, audiences will delight in the spirit behind baseball and how it earned its title as America’s Pasttime! Performances will be held at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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  90. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    February 5, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Saturday, February 6. 7:30pm

    SOCIAL ISSUES IN THEATER/RACIAL JUSTICE: Facing Our Truth In 2013, The New Black Fest in New York City commissioned six diverse playwrights to write 10-minute plays on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race, and privilege. Facing Our Truth consists of one-act plays that are the cumulative result of this project. The show’s purpose is to spark serious discussion in our collective communities around such urgent issues. This moving and powerful performance invites audiences to take an honest look into societal injustices and provides a platform for further discussion. Recommended for ages 14 and up, as the show contains strong language and mature content. Sponsored by the Berkshire Theater Group and Mass Humanities, with proceeds benefiting the work of Multicultural BRIDGE. Performances will be held at the Colonial Theater, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

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  91. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    February 4, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Friday, February 5. 7:30pm
    Saturday, February 6. 7:30pm

    SOLO THEATER/DRAMA: 4.48 Psychosis.. In her monumental final work, Sarah Kane boldly confronts the question of why we have the need to love and be loved. Through a unique solo theater experience, 4.48 Psychosis will take audiences on a journey into the relationship between one’s body and mind, while exploring the complexities of the human psyche. (Please note that this play deals with contents including clinical depression, self-harm, and suicide which may be triggering to some viewers.) Performances will be held at the Mendenhall Center for Performing Arts at Smith College, 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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  92. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    February 2, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Sunday, February 14. 3pm-5pm
    Monday, February 15. 6:30pm-8:30pm

    AUDITIONS/COMEDY: Quick-Change Room: Scenes From a Revolution. The Ashfield Community Theater is seeking five women and five men for this raucous, backstage farce about a St. Petersburg theater ensemble coping with changes brought on by the collapse of the Soviet Union. Actors are not required to learn a Russian accent for this performance and both new and experienced actors are encouraged to audition! For more information visit the Ashfield Community Theater online or contact Jackie at 413-625-9413. Auditions will be held at the Belding Library at 344 Main Street, Ashfield, MA. (FREE)

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  93. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 25, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Saturday, January 30. 7pm

    SOLO THEATER/GLOBAL CONSCIOUSNESS: Searching for the Moon: A Heroine’s Journey. In this one-woman show that has been called “riveting, transformative, and powerful,” global entrepreneur and visionary storyteller Amber Chand weaves together the events of her life. These include an eclectic tapestry of Indian arranged marriages, English boarding schools, military coups in Uganda, encounters with Rwandan genocide survivors, and the rise and fall of her multi-million dollar company. Presented through the lens of a global woman as she awakens and claims her place in the world, Searching for the Moon: A Heroine’s Journey taps into universal themes in which we are all heroes and heroines on the unfolding journeys of our lives. In a show that is certain to captivate audiences, Chand will highlight the power of love and faith, uncovering the hidden gifts of forgiveness and despair and reminding us of how deeply we are connected to one another. The performance is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Mills Theatre in Carr Hall at Baypath University. 588 Longmadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

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  94. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 23, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Friday, February 5. 7:30pm
    Saturday, February 6. 4pm
    Saturday, February 6. 7:30pm
    Sunday, February 7. 3pm

    CHILDREN’S THEATER/SHORTS: Winter Shorts Festival. The Drama Studio is an educational conservatory theater that educates young people on all aspects of theater arts while supporting their individual artistic talents. The Winter Shorts Festival will feature two short plays developed and performed by young actors in the program. The first is Kristin’s Rainbow, an ensemble piece created by faculty member Amelia Hays-Rivest and the members of the 2010 ACT Class. This play tells the story of a young girl who is emotionally numb from her parent’s constant fighting and is unable to respond to the needs of her friends or her younger brother. A mysterious girl arrives and encourages Kristin to experience a “rainbow of emotions,” encouraging Kristin to confront difficult emotions and embrace hope. This play offers an excellent platform for discussing the importance of exploring and honoring our feelings. The second play, On the Chin, was written by Steve Hays and follows the story of two camp counselors who embark on a hike with nine of their campers. As the two try to create a positive bonding experience for their young charges, they must navigate the souring of their own relationship from the previous summer. This play highlights the process of self-discovery and healing emotional wounds. The festival brings together educational themes while also giving audiences the opportunity to witness the developing talents of young theater artists. Performances will be held at the Drama Studio. 413-739-1983. 41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA. ($$)

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  95. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 23, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Tuesday, February 2. 7pm

    IMPROV/SOLO THEATER: The Seth Show: A Year to Live. Seth Lepore is a solo artist with a gift for complex character development. In this performance, Seth will hand the microphone over to Emanual Manual, a character with only 4 months left to live. Emanual will amuse audiences with his philosophical approach to death, which is riddled with absurdity and preposterous accuracy. Lepore will challenge himself and his audience anew, creating a framework for the inevitable part of life we all must face. This show also offers a wonderful opportunity for those interested in the craft of writing and character development to see the elements of personality come together in an entertaining and authentic way. Performance will be held at the 121 Club at Eastworks. 413-527-1000. Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 121, Easthampton, MA. ($)

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  96. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 19, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Thursday, February 11. 7:30pm
    Friday, February 12. 7:30pm
    Saturday, February 13. 3:00pm
    Saturday, February 13. 7:30pm
    Sunday, February 14. 3:00 pm
    Thursday, February 18. 7:30pm
    Friday, February 19. 7:30pm
    Saturday, February 20. 3:00pm
    Saturday, February 20. 7:30pm
    Sunday, February 21. 3:00 pm
    Thursday, February 25. 7:30pm
    Friday, February 26. 7:30pm
    Saturday, February 27. 3:00pm
    Saturday, February 27. 7:30pm
    Sunday, February 28. 3:00 pm

    NEW PLAY FESTIVAL/CONTEMPORARY: 10×10 New Play Festival.
    The Barrington Stage Company is hosting their 5th annual 10×10 New Play Festival, which will feature 10 new ten-minute plays by 10 playwrights. All of the plays are performed by a diverse ensemble of six actors. The festival brings together local playwrights and community audiences, providing not only a platform for writers to showcase their new work, but giving audiences an exciting contemporary theater experience. The production is being presented by the Barrington Stage Company and performances will be held in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center. 413-236-8888. 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

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  97. January 10, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Piti Theatre Company seeks actors, singers and dancers of all ages for “Olde Coleraine” at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on March 20

    The founders of Shelburne’s Piti Theatre Company Godeliève Richard and Jonathan Mirin are boiling up a special treat for this spring’s 7th Annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival at Memorial Hall on March 20th. They are creating a new performance called “Olde Coleraine: A Musical Hilltown History” with musician-in-residence
    ​Northampton singer-songwriter ​
    Carrie Ferguson. One of the themes of the show is the transition at the turn of the last century from an agricultural to an industrial economy – “farm children” became “mill children” as many young people worked with their families in local mills. Piti is offering a new weekly class to prepare a group of local children ages 7 – 12 to perform with them in the show on Thursdays at Shelburne Falls Yoga starting 1/21 from 4:00 – 5:15. Adults, teens, and younger children who would like to participate as actors or in other ways are also encouraged to get in touch. No previous experience required.
    More at http://www.ptco.org/syrup, call (413) 625-6569, or email jonathan@ptco.org.

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  98. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 8, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Saturday, January 23. 10am-1pm

    AUDITIONS/THEATER PROJECT: 24-Hour Theater Project 2016. Seeking 5-10 actors to be part of this 2016 Project. Actors will perform six 10-minute plays which have all been written, directed, and produced within 24 hours! Actors chosen for the Project will work only one day and must be able to commit to the date of Saturday, March 12. Actors of all ages, teen through elder, and of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition. For more information, please call 413-588-8043. Auditions will take place in Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts at Smith College, 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)

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  99. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 8, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Thursday, January 14. 7:30pm
    Friday, January 15. 7:30pm
    Saturday, January 16. 7:30pm
    Sunday, January 17. 2pm
    Thursday, January 21. 7:30pm
    Friday, January 22. 7:30pm
    Saturday, January 23. 7:30pm
    Sunday, January 24. 2pm

    NEW PLAY/WOMENS ISSUES: Breastless: A New Play by Laurel Turk. One of this year’s Double Take Fringe Festival favorites as a staged reading, Breastless is a heroically truthful exploration of body image and sexuality after a double mastectomy. The show features an intricate weaving of intimate monologues, wry humor, song, and movement that anyone with a body can relate to. This full production is presented under the direction of Jeannine Haas by Pauline Productions and performances will be held in Friendship Hall at the First Congressional Church, 429 Main Street, Ashfield, MA. ($$)

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  100. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 8, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Friday, January 8. 8pm
    Saturday, January 9. 8pm
    Sunday, January 10. 2pm
    Wednesday, January 13. 7pm
    Thursday, January 14. 7:30pm
    Friday, January 15. 8pm
    Saturday, January 16. 8pm
    Sunday, January 17. 2pm
    Wednesday, January 20. 7pm
    Thursday, January 21. 7:30pm
    Friday, January 22. 8pm
    Saturday, January 23. 8pm
    Sunday, January 24. 2pm and 7pm
    Wednesday, January 27. 7pm
    Thursday, January 28. 7:30pm
    Friday, January 29. 8pm
    Saturday, January 30. 8pm
    Sunday, January 31. 2pm and 7pm
    Wednesday, February 3. 7pm
    Thursday, February 4. 7:30pm
    Friday, February 5. 8pm
    Saturday, February 6. 2pm and 8pm
    Sunday, February 7. 2pm
    Wednesday, February 10. 7 pm
    Thursday, February 11. 7:30 pm
    Friday, February 12. 8pm
    Saturday, February 13. 8pm
    Sunday, February 14. 2pm

    MYSTERY/COMMUNITY THEATER: An Inspector Calls. Set in England, An Inspector Calls follows Arthur Birling, a wealthy mill owner and local politician, and his family as they celebrate the engagement of their daughter Sheila to Gerald Croft, son of her father’s chief competitor. The mystery commences when a shadowy stranger arrives announcing himself as a police inspector and begins to interrogate the Birlings about their possible involvement in the death of a young working-class factory girl. As the result of his questioning, each person begins to believe they’ve contributed to her death in some way. But is Inspector Goole truly who he claims to be? Come witness this spellbinding mystery that examines the fascinating study of human nature and society. The performance is presented by The Majestic Theater, 131 Elm Street West Springfield, MA. ($$$)

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  101. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 8, 2016 at 9:34 am

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

    CONTEMPORARY COMEDY/HIGH SCHOOL THEATER: Arcadia. Written by one of the most significant contemporary playwrights in the English language, Arcadia explores the relationship between past and present, order and disorder, certainty and uncertainty. Northampton High School’s production offers a hilarious spin on the study of human nature and the passage of time. Exploring topics that include physics, history, math, poetry, sex, and pigeons, this show has something for everyone! Watch as two stories unfold across 200 year on one stage, in one room, over the span of two and a half hours. The production is presented by Northampton High School and performances will be held in the NHS Auditorium, 380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA. ($)

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  102. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 6, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Open Call Through January 21, 2016

    ACTORS, DANCERS, SINGERS WANTED/PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL: Olde Coleraine. The Piti Theatre company is boiling up a special treat for their upcoming 7th Annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival. They are creating a new performance called Olde Coleraine: A Musical Hilltown History and are currently seeking local actors, singers, and dancers of all ages to perform in this show. This historical play focuses on the transition of our region at the turn of last century from an agricultural to an industrial economy. No previous experience is required. Piti is also offering a new weekly class to prepare local children to perform in the show. The production is being presented by the Piti Theatre Company and more information can be found online or by calling 413-625-6569. Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

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  103. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 2, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Saturday, January 23. 7:30pm

    LITERATURE IN THEATER/OPERA: Frankenstein. This hypnotic and intense musical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel breathes new life into the story of Frankenstein. Through movement and sound, audiences will marvel at the brilliance of this revision, which received favorable reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this past summer. The show will be preceded by excerpts from a new opera based upon Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic tale, The Masque of the Red Death. Literature, poetry, and musical theater come together to create this exciting and revolutionary theater experience. The performance is presented by Eggtooth Productions and will be held at the Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

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  104. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 2, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Saturday, January 30. 7pm

    CLASSIC/WINTER BALLET: A Tribute to Swan Lake and Carnival of the Animals. This annual ballet production will feature a short version of acts one and two of Swan Lake set to the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky. Included in this year’s show will be the Carnival of the Animals, featuring music by Camille Saint-Saens. These short and delightful ballets are appropriate for audiences of all ages and offer an excellent introduction for young people to the world of concert dance. Come experience how exciting, theatrical, and funny ballet can be! The performance is presented by the Pineapple Dance School and will be held at the Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

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  105. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 1, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Friday, January 22. 7:30pm
    Sunday, January 24. 2pm

    CLASSIC/OPERA MUSICAL: La Boheme. Puccini’s most celebrated opera has been called the greatest love story ever sung. La Boheme tells the tale of four starving artists living a glorified Bohemian lifestyle with focus on the doomed love affair between the seamstress Mimi and the writer Rodolfo. Come experience Paris in the 1830’s as you revel in the soaring melodies of this timeless operatic masterpiece.
    The production is presented by The Academy of Music Theater, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$$)

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  106. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    December 26, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Thursday, February 18. 7:30pm

    CONTEMPORARY/PLAY READING: Livy in the Garden. The New Playreading Series will present a reading of this contemporary new play by Ellen Kaplan. This story follows Livy who is terrified about giving birth. Watch as Livy steps into a fairy tale world where she encounters wise older women who help her navigate through fear and into the birth rituals of ancient times. The reading will be presented by the Smith College Department of Theatre and will be held in the TV Studio, Smith College, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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  107. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    December 26, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Sunday, February 7. 7-10pm

    AUDITIONS/SPIRITURAL THEATER: Our Lady of Kibeho. Come be a part of this spiritually uplifting production by Oliver Award-winning playwright Katori Hall. Based on real events, Our Lady of Kibeho takes place in 1981 when a young village girl from Rwanda claims to see the Virgin Mary. Skepticism gives way to fear, faith, and fate, causing upheaval in the school community and beyond. The show will be presented by the Smith College Department of Theatre and auditions will be held in Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall Center for Performing Arts, 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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  108. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    December 26, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Saturday, January 30. 7pm

    SOLO/CULTURAL THEATER: Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey. This moving one-woman solo performance will captivate audiences with its humorous and honest look into the complexities of growing up as a dual citizen of mixed heritage in various cultures. The story follows Elizabeth Liang as she navigates language confusion, love, culture shock, and other struggles that come along with being a global nomad. Incorporating a feminist voice, the protagonist articulates the experience of girls across the globe and the issues and challenges they face as they grow into womanhood. Alien Citizen boldly explores how the personal and universal trials young women face can be compounded by cultural differences. The show is presented by the Smith College Departments of French and Theatre and performances will be held in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Smith College, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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  109. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    December 26, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Saturday, January 16. 8pm
    Sunday, January 17. 2pm
    Sunday, January 17. 6pm

    MUSICAL/CONTEMPORARY THEATER: Closer Than Ever. A completely unique theater experience awaits audiences in a show that explores everyday struggles in the “modern world” through an introspective lens. With an abundance of sincerity and well-placed humor, this show will explore topics such as aging and unrequited love. Each character will tell his or her own distinctive story through music taken from the songbook of Richard Maltby and David Shire, giving personal voice to universal struggle. Closer Than Ever is part of a new theater project offering short run productions that provide performance opportunities for all age groups, as well as introducing audiences to lesser known works. Presented by J-ART at the JCC, performances will be held at the Springfield Jewish Community Center Auditorium, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA. ($$)

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  110. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    December 26, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Saturday, January 9. 7-9pm
    Sunday, January 10. 17-9pm

    OPEN AUDITION/HISTORICAL DRAMA: Pete’s Angel. This historical drama will explore the touching story of a middle-aged Army veteran who loses his soulmate and is forced to navigate the depths of life and loss. Actors who wish to tryout are asked to e-mail an acting resume and photo prior to the audition. The performance will be presented by the World War 2 Club and auditions will be held in the Freedom Banquet Hall, 50 Conz Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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  111. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    December 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Friday, January 8. 7-9pm
    Saturday, January 9. 12-2pm
    Sunday, January 10. 12-2pm

    AUDITIONS/HISTORIC MUSICAL DRAMA: We’re Happy About the Whole Thing. Drama, music, and dance are a part of this historic script that will showcase life in Ware during the Industrial Revolution and The Great Depression era. Auditions are open to male actors age 30+ and female actors age 16+. The performance is being presented by the Ware Community Theater/Ware Historical Society and auditions will be held at the Ware Senior Center, 1 Robbins Road, Ware, MA. (FREE)

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  112. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    December 26, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    January 2. 4-6pm
    January 4. 4:30-5:30pm

    AUDITIONS/MUSICAL PARODY: To Kill a Mockingjay. Do you love to sing? Have you ever dreamed of showcasing your musical talents on stage? Now’s your chance to be part of the action in this original musical parody on “The Hunger Games.” Open to all actors age 13 and up. The performance will be be presented by Wet Paint Theatre and auditions will be held at The Drama Studio, 41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

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  113. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    December 22, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Monday, January 4. 6pm

    OPEN HOUSE/YOUTH ACTING CLASS. The Drama Studio is the region’s oldest acting conservatory for youth. You are invited to attend an open house, which will feature a free introductory acting class for beginning actors! Come tour the facilities, meet the faculty, and connect with other young people who share a passion for theater arts. This open house provides a unique opportunity for students interested in acting to learn about the Drama Studio and its conservatory-style acting training program in an environment designed specifically to support the development of new talent. The open house will be held at The Drama Studio, 41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

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  114. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    December 16, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Tuesday, December 29.11am
    Tuesday, December 29. 2pm
    Wednesday, December 30.11am
    Wednesday, December 30. 2pm

    CHILDREN’S THEATER/DISNEY MUSICAL: The Jungle Book. This classic Disney tale tells the story of a young orphan boy named Mowgli who is left stranded in the depths of the jungle. Deeply meaningful and wildly entertaining, watch as Mowgli befriends a colorful cast of characters that include Baloo, the carefree party bear, and an agile black panther named Begheera. The Jungle Book evokes children’s emotions while teaching them about diversity and friendship, and provides a story of hope when all hope seems lost. Don’t miss this toe-tapping musical delight suitable for audiences of all ages! The production is being presented by the Berkshire Children’s Theater and performances will be held at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

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  115. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    December 12, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Thursday, January 14. 7:30pm
    Friday, January 15. 7:30pm
    Saturday, January 16. 1pm
    Sunday, January 17. 1 pm
    Thursday, January 21. 7:30pm
    Friday, January 22. 7:30pm
    Saturday, January 23. 1pm
    Saturday, January 23. 7:30pm
    Sunday, January 24. 1pm

    BROADWAY MUSICAL/DISNEY CLASSIC: Mary Poppins. The magical story of the world’s favorite nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. This stage version is brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by PL Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film. Created over a half a decade ago, this family-friendly tale will delight audiences of all ages as they experience the timeless lessons of Mary Poppins span across generations. The production is being presented by the Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater and performances will be held in the Bowker Auditorium (Southbridge Hall), UMass Amherst Campus, 100 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, MA. ($$)

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  116. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    December 9, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Friday, December 11. 7pm
    Saturday, December 12. 4pm
    Sunday, December 13. 4pm

    FAMILY THEATER/CHRISTMAS CLASSICS: Fireside Yuletide: A Family Holiday Reading. This fun, family-friendly holiday showcase will feature some of your favorite seasonal classics! The show will include the singing of holiday songs, in addition to festive holiday refreshments. Readings will include “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, and many more! Celebrate this season of joy as you share in the tradition and wonder of Christmas with your family. This show is being presented by Mill City Productions and performances will be held at Western Gateway Heritage State Park, Building 4N, 115 State Street, North Adams, MA. ($)

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  117. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    December 7, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Friday, December 11. 8pm
    Saturday, December 12. 8pm
    Sunday, December 13. 2pm

    COMEDY/CLASSICAL THEATER: Tartuffe. A classical play by French playwright Moliere, Tartuffe tells the story of a family that must band together to overcome their fathers’ follies. This neoclassical tale uses live music and laugh-out-loud comedy to explore the true meaning of family. The performance breathes new life into a 17th century tale, making it both accessible and entertaining to contemporary audiences. The production is being presented by Berkshire Community College as part of a hands-on theater training program. Performances will be held in the Boland Theater, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$)

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  118. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    December 3, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Sunday, December 13. 2-5pm

    AUDITIONS/SHAKESPEARE: The Life and Death of Queen Margaret. Come be a part of this feminist retelling of Henry VI: Parts I-III and Richard III from the perspective of Queen Margaret, Shakespeare’s best-written female character. The production is being presented by Real Live Theatre and auditions will be held at North Star, 45 Amherst Road, Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

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  119. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    December 3, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Friday, December 18. 5pm

    YOUTH THEATER/CHINESE: Face of the Dragon. When the ancient Chinese city of Wu is under attack, the inhabitants are told to pray to the Great Cloud Dragon for help. This family-friendly tale follows the story of a young street sweeper named Hans, whose actions during this tumultuous ordeal highlight the transformative power of goodwill and generosity. The production is being presented by The Drama Studio, 41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

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  120. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    November 30, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Saturday, December 12 at 7pm
    Sunday, December 13 at 2pm
    Thursday, December 17 at 7pm
    Friday, December 18 at 7pm
    Saturday, December 19 at 2pm
    Saturday, December 19 at 7pm
    Sunday, December 20 at 2pm
    Sunday, December 20 at 7pm
    Monday, December 21 at 7pm
    Tuesday, December 22 at 7pm

    CLASSICAL THEATER/CHRISTMAS: A Christmas Carol. This classic tale by Charles Dickens has become a holiday tradition for audiences of all ages. Journey back to Victorian England and revisit the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is shown the error of his ways, prompting redemption. Filled with holiday carols and wonderment, this story teaches of charity and fellowship, love and generosity, and how to keep the Christmas spirit alive all year round. The production is being presented by The Berkshire Theatre Group and performances will be held at The Colonial Theater, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. ($$$)

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  121. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    November 30, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Monday, December 7. 7:00pm
    Tuesday, December 8. 7:00pm

    AUDITIONS/SHORT PLAY: Exit 7 Short Play Contest. Have you ever dreamed of starring in a play? Do you enjoy local theater and interacting with others who share this passion? With 16 plays in two categories (drama and comedy), and 47 roles to fill, now is your chance to be part of the action! Since there is no experience required, this is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring actors to learn the ropes and be a part of this exciting show! Auditions will be held at The Exit 7 Players Theater, 37 Chestnut Street, Ludlow, MA. (FREE)

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  122. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    November 30, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Wednesday, December 9. 7:00pm
    Thursday, December 10. 7:30pm
    Friday, December 11. 8:00pm
    Saturday, December 12. 2:00pm
    Saturday, December 12. 8:00pm
    Sunday, December 13. 2:00pm
    Sunday, December 13. 7:00pm
    Wednesday, December 16. 7:00pm
    Thursday, December 17. 7:30pm
    Friday, December 18. 8:00pm
    Saturday, December 19. 2:00pm
    Saturday, December 19. 8:00pm
    Sunday, December 20. 2:00pm
    Sunday, December 20. 7:00pm

    HOLIDAY/VARIETY SHOW: Home for the HOLLY-Days. This festive holiday show has become a tradition for many Pioneer Valley theater-goers, and this year’s show is bigger than ever! Come see Buddy, Elvis, Richie, and the Big Bopper in the concert they never gave, featuring musical performances by local favorites such as Ray Guillmette, Jr., Ben Ashley, Frank Manzi and more. Santa will also be making a special appearance! Suitable for audiences of all ages, this show offers the perfect opportunity to join in the spirit of the holidays with your family and local community. Performances are presented by The Majestic Theater, 131 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA. ($$)

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  123. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    November 30, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Friday, December 11. 8:00pm
    Saturday, December 12. 8:00pm

    COLLEGE THEATER/EXPERIMENTAL: Performance Project. As part of their Performance Studio work, Five College students invite you to experience an evening of dance and theater, as they present their original works for the first time. This show will feature a variety of artistic pieces in various mediums, exploring topics such as body shaming, addiction, identity, and relationships. Parts of the performance will be experimented with, explained, and put into practice on stage, allowing audience members to witness the experimental process and the weaving of new ideas. Performances are presented by The Amherst College School of Theater and Dance and will be held in The Holden Theater (Webster Hall), 200 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE W/RESERVATION)

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  124. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    November 30, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Saturday, December 12. 7:30pm

    STAGED READING/HOLIDAY CLASSIC: A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Come experience the nostalgia and wonderment of Christmas as seen through the eyes of a young boy in Wales during the 1920’s. Appealing to audiences young and old, this story is a reminiscent tale that beautifully “universalizes the essence of Christmas as any child anywhere might perceive it.” This production is being presented by The Silverthorne Theater Company and will be held at The Centennial House Bed & Breakfast, 94 Main Street, Northfield, MA.($$$ FUNDRAISER)

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  125. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    November 30, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Sunday, December 13. 2:00pm

    STAGED READING/HOLIDAY CLASSIC: A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Come experience the nostalgia and wonderment of Christmas as seen through the eyes of a young boy in Wales during the 1920’s. Appealing to audiences young and old, this story is a reminiscent tale that beautifully “universalizes the essence of Christmas as any child anywhere might perceive it.” This production is being presented by The Silverthorne Theater Company and will be held at The Beehive at the Deerfield Inn, 81 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA.($$$ FUNDRAISER)

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