Nov 20 Sunday
A play within a play, a lusty but innocent flirtation, a philandering husband, some mistaken identity, a wealthy count, and delightful music.
Die Fledermaus – Operetta or Musical?
Call it whatever you like, but do come and be thoroughly entertained as Valley Light Opera performs Strauss', Die Fledermaus. It’s presented in English and is a comical riot of flirtation, mistaken identity, and sumptuous music.
Die Fledermaus begins with an overture as famous as the rest of the show. You’ll love it from the moment you hear the opening bars of music.
From there, we are led on a journey into a play within a play. A practical joke between friends leads to an intricate plot featuring lust, longing, and love of life. With a generous amount of champagne, all is revealed before the final curtain falls.
You are guaranteed a delightful evening that will leave you tapping your feet and humming some very familiar music.
Die Fledermaus will be performed at the Academy of Music in Northampton on November 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and on November 6 and 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Nov 25 Friday
Once more, Sandglass’ signature event, A Rafter of Crankies, will take place on Thanksgiving weekend in the atmospheric big hall of Green Mountain Orchard. Performances will take place on Friday November 25 at 7 PM and on Saturday November 26 at 5 PM and 7:30 PM.
This year’s crankie artists include annual favorites Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass, Anna Patton, and Brendan Taaffe. Donald Saaf will be rejoining the crew with something brand new. And, for the first time, Mary Fraser will bring one of her beautiful crankies to the event!
Nov 26 Saturday
Up: One Man's Journey to FeminismAn Autobiographical Play in Support of Gender Equality
What does it take for a man to become a feminist—and why does it matter? In seven diverse and poignant vignettes from his own life, Peter Pruyn (“prine”), a trauma therapist who works with female survivors, takes us on his journey, including the experiences of attending an all-boys primary school, being the only man in a Women’s Studies class, flying as a pilot in Alaska, interviewing at the trauma unit of a psych hospital, and working in a methadone clinic—culminating in a personal reflection on male privilege as a fundamental barrier to social change. Along the way, Peter accompanies himself with improvised piano. Each performance is followed by a period of reflections from the audience.
Stand-up Comedy returns to the Claremont Opera House!
NOVEMBER 26 featuring JODY SLOANE & friends
For years, Jody honed her skills as a “sit down” comic working as a “Conducktor” for Boston Duck Tours. She created and developed her tour guide persona; Penny Wise, a tongue-in-cheek, saucy, southern belle.
Thirteen years ago she took a “stand” bringing her act to venues throughout New England. She has been a three time contestant in the Boston Comedy Festival, performed in the Laugh Your Asheville Off Festival and was a Finalist in the Funniest Comic in New Hampshire Contest. Impishly perverse, her style is thoughtful, yet edgy; touching on age, divorce, and being raised by wolves. She’ll have you convinced that in the darkest corners of truth is comedy.
Find out more about Jody's comedy at www.JodySloane.com and view a performance at https://youtu.be/gD4kz9X0hvY
Dec 02 Friday
The theater arts program at AIC is excited to present its first major production since March 2020, with August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning production of Fences, about the lives of African Americans in this country in the 1950s. The themes include race relations in a pre-civil-rights movement, pre-Vietnam-war-era mentality. AIC’s Theater Arts program is proud to be able to produce this level of work with culturally and racially diverse actors. Fences is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome and appreciated.
Location: Esther B. Griswold Theater, Karen Sprague Cultural Arts Center on the AIC campus at 1000 State Street in SpringfieldTime: Friday 12/2 and Saturday 12/3 at 7:30 PM | Sunday 12/4 at 2:30 PM
Dec 03 Saturday
Tis’ the season to have FUN with Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop! It’s that time of year again: family, fun, and entertainment! Join Shari Lewis’s daughter, Mallory Lewis, and Lamb Chop for an old-fashioned afternoon of music and laughs as they take your family on a holiday romp! Meet “Big Lamb Chop” (a 6’ version) as she dances across the stage leading the audience in a sing-along of holiday songs and merriment. Feel the true holiday spirit as Mallory and Lamb Chop sing a Christmas medley, a Hanukkah song, and tell the story of Kwanzaa in rhyme! Enjoy a feel-good ending with a retrospective video presentation starring Shari Lewis as you remember her over the decades. Join us for a family-friendly event that all will enjoy!
“Mother Tongue” is an original multilingual physical theater performance, created by Springfield’s First Generation Ensemble.“Mother Tongue” is inspired by events and stories from Congo/Tanzania, Bhutan/Nepal, South Sudan, Holyoke, and Springfield. The performance incorporates movement, music, dance, and stories in Arabic, Swahili, Nepali, and English. The 90 minute piece incorporates the themes of culture, language, diaspora, identity, and the school to prison pipeline, among others.