Upcoming Theater & Dance Events

Update as of 5/23/22

All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes a booster for those who are eligible. Please note that these performances are currently open only to students, faculty and staff in Amherst College's COVID-19 testing program as well as current college ID holders from Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges. These performances are currently closed to the general public and UMass community members.

KN95 masks must be worn at all times while in campus buildings. 

Please also note the additional rules for Reunion 2022 attendees in the case of the performance "Emily and Sue."

 

 

All Theater & Dance shows are free, unless otherwise noted. 

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November 2019

Fri, Nov 1, 2019

"Medea"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Medea by Euripides, in a version by Ben Power. This new production blurs the lines between theater, film and reality. Conceived by Maki Ybarra-Young '20, who plays the title role, and director Ron Bashford, the show imagines Medea as one of the strong and dangerous women of the Golden Age of Hollywood. But is she who she seems? Or the more vulnerable actor underneath? Come explore the iconic Greek character as she navigates her role as a woman and an immigrant through the “cinematic lens” of our own history.

Starring an all-student cast: Grace Davenport, Nicholas Govus, Rory Hartblay, Sam Hood, Sterling Kee, Aylin Kim, Navie Kim, Lena Lamer, Sylvie Mahoro, Eli Maierson, Rowan Muzzy, Teo Ruskov, Lorelle Sang, Julian Schauffler and Maki Ybarra-Young.

Scenic design by Lauren Thompson, costume design by Lorelei Dietz, lighting design by Sophina Flores and sound design by Alistair Edwards.

Tickets are free and available to the public. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Sat, Nov 2, 2019

"Medea"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Medea by Euripides, in a version by Ben Power. This new production blurs the lines between theater, film and reality. Conceived by Maki Ybarra-Young '20, who plays the title role, and director Ron Bashford, the show imagines Medea as one of the strong and dangerous women of the Golden Age of Hollywood. But is she who she seems? Or the more vulnerable actor underneath? Come explore the iconic Greek character as she navigates her role as a woman and an immigrant through the “cinematic lens” of our own history.

Starring an all-student cast: Grace Davenport, Nicholas Govus, Rory Hartblay, Sam Hood, Sterling Kee, Aylin Kim, Navie Kim, Lena Lamer, Sylvie Mahoro, Eli Maierson, Rowan Muzzy, Teo Ruskov, Lorelle Sang, Julian Schauffler and Maki Ybarra-Young.

Scenic design by Lauren Thompson, costume design by Lorelei Dietz, lighting design by Sophina Flores and sound design by Alistair Edwards.

Tickets are free and available to the public. For reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Wed, Nov 6, 2019

puddle auditions

Auditions for the “The Puddle Jumping Society”

The Puddle Jumping Society is a celebrational collage of musical theater songs and original dance inspired by the 1952 MGM classic Singin’ in the Rain. Directed by Ron Bashford, music directed by Caroline Lee, adapted and choreographed by Anna Plummer. The show will run March 26-28 in Kirby Theater. Rehearsals begin in January (during Interterm) and continue through March 26.
Singer/actor auditions are Wednesday, November 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, November 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Webster Hall, Studio 2. Students from all five colleges are welcome. You should come prepared with a 32-bar cut of a song you just really enjoy singing or two contrasting 16-bar cuts. Please provide sheet music for the accompanist. Registration required.

Thu, Nov 7, 2019

Dance Masterclass with Kathleen Hermesdorf

12:00 am - 1:00 am Webster Hall, Studio 1 (Room 117)

Kathleen Hermesdorf is an international dance artist, educator and producer based in San Francisco. She directs ALTERNATIVA, with musician Albert Mathias. Hermesdorf has been dancing in the Bay Area since 1991 and teaches, performs, improvises, creates and curates around the world. Her work has been presented in the Bay Area, New York, Seattle, Berlin, Amsterdam, Ballydehob and Dakar, amongst other locations, in commission for universities, companies and independent dancers, and in collaboration with art partners worldwide. She was a member of Bebe Miller Company, Contraband/Sara Shelton Mann and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and co-director of Hermesdorf & Wells Dance Company with Scott Wells and Collusion with Stephanie Maher. She is the co-director of PORCH summerschool at Ponderosa in Stolzenhagen, Germany. Hermesdorf brings over 20 years of experience from the field, studio and stage to her work and holds a BFA and an MFA in Dance Performance + Pedagogy.

Open to all intermediate/advanced level dancers! Sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance and the Eastman Fund.

Sat, Nov 9, 2019

puddle auditions

Auditions: “The Puddle Jumping Society”

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 2 (Room 122)

The Puddle Jumping Society is a celebrational collage of musical theater songs and original dance inspired by the 1952 MGM classic Singin’ in the Rain. Directed by Ron Bashford, music directed by Caroline Lee, adapted and choreographed by Anna Plummer. The show will run March 26-28 in Kirby Theater. Rehearsals begin in January (during Interterm) and continue through March 26.
Singer/actor auditions are Wednesday, November 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, November 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Webster Hall, Studio 2. Students from all five colleges are welcome. You should come prepared with a 32-bar cut of a song you just really enjoy singing or two contrasting 16-bar cuts. Please provide sheet music for the accompanist. Registration required.

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

"Peace in the Home" poster with images of two people with their eyes closed

“Peace in the Home”

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Peace in the Home, a play written and directed by MacKenzie Kugel ’20E about coming together for love, for family. It immerses its audience into the hearts and minds of seven characters wrestling with what it takes for two families from different cultural backgrounds and faiths to create peace in the home, together. This play is made of familial trials and joys, of aging parents, of what is lost and gained when children grow up.

Tickets are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged. For ticket reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Fri, Nov 15, 2019

"Peace in the Home" poster with images of two people with their eyes closed

“Peace in the Home”

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Peace in the Home, a play written and directed by MacKenzie Kugel ’20E about coming together for love, for family. It immerses its audience into the hearts and minds of seven characters wrestling with what it takes for two families from different cultural backgrounds and faiths to create peace in the home, together. This play is made of familial trials and joys, of aging parents, of what is lost and gained when children grow up.

Tickets are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged. For ticket reservations, call (413) 542-2277.

Sat, Nov 16, 2019

"Peace in the Home" poster with images of two people with their eyes closed

“Peace in the Home”

The Department of Theater and Dance presents Peace in the Home, a play written and directed by MacKenzie Kugel ’20E about coming together for love, for family. It immerses its audience into the hearts and minds of seven characters wrestling with what it takes for two families from different cultural backgrounds and faiths to create peace in the home, together. This play is made of familial trials and joys, of aging parents, of what is lost and gained when children grow up.

Tickets are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged. For ticket reservations, call (413) 542-2277.