Thursday October 11, 2012

’Willy Wonka’ opens at Shea Theater

TURNERS FALLS, Mass. -- Arena Civic Theatre will present the musical "Willy Wonka" on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., and then Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21, at 2 p.m., at the Shea Theater.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors/students and $9 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the Shea box office at 413-863-2281 or at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield and Jones Library at Amherst.

"Willy Wonka" is directed by Bob DuCharme, with music direction by Amy Roberts-Crawford and choreography by Melenie Reneris. The cast features Jerry Marciano as Willy Wonka, Cole Mathewson as Charlie and John Darrow as Grandpa Joe. The children who find golden tickets are Tess Mathewson as Veruca Salt, Stephanie Craven as Violet Beauregard, Wade Atkinson as Augusts Gloop and Grayson Funk at Mike TeaVee. Other cast members include Rory Lambert-Wright, Ted Trobaugh, Pam Plumer, Dawn Mayo, Kim Overtree, George Funk, Regina Diemand, Su Hoyle, Kate Filanowski and Steve Woodward, plus a troupe of Oompa-Loompas, teen dancers and more.

’Private Lives’ runs at KSC

KEENE, N.H. -- Keene State Theatre and Dance will present "Private Lives," Nöel Coward’s classic comedy of manners, tonight to Saturday, in the Wright Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College.

KSC Theatre Professor Ron Spangler will direct this stylish, witty, and hilarious play each evening at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and youth, and $6 for Keene State students. For tickets, call the box office at 603-358-2168 or visit

"Private Lives," written in 1930, follows a divorced couple, who find themselves on their honeymoons with their new spouses in adjoining suites at the same French seaside hotel. Once they discover each other there, sparks fly, passions ignite, and they are deeply in lust and love once again. This exciting and combustible combination prompts them both to leave their respective spouses and escape to a hideaway in Paris, where their passion and knack for aggravating each other resurface in full force.

After numerous Broadway revivals, the play by a British playwright continues to be a favorite with American audiences.

Students in the cast are: Jon Adams of Hudson, Aaron Howland of Winchester, Meghan Smyth of Foxford, County Mayo, Ireland; Kristine Sullivan of Wakefield, Mass.; and Katherine Wadleigh of Hollis. The stage manager is Lukas Theodossiou of Duxbury, Mass.

The Ha-Ha’s perform improv comedy

GREENFIELD, Mass. -- The Pioneer Valley’s improvised comedy troupe, The Ha-Ha’s, perform on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m., at The Arts Block, 289 Main St.

As improv comedians, The Ha-Ha’s create comedy inspired by audience suggestions. (Don’t worry. Although audience members sometimes are invited to participate in the show, nobody is ever required to take the stage at a Ha-Ha show) At every show, this group of comic actresses performs two kinds of improv, short form and longform.

First, they improvise a whole set of rat-a-tat-paced comedy "games" similar to the popular TV show "Whose Line is it Anyway?" And then after a brief intermission, audiences will be astounded by an all-new longform comedy show in which these magical comedians create an improvised series of interconnected scenes. It’s like a short, improvised play.

Audiences can look forward to a full evening of comic entertainment rated PG-13. For more information about The Ha-Ha’s, visit The Ha-Ha Facebook page or

Tickets are $10 at the door or $7 in advance at For information, visit the website or call 413-774-0150.


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