Please join us for an Open House on Saturday, October 13 from 11—3 PM!
Free and open to the public, the Open House presents over fifteen brilliant artists and teachers working at the new downtown space at 33 Hawley Street. Arts lovers of all ages can join in the fun! Strut the tango, get hip with hip-hop, experiment with modern dance, learn the secret arts of theatre, enlighten your body with Alexander Technique. Or kick back and watch previews for plays by two different theatre companies, an open dance rehearsal, and dance classes.
Kids and families will especially enjoy Kelly Silliman’s participatory class and presentation of the Center’s ArtPlay vacation program, Danielle Smith’s hip-hop sample class, and a Valley Performance Playground mini-class of theatre games, improvisation, and movement.
Come explore the new space at Hawley Street. Discover the Center’s offerings. Learn how you can take or teach a class, or produce the performance or event you’ve been dreaming of.
The Day’s Schedule
11:00—Join Valley Performance Playground for mini-classes of theatre games, improvisation, and movement for families with kids. 11–11:30: Movers & Shakers(ages 1-1/2 to 5); Creative Drama (ages 6–12), DOWNSTAIRS STUDIO.
11:00–12:00—See the dance studio in use while the Center’s Program Director Kelly Silliman teaches her Adult Modern Dance class in the DANCE STUDIO.
12:00—Enjoy a preview of Real Live Theatre’s When Last We Flew, in production at the Center in December, followed by a theatre training workshop, THE FLEX.
12:30—Join Fritha Pengelly for a sample Advanced Adult Danceclass, DANCE STUDIO.
12:30—Bring your kids to Danielle Smith’s Youth Hip Hop Class, DOWNSTAIRS STUDIO
1:00–1:30—Kelly Silliman and Jayme Winell will introduce the ArtPlay Vacation Program, a multi-disciplinary arts program for youth, DOWNSTAIRS STUDIO.
1:00–1:30—Enjoy an introduction to Tango Dancing with Western Mass Tango, THE FLEX.
1:30–2:00—Have your kids try out Kelly Silliman’s Creative Dance Class, DANCE STUDIO.
1:30—Abbie Steiner will discuss and demonstrate the Alexander Technique with time for attendees to ask questions and if desired, have a brief hands-on experience, DOWNSTAIRS STUDIO.
1:30—Shakespeare Stage presents an excerpt from The Complete History of America (abridged). The full performance shows tonight at 7:30 and Sunday at 6:30, THE FLEX.
2:30–3:00—Lisa Leizman Dance gives you an insider’s view with an open rehearsal for their December 14 dance concert at the Center, THE FLEX.
Forms and Figures, an exhibition of David Andrews’ artwork, may be seen in the DOWNSTAIRS GALLERY.
Northampton Playwright’s Lab’s 2018 play reading series Play By Play kicked off with a bang this weekend in The Flex at 33 Hawley. It started with New Soul by Leanna James Blackwell, seen here in the final rehearsal last Thursday night. The fun continues next weekend. Here’s our schedule of plays, and here’s a preview by The Advocate’s Chris Rohmann. The series is hosted by the Center and by A.P.E.
David is a Chicago born artist currently living and working locally. He calls his work a fluid elegance turning 2D drawings into 3D pieces of sculpture on paper. Please join us for an opening reception Downstairs at 33 Hawley on Friday, October 12, 5-8 PM. Here’s his Facebook page, and here’s a great 2016 interview with him by the Daily Hampshire Gazette.