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The Academy of Music Theatre Season Series is a carefully curated grouping of events produced specifically by The Academy of Music Theatre.  We believe the arts are an integral part of how we form communities; how we perceive and communicate with the world around us and with each other. We have an ongoing commitment to the arts, to this historic venue, and to the development and sustainability of the Pioneer Valley.   We are committed to providing the Pioneer Valley with a place to gather and experience the culture, education and diverse programming we so proudly offer.

Best of Valley Voices Story Slam
October 13, 2018
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The Academy of Music Theatre and New England Public radio present their third Best of Valley Voices. Audience members have selected the top three stories from the four Valley Voices Story Slams held during the winter and spring of 2018. These top stories by local storytellers will be shared on the Academy stage to compete for the top prize – Best of Valley Voices! Join us as we choose the winner of this competition based on the art of first person narrative storytelling. It puts emphasis on content and performance, encouraging storytellers to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. It’s an exercise in crafting stories within a set time limit, without notes or props, and it’s great entertainment.


Asking For It with Adrienne Truscott

October 27, 2018
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Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It mixes humor, dance, and video while undoing the rules and rhetoric surrounding rape and comedy. Adrienne straddles the world of stand-up and performance art in this one woman show dressed only from the waist up and ankles down. With commentary from George Carlin, Louis C. K. and Robert De Niro, she takes on ducks, mini-skirts, rape whistles, Daniel Tosh, and Rick Ross all while drinking enough gin & tonics to get a girl in trouble. Heavy at its core but light on its feet, Adrienne makes jokes about rape all night long…even if you ask her to stop.  *This show contains nudity and strong language
“Brutal, brilliant and brave…if you miss it you will miss the moment in the history of stand-up comedy wherein a woman actually took the genre and did something with it that no man could do. This is without doubt the most powerful hour of comedy.” – The Scotsman (UK)


Shut UP, Emily Dickinson
by Tanya O’Debra|Original Music by Andrew Mauriello

January 19, 2019
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Emily Dickinson: poet, recluse, a**hole. Loosely based on the Master Letters, Shut UP, Emily Dickinson! is a pseudo-historical, quasi-biographical, hysterically existential, sadomasochistic psycho-romance about America’s most brilliant and annoying poetess. Holed up for all eternity in the bedroom of our minds, the “woman in white” stretches into a projection screen for truths, half-truths, truthiness, and truth-less-ness. She’s whatever you want her to be and nothing you imagined. Emily Dickinson is the definition of a difficult woman. *This play includes adult language. “There can be no doubting O’Debra’s talent: she has a vocal arsenal that puts Saturday Night Live’s Kristin Wiig to shame.” – NY Press


National Geographic Live! with David Guttenfelder

February 9, 2019
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Join us foNational Geographic Live’s “A Rare Look: North Korea and Cuba” with David Guttenfelder, National Geographic photographer and photojournalist who focuses on global geopolitics and conservation.  For more than 20 years, David Guttenfelder has traveled the world, covering international events in more than 100 countries. Repeatedly, he has broken through political barriers to reveal isolated nations to the world, helping to open the first Associated Press news bureau in North Korea in 2011, and last year boarding the first cruise liner to a newly opened Cuba.  Guttenfelder is an eight-time World Press Photo Award winner and a seven-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the 2013 ICP Infinity Prize winner for photojournalism and a winner of the Overseas Press Club of America John Faber, Olivier Rebbot, & Feature Photography awards. Pictures of the Year International and the NPPA have named him Photojournalist of the Year. In 2016, a photograph of his made in North Korea was named among TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Photographs Ever Taken”. http://www.davidguttenfelder.com/


42nd Street

book by Michael Steward and Mark Bramble|Score and lyrics by Harren Warren & Al Dubin
March 7 & 8, 2019
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The ultimate show-biz musical, 42nd Street celebrates Broadway, Times Square, and the people who make the magic of musical theatre! Peggy Sawyer may be from a small town, but she has big dreams. Fresh off the bus in New York, the young, hard-working Peggy lands herself a spot in the chorus line of a new Broadway show. At first she is just one dancer among many, but when the show’s leading lady is injured it seems that Peggy may get her shot at the limelight after all. A Broadway classic that never fails to sweep audiences off their feet, this musical bubbles over with energy, humor, and show-stopping production numbers.


(IN)Dependent: The Heroin Project
by Emelia Sherin and Zach Manthey
March 22 & 23, 2019
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(IN)Dependent: The Heroin Project is based on interviews with heroin users, counselors, and family members. It exposes the reality of the heroin crisis, and captures the physical, mental, and emotional issues that addicts, former addicts, friends, families, nurses, policemen, and children undergo from primary and secondary interaction with heroin. The Academy of Music Theatre will partner with Hampshire HOPE, a multi-sector opioid coalition in Northampton, to raise awareness about addiction, reduce stigma, and elevate the voices of those who are oppressed; to provide a deeper, more meaningful community engagement process which allows us to better understand the experiences of those impacted by addiction.