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Arts & Culture Casting Calls for June 14 to June 20, 2018


Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Artists/Designers

The Hosmer Gallery within Forbes Library is accepting applications to exhibit at the gallery during 2019. Western Massachusetts artists are invited to apply by June 15.

For more information, call 413-587-1013, email fkaufmann@forbeslibrary. org, visit bit.ly/2rHmVVF or visit the gallery at 20 West St. in Northampton.

Exploded View, a dynamic group of women artists and writers working together to create original performance and exhibitions, is curating a community art show called “PaperJam: A Month-Long Riff on Paper,” to premier at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls during the month of September.

Artists living in western Massachusetts are invited to submit artwork on, about or related to paper, its personal or local significance or their creative interpretation thereof.

To participate, email up to three JPEG images, with a brief description of each, including the title, dimensions and materials, along with your name, address and phone number, to explodedviewma@gmail.com by Aug. 22. The drop-off date for accepted work will be Sept. 1, with a reception on Sunday, Sept 9. Participants who are able to donate $5 to help with reception costs may do so at drop-off time, but there are no submission fees.

Forbes Library is seeking a 125th anniversary logo to be used on flyers, bookmarks, digitally and on printed goods.

Submit proposals to Forbes Library Director Lisa Downing at ldowning@forbeslibrary.org by July 1, including a sketch of your concept and your fee. The budget range for the project is $250 to $500.

Final designs should be submitted in SVG format. If the design includes color, then a monochromatic version should be submitted as well. The tagline “Forbes Library: Working for the Common Good” will tie together all anniversary activities.

For more information, call 413-587-1016 or visit the library at 20 West St. in Northampton.

Poetry

The Poetry Chapbook Contest for the Elyse Wolf Prize is accepting submissions. Winner receives publication, $500 and becomes an active member of the press. Deadline June 15. Guidelines and requirements at slateroofpress.com. $10 reading fee. Slate Roof Press, 15 Warwick Road, Northfield. info@slateroofpress.com.

Actors

Auditions for “Mackbeth x The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” will be held Saturday, June 16, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Northampton Community Arts Trust, 33 Hawley St. in Northampton. Actors should arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to their desired audition time.

Actors do not need to prepare anything in advance, but may be asked to cold read material for the audition. Be prepared to participate in improvisational scene work, as well as a few movement and sound exercises.

The cast will be an ensemble of 7 to 11 actors. Roles are open to people of all races, genders, identities and abilities. Dancers, singers, musicians and artists are encouraged to attend. As this show deals with mature themes, it may not be suitable for actors under 18 years old.

See mackbethxhamlet.blogspot.com or emailmackenziemb@gmail.com for more information.

Auditions for “Eleemosynary,” a drama by Lee Blessing, will be held Wednesday, June 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk in Amherst. Roles are available for girls ages 13 to17, and women ages 30 to 45 and older.

For more information, call Sondra Radosh at 413-549-1511 or email smradosh@yahoo.com.

Auditions for the Vermont Theatre Company’s performance of “Art,” directed by Bill Wieliczka, will be held Wednesday, June 20, at 6 p.m. at the Brattleboro Union High School auditorium, 131 Fairground Road in Brattleboro, Vt.

In this comedy, one of three friends buys a painting that soon begins to strain the very fabric of their relationship. Their arguments soon become less about theory and philosophy of “What is art?” and more about their personal shortcomings. The structure of a once solid friendship begins to crumble under what the painting really represents to all three of them.

While the play is about three men, all actors ages 25 to 45 are encouraged to audition for the following roles:

Serge, who wants his friends to share in the joy of his purchase

Marc, who thinks the purchase was foolish, and

Yvan, who wishes things would stay the same.

Show dates are Sept. 28, 29 and 30, and Oct. 5, 6 and 7 at the Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery in Brattleboro.

Those who are unavailable to audition at the scheduled time, please contact Bill Wieliczka by email at bwjr5030@aol.com to make other arrangements.

Films

The Ashfield FilmFest is accepting short films for its September competition. This year, the event is branching out to include residents of Shelburne and Buckland.

Residents of Shelburne, Buckland or Ashfield can submit a film five minutes or less about any topic. Nonresidents can submit a five-minute film, but must reference Ashfield somehow in the film (such as being set in Ashfield or including an Ashfield resident).

Submissions are due Aug. 3. All films must conform to a PG rating and be suitable to general audiences. Music must be original, public domain or used with written permission from the copyright holder. Full written permissions, including the participants, copyrighted materials and music, must be submitted with the entry. Entrants retain all copyrights for their materials.

Submit full resolution HD copies of your movie as a .mov or .m4v data file on either a USB drive or on a data DVD. Submissions are non-returnable.

Submit videos along with an entry form by mail to Ashfield FilmFest, P.O. Box 337, Ashfield, MA 01330. Visit bit.ly/2HHqsNx for more information or for an entry form.

Vendors

The Bernardston Kiwanis Club is seeking artists, craftspeople and specialty food purveyors for its two-day Scarecrow in the Park event on Oct. 20 and 21.

The booth fee for the two-day weekend is $45 per 10-by-10-foot space and $70 for a 10-by-20-foot space. It is expected that artists will commit to the whole weekend, however, a limited number of single-day applications will be accepted at the full weekend price.

To receive an application for booth space in a Word or PDF format, or if you have questions, email scarecrowinthepark@gmail.com. Details are also available on the Scarecrow in the Park Facebook page.

Participants

The Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop is looking for young risk takers and collaborators for this season’s outdoor, traveling summer spectacle, “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” The workshop is an intensive arts experience for aspiring actors, artists, musicians, singers, dancers and set designers ages 10 to 18. Performers exchange voices with guest artists from Ashfield’s Double Edge Theatre to Knighthorse Theatre Company and other luminaries of the Pioneer Valley’s performing arts community.

The workshop incorporates movement, puppets, mask-making, voice training and work on large apparatus (such as stilts, aerial fabrics, spools and flying trapeze). The 2018 workshop will take place from July 16 to Aug. 8 at the Hawlemont Regional School in Charlemont (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with select evening and weekend rehearsals). The program concludes with four evening performances (Aug. 4 through 7) at Berkshire East Mountain Resort.

A two-week, half-day recovery intensive for youth overcoming addiction, trauma, anxiety, depression and other behavioral health challenges is also offered from July 2 to July 13 (Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

For more information or to register for one or both sessions, visit hilltownyouth.org or call 413-387-8783.