Silverthorne Theater Co. hosts ‘Four Weddings and No Funeral’ fundraiser

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Recorder Staff
Thursday, March 01, 2018

When it comes to a fun-raiser, Silverthorne Theater Company is tying the ‘not’ with what it is billing as its first Bridal March.

These non-nuptials, dubbed “Four Weddings and No Funeral” is a way for Silverthorne, heading into its fifth season, to share a fun evening with the community, with hors d’oeuvres, music, drinks, wedding cake and plenty of merriment, Artistic Director Lucinda Kidder said of the March 10 gala planned for 5 to 9 p.m. at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield.

“People do fundraising galas all the time, and they tend to be kind of cookie cutter-ish,” Kidder said. “You tend to have your silent auctions and canapes and all that kind of stuff. But we decided we didn’t want to do another boring gala, and wanted to have something people could have fun at — and also raise some money, of course.”

Enter Bridezilla, the Maid-of-Dis-Honor, the Not-the-Best Man, In-Laws-to-Be and anyone else you can imagine. Guests are invited to come any outrageous way they want for a faux extravaganza with all the trimmings.

“We’re urging people to go back into their closets and pull out some of that stuff they’d only wear to a wedding or maybe you wore a long time ago,” Kidder said. “Bell-bottoms, a disco dress, anything you want, anything that floats your boat. Bridesmaid dresses you wouldn’t be caught dead in, time to bring it all out!”

Cross-dressing, too: the more the merrier, and anything goes.

With hors d’oeurves donated by an array of area restaurants, as well as a cash bar, a three-tiered cake by culinary students from Franklin County Technical High School, and donated linens and tablecloths, right down to the place cards …. guests may forget the faux, join in the vibe and start to ask themselves whether they’re with the bride or the groom.

The party will include dancing to a DJ, a wedding photographer and even special on-site hair flowers, braiding and other hair services.

All proceeds from the gala will benefit Silverthorne’s fifth season, which will open April 12 with the world premiere of “Tar2f!,” an irreverent musical adaptation by Northampton composer Jeff Olmsted of Moliere’s classic 17th-century comedy, “Tartuffe.”

And just like the real-life drama at every wedding from extended family, this one will feature the forced wedding antics of “Tar2f!” characters — the reluctant bride Mariane, who’d already been engaged to Valère, and her overbearing groom, Tar2f, at the head table.

Kidder said she’s hoping that people will come as wedding-party tables of eight to make one grand celebration farce.

Silverthorne, which rolled out a more conventional fund-raiser in 2016, with a silent auction and dancing, will follow its April 12 to15 and April 19 to 21 run of Tar2f! this season with Athol Fugard’s “The Road to Mecca” in June, Steve Henderson and Will Chalmus’ “White, Black and Blue” in July and Christopher Durang’s satirical “Delectable Durang” in September — all at Hawks & Reed’s fourth-floor space.

“What a warm space,” Kidder said. “It’s so close to the actors and allows for audience-actor connection. It works so well because of the kind of theater we like to do.”

Details are available online at www.silverthornetheater.org. Reserved-seating tickets are available at Eventbrite.com under “Bridal March” until March 7 at 5 p.m. After that date, guests can check availability of tickets at the door by calling 413-768-7514.