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Arts & Culture Casting Calls: Feb. 14 to Feb. 20, 2019

Published: 2/13/2019 5:21:39 PM

■The Southampton Community Chorus is welcoming new members. There are no auditions.

The chorus rehearses every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Southampton Council on Aging, 210 College Highway in Southampton. Concerts are held in December and May.

For more information, call 413-527-3305 or email

■The Greenfield Harmony community chorus is welcoming new members in advance of its spring season, which will begin Feb. 18 and run each Monday evening through May.

The guest teacher this session will be Dr. Kathy Bullock, who will come at the end of April to teach a set of African-American gospel songs to be performed at Greenfield Harmony’s May concert.

The first session on Feb. 18 will be held from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of St. James and Andrew, 8 Church St. in Greenfield. There are no auditions.

To register or for more information, contact Mary Cay Brass by email at

■The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus’ spring session will begin the last week of February, and all women age 10 and up are invited to join.

The theme of the music this spring will be “The Road Home.” The first rehearsals are Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at 29 South St., and Thursday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Brattleboro Music Center at 72 Blanche Moyse Way.

These are open rehearsals, and singers are welcome to check out whether the chorus is right for them without obligation.

Founder and Director Becky Graber will be joined at a rehearsal by Moira Smiley, whose song “The Little Road” is in the repertoire. Other songs for the spring include “I’m Gonna Walk It With You,” “The Road Home,” and “People Get Ready” by Curtis Mayfield.

The chorus rehearses weekly to prepare for concerts on Mother’s Day weekend. Performing in the concerts is optional.

The fee is $120 for the session, and there are family and student rates as well as financial aid.

See for more info or call 802-254-8994.


Auditions for Silverthorne Theater Company’s play, “Tales of the Lost Formicans” will be held Friday, Feb. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Studio 2, Room 122 at Amherst College’s Webster Hall.

Connie Congdon’s story follows the messed-up lives of Midwestern family members, living desperate lives while under observation by aliens sometime in the unspecified future. The play is directed by Yagil Eliraz.

All roles are paid. People of all body types and ethnicities are encouraged to participate. Those who audition should prepare a one- or two-minute monologue, and bring a current resume and headshot to auditions, or send them electronically.

Callbacks will be held Sunday, Feb. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. The play will be performed on April 25, 26, 27 and 28, and May 2, 3 and 4.

For a full list of roles, visit Call 413-768-7514 or email for more information or to schedule an audition.


The Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are seeking poems for the 28th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest, which is open to all Franklin County residents and students.

Awards will be given in three categories: first, second and third place in the adult division, and the four top poems in the youth division for ages 12 to 18. (The youth category is divided into age brackets of 12 to 14 and 15 to 18 for judging.) The awards ceremony and poetry reading will take place in April.

The adult first-prize winner will receive stewardship of the Poet’s Seat chair, with his or her name on a plaque listing all the previous winners, as well as a handcrafted Poet’s Platter and a gift certificate to a local bookstore. All other winners will receive a handcrafted mug along with a gift certificate to a local bookstore.

Participants may submit up to three poems, with a deadline of March 4. Poets must:

Number the pages of multi-page poems

Indicate “Adult” or “Young Poet” on their submissions; Young poets should write and circle their age on the front of the sheet where the poem appears in the lower right-hand corner

Not include identifying information on the front of sheet

Not use staples on their works

Write their name, address, telephone number and email address on the reverse side of each poem

Submit their works on white paper, with words printed clearly in ink or typed in plain typeface

■Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of receipt of entry, otherwise notification will come via email

Poems will not be returned, and only unpublished poems may be submitted. Previous first-place winners may not submit poems, though top-placing youth poets may resubmit when they enter a new age category.

Entries can be mailed to Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest, Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301. For more information, contact Hope Schneider by phone at 413-772-0257 or by email at


The Deerfield Valley Art Association’s Center for the Arts in Northfield is seeking media photographers to show original or altered photos in an upcoming exhibit called “Off the Record: Images by New England News Photographers and Photojournalists.”

To be eligible, you must be an active employee or a regular paid freelance agent of a media outlet in New England and own the photos submitted.

The deadline to submit work is April 1. The exhibit will run from April 5 to May 19. For more information, email Marge Anderson at


The Bernardston Kiwanis Club is seeking artists, craftspeople and specialty food purveyors for its two-day Scarecrow in the Park event on Oct. 19 and 20.

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 or if you have questions, email Details are also available on the Scarecrow in the Park Facebook page.

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