Arts & Culture Casting Calls for May 17 to May 23, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Gallery A3 is seeking artists to submit work for its fifth annual juried show, curated by Emma Chubb. The exhibit will open June 7.

For more information, call 413-256-4250, email a3.gallerya3@gmail.com or visit the gallery at 28 Amity St. in Amherst.

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.


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.


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. Non-residents 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.


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.

The 42nd Annual Gas Engine Show & Flea Market hosted by the United Church of Bernardston is looking for craftspeople and vendors who are interested in renting a booth for the Memorial Day weekend event. For the first time, this year’s event will be held at Pratt Field at 219 South St., near Kringle Candle, in Bernardston.

Rental fees are $50. All interested parties should contact Harvey at 413-648-9551.


The third annual Friends of the Greenfield Public Library Spelling Bee is happening on June 14, at 6:30 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church. Start forming your teams of three now.

Email fgplspellingbee@gmail.com for more information or to register. Registration forms will also be available at the library.


Mount Wachusett Community College’s Theatre at the Mount is seeking 30 to 40 adults and teens to perform in “WE WILL ROCK YOU.”

“WE WILL ROCK YOU” takes place in a future age on a planet once called Earth that is now controlled by a mighty corporation. Rock music is unheard and all musical instruments are banned. The hope of breaking free rests with an unlikely resistance — an alliance of rebel Bohemians. The show features many of Queen’s chart-topping hits including “We Will Rock You,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Gaga,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “We Are the Champions” and more.

Everyone auditioning should wear comfortable clothing for a movement/dance audition and should prepare a short pop/rock vocal selection that displays range and ability, preferably from the show (score will be available). Sheet music required if you decide to do a song not from the show. An accompanist will be provided.

Auditions will be held in Room 182 at Mount Wachusett Community College, 444 Green St. in Gardner, on Monday, May 21, and Tuesday, May 22, both at 7 p.m. Performance dates are Aug. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m., and Aug. 19, at 9 p.m. The tentative rehearsal schedule is Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m.

For more information, contact professor Gail Steele at 978-630-9162 or at g_steele@mwcc.mass.edu.


Organizers of the 32nd annual Green River Festival are seeking youth performers for its Next Wave Stage.

The Next Wave Stage is open to musical acts (bands or solo performers) of all genres from Western New England (the Pioneer Valley from Springfield to Brattleboro, Vt. plus adjacent vicinities) with a majority of their members being 19 years old and under. Five acts will be chosen to perform at the festival on Friday, July 13.

All members of the five acts that are chosen will receive weekend passes to the Green River Festival. Each will also be featured at a later date in a Valley Advocate Sessions video and will receive a small stipend.

The deadline for entries is June 1. To fill out an entry form, visit bit.ly/2Kr7ubY.

Registration for “A Little Bit Louder Now,” a rock band experience for young players ages 13 and up, is now open. Opportunities include playing bass, drums, keyboard and guitar, or providing vocals in five 90-minute sessions with Dave Chalfant.

For more information call 413-586-0998, email info@downtownsounds.com or visit Downtown Sounds, 121 Pleasant St., Northampton.