Piti Theatre's 8th Annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival
Celebrate the Sweetness of Spring . . .
8th Annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival on March 18-19
Featuring Grammy Award-winning singer/storyteller
Piti Theatre Companys World Premiere of
Sammy and the Grand Buffet
In recent years its been anybodys guess when the sap is going to start flowing in the maple trees but Shelburnes Piti Theatre Companys celebrated SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival has continued to mark the changing of the seasons close to springs first official day at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls. The 8th annual SYRUP Festival will flow on March 18 19 this year, featuring the international touring troupes usual potpourri of theater, music, syrup-tasting, clowning, all ages workshops and free Real Pickles.
This year's headliner is author, songwriter, storyteller, performing and recording artist Bill Harley. Recipient of Parents Choice, ALA and two Grammy awards, Bill uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, school and family life. Awarded the lifetime achievement award from Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and an honorary degree from Hamilton College, he tours nationwide. The first book in his latest work, a childrens book series about fourth grader Charlie Bumpers, recently won the Beverly Cleary Childrens Choice Award and is part of the One School, One Book programming. Bill lives in Seekonk, MA. www.billharley.com
Saturday, March 18 at Memorial Hall
Piti Theatres Sammy and the Grand Buffet at 2 p.m., is a solo physical comedy performed by Jonathan Mirin, directed by Godelieve Richard and developed in part with Avner the Eccentric (Avner Eisenberg). The show is inspired by Chaplin, Keaton, New Vaudeville as well as the work of contemporary companies such as Norways Grenland Friteater. In the play, Sammy is busy preparing the restaurant for the evenings Grand Buffetbut its not easy being Sammy. Forty magic, music and accident-filled minutes later, two audience members are invited onstage to partake of the feast.
Intermission from 3 to 4:00 p.m., featuring syrup-tasting, complimentary Real Pickles, a raffle, baked goods and syrup-themed treats around the village.
At 4 p.m., Bill Harley, one of Americas favorite singer-storytellers will perform his own set as well as narrate his own stories performed by Piti Theatres Shelburne Falls Youth Troupe.
Tickets are $15 for adults; 12 students/seniors, $5 for children age 12 and under. One tickets lets you see either or both performances. Tickets are available at Boswells Books, Shelburne Falls and World Eye Bookshop, Greenfield (cash/check only), online at ptco.org/syrup and at the door starting at 1 p.m.
Door and Raffle Prizes include a raffle grand prize of Red Sox tickets plus also donated by Davenport Mobil, Goulds Sugar House, Shelburne Arts Co-op.
Sunday, March 19 at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School
2 - 3 p.m.: FREE Acting and Physical Comedy/Clowning Workshop for children ages 7 12 led by Piti Theatres founding Co-Artistic Director Jonathan Mirin. Limited to 10 participants.
3:30 5:30 p.m.: Acting and Physical Comedy/Clowning Workshop for ages 13 113 led by Jonathan Mirin. Limited to 10 participants. $15 each. Register for workshops by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call (413) 625-6569.
The program is supported in part by grants from Buckland, Conway, Shelburne, Hawlemont and Plainfield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Special thanks to the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association.
About Piti Theatre Co.
The Piti Theatre Company is based in Shelburne Falls, MA and Les Ponts-de-Martel Switzerland. Piti (pronounced "pea-tea") is an ancient Indian (Pali) word which can be translated as joy or rapture. The companys mission is to create new work for the stage which lends itself to the happiness of artists and audiences. The company was founded in 2004 by a husband and wife team, Godeliève Richard and Jonathan Mirin. Richard is a Swiss dancer, choreographer, director and designer. Mirin is an American playwright, actor and director. Piti has been nominated for two Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) awards. Piti Theatre is Shelburne Falls only professional touring theatre company.
Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls (View)
51 Bridge Street
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
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