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Old Deerfield Productions

To create, nourish, promote, produce and present high quality theatre art that challenges, entertains, heals, engages, and nurtures our audience.

FRANKENSTEIN comes to Greenfield in July!

A thrilling new show that blows the lid off! Mary Shelley foresaw the monsters man would create. We spiral through her tale through the lens of now!

July 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm at the First National Bank Building, Bank Row, Greenfield, MA – tickets are $20.

The play Frankenstein is a new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel, written and performed by Lindel Hart as the Creature, Court Dorsey playing the roles of Victor Frankenstein, Mr. DeLacey, Elizabeth and William, and with Jane Williams playing Mary Shelley. The production will feature projection design by Florian Canga illustrating the story through light and image that will also draw parallels to our troubled present. Handheld video projectors and video installation manipulated by the character Mary Shelley will incorporate images from the Scientific Revolution of her time with present day images of genome mapping, stem cell research, quantum mechanics, chaos theory and more. By highlighting the prescience of Shelley’s novel we hope to further the process of changing our Story from one that sanctions dominance over nature to the New Story of our interconnectedness that will allow the human race to thrive in respectful relationship with the planet.

Presenting John Sheldon's Red Guitar, May 2 & 3

The Red Guitar on May 2 & 3 8:00 pm at ARTSBLOCK at 289 Main Street, in Greenfield, MA. Tickets are $20 and very limited so buy early: TICKETS

After two sold out nights as part of the Double Take Fringe Festival, we have joined up with John Sheldon to take THE RED GUITAR to the next level. John has expanded the show to be a full evening of his musical journey of life through music. Don’t miss it – for two nights only!

About The Red Guitar
Says Sheldon, “The Fender Stratocaster guitar was first advertised in the spring of 1954. At the same time, the first Hydrogen bombs were made operational. These two inventions were going to change the world. At the time, I was 3 years old. The electric guitar was to become a dominate force in my life, giving me entry into creative realms, while the H bomb would represent the opposite, a force of total destruction. My life played out between these two opposing energies. I was 12 when I first got my hands on an electric guitar. In the piece, I tell the story of what it sounded like to me, how it crackled with energy in my hands, and how I learned to play it. I found ways to learn off of records, by watching others play it, and even writing a letter to a famous guitarist who wrote back to me. Following the path through Surf music, Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and Roll, until I sat in a studio listening to Jimi Hendrix noodling around on his Stratocaster before a recording session, I absorbed everything I could. In this piece, I describe every realization, every sound that led me, by actually playing it. The audience will hear snatches of Duane Eddy, Dick Dale, Steve Cropper, Jimmy Reed, Hendrix, Knopfler, and finally, what it all became, how it all blended and merged. The intent is not only to entertain, educate, or demonstrate. It is to describe and enact a journey of the spirit, and to encourage others to find their own path and walk it.”

Summer Theater at Eaglebrook School for children and TEENS!

Old Deerfield Productions will offer their Summer Program for Children and now for TEENS at Eaglebrook School August 4-8 and 11-15, 2014 from 9am – 3pm. This year we will offer a single two week session for each of the two age groups. REGISTRATION

This is a holistic program where the children ages 8 through 13 and also young people ages 13 through 17 (they may choose if they are 13) have the opportunity to create original work, collaborate, cooperate and enjoy the beauty of Pocumtuck Ridge and the magnificent Eaglebrook campus in Deerfield and perform for their parents at the end of the session.

The cost is $550 for either of the two week sessions with a limit of 12 in each age group. A check may be made payable to Old Deerfield Productions at 7 Memorial Street, Deerfield, MA 01342. Deposit of $50 to reserve your spot is required at registration with remainder due by June 15. For registration form and more info contact Linda at lmciner@gmail.com

Founded in 1922, Eaglebrook School is a located on 750 acres along Pocumtuck Ridge in Deerfield, MA just off of Routes 5 and 10 in the village of Old Deerfield.
Our teachers: Bill Stewart (Children ages 8-13) teaches in the Leverett Elementary School and has taught theater workshops for young actors since 1995. He has played the roles of writer, director, Ultimate Frisbee Player, archaeologist, and especially actor, where he has performed as princes, monsters, & cowboys. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Playwrighting/Performance and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts.

Stephen Eldredge (Young people ages 13-17) holds a BA from Hamilton College is in “Theater-Drama”, and an MFA NYU Tisch School of the Arts degree in Acting. He co-founded the Hampshire Shakespeare Young Company, and was company mentor from 2000 – 2004. he has taught, coached and directed teen actors since 1991.

CHRISTMAS CAROL RETURNS TO THE ACADEMY!

We will bring back to the Academy of Music stage, A Christmas Carol, directed by John Reese with original music by Paula Kimper in December, 2014. It’s exciting to offer this whimsical and very, very Valley Christmas Carol. We feel Dickens’ message bears repeating, especially when so many among us are in need. A Christmas Carol is not a story of religious traditions but of humanity. It is about community, and will be produced in a way that celebrates our own unique and lively sense of community. People are looking for meaning and connection, especially at the holidays, and this is the perfect event to create that sense. It’s one of those shows that make you feel more human. And you will see lots of familiar faces on stage. We’ll establish A Christmas Carol as an annual ritual celebrating our interconnectedness within our beautiful Valley.

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