5th ANNUAL ONE SWEET PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
Performances: March 22, 2 – 6:30 pm, Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls MA
Avner the Eccentric’s Workshop: March 23, 2 – 5 pm, Shelburne Falls Yoga
” . . . Syrup—subtitled One Sweet Performing Arts Festival—reflects the interests and variety embodied in Mirin and Richard’s Piti Theatre Company. Their work embraces kids and adults, theater and movement . . .”
- Chris Rohmann, Valley Advocate. Read the 2012 feature HERE
SYRUP 2014 will feature another delicious potpourri of world class theatre, music, and dance for all ages, syrup tasting, free Real Pickles and more! Ticket holders and workshop participants can also enjoy festival-inspired discounts around the village.
We are thrilled to have one of the world’s most renowned clowns, Avner the Eccentric, headlining our 2014 festival. Avner will be performing his award winning “Exceptions to Gravity” at 5 pm on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Hall and offering a workshop for performers, teachers, and anyone interested in learning the techniques of physical comedy on Sunday, 3/23 from 2 – 5 pm at Shelburne Falls Yoga. Reserve your place by emailing us.
Saturday’s performances will also include one of the Pioneer Valley’s (and our) favorite storyteller-musicians John Porcino (3:15 pm) and Piti Theatre’s “Elmer and the Elder Tree” (2 pm) which has been touring New England since it’s 2008 premiere. Tickets are $12 / $5 for children 12 and under. One ticket lets you see any and all of the performances.
Available at Boswell’s Books, Shelburne Falls and World Eye Bookshop, Greenfield
Why buy ahead of time? Besides not having to wait in line at the box office, enjoy a 20% discount at Shelburne Falls’ newest, coolest, greenest little lunch spot La Luncheonette at 8 Bridge Street with your ticket through 3/23 (doesn’t apply to organic juice bar or Sunday brunch items). Plus Maple Syrup Steamers (steamed milk with a shot of local maple syrup) are $2! (NOTE: The Baker’s Oven had to unexpectedly close so . . . just head down the block).
2 pm: Piti Theatre’s “Elmer and the Elder Tree“ . . . a great way to kick off spring! The audience receives seeds to take home after the show.
“The charming tale is conceived and performed by Mirin and Richard against a magical backdrop of gorgeous butterflies, gleaming mushrooms and colorful beetles (and wonderfully noisy, evocative music) . . . ” – Theatermirror.com. Read the whole review
1st Intermission: syrup tasting, complimentary Real Pickles, raffle, baked goods . . . this year’s syrup maker will be Shelburne’s Country Maple Farms!
3:15 pm: John Porcino
“We were enthralled, bringing us to times and places either forgotten or to the future of what could be…”
John is one of the Valley’s most loved storyteller – musicians and we have been trying to get him to come to SYRUP for years . . . come discover or re-discover him.
2nd Intermission: more syrup tasting, raffle, free Real Pickles . . .
“I laughed for two solid hours. The show
only lasted an hour and a half.”
—Joel Siegel, ABC-TV
“Avner Eisenberg in Exceptions to Gravity is a reminder of the theatrical power that can reside in a single charismatic performer who touches the heart.”
“Here is what Avner the Eccentric does best: he reduces his audience to laughter and giggles and applause.” – New York Times
“Hilarious, take no prisoners comedy.”
(In the unlikely event that prisoners are taken, they will be accorded full protection under the Geneva Convention.)
“Astonishing and funny. A clown for the thinking man…Avner the Eccentric leaves you hungry for more.” – John Simon, New York Magazine
SCHEDULE: SUNDAY, MARCH 23rd
2 – 5 pm: Avner the Eccentric’s “Introduction to Eccentric Performing” at Shelburne Falls Yoga
“I learned more from your class than most of the workshops and classes I have taken in the past five years combined!”
- Rick Osann (high school drama techer)
“Avner has been a very warm and ingenious teacher. Very clear and well thought-out. The workshop was fascinating.”
- Mikaela Clark
Cleveland, Ohio 2008
Eccentric Performing is one of the most personal and paradoxical of theater forms: It can be ingenious or dim-witted, skillful or blundering. It can have a sharp verbal wit or be completely silent. It can be extremely silly while pointing out the failure of society. Above all Eccentric Performing is funny!
What you will learn:
- Creating and maintaining rapport with any audience
- Using breath to increase your comfort on stage, and to heighten the emotional impact of your performance
- Using problem solving to create comedy out of ordinary activities
- Applying Lecoq training to clowning
- Turning any audience volunteer into an exceptional volunteer
- And much more
This 3 hour introduction to the world of Eccentric Performing is open to performers of all experience levels (including teachers and other “performing” professionals).
Thank You 2014 Sponsors!
Better World Auto Club
The Benson Place
Greenfield Savings Bank
Lundgren Honda of Greenfield
Matthew Cavanaugh Photography
Radio Shack Greenfield
South River Miso Company
The Vac Store
Molly Cantor Pottery
Pro Tech Automotive
Shelburne Falls Yoga
With Door & Raffle Prizes From:
GRAND PRIZE: TWO BOSTON RED SOX TICKETS!
All About Beads
Nancy L. Dole, Books and Ephemera
Goulds’ Sugar House
Plants for Pleasure
JH Sherburne Fine Art & Serious Whimsy
Shelburne Arts Co-op: Creative Beading by Sally Chaffee
Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Buckland and Shelburne Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Special Thanks to the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association
Contact us about Sponsorship and Raffle Prize Donation Opportunities!
Want to volunteer?
info”at”ptco.org or 413-625-6569