The History of Your (Mill) Town


“I saw ‘Olde Coleraine’ at Riverfest in Shelburne Falls, MA, and was so facinated, moved and impressed – the MUSIC was amazing and so sweet, with the children singing, and the subject matter was near and dear to my heart having grown up along-side a river . . . I actually cried – really enjoyed it!” – Shauna Lynn, Shelburne Falls

In response to a request for a new play with music about the history of Colrain, MA and funded by Mass Humanites and the Mass Cultural Council, Piti Theatre created a dramatic framework and original songs that can be adapted to any New England mill town. The new script, DVD of the performance and town-specific songs become resources for local schools, historical societies and museums. This residency format is designed for a mixed ages cast drawn from the community and/or schools who perform with Piti’s two actors and musician.

Listen to the rehearsal tracks and persuse the script from Olde Coleraine by clicking here.mill.boys

Request a DVD of the performance (including bonus footage of historical commentary by Hampshire College Professor of History Susan Tracy): info”at”

Read Susan Tracy’s “Public Humanist” blog post in the Valley Advocate

Go to the Olde Coleraine Resource page for downloads and images

Press about “Olde Coleraine”

WGBY Interview

Valley Advocate Feature

Greenfield Recorder Feature

Check out how “Olde Coleraine” was integrated into a day celebrating local history and the humanities at our 7th Annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival

OldeColeraine.Talkative“One of our students is a fourth or fifth generation Colrain resident. She was able to grasp the connection between her experience in rehearsal and the oral history lessons her family had handed down through the generations. She was able to be a part of the performance and have her family come and witness her acting out the very life of their ancestors . . . Another student in the class is a very reserved boy. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine he would participate so willingly and enthusiastically in this performance. However, he really came out of his shell and enjoyed the experience.”

- Amy Looman, Principal, Colrain Central School






This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.