SYRUP 2012


“This Saturday’s third annual 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, extending from Mirin’s serious clown show about living with Crohn’s disease to thoughtful entertainments created for and often with kids.”

– Chris Rohmann in the Valley Advocate on the 2012 festival. Read the whole feature HERE


Below you’ll see what happened at our 3rd Annual Festival at Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls

March 17 & 18, 2012

A delicious potpourri of world class theatre, music, and dance for all ages

2012 headline performer was internationally acclaimed ballet-mime artist Karen Montanaro offering workshops for all ages on Sunday, 3/18! (see schedule below for details)

Saturday Afternoon Family Show

2:00 pm: Piti Theatre’s Elmer and the Elder Tree


Juggler Thom Wall

Karen Montanaro and Ballet Renversé

Saturday Evening: Spring Seeds Gala

7 pm:

Northampton Singer-Songwriter Carrie Ferguson

Cellist Wayne Smith (Bach Suite No. 2 for Solo Cello in D minor)

Juggler Thom Wall

CLOWNING from Brattleboro’s Strong Coffee Stage

8:00 – Karen Montanaro’s “Tanzspiel” (German for “dance play”)

Tickets: $5 afternoon, $12 evening ($8 youth under 16) , $15 for all day bucket pass

Purchase Tickets Online

or call 1-800-838-3006


“The Maine Arts Commission is enormously pleased to honor Karen Montanaro with the Individual Artist Fellowship award.  Our distinguished panel of judges was impressed with Karen’s phenomenal technique and control, but most importantly they recognized that Karen has fused her prodigious skill in both mime and dance into a new art form, using the body as a descriptive tool — painterly, narrative and lyrical.”
–Donna McNeil, Director of the Maine Arts Commission

all workshops take place at Shelburne Falls Yoga, #1 Deerfield Avenue

11:00 – 12:30: Mime & Dance Workshop for Children ages 7 – 12

This will be a high-energy movement adventure.  Students will move in ways that engage 100% of their energy, their focus and their imagination.  They will learn some of the most popular mime illusions such as “the box” and the “moonwalk.”  They will learn how to move as different characters, animals and things.  They may even learn how to walk through a wall.

1:30 – 3:00: Physical Storytelling for teens/adults (ages 13+)

Karen’s fusion of mime and dance allows the mover to “speak” without using words and her workshop explores this possibility.  Students will learn “the box” and “the moonwalk” with an emphasis on the subtleties that turn regular movements into feats of magic.   They will approach movement as a road-to-discovery — a path that opens up to new feelings, new ideas and new states-of-being.  No previous dance or movement training is necessary and all body-types are welcome.

Workshops are $10 for SYRUP ticket holders, $15 for others

Register by emailing with the number of places you’d like and for which session.

Thank You Sponsors!

Lead Sponsors




Berkshire Insurance Group, a Berkshire Bank Affiliate

Blackmer Insurance

Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors

Greenfield Radio Shack

Greenfield Savings Bank

Yes Exactly Webdesign


Baker Pharmacy

Molly Cantor Pottery

Pro Tech Automotive of Greenfield

Shelburne Falls Independent

Shelburne Falls Yoga

With Door & Raffle Prizes From:

Elmer’s Store

The Pieropan Christmas Tree Farm

Real Pickles

Shelburne Falls Artwalk: May 5 & More

Stephen Earp Redware


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.

Buckland Cultural Council

Deerfield Cultural Council

Hawlemont Cultural Council

Heath Cultural Council

This program  is supported in part by grants from the Buckland, Deerfield, Heath and Hawlemont Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Contact us about Sponsorship Opportunities! or 413-625-6569