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Previous Performances

Spring 2013 Play:

The Interview

Show ran May 31, June 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9.

Fall 2012 Play:

The Secret Garden

Show ran October 26, 27, 28, November 2, 3, 4

Spring 2012:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Spring 2011:

Alice in Wonderland
Ran the first two weekends in April

Autumn 2010:

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Ran November 12 & 13, and 19, 20, 21

Autumn 2008:

Music Man
Ran November 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16

Spring 2008:

I Hate Hamlet
Ran April 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20
Play Stats, Cast, Photos - click here!

Autumn 2007:

Monson Arts Council - Sound of Music - October, 2007

The Sound of Music
Ran October 19 - 21 & 26 - 28
Play Stats, Cast, Photos & Video - click here!

Greene Room Productions:

UPCOMING OPPORTUNTIES:

Season Audition!:
September 12th, 10am
House of Art, 200 Main Street
All Ages Needed! Casting 6 Shows

"Seussical"
Friday/Saturday
September 11-12 & 18-19
Granite Valley Middle School
21 Thompson Street, Monson
$12/General Seating at the Door
Questions? Erin/Producer (413)668-7284

Greene Room Productions is holding the annual season AUDITION Saturday September 12th at 10am at the House of Art, 200 Main Street, Monson, MA. If you would like to be considered for a singing role please come with a song prepared to perform, preferably with either pre-recorded background music or sheet music.

GRP is auditioning for the SPRING MAINSTAGE production which will be either "The Sound of Music" or "Willy Wonka" (we are waiting for licensing), KIDS TOUR (professional kids acting troupe), and CENTERSTAGE PLUS (musical theater workshop). Please read below for show titles.

  1. MainStage Musical Production 2016, (All Ages)
  2. "The Marvelous Misadventures of Baba Yaga" - Kids Tour Workshop Show 2015, Ages 14-18
  3. "Animal Fables" An Operetta - CenterStage Plus Workshop Show 2015, Ages 14-18
  4. "Where the Wild Things Are" Kids Tour Workshop Show 2016, Ages 14-18
  5. "The Junglebook" CenterStage Plus Workshop Show 2016, Ages 14-18
  6. "Forest of Mystery" - All Ages outdoor theater!

General Information

  • Registration and workshop details can be found online: greeneroomproductions.com
  • GRP has rolling admission until workshops are full. Please do not wait to register, as there is limited class sizes.
  • All workshops are broken up into separate divisions according to the age of the students.
  • QUESTIONS? 413)668-7284
    www.greeneroomproductions.com

Thank you for your interest and I hope you all have a magical summer!

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How Would You Like to Save the World?

You can, in a fantasy performance that features the audience as heroes! When you attend a performance of the Forest of Mystery, you will become the travelers who have been foretold to appear before All Hallows Eve to free the world from the clutches of the great dragon. You will need help, from elves, mages, dwarves, fairies and a shining knight, but you can do it!

The "Forest of Mystery" is an interactive fantasy in which the audience travels from station to station on the trail of the Keep Homestead Museum, in darkness. It will be a theatrical experience unique to our area, not to be missed! The performance is a collaborative effort organized by Monson Rocks and including the Monson Arts Council, Greene Room Productions and the Keep Homestead Museum. The play is patterned on performances. which have been put on annually at the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center in Brattleboro Vermont for many years to loyal and enthusiastic audiences. This play, entitled "The Realm of Fire", was written by Jay and Jess Gelter, and performed at Bonnyvale last year, and has a theme of the loss and regaining of our natural world.

For this event, you should purchase tickets in advance, so that you can be assigned to a group at a particular time. Anyone who arrives without a reservation will be admitted only on a "space available" basis, and may need to wait a long time. Tickets to the event are available on three websites: www.KeepHomesteadMuseum.org, www.GreeneRoomProductions.com, and here on www.MonsonArtsCouncil.com. Tickets will be $15 for Adults, $10 for students and seniors. Once a ticket or tickets has been purchased, the buyers will be called to arrange an individual tour time, and to answer any questions they might have.

The Forest of Mystery team would like potential guests to understand what they can expect. The play will involve a woodland walk of about ½ mile, in the twilight or the dark, with some up and down and some uneven footing. It is recommended that guests wear good outdoor shoes, bring a flashlight, and stay on the paths throughout. Walking sticks could help for those who are inclined that way; you can bring one, or take one of those provided. The performance is not recommended for children under the age of six.

For ticket inquires, call Todd of the Monson Arts Council at: (413)267-3380; For any other inquiries, call Reed of Monson Rocks at: (413)537-0245

Forest of Mystery - A Unique Theatrical Experience

Coming to Monson on October 2nd and 3rd (and now, October 10th) is a unique outdoor theatrical experience, not to be missed!. It will take place in the evening on the hiking trails at the Keep Homestead Museum on Ely Road in Monson. It is an interactive fantasy tour which will lead successive groups sequentially through a series of scenes, each with its own station and actors, as the audience walks the Keep’s woodland trails on an autumn evening. What could be better than enjoying the night, the scenery and the enchantment all at once? The performance is a collaborative effort organized by Monson Rocks and including the Monson Arts Council, Greene Room Productions and the Keep Homestead Museum.

The play is patterned on performances.in The Forest of Mystery series which have been put on annually at the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center in Brattleboro Vermont for many years to loyal and enthusiastic audiences. This play, entitled "The Realm of Fire", was written by Jay and Jess Gelter, and performed at Bonnyvale last year. It is a fantasy, with fairies, dwarves, riddles and a dragon, with a theme of the loss and regaining of our natural world.

Tickets to the event are available online, on three websites: www.KeepHomesteadMuseum.org, www.GreeneRoomProductions.com, and here on www.MonsonArtsCouncil.com. Tickets will be $15 for Adults, $10 for students and seniors. Once a ticket or tickets has been purchased, the buyers will be called to arrange an individual tour time, and to answer any questions they might have.

The Forest of Mystery team would like potential guests to understand what they can expect. The play will involve a woodland walk of about ½ mile, in the twilight or the dark, with some up and down and some uneven footing. It is recommended that guests wear good outdoor shoes, bring a flashlight, and stay on the paths throughout. Walking sticks could help for those who are inclined that way; you can bring one, or take one of those provided. The performance is not recommended for children under the age of six.

"Lend me a Tenor" a sidesplitting success










The Monson Arts Council spring play "Lend me a Tenor" was staged at the Palmer Historical and Cultural Council’s home, Harmony Hall, for two weekends in May and June, to enthusiastic audiences. Due to the closing of Memorial Hall for safety upgrades, the MAC was forced into these temporary quarters. This is a wonderful venue, but required the crew to more than double the size of the existing stage in order to accommodate the many doorways required by the action. Hats off to the crew!

"Lend me a Tenor" is a marvelous farce in the great French tradition, written by Ken Ludwig, A key element in the tradition is a dizzying series of entries and exits…hence the prominent role of the doorways. In its New York run it garnered nine Tony nominations including wins for best Actor and Best Director. The MAC production was directed by Stephanie Gilbert, who created a wonderful show under the trying conditions.

The casting was wonderful, featuring a group of actors who clearly were fitted to their roles, and have a great time. Jeff Clayton, as the temperamental General Manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company Saunders, was at his histrionic best, never far from a heart attack. Joe Van Allen, as Max, the youthful, assistant to Saunders and substitute tenor, was a stitch trying to keep it all together as everything fell apart. He is in love with Saunders starstruck daughter Maggie. played by Katie Fitzpatrick, who was delightful and uninhibited.

Tito Merelli renowned Opera Tenor and notorious ladies man was played by Robert Laviolette along with his hot tempered wife Maria played by Mary Fernandez-Sierra. Robert injected a healthy dose of testosterone into the proceedings, despite being drugged by a massive dose of sleeping pills. The testosterone was matched in spades by Diana, the sexy Soprano of the Opera (Jami Byrne), Julia, the haughty Chairwoman of the Opera Guild (Rae Banigan), and by the madcap Bellhop of the Hotel (Monique de Bios), all trying to climb into somebody’s pants in quick succession. The result was hilarious, wall-to-wall pillow pandemonium.



MAC Theater Group awaits Memorial Hall reopening

Memorial Hall

Memorial Hall, the longtime home of the Monson Arts Council theater program, has been closed for safety upgrades for the past year. This has been a major blow to the MAC, making the hall unavailable for last year’s Holiday craft fair, as well as theater productions. We are delighted and grateful that Monson Summer Theater and Greene Room Productions has maintained a steady theater presence during this period.

In addition to the loss of our main venue, the theater group was required to evacuate all stored materials from the building. This was a major effort which included relocating the most usable materials and disposing of the rest. The loss of storage is permanent since the basement areas will not be available for theater storage when the building reopens.

As of August 2014, Memorial Hall has been cleared for renovation, and bids have been received for the work. Though the building will not be available for a fall theater production, it should be available for this year’s Holiday Craft fair. The Monson Arts Council played a significant part in moving this project forward, including hosting a fund drive for the hall which raised over $6000 toward the necessary upgrades.

The theater group is already beginning its plans for a theater production in Memorial hall in the spring of 2015. Keep an eye on this page for future updates!


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