20th October, 2014

COFFEEHOUSE ANNOUNCEMENT

Due to an unfortunate scheduling error, we are moving the date of Coffeehouse! Coffeehouse is NO LONGER HAPPENING this Friday 10/24. Instead, we are moving the date to after our productions, likely Friday 12/5.

Please ask Katie or me if you have any questions. So sorry for the confusion, and hope you can make it in December!

-Joy

7th October, 2014

Coffeehouse: PUMPKINS… or Whatever

Hey folks! It’s time to start signing up to perform in the UMTG annual coffeehouse!! The theme this semester is “PUMPKINS… or whatever.” The event will be hosted on the 24th of October, and the deadline to sign up for an act is the 16th, so get moving! SO, if you like performing your extraordinary talents, or you just really like pumpkins, please fill out an application (which can be found here: http://umasstheatreguild.tumblr.com/coffeehouse ) and email it to either ->

umtheatreguild@gmail.com

OR

kfontes@umass.edu

Each act should only be about 5 minutes long, and microphones/ amps will be provided!

There will also be food.. so there’s that.

ALSO: there will be a Pumpkin Pie eating contest (we need at least 3 contestants), and there will be prizes!!! If you would like to be one of those contestants, please contact Katie Fontes at kfontes@umass.edu for more information.

Okay, cool.

5th October, 2014

An Open Letter to Chancellor Subbaswamy on Behalf of the Arts

Dear Chancellor,

I am writing on behalf of the “What the FAC?” movement at UMASS because support for the Humanities and Fine Arts is essential for my community. I am the Chairperson of the UMASS Theatre Guild, which is one of the oldest student organizations on campus. Founded in 1906 and formally incorporated as an RSO in 1920, the Theatre Guild has been a critical creative outlet for students here for over a century. Although we have some wonderful supporters on campus—our advisors in Student Activities & Involvement, for example, have always worked hard on our behalf—we have keenly felt the disparity in University funding that negatively affects Humanities and Fine Arts programs and facilities.

The UMASS Theatre Guild produces a full play and musical every semester without the adequate facilities to do so. We have an arrangement to use the FAC’s Bowker Auditorium for only one of our productions, leaving us scrambling to find an alternate space for our other show. We often end up performing in a lecture hall that was not designed to showcase theatrical works. Although both our production teams are extraordinarily hardworking, only one team will be able to work and perform in a real theater. The other team may work in a space that has seats held together with duct tape, such as Marks Meadow auditorium. These alternate spaces are always challenging to light well, present difficulties for sound projection, and are frequently too cramped to accommodate sets and actors. It is demoralizing for many performers, directors, and tech crew members to present their hard work in such ill-equipped spaces.

The FAC and Theater Department have limited resources for their own programs and little to spare for us, which has contributed to unnecessary tension over the resources we share. My freshman year, the FAC revoked our privileges to use the loft in Stockbridge Hall as our storage space—a place we had used to keep costumes, props, and set pieces for half a century. The Guild no longer has any place to store our materials for future use besides the cramped office in the Student Union that we share with 4-5 other RSOs. Every year, we throw out useable materials because we simply have no place to keep them. Although we are able to use the FAC’s scene shop to build our sets, we are unable to store our set pieces there because they need the space for other projects.

Why is there not greater support for the arts on campus? Are our student activities worth less to this community than the work of our athletic teams? The football team has a newly-renovated multi-million dollar stadium for their home games. The basketball team will soon have a new training facility across from the rec center. The Theatre Guild, in contrast, rehearses five nights a week in Bartlett classrooms that have boarded-over windows, broken blinds, burned-out lights, malfunctioning heating systems, and floors thickly coated with dust. One frequently hears phrases that illuminate how students feel, such as “We’re rehearsing in Fartlett,” or “Let me brush you off; you’ve got Bartlett on you.” Humanities buildings remain in shocking disrepair as science and engineering buildings receive expensive renovations and wonderfully upgraded facilities. Please do not misunderstand—I fully support upgrades to our STEM facilities and am proud of the research that occurs daily at this University. I am also proud of the accomplishments of our athletes and enjoy the excitement that sporting events bring to campus. But the disparity in funding and treatment by the Administration is blatant and needs to stop now.

This is a question of respect. Our University forms a nexus that produces top-notch artistic work and innovative academic projects within the Humanities and Fine Arts. As educators and students, we are fortunate to study at the University, but the University is also fortunate to have us. If our education and extracurriculars do in fact matter to the UMASS community, then the spaces in which we live, work, create, and play ought to be treated with more respect.

Thank you for your consideration,

Joy Silvey

UMASS Theatre Guild Chair 2014-15

Senior HFA student in History

24th September, 2014

Anonymous asks:

Yes! Thank you, I applied a few weeks ago and just wanted to make sure I didn't miss out on an interview

Have you heard back from one of our Producers yet, and have they asked for your availability? If not, you should send them a brief reminder. The Guild inbox is kind of a mess right now, and as conscientious as we’ve tried to be, there’s a chance someone may have slipped by our notice.

24th September, 2014

Anonymous asks:

I know that the hiring process is still taking place, but does that mean that its strictly a process of making decisions right now or are interviews still going to be held this week?

We are no longer accepting applications, but those of you who applied before last Friday and have been in touch with the Producers will still be interviewed (if you have not been interviewed already). Hiring decisions are in progress, but we will not officially hire a position until we have interviewed everyone we are considering for the position. Does that make sense?

—Joy

23rd September, 2014

General Body Meeting Minutes, 9/21/14

•We’ve casted the shows. Hooray!

•Rehearsals for Into the Woods have been going well. There’s been some character work, some singing, some dancing—things are happening. We should be receiving actual librettos very soon!

•Macbeth rehearsals have just gotten started. They started with a Sparknotes-version read through, and have been moving onto some scene work. We’ve also submitted the Arts Council Grant, so hopefully we’ll receive some extra funding soon! Eboard and directors are still looking to finalize a space for the show, and will provide that information as soon as we have it.

•A-teams are starting to come together. We received an overwhelming number of applications and the Producers have been trying their best to get back to everyone. We are no longer accepting applications, and are striving to have everyone hired by next Friday. Because…

•Big Wind Blows is October 3rd! Space/time to be announced. The casts and a-teams of both shows are strongly encouraged to attend. It’s a good time. Mark your calendars.

•Also, please mark your calendars for the next General Body Meeting, which will be Sunday, October 5th at 5:30 pm in Bartlett 301. We’ll be providing some critical new information on scene shop procedures, as well as how to sign up for hours this semester. We have a brand-new shop manager who’s going to be helping us out with this. Scene shop hours will start in October and we have very limited time to accomplish all the wonderful things we dream of, so we need to be as organized and proactive about this as possible. 

•Unfortunately, the Cabin Trip is no more. We did not receive enough money from all of you to reserve the space. If you gave Katie $5 to reserve your spot, please contact her to get your money back. We hope to arrange other Guild Bonding events soon that don’t cost as much or require as much planning. Stay tuned! 

•Coffeehouse! It will be Friday, October 24th, time and location to be announced. I believe Katie has made the theme “Pumpkins or Whatever” in honor of fall and Halloween and apathy. Start thinking about acts you want to perform—comedy skits, dance, singing/music, poetry, or some new fusion of entertainment I can’t even dream up right now. You don’t have to be part of either show—or even consider yourself a Guild member!—to sign up, so invite your friends. Katie will post soon about collecting applications for acts so we can put together a program for the evening.

•Remember that for Voting Rights (for next semester’s shows, for next year’s eboard, and for constitutional amendments), you must attend two-thirds of the General Body Meetings! Talk to Katie if you have questions or concerns about voting rights. You should also read more about them in the FAQ

•Adam made a brief announcement about SASP procedures. If you are an a-team member who needs to make purchases for the show, PLEASE talk to Adam about SASP policy. The SASP is a student purchasing card that the university signs out to us. If you need to make a purchase, you MUST bring a list to Adam that includes: 1. What you intend to buy, 2. Where you intend to buy it, 3. How much it will cost. It will take Adam at least TWO BUSINESS DAYS to file the request in the office and have them process it. Adam will set up an appointment with you in the Center for Student Development Business Office in the Student Union, you sign out the card, go shopping, and return the card to the office within 24 hours. Make sure you get itemized receipts!

•If you purchased a T-shirt last semester and have yet to receive it, please contact Joy and she will do her best to make sure it is delivered to you as soon as possible. If you also attended Banquet last semester and did not receive a UMTG pin, please talk to me as well. Again, we are sorry for the confusing surrounding these items. 

•Bored? Lonely? Come hang out with us in the Guild Office, room 423B upstairs in the Student Union. There’s finally a sign on the door so you’ll know you’re in the right place.

14th September, 2014

Macbeth Final Cast List

*Producer’s Note: Thank you everyone who came to callbacks today! With all the talent we had to work with it was a hard decision, but we’ve got a cast list! Cast members please come to our first rehearsal in Bartlett 301 on Tuesday the 16th at 7 PM. We can’t wait to see you there!

We encourage anyone who was interested in A-Team to apply by the 17th! The applications can be found at umasstheatreguild.tumblr.com/a-team. Thank you again to everyone!

Macbeth: Dennis Kane

Macduff / Captain / 1st Apparition: Ashlyn Stromgren

Lady Macbeth: Christie Basinas

Lady Macduff / Witch #1: Gabby St. Pierre

Banquo / Seyton: James Guillette

Malcolm / Murderer #2: Matt Crawford

Duncan / Old Siward / Old Man / Murderer #3: Patrick Neal

Ross: Jack Duff

Lennox: Phillipe Janvier

Witch #2 / Servant / Young Siward: Hannah Finch

Gentlewoman / Fleance / Macduff’s Son / 2nd & 3rd Apparition: Hannah Deighan

Donalbain / Menteith / Doctor / Murderer #1 / Lord: Sevrin Willinder

Witch #3 / Messenger: Alanna Flynn

Hecate / Caithness: Emily Dodge

Angus / English Doctor / Porter: Garrett Schlundt

13th September, 2014

Macbeth Callbacks

*Producer’s Note: Thank you to everyone who came out to audition for our production of Macbeth! We were overwhelmed by the amount of talent we’ve seen, and are happy to present our callbacks. Please arrive 20 minutes before your callback time and feel free to bring your homework/snacks/sweaters for your comfort. (Definitely bring a sweater)

If you are interested in an A-Team position, please send your application in by Wednesday the 17th! Applications can be found at umasstheatreguild.tumblr.com/a-team

Macbeth:

Andrea Angiolillo

Christie Basinas

Miranda Cashman

Jack Duff

Dennis Kane

Lady Macbeth:

Christie Basinas

Miranda Cashman

Gabby St. Pierre

Malcolm:

Andrea Angiolillo

Matt Crawford

Ashlyn Stromgren

Duncan:

Miranda Cashman

Matt Crawford

Phillipe Janvier

Dennis Kane

Donalbain / Doctor:

Corey Shore

Frank Schuth

Jared Wise

Sevrin Willindor

Banquo:

Jack Duff

Patrick Neal

Garrett Schlundt

Jared Wise

Macduff:

Andrea Angiolillo

Dennis Kane

Gabby St. Pierre

Ashlyn Stromgren

Lennox:

Matt Crawford

James Guillette

Dennis Kane

Garrett Schlundt

Ross:

Jack Duff

James Gillette

Garrett Schlundt

Jared Weiss

Lady Macduff / Witch #1:

Hannah Finch

Gabby St. Pierre

Ashlyn Stromgren

Gentlewoman / Witch #2:

Hannah Deighan

Ashlyn Stromgren

Hannah Youssef

Witch #3:

Emily Dodge

Alanna Flynn

Arielle Vishny

Macduff’s Son:

Hannah Finch

Hannah Deighan

Sevrin Willindor

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Macbeth / Macduff

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Lady Macduff / Macduff’s Son / Ross

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Macduff / Malcolm

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM: Macbeth / Lady Macbeth

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Malcolm / Donalbain / Macduff / Macbeth / Lady Macbeth / Lennox

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Lady Macbeth / Doctor / Gentlewoman

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Duncan / Banquo / Lady Macbeth

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM: Banquo / Macbeth / Witches

 

 

9th September, 2014

Anonymous asks:

is it too late to apply for a-team?

Nope, not at all! We’re still hiring almost everything (However, I believe Daryl is no longer taking Stage Manager applications for Into the Woods due to the large number of applicants). We’re especially looking for applicants with set design/carpentry experience and need to hire those positions within the next week. 

If you have applied for a position already and have yet to hear from our Producers, please be patient. We’ve had a large influx of applications and our Producers are busy students! They will be able to respond soon.

-Joy, UMTG Chair

9th September, 2014

Anonymous asks:

Is the cabin trip more for upper classmen/ would it be awkward for a newbie to go?

We would really love for members of all ages and experience to join us! We’re envisioning this as a Guild bonding trip, and I think this would be a great opportunity for a newbie to become close with other members. I’m glad you’re interested and hope you make it!

-Joy, UMTG Chair

9th September, 2014

Anonymous asks:

Hi!! I saw the form for the cabin trip in the Facebook group but couldn't click on it because its "unavailable", is the trip full?

Hmmm that’s strange! The trip is not full as far as I know now, and I’m not sure why the Facebook page isn’t working. Could you try the link again and see if it works now? I’ll let our Secretary know you had a problem accessing it!

-Joy, UMTG Chair

9th September, 2014

Anonymous asks:

who is needed at rehersal tomorrow

Currently, everyone is called for Into the Woods to do a read through tonight. The Director and Producer will be making a schedule soon and will let you know other times you should be there. If you have any conflicts, please let them know!

-Joy, UMTG Chair

7th September, 2014

motorboatingmotherteresa asks:

Hi! I'm Becca Regan. I'm a freshman who auditioned last night at 7pm. On my application, I put down that I would not be interested in Stage Crew or backstage work of any kind, but after experiencing your really cool community, I'd love to work with you in any way possible! If you need any help, my email is rlregan@umass

Hey there Becca! We are so happy that you are interested in joining our a-team! Here is a link where you can find the application :)

http://umasstheatreguild.tumblr.com/a-team

Once you complete it, please email your app to umtheatreguild@gmail.com

Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon!!

7th September, 2014

Anonymous asks:

If we sent in our A Team app three days ago and haven't heard back does that mean the position is filled?

Nope! Please continue to check your email. We apologize for the delay; due to the large influx of a-team applications, as well auditions this past weekend, we have not been able to schedule an interview for everyone that has applied. We WILL be scheduling more interviews within the next couple weeks. 

Thank you for you interest and we will get back to you soon!