Feeling like a musical? Area high schools ready to entertain

  • Amelia Gilman, playing a younger Jane Eyre at left, and Aoife Reynolds, playing Helen, in the production of “Jane Eyre the Musical” at Hampshire Regional High School. The musical opens Thursday, March 31, and runs through Sunday, April 3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Grace Plummer stars as an older Jane Eyre in Hampshire Regional High School’s upcoming production of “Jane Eyre the Musical.” The musical opens on Thursday, March 31, and runs through Sunday, April 3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Amelia Gilman, playing Jane Eyre at left, and Aoife Reynolds, playing Helen, star in the production of “Jane Eyre the Musical” at Hampshire Regional High School. The musical runs from Thursday, March 31, through Sunday, April 3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • At left, Amelia Gilman, playing the young Jane Eyre, and Grace Martin, playing the older Jane Eyre, in the production of “Jane Eyre the Musical” at Hampshire Regional High School. The musical opens on Thursday, March 31, and runs through Sunday, April 3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Grace Martin, playing Jane Eyre, in the production of “Jane Eyre the Musical” at Hampshire Regional High School. The musical opens on Thursday, March 31, and runs through Sunday, April 3. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

For the Gazette
Published: 3/30/2022 8:17:51 PM
Modified: 3/30/2022 8:16:57 PM

As COVID restrictions continue to ease, high school performing arts groups across Hampshire County are offering an abundance of spring performances as annual traditions return to the stage.

Here is a rundown of some of the shows coming in April.

Hampshire Regional: ‘Jane Eyre the Musical’

The Hampshire Regional High School Theater program returns to the stage this spring with a much-anticipated rendition of “Jane Eyre the Musical.”

The Tony award-nominated musical adaption of Charlotte Brontë’s late 19th century Gothic romance follows the story of Jane Eyre, depicting the inner life of Victorian womanhood, outlining her struggles with natural desires and social conditioning.

Directed by actress Myka Plunkett, the cast features more than 40 students from Southampton Westhampton, Goshen, Williamsburg Chesterfield and Worthington.

Also featured in the performance is a children’s chorus consisting of kids from the multiple elementary schools in the district.

The group’s debut performance is Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and children under 18, and $5 for Hampshire Regional students and faculty. Additional performances are April 1-2 at 7 p.m, and April 3 at 2 p.m. Hampshire Regional is located at 18 Stage Road in Westhampton.

Tickets are available by calling 413-437-5587, emailing hrhstickets@gmail.com, at the door, or through this GoFan link: gofan.co/app/school/MA23946.

Easthampton High: ‘Mamma Mia’

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton High School’s rendition of the beloved musical “Mamma Mia” is scheduled to open on April 7 at 6 p.m.

“Mamma Mia” follows the story of bride-to-be Sophie Sheridan and her single mother Donna as they prepare for her wedding. Hoping to be walked down the aisle by her true father, Sophie invites the three potential ex-lovers of her mother, hoping to unveil the truth.

The theater company created a mock wedding registry to promote the production featuring the cast, places to eat and stay in the area, and even a real wedding registry that can be used to donate props and costumes for the show. The registry is at zola.com/wedding/sophieandsky.

Performances of “Mamma Mia” following opening night are scheduled for April 8-9 at 7 p.m., and April 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets, which went on sale Monday, are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets can purchased from the EHS front office, from a member of the cast/crew, or at the door.

EHS is located at 70 Williston Ave.

PVPA: Catalyst Dance concert

SOUTH HADLEY — Catalyst Dance Company of Pioneer Valley Performing Arts is returning for its annual dance concert, scheduled for April 8-9, at 7 p.m. both nights.

Directed by Felice Santorelli, the company’s performance features student work in a broad range of dance styles. In a series of vignettes, they strive to tell a story of human connection through the universal language of dance.

Tickets to the event are $10 for general admission, $7 for seniors and military, $5 for alumni and $3 for students, and can be purchased at the door, by email at boxoffice@pvpa.org, by calling at 413-552-1590, or online at Eventbrite.com.

PVPA is located at 15 Mulligan Drive in South Hadley.

Amherst Regional: ‘Hair the Musical’

AMHERST — Amherst Regional High School Theater is staging“Hair the Musical” April 7-9, at 7:30 all three nights.

The 1968 Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of a group of long-haired hippies fighting against conscription to the Vietnam War during the 1960s. The show’s message draws significant parallels between 1968 and 2022.

It’s directed by John Bechtold, ARHS performing arts director, and Todd Fruth, ARHS chorus director. The production consists of over 100 students on and off stage.

Tickets are $20 and $10 for ARHS students, faculty and seniors, and can be purchased at eventbrite.com or at the door.

Proof of vaccination is required, and masks must be worn by audience members for the duration of the performance. Amherst Regional is at 21 Mattoon St. in Amherst.


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