Saturday, February 27, 2016

URINETOWN Poster


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Synopsis 
 In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company: the Urine Good Company. If the poor don’t obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they’ll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious “Urinetown.” After too long under the heel of the malevolent Caldwell B. Cladwell, the poor stage a revolt, led by a brave young hero, fighting tooth and nail for the freedom to pee “wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like, and with whomever you like.” A brilliant satire, URINETOWN is a wickedly funny, fast-paced, and surprisingly intelligent comedic romp.

Mohawk Trail Regional presents

URINETOWN THE MUSICAL

Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollman, Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis
Directed by Will MacAdams

Performances

  • Friday, March 4 at 7 pm
  • Saturday, March 5 at 7 pm
  • Sunday, March 6 at 2 pm
Performances are in the Mohawk auditorium.

Tickets

  • $10 for adults
  • $5 for students/seniors
  • Free for children 2 and under (on parent’s lap)
All tickets are general admission. Tickets may be reserved, or you may purchase tickets at the door if available.

Reservations (accepted until two hours before the show) : 

In your email or phone reservation please tell us your name, the date of the show you'd like to attend, and the number of tickets you'd like. Payment for tickets is made at the door. 

Tickets may be paid for and picked up in the lobby starting 1 hour before the show. The auditorium will open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Note

"URINETOWN" imagines a future when access to public bathrooms is controlled by a wealthy few in an era of drought and income inequality. As a satirical musical with mature themes, "URINETOWN" may be more appropriate for teenagers and adults than for younger children.


URINETOWN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIshows.com

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Music News

From Principal Lynn Dole's February 21, 2016 Newsletter:


Mohawk’s production of the musical “Urinetown”:  Performances are Friday, March 4 at 7:00 pm, Saturday, March 5th at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, March 6th at 2:00 pm.   

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students/seniors, and Free for children 2 and under (on parent’s lap).
For reservations: email mohawkmusicalreservations@gmail.com and leave your name, the date of the show you'd like to attend, and the number of tickets you'd like.
Starting on Tuesday, February 23 you can also reserve tickets by phone at (413) 625-9811 extension 1364.  

The musical "Urinetown" imagines a future when access to public bathrooms is controlled by a wealthy few in an era of drought and income inequality.  As a satirical musical with mature themes, "Urinetown" may be more appropriate for teenagers and adults than for younger children.


Theater at Mohawk
Director Will MacAdams shares this news:
A hub of activity in the “Urinetown” rehearsal process:  dance rehearsals in one room, music rehearsals in another, acting rehearsals on the stage or even in the hallway; a mural taking shape on the auditorium wall;  recently painted cubes on the stage, behind a tower being transformed by chicken wire, paint, and students' hands.

What I love most about theater is its ability to create community.   We are seeing that every day, in both the work we are making and in how students support each other in the process.   I can't wait to share it with you - and hopefully inspire joy, laughter, and dialogue about the world that we share.


We wish Middle School Music Teacher Gina Clark the very best as she begins a new position in Greenfield
Ms. Clark on her last day at Mohawk with three students whom she has taught since pre-K: seniors Ethan Glover, Kylee Cole, and Cassie Kudlay.
After eleven years at Mohawk, Middle School Music Teacher Gina Clark has taken a position closer to her home in Greenfield.  We will miss her!  She shares this news:

Middle School music students and families,
Thank you so very much for your continued support of the music department and your children throughout my 11 years at Mohawk. Your kids have been such an inspiration to me, and have made me the teacher that I am today. I will never forget my time at Mohawk and will cherish all of the wonderful memories Mohawk has provided me. I wish you all the best!

To high school students and families: On my last day at Mohawk the HS students surprised me with a serenade in the music room as the day came to a close. Additionally, Citrus and the Fruitbowl also sang a song for me, and sang a tribute over the intercom so the whole school could hear. As I looked around the room at the talent and joy the high school students have of their singing, I felt so very proud to have been a part of so many students lives. Thank you so very much. I could not have asked for a more wonderful send off!

Tuesday, March 8
Mohawk Music Association meeting at 6:30 pm in the library.  All are welcome.  

URINETOWN THE MUSICAL - March 4, 5, 6


Mohawk Trail Regional presents

URINETOWN THE MUSICAL

Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollman, Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis
Directed by Will MacAdams

Performances

  • Friday, March 4 at 7 pm
  • Saturday, March 5 at 7 pm
  • Sunday, March 6 at 2 pm
Performances are in the Mohawk auditorium.

Tickets

  • $10 for adults
  • $5 for students/seniors
  • Free for children 2 and under (on parent’s lap)
All tickets are general admission. Tickets may be reserved, or you may purchase tickets at the door if available.

Reservations (accepted until two hours before the show) : 

In your email or phone reservation please tell us your name, the date of the show you'd like to attend, and the number of tickets you'd like. Payment for tickets is made at the door. 

Tickets may be paid for and picked up in the lobby starting 1 hour before the show. The auditorium will open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Note

"URINETOWN" imagines a future when access to public bathrooms is controlled by a wealthy few in an era of drought and income inequality. As a satirical musical with mature themes, "URINETOWN" may be more appropriate for teenagers and adults than for younger children.


URINETOWN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIshows.com


URINETOWN Program (3/8/2016)

Program (pdf file)

URINETOWN Cast (3/5/2016)



URINETOWN Poster (2/28/2016)


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Updates from the Director (2/21/2016)

Director Will MacAdams shares this news:
A hub of activity in the “Urinetown” rehearsal process:  dance rehearsals in one room, music rehearsals in another, acting rehearsals on the stage or even in the hallway; a mural taking shape on the auditorium wall;  recently painted cubes on the stage, behind a tower being transformed by chicken wire, paint, and students' hands.
 What I love most about theater is its ability to create community.   We are seeing that every day, in both the work we are making and in how students support each other in the process.   I can't wait to share it with you - and hopefully inspire joy, laughter, and dialogue about the world that we share.

Moments From This Week's "Urinetown" Rehearsals (2/10/2016)

Photos of rehearsals featuring work of choreographer Kylee Cole, a Mohawk Senior:  http://www.mohawkmusicassociation.org/2016/02/moments-from-this-weeks-urinetown.html

Updates from the Director (1/31/2016)

Dear Mohawk families and community members,

We are three weeks into rehearsal for URINETOWN and the show is beginning to take shape.  Every day, there are new challenges, new discoveries, and new things that make us laugh.  As a newcomer to this community, I am learning every day.  A few highlights:

SEEING students pour over their scripts, or simply laughing together, in the minutes before rehearsal -  and remembering the friendships I built in theater at their age  (several of which remain to this day).
SPEAKING with students in Rachel Silverman's "Issues in Contemporary Art" class about a mural that they will paint on the walls of the auditorium, to make the whole room alive with the story.
WATCHING the discipline and focus of senior Kylee Cole, who is the choreographer for the show -  and whose work inspires me and her peers.
LISTENING to students in the 'Chorus of the Poor' (an ensemble that defines much of the play's action) as they reflect on issues in contemporary society that echo the stories of the play.
And (most of all) HEARING the beautiful voices of Mohawk students  - in the music room, in the auditorium, and in the hallway.  The strength of their voices reflects Mohawk's amazing vocal program.   I am thrilled to be a part of that proud history.

So JOIN US on Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th (at 7:00 pm) and Sunday, March 6th (at 2:00 pm) for the show. I guarantee you an evening that will make you laugh, make you think, and, most of all, make you cheer for the extraordinary students of Mohawk.

One last note: we'd love your help with the set!   As the the show gets closer, we are looking for PIPES, PIPE MATERIAL, AND OTHER METAL TO FORM PART OF THE SET.  We are looking for pipes (PVC or metal), corrugated metal, scraps of luan, wire mesh, as well as fasteners, flanges, faucets, knobs, valves, drains, etc.  Do you have any old (clean!) materials that you'd like to be turned into art?  If so, a box will be in the Mohawk lobby starting this week.  For larger items (or with questions) email Michelle Larocque at mlarocque@mohawkschools.org.  Please note that we will be unable to return the donations.  Thank you!
Director Will MacAdams


Eagerly anticipating this year’s musical in March (12/21/2015)

Auditions for this year’s musical will be held on Monday, January 4, afterschool for all students in grades 8-12 who are interested in performing. This year's production will be "Urinetown", an award-winning musical that imagines a community with a critical water shortage where the government has banned the use of private toilets. The citizens must use public facilities that are controlled by a single corporation that profits by charging admission for this basic need, and the people organize to challenge this situation. The show is a satire that examines capitalism, social inequality, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, local politics, and musical theater. We selected this show in part because it invites us to explore environmental and social issues while also being a challenging and engaging production for our student performers.
Mohawk welcomes Will MacAdams as Director of this year’s production.  He writes,

I am proud to be joining the Mohawk community to direct "Urinetown."  I've been a teacher and a theater director for over twenty years.  I have taught theater in colleges (most recently at Hampshire College), high schools, after-school programs, and in the juvenile justice system.  I have worked in theater in South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, and across the U.S. 

What matters to me is community - places that people feel passionate about, places where stories are the lifeblood.   This is clearly that kind of place.

"Urinetown" is a story of struggle in difficult times and it is also about how to laugh at ourselves and make music in the midst of loss.  I'm excited for your participation and your partnership in the process - necessary ingredients in making this an incredible show and, even more importantly, a transformative learning process for the wonderful Mohawk students.

Will MacAdams, Director of the 2016 Mohawk Musical

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Mohawk's "Song Grams" in the News

Mohawk students send ‘song grams’ to Valentines


From the Greenfield Recorder, February 16, 2106, page B1. Neighbors by Anita Fritz.

Hello neighbor.

A guest writer — my friend and colleague Diane Broncaccio — shared this with me this week, and I’d like to share it with you.

Lots of people get Valentine’s Day cards, but many in the Mohawk Trail Regional School community got “song grams” last week — student-made a capella arrangements of love songs, according to Music Director Scott Halligan.

One delighted Mohawk parent, Cory Young, was in her cow barn doing chores Friday morning, when she got a call from a group of Mohawk students, calling themselves “The Love Notes,” who then serenaded her with their version of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” It was a little Valentine’s message from her daughter, Morgan. Young said students paid $3 each to send a love song to friends and family.

“It made my whole day,” Young told The Recorder. “It was so wonderful. Chorus, in my day, wasn’t like this.”

According to Halligan, about 20 members of Mohawk’s Select Chorus delivered “Song Grams” over the phone and in person around the school. Other a capella groups had names like “Stay Outta Treble,” “Citrus and the Fruit Bowl” and “Love Clouds.”

“I don’t have the final count yet for song grams that were sold, but it was at least three dozen,” he said. Students within the school’s National Music Honor Society will vote on how to spend the money they raised. “They will likely use it to help pay for a group meal when the high school band and chorus travel to the Annapolis Music Festival in Maryland this April,” he said.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Moments From This Week's "Urinetown" Rehearsals

Choreography by Senior Kylee Cole.

Performances:  Friday, March 4 at 7 pm, Saturday, March 5 at 7 pm, and Sunday, March 6 at 2 pm, in the Mohawk auditorium. Ticket reservation information will be posted soon.



See a two-song preview of "Urinetown" in the auditorium at the Mohawk High School Open House on Thursday, February 11, sometime between 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm.












Flyer and photos by Director Will MacAdams.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Select Concert Performance and Musical Preview at Open House on Thurs., Feb. 11

 From Principal Lynn Dole's High School Open House Invitation:

Join us for Open House on Thursday, February 11


We look forward to seeing you at our High School Open House on Thursday, February 11.

The evening will showcase vibrant Mohawk’s music, art, and theater programs as well as other extracurricular opportunities such as athletics, international travel, and clubs.  After the welcome for everyone at 6:00 in the auditorium, there will be a special presentation for families of 8th grade students, providing an overview of our high school program. Teachers will be available throughout the evening to share information about their courses.  

The Open House begins with a welcome in the auditorium at 6:00 pm, but there are several activities earlier in the afternoon.

There will be tables of information about the Mohawk Music Association, Mohawk Athletic Association, the Mohawk School Committee, and other resources in the front foyer beginning at 5:30.

At 6:00 pm please attend the Welcome in the Auditorium.  My presentation will introduce you to staff and programs here at Mohawk.  You will also see a preview scene from this year’s musical “Urinetown”. The musical will be staged March 4, 5, and 6.

Select Chorus members will be presenting music informally in the Music Room beginning at 6:30 pm.  Come hear some of the exciting new music they have learned since the Winter Concert.  They have also worked in small groups to create impressive, original a cappella arrangements of love songs, and they sound wonderful!  Come hear what they have accomplished together, and consider purchasing Song Grams for your loved ones!


Read more about the entire evening here: https://sites.google.com/a/mohawkschools.org/announcements/home/joinusforopenhouseonthursdayfebruary11

Sunday, February 7, 2016

MMA February Meeting

Gina Clark leads a rehearsal for the Whoville residents before the March 2015 performance of Seussical.
The next Mohawk Music Association meeting is Tuesday, February 9, at 6:30 pm in the Mohawk school library. Please join us.

Agenda
Call meeting to order
Reading of January minutes
Treasurer’s Report
Director’s Reports
Discussion with Will MacAdams regarding school musical
New Business:
  • Valley Gives
  • Community Foundation Information Session (Friday Feb. 26th)
  • LCC advertising at Open House
  • MMA’s Facebook page
  • Scholarship Committee

Friday, February 5, 2016

Song Grams

The popular annual fundraiser for Select Chorus is back! Purchase Song Grams for your friends and loved ones, and members of Select Chorus will serenade your lucky someone with a personal a cappella performance at school or over the phone! Song Grams are the perfect way for you to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Song Grams can be purchased at Open House (Feb. 11), during lunches at Mohawk, or by special arrangement with Mr. Halligan (email: shalligan@mohawkschools.org ). Get yours before Valentine’s Day!