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Full of grace: Egg Tooth Productions presents ‘New Vaudeville Holiday Spectacular’ at Shea Theatre

  • Lindel Hart, left, works with Egg Tooth Productions director, Linda McInerney, at the Shea Theatre in Turners Falls. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Lindel Hart will perform an original monologue on the theme of grace. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Katherine Adler of Northampton rehearses her piece "from me, to You" Dec. 7, 2016 at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton. She will perform the piece at the New Vaudeville Holiday Spectacular at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls from Dec. 15th to 18th. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Katherine Adler rehearses her dance, “From Me, To You" at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Katherine Adler of Northampton rehearses her piece "from me, to You" Dec. 7, 2016 at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton. She will perform the piece at the New Vaudeville Holiday Spectacular at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls from Dec. 15th to 18th. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Katherine Adler of Northampton rehearses her piece "from me, to You" Dec. 7, 2016 at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton. She will perform the piece at the New Vaudeville Holiday Spectacular at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls from Dec. 15th to 18th. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Katherine Adler of Northampton rehearses her piece "from me, to You" Dec. 7, 2016 at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton. She will perform the piece at the New Vaudeville Holiday Spectacular at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls from Dec. 15th to 18th. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY


For the Bulletin
Friday, December 16, 2016

By JAKE JOHNSON

What can you do in five minutes that you’d like to show the world?

That’s the question Linda McInerney, 52, artistic director of Egg Tooth Productions, put to area artists who will perform in the “New Vaudeville Holiday Spectacular” Thursday through Sunday at the Shea Theatre in Turners Falls.

And, oh yes, she added, whatever you choose must involve a theme: “grace,” something she says can be approached in a number of ways, both secular and religious.

 

“A lot of what I do as director is based on faith and trust and love,” McInerney said. “I’d like families to have a space to gather and be with each other outside of just the church.”

Up to the challenge

Artists in an array of performance styles answered McInerney’s call. There will be acts in dance, theater, installation, cabaret, music, puppets, singing and monologue; each will last five to seven minutes.

Emma Ayres, 24, of Amherst, a playwright, theater director, musician and educator, will perform original songs, interspersed with her poetry.

 

She looked for inspiration to her mother, Maria Botehlo, 55, an education professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an immigrant from San Miguel, part of the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal.

 

“Grace is a good word to encompass my mom’s story,” Ayres said. “Grace has kept that family united in their journey here. Grace is the ability to even share these stories.”

Performing artist Jack Golden, 63, will also be in the show, though in a dramatically different style. The Leydon resident’s physical, visual act, “Mr. Leighton,” portrays a clown who is devastated by the loss of a friend. In what he describes as a fun, quirky show, Golden will recreate that friend, onstage, using pieces of garbage from a tipped-over trash can.

A moment of pride

 

 

In all, 20 performing artists from around the Pioneer Valley will perform in the vaudeville show.

Among them is Joe Dulude, 45, a Northampton resident, who will sing at the Shea, although, he says, he is an untrained warbler.

 

“All I know about singing is through karaoke,” he said.

 

The bearded Dulude says his act, in which he will dress in drag, is a way to proudly state that he is gay— something, he says, he was afraid to do for many years.

“I want to send a message, especially because of how many people are feeling around here from the election. Drag is self-expression in a different way, without fear of any retaliation,” he said. “I think you can interpret ‘grace’ in many ways: toward others, toward yourself, being kind, doing good. I wanted to ... be putting more good into the world to help those with struggles, questioning who they are.”

Also onstage will be Lindel Hart, who will perform an original monologue on the theme of grace; Amy “BannerQueen” Johnquest, who paints elaborate advertisement and circus sideshow-like pieces; Anna Sobel, a professional puppeteer with the Enchanted Circle Theater; and Emily Ditkovski, the director of the Williston Theater and Visual and Performing Arts.

Joshua Platt, Kastherine Adler, Emily MacLeod, Rachel Schneider, Maya Rivera, Meghan Zaremba, Pam Smith, Maureen McElligott and Company, David Fersh and Art Fuleuhan, Joe Graveline, Grace Booth and the Til Lalezar Theater Company, Lori Holmes Clark and Meg van Dyck and Company will also perform.

The shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday start at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday’s show is at 2 p.m. The Shea Theater is at 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Tickets cost $15. To reserve, visit www.brownpapertickets.com. Attendance for children under 15 is free.