What's On Now - Spring/Summer 2016

Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15 Children's Renaissance Summer Program (CRS) Kids ages 7 – 13 can experience different aspects of the Renaissance through an interdisciplinary summer day program. Activities will include performing scenes from Renaissance theater, playing authentic Renaissance games, testing out historical recipes, writing their own sonnets, painting, drawing, and more! The week will culminate in a performance where the kids can display their creations, perform their scenes, and read their very own sonnets for their friends and families. More information can be found here

Events Calendar- Spring/Summer 2016

Events marked with an * are free of Charge and open to the public.  

Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15 Children's Renaissance Summer Program (CRS) Kids ages 7 – 13 can experience different aspects of the Renaissance through an interdisciplinary summer day program. Activities will include performing scenes from Renaissance theater, playing authentic Renaissance games, testing out historical recipes, writing their own sonnets, painting, drawing, and more! The week will culminate in a performance where the kids can display their creations, perform their scenes, and read their very own sonnets for their friends and families. More information can be found here.

*Tuesday, August 2 Enchanted Circle Theater's Acting Shakespeare Performance, 11:00 am Student actors from Holyoke school system’s summer acting program at Enchanted Circle Theater will present scenes from "The Tempest", using the Hampshire Shakespeare Company’s main stage. No reservations required.

Ongoing Events

Renaissance Wednesdays

Discussions of the Renaissance roots of our culture, at 4:00 p.m. in the Reading Room with refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club. Free of charge and open to the public.

*Wednesday, February 10 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture, 4:00 pm Laura Estill of Texas A & M will be delivering the Renaissance Wednesday Lecture. Her talk is titled "Finding Drama in Early Modern English Manuscripts." No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

CANCELLED *Wednesday, February 17 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture, 4:00 pm Dan Ziomek of the Hadley Garden Center will deliver a Renaissance Wednesday lecture on the birdlife at the Renaissance Center. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Wednesday, February 24 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture, 4:00 pm David Gruender of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be delivering the Renaissance Wednesday Lecture. His talk will be on Elizabethan music. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Wednesday, March 2 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture, 4:00 pm Rob Cox of UMass Amherst will be delivering the Renaissance Wednesday Lecture. His talk will be on 17th Century Northampton. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Wednesday, March 9 Renaissance Wednesday Lecture, 4:00 pm Helen Wilcox of the University of Bangor will be delivering the Renaissance Wednesday Lecture. Her talk is titled “The Textual Cultures of Britain in 1633.” No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Wednesday, March 23 Rare Book Show and Tell, 4:00 pm Jeff Goodhind, the Renaissance Center's librarian, will present a Rare Book Show and Tell featuring highlights from the Center's extensive collection of rare books. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

First Sunday Concert Series

Concerts featuring performances of early music from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm on the first Sunday of every month in the Reading Room at The Renaissance Center.

Please arrive on time as space is limited. Seating is first come, first served.

*Sunday, February 7 First Sunday Concert, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Erik Simon Vuoritie of Umass Amherst will perform a Spanish guitar set. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Sunday, March 6 First Sunday Concert, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Seven Times Salt will perform a program titled "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor: Music of The Elizabethan Golden Age." No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

*Sunday, April 3 First Sunday Concert, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Ensemble Musica Humana returns to the Renaissance Center. They will perform a concert of Renaissance music from the Robin Hood legend. No reservations required. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman's Club.

Community Classes for Adults

Informal classes for the community. Offered each semester. Free of charge and open to all. Registration is required by phone at 413-577-3600 or by email.

Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm -- 9:00 pm beginning April 12th, 2016 and ending May 3rd, 2016 Shakespeare with Tony Burton. The Merchant of Venice: The issues aren't what you think. Please read the play beforehand. Please pre-register by April 11th.

 

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Shakespeare Under the Stars 2014 Performance Season Took Place in the Meadow of The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

2016 Season:

Macbeth

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Young Company: A Midsummer Night's Dream

More information to follow.

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is a community-based organization with part-time seasonal professional staff. The Company brings together professional, amateur and student performers, offering audiences and actors a range of theatrical experiences from the most profound to the most playful.