Cannibal! the Musical

Minerva Stage Presents:

Cannibal! The Musical

“Cannibal! The Musical is loosely based on the true story of the only person convicted of cannibalism in America – Alferd Packer The sole survivor of an ill-fated trip to the Colorado Territory, he tells his side of the harrowing tale to news reporter Polly Pry as he awaits his execution. And his story goes like this: While searching for gold and love in the Colorado Territory, he and his companions lost their way and resorted to unthinkable horrors, including toe-tapping songs!”

The movie was written by Trey Parker, one of the authors of the Tony Award winning smash hit Broadway Musical “ The Book of Mormon” and the long running Emmy Award winning television program “South Park” and numerous other ambitious projects often with frequent collaborator Matt Stone, including: “South Park Bigger Longer and Uncut”, “ Orgasmo” and “Team America World Police”.

Tickets are $12 for Adults $8 for students and seniors show dates are as follows. All shows are at 7:30 PM Preview (pay what you can) Wednesday April 18th,Thursday April 19th,Friday April 20th, Wednesday April 25th, Thursday April 26th, Friday April 27th, Special Final Matinée Sunday April 29th at 5:30 PM  This is an R rated show if you are under 17 you must be accompanied by an adult and everyone must show proper ID.  This production contains strong language, intense dialogue, comedic violence, and comedic sexual situations.  Tickets can be purchased online at


Alferd Packer – Michael J. Brames

Shannon Bell – Todd Hamilton

Israel Swan – Kane Robert

Humphrey – Mark Jackson

George Noon – Tyler Carpenter

Frank Miller – Dylan Straczek

Polly Pry – Ashley Volff

Liane, the horse – Laura Charles

Frenchy Cabazon – Vivian Reed

O.D. Loutzenheiser – Macartney Roberts

Preston Nutter – Tim Nichols

Squaw – Laura Charles

Mills – Tyler Boutiette

Sheriff of Saguache – Tool

Judge Jerry –Zoe Marguerite Villane

Sheriff of Lake City- Zoe Marguerite Villane

Natalie Pozzetti

Ralph/Black Cat/Voice Of Doom – Kimmie Brames

Young Liane – Patty Charron

Young Packer – Shane Volff

The Cyclops –Zoe Marguerite Villane

General Store Clerk – Nate Samson

Cowbell Solo- Destiny Charron

Jessica Robert

Natalie Pozzetti


Screenplay by – Trey Parker

Adapted for stage by – Tine Lynch and Kane Robert

Producer – Minerva Stage

Director – Tine Lynch

Assistant Director- Todd Hamilton

Artistic Director – Kathleen O’Mara

Music Director – Vivian Reed

Stage Manager- Jessica Robert

Set Design- Keith Weil

Fight Choreography – Kane Robert

Dance Choreography – Jessica Robert

Technical Directors – Kane Robert and Nathan Samson

Lighting Designers – Nathan Samson and Kane Robert

Board Operator – Nathan Samson

Sound Designers – Kane Robert and Ryan Pause

Sound Operator – Ryan Pause

Props and Costumes- Kathleen O’Mara and cast

Coustume Designer- Natalie Pozzetti

Make-up- Laura Charles and Zoe Villane

Poster Design- Zoe Villane

Technical Assistant – Shane Volff

Box Office Manager – Ann Volff

Film Crew:

Camera and Direction- Tine Lynch

Make-up- Laura Charles and Zoe Villane

Special Effects- Michael Brames

Editing- Tine Lynch and Kane Robert

Box Office Manager – Ann Volff

Fiddler on the Roof!

Minerva Stage presented: Fiddler on the Roof!

at Minerva Arts Center

Directed by Kathleen O’Mara

A musical for the whole family.

Our cast of 40 actors from the ages of 8 to 50 will enchant you with musical selections such as “Tradition”, “Matchmaker”, “To Life” and “Sunrise, Sunset”.

“This 9 time Tony Award winning musical focus on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.”

The Rocky Horror Show at Topia Arts Center!


Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show
Book, Lyrics and Music by Richard O’Brien
Directed by Kathleen O’Mara

Don’t dream it be it!!!!!!!

On a dark and stormy night, Brad Majors and his innocent fiancée Janet Weiss find themselves in a mysterious castle- and their bizarre adventures begin in this rock musical spoof of old horror movies and a celebration of love, lust, manipulation, creation, satisfaction and biological advancement!

Venue: Topia Arts Center, 27 Park Street, Adams, MA 01220

Preview (Pay What You Can!): Thursday, September 15, 8PM
Runs: September 16 through October 2 – Fridays 8PM, Saturdays 8PM and 12 Midnight!
Saturday Sept. 17, 8 PM show ONLY.

Tickets: General Admission $15, Students and Seniors $10.
Mature subject matter, parental guidance suggested.

Purchase tickets online, or at the door. Call 413-346-4502 for information.

Participate! Grab bags with some or all of the following will be available in limited quantities at the door for a $5 fee: toast, rice, rubber gloves, a water squirter, party favors, flashlights, noisemakers, confetti, bells, and newspaper . Feel free to bring your own! However, NO SUPERSOAKERS or POWERED WATER GUNS allowed!!!

Dr. Frank-N-Furter: Ali Mandelbaum
Brad: Michael Brames
Janet: Vanessa Phelon
Riff Raff: Dylan LeSage
Rocky: Jesse Lee Egan Poirier
Columbia: Jessica Charron
Magenta: Meghan Deluca
Dr. Scott: Bill Flynn
Eddie: Kane Robert
Narrator: Emma Gregory
Usherette/Phantom: Helen Overstreet
Phantom: Emily Eastman
Phantom: Mark Winnie

Staff and Crew:
Production Design: Kathleen O’Mara
Music Director: Vanessa Phelon
Accompanist and Assistant Music Director: Laurie Brenner
Drummer: Ross Jacobs
Choreographer: Jessica Charron
Stage Manager: Cassi Vallieres
Technical Director: Nate Samson
Sound Design: Kane Robert
Lighting Design: Nate Samson
Costume Design: Kathleen O’Mara and Alex Martinez

Minerva Stage partners with Creatively Independent to produce Hamlet



North Adams, MA (7/6/11) – The Minerva Arts Center announces its first annual Shakespeare production, Hamlet, directed by guest artists Christopher Beaulieu and Jess Pillmore (Co-Artistic Directors, Creatively Independent).  This post-modern feminist exploration of Hamlet previews Wednesday, July 20 and runs
July 21-31.

From the first day, actors felt that this was going to be a different process. “Auditions involved ensemble devised pieces,” remarks Jess Pillmore. “We needed to see what the individual could bring to the table. This is essential in Creatively Independent’s creation process. Other companies develop their ensemble through the work. We develop ensembles in order to work. Where others focus on ‘How’, we focus on ‘Why’.  We’ve found those differences to be crucial.” This is why the first week of rehearsals became master classes in contact improvisation, intention work and Creatively Independent’s original techniques – “As One” (tapping into the collective consciousness) and “The Tangible Objective”.

“Originally, we were asked to direct Macbeth,” said Christopher Beaulieu, “but we changed gears at auditions, after getting a feel for the acting community. Jess and I felt that Hamlet would play to the ensemble’s strengths as well as challenge them. We were also taken aback by the strong female turn out at auditions, and felt that now was a perfect time to explore the social-political issues inherent in Hamlet from a stronger female perspective.”

Hamlet is indicative of the MAC’s commitment to bringing exciting and adventurous new work to the Berkshire summer theatre season.  In addition to the production’s core artistic team, which will be in residence during July, major roles will be filled by actors from throughout the Northeast, including the role of Hamlet, played by Pittsfield native, Chelsea LeSage. As Minerva Arts Center Executive Director Edward Cating said in a recent interview about the production, “This Hamlet marks a turning point for the MAC, bringing fresh talent, and exceptionally well-trained actors, together with a directing team whose focus on a vibrant, ensemble-based interdisciplinary approach to theatre is unparalleled. We are excited to bring what I believe will be one of the stand-out theatrical productions of our summer season to the Berkshires – bar none! Whether it’s been a decade or a month since you’ve seen a production of Hamlet, this show will surprise you!”

Hamlet opens Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 pm playing through to July 31.  Evening performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm.  Matinees are Saturdays at 3 pm and Sundays at 5 pm. Preview night, Wednesday, July 20, is “Pay What You Can”.

The Minerva Arts Center located at 1288 Massachusetts Avenue in North Adams, MA, in the former Our Lady of the Incarnation Church in the Historic Blackinton neighborhood.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors. Call for group rates (10 or more).
Tickets for Hamlet can be purchased by phone at (413) 346-4502 or in person at The Minerva Arts Center, 1288 Massachusetts Ave., North Adams, MA 01247.

The Minerva Arts Center is a collaborative organization, serving Northwest Massachusetts as a unique performance venue for regional and visiting artists; the MAC also provides classes in a variety of disciplines. The MAC operates under the artistic direction of Minerva Stage, which was founded in 1996 by Kathleen O’Mara.

Ensemble based, interdisciplinary arts company, Creatively Independent, uses the performing arts and education to provoke any individual ready to find, strengthen and expand their point of view in order to achieve creative independence in their art, their business, their community and their life.  CI travels internationally 250+ days/year directing, choreographing, producing and teaching the performing arts.  Their work has been performed from Off-Broadway to elementary schools across the country.  CI’s strong focus, on using the arts as a tool for self-awareness and change, was recognized by the NEA for “Living Inside/Art in the Jail”.  Last year, Creatively Independent broke ground on its first studio in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.  This is the first stage of an interdisciplinary arts retreat built to foster new works from emerging companies.  This year, they are opening The Lab in Jacksonville, FL, the nation’s first interdisciplinary studio for all ages and skill levels.  More information can be found at


Hamlet                                        Chelsea LeSage
Ophelia/Ensemble                    Caitlin Partridge
Claudius                                      Curtis Eifenbein Asch
Gertrude                                     Melissa Quirk
Polonius/Ensemble                  Todd Hamilton
Laertes/Ensemble                    Jesse Lee Egan Poirier
Horatio/Ensemble                   Thalia Rossiter
Ghost/Ensemble                       Edward Cating
Rosencranz/Ensemble             Tori Wonderlick
Guildenstern/Ensemble          Dakota Garrity
Player King/Ensemble             Mitch Bucciarelli
Player Queen/Ensemble         Jennifer Gorson
Prologue/Ensemble                 Keith Weil
Bernardo/Ensemble                Nicholas Fahey
Marcellus/Ensemble               Daniel Weiner
Grave Digger/Ensemble         Benjamin Cannel
Osric/Ensemble                       Michael J. Brames

Conceived & Directed by Creatively Independent’s
Chris Beaulieu & Jess Pillmore

The Subject Was Roses

The Subject was Roses has officially opened at The MAC!

Don’t forget to see Frank D. Gilroy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a family in ruins and its final attempts to pick up the pieces. This Minerva Stage production is directed by Broadway veteran Peter H. Russell and stars Berkshire-based actors Bill Flynn, Jackie DeGiorgis, and Jesse Lee Egan Poirier.

Performance dates and times:
Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 7PM
Friday, March 18th, 2011 at 8PM
Saturday, March 19th, 2011 at 8PM
Sunday, March 20th, 2011 at 3PM and 7PM
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 7PM
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 at 7PM
Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 7PM
Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 8PM
Saturday, March 26th, 2011 at 3PM and 8PM
Sunday, March 27th, 2011 at 3PM

All performances are at the Minerva Arts Center on 1288 Massachusetts Avenue in North Adams, MA. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and FREE for children 12 and under. All tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved by clicking here or by calling (413) 346-4502.

Hope to see you there!

The Subject was Roses is a deeply moving Pulitzer Prize story of three strangers–a mother, a father, and a son. After three years in the Army, Timmy Cleary has returned home with a better understanding of his parents’ problems. A lifetime of minor slights and misunderstandings have grown into an impenetrable wall of alienation between his mother and his father; a barrier neither is willing to break–until, that is, Timmy gets involved. Offering a simple act of affection, Timmy elicits a complex emotional response, one that will either bring his family together or completely tear it apart.” -MGM

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha

Don Quixote – Minerva Stage announces  The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, a new adaptation for the stage of Miguel de Cervantes’s 17th Century masterpiece. Adapted for the stage by Eric K. Auld, and directed by Edward Cating, this production will feature an ensemble cast of 7 men and women in a commedia dell’arte romp through the mind of Cervantes. Production design by puppeteer and artist David Lane.

Aug. 4 – 13
Tue – Sat @ 7:30

Wed. Aug. 3 @ 7:30
“Pay What You Can”

Tickets: General Admission $15, Students & Seniors $10, Groups (ten or more) $8. Children under 10 Free. Tickets may be purchased online at, or reserved at (413) 346-4502 and purchased at the door.

Please direct any questions to The Minerva Arts Center at (413) 346-4502 or


Minerva Stage presents:

Godspell is the 1969 New Testament musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak, featuring several renowned parables from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, set to modern-day rock and gospel music. This production is directed by Kathleen O’Mara and musically-directed by Howie Levitz.

Performances are June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at 8pm, June 5th at 5pm, June 9th, 10th, 11th at 8pm, June 12th at 5pm

Ticket prices are $10 General Admission, $7 Seniors and Students, $6 for groups of 10 or more, Kids under 6 years old get in for free!

Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved here or by calling (413) 346-4502. Please direct any questions to The Minerva Arts Center at

“Snow White” – A Little to Big Presentation!

Snow White – A Little to Big Production – Minerva Stage announces its upcoming summer production of the children’s classic, “Snow White”, a workshop performance based on a production model that includes younger children working with more experienced actors and alongside family members. Come celebrate “Snow White”!

Performances August 26, 10am and 4pm.
Tickets: $7 General Admission, $5 Students and Seniors, Children 4 and under FREE.

Please direct any questions to The Minerva Arts Center at (413) 346-4502 or