10th Annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival in Shelburne Falls

Ten Sweet Years Already? 10th Annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival in Shelburne Falls, March 9 & 23rd

Featuring internationally acclaimed physical comedian Alex the Jester, Piti Theatre‘s musical “Olde Coleraine,” a Pancake Party with local syrups and more!

3/9 – SYRUP Day 1
Brunch and a show! Piti Theatre Company’s 10th Annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main Street in Shelburne Falls, MA on March 9 celebrates the running of sap in New England maples with a Pancake Party featuring a choice of local syrups along with a potpourri of theater performances for all ages, music, children’s activities, syrup-tasting . . . and free pickles. Complete info at ptco.org/syrup

Award-winning Alex the Jester will perform his internationally acclaimed border-blurring gibberish- inspired clown performance for all ages at 3:30 pm on 3/9. Alex has been seen on PBS, America’s Got
Talent, Just for Laughs in Montreal and off-Broadway. While most comedy engages the language center of our brains, Alex’s visual humor, sight gags, and light-hearted music bypasses the head and goes straight to the heart.

Piti’s local history inspired family-audiences musical Olde Coleraine returns after a three-year hiatus, performed by their Youth Troupe, local actors, ensemble members and singer-songwriter Carrie
Ferguson at 2:30 pm on 3/9. The performance is inspired by the history of mill town Colrain, Massachusetts between 1870 – 1906.

The Pancake Party with a costumed waitstaff and live music includes free admission from 11 am – 2:30 pm. Tickets for Saturday's shows are $12 for adults, $10 students/seniors, $5 children 12 and under and EBT card holders. Cash or check at the door, online at ptco.org/syrup or 1-800-838-3006.

SCHEDULE: Saturday, March 9
11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Pancake Brunch-Party featuring Piti's Youth Troupe, Carrie Ferguson, raffle, syrup-tasting, create art on your table and more! Free admission.

12 noon: Carrie Ferguson plays selections from Pitii Greatest Bits, Vol. 1. Free performance.
2:30 p.m.: Olde Coleraine by Piti Theatre
3:30 p.m.: Alex the Jester
4:45 p.m.: Alex the Jester’s workshop “Primal Talk: Non-verbal Stuff Made Fun!” for teens and adults

Day 2 of SYRUP on Saturday, March 23: Tell them you saw it when! Piti Theatre's Jonathan Mirin, clown-dancer Narieka Masla, pianist Laura Josephs and vocalist Christian Schwedbler share their works-in-progress @ The Barn at 31 Water Street in Shelburne Falls. 2:30 pm: Maslas “Learning to Tango” a red nose clown piece about the courage it takes to learn something new followed by Miriin’s comedic, autobiographical “Canary in the Goldmine” at 3 pm about his wife’s developing a mysterious illness which turns out to be electro-sensitivity. Josephs and Schwedbler send us into the night with piano/vocal works by Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams, Ravel and Ives. And yes, there will be syrup tasting between each and every artist! March 23 rd is a free event recommended for ages 15+ Reservations strongly suggested because The Barn at 31 Water Street is an intimate venue. Reserve by emailing: info@ptco.org. Complete festival info: ptco.org/syrup

SCHEDULE: Saturday, March 23
2 – 2:30 p.m.: Meet the artists, syrup tasting
2:30 – 3 pm: Narieka Masla’s “Learning to Tango”
3 pm – 3:45 pm: Jonathan Mirin’s “Canary in the Goldmine.”
3:45 – 4:15 pm: Meet the artists, syrup tasting, informal Q 7 A with MA EMF leaders
4:15 – 4:45 pm: Christian Schwedbler sings selections from Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams, Ravel and Ives accompanied by Laura Josephs.

About Piti Theatre Co.
Piti Theatre Company was founded in 2004 by American playwright/actor Jonathan Mirin and Swiss choreographer, dancer and visual artist Godeliève Richard. Piti’s based in Shelburne Falls, MA and
Les Ponts-de-Martel, Switzerland. Piti (pronounced "pea-tea") is an ancient Indian (Pali) word translatable as joy or rapture. Piti creates original performances and community-building events that accelerate local transformation towards joy, sustainability and justice. Piti has been nominated for two awards and received a Ten Year Certificate of Recognition from the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE). Piti Theatre is Shelburne Falls’ only professional touring theatre company.

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