Updated: May 11

MIFA Victory Theatre July Newsletter 7/2/15


Dear Friends,

As you head out to enjoy the many wonderful things the region has to offer this summer, we are excited to share with you highlights from our spring season as well as MIFA’s upcoming events.

Remember to mark your calendars and enjoy the summer!

Best, Don Sanders MIFA Executive Artistic Director

MIFA Upcoming Event


MIFA Summer Bus Trip Van Gogh’s Ear

Tickets on sale soon… visit www.mifafestival.org

 Spotlight on Education!

A key feature of MIFA Victory Theatre is its education program that introduces elementary, secondary and higher education students to the arts.

“Arts learning experiences play a vital role in developing students’ capacities for critical thinking, creativity, imagination, and innovation. These capacities are increasingly recognized as core skills and competencies all students need as part of a high-quality and complete 21st-century education.”

Sandra Ruppert – Arts Education Partnership

MIFA receives Mass Humanities Grant for Education Program!

“Conversations with a Living Legend”

“Conversations with a Living Legend” will be led by Christopher Tinson, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Hampshire College.

Enchanted Circle Theater will be working on a curriculum for the music students in preparation for these conversations.

A collaboration of MIFA Victory Theatre, Stephen Burrell, Enchanted Circle Theater, and Christopher Tinson

Music is the word!

MIFA will be working with Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra (HVGO) and their new collaborative partners Holyoke Summer Strings on student workshops and concerts for this coming year.

“We really are so grateful to Don Sanders and Kathy McKean for being such sharp art advocates that they could connect us. We appreciate everything and having the meeting under the MIFA imprimatur is a big boost to the project.”

 – HVGO Board of Directors President, Madeline Weaver Blanchette

Spring Highlights

The Price of the Ticket gets audience involved. MIFA Victory Theatre & Holyoke Community College held a screening of the award-winning documentary film classic JAMES BALDWIN: THE PRICE OF THE TICKET at HCC’s Leslie Phillips Theater (FORUM) as part of HCC’s “Dialogues on Race” series.

Kabisko, renowned West African drummer and teacher at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School (PVPA) and the Five Colleges, gets students and audience members involved before the screening.

Missed the first two showings? Stay tuned to www.mifafestival.org for more screening dates for our area!


National Players make a positive impact on Holyoke!

MIFA Victory Theatre was a proud sponsor of the National Players performance of “To Kill a Mockingbird”

The National Players, America’s longest running touring company, brought their production of the play version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” to Holyoke High School for a Special School Performance and Acting Workshop for students, as well as an evening public performance and Q&A session with the cast.

Q&A w/National Player cast… see more               photo by Dan Overton

Acting Workshop @ HHS… see more                   Photo by Michael Moriarty of Olde Holyoke Development Corporation

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