MIFA Victory Theatre News: Spring is in the air!

Updated: May 18

April 2016


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Dear Friends, Happy Spring!

Mark your calendars because spring has started and we have lots of things for you to do! Check out upcoming events and two photography workshops that were held at Victory Theatre.

We look forward to seeing you!

Don’t forget, 5/3/16 is Valley Gives Day! Help show your support and make a contribution to MIFA Victory Theatre on this special day of giving.

I Capuleti e i Montecchi (The Capulets and the Montagues) Dance Opera

April 21 & 23 at 8:00PM

Kirby Memorial Theater, Amherst College, MA.

Amherst College Theater and Dance Department, in collaboration with the Idan Cohen Dance Company


of Israel, presents I Capuleti e i Montecchi (The Capulets and the Montagues), a dance opera based on the same Italian sources as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In this version, the Capuleti and Montecchi are rival political factions not, as described by Shakespeare, “two households, both alike in dignity.”


Tickets are FREE, no reservation is required.

For more information, call (413) 542-2277 or visit: www.amherst.edu/go/performance

Sponsored by  MIFA Victory Theatre.



The Wastelands


April 29th at 5pm

April 30th at 1pm

May 1 at 1pm

The Holyoke Creative Arts Center

A traveling, outdoor opera based on Dante

Alighieri’s Purgatorio, performed by Children of the Wild 

Ensemble Theatre. Opera starts at The Holyoke Creative Arts Center, 384 Dwight St in Holyoke.

   Performances are FREE & Open to the public!

The performance runs 75min with a reception and dialogue to follow.

Children of the Wild, is a company-in-resident at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA.

This performance is made possible in part by the City of Holyoke, the Holyoke Creative Arts Center’s ARTery project, the Wauregan Building, and MIFA Victory Theatre.


Amor Fati: Paintings and Drawings by Christopher Willingham 




June 2016

Wistariahurst Museum

Adjunct professor of visual arts at Holyoke Community College,

Christopher Willingham, shares his recent paintings and drawings. Charged with mark and color, and evoking themes from classical mythology, these powerful images reveal emergent forms and compositions in a language of exploratory abstraction. Naming his creative engagement as amor fati, “love of fate,” the artist offers his works as a Stoic meditation on life as eternal, transformative process, and on the aesthetic as life itself.


Opening Reception & Exhibit Dates/Times TBA!

Presented by MIFA Victory Theatre


The Great Holyoke 

BRICKRACE



 Brick Race 2016

June 4, 2016

11 – 3 PM

80 Race Street, Holyoke


As the name implies, a “Brick Race” involves designing and building a brick racecar that is cleverly mounted on wheels and raced down an inclined track using only gravity to cross the finish line. The Brick Race will emphasize creativity and the sculptural quality of the racecars as well as making the fastest machine to cross the finish line first.


Visit:  www.thegreatholyokebrickrace.com to Register!

PLEASE NOTE: Race will be limited to first 40 car/bricks that register.

Sponsored by MIFA Victory Theatre


Mark Your Calendars & Get Ready To Give! 5 / 3 / 16


Join MIFA Victory Theatre For Our 4th Annual

Valley Gives Day

Over the past 22 years, MIFA has presented world renowned artists like Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vanessa Redgrave, Hal Holbrook, Paul Sorvino, Eddie Palmieri, William Kentridge, Archie Shepp, London’s Globe Theatre, and Compagnie des Petits Champs.  Since 2009 MIFA has been leading the restoration of the the last theatre of its kind, the historic Victory Theatre in downtown Holyoke, to bring it back to be a major live theatre for surrounding communities and the region.

Help us continue bringing great art and a restored historic

Broadway-style theater to

the Valley!



Victory Theatre 


On April 9th, photographers Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America, along with Matt

After the Final Curtain, held their fourth The Victory Theatre: An After the Final Curtain Photography Workshop.  Pre-order Matt Lambros’s book After the Final Curtain: The Fall of the American Movie Theater, to be released October 1, 2016. Also pre-order Matthew Christopher’s book Abandoned America: Dismantling The Dream, to be released September 15, 2016,  which includes a chapter on the Victory Theatre!



On April 16th, Rob Deza held his workshop “The Simplicity of Photography” through the Picknelly Adult & Family Education Center.  Deza instructed participants on how to take successful photographs working with different models and a variety of topics.


Left: Photo by Marikler Giron Toensmeier who participated in “The Simplicity of Photography” workshop.

Special thanks TheHeartOfDowntownHolyoke.



In Case You Missed It

Interview w/MIFA’s 

Don Sanders


Preview Magazine

Compagnie des Petits Champs visits Holyoke

Photo Album

The Victory Theatre: A palace of a playhouse

Amherst Wire article by Patrick Hoff