Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Upcoming talk on my book about Mt. Tom (Holyoke) summer theatre

I'll be speaking on my new book, Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain - 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts - on Wednesday, April 19th for the Chicopee (Mass.) Historical Society.  The event takes place at the Chicopee Public Library on Front Street at 7 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

The book is sold online at Amazon, at CreateSpace, and also from my Etsy site LynchTwinsPublishing.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Book Review - Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain

A new book review is posted on COMEDY AND TRAGEDY ON THE MOUNTAIN - by Shera Cohen at In the Spotlight, a website devoted to the arts and culture in western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut.

Also, here's the YouTube clip of my interview on WGBY-TV about the book, interviewed by Carolee McGrath on Connecting Point, broadcast on March 20th.

My book Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain: 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts is sold online at Amazon, at CreateSpace, and also from my Etsy site LynchTwinsPublishing.

Monday, March 20, 2017

On TV Tonight - Me, and my book.

I'll be discussing my book on summer theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Mass. tonight on television tonight with interviewer Carolee McGrath on Connecting Point, Channel 57-WGBY.  The program starts at 7:30 p.m., and the interview is part of their "Gone But Not Forgotten" segment.  For those not in the broadcast range of this locally produced Springfield, Mass. show, the program can be watched online here (my segment starts at 20:50)



The book is Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain: 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts.  The book is sold online at Amazon, at CreateSpace, and also from my Etsy site LynchTwinsPublishing.




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Talks this week, and Play Performances!

My scheduled talk at the Agawam Historical Association will be moved to Thursday, March 16th at 7 p.m. due to today's blizzard.

- I'll be speaking about my book on the Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Mass. and its importance during the Civil War for the Agawam Historical Association, at the Captain Leonard House, 663 Main Street, Agawam, Mass.  Free and open to the public, the time is 7 p.m.



Saturday, March 18, 2017 - I'll be speaking about Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain at Blue Umbrella Books, 2 Main Street, Westfield, Mass., free and open to the public, 3 p.m.

The time:  1895 to 1965

Setting:  A wooden, barn-like summer playhouse…in an amusement park…on the top of a mountain…in a New England factory town

It was as unlikely a place as you will find for stage plays, but as much a part of the community as the stores and businesses and the red brick maze of factories and canals down below the mountain in the so-called “Flats” by the Connecticut River.  The place was Holyoke, Massachusetts.  For some seventy years live theatre created magic on the mountain above the city.


Though a small theater may seem like a world unto itself, it is not; not entirely.  It reflects its era and its location, that larger world outside its wooden walls; therefore this story is as much about Holyoke, the tri-city area of Holyoke-Chicopee-Springfield, and the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, because this was the audience for the little playhouse on Mt. Tom.  If you are familiar with these towns, then you will find much in this book to jog your memories, for this is your story.

Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain covers seventy years of live theatre on Mt. Tom, from vaudeville, operetta, WPA-sponsored shows in the Great Depression, and its heyday from 1941 to 1962 with a resident repertory company called The Valley Players.  In the early 1960s, two new incarnations: The Casino-in-the-Park, and finally, the Mt. Tom Playhouse with touring packaged shows featuring well-known stars from television and movies.  Many stars of stage and screen, and many newcomers who would one day become stars, performed over several decades on Mt. Tom.  Through interviews, newspaper reviews, and many photographs, you will relive their performances, and go backstage for personal experiences that were both comic and tragic, and enjoy again the excitement of opening night.

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Speaking of opening nights, I'd like to extend best wishes to the two theatre companies that will be performing my play Sketching the Soul this month.  The first is the Hummingbird Theatre Company of Rochester, New York.  They open this Thursday:


Hummingbird Theatre Company (formerly BART Productions) presents: Sketching the Soul


by Jacqueline Lynch 
Directed by Donald B. Bartalo


Thur. March 16th - 7:30pm
Fri. March 17th - 7:30pm
Sat. March 18th - 7:30pm
Sun. March 19th - 2:00pm
Thur. March 23rd - 7:30pm
Fri. March 24th - 7:30pm
Sat. March 25th - 7:30pm


Chelsea Logan is an artist struggling with the conflict between her growing celebrity and her Amish upbringing, which she left behind to pursue her ambition, and which she neglected to mention to Mike (her boyfriend), new friends and colleagues.

The past and present, celebrity and spiritually come to a head one frenetic weekend when her younger sister Sarah arrives unexpectedly. Chelsea must explain her sister, and the lifestyle she kept a secret, to Mike, an attorney struggling with his own ethical priorities, and to Maureen Nash an aggressive journalist who arrives with a photographer for an interview (during which Chelsea, with a rather un-Amish-like attitude, pummels the photographer into surrendering the film he has shot of Sarah!) Sarah and Mike together help Chelsea to accept and acknowledge the power of her Amish heritage and to move toward a future she had not expected.

CAST

CHELSEA LOGAN…………….……………Sara Bickweat Penner

MIKE GRIMALDI…………………………..Brian Tan

SARAH RICHTER………………………….Laura Thompson Pratt

NANCY………………………………………….Stephanie Sheak

MAUREEN NASH…………………………..Denise Bartalo

ARTHUR COAKLEY……………………….Joseph Barcia

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15.00 at the door. 

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The second group to perform this same play will be the Belhaven University Theatre Department in Jackson, Mississippi.  They run March 30th to April 1st, directed by Dr. Elissa Sartwell.

Cast
JAMES KENYON as Mike Grimaldi
LECI GRAY as Chelsea Logan
OLIVIA SIMMS as Nancy
RILEY PLEASANTS as Sarah Richter
RACHEL BROOME as Maureen Nash
MAC MITCHELL as Arthur Coakley

Production Staff & Crew
Director: Dr. Elissa Sartwell
Stage Manager: Frannie Maas
Scenic Design: Hannah Kenyon
Technical Director/Lighting Design: Michael Tobin
Costume & Hair/Makeup Design: Alice Bryant
Sound Design: Brittany Lyday
Props Master: Laina Faul
Dresser/Run Crew: Grace Reeves

Admission $10; Seniors/Students $5; Complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. We hope that you will join us at the theatre! To reserve tickets for any Belhaven Theatre production, please call 601-965-7026 or email your request to boxoffice@belhaven.edu. Tickets may be purchased with cash or check.

My thanks and very best wishes to both companies.  Break a leg!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Upcoming talks in March



Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - I'll be speaking about my book Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain: 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts - for the Polish Junior League of Massachusetts at the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning, 33 South Street, Chicopee, Mass.  The time is 7 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - I'll be speaking about my book on the Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Mass. and its importance during the Civil War for the Agawam Historical Association, at the Captain Leonard House, 663 Main Street, Agawam, Mass.  Free and open to the public, the time is 7 p.m.


Saturday, March 18, 2017 - I'll be speaking about Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain at Blue Umbrella Books, 2 Main Street, Westfield, Mass., free and open to the public, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ivoryton Playhouse 2017 Season - Ivoryton, Connecticut


Have a look at the upcoming 2017 season for the Ivoryton Playhouse in Ivoryton, Connecticut.  For more info, see their website here.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Reviews on Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain


What readers are saying about Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain, my new book on the history of summer theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts...

From George Murphy, western Massachusetts radio and television personality, who was also an apprentice at the playhouse on Mt. Tom when he was a teenager in the 1960s:


This is the true history of a building on a plot of land in Holyoke that was the entertainment center to hundreds of thousands of people over a plethora of summers.

You have somehow managed to tell the story of that theater with information and people that have been thought to have vanished from history, but this book...this AMAZING book has changed all of that.

You have told me stories and events that I was never aware of. You brought the shadows back to life. This book you worked so hard on is the story of where it came from, how it survived up to the time that magnificent old structure was destroyed....removed...and almost deleted, but then Jacqueline Lynch came along and resurrected the history of this magnificent edifice so that once again all who read those pages can experience the days of wonder that happened in and around the Casino in the Park.

I thank you so very much for including me in this amazing book  as a sense of pride came over me after reading it, as I was a small part of the later years of the Grand Old Theater.

 J.L., you have hit a home run with this one...take it from someone who was in the midst of it all, albeit for a short time.

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The book is currently available in paperback from the printer, CreateSpace here, and from Amazon in paperback and eBook.  You can also contact me by email or my website to obtain a paperback copy, or order through my Etsy shop: Lynch Twins Publishing.

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Have a look here for Don Grigware's interview with me at Broadway World.com.