by Eden Holt, Contributing writer
This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 10th – 12th, Brown Box Theatre Project returns to the Herter Park Amphitheater performing three free shows of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
A non-profit touring theater company, Brown Box Theatre Project travels across states performing 35 shows a season. Going on their 8th year, Brown Box has a mission and that is to breakdown financial and social barriers to art. They insist on free shows to audiences from all walks of life.
by Eden Holt, Contributing writer
The latest performers to grace the Herter Park Amphitheater stage were the story telling movement company, ParadiseMoves. Boston based, this is a group of talented dancers and story tellers interested in having a conversation, and know exactly how to get that conversation started. To beautifully composed original music and choreography, ParadiseMoves urges us, in their piece called Enough, to think more broadly, more compassionately, about gender, mental illness, and friendship.
Focused on the formative high school years, Enough tells the story of Noah, a young student grappling with his sexuality, identity, and mental illness. Supported by a cast of wonderful dancers, Noah discovers the value of relationships, explores his inner voices, and is quite literally saved from himself.
We have had several events since we last spoke, bringing over 1,200 folks through our gates! Word is spreading about our free, all-ages shows & the venue itself. This past Saturday 7/14 brought in the amazing Phunk Phenomenon Urban Dance Theatre, complete with several performances by the young phunks from the summer hip-hop dance classes. Sunday 7/15 was a huge a cappella festival hosted by Vocal Revolution. The festival, lasting 4 hours, showcased over a dozen of Boston's premier a cappella groups. Check out our Facebook page for photos & videos.
But wait! There's more! Saturday July 21 brings in the Boston Minstrels with a huge repertoire of your favorite classics. All welcome to sing along!
Thursday July 26 is our first Open Mic Night! Sign-up to perform HERE! First come, first play. (Some slots will be held for walk-ins the day of.) And stay tuned for information for Open Stage Night - a variety show where all types of acts & talents are welcome to perform!
We are still adding shows every day. Even more movie nights may be wedged in last minute, so check the SCHEDULE page for latest info.
See you at the Amp!
Ready... Set... GO! So our June is off to a great start. We had three awesome shows last week. The Boston Hassle show presented 4 local bands, running the gamut from ingenue Ragu to local legend Bad History Month. The following evening showcased 4 youth musicians on The All You Got Tour. On Tuesday 6/12, we held our first children's event with a sing-a-long with Kassandra Melo. Both she & the bubble machine were a big hit & we can't wait to have her back!
UP NEXT - The Seba Molnar Jazz Quartet will grace our stage on Fri. 6/22, 7-9 pm. We had a cancellation for our scheduled theatrical performance on 6/24, so this might be it for June, #sadface. But don't worry, we will be back after the Independence Day break & will be going like gang busters! We are still ironing out contracts with performers, so we will be adding another 20 or so events to the schedule as things get signed. Stay tuned to the SCHEDULE page for updates! We are looking for volunteers to help us at each event, so if you have already received that email, please complete the poll & let us know your availability. If you haven't signed up to get email alerts yet (about shows, volunteer events, etc.), please do so on the GET INVOLVED page & we will contact you.
Have a safe & happy 4th everyone!
Wow, do I have a lot to cover! So, our Grand Ribbon Cutting on 5/17/18 went great. It was great to get DCR officials & state Reps in the space, celebrating all the hard work of our volunteers. DCR Commissioner Leo Roy even sang a solo rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow!" (That takes GUTS, man. Know how hard that song is to sing?!) Anyway, head on over to our Facebook page for a video of that & more photos from the event.
The following night (5/18/18), we welcomed Brown Box Theatre Project back to the space for the Broadway Jukebox. The night was cold, but urns full of free hot coffee & cocoa kept our guests warm. Unfortunately, the second evening was rained out. But don't fret - they will be back in August with Shakespeare's As You Like It!
COMING UP THIS WEEK - we have 2 great shows. On Fri 6/8/18, Boston Hassle will present 4 great local bands: Ragu, Giving Up, Bad History Month & NEST. On Sat 6/9/18, the All You Got Tour will showcase musicians & bands ages 22 & under. Come show these kids some love & encouragement to pursue their dreams! Let's give 'em a packed house, huh?
Stay tuned to the SCHEDULE page for the most up-to-date calendar. We have about half of the dates up there so far & are adding events daily, as performers are confirmed. Bookings are a little slow this month, but will be jam packed come July on. We are psyched about the super-diverse nature of our programming. The #HerterAmp belongs to everyone! Huzzah!
Hi everyone! Well we did it. Thanks to 50+ volunteers last week, the amphitheater is in tip-top shape & ready for our upcoming season. Please join us on Thursday, May 17, at 7 pm, as we celebrate the completion of the Herter Amphitheater Lighting Project, by flipping the switch & launching our summer season!
DCR Commissioner Leo Roy is expected to attend this event, as are other local & state officials. Please come out & support us! Show them that the community supports our restoration & programming efforts! RSVP not required but appreciated: email@example.com.
What's everyone doing this Saturday, May 5th? Come on down to the ole Herter Amphitheater & help us get ready for our upcoming season (opening in just 3 weeks!). We need all hands on deck to help us rake, prune, weed, clean, scrape, paint & repair. If you have waders, boat hooks or pool nets, please bring 'em as we need help removing dead branches & debris from the moat. The day is short - just 9 AM - noon, so there is plenty of time to get your Cinco de Mayo on afterwards. And besides, what better way to enjoy an ice cold margarita or cerveza than after a few hours or hard (but rewarding!) work?
Please wear appropriate clothing, no open-toed shoes. Hats are always encouraged. Bring sunscreen or bug repellent, or what ever you may need. BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE OR SNACKS. Email Sasha at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
This week, April 15 - 21, marks National Volunteer Week. The theme for National Volunteer Week is “Celebrate Service.” Volunteerism empowers individuals to find their purpose, to take their personal passion and turn it into meaningful change for their communities. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers who helped us & our project partner, the Charles River Conservancy, restore the Herter Park Amphitheater over the past two years, spending countless hours raking, pruning, weeding, sanding & painting. We also thank those who helped out at our shows last year - greeting guests, handing out programs, taking photos, & selling concessions.
We had a small, but very successful mini-season last year, with only a half-dozen or so performances. We are planning for so much more this season, and thus need more volunteers than ever. If you are interested in helping out in any way, or even if you want to stay informed for upcoming events, please head on over to our GET INVOLVED page to sign-up.
And if you would like to participate in our Volunteer Clean-Up Day on May 5, from 9 AM -12 PM, email Sasha at email@example.com to register.
Howdy folks! Are you an awesome, outgoing individual with some knowledge of theater tech & a flexible schedule? If so, we are looking for you! We are looking for 1-3 people to help us coordinate & manage the amphitheater space, from cleaning, event set up, volunteer coordination, working the lights, interfacing with patrons/vendors/performers to clean up & lights out. Our season runs from May to October, with 2-4 events per week. Access to a car is helpful but not mandatory. DEADLINE is FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018 AT 5:00 PM. For full job description & further information, visit: http://bit.ly/FOHP-job18
And save the date! Our first volunteer clean-up day will be May 5! This will be our only open-call clean-up event this spring. Visit the SCHEDULE page for more info.
Oh, wait... we just did! Phase I of the Herter Park Amphitheater Electrical Project is now complete! We have stage lights to wash the performers in colorful glows, house lights to get patrons in & out safely, and path lights all repaired & activated. There are plenty of outlets around the stage and side utility poles for equipment & what-all.
Huge thanks to the Harvard-Allston Public Realm Flex Fund (HAPRFF) for the initial grant award for the electrical project & to Ray Ciccolo & the Ciccolo Family Foundation for donating funds when unforeseen issues put us over budget. HAPRFF Chair, Gerald Autler, and Ray Ciccolo joined us for an intimate Lights Up! party last night to test the lighting out. It was great for them to be able to see their funds at work.
Thank you to the many contractors & consultants who helped us refine our project along the way & bring us to fruition - Ken Holman Electric, Mark Shore of High Output, Inc., Keith Yancy of Lam Partners Architectural Lighting Design, Larry Farrer of Engineering Advantage, Inc., & Michael Chabot of Boston Light Source. Super-duper thanks to Tim McHale, FoHP board member & president of McHale & Company Construction Management Services for putting the scope of work together and managing the entire process.
Thanks to Victoria Rowe, stage lighting designer extraordinaire, for learning the system on the fly & setting some quick lighting cues for us last night. We look forward to working with you in the future. Check out our Facebook page for more photos & videos of last night & stay tuned for a more formal celebration in spring 2018!