We Perform in Schools, Museums, Theaters and Community Institutions
ENCHANTED CIRCLE THEATER's touring and site-based performances provide an integrated arts-in-education experience for schools, museums, theaters and historic homes. We currently have two productions in repertoire.
SOJOURNER'S TRUTH:" I will shake every place I go to" is a touring, theatrical concert which explores the extraordinary life of Sojourner Truth (the former slave, abolitionist and women's rights warrior) and is based on primary source documents. Integrating theater, music, dance, projected images and historical text, SOJOURNER’S TRUTH takes the audience on a multi-dimensional tour of Sojourner Truth's life, her spiritual walk to freedom, her search for home and community, and her emergence as one of the foremost public speakers of her time.
BETWEEN THE CANALS: The Evolution of a Mill Town is a Living Museum-styled theater production, which ECT premiered in 2001 and performed on-site in the historic Lyman Mill, now known as Open Square. Back by popular demand, we have re-envisioned the play so it can now tour to any location.
In BETWEEN THE CANALS, the audience is transported back in time, from present day Holyoke to the mid-1800s.Through a series of vignettes, live music and a dramatic slide show, the audience witnesses the building of the 1,000 foot dam across the Connecticut River, French-Canadian children leaving their family farm to work in the mills, Irish and Canadian children working 14 hours a day in a textile mill, a Labor Union meeting where they draft a resolution to improve working conditions, and Susan B. Anthony speaking from the steps of the new Holyoke City Hall. The play ends back in present day, as a young Puerto Rican child prepares for her first day of school in her new home. BETWEEN THE CANALS offers a message of hope for the future, based in the harsh realities and personal triumphs of the past.
THE SKINNER SERVANTS' TOUR: A Living History of Wistariahurst is more than a house tour and more than a play. It's 1927- Holyoke. The mansion is in chaos. The mill owner's daughter demands perfection, and the housekeeper is losing her mind. Find yourself behind the scenes in the home of America's premier silk manufacturer, William Skinner. The Skinner Servants' Tour reveals the disparate lives of the rich and the poor, and the compelling relationship between them.
ECT's living history plays are a unique and exciting way to bring the history of any location to life. For more information on booking a performance or to inquire about commissioning an original work for your museum or historic home, contact Celine at (413) 534-3789.
“The art of masterful storytelling is alive and well in the hands of Enchanted Circle Theater, with its combination of impeccable artistry, delightful good humor and incredibly imaginative costumes.”
~Librarian, Springfield, MA
Museums & Historic Homes
- AFRICAN GRIOT:
Keeper of the Oral Tradition
- A BULLET CAN'T KILL A DREAM
Tales of Courageous Acts By Children
- DANCE OF THE EARTH
- FOLKTALES FROM JAPAN
- FROM PAGE TO STAGE
A Reader's Theater
- ROOTS, RHYTHM and RAPTURE
- TALES FROM MOTHER RUSSIA
Study guides and teacher preparatory materials are available for all the productions.