The following article appeared in the
Daily Hampshire Gazette on Thursday, June 20, 2002.
Hampshire Shakespeare sets benefit
By CAITLYN KELLEHER
Thursday, June 20, 2002 -- HADLEY - The Hampshire Shakespeare Company is turning one of its first performances this summer into a benefit for the fledgling Amherst Cinema Center.
The center, at 30 Amity St., is preparing to emerge as a nonprofit performing arts and cinema facility.
Hampshire Shakespeare Company is designating its June 27 performance of "Measure for Measure" as a benefit for the center. The company is based at the Hartsbrook School, at 193 Bay Road in Hadley. Events will start at 6 p.m.
Jessica Zane, the center's project manager, said the Hampshire Shakespeare Company's benefit "represents a collaboration we'd like to continue with other groups."
The center continues to raise money to hire an architect and begin renovations.
"It would be a fantastic thing to have in our community," Timothy Holcomb, a founding director of Hampshire Shakespeare, said of the center.
In addition to the performance June 27 of "Measure for Measure," starting at 7 p.m., the night will feature an appearance by the Juggler Meadow Morris Dancers and the Hartsbrook Garland Dancers, starting at 6 p.m. These two group will be performing Old English style dances.
At 6:30 p.m., New England Renaissance Center Director Arthur Kinney will speak about the play. There will also be a catered reception.
Tickets for the benefit are $35 and are being sold at the Amherst Cinema Center, (call 256-1991) and at Amherst Leisure Services (256-4065).