LEE, MA (08-08-11)—WAM Theatre presented the Theatresports Tournament Fundraiser at the Spectrum Playhouse in Lee, MA. CIP Berkshire Center students had a blast calling out ideas for skits as well as participating and being rated by celebrity judges.
Celebrity Judges included Debra Jo Rupp, Bob Lobhauer and Pam Malumphy. Ms. Rupp, known for her role as Kitty Forman in the long running sitcom That 70’s Show, is also familiar to Berkshire audiences through her work at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage Company and Berkshire Theatre Festival.
Joining her at the judges table was Bob Lobhauer, company member at Shakespeare & Company since 1995. He has played many memorable roles there including starring in the IRNE nominated one-man show, “Mengelberg and Mahler”, written by one of last year’s celebrity judges, Danny Klein.
“WAM is thrilled that such fabulous celebrity judges will be there to score RBIT and MOPCO as they face off again in a Theatresports Tournament Rematch” states Kristen van Ginhoven, WAM’s Artistic Director. “This is exactly the kind of event that WAM loves; community oriented, full of laughs, complete with friendly collaboration between talented professional theatre artists.”
The Funniest Thing in The Berkshires, The Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe (RBIT) and The Capital Region’s Premiere Improv Comedy Troupe The Mop & Bucket Co. (MOPCO) faced off in a friendly one night only Theatresports improvisation tournament rematch to raise funds for WAM Theatre’s November production of ‘The Attic, the Pearls, & Three Fine Girls’ by Martha Ross, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Jennifer Brewin, Alisa Palmer and Leah Cherniak. WAM’s fall production will benefit the Berkshire United Way Teen Pregnancy Initiative. At last year’s tournament, RBIT beat MOPCO by a hair so this year, MOPCO is out to win!
20 Franklin Street, Lee, MA
The Spectrum Playhouse is a recently re-purposed church in the center of Lee: the former St. George Episcopal Church. It is part of the College Internship Program’s Berkshire Center.
ABOUT WAM Theatre:
Inspired by the book ‘Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide’ by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, WAM Theatre was founded in 2009 by professional theatre artists Kristen van Ginhoven and Leigh Strimbeck. WAM’s philanthropic mission is two-fold; first, producing theatrical events for everyone, with a focus on women theatre artists and/or the stories of women and girls; second, to donate a portion of proceeds from those events to organizations that benefit women and girls. WAM Theatre is based in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and the Capital Region of New York State. www.WAMTheatre.com