Hallie Flanagan Theatre at Smith
NHS Improv: Funktionlust
Taking random suggestions from the audience, Funktionlust creates spontaneous hilarity right in front of your eyes. Now in its 12th year as Northampton High School's improv group, Funktionlust has enough liveliness to power Gillette Stadium. The troupe is psyched to return to Northampton's First Night celebration!
Noon-1 at Hallie Flanagan Theatre at Smith
Jody Scalise is Motion Man, an Emmy Award-winning performer who combines comedy and magic, stepladders and giant bubbles, toilet plungers and spinning plates. Yankee magazine said, "Jody Scalise sight gags and pratfalls his way through a perfectly timed act." Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's ice cream called Scalise, "just incredible." The legendary mime artist Marcel Marceau called him, "a great clown."
2-2:45 and 3-3:45 at Hallie Flanagan Theatre at Smith
Happier Family Comedy Show
Couldn't be happier? Go to another level of levity with the Happier Family Comedy Show, a high-energy, interactive improv comedy show for the whole family. Every show is all new and based on audience suggestions as these talented improvisers weave comedy gold from thin air before your very eyes. Be part of the show - or just sit back and watch - either way, these goofy actors will provide funny for the whole family. The Happier Family Comedy Show is an off-shoot of the Happier Valley Comedy Show, founded in 2015 by Pam Victor in her quest to make the Happy Valley happier.
4-4:45 and 5-5:45 at Hallie Flanagan Theatre at Smith
The Boston band M'bolo plays high-energy music from Senegal. The word "m'bolo" means "togetherness" in the Senegalese language Wolof, and the band embraces this idea in the creation of their high-octane hybrid of mbalax music and rock and roll. Guitar, bass, keys, and drums combine to form a rhythmically intricate lattice of propulsive licks, snaking leads, and hypnotizing grooves, punctuated by the rapid-fire attack of the sabar drums. Live shows are highlighted by the energy of lead singer Cheikh Ngom's dance moves, fusing his Kaolack roots with a Michael Jackson flair.
7-7:45 and 8-8:45 at Hallie Flanagan Theatre at Smith
Finish 2016 on a higher plane with kirtan music. The ancient Indian music of kirtan invites the audience to participate in call and response singing to create a room of ecstatic vibrations. Shubalananda Saraswati (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan six nights a week at over 20 yoga centers across New England, such as the Kripalu Center in Lenox and Karuna Yoga in Northampton. Ashley Flagg is a trained kirtan singer, master harmonium player, and great leader of the chorus. If you love to sing, you will love kirtan.
9:15-10 at Hallie Flanagan Theatre at Smith
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All First Night performances are family-friendly, but these are especially suitable for younger children.