Thursday October 11, 2012

Barrington Stage Company

From the first discordant scream of a plane crash to the final primal chant, Nigel Wil liams’ stage adaptation of William Golding’s novel "Lord of the Flies" fills Barrington Stage Company’s main downtown Pittsfield theater with sound and fury.

Golding’s dramatic -- and traumatic -- tale of the breakdown of civilization among English schoolboys stranded on a remote island remains as riveting and relevant today as it did when the Nobel Prize winning author’s debut novel first appeared nearly 60 years ago. Since then, generations of students have read the work as a classroom assignment, but few have had the opportunity to see it performed on stage in such a powerful and affecting production as Barrington Stage is currently offering Berkshire audiences.

While not suitable for the young and faint of heart, many of the interactions between these agile, muscular young performers -- three of whom, John Aramis Buckley, Dane Shiner and Joey LaBrasca, come from the Berkshires -- mirror what can be seen on the playgrounds and in the corridors of today’s educational establishments. Through the cathartic impact of live theater, the story is brought to life and comes soaring off the page and into the present day.

Performances run Wednes days to Sundays through Oct. 21 at BSC’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage theater. A post-show discussion will take place after tonight’s 7 p.m. performance.

Ticket prices range from $15 (ages 18 and under) to $40. Information: www.barrington
stageco.org, (413) 236-8888.

Berkshire Museum

Wally is having a birthday party on Sunday, all are invited. One of the Berkshires’ most beloved landmarks, Wally the stegosaurus has stood outside the Berkshire Museum in downtown Pittsfield for the past 15 years, delighting visitors and offering children an impromptu playground to climb on and explore.

To celebrate his special day, the museum will open free of charge to everyone from noon to 5 p.m. As a special treat, enjoy a slice of birthday cake and some refreshing punch and join in a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday to You" at 2 p.m. on the front lawn.

Inside the century-old museum, dig for "genuine" dinosaur bones and see local and exotic underwater life in the downstairs aquarium.

Exhibits of contemporary American Indian art and traditional artifacts are on display, along with painting, sculpture and natural history, and the Feigenbaum Hall of Inno va tion highlights Berkshire enter prise. Information: www.berkshiremuseum.org (413) 443-7171.

Berkshire Co-op Market

Children can always find ways to make a joyful noise. From banging on pots and pans with a wooden spoon to slapping sticks against a railing, they have plenty of simple strategies to make the many sounds that signify childhood.

Friday at 4 p.m. at the Berkshire Co-op Market in Great Barrington, kids can make sounds of a different nature -- by replicating nature itself. As part of the free monthly D.I.Y. Kids Workshop program, children will use simple everyday materials to make colorful Rain Sticks that capture the gentle sound of a tropical shower on forest leaves.

Traditional rainsticks are known throughout South Amer ica, where they are used to entice the sky to deliver rain storms. Typically made from sealed, hollow dried cactus tubes with thorns hammered through them like nails, they are filled with beans or small stones and make the sound of rain when the tube is turned over end to end.

Sign up for the free workshop at the front desk or call (413) 528-9697. Information: www.berkshire.coop.