Friday December 14, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Berkshire Theatre Group's annual community production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," adapted by Eric Hill, returns to The Colonial Theatre this weekend for a two-week engagement.

This year's production is dedicated to the memory of Jack Fitzpatrick.

"A Christmas Carol" opens Saturday evening at 7:30 and is scheduled to run through Dec. 30 with performances Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30, Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2.

Before each performance, BTG's Children's Chorus will perform holiday music and sing-a-longs in The Colonial's lobby venue, The Garage. On Dec. 22, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in The Garage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hill's adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" premiered in 2006 in BTG's Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge where it has been performed annually until last year when it was moved to the Colonial.

"The Colonial is a perfect setting for this timelesstale about goodness and greed," BTG CEO and artistic director Kate Maguire said in a news release. "The Garage, our lobby space, gives audiences the opportunity to have a complete evening out with pre-show entertainment and holiday snacks at this most treasured time of year."

Hill is returning as director and in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Associate Education Artist, Travis G. Daly, is assistant directing.

Hill directed Berkshire Theatre Group's production of "A Chorus Line" this summer.


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Additional BTG directing credits include "The Who's Tommy," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Macbeth," "Endgame," "Faith Healer," "The Einstein Project," "Amadeus," "The Glass Menagerie," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "The Caretaker." Previous acting credits include "A Man for All Seasons," "Dimetos" and "The Father." Hill also serves as the Louis, Francis and Jeffrey Sachar Professor of Theater Arts at Brandeis University. He lives in Richmond with his wife, Maguire, and their son, Alexander.

Returning BTG company members include Michael Brahce, Ralph Petillo, Gail Ryan, Tom Towne, Christopher-Michael Vecchia and Margaret Wild.

Joining the community cast this year are graduate students from BTG's partner academic institution, Brandeis University -- Sarah Elizabeth Bedard, Nicole Dalton, Sam Gillam and Jonathan Young; four of Berkshire Theatre Group's Artists-in-Residence -- Lily Christie, Jacob Gold, Cody Lee Miller and Courtney Wood; and 27 Berkshire County children.

Complete ticket information is available in person at the Colonial box office at 111 South St.; by calling (413) 997-4444; and online at www.berk shiretheatregroup.org.

The box office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; or any performance day from 10 a.m. until curtain.