High school theater season set to bloom in the Berkshires


Photo Gallery | Chicago dress rehearsal at Taconic High School

Spring means it's high school spring theater production season in the Berkshires, with dozens and dozens of young actors, directors, musicians and technical team members working to stage musicals and plays of all sorts.

While some schools have already staged their shows, there are still many productions coming up for your entertainment.

Upcoming productions:

• Barrington Stage Company's Playwright Mentoring Project Spring Tour includes a free, public North Adams participants performance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, at the Mill City Theatre, Building 4N, 115 State St., North Adams.

All participants will perform at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the Blatt Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. This performance is free but tickets must be reserved by calling 413-236-8888.

A benefit performance and catered sponsorship brunch will take place at noon on Sunday, April 10. Tickets start at $125, and can be purchased by contacting Janie LaBrasca at 413-997-6118.

• Berkshire School's Theater Department will present at its Sheffield campus, a spring play (TBD), on May 20 and 21. The school presented the musical, "In the Heights," Feb. 18-20.

• Drury Stage Company at Drury High School will present Peter Schaffer's "Amadeus," at 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, April 28-30, at the high school's Drury Performing Arts Center, 1130 South Church St., North Adams. Tickets are $7 general admission at the door or online at brownpapertickets.com.

• Monument Mountain Regional High School, 600 Stockbridge Road (Route 7) in Great Barrington, will present "The Drowsy Chaperone," at 7:30 p.m., this Thursday through Saturday, and again at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, in the school auditorium. The show is directed by Linnea Macé and Assistant Director Maria Knox; with Vocal Director Cindy Gutter, Pit Orchestra Director Luke Olivieri; choreography by Maria Knox, Jackson Teeley, and Harrison Lang. Tickets are $10 at the door.

• Mount Everett Regional School will present "Chicago" at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, in the school's Thomas A. Consolati Performing Arts Center (TAC-PAC), 491 Berkshire School Road in Sheffield.

• The Proteus Theatre troupe at Pittsfield High School will present "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," on May 12-14, and May 20 and 21.

• St. Joseph Central High School will present Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," at 7:30 p.m., this Friday and Saturday. at Barrington Stage Company's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., in Pittsfield. The show is under the direction of Donald Coudert, Bridget Gormalley, Nancy O'Laughlin, and Lillian Quinn. Music is directed by Marilyn Kirby and Karen Auge. Choreography is by Sarah Auge and Louis Comarato. The cast is composed of students from St. Joseph High School and from St. Agnes Academy in Dalton. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating and $10 for mezzanine, and are available through the Barrington Stage box office at 413-236-8888 or barringtonstageco.org.

• Taconic Theatre at Taconic High School, 96 Valentine Road in Pittsfield, will present at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, "Chicago," in the school auditorium. The production is directed by Jessica Passetto, and features a live community and student member orchestra led by Andy Kelly. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door, by calling 413-448-9634 or online at http://thschicago.brownpapertickets.com.

• The Apollonian Players of Wahconah Regional High School, 150 Windsor Road in Dalton, will present Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun," at 7 p.m. on Friday, and again at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, in the school auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door at $10 for adults, $8 for students and at senior discount. The show is under the direction of Pamela Fortlage-Gold and Liz Daniels, with Ann-Marie Desautelle as musical director and Vickie Hornstein as choreographer.

• Berkshire Theatre Group will present it's third annual "Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals," at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 13, at The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., in Pittsfield. The event features 10-minute encore performances from this year's Berkshire County high school musicals. More than 100 students are participating from: Hoosac Valley High School, Lee High School, Monument Mountain Regional High School, Mount Everett Regional High School, Taconic High School, Mt. Greylock Regional High School, Pittsfield High School, Lenox Memorial High School, Drury High School, Wahconah Regional High School and Miss Hall's School. Musical numbers will be performed from: "Legally Blonde," "Gypsy," "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "Cabaret," "Guys and Dolls," and more. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults. Info: BerkshireTheatreGroup.org.

• Teens from Shakespeare & Company's "Shakespeare in the Courts" are also performing closed scenes this spring.

Past spring productions:

• Berkshire Arts and Technology (BART) Charter Public School Drama Program staged in Adams March 3-5, "Scapino," a Moliere comedy, directed by visiting artist, Don Jordan.

• Berkshire Waldorf High School in Stockbridge will present the Senior Play, "Uncle Vanya," June 3-5, times and location to be announced.

• Darrow School's Darrow Theater Workshop in New Lebanon, N.Y., presented "Darrow on the Fringe 2016: Winter One-Act Plays," March 4 and 5, all written, produced, performed, and directed by students.

• The Performing Arts Department of Hoosac Valley Middle & High School in Cheshire presented its production of "Gypsy," on March 11 and 12.

• Lee Middle and High School on March 4 and 5 presented "Legally Blonde."

• Lenox Memorial Middle and High School presented Feb. 4-7, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

• Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble presented "Nice Work If You Can Get It," Feb. 19-21 on its Pittsfield campus.

• Mount Greylock Regional High School presented on March 18 and 19, "Nice Work If You Can Get It" at the Williams College '62 Center for Theatre and Dance in Williamstown.


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