The Forum: BCD presents new work; auditions to be held for BCC and Barrington Stage shows

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Berkshire Country Day School's Upper School Theater Ensemble will present this weekend its original workshop production, "Don't Grow Up, It's a Trap," inspired by J. M. Barrie's "Peter Pan."

Shows are at 7 p.m. on Friday, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, at the Winthrop Theater on the local Boston University Campus, 45 West St., Lenox. Donations are suggested, and will be collected at the door.

"Creating and devising an entirely original piece of theater is a powerful experience," says director Sara Katzoff. Eleven actors in grades 7 through 9 created the show using research from texts, conducting interviews, and then producing original writing and songs exploring themes of adolescence and adulthood, rebellion and responsibility, imagination and fantasy. BCD music teacher Amy Hilliard is the musical director for the show.

Audition for "Avenue Q"

The BCC Players will hold auditions for the Tony-Award winning musical "Avenue Q" today at 7 p.m., in room K-111 of the Koussevitzky Arts Center at Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield. Actors auditioning should bring sheet music for a 32-bar song — backing tracks are acceptable, though an accompanist will be provided — and a one-minute monologue. Info: 413-236-4703.

Audition for "The Wiz"

Barrington Stage Company Youth Theatre seeks actors between the ages of 13-19 for roles in its summer 2016 production of the Tony Award-winning musical "The Wiz," to be presented July 29 through Aug. 14, at the Berkshire Museum. Auditions will be held by appointment only at Barrington Stage's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield, from either 4 to 6 p.m., or 6 to 8 on Friday; or the time slots of 10 a.m. to noon, noon to 2, 2 to 4 or 4 to 6 on Saturday. Schedule an appointment at education@barringtonstageco.org. Bring a headshot or labeled photo and 16 bars of sheet music for two contrasting songs (upbeat and ballad) from two contemporary musicals.


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