The Forum: Berkshire, Miss Hall's schools to stage winter musicals

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Two Tony Award-winning musicals will be presented this week by two local independent high schools, marking the start of the high school theater season. Both productions include Berkshire County residents and are open to the public.

Berkshire School's Theater Department will present the "In the Heights," a contemporary show by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes.

More than 40 students and adults, from both Berkshire School and the larger Berkshire County community, have been working on the show since November. The PG-rated production is about the dreams and struggles of residents of Manhattan's Washington Heights, a largely Dominican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban American neighborhood on the cusp of change during a summertime blackout.

The show opens Thursday and runs Friday and Saturday, with each performance starting at 7:30 p.m., at Berkshire School's Allen Theater, 245 North Undermountain Road, Sheffield. There is a $2 suggested donation.

The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will showcase the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, performing the PG musical comedy "Nice Work if You Can Get It," at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall's campus, 492 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

More than 20 students in the cast and crew, and several adult supervisors are working to bring this show to life. Set on Long Island in the "Roaring Twenties," it follows recently married playboy Jimmy Winter who gets mixed up with a trio of bootleggers, including one who steals his heart.

The show is $6 general admission is $6, and reservations are recommended. Senior citizen and handicap-accessible seating is available. Call 413-395-7108 or email boconnor@misshalls.org for tickets and reservations.


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