The Forum: Grumbling Gryphons, Sprout Film Festival on tap this weekend


Editor's note: This article has been amended from its original version to reflect a change in venue for the Sprout Film Festival.

Families First Series

Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children's Theater will perform "Two Trickster Tales: Native American Animal Stories" at 11 a.m. on Saturday at The Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin St., in Lee, as part of the free, public Families First Series sponsored by NBT Bank, Allegrone and Scarafoni Associates. Families First takes place the first Saturday of every month at the playhouse.

Grumbling Gryphons will present a participatory performance of two tales, "How Coyote Shares the Fire: A Plains Indian Story" and "How Mama Skunk Discovered Her Power." A pre-performance workshop will be led by Director Leslie Elias at 9:45, to train young actors to learn Native American songs, dances and play dramatic roles in the day's show, wearing masks and costumes created by the company's Ellen Moon. Children and parents are invited to play such parts as: Fire Dancers, Tree, Plains Indians and the Spirit of the Mountain.

In addition to company actors Elias, Arieh Saed, Matt Russell, and children from Cornwall, Conn., where the company is based, Great Barrington's Johnny Segalla will play the lead part of Trickster Coyote and also play Native American drums and Lindsay DeWinkeleer of Pittsfield, will play lead Fire Spirit and Corn Maiden.

For more information, contact the Spectrum Playhouse at 413-394-5023 or email Kara Demler at

Sprout Film Festival

The Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group will host at noon on Sunday, the 2016 Berkshire County Sprout Film Festival at Crosby Elementary School, 517 West St., in Pittsfield. The festival features short films about individuals with various disabilities, their lives and personal achievements. The event will be followed by a free catered reception in the lobby, featuring photography from local artists with disabilities. Tickets are $5 per person to benefit the group, and can be purchased by contacting Jessica McNair at 413-464-7262, ext. 12, or, or at


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