Thursday June 21, 2012

Pittsfield:

Theater company adds two events

Berkshire Actors Theatre has announced two events taking place as part of its 2012 season at the Berkshire Museum.

BAT will hold an opening night party on Friday following the performance of "Doubt: A Parable," from 9:45 to 11:30 p.m. at the Ferrin Gallery, 437 North St.

Tickets are $15, and there is a $35 combo pass available to see "Doubt" as well as attend the Ferrin Gallery festivities. Tickets are available at the Berkshire Museum or at (413) 443-7171, ext. 10.

The second event, a talk back with Sister Margaret "Peggy" McEntee of the Sisters of Charity, follows the 5 p.m. performance of "Doubt" on Sunday, July 1.

McEntee was playwright John Patrick Shanley's first-grade teacher, and the real-life inspiration for Sister James in the play.

"Doubt" runs tonight through July 14.

Information: www.berk
shireactorstheatre.org, or follow @BerkActTheatre on Twitter.

Lenox:

Informational event on solar energy

"Shining Some Light on Solar," a presentation from the Pittsfield/Lenox Solarize Team, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mass Audubon's Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road.

The conversation will include current incentive opportunity for residential solar as well as a presentation on home efficiency by Center for EcoTechnology.


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Mass Audubon staff will discuss how their Lenox Solar Grant assisted in the installation of a pole-mounted solar array, which has helped reduce the carbon footprint at their facility in Lenox.

Information: Adele Gra vitz, sustainability coordinator of Lenox at (413) 637-5500, ext. 1217, or René Laubach at Mass Audubon at (413) 637-0320.

North Adams:

Dirt Day event slated for tonight

The Family Resource Cen t er of Northern Berkshire will sponsor Dirt Day fun for families from 5:30 to 7 tonight behind the Steeple cats baseball field on State Street.

There will be piles of pond sand for children to play in. The Family Resource Center will give away free pails and shovels, water bottles and books while supplies last.

This event is free and open to all families with young children. Children should dress for messy fun. Dirt Day is made possible with the help of Bushika Sand & Gravel and the City of North Adams.

North Adams:

Minerva Stage sets ‘Pirates' auditions

The Minerva Stage will hold auditions for "The Pirates of Penzance" on Friday and Saturday starting at 6 p.m. at 69 Union St.

A cast of 20-plus people is needed, with strong singers ages 16 and older. Audition ers are asked to prepare a 30-second a cappella piece to sing, and should wear clothing that allows movement.

Vocal warm-ups will begin promptly at 6 p.m.

The performances will be the first and second weekends of August. First rehearsal is Tuesday, June 26.

Several roles in the production crew still need to be filled. Those interested should attend an auditions or contact director Sarah Rae Brown, at (508) 868-0932 or sbfructosebat@gmail.com, or music director Vivian E. Reed at (413) 346-8898.