RECESS | Things to do this week: See 'Fame,' audition for a show, enjoy 'Toy Story'

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Stephen Keith Sagarin, Ph.D., will speak on "The Perpetual Crisis in U.S. Education" at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Mason Library, 231 Main St., in Great Barrington. The talk is free and open to the public Child care will be provided for those families that register in advance with the library by calling 413-528-2403.

Sagarin is the executive director and faculty chair at Berkshire Waldorf High School in Stockbridge, and associate professor at Sunbridge Institute in Chestnut Ridge, N.Y. He has taught about the history of education at Teachers College and human development at CUNY, and is the author of "The Story of Waldorf Education in the United States: Past, Present, and Future."

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There are only a few slots left to participate in the Railroad Street Youth Student Empowerment (RYSE) Program. Open to all juniors and seniors at Monument Mountain and Mount Everett regional high schools who want to explore their next steps after high school in a fun and collaborative environment, RSYE will take place July 23-27.

Participants receive a $40 per day stipend, for a total of $200 for the week. Students who complete the program can apply for a two-year $5,000 scholarship to attend the vocational school or college of their choice. Applications must be submitted online via by May 18.

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Berkshire Museum will offer at 11 a.m. on Saturday a sensory-friendly screening of the classic Disney Pixar family-friendly film, "Toy Story" (rated G, 1 hour 21 minutes). The cost is $5 general admission, free for children age 3 and younger. Sensory-friendly screenings are designed for families and children with sensory needs and those who have difficulty in a traditional movie screening setting. The theater is dim, not fully dark, and it's OK to move around. The museum is located at 39 South St., in Pittsfield. Info: or 413-443-7171

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Beginning this week, Pittsfield High School's Proteus Theater will present its production of the musical "Fame," based on the 1980 Academy Award-winning film by Alan Parker. The production shows the price of fame and the many roadblocks faced by ambitious young artists while celebrating the union of art and education and the spirit of talented young people everywhere. More than 30 young singers, dancers and actors round out the cast, which is directed by PHS drama teacher John Monteverde, under the musical direction of Choir Director Gaylan Palmer and choreographed by PHS alumna Cameron Allshouse.

The show will run May 11-20, with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays. Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for adults, and are available at the door, from Proteus Theater students and online at

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Music In Common (MIC) announces the worldwide launch of Amplify, a concert experience in which musicians perform songs written by youth from around the world. Auditions are open to high school and college age youths, and can be done online or in person through May 31. Rehearsals will take place at Darrow School in New Lebanon, N.Y., between Aug. 6-25, with culminating concerts on Aug. 26 at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield and Aug. 27 at Crissey Farm in Great Barrington. There is no cost to participate in Amplify and selected musicians will receive a stipend. More information and audition applications are available at, or by emailing


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