Stagewhispers: Running hot and cold at BTG's Sunset Cinema Outside

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PITTSFIELD — BB's Hot Spot food truck and Pittsfield Police Department's Operation Copsicle will be joining Berkshire Theatre Group's Sunset Cinema Outside at Taconic High School parking lot, 96 Valentine Road, Friday, Saturday, and July 16-18. Gates open 6:30 p.m.; movies begin around 8:30 p,m.

BB's Hot Spot owner Ronny Brizan said in a prepared statement that his mission is "to provide a warm and family-friendly atmosphere with affordable prices." His menu features burgers, hot dogs and fries, paired with select Caribbean specials such as jerk chicken served with rice, prepared in a variety of ways.

Brizan established his own restaurant on the Caribbean island of Grenada. After relocating to the United States, he continued his work in established hotels and restaurants in the Berkshires. He said that the uncertainties of COVID-19 presented an opportunity to own and operate a "long-desired" food truck.

Operation Copsicle is the Pittsfield Police Department's ice cream truck that was commissioned in 2018 with the help of community donations. The ice cream truck is used for community events and community outreach throughout the city of Pittsfield. The ice cream truck is also loaned to other Berkshire County municipalities at no cost.

Community engagement officer, Darren Derby, said "The Pittsfield Police Department is excited to be a part of the Sunset Cinema events and looking forward to seeing families in the evening, while practicing social distancing."

BTG is following the mandates of the State of Massachusetts Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces that were released as a part of the Baker-Polito administration's plan for reopening. These safety protocols include guidelines for social distancing, hygiene protocols, staffing and operation protocols, and guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting.

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Tickets — $25 per vehicle — may be purchased online at BerkshireTheatreGroup.org or by phone at 413-997-4444. The ticket office is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The movies:

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Friday — Disney's "Newsies: The Broadway Musical!"

Saturday — "The Wiz Live!"

July 16 — "Jurassic Park"

July 17 — "The Iron Giant"

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July 18 — "Coco"

THEATER AIMING FOR JANUARY REOPENING

GHENT, N.Y. — Ghent Playhouse is planning to reopen in January with an abbreviated three-show season that will begin with with the theater's annual panto, followed by the award-winning musical "Fun Home" and a drama, "Last Train to Nibroc," both of which had been scheduled for late winter and spring of this year.

"As we began last season, we never imagined that it would end so abruptly in March, due to a world-wide pandemic," artistic director Cathy Lee-Visscher said in an e-mail statement to theater subscribers and supporters. "For 46 years it has been our pleasure to offer our community exposure to professional-level theater productions at an affordable price. It is also our responsibility to continue to do so.

"A return to 'normal' is a slow, ongoing process for New York State, but at this point ... we look forward to re-opening our doors and once again seeing many familiar faces back in the seats of our treasured theater."


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