Education programs are a fundamental component of the Berkshire Theatre Group’s mission to serve our community. School field trips to our theaters allow students to experience diverse, educational and entertaining, programs that reinforce classroom curriculum, while fostering an understanding of and appreciation for the performing arts!
Performing Arts for Schools Education Fund
BTG’s education program is designed to enhance the classroom curriculum through creative programming. Donors are stepping forward to guarantee that all students, regardless of financial situation, will have access to this creativity-building resource. The following donors have stepped forward to ensure that all students will have access to the performing arts. We extend our gratitude to:
Cain, Hibbard and Myers, P.C. for their generous sponsorship of BTG’s educational programming
Nicholas Boraski for establishing an endowment gift in the name of his late wife Ruth Boraski, the income from which will be used to provide scholarships for student tickets to the BTG’s Performing Arts for Schools programs.
Linda O’Connell for establishing a multi-year fund to annually underwrite the BTG’s Performing Arts for Schools programs.
Nancy Vale for establishing a charitable remainder trust in the name of her late husband and actor Michael Vale to provide scholarships for student tickets to the BTG’s Performing Arts for Schools programs.
Performing Arts for Schools
2013-2014 School Year
at The Colonial Theatre -111 South Street - Pittsfield, MA
ALADDIN AND OTHER ENCHANTING TALES
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 • 10:00am
Presented by The Enchantment Theatre Co.
Directed by Leslie Reidel
Music by Rimsky-Korsakov, special arrangement of Scheherazade by Charles Gilbert
Adapted by Leslie Reidel, Jennifer Blatchley Smith, and Landis Smith
A giant genie, princesses and wizards abound in the marvelous tales of Scheherazade, the storyteller heroine of Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales. Set to the evocative music of Rimsky-Korsakov, with stunning costumes, masks, puppets, illusion and pantomime, Enchantment Theatre Company brings these captivating tales to life as never seen before: An evil sorceress is transformed into a dragon; a huge genie rises out of a golden lamp; a prince morphs into a monkey. Just as Scheherazade transforms her Sultan, she will enchant the hearts of your audience with humor, magic, romance and adventure. Come join us on a fantastic journey into the wondrous world of Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales.
Suitable for Grades: K-up
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 • 10:00am
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 • 10:00am
Thursday, December 19, 2013 • 10:00am
By Charles Dickens, Adapted by Eric Hill
Directed by Eric Hill
Berkshire Theatre Group’s annual production comes to the Colonial! Revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. It should be noted that this production runs for 90 minutes including intermission.
Suitable for Grades: 2 and up
DOKTOR KABOOM! IT’S JUST ROCKET SCIENCE
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • 10:00am
Doktor Kaboom! performs original interactive Science Comedy shows for audiences of all ages. Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom! keeps his crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter. Join Kaboom! for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular (and often successful) science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain.
Suitable for Grades: 3-8
Leo Lionni's Swimmy, Frederick, & Inch by Inch
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 • 10:00am
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's latest production is drawn from Leo Lionni's exquisitely crafted Caldecott Honor books, Swimmy, Inch by Inch and Frederick. Swimmy is a tiny fish who uses ingenuity to fend off danger. Frederick, a poetic mouse, makes everyday life an artful experience. A lovable inchworm shares his facility for measuring absolutely everything. All these stories provide wonderful scope for translation to puppet theatre through the gentle storytelling style which has earned international acclaim for Mermaid Theatre. The show features an assortment of innovative puppetry styles and imaginative lighting techniques as well as an original musical score.
Suitable for Grades: Pre-K-3
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR AND OTHER ERIC CARLE FAVOURITES
Thursday, April 3, 2014 • 10:00am
Presented by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
After much demand, that little caterpillar is returning, along with an assortment of favourite puppet characters. The triple-bill includes the wonderful story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of Little Cloud’s travels through the sky, and The Mixed Up Chameleon’s discovery of his own unique nature. The whimsical tales have enchanted several generations, and Mermaid's acclaimed stage adaptation teaches as well as entertains.
Suitable for Grades: Pre-K- 2
To book your field trip please download the ticket order form
Performing Arts for Schools Ticket Order Form
For more information, please contact:
Allison Rachele Bayles
Administrative Director of Education