Performing Arts for Schools


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. fortheir 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.

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Performing Arts for Schools

2017–2018 School Year
at The Colonial Theatre -111 South Street - Pittsfield, MA

petePete the Cat

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 • 10:00am

When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners – and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. The whole family, that is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet earth. As the end of second grade approaches, Jimmy has a lot of tests, and the last thing he needs is some groovy cat in his life, changing his family and turning everything upside down. But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect friend to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus.

Suitable for Grades: PreK-3

Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships and Family.

Performance Length: Approximately one hour

carolA Christmas Carol

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 • 10:00am with snow date on Thursday, December 14, 2017 • 10:00am

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 • 10:00am with snow date on Thursday, December 21, 2017 • 10:00am

Berkshire Theatre Group’s annual production returns to The Colonial! Revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Suitable for Grades: 2 and up

Curriculum Connections: Literature-Based, Performing Arts, Theater and Reading.

Performance Length: 90 minutes (including intermission)

dragonMy Father’s Dragon

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 • 10:00am

In collaboration with author Ruth Stiles Gannett and in celebration of the books’ 70th Anniversary, Enchantment Theatre Company brings the three tales of My Father’s Dragon to life on stage.

When nine-year old Elmer Elevator hears about a baby dragon who is held captive by the ferocious animals of Wild Island, he sets off on an adventure to rescue the dragon and return him home. With the help of his friend the Alley Cat, Elmer packs everything he thinks he’ll need – including chewing gum, two-dozen lollipops, seven hair ribbons and a box of rubber bands! With pluck and ingenuity Elmer makes his way to the Island, outwits the wild animals and saves Boris, the dragon. But can they find their way back home? As they travel over the ocean they get lost in a storm and discover a magical island of escaped canaries. The resourceful Elmer helps the canaries overcome their “curiosity disease” and uncover a stash of hidden riches. With bags of gold and the canaries’ blessings, the dauntless duo at last returns home.

Suitable for Grades: K-5
Curriculum Connections: Literature, Visual Arts and Drawing, Performing Arts: Theatre, Music Dance, Language Arts: Creative Writing as storytelling with a focus on the concept of imagination, creativity and problem-solving.

Performance Length: Approximately one hour 

lightningThe Lightning Thief

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 • 10:00am

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

Suitable for Grades: 2-6
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships and Family and Social Studies

Performance Length: Approximately one hour

To book your field trip performance, please download ticket order form here!

For more information, please contact:

Allison Rachele Bayles
Administrative Director of Education