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Tollbooth Illustration transparentThe Phantom Tollbooth

at The Colonial Theatre

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 10:00am

Norton Juster’s fantastical The Phantom Tollbooth begins with an introduction to the story’s hero: “There was once a boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with himself — not just sometimes, but always.” One day a mysterious tollbooth appears in Milo’s room and having nothing better to do, he drives his toy car through it. To his astonishment and increasing delight, he finds himself in a peculiar new world, where everyone he encounters is literally an embodiment of their name, from the ticking watchdog, Tock, to the loveable but nonsensical Humbug.

Milo soon finds himself on an eventful and dangerous quest: he is tasked with rescuing the Princesses Rhyme and Reason, who, in the war between words and numbers, have been banished to the Castle in the Air. Along the way he meets Azaz the Unabridged, the king of Dictionopolis, his brother the Mathemagician, the ruler of Digitopolis, and Faintly Macabre, the not-so-wicked Which. Milo travels through the Forest of Sight where he experiences different Points of View, accidentally leaps to the Island of Conclusions and travels through the Mountains of Ignorance, where he must escape its Demons in order to save the Princesses. With the help of his steadfast companions, he perseveres and brings Rhyme and Reason home, restoring peace to the realm.

Along the way something magical happens to Milo; he discovers the delights of friendship, curiosity and knowledge, and that life — his own life — is filled with endless possibilities. Enchantment Theatre Company is thrilled to bring this captivating story to the stage. Using puppets, masks, magic, inventive scenic effects and original music, the wonder and adventure of the story comes alive. Join us as we journey along with Milo to the Lands Beyond and discover that with humor, good friends and a little bit of courage, anything is possible.

Suitable for Grades: 1-6
Curriculum Connections: Mathematics: numbers, functions, time, averages, geometry, Language Arts: reading, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, figurative language, creative writing as storytelling Literature: plot, character development, themes, b: History/Biography, Visual Arts: form, color, drawing, Performing Arts: theater, music, dance

Performance Length: Approximately one hour


carolA Christmas Carol

at The Colonial Theatre
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Eric Hill
Directed by Travis Daly

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 • 10:00am
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 • 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)


For more information, please contact:

Allison Rachele Bayles
Administrative Director of Education