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.
Performing Arts for Schools
2016–2017 School Year
at The Colonial Theatre -111 South Street - Pittsfield, MA
Story Pirates Greatest Hits Show
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 • 10:00am
The Story Pirates Greatest Hits Show celebrates creative writing by students from coast to coast in a big, hilarious sketch comedy musical performed by professional actors and musicians. The performance is based entirely on stories written by elementary school students, and part of the show is made up on the spot by the kids in the audience! Called "crazy entertaining" by the Daily Show's Jon Stewart, Story Pirates will keep you doubled over laughing, all the while motivating kids to pick up a pencil and write from their own imaginations. Sketches run the gamut from kung fu ninja babies fighting crime to cats flying to tickle monsters who rule the world.
Suitable for Grades: K-5
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Music, Performing Arts
Performance Length: 60 Minutes
Shaw Entertainment Group: http://shawentertainment.com/story-pirates/
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
adapted by: Eric Hill
directed by: Travis G. Daly
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 • 10:00am
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 • 10:00am
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 • 10:00am
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.
Suitable for Grades: 2 and up
Curriculum Connections: Literature-Based, Performing Arts, Theater, Reading
Performance Length: 90 minutes (including intermission)
Berkshire Theatre Group: http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/
Friday, March 24, 2017 • 10:00am
Harriet Tubman was born a slave, but when she was 25 she made her perilous escape from a Maryland plantation, leaving her family behind. Pursued by dogs and relentless slave catchers, she followed an escape route laid out by Quakers -- secret hiding places in churches, barns, cellars and homes.
The escape route that Harriet followed soon became known as the Underground Railroad, and she quickly became one of its most celebrated 'conductors.' Up creek beds, through swamps, over hills in the dark of night, on 19 secret trips Harriet Tubman guided more than 300 slaves, including her aged parents, to freedom. "I never run my train off the track," she said, "and I never lost a passenger."
Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her people, in a fascinating series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue, and music of the period. Songs include "Follow the Drinking Gourd," "Steal Away," "Wade in the Water," "Good News, the Chariot's A-comin'," and many others still sung today. Freedom Train is the story of self-sacrifice, dedication and survival, laced with warmth and a sense of humor that celebrates the human spirit -- a universal story for all.
Suitable for: grades 3-9
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Music, Relationships & Family, Social Studies
Performance Length: 60 minutes
Theatre Works USA: http://www.theatreworksusa.org/show_detail.cfm?show=1043
A Kennedy Center commission based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems
Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!
Script and lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by Jerry Whiddon
Choreographed by Jessica Hartman
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 • 10:00am
Elephant Gerald is an elephant: lumbering, formally attired, prone to melancholy. Piggie is (what else!) a piggie: perky, smiley, full of fun. Total opposites? No way! In Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie are best friends! And in We Are in a Play!, a brand-new vaudevillian romp of a musical, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense–facing fundamental questions like, what do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Backed by nutty back-up singers The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the audience involved in the action. So get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of your favorite books. You’ll be doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long!
Suitable for: Pre-K and Up
Curriculum Connections: Literature, Performing Arts, Theater, Music, Relationships
Performance Length: 60 minutes
Shaw Entertainment Group: http://shawentertainment.com/the-kennedy-centers-elephant-and-piggie/
To book your field trip please download the ticket order form
For more information, please contact:
Allison Rachele Bayles
Administrative Director of Education