Performing Arts for Young People

Berkshire Theatre Group is following all state and local guidelines for education-based programming and activities. BTG PLAYS! will resume as soon as allowed.

The cast of Shrek The Musical, 2019. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.

Elementary and Middle School Productions

Performed in both spring and fall, students learn collaboration and creativity while performing and assisting with all aspects of the production. These productions help to foster a sense of community as parents and children work together to create sets, props, and costumes for the performance. In 2019, over 2,000 patrons attended Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.! During the fall of 2019 BTG launched the first annual fall production, Willy Wonka Kids, which featured 140 students! 

Summertime Classes

Summertime classes are one-week sessions offered during the summer vacation months on the Stockbridge and Pittsfield campuses. Students work together to prepare and perform a classic fairytale. The final performance is followed by a student-led question and answer session.

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Annual Summer Community Theatre Production

Performed and rehearsed each year during the height of the busy summer season, students and community members learn from one another whilst in the midst of collaboration and creativity. In 2021, we look forward to working on a musical , which will feature talented children and adults from the Berkshire community. 

Annual Student Theatre Productions

Performed each spring and fall, these productions feature talented students from area schools of multiple grade levels. 

Sensory Friendly Performances

A “sensory-friendly” performance is a production that is slightly modified to accommodate individuals with sensory-input disorders, such as people on the autism spectrum. At this performance, you will notice relaxed “house rules;” people may need to get up, move around, and leave the theatre during the performance. There is no expectation that the audience will be completely quiet during the performance. Our goal is to create an environment where people with autism or sensory needs, along with their families, can enjoy coming to the theatre together and will feel comfortable, supported and free to be themselves.

For more information, please contact:

Allison Rachele Bayles
Administrative Director of Education|
(413) 448-8084 x19
allison@berkshiretheatre.org

The cast of <i>Disney's The Lion King JR.</i>, 2018. Photo Emma Rothenberg-Ware.

The cast of Disney's The Lion King JR., 2018. Photo Emma Rothenberg-Ware.

The cast of <i>Disney's The Lion King JR.</i>, 2018. Photo Emma Rothenberg-Ware.

The cast of Disney's The Lion King JR., 2018. Photo Emma Rothenberg-Ware.

The cast of <i>Disney's Tarzan®</i>, 2018. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.

The cast of Disney's Tarzan®, 2018. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.

The cast of <i>Disney's Tarzan®</i>, 2018. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.

The cast of Disney's Tarzan®, 2018. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.

Brianna Nicola in <i>Shrek The Musical</i>, 2019. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.

Brianna Nicola in Shrek The Musical, 2019. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.

The cast of <i>Willy Wonka Kids</i>, 2019. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.

The cast of Willy Wonka Kids, 2019. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.

The cast of <i>Willy Wonka Kids</i>, 2019. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.

The cast of Willy Wonka Kids, 2019. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.

The cast of <em>A Christmas Carol</em>, 2019. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.

The cast of A Christmas Carol, 2019. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.

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