High School Musicals: Spring plays and musicals abound in the Berkshires

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The high school spring musical and theater production season is now underway, featuring hundreds of talented teenager cast on stage and behind the scenes, countywide. Though some schools have already staged their shows in late February and earlier this month, there are still lots of productions left to see on school and community stages.

In addition, Berkshire Theatre Group will present its inaugural "High School Student Cabaret," directed by Travis G. Daly, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. Tickets are $10, and the show will feature students from all over the county performing songs, poetry, dance and more.

Then on Friday, May 12, Daly will direct the fourth annual presentation of "Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals," at 7 p.m., at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. The show features 10-minute encore performances from participating high school theater groups. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for youths 16 and under. Proceeds from both productions will benefit BTG PLAYS!, Berkshire Theatre Group's year-round education program.

For now, here's a look at past and upcoming high school shows (in alphabetical order by school):

BART: The BART Theatre Department will stage a middle school and high school performance of the play "You Can't Take It With You," by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Alexia Trainor. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, at the school, 1 Commercial St., Adams. Ticket are free for BART students, $5 for adults, and $2 for non-BART students and seniors. All tickets can be purchased at the door before the performance.

Berkshire Country Day School: The Upper School Theater Ensemble over the weekend presented "From Straw to Gold," a new spin on the classic tale of "Rumpelstiltskin." This original production was devised by the ensemble and written and directed by Sara Katzoff.

Berkshire School: Berkshire School Theatre presented a production of "Monty Python's Spamalot" back in February under the direction of Jesse Howard. The group will stage a spring play performance (TBD) at 7:30 p.m. on May 12 and 13; with a 2 p.m. matinee on May 13, in the Berkshire Hall Atrium at the school in Sheffield.

Berkshire Waldorf High: Students at the Berkshire Waldorf High School, with guest comedians from Lenox Memorial Middle and High School and Monument Mountain Regional High School, will present a unique night of comedy developed and emceed by internationally acclaimed comedienne Alison Larkin, bestselling author of "The English American."

"Friday Night Live!" will take place one night only, Friday, March 17, with performances at 5 and again at 7:30 p.m., at the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge. Tickets for each show are available in a range of prices, from $10 for students, $25 for adults to $100 for preferred seating. To learn more, buy tickets or donate to the event, visit fridaynightlive.brownpapertickets.com. Proceeds will support Berkshire Waldorf High School's participation in the annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare at Shakespeare & Company. This event is rated PG-13.

In addition, the annual Senior Play (times and dates TBA) will take place at the Unicorn Theatre from April 7-9.

Buxton School: The all-school production of "Metamorphoses," a play by Mary Zimmerman based on the stories by Ovid, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, in the Buxton Theatre, in Williamstown.

Darrow School: "Darrow on the Fringe 2017," was presented over the weekend. It's the Darrow Theater Workshop's annual presentation of one-act plays written, directed, produced, and performed by students.

Drury: Drury Stage Company and the Performing Arts Department have a couple of productions in the works. The interactive murder mystery dinner theater program, "Trouble at the Tropicabana: I Love Lucy Spoof," will be presented by the Drury Stage Comedy C.A.S.T. (Comedic Arts Service Troupe), starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, at the Bounti-Fare Restaurant, Route 8 in Adams. The program is written by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, and will start with mingling with cast characters who will drop hints, followed by a chicken dinner at 6:30, with the cast performing in between courses. Tickets for the dinner and show are $25 each and are available until Wednesday, by calling the Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity office at 413-664-4440, or visiting nbhabitat.brownpapertickets.com. Proceeds from the dinner theater event will benefit Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity Inc. in their efforts to build affordable housing for area families.

Then, on May 4, the Performing Arts Department will present "Broadway Bound: A Cabaret," time TBA.

Hoosac Valley: The Hoosac Valley Music and Theater Department will present the musical comedy "Anything Goes," (Cole Porter, Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse), at 7 p.m., on Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18, at the school auditorium, 125 Savoy Road, Cheshire. Directed by Jacob Keplinger, Nicole Bayer, Courtney Keefe and Jonathan Rowe, advance tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students at http://hvmhsmusical.brownpapertickets.com through March 10; tickets then go up to $10 for adults and $7 students til the days of the show.

Lee: Lee Middle and High School Theater will present this weekend its production of the musical comedy, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," (Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart), under the direction of Gary Cannon. The show will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, at The Henry Zukowski Auditorium at the school, 300 Greylock St., Lee. Tickets will be sold at the door for $8 for students and seniors, $10 for adults.

Lenox: Lenox Memorial Middle and High School for the first time will include Morris Elementary School students in its upcoming production. "Seussical" (Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty) will be performed at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, in the school's Duffin Theater, 197 East St., Lenox, under the direction of Ralph Petillo. Tickets range from $7 to $10, with family weekend passes available.

Miss Hall's: The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble presented the musical comedy, "The Addams Family," (Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice) last month in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Pittsfield campus.

The annual Gala of the Arts will be held in May.

Monument Mountain: The high school's spring musical is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, March 30-April 1, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 2. (Musical program details were not immediately available as of press time.)

Mount Greylock: Mount Regional Greylock School District's theater group, under the direction of Jeffrey Welch, will present "The Pajama Game," a musical based on the novel "7 Cents" by Richard Bissell (Bissell, George Abbott, Richard Adler, Jerry Ross), on Friday and Saturday, at 7 p.m., in the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Main Street, Williamstown. Tickets are $6 for students and seniors and $8 for adults at the door.

Mount Everett: The Mount Everett High School Drama production of the musical "Into the Woods" will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, at the Thomas A. Consolati Performing Arts Center at the school, 491 Berkshire School Road, Sheffield.

Pittsfield: The Pittsfield High School Proteus theater troupe presented "A Cabaret of Contemporary Musical Theatre" on Feb. 10 at The Garage at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, in advent of its production of "Footloose." Times and dates TBA.

St. Joseph: The St. Joe Performing Arts group will hold a final production. Dates and timed TBA.

Taconic: Taconic Theatre will present the musical comedy "Sister Act," (Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, Douglas Carter Beane, Glenn Slater, Alan Menken), directed by Jessica Passetto, at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, March 30 and 31, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at the Taconic High School Auditorium, 96 Valentine Road, Pittsfield. Tickets are $10 general admission, and can be purchased at the school or thsSisterAct.brownpapertickets.com.

Wahconah: Wahconah Regional High School's Apollonian Players will present their annual school musical at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 7, and at 1 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. (Musical program details were not immediately available as of press time.)


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