Top Picks and Previews as Spring Turns to Summer (June 2014) [Berkshire on Stage]

Marion Paroo (Julia Mosby) does not think he is Harold Hill (Eric Chambliss) in The Music Man, playing June 5 through 15 at The Mac-Haydn Theatre.

Marion Paroo (Julia Mosby) does not think he is Harold Hill (Eric Chambliss) in The Music Man, playing June 5 through 15 at The Mac-Haydn Theatre.

As the bright light of summer brings Mother Nature into her glory, so do the the performing arts explode in the Berkshire region. Pick a few.

June 5-8, 11-15 “The Music Man” at the MacHaydn Theatre in Chatham, NY

A slick salesman tries to sell River City, Iowa, “76 Trombones” but instead finds love he’s been able to resist “Till There Was You” — “Marian, The Librarian.” Performance times are: first week Thursday 2 and 8 p.m.,Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 4 and 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.; second week: Wednesday 2 p.m., Thursday 2 and 8 p.m., Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 4 and 8:00 p.m., Sunday 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $29.00 and $30.00 for evening performances, $28.00 for all matinee seats, children under 12 with an adult $12.00. Discounts are available for groups and senior citizens. Phone is 518-392-9292. Online: www.machaydntheatre.org.

June 6-22: “Doubt” by John Patrick Shanley at Oldcastle Theatre, Bennington, VT

Hailed by critics and audiences as a brilliant, powerful drama about a nun who suspects a young priest of improper relations with a student; this winner of the Pulitzer and Tony Awards, the play is an eloquent and provocative investigation of truth and consequences.

Oldcastle Theatre Company performs on Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30PM and Thursday, Saturday, Sunday at 2PM. The theatre is located at 331 Main Street in historic Bennington, Vermont. Call 802.447.0564 or visit their website at oldcastletheatre.org.

June 9-13 Women Writers Workshops at The Mount, Lenox

Four different writing workshops for women will be hosted by the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, kicked off on June 8 by a humorous talk by best-selling author Alison Larkin on finding the comedy in your own life story.

Alison is generously offering this talk as a benefit for The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and The Mount; register online to guarantee your seat.

During the week of June 9, popular Festival presenters Suzi Banks Baum, Jan Hutchinson, Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez and Sonia Pilcer will each offer a workshop, to run for four hours over two days, either from 3 – 5 p.m. or from 6 – 8 p.m., on the gracious grounds of Edith Wharton’s summer home in Lenox, The Mount. Visit the BFWW site: berkshirewomenwriters.org.

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