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“A Christmas Carol” Returns to Pittsfield, December 14-29 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, December 13th, 2013

A Christmas Carol

Berkshire Theatre Group will reprise its popular annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Eric Hill and directed by Eric Hill and Travis G. Daly and presented for the third time at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. A Christmas Carol is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Guardian Life Insurance and founding sponsors: Blantyre, Country Curtains and the Red Lion Inn.

Revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is reformed and shown the error of his ways by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with terrific turns and infused with holiday music.

This year’s production marks the biggest cast for BTG’s A Christmas Carol with 42 local talented actors. Eric Hill will return as director and in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, and Associate Education Artist, Travis G. Daly, co-directs. Returning BTG company members include Kathy Jo Grover, Ralph Petillo, Brian Plouffe, Gail Ryan, E. Gray Simons III, Christopher-Michael Vecchia, Jeff Wojcicki and Jonathan Young with Reggie Cooper and Courtney McLaren. Joining the community cast this year will be three of Berkshire Theatre Group’s Artists-in-Residence: Madeline Calandrillo, Lily Edward Christie and Jacob Gold with 28 Berkshire County children.

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First Friday ArtsWalk December 6th in Pittsfield Is a True Holiday Spectacular [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Pittsfield First Friday

Take a festive stroll down North Street bedecked with holiday lights and discover unique and creative gifts of art for friends and family on Friday, December 6th, from 5pm to 8pm, the same evening as the City of Pittsfield’s annual Christmas Tree lighting on Park Square. The annual Holiday Artswalk features affordable small artworks that are perfect for holiday gift giving.

If it’s your first time, or you’d like company, join Artswalk Chair Mary McGinnis on a free guided tour of Artswalk highlights that kicks off at 5:30pm from Gallery 25, located at 25 Union Street. And everyone is invited to the Artswalk Afterparty beginning at 8pm at the Whitney Center for the Arts, where you can relax and compare notes about all the new exhibits.

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WAM’s Brilliantly Written and Staged Production of “Emilie” is Totally Entertaining [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Kim Stauffer as Emilie in the WAM production at the St. Germain Theatre in Pittsfield through Nov. 24.

Kim Stauffer as Emilie in the
WAM production at the St. Germain Theatre in Pittsfield through Nov. 24.

Review and Discussion by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Gail M. Burns: I am a sucker for the story of a remarkable woman well told, and that is exactly what Lauren Gunderson has done in her ponderously titled Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight about the life and work the titular lady, who lived from 1706-1749. She was a mathematician, a physicist, an author, a wife and mother, and the lover of Voltaire (ne François-Marie Arouet, 1694-1778).

WAM Artistic Director and the director of the production, Kristen van Ginhoven, reports that she got chills the first time she read the script. She has transferred that initial excitement into a fine production, beautifully designed by three more talented women – Juliana von Haubrich (sets), Govane Lohbauer (costumes) and Andi Lyons (lights) – and performed by a cast of five (three women, two men) anchored by a heartbreakingly perfect performance by Kim Stauffer in the title role.

Larry Murray: I gave up on male writers trying to fathom the mind of a woman a long time ago. But this Emilie gave me one of the best looks inside a woman’s mind to date. What the playwright Lauren Gunderson has done – through her near stream-of-consciousness script – is make it clear that when the clash of the sexes takes place, with Emilie it was her heartfelt desire for truth that led her to break society’s rules, while with Voltaire, it was ego and desire to protect the established order that led him to undermine her. And as it turns out this is a good topic for entertaining theatre.

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One Night Only with Three Dog Night at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Three Dog Night

The iconic band Three Dog Night will celebrate over 40 years of their chart-topping pop music hits at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 8pm. Four of the original members are still with the group. Few great bands survive from that period. And certainly not any with as original a name. Some think it comes from the original three lead singers, but there’s a far more interesting legend. The band is named after a phrase used by aborigines in the Australian outback to describe how cold it could get; a “three dog night” meant a very cold night requiring huddling with three dogs for warmth.

With four decades of memorable hit songs Three Dog Night has accumulated some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the golden years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more Top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets. Three Dog Night’s hits wind through the fabric of pop culture today, whether on the radio where they are heard day in and day out, in TV commercials or in major motion pictures: songs like “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala” and “One” serve to heighten our emotions and crystallize Three Dog Night’s continuing popularity.

Boasting chart and sales records that are virtually unmatched in popular music, Three Dog Night had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including three #1 singles, 11 Top 10′s, 18 straight Top 20′s, 7 million-selling singles and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs. Their hits appeared on best-selling charts in all genres (pop, rock and country). Their records continue to sell around the world, reaching beyond the borders of the U.S. into Japan, Canada, Holland, England, Germany, Spain and elsewhere. Tens of millions of Three Dog Night records have been sold through the years. Three Dog Night recorded the music of the best (and mostly undiscovered) new songwriters of their time including Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, John Hiatt, Elton John, Laura Nyro, Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton among many others. The group’s eclectic taste, combined with their ability to recognize and record hits in a unique, distinctive and appealing style, resulted in Three Dog Night dominating the charts for years.

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Kim Stauffer Cast in Title Role of Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet for WAM’s NE Premiere of Lauren Gunderson Play [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Kim Stauffer as Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet.

Kim Stauffer as Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet.

WAM Theatre has been selected to give the Northeast regional premiere of “Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight,” written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Kristen van Ginhoven. The production, which will run from Nov. 7 through 24 with preview performances on Nov. 7 and 8, will be held at the St. Germain Stage in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. Tickets are $15 for previews; all other performances are $10 to $30. For tickets and more information, see or call (800) 838-3006.

“Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight” had its world premiere in 2009 at South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Emilie Du Châtelet (1706-1749), best known for her 15-year-liaison with Voltaire, a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher, was far more than a great man’s mistress. She became a highly regarded interpreter of modern physics and a master of mathematics and linguistics during the Age of Enlightenment. In the play, Emilie searches for a formula that will convince the world of her worth by tallying her achievements in love and philosophy.

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Gordon Lightfoot’s “50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour” to Stop in Pittsfield Nov. 8 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot has been on the road for some 50 active years of hit-song-making and audience pleasing. By now his international album sales are well into the multi-millions, too. So it’s safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot shares the top of quite of few lists of all-time greats in the music business. His song catalog is incredibly vast and includes such immortals as “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” “(That’s What You Get) For Lovin Me,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Cold on the Shoulder,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “Ribbon of Darkness,” “Beautiful,” “Song for a Winter’s Night,” “Shadows,” “Rainy Day People,” “Did She Mention My Name” and “Summertime Dream,” to name a few.

He refers to his current series of concerts as the “50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour” and each stop lets him feature his well-known hits as well as some deep album cuts for the die-hard fanatics – all of which are woven together with some of Lightfoot’s own behind the scenes stories and personal anecdotes about his historic 50-year musical career. The event is sure to be a great thrill for live audiences and anyone who enjoys hearing great music and seeing a living legend in person.

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Colonial Theatre Plans Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, October 21st, 2013
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt take the COlonial Stage on October 23, 2013.

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt take the Colonial Stage on October 23, 2013.

The singer-songwriter team of Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt have almost become living legends, and will perform at the Colonial Theatre on Wednesday (October 23) at 7:30pm. Lovett and Hiatt have been touring together periodically since 1989, and have become known for delivering one of the most compelling and spontaneous concerts on the road.

Lyle Lovett has four Grammy Awards to his credit which include Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1989 and Best Country Album for The Road to Ensenada in 1996. Lovett’s newest album, Release Me, was released last year. He’s known for his hits “If I Had a Boat,” “She’s No Lady” and “Long Tall Texan.”

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FILM: Pittsfield Hosts Premiere of “The Secret Village” a New Thriller Filmed in the Berkshires [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, October 21st, 2013
Jonathan Bennett stars in The Secret Village.

Jonathan Bennett stars in The Secret Village.

Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema will host the world premiere of a suspenseful new thriller, “The Secret Village,” directed by Swamy Kandan and shot on location in Berkshire County. The film opens on Friday, October 25, with a 7 p.m. screening, followed by a talk-back with the director. It will also be shown Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, October 26 through 28, at 7 p.m. and on Monday, October 28 at 2 p.m.

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