Mettawee River Theatre Company Announces Summer Tour [Berkshire on Stage]

July 20th, 2017, 11:00 am by Sara
(photo: Sasha Arutyunova)

(photo: Sasha Arutyunova)

The Mettawee River Theatre Company has announced summer touring dates for its 42nd upstate season featuring its production of Before the Sun and Moon. Performances will take place at outdoor venues in upstate New York and nearby Vermont and Massachusetts, and are scheduled from tonight (Thursday, July 20) through Saturday, August 5 (see below).

Before the Sun and Moon is drawn from an ancient Korean folktale, a magical story in which a young husband and wife discover the power of love and devotion through unexpected challenges and wild adventures. As always in a Mettawee production, the show will incorporate masks, puppets and other visual elements.

The company of actors includes Mettawee veterans Andrew Butler, Tanya Dougherty, Rob McFadyen, Jan-Peter Pedross and newcomer Claire Moodey. Assistant director Jon Riddleberger will join the cast as puppeteer. The production is directed and designed by Ralph Lee, with costumes by Casey Compton. Kristine Haruna Lee is the playwright.

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Benita Zahn Returns to Fort Salem Cabaret [Berkshire on Stage]

May 5th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Sara

Benita Zahn, WNYT-TV news anchor, returns to Fort Salem Theater in Salem at 2pm on Sunday (May 7) in the cabaret show BZ and the Girls: Women Who Sing. A part of the theater’s inaugural season 11 years ago, Ms. Zahn has returned at least once in each subsequent season, sometimes with fellow Singing Anchors Jerry Gretzinger and Jessica Layton, sometimes as the lead in a musical (I’m Getting My Act Together and They’re Playing Our Song), and often as a solo cabaret performer. As an actress, she has performed with every major performance group in the Capital Region.

This year’s outing finds her in the skilled company of three other Fort Salem veterans, singers Keri Alonzo, Sue Caputo and Lynne Kerr. These four Women Who Sing will light up the stage with four-part harmonies: the theater’s website calls them “The Andrews Sisters and The Supremes on steroids.” Interspersed with pop tunes like “Stop in the Name of Love” and “What a Wonderful World,” are musical theater favorites, including “At the Ballet” from A Chorus Line and “I Want It All” from Baby. Musical arrangements and accompaniment are provided by the Fort’s artistic director, Jay Kerr.

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FEST: Sculpture Park Party @ Salem Art Works

June 1st, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg


Celebrating the opening of their 11th season, Salem Art Works in Salem is hosting the Sculpture Park Party at SAW’s Cary Hill Sculpture Park from 2:30-9pm on Saturday (June 6).

After many renovations to complete the switchbacks, fire pit and trails, SAW’s Cary Hill Sculpture Park is now open so the public can enjoy the park and the beautiful landscaping. The Sculpture Park Party will feature a bit of everything, including music, comedy, food, new sculptures on display, tours, scavenger hunt. Enjoy food from the Salem Rotary and other food vendors, as well as an assortment of beer samples from Argyle Brewing Company.

Tickets are $10; $5 kids age 12 & under; FREE kids under age two. And there’s free overnight camping on site, too.

Here’s the evening’s schedule of bands performing at the Sculpture Park Party:

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A Fearless “Romeo and Juliet” Takes to the Road from Hubbard Hall to the People of NY & VT [Berkshire on Stage]

July 16th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara
Romeo and Juliet played by actors who are teens themselves.

Romeo and Juliet played by actors who are teens themselves.

Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts is about to set out on its 20th Free Outdoor Shakespeare Tour. The acting company is bringing Shakespeare’s most famous and popular play not only to its own community but to many other cities and towns in New York and Vermont.

Two young kids in love, running towards each other quicker than they can think…
With the world against them and their hearts entwined,
Their families fight,
Adults try to drive them apart,
Until tragedy – and wondering – how could this have happened?

This fun, fast-paced Romeo and Juliet, directed by Hubbard Hall’s new Executive Director David Snider, will bring the world of the play to vibrant life in 10 beautiful settings. With minimal props and costumes, the focus will be on the words, the actions, the actors and the setting. Each site will inform the production, with an emphasis on a fierce, fearless tackling of Shakespeare’s world and words. Actual teenagers will play Romeo and Juliet. With a mix of young talent and seasoned professionals, this company will mix Shakespeare’s world with our own, exploring how age, authority, religion and family continue to shape us – and what can happen when generations collide, or at least fail to communicate.

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“The Dancing Fox: Wisdom Tales of Middle East” from Mettawee River Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

July 9th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara

The Dancing Fox

The Mettawee River Theatre Company has announced their summer touring dates for its 2014 production, The Dancing Fox: Wisdom Tales of the Middle East. Performances will take place at outdoor venues in upstate New York and nearby Vermont and Massachusetts, and are scheduled from Thursday (July 10) through Sunday, August 3.

The Dancing Fox, a reprise of a 2003 Mettawee production, is gathered from the shared folk traditions of Jews and Arabs, including the writings of Sufi mystics, along with fables and folklore of the region. In these tales we encounter some clever foxes, dim-witted fish, a vengeful snake and other colorful creatures, as well as a number of wise and foolish humans. New perspectives emerge from the comic twists and tragic turns of their adventures. A variety of masks, puppets and giant figures will be used to flesh out the particular realm of each tale.

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LIVE: SAW Barn Bash @ Salem Art Works, 6/7/14

July 2nd, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
Mark di Suvero: For Euler, 1997

Mark di Suvero: For Euler, 1997

Story and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

The restoration of an old barn into an impressive new gallery and performance space was cause for celebration at Salem Arts Works’ recent barn bash. SAW founder Anthony Cafritz – whose vision has turned the formerly fallow dairy farm in Salem, New York, into a 119-acre sculpture park, gallery, artist residence and teaching space – was on hand to lead tours to the top of Cary Hill Sculpture Park, where a stunning vista looks out past several massive orange Mark di Suvero pieces to the Green Mountains of neighboring Vermont. SAW is currently at work repurposing over four miles of former logging trails into public hiking and biking trails (with an artistic view).

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Festival Fever: SAW Barn Bash on Saturday

June 5th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

SAW Barn Bash

Salem Art Works is kicking off its 10th summer season with the SAW Barn Bash from 2-10:30pm on Saturday (June 7).

The day-long family-friendly celebration in Salem will start with an aluminum pour, and festival-goers are welcome to prepare a scratch block and watch SAW staff pour liquid hot metal into their creation. Take tours of the grounds, including the barns and the new trail system through the sculpture park. At 6pm, a chicken barbecue dinner will be served, and the festivities will wrap up with dancing and music from Local 518 bands the BuzzSaw Boys and the Wonder Beards.

A $12 donation is requested for dinner, but otherwise admission to the festival is free. On-site overnight camping is also available for $35 per tent.

Here’s the schedule of events for the SAW Barn Bash:

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Theater for the Brave of Heart…

August 2nd, 2013, 11:30 am by Greg

Salem Art Works, the 100-plus-acre sculpture garden in Salem, is hosting what very well may be the most adventurous theater presentation of the summer… Kipuka Theater’s 12-hour production of “The Disastrous Tale of Vera & Linus,” written by Jesse Ball and Thordis Bjornsdottir.

There is a man and a woman who live a devious life, which is, of course, always beautiful, as such things are. They live in the forest of a dream, untethered from time, passionately yet dangerously entwined. These Fated Two are reckless wanderers and outlaws, wanted for the crimes of kidnapping, arson and murder. Together they explore the dark valleys and moon-filled nights of their imagined landscape, encountering angels and ghosts, lost children and talking animals.

NOTE: Audience members should be prepared for rocky and uneven terrain. Shoes are recommended.

The performance will take place from 10am-10pm on Saturday (August 3), and admission is free.

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