Family Theater Calendar

Photo by Elizabeth Aspenlieder The family-friendly 'The Servant of Two Masters' will play on Shakespeare & Company's outdoor stage in Lenox this summer.

Photo by Elizabeth Aspenlieder
The family-friendly ‘The Servant of Two Masters’ will play on Shakespeare & Company’s outdoor stage in Lenox this summer.

THE BERKSHIRES — Family theater in the Berkshires abounds, especially in the warmer months. From pop-up performances and outdoor stages, to theater taking place in museums and local theaters, Berkshire County has a little something for family members of all ages.

 

Barrington Stage Company

Boyd-Quinson Mainstage
30 Union St., Pittsfield

Kiss Me Kate
Through July 12

Tuesday/Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday, 5 p.m., Wednesday/Friday matinee, 2 p.m. Additional matinees Saturday, July 5, and 12, 2 p.m.  NOTE: There will be a 2 p.m. performance (no 8 p..m.) on Thurs, July 4.

Tickets: Starting at $20

413-236-8888 or barringtonstage.org.

Kiss Me, Kate recounts the backstage and onstage antics of two feuding couples during a touring production of The Taming of the Shrew. Sparkling with 18 classic Cole Porter songs – including “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “So in Love,” “Always True to You in My Fashion,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” – Kiss Me, Kate is musical comedy paradise. Winner of the first Tony Award for Best Musical.

Berkshire Museum Stage
39 South St., Pittsfield

“Hairspray Jr.” presented by Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre
July 23-Aug. 10
Wednesday-Friday, 7 p.m.; Wednesday/Thursday, 2 p.m,; Saturday, 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Additional matinee on Monday, July 28, 1 p.m.

Tickets: $10-$16
413-236-8888 or barringtonstage.org.

Tracy Turnblad pursues her dream of dancing on national television and navigates the racial tensions and stereotypes of the 1960s in this high energy musical.

Berkshire Children’s Theater

Berkshire Museum Stage
39 South St., Pittsfield

Snow White
Aug. 21, 22 and 23, time TBA

Tickets: TBA
Berkshire Children’s Theater on Facebook or berkshiremuseum.org

Berkshire Theatre Group

The Colonial
111 South St., Pittsfield

Seussical
Aug. 7-17

Tickets: VIP: $30; Child VIP: $20; A: $25; Child A: $15
413-997-4444 or berkshiretheatregroup.org

The 9th Annual Children’s Theatre Production presents Seussical. Dr. Seuss’ most-beloved stories all spring to life in one magical musical with all of his classic characters: Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, the Whos of Whoville, Gertrude McFuzz, Jojo and more! For the second time in a BTG community production, actors will be flown through The Colonial Theatre. Last year’s community production Peter Pan was a successful production with a cast of 103 local talented young actors, “The memory [of Peter Pan] will linger as a sterling example of the important mission of our area’s performing-arts companies…touching the hearts of thousands of Berkshire youngsters through the irreplaceable joy of live theater, music and dance,” said Clarence Fanto of The Berkshire Eagle.

Tickets: VIP: $30; Child VIP: $20; A: $25; Child A: $15
413-997-4444 or berkshiretheatregroup.org

 

Berkshire Theater Festival
83 East St., Stockbridge

Fitzpatrick Mainstage

The Mystery of Irma Vepp
June 24-July 19

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 p.m.: Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.

Tickets: $42-$62 
413-997-4444 or berkshiretheatregroup.org

Recommended as family friendly Broadway Actor, Bill Bowers and Tony Award-nominated, Tom Hewitt take on eight characters in this classic romp of a gothic spoof. Named one of the best plays of the 20th Century by the New York Times and Time MagazineAaron Mark directs Charles Ludlam’s campy comedy which tells the pell-mell tale of Lady Enid (Hewitt) and Lord Edgar (Bowers) who arrive one stormy night at a haunted and dreary estate to investigate the sudden disappearance of Irma Vep. Sidesplitting antics and mysteries unfold as the two journey from the London manor to the ancient pyramids in Egypt with vampires, werewolves, mummies and more in tow in this satire of Victorian melodrama, Gothic horror and classic films.

A Hatful of Rain
Aug. 13-30

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m.
413-997-4444 or berkshiretheatregroup.org

The war fought abroad is just as devastating as the war fought within. This rings devastatingly true for Johnny Pope, a Korean War Veteran who has safely returned home to New York City and now struggles with drug addiction after being heavily medicated during his hospital stay. Greg Naughton, founded and served as Artistic Director of Off-Broadway’s Blue Light Theater Company in NYC for six award-winning seasons. He is also James Naughton’s son and is making his BTG directorial debut with A Hatful of Rain. He performed at The Colonial Theatre last year with his band, The Sweet Remains.

 The Unicorn Theatre

Poe
Oct. 2-26

Sunday, Monday, 2 p.m.; Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $35
413-997-4444 or berkshiretheatregroup.org

The stories of the masterful wordsmith Edgar Allen Poe come to life. In a brilliant reflection by Eric Hill, we find Poe at the heart and center of his poetic and macabre tales of terror.

Shakespeare & Company

Rose Footprint Theatre (Bankside)
70 Kemble St., Lenox

The Servant of Two Masters
June 20-Aug. 23

June 25, 27; July 2, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 23, 25, 26, 30; Aug. 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 16, 20, 22, 23, 5:30 p.m.

Tickets: $19.50 adult; $4.50 child
413-637-3353 or shakespeare.org

Resplendent with some of the wittiest knots and twists you’ll ever see, The Servant of Two Masters is a comical blend of the Italian classic Commedia dell’arte and contemporary performance styles that tells the story of the outrageous and wily servant, Truffaldino, who secretly signs on with two masters simultaneously.

The Dell at the Mount
Plunkett St.., Lenox

Romeo and Juliet
July 17-Aug. 23

Tuesday, Thursday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
413-637-3353 or shakespeare.org

The most timeless tale of love, Romeo and Juliet, plays in The Dell at Edith Wharton’s Home, The Mount, for a limited run. A miracle of human expression, Romeo and Juliet reminds us of what it is to swear by the moon, to see the sun in another person, and to risk the consequences hanging in the stars. Performed ‘bare Bard’ style with only 6 actors playing all the roles and trimmed to 90 minutes, you won’t want to miss our Northeast Regional Tour of Shakespeare when it comes home for the summer!

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Main Stage
100 Main St., Williamstown

June Moon
July 2-13
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m. (with special 4 p.m. July 4 performance); Saturday, 3:30 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$60; children free with adult ticket on Fridays
wtfestival.org or 413-587-3400

Earnest and gullible young lyricist Fred Stevens boards a train in Schenectady bound for the Big Apple, determined to make a name for himself in the thriving Tin Pan Alley scene. However, the life he’s imagined is rife with seductive distractions — namely dames — that threaten to derail his dream of penning the next big ditty. Both bitterly funny and deliciously literate, legendary humorists Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman celebrate and skewer the perishable pop of yesteryear. Director Jessica Stone, whose WTF productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Last of the Red Hot Lovers left audiences convulsed with laughter, brings her special brand of glee back to the Festival stage.

Robin Hood
July 16-19; 22-25

All shows 7:30 p.m. at Poker Flats Field
Tickets; Free

Dashing outlaw. Expert archer. Cunning wealth redistributor. Merry Man. The daring deeds of Robin Hood come alive in this fresh and funny adaptation of the traditional ballads and folklore. Brimming with spirited swordplay and tongue-in-cheek humor, it celebrates the well-known tale of Robin, Maid Marian, Little John, Friar Tuck, and the rest, while cleverly reinventing the myth. The Williamstown woods are magically transformed into Sherwood Forest as sought-after director Stella Powell-Jones enlivens this legendary swashbuckling adventure on the outdoor Free Theatre stage. Bring the whole family and a picnic for a merry evening under the stars!

The Old Man and the Old Moon
Aug. 6-17 (Nikos Stage)

Tickets: $55; children free with adult ticket on Fridays
wtfestival.org or 413-587-3400

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 3:30 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

The endlessly imaginative PigPen Theatre Co. comes to Williamstown with a luminously lo-fi spectacle that elevates traditional storytelling to high art. Their fantastical, song-filled tale takes us to the end of the world when an old man abandons his duty of filling the moon with liquid light to search for his missing wife. With a rollicking array of ever-changing characters, inventive theatrical effects, and an infectious contemporary folk sound, these seven young actor musicians transform the seemingly ordinary into sheer wonder.

Saturday Morning Free Family Theater Workshops

413-597-3400 or wtfestival.org

 

Just Outside the Berkshires Family Theater

Mac-Haydn Theatre

1925 Route 203, Chatham, N.Y.

Tickets: $29 and $30 for evening performances. All matinee seats are $28. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult $12.

Fiddler on the Roof

June 19-22, 28-29

Warm, loving, humorous story of a family’s closeness and struggles as old world Russia changes around them. “Tradition” “If I Were A Rich Man” “Matchmaker”

42nd Street

July 3-6, 9-13, 16-20

“Come and meet those dancing feet!” Head for the “Lullaby of Broadway” to find flashy tap dancing and happy songs: “We’re In The Money” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo”

Guys and Dolls

August 7-10, 13-17

Damon Runyan’s New York City characters create ” Bushel And A Peck” of love and laughs when gambling guys try to win mission and marriage-minded dolls.

Children’s Theater

Tickets: $10
518-392-9292 or machaydntheatre.org.

Wilbur the Not-So-Big, Not-So-Bad Wolf

June 27-28, July 4-5

Unexpected friends help a lonely wolf find a home.

Aladdin

July 11-12, 18-19, 25-26

An evil magician, a bumbling Genie and lovely Princess change Aladdin’s life!

The Pied Piper

Aug. 1-2, 8-9

The rats have taken over Koppleberg — who can make them go away?

Rumplestiltskin

Aug. 15-16, 22-23

Can anyone guess his name in time to save the Princess?