Family Theater Calendar

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.

For even more FREE family-fun this summer, check out our full 2015 Summer Fun Guide (password required, sign up for our free email updates HERE to receive a password)Filled with  information on free summer movies, family-friendly hiking trails, family theater performances and more! We guarantee your children will not be bored this summer!

 

Barrington Stage Company

Boyd-Quinson Mainstage
30 Union St., Pittsfield

“Lost in Yonkers,” July 16-Aug. 1

Tuesday/Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m., Wednesday/Friday, matinees at 2 p.m. Additional matinee Saturday, Aug. 1, 2 p.m.

Tickets start at $20; Low-priced previews July 16-18 are $15 and $20.

413-236-8888 or barringtonstage.org

Lost in Yonkers is a heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age story by America’s great comic playwright, Neil Simon. Like many of Simon’s plays, Lost in Yonkers is drawn from his experiences growing up in New York City. Set during World War II, two young brothers, Arty and Jay, are sent to live with their formidable German Jewish immigrant grandmother, the sweet but mentally challenged Aunt Bella, and Uncle Louie, a small-time hoodlum running away from gangsters.

“His Girl Friday,” Aug. 6-30

Tuesday/Wedmesday, 7 p.m. (excluding Aug. 25); Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m.; Wednesday/Friday matinees, 2 p.m. (excluding Aug. 26). Additional matinee Saturday Aug. 29, 2 p.m..

Tickets start at $20; Low-priced previews, Aug. 6-8 are $15 and $20.

413-236-8888 or barringtonstage.org

Editor Walter Burns will do anything to find an ace reporter cunning enough to scoop a story in the cutthroat Chicago press world, even if that means turning to his ex-wife, Hildy Johnson, who comes back to the newsroom one last time before leaving the game for good. In Guare’s adaptation, the play takes place in 1939, the day before war breaks out in Europe, which adds a political framework to the otherwise antic proceedings.

 

Berkshire Museum Stage
39 South St., Pittsfield

“Shrek the Musical,” July 22-Aug. 10
Wed/Thurs/Fri at 7pm; Wed/Thurs/Sat/Sun at 2pm (excluding July 22); Mon at 1pm. For Autism-friendly performance info, click here.

Tickets start at $12; Low-priced previews July 22 and 23 are $10.
413-236-8888 or barringtonstage.org.

Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure that brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage. An unlikely hero, Shrek finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you have the kind of mess that calls for a real hero.

NEW Family Saturdays! Children ages 3 and older are welcome to attend any Saturday performance of Shrek when accompanied by an adult. No children under the age of 3 will be permitted in the theatre for Family Saturday performances. For all other performances of Shrek, children ages 5 and older are welcome. Please be aware that all patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. No exceptions. Thank you for your understanding.

Berkshire Children’s Theater

Berkshire Museum Stage
39 South St., Pittsfield

Alice in Wonderland, Aug. 21 and 22

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tickets $15 adults, $8 child; for Museum members, $5 adult, $3 child; children 3 and under free. Includes museum admission.
Berkshire Children’s Theater on Facebook or berkshiremuseum.org

Talented young performers under the direction of Kara Demler present a musical version of “Alice in Wonderland”.

Berkshire Theatre Group

The Colonial
111 South St., Pittsfield

Mary Poppins
Aug. 13-23

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

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

The 10th Annual Children’s Theatre Productiona musical based on the stories of P.L Travers and the Walt Disney Film. There is magic stirring in London, England at No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane, home to the troubled Banks family. George and Winifred Banks are frustrated and fed-up with their misbehaving children, Jane and Michael, who have once again sent a nanny running out the door. The seemingly endless search for a suitable caretaker comes to a halt when a nanny by the name of Mary Poppins appears at their door. Through whimsical lessons and unforgettable adventures, Mary Poppins shows Jane and Michael the magic of everyday life. Bert, an elusive renaissance gent, narrates this timeless tale that captivates audiences with its alluring story, beautiful dance numbers and unforgettable songs including, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “A Spoonful Of Sugar,” and many more!

 

Berkshire Theater Festival
83 East St., Stockbridge

Fitzpatrick Mainstage

 The Unicorn Theatre

Shakespeare & Company

Tina Packer Playhouse
70 Kemble St., Lenox

The Comedy of Errors, July 2-Aug. 23

Tickets: $24.50-$64.50

Thursday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. (except for July 5, it will play at 7:30 p.m.);

Two sets of twins. One tiny island. Unlimited chaos. Shakespeare’s classic farce delivers a theatrical whirlwind of magic, music and mayhem involving mistaken identities, accidental seductions and daring heists.

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

Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped A World, July 7-Aug. 15

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

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

 This fast-paced mashup of scenes, facts, sword-play and quotes from many of Shakespeare’s greatest plays is an accessible introduction to Bard and fun for the entire family.

The Dell at the Mount
Plunkett St.., Lenox

Hamlet

July 16-Aug. 22

Monday, 11 a.m.; Thursday and Saturday, 6 p.m.

Tickets: $24.50 adult; $14.50 student
413-637-3353 or shakespeare.org

Shakespeare’s masterpiece, performed ‘bare Bard’ style in a 90-minute performance in the Dell at The Mount. Grounds are open for picnicking prior to each performance.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Main Stage
100 Main St., Williamstown

Nikos Stage

Chewing  Gum Dreams|An Intervention, Aug. 12-23

(Recommended for teens and up)

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Friday and  Saturday, 8 p.m. (with additional 3:30 p.m. performance Saturday, Aug. 22); Sunday, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $65

wtfestival.org or 413-587-3400

Double header of two American premieres of British Playwrights: One ticket buys you both premieres.

Chewing Gum Dreams
Fourteen-year-old Tracey Gordon is rude, crude, and riotous. Who can blame her? Every which way she turns, she’s constantly failed by those who should be looking out for her. But beneath her tough exterior lies a very real fear that the future holds very little for her. Explosive, thoroughly honest, and devilishly funny, Michaela Coel’saward-winning Chewing Gum Dreams recalls the last days of innocence before the onrush of adulthood for a girl from the rough part of a tough city.

An Intervention
A whole lot of booze, a new girlfriend, and government involvement in a foreign war are just some of the factors that threaten to drive a massive wedge between two people. Can they close the ever-widening gap in their relationship, or have they reached a breaking point? Featuring rotating pairs of world-class actors, each performance of An Intervention will reveal new meaning inside this theatrical, mischievous, and engrossing two-hander from Olivier Award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett that puts personal and political intervention under a magnifying glass.

Outdoor Theater at Poker Flats Field

45 Stetson Road, Williamstown

Song for a Future Generation (July 15-24) 
Free

Part of the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s free outdoor family theater series which tells the story of a star in a far-off galaxy that is about to burst, and three party-addled clones who want you to join them for a dance-a-thon on their satellite to celebrate the upcoming explosive event. Bring the whole family and a picnic to Poker Flats for an intergalactic party under the stars!  Lee Overtree, the brilliant mind behind Story Pirates and this season’s Off-Broadway hit Found, helms Joe Tracz‘s lo-fi, sci-fi spectacle. (Runs July 15-24, Tuesday, Wednesdays Thursday, and Friday). wtfestival.org.

Just Outside the Berkshires Family Theater

Mac-Haydn Theatre

1925 Route 203, Chatham, N.Y.

Main Stage

Tickets:$33 and $34 for evening performances. All matinee seats are $31. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are $14.

518-392-9292 or machaydntheatre.org

The Drowsy Chaperone, June 4-7, 10-14

A merry mix of 1920’s musical plot twists (mistaken identity, Follies production number, aviatrix, butler, bride-to-be) led by the drowsy (read: tipsy) chaperone’ into a delightfully comedic show.

Rent, June 18-21, 24-28

Timely, touching and sensitive, a modern day “La Boheme” set in Greenwich Village and filled with Bohemian and slightly bizarre characters, each with a problem that the others help resolve.  Seasons of Love 

Hairspray, July 2-5, 8-12, 15-19

The Turnblads are back!  “You Can’t Stop The Beat!” or the fun in this laugh-filled musical that says “Welcome to The ’60’s!” where lessons are learned, changes are made, and kids just want to dance and romance.

West Side Story, July 23-26, July 29 – Aug. 2, 5-9

Most requested!  Jets, Sharks and their girls face off in gang rivalry and come face to face with love in this popular classic.  Hit-filled Leonard Bernstein score includes Tonight, Somewhere, Maria, One Hand, One Heart.

The Producers, Aug. 13-16, 19-23

Only Mel Brooks could produce this bonanza of laughs as a show that should flop becomes a hit and spoils Max and Leo’s plans to take the money and run! Be A Producer, Springtime For Hitler.

Thoroughly Modern, Millie, Aug. 27-30, Sept. 2-6

Kidnapping landlady meets new victims, rich boy meets broke girl, rich girl meets big boss – all part of the laughter and romance in this happy hit with a lot of tap dancing!  Gimmie, Gimmie, Not For The Life Of Me, Only In New York.

Xanadu, Sept. 11-13, 17-20

Greek muses meet modern guys in a rocking, roller-skating romp that Broadway called ‘Pure Fun’ and ‘Total Genius’.  Based on the film, with new hits like “I’m Alive”, ELO’s “Evil Woman”, and “Have You Never Been Mellow”.

Please note the change in schedule for Xanadu (for the schedule of all other 2015 shows, visit Performance Times & Ticket Information). First week: Friday-8 p.m., Saturday 2 & 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.; second week: Thursday 2 p.m., Friday-8 p.m., Saturday 2 & 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.

Children’s Theatre

Tickets: $10

Sleeping Beauty, June 26-27, July 3-4 and 10-11

The witch has cast a spell — can the Prince fight through it to save lovely Aurora?

Sleepy Hollow, July 17-18, 24-25, 31 & Aug. 1

A spooky tale of teacher Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.

Jack and the Giant, Aug. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22

Can magical beans really change lives of poor Jack and his mother?