BITS & BYTES: Barrington Stage Events; “Addams Family” at MMHS; Olga Dunn Co. plays; Spencertown Academy exhibit; free rabies clinics; LitNet Lecture Series

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Barrington Stage announces summer events with Broadway stars

PITTSFIELDBarrington Stage Company (BSC) recently announced its Summer 2022 Events Featuring Broadway’s Best at the Boyd-Quinson Stage and the St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center. Tickets are on sale now and available by calling 413-236-8888 and barringtonstageco.org.

May 29 at 8 p.m.
JOSHUA HENRY CLOSER
Celebrate the reopening of the Blatt Performing Arts Center with Broadway star Joshua Henry (“The Scottsboro Boys,” “Hamilton,” “Carousel”). Henry will perform an encore of last summer’s concert at BSC. St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street). Tickets: $60.

August 15 at 8 p.m.
ANDY KARL & ORFEH: LEGALLY BOUND
She has a “powerful voice” and he is “an idol in the theater world” (The New York Times). Together, Orfeh and Andy Karl enjoyed an impressive career as one of Broadway’s top couples. They co-starred in “Legally Blonde,” which earned Orfeh a Tony nomination. Karl earned his own Tony nods for “Rocky”, “On the Twentieth Century” and “Groundhog Day” (for which he received an Olivier Award). The sexy, funny and talented duo will be joined by music director Steven Jamail and their band for an evening of charts, showstoppers and high belts. Boyd-Quinson Stage (30 Union Street). Tickets: $35 to $75.

Grace McLean. Photo courtesy of Barrington Stage

August 21 at 8 p.m.
GRACE McLEAN LIVE IN CONCERT
The New York Times calls Grace McLean’s singing “phenomenal”. This award-winning actress, singer-songwriter will return to BSC performing her acclaimed original music, backing herself on her very own looping machine. Grace received a 2021 Jonathan Larson Award and her musical “In the Green” won her a 2020 Richard Rodgers Award. St. Germain stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street). Tickets: $45.

August 22 at 8 p.m.
AN EVENING WITH THE CREATORS OF “COME FROM AWAY”
Irene Sankoff and David Hein have won awards and accolades for their work around the world and are now bringing their music to BSC, sharing new songs, cut songs and unheard stories from “Come From Away” and songs from their favorite composers. St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street). Tickets: $45.

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Monument Mountain Theater Department to Present “Addams Family”

GREAT BARRINGTON – The Monument Mountain Regional High School theater department announces the return of its annual musical after a three-year hiatus. “The Addams Family” is a family adventure with the morbid and macabre family of comic book, TV, and film lore.

The book is by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and the music by Andrew Lippa. “The Addams Family” premiered on Broadway in 2010 with Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as the titular couple and was nominated for two Tony Awards.

The Monument Mountain show is directed by Jolyn Unruh and Associate Director Rachel Siegel. Cast includes Zach Annand, Carlin Beacco, Kate Goble, Lucy Ernst, Gavin Santos, Teal Pratt, Nic Kierstead, Anika Thiemann, Sofia Adams, Aria Grossman, Niko Friedmutter, Sarah Cull, Tytiauna Wheeler, Coco Hartcorn, Madeleine Rocheleau Holmes, Isabella DeFelice, Hyatt Tucci, Owen McDougall, Rosie Dohoney, Noah Kramer and Maddie Rundle. It is designed by John Hartcorn and Annika Wainwright, and directed by Paige Lussier and Eve McDougall.

Performances take place May 19 to 21 at 7:30 p.m. and May 22 at 6 p.m. at Monument Mountain Auditorium. Tickets are $12. Children are welcome.

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Olga Dunn Dance Company will perform at Saint James Place

Photo courtesy of Olga Dunn Dance Company

GREAT BARRINGTON – The Olga Dunn Dance Company will present “Alive and Onstage”, the first show of its Spring/Summer 2022 season, on Saturday May 21 at 7 p.m.to Saint-Jacques Square at Great Barrington.

“The program we offer is full of surprises and new works,” said artistic director Dunn. “Our goal is to inspire people to laugh, smile and feel uplifted.”

The performance has five numbers in contemporary, ethnic and theatrical styles. It will last one hour, without intermission. A highlight of the evening promises to be “Live Cello”, a new piece with dancers moving around cellist Jay Shulman, who will be seated center stage playing Bach. “This unique closeness between the dancers and the musician creates an unexpected magic and connection between the artists,” said Kate Chester, one of the dancers in this number. “We can tune into each other’s beats and even the rehearsals have a different impact on us.”

Besides Chester, other main company dancers who make up the cast include Ava Girard, Maya Jocelyn and Hope St. Jock, who have been with the company for several years. The Company will also welcome former member Jane Singer.

Tickets are $20 per person (free for children under 12) and are available at the door the day of the show. First come, first served; doors open half an hour before curtain time. To secure a ticket, reservations can be made by calling the Company at 413-528-9674.

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Spencertown Academy will present the exhibition “Flowers, Fields, Forests: Abstracted”

“Duet” by Tina Lincer (oil on canvas). Photo courtesy of Spencertown Academy

SPENCERTOWN, NY Spencertown Academy Arts Center will launch its 18th annual Hidden Gardens program with the “Flowers, fields, forests: abstract” exhibition chosen by the curator. Each member of the Academy’s curatorial committee has selected an artist to be included in the exhibition, which will feature botanically-themed works by Timothy Ebneth, Tina Lincer, Sherry Meeks and Susan Sabino. There will be an opening reception on Saturday May 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the art will remain on display until Sunday, June 19. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free and all artwork is for sale, with part of the proceeds going to the Academy. Please note that on Saturday, June 11, the gallery will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the visit of the hidden gardens.

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Canna Provisions and Berkshire Humane team up for free rabies clinics

Head office of the Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield. Photo courtesy of Berkshire Humane Society

PITTSFIELD — With a grant of Cannabis Provisions, Berkshire Humane Society offers free rabies vaccines for cats on Tuesday, May 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and for the dogs on Wednesday, May 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the main shelter, 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield. Each day, microchips will be available at a discounted price of $10 each to celebrate National Chip Your Pet month. Pittsfield residents with a current rabies certificate can also register their dogs on Wednesday: $10 for spayed or neutered dogs and $20 for intact dogs. All items are available during clinic hours on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

For both days, pet owners must bring their pet’s most recent rabies certificate, even if the certificate has expired. Cats must be in carriers and dogs must be on a 6 foot non-retractable leash. Cat owners must use the main entrance on Tuesdays. On Wednesdays, dog owners should park in the lower parking lot and enter through the door of the Family Dog School.

To speed up microchip processing, download a microchip form and fill it out before going to the refuge.

Earlier this year, Canna Provisions presented the Berkshire Humane Society with a check for $10,000, with the intention that half of it be used for community projects to help Berkshire County residents in need of care for their pets.

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LitNet, partner of the Stockbridge Library for a new series of conferences

Deb Ryan. Photo courtesy of LitNet

LEE – The South Berkshire Literacy Network (LitNet) and the Stockbridge Library announce the launch of a new lecture series, Community Conversations, featuring lectures on fun, informative and discussion-worthy content. Content will be organized and delivered in such a way as to be accessible to community members whose first language is not English and will be open to all community members. The intention is that these lectures will provide an immersive listening and discussion opportunity for intermediate/advanced English learners in the Berkshire area looking to develop their language skills. The lectures are free and the content is intended for a general audience.

The inaugural lesson, The history of chocolatewill be led by Great Barrington resident Deb Ryan and will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 5:30 p.m. at Stockbridge Library. Ryan worked in advertising and marketing for several chocolate-related companies, including Duncan Hines and Schrafft’s Candy Co. before becoming president and founder of the historic division of Mars, Inc. She is also the producer of the film “Cocoa to Chocolate “. which describes the process of making chocolate.

Ryan co-contributed to the vision for the series. “The idea came to me from my experience as an adult language learner when I was living in France,” Ryan said. “It’s a chance for learners and other members of a community to come together and practice speaking and listening in a relaxed, non-judgmental and stress-free way.”

Lectures will last 20-30 minutes with 20-30 minutes of follow-up questions and discussion, and will include a range of topics of general interest. They are scheduled every six weeks.

Community members are welcome to submit their own talks or suggest topic ideas for future community conversation events. To do so, contact LitNet Executive Director Leigh Doherty at [email protected] or 413-243-0471 or Stockbridge Library Director Wendy Pearson at [email protected] or 413-298 -8140.

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