By Gail Burns
Happy American Thanksgiving on November 24 (the Canadians have already celebrated theirs.) Since this is, sadly, the last issue for The Greylock Independent, I’m going to throw some December events into the mix, so you can mark your calendar and plan ahead.
The First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards: Area arts journalists have talked for many years about the need for annual theatre awards in this region, given both the excellence of our theatres and the importance of theatre in our creative economy. The 2016 winners have already been announced—visit BerkshireOnStage.com to read the full list—and a Winners’ Celebration is planned for 5 pm on November 13 at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield.
Celebrating Images at 100: The silent comedy classic “Safety Last,” starring Harold Lloyd, accompanied by live music from Donal Sosin and Joanna Seaton, will be screened on November 30 at 7 pm—100 years to the day that it was first presented on Spring Street.
Shakespeare Galore!: Ten high schools will be performing in the annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare, first at their schools and then from November 17-20 at the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company. In addition, MCLA’s Fine & Performing Arts Department will be presenting “Henry V” with an all-female cast November 16-19; and Hoosac Valley High School is mounting “Romeo & Juliet” on November 18 & 19.
Stock Up for Winter: Pine Cobble School is holding their annual Ski & Skate Sale on Friday, November 4 from 3-8 pm at the school on Gale Road. Winter wear and sports equipment for the whole family at bargain prices! And the ABC Clothing Sale will be holding a Holiday Wear Sale on Saturday, November 12 from 10 am-3 pm in the ABC room, downstairs at the First Congregational Church of Williamstown.
New Wave Party: Jeff and Jane Hudson present a concert on November 19 at 8 pm at The Williams Inn to celebrate the release of their new CD “The Middle.” Surprise guests will include local favorites Michael Williams, Josh Kleederman, Steve Klass, and Karl Mullen.
Made in the Berkshires Festival: Check out madeintheberkshires.org for the full schedule of cutting-edge theatrical works performed as staged readings, live music, film, short stories and dance which takes place November 11-13 at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge and The Colonial Theatre and The Garage in Pittsfield
Road Trip Theatre: The Valley Light Opera presents “Ruddigore” November 11-13 & 18-20 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. “The Turn of the Scrooge” is the title of this year’s Panto at the Ghent Playhouse running weekends November 25-December 12. If you hate Tiny Tim and the whole Dickens gang as much as I do, you’ll love the Panto-Loons take.
Sneak Peek at December: The 32nd annual Williamstown Holiday Walk Weekend is set for December 3 & 4, which is NOT the same weekend as the popular Service of Lessons and Carols at Thompson Chapel, which will be held on November 10 & 11 at 4 pm. Berkshire Grown is holding Holiday Farmers’ Markets in Towne Field House November 20 & December 18 featuring the late fall Berkshire crops and other homemade and handcrafted items. Shakespeare & Company reprises its popular production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” December 15-18 in the Bernstein Theatre. The Berkshire Theater Group closes out 2016 with their annual production of “A Christmas Carol” December 10-22 at The Colonial. And the date hasn’t been finalized, but I am guessing that the 43rd annual 1753 House Carol Sing will be on Wednesday, December 21 or Thursday, December 22 at 7 pm.