Ventfort Hall Tea and Talk with Julianne Boyd will preview “Pirates of Penzance”

“A Sneak Peak at The Pirates of Penzance: with Julianne Boyd: Barrington Stage at Ventfort Hall” will sail into Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum when Barrington Stage Company Artistic Director Julianne Boyd appears with members of BSC’s Musical Theatre Conservatory. The preview presentation will be given at a Tea and Talk on Tuesday, July 5 at 4:00 pm. The Pirates of Penzance production will open at the BSC theatre in Pittsfield on July 15 and run through August 13.

Boyd and the conservatory members who will understudy the BSC cast will give their Ventfort Hall audience the background and a preview of this family-pleasing, fun-loving Gilbert and Sullivan classic with its swashbuckling pirates, innocent lovers, bumbling policemen and a Major-General who sings one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history.

Boyd founded BSC in 1995 after a highly successful theatrical career in New York. Among the many BSC productions she has directed are the world premieres of Dancing Lessons, Dr. Ruth, All the Way and The Best of Enemies.

She also directed the critically acclaimed productions of Man of La Mancha, The Crucible, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street A Streetcar Named Desire, West Side Story, Follies, Mack and Mabel, Cyrano de Bergerac and The Importance of Being Earnest. She also directed BSC’s productions of Cabaret, which won six Boston Theatre Critics Awards.

The BSC Musical Theatre Conservatory is an intensive 10-week pre-professional program that offers 20 theatre students each year training in the areas of performance, direction and choreography with top-level New York directors, choreographers and musical theatre writers and performs in BSC Cabarets.

Tickets for the Tea & Talk are $24 for advance reservations and $29 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For information or reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

An Official Project of Save America’s Treasures program sponsored by The White House, Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, built in 1893, offers daily tours of the historic mansion, as well as Tea & Talks, such exhibitions as the Bellefontaine Collection, concerts, theater, and other programs. This elegant Jacobean-Revival Berkshire “cottage,” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is open to the public year round and is available for private rental. Sarah Morgan was the sister of financier J. P. Morgan. Ventfort Hall has undergone substantial restoration, which continues.

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