Berkshire Theatre Group Announces Additions to their 2017 Spring Season

Laughs from February to May

Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) announces additions to their 2017 Spring season, including: the return of the Laugh Lounge Series at the Garage and the On the Stage Series, as well as the fourth annual Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals at The Colonial Theatre. New this year, as part of the Encore! Series, BTG will present a High School Student Cabaret at The Unicorn Theatre.

Hailed as “The Best Place to see Comedy” by The Berkshire Record, join us at The Laugh Lounge at The Garage! Now on Thursday nights, for only $5, the Laugh Lounge presents acclaimed comedians come from near and far. After the show, head down the street to Methuselah Bar & Lounge and show your Laugh Lounge ticket for a $5 beverage. Mark your calendars for 2/16, 3/16, 4/27 and 5/25!

The On The Stage Series gives audiences the opportunity to see their favorite performers, up close and personal, with artists and audience together on the historic Colonial stage. This year, folk singer/songwriter and musician, Jeffrey Foucault; and folk band Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds make their On The Stage debut.

The fourth annual Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals features ten-minute encore performances from this year’s Berkshire County high school musicals. And, new this year, as part of the Encore! Series, BTG will present a High School Student Cabaret at The Unicorn Theatre. Ticket proceeds benefit BTG PLAYS!, Berkshire Theatre Group’s year-round education program. At the heart of BTG PLAYS! is a passionate commitment to bring live theatre, and all its inherent excitement and creativity, to children throughout our region. In addition, for many of these students, this is the first theatrical experience on a professional stage. BTG hopes this experience will stimulate a lifelong love of theatre and help produce the next generation of playgoers, actors or other theatre professionals.

Tickets are now on sale. For tickets, please contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444, or online at http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. Ticket Offices are open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.

Laugh Lounge: Myq Kaplan
at The Garage
Thursday, February 16 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $5

Hailed as “The Best Place to see Comedy” by The Berkshire Record, join us at The Laugh Lounge at The Garage! Now on Thursday nights, for only $5, the Laugh Lounge presents acclaimed comedians come from near and far. After the show, head down the street to Methuselah Bar & Lounge and show your Laugh Lounge ticket for a $5 beverage.

Myq Kaplan is a 2010 Last Comic Standing Finalist, and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman and Comedy Central Presents. You can listen to Myq’s podcast, Hang Out With Me, on the Keith and The Girl network. His debut CD, Vegan Mind Meld, was one of iTunes’ top ten best-selling comedy albums in 2010, followed by Meat Robot in 2013 and his one-hour Netflix special, Small Dork and Handsome in 2014.

On The Stage Series: Jeffrey Foucault
At The Colonial Theatre
Thursday, February 23 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $25

The On The Stage Series gives audiences the opportunity to see their favorite performers, up close and personal, with artists and audience together on the historic Colonial stage.

Hailed as “contemporary and timeless” by The New York Times, Jeffrey Foucault is an American songwriter and record producer. He has been everything from solo country-blues troubadour, to frontman for a six-piece rock ‘n roll band, along the way compiling a discography remarkable for its visceral power and complex poetics. Jeffrey’s sound is influenced by American country, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and folk.

Laugh Lounge: Kyle Ayers
at The Garage
Thursday, March 16 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $5

Hailed as “The Best Place to see Comedy” by The Berkshire Record, join us at The Laugh Lounge at The Garage! Now on Thursday nights, for only $5, the Laugh Lounge presents acclaimed comedians come from near and far. After the show, head down the street to Methuselah Bar & Lounge and show your Laugh Lounge ticket for a $5 beverage.

Kyle Ayers is a comedian, writer, actor, living in New York City. He was a Just For Laughs “New Face Comedian” in 2015. He has written for the Roasts on Comedy Central and Friar’s Club Roasts. Kyle has written for The New York Times, The Huffington Post, BBC, Wired, Post Grad Problems, Buzzfeed and more. He also writes for the satirical sports website, Korked Bats.

He was the tweeter behind the internet sensation #roofbreakup, where he stumbled upon a couple breaking up on his roof in Brooklyn, and the entire world joined in. #roofbreakup was viewed over 10 million times worldwide, appeared on NPR, BBC, Yahoo, Buzzfeed, and was even reenacted by Jerry Springer.

On the Stage Series: Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds
at The Colonial Theatre
Thursday, March 23 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $30

The On The Stage Series gives audiences the opportunity to see their favorite performers, up close and personal, with artists and audience together on the historic Colonial stage.

During a solo journey to the Azores Islands in 2011, Dana Louise, a visual artist, taught herself to play guitar. The daughter of Ezra Idlet of the Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America, Dana forged the beginnings of her sound, practicing amidst the archipelago’s lava rocks and dragon trees. Back in the States, she began singing and songwriting professionally, touring regionally and internationally, and is currently touring her debut album with Trout Records.

Joined by the Glorious Birds—Adams Collins (vibraphone and 5-string banjo), and Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood (Trout Fishing in America/guitar, percussion and bass)—Dana brings her vibrant, melodic vocals and finger picking to a body of complex songs. Drawing from jazz and bluegrass, carrying a contemporary beat, the sound is roots-rooted flung-into-the-future folk. Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds work to leave their audiences glowing with the magic music can bring: genuine human connection.

Laugh Lounge: Emma Willmann
at The Garage
Thursday, April 27 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $5

Hailed as “The Best Place to see Comedy” by The Berkshire Record, join us at The Laugh Lounge at The Garage! Now on Thursday nights, for only $5, the Laugh Lounge presents acclaimed comedians come from near and far. After the show, head down the street to Methuselah Bar & Lounge and show your Laugh Lounge ticket for a $5 beverage.

Emma Willmann is one of the New York comedy scene’s fast risers. In the past two years, she was featured in Just for Laughs New Faces, was named one of the “10 Funniest Women in New York” according to Time Out New York, featured in Elle Magazine, performed at the NY Comedy Cellar, became a regular on SiriusXM’s Raw Dog, appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and will soon be appearing on a new show on FuseTV.

High School Student Cabaret
directed by Travis G. Daly
at The Unicorn Theatre
Wednesday, May 10 at 7pm
Tickets: $10

BTG’s first annual High School Student Cabaret features students from all over the county performing songs, poetry, dance and more! This cabaret-style setting celebrates student collaboration and features tried and true favorites and original works.

Ticket proceeds benefit BTG PLAYS!, Berkshire Theatre Group’s year-round education program. At the heart of BTG PLAYS! is a passionate commitment to bring live theatre, and all its inherent excitement and creativity, to children throughout our region. In addition, for many of these students, this is the first theatrical experience on a professional stage. BTG hopes this experience will stimulate a lifelong love of theatre and help produce the next generation of playgoers, actors or other theatre professionals.

Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals
directed by Travis G. Daly
at The Colonial Theatre
Friday, May 12 at 7pm
Tickets: Adults: $15, Children 16 and under: $12

The fourth annual Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals features ten-minute encore performances from this year’s Berkshire County high school musicals.

Ticket proceeds benefit BTG PLAYS!, Berkshire Theatre Group’s year-round education program. At the heart of BTG PLAYS! is a passionate commitment to bring live theatre, and all its inherent excitement and creativity, to children throughout our region. In addition, for many of these students, this is the first theatrical experience on a professional stage. BTG hopes this experience will stimulate a lifelong love of theatre and help produce the next generation of playgoers, actors or other theatre professionals.

Laugh Lounge: Joe Zimmerman
at The Garage
Thursday, May 25 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $5

Hailed as “The Best Place to see Comedy” by The Berkshire Record, join us at The Laugh Lounge at The Garage! Now on Thursday nights, for only $5, the Laugh Lounge presents acclaimed comedians come from near and far. After the show, head down the street to Methuselah Bar & Lounge and show your Laugh Lounge ticket for a $5 beverage.

New York City-based comedian, Joe Zimmerman, has had an eventful couple of years. In addition to making his Comedy Central debut on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, he was also one of the prestigious comedians to be chosen to film a Comedy Central Half Hour Stand-Up Special in 2014. Joe made his late night debut on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, performed on Nickelodeon’s NickMom Night Out, appeared on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Show, and was chosen as one of the acclaimed New Faces at Just For Laughs Montreal, where he was positively reviewed by both The Spit Take and Time Out NY. Joe’s debut album Smiling at Wolves reached #2 on the ITunes Comedy charts when released by New Wave Entertainment in January 2014.

Praised for an accessible style pairing absurdism with a fun loving demeanor, Joe has been personally selected by Ricky Gervais as a Conan contest finalist, other festivals, and can be heard regularly on SiriusXM and Pandora.

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