Barrington Stage Celebrates Youth Month in April

Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 9.31.12 AM(PITTSFIELD, MA) – Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Michele Weathers, has designated April 2017 as “CELEBRATE YOUTH” Month in Pittsfield with performances from the Award-Winning Playwright Mentoring Project and the popular Summer Youth Theatre Program.
 
BSC will host a free performance and reception for the Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP) on Saturday, April 8 at 2:00pm at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street). For seating and more information on the PMP performance, please contact Rebecca Barrow at (413) 997-6115 or rbarrow@barringtonstageco.org.  Seating is limited.
Barrington Stage is winner of the nationally renowned “Coming Up Taller Award” and the Massachusetts Commonwealth Award for Creative Youth Development, for its Education Programs, most notably the Playwright Mentoring Project for underserved youth.

About BSC Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP):
Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP) is an intensive, six-month, out-of-school activity that uses theatre as a catalyst to help under-served youth learn valuable life skills that can aid them in developing positive self-images. Teens create an original performance piece based on their own stories in a safe and confidential environment where they can express themselves, develop conflict resolution skills, and together create a supportive community. Currently, PMP serves 70 young people in six groups across Berkshire County, including one court-mandated group in association with the Pittsfield Juvenile Court.
 
BSC YOUTH THEATRE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
Barrington Stage Company’s popular Summer Youth Theatre program celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year.  An All-Star Youth Theatre Revue, featuring Youth Theatre alumni, as well as a sneak peek of our 2017 production of BYE BYE BIRDIE, on Saturday, April  22 at 7:30pm on the St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street).  There will be a Reception immediately following in Mr. Finn’s Cabaret. Tickets for the Benefit Performance and Reception are $100. For seating and more information on the Benefit Youth Theatre performance, please contact Rebecca Barrow at (413) 997-6115 or rbarrow@barringtonstageco.org.  

The 2017 Youth Theatre Program production of BYE BYE BIRDIE will be presented from July 26 through August 13 at the Berkshire Museum.  The winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, BYE BYE BIRDIE features a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse, BYE BYE BIRDIE will be directed and choreographed by Julianne Katz (Crazy For You at Lincoln Center, Assistant Choreographer).

About BSC Youth Theatre:
Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre program is designed to extend the professionalism of our Mainstage productions to local youth between the ages of 13-19. Once accepted through a rigorous audition process, students work with a professional director/choreographer. Actors are asked to sign a contract committing to a full-time schedule of rehearsals, performances and special events and are paid a monetary stipend for participation in the program. The production’s professional performance schedule teaches the students the discipline and spontaneity necessary for a professional actor to repeat a performance for 8 shows a week for three weeks. Youth Theatre actors also have the opportunity to attend BSC’s Mainstage productions, engage in talkbacks with the casts, and participate in master classes led by professional theatre artists.

ABOUT BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
 
Barrington Stage Company is a professional award-winning Equity regional theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA.  It was co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and has a three-fold mission: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways of bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people. Barrington Stage garnered national attention in 2004 when it premiered William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee which later transferred to Broadway where it won two Tony Awards. In 2009, Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session ran more than ten weeks on Stage 2 and later moved Off Broadway and played for two years. St. Germain’s Becoming Dr. Ruth (which premiered at BSC as Dr. Ruth, All the Way in 2012) played Off Broadway at the Westside Theatre in fall 2013. BSC’s all-time record-breaking musical, On the Town, was originally produced at BSC in 2013.  In 2014, it opened on Broadway with BSC as a co-producer, where it was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival.  In 2016, Barrington Stage swept the first Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards by winning 20 out of the 25 awards.  In 2016, BSC produced three World Premieres; Presto Change-O, Broadway Bounty Hunter, and American Son, which won the Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play.

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