“Way Out West” Plays Berkshire Museum during School Vacation Week 2012

Way Out West from the Berkshire Theatre Group plays the Berkshire Museum during the School Vacation Week, 2012.

Berkshire Theatre Group presents Way Out West, a BTG PLAYS! production, at the Berkshire Museum, February 20-25, 2012, at 11 a.m. each day. Gather round the make believe campfire, buckaroos, for inspired tall tales, cowboy chronicles, and Native American mythology on this hilarious journey back to the wild and wacky West.

Way Out West is an original play written by E. Gray Simons III; the production is directed by Travis G. Daly. Way Out West features actors Rachael Balcanoff, Lauren Stanek, and Jacob (Jake) Gold, who are participating in the Artist-in-Residence program, and Cody Lee Miller; all four perform multiple roles, from humans the likes of Thomas Jefferson and Sacagawea to animals such as Owl, Bear, and Coyote.

This is the third installment in the company’s series about history, young audiences will discover a whole new view of the American West as they hop on the wagon train and discover the Pony Express (from the horse’s point of view), the childhood of Calamity Jane, the Gold Rush, and the expedition of Lewis and Clark. Admission for Way Out West is $15 adult, $8 child; Museum members $5 adult, $3 child; children 3 and under free. Admission includes the performance and access to all Museum exhibitions.

Berkshire Theatre Group’s year-round education program serves area students from kindergarten through high school by bringing live theater to children in our region. Since its inception in 1984, the program has reached more than 50,000 students in underserved rural and inner city schools throughout Berkshire Country and environs.

Hours

Berkshire Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.berkshiremuseum.org or call 413.443.7171. Regular Museum admission is $13 for adults and $6 for children. Members and children aged three and under enjoy free admission. The Museum is located at 39 South Street (Route 7) in downtown Pittsfield.

About the Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Museum is the first public museum in Berkshire County, established by Zenas Crane in 1903 as a museum of art and natural history. Taking Flight: Audubon and the World of Birds is on view through June 17, 2012. Bryan Nash Gill: Beyond the Landscape is on view through May 28. Morgan Bulkeley: Bird Story is on view through March 4. The Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, Aquarium, Alexander Calder Gallery, and other exhibits are ongoing. Little Cinema is now open year-round showing independent films and screening opera and ballet performances.

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