We’ve tempted you with tales of the culinary delights here in Lenox (and we promise we’ll tempt you again) but what to do after dinner? Is theater your cup of tea? The Berkshires have you covered for your next stage-cation! (Yes that’s right, we said stage-cation…) There are about 20 different venues in the region, both producing and presenting theater shows, which means live performances all year round.
Lenox’s-own Shakespeare & Company are currently presenting David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries: an hysterical and subversive insider voice on the relative magic of working as an elf at Macy’s, at Christmas time. Santaland runs through the 30th of December – a perfect antidote to any Christmas hangover you may be experiencing. Berkshire On Stage’s review of the production declares its star, Ryan Winkles, “simply amazing to watch." Santaland lets you laugh at Christmas and love it all at once.
For a more traditional seasonal experience there is of course A Christmas Carol at Berkshire Theater Group. (Yes, this is the production featuring James Taylor!) There are just a few days left to catch these holiday gems!
Need more information about upcoming shows as you plan your Berkshires visit?
The Berkshire Theater Group has recently announced its 2012 schedule with that singular sensation A Chorus Line leading the season. And for more information about upcoming shows and the many venues that present them, you will want to make sure you check out the Berkshire Theaters website or Berkshire On Stage.
Is it even possible to make “A Christmas Carol” more classic than it already is? The Berkshire Theater Group is going to try, by adding James Taylor to the cast this season. Yes, THAT James Taylor, author of a thousand American song classics that have engaged an entire generation…and Berkshires resident.
Mr. Taylor takes on the role of Bob Crachit, Ebenezer Scrooge’s ill-treated but good-hearted assistant. Though Taylor is famous for singing, not acting (not yet!), doesn’t it just make sense somehow? We’re betting that his Crachit will radiate that same warmth that has made Taylor himself a relatable character. Perhaps amplifying the anticipated cozy result: Taylor’s wife Kim, and his two sons, Rufus and Henry also appear in the production. Kim participates, appropriately, as his wife, Mrs. Crachit (it’s her second year in the role) and the boys will play a young Scrooge, and a participant in the Crachit family Christmas dinner.
The show runs December 17 to 30 at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, MA.
What’s that you say? You were hoping we would inspire you to visit during the lovely Berkshires winter and entice you with cultural destinations guaranteed to make your holiday season a delight to remember? Well we’re happy to help! Write us anytime with questions about Berkshire happenings and hot spots.
For more information about this production of “A Christmas Carol” visit The Berkshire Theater Group or check out the recent article in the Berkshire Eagle.