Made in the Berkshires Festival

Made in the Berkshires Festival

Made in the Berkshires Festival

Berkshire Theatre Group has announced that this year’s Made in the Berkshires Festival will be held Columbus Day Weekend, Friday through Sunday, October 10 to 12, at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield and the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, Mass. The fourth year of this arts event kicks off with an opening night celebration on Friday, October 10, at 6 p.m. in the Colonial Theatre lobby with a cocktail hour and visual art show curated by Suky Werman. The program begins at 7:30 on stage with a film rave by Joe Wheaton, 25 young dancers from Youth Alive; 13-year-old jazz musician Nico Wohl; Stockbridge-based dancer Ruslan Sprague; Paul Celebi, classical pianist; local blues rocker Albert Cummings in a music video shot at the Colonial by Dave Simonds; and scenes from Emmy Award-winning writer Lee Kalcheim’s new play ‘Speed Dating.’ Afterward, enjoy a ‘Taste of the Berkshires’ reception featuring Berkshire farm to table produce and locally crafted foods.

Saturday, October 11, the Unicorn Theatre will feature two performance blocks: the full-length play ‘Speed Dating’ and a shorts program of literary works from Albert Stern, Maggie Howard, Jane Denitz Smith, Jane Ryan, Andrew Joffe, Dina Nota, Carole Owen, Joel Kalodner and Lisa Avery. Saturday evening Made in the Berkshires presents a dance extravaganza – ‘Diary of a Fashionista: Styled by Destiny’ when Destiny Saunders, Jerome Edgerton, Jernee Edgerton and Youth Alive take over the Garage at the Colonial in a “rip the runway” fashion spectacular!

The Music Inn Revival will have a special reunion at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, in the Colonial lobby, with creative artist Heather Fisch. A reception takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Red Lion Inn, when local artists, with Sarah Eustis curating, will be on hand to discuss their creative process and showcase their work. On Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m., Jay and the Americans, who were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002, will perform.

Tickets for Made in the Berkshires 2014 are on sale now. For information, call the Colonial Theatre at 413-997-4444 or visit berkshiretheatregroup.org.