Barrington Stage will kick off its 2005 summer season with Stephen Sondheim’s and James Goldman’s musical “Follies” at the Consolati Performing Arts Center in Sheffield, Mass. Directed by Barrington’s artistic director Julianne Boyd, the Tony-winning tuner will run June 23-July 16.
Following “Follies” onto the MainStage is Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” running July 21-Aug. 7 under Boyd’s direction.
Concluding the 2005 MainStage season will be William Finn’s “Elegies: A Song Cycle,” presented on the stage of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, running Aug. 11-28. Rob Ruggiero directs.
The century-old Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is one of the oldest surviving theaters of its kind in the country. It has hosted traveling Broadway shows, vaudeville acts, silent movies, “talkies” and concerts. This landmark has been designated as an official project of “Save America’s Treasures,” a Millennium project of Hillary Clinton and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is pending inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
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The world preem of Cusi Cram’s “Fuente” kicks off the Stage II season at Barrington. Sturgis Warner directs the piece, which took first place in the 2004 Herrick Theater Foundation New Play Contest at Barrington Stage Company in May; it runs June 30-July 17 at Consolati.
The Stage II season concludes with a semi-staged concert version of “Hair,” Aug. 3-7 at Mahaiwe and Aug.10-14 at the Berkshire Music Hall in Pittsfield, Mass.
The Youth Theatre project will be “Snoopy,” a family musical with book by Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw and Michael L. Grace, music by Larry Grossman and lyrics by Hal Hackady. Participants, ages 13-18, come from all over the country; auditions will be held in March. Tuner will play one week in Sheffield (July 13-17) and two weeks in Pittsfield (July 21-Aug. 8).