Berkshire Theatre Festival Announces BTF PLAYS! Summertime Classes for Ages 7-14

Posted May 21, 2009

Berkshire Theatre Festival is proud to announce BTF PLAYS! Summertime Classes, theatre education classes that will meet during the summer vacation. Administered by BTF PLAYS!, Berkshire Theatre Festival’s Year-Round Education Program, BTF PLAYS! Summertime classes will meet Monday through Friday from 9:00am to Noon on the campus of BTF in Stockbridge, MA. There are three sessions of classes for different age groups: Session One meets July 13-17, 2009 for ages 7-9, Session Two meets July 20-24, 2009 for ages 10-12, and Session Three meets August 3-7, 2009 for ages 11-14. The cost is $180 per session. Students in the program will focus on storytelling, improvisation games, movement, ensemble building exercised, and performance. The goal of the program is to increase student confidence and creativity while providing basic knowledge in the theatrical arts and narrative storytelling. No previous theatrical training is required.

Registration for the class is required and space is limited. Contact Allison Rachele Bayles, Administrative Director of Education, at 413-298-5536 ext. 19 or for registration information or with questions about the program.

About Berkshire Theatre Festival

Founded in 1928, Berkshire Theatre Festival is one of the oldest professional regional theatres in the United States and the longest-running theatre in the Berkshires. Now under the helm of Artistic Director and CEO Kate Maguire, BTF presents theatre that matters—world premieres, contemporary works, and classics that speak to who we are in our world today. The Main Stage (408 seats), cataloged by the National Register of Historic Places, was originally designed and built by Stanford White as the Stockbridge Casino in 1888. The mission of BTF’s second stage, the intimate Unicorn Theatre (122 seats), is to provide a home for emerging artists and new theatrical ideas. BTF’s education program, BTF PLAYS!, reaches over 10,000 children annually through school residencies, touring performances, and summer performance training and writing programs. During the summer months BTF opens its doors to over 50 administrative, acting, and technical interns and apprentices. For more information about Berkshire Theatre Festival, please visit

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