Berkshire Theatre Group to Host Annual LET'S DANCE Ralph Petillo Benefit, 11/9
Berkshire Theatre Group has announced its annual benefit event, "Let's Dance!: A Benefit Event Honoring Ralph Petillo," on November 9, 2013 at The Colonial Theatre. All proceeds benefit Berkshire Theatre Group's numerous Education Programs.
"For all of us at BTG, Ralph Petillo has been a tireless supporter of our education programs and a great mentor for the children we train," said Kate Maguire, Artistic Director and CEO of Berkshire Theatre Group. "He has been in many of our community productions over the years and we're very deeply appreciative of Ralph's relentless dedication to BTG's mission."
Petillo has been leading BTG's community productions for several years as Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Rooster in Annie, Fagin in Oliver!, the great and powerful Oz inThe Wizard of Oz and has played several roles in our beloved annual, A Christmas Carol. In all of these productions, he has volunteered his time and remarkable talent. Petillo is also the Director of the Lenox Chamber of Commerce and former co-owner of Cheesecake Charlies in Lenox.
"I am very proud to be a part of Berkshire Theatre Group's educational community theatre program," said Ralph Petillo. "The experience of creating 'good theatre' by the community for the community is a very positive energy force that nurtures growth in the 'arts' and the living community itself. Berkshire Theatre Group's Colonial Theatre generates this energy and it becomes an inspirational catalyst that keeps on inspiring throughout Pittsfield and Berkshire County."
The Benefit Event Celebration will commence at 7pm in The Colonial Theatre's historic lobby with a mingle and munch spread provided Mazzeo's Ristorante. At 8pm, it's time to hit the dance floor as the festivities continue with live music by the Jus Us Band, Western New England's premier dance band. At 9pm, guests are treated to handcrafted delicacies from Chocolate Springs.
Education and training programs are a fundamental component of Berkshire Theatre Group's mission to serve our community. Study after study concludes that children who are introduced to the arts and given a chance to participate are more successful throughout their lives. BTG is proud to provide a multitude of arts opportunities to students. BTG Plays! encompasses in-school residency programs, vacation camps, after school classes, and the annual community production, through which local students have explored the art of theatre and shared their individual voices and creativity. This summer marked the 8th Annual Berkshire Theatre Group's Children's Theatre production. Over 100 children grades 3 and up from school districts across Berkshire County performed in packed performances of Peter Pan at the Colonial. Berkshire Theatre Group's Performing Arts for Schools provide affordable field trips to BTG's theatres, allowing students to experience diverse, educational and entertaining programs that reinforce classroom curriculum while fostering an understanding of and appreciation for the arts.