BITS & BYTES: MisCast Benefit Cabaret, WCMA Summer Arts Program Series, Urinetown Debut, Free Community Shredding, Steve Katz Solo Acoustic Show, Used Book Sale, Birds of North America Performances

LENOX, Mass. – On Thursday July 7 at 7:30 p.m. WAM Theater is hosting a MisCast cabaret performance, hosted by Jayne Atkinson. WAM artists, accompanied by live musicians, will perform Broadway favorites from roles they would not traditionally be cast in. Challenge the traditional cast while listening to your favorite songs from Hamilton, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof and more.

This benefit performance supports WAM Theatre’s education and community engagement programs, which empower and uplift women and girls here in Berkshire County and beyond.

Customers can choose their price and seat with sliding-scale ticket prices ranging from $50 to $250. Buy your tickets here: https://themahaiwe.secure.force.com/ticket/#/instances/a0F3w00000sY9aQEAS

WAM’s MisCast Cabaret, inspired by the MCC Theater’s annual benefit but with a Berkshire twist, features local artists including Kyle Boatwright (Bright Half Life), Jasmine Rochelle Goodspeed (Kamloopa), Wendy Welch (ROE), KD McTeigue (The New Galileos, ROE), Tom Truss (The Thanksgiving Play), Alika Hope (The New Galileos), Molly Parker Myers (The Thanksgiving Play), Lynn Festa and host Jayne Atkinson (ANN). They will be joined on stage by Craig Pinder (the original West End company of Les Misérables, Mama Mia! and Fiddler on the Roof) and Berkshire musicians Bob Shepherd and Daniel Broad.

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Opening of the Williams College Museum of Art’s “Immersions” summer program series July 7 at 5:30 p.m., and will be followed by a reception on the WCMA Terrace at 6:30 p.m. The gallery will remain open until 8 p.m. All programs and receptions are free and open to the public.

Brooklyn-based medieval music ensemble Alkemie will make their Berkshires debut with a performance of Verdant Medicine: Hildegard’s Resonant Apothecary, inspired by the life and writings of 12th-century mystic, physician and musician Hildegard von Bingen. This performance will take place in the Thompson Memorial Chapel, directly across from the museum across Main Street.

The series continues Thursday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m. when friends and alumni of the Williamstown Theater Festival present an intimate evening of performative readings exploring the intricacies of work inspired by works in galleries and beyond. This program will take place in the WCMA Rotunda.

The series ends Thursday, August 4 at 5:30 p.m. with the Kriyol Dance! Collective performing a new original work entitled Rasin San Bout (“Endless Roots” in Haitian Creole), which explores ideas of immigration, migration policy and acculturation as critical factors influencing the health of Caribbean immigrant communities, especially Haitian immigrants. This program will take place in the WCMA Rotunda.

The WCMA is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday until 8 p.m. in July and August. Free entry. Please note that masks and proof of vaccination against COVID-19 are required for visitors aged 5 and over.

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CHATHAM, NY — “Urinetown” debuts at the Mac-Haydn Theatre, July 7-17. Scheduled for the Mac-Haydn’s 2020 season (but postponed due to COVID), production has been in the works for two years.

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, “Urinetown” is a satirical musical comedy. A severe water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, led to a government-imposed ban on private toilets. Citizens of Urinetown are forced to pay a single malevolent company to use the only amenities available, when a citizen of Urinetown decides they’ve had enough.

George Dvorsky will play Caldwell B. Cladwell

Trey Compton makes his directorial debut Mac-Haydn after directing with The Fulton, Riverside, Engeman, Sierra Repertory, The Herb Strauss, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Millbrook Playhouse and most recently at the Cortland Repertory Theatre. Compton is joined by veteran choreographer Mac-Haydn Elizabeth McGuire, whose previous Chatham credits include ‘Camelot’ (2019) and ‘Pippin’ (2021). off broadway George Dvorsky returns to the Mac-Haydn scene as Caldwell B. Cladwell.

Vaccination and masks are mandatory for all customers. For tickets, please visit www.machaydntheatre.org or call the box office at (518) 392-9292.

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LAKEVILLE, Conn. – On Saturday July 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Salisbury Bank is offering a free Community Drive-Through Shredding Day at the Lakeville Branch – 5 Bissell Street, Lakeville, CT. This community Shred ‘Drive-thru’ day is free and open to everyone to help fight identity theft.

Also consider bringing a non-perishable donation – local food pantries need a variety of donations including: canned goods, powdered milk, whole grains, cooking spices, macaroni and cheese, mix pancakes/cakes, peanut butter, condiments, pasta, granola/oatmeal and tomato sauce. Household necessities such as paper towels, diapers, wipes, socks, feminine hygiene products, shampoo and soap are also appreciated.

All shredded paper will be recycled and all collected items will be donated directly to local food pantries.

For more information on identity theft protection, visit SalisburyBank.com/Personal/Customer-Security.

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Steve Katz

PAWLING, NY – Steve Katz of Blood, Sweat and Tears performs a solo acoustic show “An Evening of Songs and Stories” at Daryl’s House Thursday July 7 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission without a guaranteed seat, $25 for reserved seats. Buy your tickets here: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/steve-katz-of-blood-sweat-daryls-house-tickets/12010525?pl=daryl

Katz is an original founding member of the innovative jazz/rock band, Blood, Sweat and Tears, which debuted in the late 60s and generated numerous hits. Steve was also an original member of popular mid-’60s Greenwich Village band The Blues Project and American Flyer, and has producer credits on recordings by popular Irish band Horslips and influential New York artist Lou. Reed.

Katz wrote her first book, an autobiography, BLOOD, SWEAT and MY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL YEARS… Is Steve Katz a rock star? More information at: https://stevekatzmusic.wordpress.com/

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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Stockbridge Library Association holds its annual used book sale on Friday, July 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The Sale continues on Saturday July 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday July 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The sale will take place on the lawn of the Stockbridge Library, 46 Main St, Stockbridge, MA. Proceeds benefit the Stockbridge Library, Museum and Archives.

A $5 pre-registration fee is applicable from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 8.

For more information, 413.298.5501 or email [email protected]

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CHESTER, mass. — Chester Theater Company presents North American birds by Anna Ouyang Moench. North American birds short July 7 to 17 with performances Wednesday at 2 p.m., Thursday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

North American birds follows “a father and daughter who find in birdwatching a surprising way to connect – to better understand themselves, each other and the changing world around them”.

All performances will be held at the historic Chester Town Hall, 15 Middlefield Rd, Chester, MA.

The price of individual tickets is $52.50. Residents of Chester and Middlefield, military members and their families, ConnectorCare enrollees, and EBT/SNAP cardholders can purchase discounted tickets by calling the box office. $10 Student Rush tickets are available the day of the show. Buy your tickets online at chestertheatre.org or by phone at 413.354.7771.

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Kayleen C. Rice