14963
Massachusetts
Berkshire Performances: Tanglewood, Theater and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Discover the renowned artistic traditions of the Berkshires as you go backstage at Tanglewood, experience the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and take in a seasonal theater performance.
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Evening Theater Class
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
D
Crowne Plaza Pittsfield-Berkshires

Afternoon: 4:00 pm - Orientation. Please bring the packet given to you when you check in to the hotel, and completed meal order form to hand in.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at hotel

Evening: 7:00 pm - Discussion lead by theatre faculty about play to be seen Tuesday, as well as the possibility of a theatre faculty's opinions of other plays available on Thursday free night. (Participants interested in attending performances on Thursday's free evening or on nights pre- or post-program must arrange their own transportation and ticketing. Please see Day Four for additional details.)

DAY
2
art class, art museum trip, theatre performance
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B,L,D
Crowne Plaza Pittsfield-Berkshires

Activity note: Roughly 3 hours of standing and walking at museums; walking up to a couple of blocks at night, some stairs

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: We will prepare to more fully enjoy our museum day with a class about art relevant to the museum we will be visiting. This class is taught by art educator Dawn Martin. Class is followed by a lovely coach bus trip to one of the renowned art museums in the Berkshires -- The Sterling and Francine Clark Museum in Williamstown, The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, or The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the museum.

Afternoon: Touring an art museum, TBA in Spring 2018

Dinner: Buffet dinner at hotel.

Evening: This evening we will see a performance at one of the renowned theatre companies in the Berkshires: Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, and Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge and Pittsfield. Play selection will be announced in late Spring 2018.

DAY
3
Theatre and Dance Class. Performances at Jacob's Pillow.
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B,L,D
Crowne Plaza Pittsfield-Berkshires

Activity note: Walking up to a few blocks at Jacob's Pillow over gravel and wood-chip pathways, uneven, grassy terrain at night following performance

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Theatre review class with our expert theatre faculty member, followed by class on contemporary dance, with Andrea Borak.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Optional films about Jacob's Pillow's early days and about Boston Symphony Orchestra' musicians' summer lives at Tanglewood. Coach bus trip to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket. Tour of the grounds.

Dinner: At Jacob's Pillow

Evening: Following dinner, enjoy the 6:15 Inside Out performance (outdoors, weather permitting). Performers TBD. At 7:30 we'll enjoy a pre-performance talk by Pillow staff. We will conclude our Pillow experience with a performance in either the Ted Shawn Theatre or the Doris Duke Theatre, to be announced in early Spring 2018.

DAY
4
Closed Rehearsal at Tanglewood, Talks & Walks, Free Evening
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B,L
Crowne Plaza Pittsfield-Berkshires

Activity note: Full day with more than 6 hours away from the hotel; walking an estimated distance of 2 football-fields over grassy terrain and roughly paved paths with slight inclines.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: We will spend the day at Tanglewood in Lenox, with two or more hours as the special guests of the BSO in their otherwise closed rehearsal.

Lunch: Lunch at Tanglewood Cafe

Afternoon: In the Tent Club at Tanglewood, we will hear a live interview with a musician or BSO staff member. The talk will be followed by an important orienteering tour of the grounds with your group leader.

Dinner: On your own for dinner. You will be provided with a list of restaurants.

Evening: Free evening to explore the area or take in a performance on your own. You will be provided with a complete list of restaurants and performance options when you arrive. Here are box office numbers in case you want to make early reservations. [Those attending performances must arrange their own transportation and ticketing. Ticket prices vary. Tanglewood, in Lenox: 888-266-1200. Jacob’s Pillow, in Becket: 413-243-0745. Barrington Stage Company, in Pittsfield: 413-236-8888. Berkshire Theatre Group, in Stockbridge and Pittsfield: 413-997-4444. Shakespeare & Company, in Lenox: 413-637-3353. Williamstown Theatre Festival: 413-597-3383.]

DAY
5
Music Class; Jacob's Pillow review; Two Tanglewood concerts
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B,L,D
Crowne Plaza Pittsfield-Berkshires

Activity note: Walking the estimated distance of 2 football-fields on grassy terrain and roughly paved paths with slight inclines; semi-lighted, in large crowd at the end of the night

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Morning music class to prepare for your fullest enjoyment of the concert tonight.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Class review of Jacob's Pillow performance Wednesday, with Andrea Borak. Free time.

Dinner: Meal at Tanglewood

Evening: Tanglewood Festival Performances Prelude Concert in Ozawa Hall, 6 – 7 pm. Shed Concert, 8 - 10 pm The concerts to be performed in the Shed will be announced in early Spring 2018, while the Prelude Concerts may not be announced enough in advance to be listed here.

DAY
6
Departure
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast at the hotel. Check-out by 11:00 am.






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