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Berkshire Theatre Group Toasts To Billy’s 111th Birthday

Amy Krzanik reports from Stockbridge. If you were anywhere near Main Street in Stockbridge on Saturday evening, July 2, you may have heard the tooting of party horns and a chorus of voices singing “Happy Birthday.” The birthday boy was former Berkshire Theatre Group artistic director Billy Miles and it was his 111th, although he wasn’t there — under a tent outside of the Fitzpatrick Main Stage — to celebrate. But don’t worry, there were plenty of theatre fans there and his birthday cake did not go to waste. Before an evening performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, supporters gathered at a reception featuring a Southern-inspired menu that included cornbread topped with pulled pork and slaw, among other snacks created for the occasion by Chef Brian Alberg. The evening’s signature drink was the mint julep. Miles’ daughters, Mary Ann Miles and Elizabeth Miles Montgomery, were not only present at the event, but shared some fascinating background information about their father’s career and even blew out the candles on his birthday cake at the post-show festivities. Miles, who served as artistic director from 1935-1958, oversaw productions starring Ethel Barrymore, Tallulah Bankhead, Lillian Gish, Thornton Wilder, Gloria Swanson, Buster Keaton and many other huge names. Proceeds will benefit Berkshire Theatre Group’s Festival Archives. [Above, one of the play’s stars, Rebecca Brooksher, with BTG’s artistic director and CEO, Kate Maguire.


Joseph Melillo, Ashlei Perkins, the assistant to the artistic director, and Kathy Jo Grover, the front of house manager; Hans Morris with Bridget Fawcett.


Event committee and board member Hilary Deely, Phil Deely, photojournalist Lionel Delevingne and Judith Wilkinson; Barbara Alibozek, Gene Dellea and BTG board president Ruth Blodgett.


RI publisher Mark Williams with Kate Morris; BTG staff offered champagne toasts to the crowd post show.


Carrie Wright, Hilary Deely and Rebecca Weinman; designer Carl Sprague, Elizabeth Miles Montgomery [seated], artist Anne Auberjonois, professor Sebastian Bonner and Robin Montgomery.


Billy’s 111th birthday cake; the scene inside the tent after the performance was festive, indeed.

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