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Real Art Party
‘Freakshow’ Scares Up Funds For Berkshire Theatre Group
Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield. Great minds thought alike last year when Berkshire Theatre Group and party planners Berkshire Shenanigans threw dual Halloween-night masquerade balls at the Colonial Theatre and The Mount, respectively. This year they teamed up on Saturday, Oct. 31 to put on a massive 1920s carnival “Freakshow” blowout at the Colonial that some are calling the “party of the year.” The sold-out evening began with an intimate dinner at Shire City Sanctuary hosted by Casey Meade and featuring menu items created by Chef Thomas Lee of The Stagecoach Tavern at Race Brook Lodge. Guests were seated at a long and eclectically spooky table decorated by Jess Garb Vintage and enjoyed a meal of chicken liver pate, black truffle risotto, leg of lamb and more. A personalized reading from the in-house psychic was included in the price, as well as entry into the main event down the street, which featured live sets from a dressed-up Bella’s Bartok and a dressed-down Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co. DJ BFG kept the crowd dancing on the Colonial’s stage, where intermittent gymnasts and aerial performers entertained the revelers. Belly dancers, drummers, fire eaters, bearded and tattooed ladies, sword swallowers and other “freaks” kept guests on their toes all night long. Proceeds from the evening benefit BTG’s educational programs. Above, ringmasters Eliza Ryan and Michael Vincent Bushy kept the crowd in line.
Josh Pena and Hogan McLaughlin; Berkshire Shenanigans is Renee DeRagon, Paul Dodds, and Michele and Trevor Hotchkin.
Justin Torrico, Casey Meade, Nicholas Frêche and Jessica Garb.
Creative costumes were everywhere you looked at Freakshow, including bullet-ridden bankrobbers Bonnie and Clyde and Wednesday Addams.
Behind the red curtain: the dinner table at Shire City Sanctuary.
Closeup of the table set by Jess Garb Vintage; the stage of the Colonial was decorated with colorful and creepy projections.