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Pittsfield High Announces Class Speakers & Top 10

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mary Hines, president of the Pittsfield High School class of 2020, will speak at the PHS' virtual graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 7. It is PHS tradition that the class president addresses the senior class.
 
The event will be aired by Pittsfield Community Television at 1 p.m. 
 
Throughout her high school career, Hines has been involved in a variety of clubs and school organizations. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Class Council, and girls varsity basketball team. Hines will be attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as a double major in political science and in media and culture.  
 
In addition to the class president, the student who received the Superintendent's Award also will speak to the graduating class and community on Sunday.  
 
This year, Emily Mazzeo will be the class speaker. She has been involved in National Honor Society and Class Council. Mazzeo was a Project Link mentor, a lead organizer for the National Honor Society peer tutoring program, and a member of the swim team. She will be attending Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in the fall to study biology with a concentration in health sciences.
 
Pittsfield High School recognizes students who have achieved the top 10 cumulative grade-point averages in the senior class.   
 
The PHS 2020 Top 10, in alphabetical order, are: Madeline Coco, Jena Kaddoura, Ella Korte, Brian Lavinio, Szofia Lewis, Cole Masiero, Emily Mazzeo, Sierra Murray, Samantha Scoco, Elizabeth Sprague, and Emelyn Theriault.
 
Academic departments also give awards to honor the most outstanding students in their respective disciplines.  
 
The following are this year's outstanding students: Madison Muzzy (Art), Lucien Lamoureaux (Band), Francis McKeon (Business), Joseph Mosley (Computer), Alexander Bock (Drama), Sofia Bock (World Languages and the Edward J. McKenna Award in English), Elizabeth Sprague (Social Studies), Cole Masiero (Math), Lily Ouillette (Orchestra), Corey Scarfone (Physical Education), Emily Mazzeo (John P. Leahy Memorial Award in Science), Elliott Loverin (Chorus), Alexander Hopkins (Career/Vocational Technical Education), and Alexis Cruz Lay (English as a Second Language).

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Berkshire Theatre Group to Present 'Godspell' Outdoors

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Theatre Group will produce "Godspell" this summer – the first musical in the United States to be approved by Actors' Equity Association in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The show will be presented outdoors in an open-air tent adjacent to The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, and is scheduled to run Aug. 6 through Sept. 4. Tickets will be available for purchase Tuesday, July 7, at noon. 

"We could not bear the thought of a Berkshire summer without live theater to support our community, so we jumped through every hoop to create a safe way to make this happen," said BTG Board of Trustees Co-President Lee Perlman. "I hope our production gives hope to the tens of thousands of theater professionals who are on the sidelines this summer. Theater is unstoppable and will be back”

Artistic director and CEO Kate Maguire said "Godspell" got the green light after BTG established a strict protocol to protect the health and safety of the audience, the performers and others involved in the show. 

"We have been working daily and in the true spirit of care and collaboration with Actors’ Equity Association for the past several weeks," she said. "Guided by Executive Director of Actors’ Equity Association Mary McColl and her extraordinary team, I have learned much about how to lead a theater in the new world. Our industry, which has been devastated by this global pandemic, will be served by their seriousness, data driven wisdom, and profound understanding of the need for artists to rebuild. 

"I am so proud that Berkshire Theatre Group, in its 92nd season will be authorized and granted the responsibility to produce the musical 'Godspell.'”

After careful consideration with the local and state government, Mayor Linda Tyer of Pittsfield and Actors’ Equity Association, BTG relocated "Godspell" from its original site at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge to outside under a tent at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.

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