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MHS Head of School Julia Heaton speaks at from the Quad, behind the Main Building at MHS, at the 2020 virtual graduation ceremony on May 31.

Miss Hall's School Graduates 60 Students

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sixty students, including sixteen from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, May 31, during Miss Hall’s School's 2020 graduation.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program this year was held online, with students and their families from around the globe joining via Zoom. The event, which was also live-streamed, included remarks from Board of Trustees President Nancy Gustafson Ault, MHS Class of 1973; Head of School Julia Heaton; Senior Class President Ria Kedia of Pittsfield; and School President Ayla Wallace of York, Pa. Actress Jayne Atkinson, selected by the class as its speaker, sent special words of wisdom to the seniors.

Among the Class of 2020 graduates are the following local students: Ella Biancolo of Pittsfield; Emily Carmel of Pittsfield; Hannah Chrzanowski of Dalton; Maya Creamer, of Pittsfield; Angela Guachione of Pittsfield; Meredith Hall of Adams; Olivia Irion of Washington; Ria Kedia of Pittsfield; Lanna Knoll of Great Barrington; Emma Kotelnicki of Dalton; Isabelle Lapierre of Dalton; Soleil Laurin of Pittsfield; Jenna Maces of Pittsfield; Téa Mazzeo of Pittsfield; Kathryn Sirois of Stockbridge; and Charlotte Smith of New Marlborough.

The following awards were also bestowed on members of the Class of 2020:

• Joseph F. Buerger Memorial School Spirit Cup: Emily Carmel of Pittsfield

• Margaret Witherspoon Award: Ayla Wallace of York, Pa.

• Christine Fuller Holland ’33 Service Prize: Bingqi Wang of Jinan, Shandong, China

• Faculty Commendation Award: Jingtong Zhang of Luoyang, China

• Meus Honor Stat Keys Awarded for MHS Core Competencies:

     Vision: Zhongyin Zhang, of Guangzhou, China

     Voice: Ria Kedia of Pittsfield

     Interpersonal Efficacy: Khanh Nguyen of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

     Gumption:Jacqueline Mosley of Washington, D.C.

•Ÿ Sylvia "Rusty" Shethar Everdell ’38 Prize: Angela Guachione of Pittsfield

• Andrea Becker ’79 Prize: Jiho Shin, Class of 2021, of Seongnam, South Korea

• Paul C. Cabot Jr. History Prize: Lomesia Allen of Plainfield, N.J.

• Senior Prize in Engineering and Tech Innovation: Linh Chi Tran of Hanoi, Vietnam

• Iive Rouse Science Award: Isabelle Lapierre, of Dalton

Ÿ• James K. Ervin Mathematics Prize: Ria Kedia of Pittsfield

• Horizons Prize: Bingqi Wang of Jinan, Shandong, China

• Spanish Prize: Isabelle Lapierre of Dalton

• Mansfield E. Pickett Latin Prize: Ria Kedia of Pittsfield

Ÿ• Monique Jalbert French Prize: Emily Carmel of Pittsfield

• Virginia Breene Wickwire ’67 Reading Prize: Yuka Nakano of Tokyo, Japan

• Doris E. Pitman English Prize: Zhongyin Zhang of Guangzhou, China

• Photography Award: Xuanxuan Song of Tianjin, China

• Susanna McCreath Music Prize: Ria Kedia of Pittsfield; Khanh Nguyen of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Riagain Wiley of Riverdale, N.Y.

• Angela Kalischer Theater Prize: Emily Carmel of Pittsfield and Erica Morales-Armstrong of Harlem, N.Y.

•Ÿ Ceramics Award: Soleil Laurin of Pittsfield

• Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Studio Art Prize: Napasorn Visuthiwat of Pathumthani, Thailand.


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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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