Miss Hall's School Presents 'Matilda'

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will present 'Matilda' in three upcoming shows.
 
Performances are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29; 7 p.m. on Friday, March 1; and 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. All performances take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the MHS campus.
 
Visit www.misshalls.org/stories to reserve tickets. (After 4 p.m. on Feb. 29, and through Saturday, March 2, call 413-395-7023 to reserve tickets.) General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Senior citizen and handicapped-accessible seating are available.
 
According to a press release:
 
'Matilda' tells the story of an imaginative five-year-old whose special powers and extraordinary potential go unrecognized by her abusive parents and cruel headmistress. Instead, Matilda seeks refuge in her books and bonds with a supportive librarian and a new schoolteacher, before showing her classmates they, too, can stand up against the forces holding them back. 
 
This MHS production features Eleanor Jacobsen '27 as the title character, Matilda Wormwood; Willa Dowling-Paul '25 as the bullying Headmistress, Miss Agatha Trunchbull; Casey Lai '25 as Matilda's supportive teacher, Miss Honey; and Kyla Gore '24 and Hanna Heaton Wellenstein '24 as Matilda's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood.
 
The production also stars Sutra Chakma '24 as the kindly librarian, Mrs. Phelps; Hypnos Perri '24 as Matilda's older brother, Michael, and the Nurse; Avah DeBenedetto '27 as Matilda's best friend, Lavender; and Kyana Chainani '25, Myles Patton '27, Anna White '27, and Jaimie Corpuz '26 as Matilda's classmates Amanda, Hortensia, Eric, and Tommy. Emilie Coziol-Desy '25 performs as The Acrobat and Nigel, another of Matilda's classmates, and Welmerly Maria '24 is Rudolpho and Bruce, also a classmate. 
 
Additionally, Indigo Travis '27 is The Escapologist, and EA Peña '25 is Sergei, and they join Sonia Rundle '27, Ella Tawes '24, and Maddie Tillem '24 in the Ensemble.
 
The production's technical crew includes Stage Managers Molly Casey '24 overseeing the front of the house and Mackenzie Ennis '24 overseeing backstage. Izzy Aponte '26, Itza Jimenez '27, Kara Kisselbrock '26, Fiona Lu '26, Kat Lunden '25, and Sophia Tillem '24 assist with costumes and props. Emilie Coziol-Desy '25 is the Choreographer.
 
The performance is directed by Jennifer Jordan, MHS Director of Theater and Dance.

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Pittsfield Woman Dies After Being Rescued From Structure Fire

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The woman who was rescued when her home caught fire on Monday has died. 
 
The Berkshire District Attorney's Office confirmed on Tuesday that Susan Steenstrup, 67, died after she was pulled from the blaze at 1 Marlboro Drive. The cause of death has not been confirmed.
 
Steenstrup was found on the second-floor by firefighters who responded to the blaze at about 6:45 p.m. She was taken by County Ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center. 
 
The two-story, 1930s home is coned off and shows signs of the emergency response such as a broken front window where crews entered to rescue Steenstrup. The fire was reported to have spread from the kitchen and a cause has not yet been determined.
 
Steenstrup was the only occupant at the time. The home had been in her family since at least the 1960s. 
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