Performing Arts Festival Comes to the Hilltowns

Sugar season is upon us, and coming with it is Piti Theater Company’s sweetest performances this weekend, co-sponsored by Hilltown Families! SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival brings locally created original theater and exciting performances from special guests to Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls for two days of performances, workshops, and sweet entertainment all around!

This year, Piti Theater Company will use the festival to launch a local tour of their new show, Innocenzo, which addresses concerns about electromagnetic pollution. Designed to be watched, appreciated, and understood by children, the show tells the story of a clown who falls sick with a mysterious illness, only to find out that he is being affected by electromagnetic pollution. The show does have a happy ending, but shares important information about the affects of a somewhat new (and rarely publicly addressed) concern. True to Piti’s theatrical style, the show is both educational and eye-opening, yet blends this with original music and clowning for a well-rounded and captivating show.

In addition to Piti’s performance will be a special show from the Nimble Arts Troupe, a circus-style performance group from Vermont whose members have performed with Cirque du Soliel and the Big Apple Circus. Nimble Arts will perform RUCKUS!, a circus spectacular not to be missed.

After seeing such excellent clowning, families are sure to want to try some clowning of their own! The second day of SYRUP brings a day of workshops to Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, where aerial skills will be taught at 2pm and a juggling introduction will be offered at 3pm. Workshops are offered for folks ages 7 and up, and registration is required as space is limited. Each workshop costs $10.

SYRUP will take place on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 in Shelburne Falls. Tickets to Saturday’s performances $12, or $5 for children 12 and under. Memorial Hall is located at 51 Bridge Street, and Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School is located at 75 Mechanic Street. For more information or to volunteer to help with the event, contact Piti Theater at 413-625-6569.

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