Self-described kooky Commander-in-Chief Don Jordan of the Nutshell Playhouse will bring his troupe to appear in an original production here at the mansion. The program is appropriate for children of all ages accompanied by their grown-ups, according to Jordan. Kids ages 3 – 10 will particularly enjoy the show. Admission tickets are $15 for adults, $7.00 for ages 4 – 17 and ages 3 and under are free. The performance will be held outside on the mansion grounds. Please bring chairs or blankets. Masks required if unvaccinated. Reservations for attending the performance are required by calling us at 413-637-3206. The mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.
“It is a fantasy filled performance of visual and musical delights,” says Jordan. The cast includes Annie Anaconda, the Singing Snake; Engelburt, the Morphing Puppet Storyteller; the Singing Saw by Zesty; Tap Dancing by Nemonee, and A Motley Crew of Instruments played by Donut. Also listed are “Brand Spanking New Songs and Nutshell Classic Tunes with Don Jordan accompanying. As Always…Our Usual Abundance of Frolicsome Shenanigans.”
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Jordan, Artistic Director/Accompanist, founded the Nutshell Playhouse in 2003. Before then, he taught and performed with Teatro Studio and I Gesti di Roma in Italy before being invited to perform with Mummenschanz on Broadway. He directed the Pan Twilight Circus’s 1995 production of Creatures of the Lawn, and served as Artistic Director of the Pickle Family Circus.
Jordan has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Smith College, Berkshire Community College, Shakespeare and Co., Barnard College and the Julliard School. He has also taught at schools in France and Spain. He is a graduate of the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.
Nutshell Playhouse productions have been performed throughout the Berkshires, including the Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Athenaeum, Main Street Stage, The Gutherie Center, Clark Art Institute and Whitney Center for the Arts.