Great Barrington, Mass.—The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present two family-friendly movies and an interactive children’s variety show over Fourth of July weekend: Spirited Away (2001) on Friday, June 30; Pirate School: Sea Dreams on Friday, July 1; and The Incredibles (2004) on Saturday, July 2.  

Transport to a world of spirits and spells in Hayao Miyazaki’s animated fantasy favorite, Spirited Away, on Friday, June 30 at 7 p.m. Ten-year-old Chihiro crosses into this realm on a detour from moving to the suburbs with her family and then must work her way through. Rated PG. Tickets are $8 or $5 for ages 12 and under. Sponsored by BUCHWALD. 

Pirate School: Sea Dreams is a madcap, swashbuckling solo show created and performed by veteran New York actor David Engel, coming live to the Mahaiwe on Saturday, July 1 at 4 p.m. Set to an original cartoon-inspired musical score, complete with sound effects, Pirate Professor Billy Bones teaches the finer points of lighthearted mischief and offers up zany lessons on how to stand, talk, sing and laugh like a boisterous buccaneer, all while promoting good manners, polite behavior and social courage. Children have a natural fascination for adventure and the pirates’ life on the high seas. With eye-popping puppetry, eccentric props, and slapstick sword play, Pirate School is a riotous, interactive variety show suitable for ages 4 and up. Where else can you find a talking skull and the world’s only wearable pirate ship? Tickets are $12 or $8 for ages 12 and under. 

The Mahaiwe will present The Incredibles on Sunday, July 2 at 7 p.m. Retired superhero Mr. Incredible and his eclectically powerful family are called to action when an old admirer becomes a new threat. This CGI adventure won Best Animated Film and Best Sound Editing at the Academy Awards. Rated PG. Tickets are $8 or $5 for ages 12 and under. Sponsored by BUCHWALD.  


Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling or visiting the Box Office, 413-528-0100, on Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. 

About the Mahaiwe 

Located in downtown Great Barrington, Mass., the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is the year-round presenter of world-class music, dance, theater, classic films, Live in HD broadcasts, and arts education programs for the southern Berkshires and neighboring regions. The intimate jewel box of a theater opened in 1905. Since 2005, the performing arts center has hosted over 1,500 events and welcomed over half a million people through its doors. More than 25,700 students from 73 different schools have benefited from the Mahaiwe’s school-time performances and residencies. For more information, see 


Spirited Away

Pirate School

The Incredibles