Norman Rockwell Museum and Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center To Present Above the Timberline Radio Play

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Gregory Manchess, The Flare Gun, 2017. Oil on linen, 15 x 37 in.
Illustration for Above The Timberline by Gregory Manchess,
Saga Press, 2017. ©Gregory Manchess. All rights reserved.

Stockbridge, MA, December 20, 2018—Norman Rockwell Museum and The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will team up in 2019 to present the world premiere of Above the Timberline, a radio play based on the critically acclaimed novel by illustrator/author Gregory Manchess. Performed by high school students from Berkshire County, the radio play will be presented on Friday, February 1, starting at 7 p.m, on the stage of The Mahaiwe, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Gregory Manchess will also be present to talk about his process and experience working on his first novel.

Set against the projected backdrop of illustrations from the book, the live performance will also utilize special animation and sound effects to bring Manchess’ futuristic tale to life. Original artwork from the artist’s book is currently featured in the exhibition Gregory Manchess: Above the Timberline, on view at Norman Rockwell Museum through February 24, 2019. Admission to the radio play is free, however tickets must be reserved in advance at the Mahaiwe Box Office or online at  

Above the Timberline follows the grand tradition of classic adventure stories, providing both art and story for a tale set in a futuristic world where it has snowed continuously for 1,500 years. Manchess’s expressive paintings, inspired by the Golden Age of illustration, bring to life the story of the fictional Wesley Singleton, son of the famed polar explorer Galen Singleton. Wesley searches for his stranded father in a lost city while responding to elements both adversarial and welcoming—and finding his own sense of identity and family along the way. 

Voted best fantasy artist at the 2018 World Fantasy Awards, Gregory Manchess has worked for nearly forty years on advertising campaigns, magazines, and book covers. His work has appeared on covers and for feature stories in National Geographic Magazine, TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and The Smithsonian. The artist’s masterful figure work has led to numerous commissions for stamps by the U.S. Postal Service, including the Mark Twain stamp and the recently released March On Washington stamp. Learn more about his work at

Norman Rockwell Young Scholars

This collaboration between the Norman Rockwell Museum, Mahaiwe, and Gregory Manchess, is part of a larger commitment to make art and artists accessible to area youth, as a source of inspiration and workforce development. Starting February 1, 2019, Norman Rockwell Museum invites area eighth grade students to apply to become Norman Rockwell Museum Young Scholars. Young Scholars will access Museum programs, internships, work directly with artists and staff, and receive support applying for post high school opportunities. To learn more about the program, contact the Museum at 413.931.2253 or

Admission for Teachers to Norman Rockwell Museum

As part of Norman Rockwell Museum’s ongoing commitment to area youth and their teachers, the Museum is now free to all elementary, middle and high school teachers from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and New York State, with school ID. To learn more, contact the Museum at

About The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Located in downtown Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 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 1,000 events and welcomed over half a million people through its doors. More than 18,000 students from 61 different schools have benefited from the Mahaiwe’s school-time performances and residencies. For tickets and information, visit or call 413.528.0100.