LENOX -- It's been a homecoming of sorts for Mount Greylock graduate Alexandra Allen.
The Mount Holyoke student can be seen in this summer's Shakespeare and Company production of Moliére's "Les Faux Pas: or The Counter Plots."
"It was at Mount Greylock that I had my first experience with Shakespeare and Company," Allen said. "I did the fall festival for four years, and I did Riotous Youth Company for two summers - it's like Riotous Youth but it's a bit longer and slightly older students and the structure is a bit different - and I did Spring Young Company for two springs and Summer Young Company."
On stage with Allen in "Les Faux Pas," and also experiencing his own home coming, is Lenox's Max Dakin.
"I went to Lenox Middle School, and while there I did two of Shakespeare and Company's residency programs," Dakin said. "I think we did ‘Macbeth' and ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream.' That was my first introduction."
Both performers praised the company's youth programs for their activity and interest on the stage.
"The cool thing about the education program is how widespread it is, with 10 schools throught the county," Allen said. "We got to meet kids that we would never talk to, unless we were in athletics, and even then it's a very different environment. And some of the Riotous Youth Company come from California and New York, so it's a lot of different branches.
Dakin, as well as Allen, have moved on from the youth programs to imparting what they learned to the next generation.
"I am quite proud to be a part of an institution that has been so supportive of theater in this community," Dakin said. "I think being part of the education program has been really special, as well as being able to continue on with the experience I had when I was little. Shakespeare and Company is what first got me fired up about Shakespeare and acting. It's really special to be a part of that from the other side and teach."
With "Les Faux Pas," currently running at the Rose Footprint Theater, Allen has come full circle.
"Jennie Jadow, who plays Mascarile in ‘Le Faux Pas,' was my first teacher in the Riotous Youth Company, and now we're in a show together," Allen said. "Growing through those levels from being in Riotous Youth to teaching, has just been a cool progression."
While both have enjoyed the performance aspect of Shakespeare and Company, their experiences have pushed them more toward the education end of things.
"I did consider going into theater," Allen said, "but I sort of decided against it because I was with this company which, I think, takes a really unique approach to the way we act, and how it works, and the process functions."
"One of the interesting things is, we're both at school for something other than theater," Dakin, who is entering his sophomore year at St. John's in Annapolis, Md., said. "I am studying liberal arts, and I think I'm probably interested in doing something with academics. Working with Riotous Youth these past two summers has really sparked an interest in teaching for me."
And both said they would love to be back next summer.
"There are so many things that need to happen to have the summer run smoothly," Allen said. "And I think what's cool is that when you start from Riotous Youth, it really enables to get an inside look at what's going on, and then that's what sort of helps you do things later on."
Dakin was ready for any challenge.
"I feel there is a wealth of opportunities around the company," Dakin said. "So, if I wanted to do something very different, I could do that. All of us are working two or three jobs here now, so there's always things that need to be done."
"Les Faux Pas" runs to Aug. 24. Visit shakespeare.org for more information and tickets.