The great-great-grandson of the literary legend Charles Dickens, British actor Gerald Charles Dickens, will present a one-man theatrical performance of his ancestor’s classic work A Christmas Carol at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, 2019. An elegant Victorian tea will follow.
Using his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Gerald plays 26 characters using his vocal and physical talents to bring each scene vividly to life. In 1993, he created as his first one-man show, A Christmas Carol, inspired by Charles’ own energetic readings of the 1860s in the United States and elsewhere.
Gerald’s performance of A Christmas Carol has received standing ovations the world over: “The audience was rapt, as it was in Charles’ day!” “Not a reading or a dramatization but the best of both.” “Dickens the actor gets full value from Dickens the writer.” “A Dickens of a performance.”
Gerald has worked both on and off stage, as an actor, director and producer for many years. A fascination with the life and works of his ancestor led him to write and direct other one-man shows including Mr. Dickens Is Coming!, Nicholas Nickleby and Sketches by Boz. Gerald performs regularly in major theaters and arts centers, as well as at several arts and literary festivals in the UK and has entertained cruise passengers worldwide since 2007.
Tickets for A Christmas Carol and the elegant Victorian tea are $50. Ventfort Hall will be in full Christmas Regalia!! Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206.
The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble returns to the mansion for an encore performance of their holiday program “Grandma Got Runned Over by a…Oh Dear!!!!” and invites the public to join the fun on Saturday, December 14th. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm.
Sandy Klawes has invited the family to a get together with his wife Marguerite Freagan Klawes at their compound in Northpole Springs Tennessee. Of course, their Granddaughter, Sue Ellen will be there and Cousin Terry the Stable Guy. A surprise guest, cousin Elvira Jean will be there too. She hasn’t been to one of these in years. It is your typical Family get together with Road Kill Casserole and Grandpa’s “special” beverage in his mason jars hidden in the cellar. Believe it or not, someone doesn’t get along with everyone and someone ends the season celebrating permanently. Come along and help figure out who dunnit.
In production since 1995, The Comical Mystery Tour has had over 50,000 audience members viewing and/or participating in their programs. The ensemble appears regularly at Ventfort Hall.
Cost to attend is $42 per person including a full course dinner. A cash bar is available for beer, wine and soda. BYOB is not allowed due to liability issues. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Dec. 11th. Seating is limited. For information or reservations call us at 413-637-3206.
Children of all ages and their families are welcomed to Ventfort Hall on Sunday, December 15 from noon – 3 p.m. to decorate one of the many trees that adorn the mansion this holiday season and make holiday cards for friends and family. Children will be able to craft their own ornaments and decorate a tree with them as well as take home some handmade ornaments. The finished decorated tree will remain on display in the mansion until early January. Punch and cookies will be served.
Admission is $5 per child (to cover material fees). Parents/guardians are admitted at no extra charge. Reservations not required but encouraged. Please give us a call at (413) 637-3206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending so we can prepare enough materials.
Dec. 30 rescheduled to Sat., Jan. 4 at 3:30 pm.
The popular puppeteer Carl Sprague will return to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox to charm all ages with the classic fairytale “The Frog Prince” for two Christmas-week marionette performances. The dates and times are Saturday, December 28th and Monday, December 30th both at 3:30 pm. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings. Children’s refreshments will be served.
One of the themes of “The Frog Prince” is about keeping your promises. The princess tries to back out of her promise to the frog, but her father insists that she maintain her integrity. As a result, the princess ends up with her prince. Another theme is about persistence.
Sprague, who has appeared annually at Ventfort Hall with his “behind the scenery” mastery, has been a puppeteer since childhood. He inherited a collection of 60 antique Czech marionettes, each about eight inches tall that were assembled by his great-grandfather, Julius Hybler, with purchased heads and hand-made costumes. Hybler’s legacy also includes two marionette theaters.
Also, Sprague has been a set designer for such motion pictures as “The Royal Tenenbaums” and Scorcese’s “The Age of Innocence,” as well as for theater productions including those of Shakespeare & Company.
Admission to the show is $15 per person; $7 for children 4-17 and free for 3 and under. Children must be accompanied by adults. Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Please call us at 413-637-3206 for reservations.