The popular puppeteer Carl Sprague returns to the mansion to charm all ages with the classic fairy tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Anderson. There will be two Christmas week marionette performances. The dates and times are Thursday, December 28th and Saturday, December 30th, both at 3:30 pm. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings, over children’s holiday refreshments.
Sprague, who has appeared annually at Ventfort Hall with his “behind the scenery” mastery, has been a puppeteer since childhood. He has 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 to 12 and free for ages 3 and under. Children must be accompanied by adults. Seating is limited and his shows typically sell out. For further information and to make reservations please call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206.