BOTH PERFORMANCES SOLD OUT
The popular puppeteer Carl Sprague will return to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox to charm all ages with his new program “The Merry Monsters” for two holiday vacation week marionette performances. The dates and times are Monday, December 27th and Thursday, December 30th both at 3:30 pm. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings.
“The Merry Monsters” is a holiday comedy for all ages. It will feature his historic puppet theatre’s extensive cast of odd characters – witches and demons, vampires and dragons, various princesses (in distress and otherwise), sorcerers (including Harry Potter) as well as animals of all descriptions. It will be silly and fun. Please come for a holiday laugh.
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 age 3 and under. Children must be accompanied by adults. Ventfort Hall is decorated for the holidays. Reservations are strongly recommend as seating is limited and can be made by calling (413) 637-3206. Walk-ins will be accommodated as space allows. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event. Proof of vaccination including ages 5 and over, ID for ages 18 and over and masks are required.