Puppeteer Carl Sprague returns during April school vacation to charm all ages with his “behind-the-scenery” mastery in bringing to life (almost) this classic folk tale. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings.
There will be two performances, one on Thursday, April 21 and one on Friday, April 22, both at 3:30 pm and will be followed by light refreshments.
Sprague, who has appeared many times at Ventfort Hall, has been a puppeteer since childhood. He inherited a collection of 60 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.
Sprague has been a set designer for such motion pictures as “The Royal Tenenbaums”, for which he received an Art Director’s Guild nomination, and Scorcese’s “The Age of Innocence”, as well as for theater productions. Regional theater companies he has worked with include Shakespeare & Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Music-Theatre Group, Mixed Company, Miniature Theatre of Chester and Albany/Berkshire Ballet. His sets at Mass MoCA for the photographer Gregory Crewdson were featured in The New York Times.
Admission is $15; children 12 years and under, $7; under 4 years, free. Reservations are highly recommended as his shows typically sell out and seating is limited. Call (413) 637-3206 to reserve.