The popular puppeteer Carl Sprague returns the mansion to charm all ages with the classic fairytale “The Frog Prince” by the Brothers Grimm. There will be two performances; Thursday, February 22nd and Friday, February 23rd, both at 3:30 pm. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings, over punch and cookies.
This classic fairy tale is about a prince who is turned into a frog by an evil witch. To break the spell a princess has to grant him one wish. The moral of the story is to think twice before making promises you can’t keep. The princess had to listen to her father because it is rude not to keep promises. In the end she got a handsome prince for her husband.
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. For reservations please call us at 413-637-3206. Seating is limited and his shows typically sell out.