Rare chance to watch Carl Sprague pull the strings at Ventfort Hall Mansion in Lenox


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 “Jack and the Beanstalk” for two Christmas week marionette performances. The dates and times are Wednesday, December 28th and Friday, 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. For further information and to make reservations please call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206. Seating is limited and his shows typically sell out. The historic mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is open daily for guided tours from 10am to 4 pm, Monday through Saturday and 10am to 3 pm on Sundays. Last tour is one hour before closing. The mansion is closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Tour admission is not required to shop in our museum gift shop, open to the public daily.

An Official Project of Save America’s Treasures, Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum offers tours of the historic mansion, as well as concerts, Teas & Talks, theater, exhibits and other programs. This elegant Jacobean-Revival Berkshire “cottage,” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is open to the public year round and is available for private rental. Built in 1893 for George and Sarah Morgan (sister of the financier, J. P. Morgan), Ventfort Hall has undergone substantial restoration, which continues.

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