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Feb
22
Thu
Marionette Show – “The Frog Prince”
Feb 22 @ 3:30 pm

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.

Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! Thursday, Feb. 22 6:30pm: Italian-American Night @ Chez Nous
Feb 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! is our fun, foodie event that goes on all winter long. Every week is a different theme, new wines, and always for $35.

This week’s theme is Italian American and we will be serving a menu including Fried Calamari, Franck’s Meatballs with Pasta, and Tiramisu.  Food, wine, recipes & a cooking demonstration, always $35.  Please call for reservations; the online system doesn’t like special events!

Feb
23
Fri
Marionette Show – “The Frog Prince”
Feb 23 @ 3:30 pm

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.

CIP Staff and Students Talent Night @ Spectrum Playhouse
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Free for all.
Snacks and beverages available for purchase
Mar
1
Thu
Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! Thurs. March 1 6:30pm: Loire Valley Delights @ Chez Nous
Mar 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

More info coming soon!

Mar
3
Sat
Debbie O’Carroll – Magician @ Spectrum Playhouse
Mar 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

The Spectrum Playhouse welcomes a new guest performer to our Families First Series! Debbie O’Carroll, Magician.

Debbie O Carroll

Debbie O’Carroll is a “one of a kind” performer. She combines stage magic and theater with lots of audience participation to create captivating programs for children. She uses highly visual props, colorful costumes, delightful magic and lively stage movement to both educate and entertain. Active audience involvement is the most important feature in Debbie’s magical theatre. Youngsters are invited to become a vital part of the performance as they learn by doing.

Tickets – Kids Free! / Adults $5 donation

Mar
10
Sat
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – Doors open at 5:00pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm.
Mar 10 @ 5:00 pm

The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble invites the public to join the fun with their new presentation of Golf Can Be Murder when they return to the mansion for a murder mystery dinner theater performance on Saturday, March 10. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm. Open seating.

Welcome to Feeble Beach Golf Club. Today is a special day as we welcome the new Golf Pro Anna Stormson. You would think the attention would be on her for this special day but Birdie Indahand is having none of that. She always wants the attention on her. Her ex-husband Ace Indahand is the board president and resides over the club with an iron fist, or at least tries to. Barbie Dahl is his assistant and is loyal to the core. Finally, there is the assistant green’s keeper, Chuck Speckler. Kind of mild mannered, but there is a dark side to him as well, especially if you are a gopher. Something doesn’t play out quite as planned today and someone’s round is cut short, permanently. We need your help to figure out who dunnit.

In production since 1995, The Comical Mystery Tour has had over 50,000 audience members viewing and/or participating in their programs. The ensemble appears regularly at Ventfort Hall.

Cost to attend is $40 per person including a full course dinner. A cash bar is available for beer and wine. Reservations are required by Tuesday, March 6th. Seating is limited.  For information or reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

Rhone Valley Wine Dinner with Spirited and Paul Jaboulet Aine: Sat. March 10 6:15 @ Chez Nous
Mar 10 @ 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Watch this space for details!

Mar
11
Sun
Reading of New Play – “Lady Randy”
Mar 11 @ 3:00 pm

Actress and playwright Anne Undeland and Broadway actor Mark Zeisler will present a reading of her new play, Lady Randy, here at the mansion. Coffee or tea and cake will be offered after the reading.

Lady Randy relays the story of Jennie Jerome, the daughter of a wealthy New York family who married Lord Randolph Churchill. They would become the parents of Winston Churchill, the future British Prime Minister. (Some say he was conceived before the marriage.)

In 1875, Lady Randolph Churchill seemed to have it all.  She had just married into the British aristocracy. She was beautiful, rich, sexually fearless. As a noted beauty, admirer Lord d’Abernon said she was “more of the panther than of the woman in her look.” What could go wrong?  Lady Randy takes a look at this woman as she navigates the often treacherous sexual and political landscape of her marriage.  She kept everyone watching.  And she never surrendered.

Undeland and Zeisler first read her play a few months ago at Berkshire Voices, which provides a “first look, first read” for works developed in the Berkshire Playwrights Lab’s Writers Group. Lady Randy is the actress’s first full-length play.  She will repeat at Ventfort Hall her role of Jennie Jerome while Zeisler will again read the roles of Winston Churchill, Leonard Jerome, Randolph Churchill, Marlborough Family Solicitor, Duchess of Marlborough, English Bloke, Mrs. Everest, Count Charles Kinsky and Bertie, Prince of Wales.

Undeland has appeared on stages on the East Coast for over 20 years. Her many appearances at Ventfort Hall in collaboration with Shakespeare & Company have included the one-woman shows The Belle of Amherst, Xingu, and Fanny Kemble’s Lenox Address. She has also appeared in the title role in Tea with Mrs. Sarah Morgan.  Undeland also portrayed five women in Paris 1890 – Unlaced!  She appeared in over 70 performances of the play, including Off-Broadway at the United Solo Theatre Festival, at Stageworks in Hudson, NY, and elsewhere.

Undeland is a Shakespeare & Company trained actress and has also performed with Mixed Company, Riggs Theatre 37, Castle Hill Theater, Barrington Stage and Capitol Repertory Theatre. She was also a recurring voice in BBC Radio plays by Gregory Whitehead.

In 1998 Zeisler appeared on Broadway in A View from the Bridge, a Tony Award Winner for Best Revival. Other Broadway appearances include The Big Knife and Brooklyn Boy. Off-Broadway, he performed in Rancho Viejo, Piece of My Heart, Eurydice, The Sex Lives of Our Parents and The Accomplices.

Zeisler was a company member at the American Repertory Theater.  He has appeared in The Tempest at Shakespeare & Company, as well as in regional theater in Seattle, Baltimore, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Berkeley, New Haven and Pittsburgh.  He can be found on television in Castle Rock, House of Cards, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, The Black List and Law and Order. Film appearances include Random Hearts, Shaft, The Thomas Crown Affair, Notice, Head of State and After School.

Admission is $25 per person.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

Members Book Club: The Buccaneers @ The Drawing Room at The Mount
Mar 11 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Wharton completed about three quarters of this novel by her death in 1937. She left an outline and since her death, other authors have attempted to finish the story. Julian Fellows cited this story of rich American heiresses seeking titled English husbands as his inspiration for Downton Abbey. It is one of her more ebullient novels, full of strong and lively female characters.

Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  To register, please contact Alex at 413-551-5112 or asniffen@edithwharton.org.

The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact Nicole Williams at 413-551-5100 or by email, nwilliams@edithwharton.org, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event. Caregivers are admitted free-of-charge.