SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Museums have announced their lineup of performances and activities for the upcoming school vacation week, April 21 to 25. |
This year’s Puppet Festival will feature performances by some of the region’s finest puppet ensembles, along with live animal demonstrations, interactive displays, planetarium shows, and hands-on art opportunities. All activities are free with museum admission unless noted.
This year’s festivities get off to an early start on April 18 with a performance by Wayne Martin’s Puppets at 1 p.m., plus a full day of activities. Then the fun gets into full swing on April 21 with family-friendly puppet shows daily in the Davis Auditorium of the D’Amour Museum of Fine Art. Scheduled performances include:
• April 21 at 1 p.m. – Puppet Showplace Theatre presents Robin Hood. A rollicking retelling of the classic tale of a bandit who takes on the local authorities represented by an evil sheriff.
• April 22 at 1 p.m. – VT PuppeTree performs Swimmy and The Swimmer. Based on the picture book by Leo Lionni, this original shadow puppet show tells the story of the sole survivor of a school of fish swallowed by a tuna, and includes an important environmental message. (Limited to 100 audience members.)
• April 23 at 1 p.m. – National Marionette Theatre presents Beauty and the Beast. The classic story of prince changed into a hideous beast, with love the only means of reversing the spell.
• April 24 at 1 p.m. – No Strings Marionette Theatre performs Bully! For the 3 Wee Big Pigs. Pablo Pigcasso, Beverly Swills and I. M. Pig endure the pushy antics of the Big Bad Wolf and learn how to deal with bullying behavior.
• April 25 at 1 p.m. – Crabgrass Puppets presents Jack & the Beanstalk. The tallest of all tales, complete with stunning scenery, beautiful puppets, a rhyme-spouting giant, a growing beanstalk and a delightful musical score.
There’s more puppet fun on Wednesday and Friday, with a menagerie of strolling puppets throughout the museum galleries by Caravan Puppets (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day). The week also includes a full slate of family activities, including live reptile demonstrations on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Science Museum’s Live Animal Center; and the Watershed on Wheels (WoW) Express, the Conte Fish and Wildlife Refuge’s traveling conservation exhibit, Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rounding out the week’s activities will be the following daily events (Monday to Friday only):
• Seymour Planetarium Shows at 11:15 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m., Science Museum;
• Art Activities, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., GWVS Studios or Science Workshop;
• Gallery Science Demonstrations 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Science Museum;
• Art Discovery Center, noon to 4 p.m., GWVS Art Museum.
The Museums’ vacation week activities are sponsored by The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation of Western Massachusetts. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students, $8 for children 3 to 17, and free for children younger than 3 and museum members. General admission is free for Springfield residents with proof of address.
Hours during school vacation week are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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