Springfield Festival of Trees
Schedule of Events
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Connecticut Yuletide Carolers
Traditionally garbed Victorian Carolers will fill the Festival of Trees air with the bright sounds of the season, bringing holiday cheer to young and old alike. Caroling will take place at the door to greet guests, strolling through the convention center or possibly leading a sing-a-long, the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers will make your holiday goals a reality!
12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m.: Cinderella
A Tanglewood Marionettes Production
Set in the eighteenth century and featuring a dozen lavishly costumed 30" marionettes, this production of Cinderella is a Tanglewood Marionettes showpiece. The story unfolds as the pages of a giant book open to reveal each beautifully painted setting-the village square, the rustic kitchen, the magnificent ballroom, plus many more (one of our scenes even "pops" right out of the book!). All your favorite characters are here, from gentle Cinderella to the bumptious Step-Sisters and the charming Prince, and each marionette is manipulated with precision and grace by our talented puppeteers. Our telling is based on the original beloved tale, but we do offer a few new surprises: Cinderella's method of conveyance to the ball is NOT your traditional coach-and-four, and, when all hope seems lost, a clever little bluebird saves the day for Cinderella. A classic fairy tale told with wit and style, Tanglewood Marionettes' production of Cinderella is sure to please audiences of all ages.
GROUP RESUME: Founded in 1993 by Anne Ware and Peter Schaefer, Tanglewood Marionettes is a nationally touring marionette theater based in New England. Our repertoire consists primarily of classic tales performed by skilled puppeteers who have spent many years perfecting their art. We specialize in school assembly programs and have toured throughout the United States.
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: "Magic & Beyond" featuring Illusionist David Garrity
Illusionist David Garrity presents "Magic & Beyond." This performance is appropriate for all ages. "Magic & Beyond" is a one-person illusion show that features unique, theatrical and visual magic, audience participation, comedy to a custom-edited musical soundtrack. David's "Magic&Beyond" show has recently been seen at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, NJ; Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, NY; and on an international tour of exclusive, all-inclusive resorts along the Riviera Maya in Mexico.
Highlights from the "Magic & Beyond" performance may include hilarious stunts of apparent mind-reading, an incredible illusion where a table mysteriously floats around the stage and out into the audience, "dangerous" stunts, a beautiful and artistic illusion involving ordinary Hula Hoops that perform extraordinary magic and a hilarious Houdini-style "Escape Challenge." Illusionist David Garrity uses visual magic and illusions combined with music, pantomime, situation comedy and audience participation to entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Your mission to the Festival of Trees includes freeE admission for kids 12 and under to our bounce houses and obstacles only here opening weekend!
4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.: Santa's
Admission - $5
Seniors - $4
Children 12 & under - Free