Medieval Faire at the Springfield Museum

(c) Hiilltown Families

The Springfield Museum is hosting a Medieval Faire during the winter school break. On Tuesday, Rosalita’s Puppets performed a marionette puppet show. Keeping in theme with the Medieval Faire, the performance was Goldilocks and the Three Dragons and was performed to an interactive crowd in the Davis Auditorium. With an endearing improvisational method, puppeteer Charlotte Anne Dore invoked the crowd of families to participate on cue, while incorporating into the performance suggestions and comments children would shout out from the audience.

All week long families can participate in a variety of craft activities, including medieval mosaics in the G.W.V.S. Art Museum. Mosaic art was very popular during the Renaissance era. Children were given the opportunity to create their own mosaic art while visiting the museum during the Medieval Faire.

During the week the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA) will be continuing demonstrations of medieval artistry, music, and much more at the Museum of Fine Arts while dressed in Renaissance costumes.

The Springfield Museum will continue to host a variety of performances this week, including storytelling of medieval folktales, Falconry and the Medieval World, Sir George and the Dragon, and Fit for a King’s Ear.

To discover more about medieval mosaics, check out the books: Mosaics by Michelle Powell and Ancient Mosaics by Roger Ling. From your local library you may also be able to check out a free museum pass.

1 Comment

  1. December 28, 2006 at 10:35 pm

    It was a delight to perform at the Springfield Museum. The audience was great. The marionettes asked the audience lots of questions about what action should be taken and the crowd enthusiastically responded. This style of show is based a lot on the English “pantomime,” a specific almost vaudevillian style of English theatre where the actors ask the audience to watch their things, to sing along or to tell them when someone is sneaking up behind them. I grew up in Great Britain watching these pantomimes and have been heavily influenced by the style in creating marionette shows for “Rosalita’s Puppets.” I have about 20 different marionette shows now and often perform at other medieval fairs and festivals around New England. You can check out my website at http://www.rosaltaspuppets.com


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