SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The beloved theatrical production of “The Boar’s Head Festival” rang down the curtain on its record breaking 37th season Sunday evening.
Every January hundreds fill the church pews during five performances of the medieval celebration of the Epiphany.
The celebration is known as the Boar’s Head Festival, a religious and theatrical experience, with the audience literally part of the performance with the colorfully clad actors.
The spectacle of the Boar’s Head Festival keeps bringing Jim Boone of Springfield back year after year.
“Well, this so captures the medieval time, I feel like I’m in a small English village in the 1400s,” Boone expressed. “They do such a marvelous job bringing the feeling and the characters and great tribute to the Trinity Church and Steve Hays whose done this for 37 years.”
Boar’s Head Festival Artistic Director, Steve Hays told 22News about what makes the annual event so special.
“I think the first thing is the building itself, it was designed really as a Cathedral, like an English Cathedral and we’ve set our production around 1420, during the 100 year’s war.”
The actors in their colorful costumes are mostly members of Trinity United Methodist Church. To participate in this production is for them quite special.
Performer Frank Borreli who grew up watching the show told 22News, “It has deep community significance for me because I grew up in this community. I was a student at the drama studio run by Steve Hays….and grew up watching this amazing spectacle with my mother.”
As a holiday season perennial for nearly 40 years, the Boar’s Head Festival has found a home in Springfield for five performances every January.