Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival
For the first time in its 53-year history, there will be no live performances of AHCC’s Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. The folks huddled together at the sold-out performances, the cast, crew, musicians, and even animals “living” in the church building for an entire weekend, are clearly the kind of things that are just not possible in these times.
But wait – there’s good news! The Boar’s Head Committee, working with Festival director and producer, Jack Pott, has plans to offer two Boar’s Head videos! We invite you to read on to find out more about them, and don’t stop reading until you get to the special request we have in these difficult times.
Have you ever wondered what goes in to producing this magnificent festival every year? Thanks to Marcie Sener’s leadership, and with the help of the Boar’s Head Committee, you can find out! “Boar’s Head Backstage” showcases everything from pre-performance work such as how the casting and costuming happens, how the staging is assembled, how the choir, dancers and orchestra rehearse, to how the Angel is prepped. We’ll also highlight the fun and sometimes frenetic activities of the weekend itself such as how the make-up and hair dressing crews get the huge cast ready on time, how the ushers get everyone into the building and seated, how the animals are brought to the site and where they hang out when they’re not on stage, how the props crew manages to have everything in the right hands at the right time, how the cast management crew gets everyone lined up and in place, how the cookies, the punch and the sandwiches are made and served, and how all of this combined effort of more than 250 people is managed and coordinated.
From January 6-10, 2021, a full length performance video will be broadcast free of charge using the Asylum Hill Congregational Church livestream page. Thanks to Jack’s foresight and editing talents, and video recordings from past performances, we are able to produce this program. We invite you to tune in and enjoy the power and majesty of the annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival from the comfort of your home.
Wednesday, January 6, 7:00pm
Thursday, January 7, 7:00pm
Friday, January 8, 7:00pm
Saturday, January 9, 2:00pm
Sunday, January 10, 2:00pm
Finally, we invite you to join us in expressing our appreciation to all of the performers and vendors who make this Festival come alive. Each year, a large portion of our ticket sales proceeds goes to support these professional performers and vendors: the animal handlers and trainers, the dancers, the Angel puppeteers, the Scottish dancer and bagpipers, the orchestra and the vocal soloists. This year, they will not receive their performance fees, so we are asking each of you to consider donating a portion of what you would normally spend on your Boar’s Head tickets to support these performers and vendors and help them out a bit financially. It’s a way we can express our gratitude for their continued participation in the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. Just click here to make your donation.
Thank you! We wish you a wonderful holiday season and can’t wait to see you again for live performances in January 2022!
Linda Fazio and Jim Grigsby, Festival Co-chairs