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“Punch & Jilly” by Mark Blashford on 7/8 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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As part of its popular Summertime Saturday Puppet Show Series of new works by UConn Puppet Arts students and alumni for family audiences, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry will present Punch & Jilly by Puppet Arts MFA student Mark Blashford on Saturday, July 8 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Ballard Institute Theater located at 1 Royce Circle, Storrs Center.

Punch & Jilly is a rollicking hand-puppet spectacle performed in the British Punch & Judy show tradition with a Connecticut Yankee twist. Mr. Punch the trickster is back again, and this time he is joined by a stubborn dairy cow named Jilly. Watch Punch and Jilly look after a baby, escape a crocodile, outsmart the Devil, and cause all sorts of mischief. Judy will be there too! How will she deal with all of the tomfoolery this time? This show is for ages 5+.

Mark Blashford is an actor, puppeteer, and musician from Pennsylvania. His recent stage credits include: Band of the Black Hand, Twelfth Night, and Peter and the Starcatcher at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre; and Jack & Jill, the culminating project for his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Puppet Arts Program, which he performed at the Ballard Institute Theater and on the Betsy Paterson Town Square in Storrs earlier this spring. Blashford has worked on several UConn Puppet Arts productions including Ancestral, Treeples, El Beto, and Puppets Take the Pops! with the Boston Pops. Mark has also performed at Hartford’s March of Dimes, Envision Fest, and in Anne Cubberly’s Night Fall.

You can learn more about other upcoming Summertime Saturday Puppet Show Series here. 

Admission is $6 for children (12 years and under), $8 for adults.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, by calling 860.486.8580, or online at bimp.ticketleap.com. A surcharge will be added to any purchases made online. Tickets may also be purchased at the Ballard Institute on the day of performance starting at 10 a.m. There will be open seating, and no reservations. Visitors can park in the Storrs Center Garage located at 33 Royce Circle. Parking in the Storrs Center Garage is free for the first two hours and $1 per hour thereafter, with a daily maximum charge of $8. For more information about these performances, visit bimp.uconn.edu or call 860.486.8580.

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