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“The Snowflake Man” by Puppetkabob on 12/3 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


snowflake-man-2As the final production of its Fall Puppet Performance Series, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present The Snowflake Man by UConn Puppet Arts Program alumna Sarah Frechette of Puppetkabob on Saturday, December 3, 2016. There will be two showings, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Ballard Institute Theater located at 1 Royce Circle, Storrs, CT.

The Snowflake Man is inspired by the life of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, the self-educated Vermont farmer and scientist who attracted world attention when he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal.  The Snowflake Man swings audiences into the historic 1920s through creative storytelling, intricately designed Czech-style marionettes, and a striking pop-up book of watercolor scenery. This UNIMA-USA award-winning show combines art, science, and a little-known piece of New England history to magical effect!

Sarah Frechette is an artist, puppeteer and founder of Puppetkabob, a company that has toured nationally to schools, libraries, theaters, museums and festivals. She graduated from the University of Connecticut’s Puppet Arts Program, mentored with German master puppeteer Albrecht Roser, and created costumes for the stop-motion film ParaNorman. Her solo production of The Snowflake Man was awarded an UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence, and this past summer, Sarah performed the production at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Puppets Up! International Puppet Festival in Ontario, Canada. The Ballard Institute is excited and proud to welcome Sarah back to UConn for these performances. For more information about Sarah Frechette, visit

Ticket Prices: Adults: $12; Students: $8; Kids: $6 (12 years and under)

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, by phone at 860.486.8580, or online at 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 a limited number of seats. For more information about these performances, visit or call 860.486.8580.


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