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“Doc Foster’s Twisted Tales” by UConn Puppet Arts MFA Student Shane McNeal, 3/24-4/2


The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut is pleased to host the premiere of Doc Foster’s Twisted Tales, a wickedly macabre puppet show anthology combining hand and shadow puppetry and crankies to bring four original tales of terror to life as told by the eccentric Doc Foster and his misfit troupe of performers. UConn Puppet Arts Program MFA candidate Shane C.S. McNeal pays tribute to the horror genre with this twisted dark comedy of cautionary tales.

Step right up ladies and gentlemen! Step right up and prepare to be shocked, delighted, and horrified during Doc Foster’s Twisted Tales! The one and only Doctor Thaddeus J. Foster rolls into town to beguile audiences with his rare and ghastly brand of storytelling. Nowhere else will audiences have the opportunity to marvel as monsters, specters, and demons congregate to terrorize the innocent! Stories of intrigue, love, betrayal (and the occasional murder) lay in store for the curious and the brave. Nothing is sacred or too strange for Foster, who reminds us that not every story has a happy ending.

Shane McNeal, MFA candidate in the UConn Puppet Arts Program, has been creating, designing, and performing for puppet theater and film since 2008. He has worked as a puppeteer with a wide range of artists and organizations including the Silk City Chorus, the Connecticut Repertory Theatre and the Boston Pops. He returns to the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry after his family-friendly performances of Canteen Tales: Quest for the Golden Spork, and Victoria’s Not So Bedtime Stories, which debuted in the 2016 Summertime Saturday Puppet Show Series.

Performances will take place in the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry Theatre located at 1 Royce Circle in Storrs Center according to the following schedule:

 March 24 7:30 p.m. March 31 7:30 p.m.
March 25 7:30 p.m. April 01 7:30 p.m.
March 26 7:30 p.m.  April 02 7:30 p.m.


Ticket Prices: Adults: $12; Members/Seniors $10; Students: $8

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. There will be open seating and no reservations. This show is recommended for audiences aged 13 and older. For more information about this show, visit or call 860.486.8580.


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