2017 Summertime Saturday Puppet Show Series

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will once more present its popular Summertime Saturday Puppet Shows series of new works by UConn Puppet Arts students and alumni for family audiences on seven consecutive Saturdays, July 1 through August 12, 2017. Each show will be performed twice, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. All performances will take place at the Ballard Institute Theater located at 1 Royce Circle, Storrs Center. “We are very excited to present these new shows by UConn students,” Ballard Institute Director John Bell said; “they all represent the ingenuity, inspiration, and high standards of UConn’s Puppet Arts Program, and will be extraordinarily entertaining.”

The schedule of Summertime Saturday Puppet Shows includes the following:

July 1 – Canteen Tales: The Curse of Bread Beard by Shane McNeal

In this sea-worthy second chapter in the Canteen Tales series, Chef Bernard serves up a second helping of fun with his story of the wannabe pirate Sidney Salts, as he hunts for the legendary treasure of Bread Beard the Pirate, the most feared privateer to sail the Peppercorn Sea! Join in as Sidney deals with beguiling buccaneers, salty sea monsters, and ghastly ghosts! Recommended for all ages.

 July 8 – Punch & Jilly by Mark Blashford

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. 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. Recommended for ages 5+.

July 15 – Sweven by Anatar Marmol-Gagné

Dotty sees monsters, under the bed. But are they real, or just in her head? Recommended for ages 5+.


July 22 – Uncle Vlad’s Summer Spook-tacular by Shane McNeal

Join us for an afternoon of merry monsters, whimsical werewolves, and groovy ghouls, as our batty host, Uncle Vlad, regales audiences with not-so-spooky stories he’s discovered while on his annual summer road trip! Using hand and shadow puppetry, audiences will laugh along as they witness the softer side of the creatures of the night. Recommended for all ages.

July 29 – 100 Birds by John Cody

The 100 Birds, an intergalactic troupe of feathered friends, come to help Jada Jones, captain of her middle school’s basketball team, after she wishes upon a shooting star for help to get her team to their playoff game. Using their love of math, the avian crew bands together with Jada to host the biggest fundraiser ever and create the world’s largest pizza! Recommended for ages 5+.

August 5 – Sheldon Explains It All by Zach Broome

Sheldon is a turtle, and he is scared of everything: absolutely everything. What scares him the most are the things he doesn’t know yet. Join Sheldon as he learns about everything under the sun and shares all of his new knowledge with you. Recommended for ages 5+.


August 12 – The Superhero Within: Episode 2! by Anatar Marmol Gagné

It’s summer break from Superhero Academy and Alex and Sage can’t wait for their summer adventures. They quickly learn that even though they are superhero cadets, villains will try everything to ruin their holiday. With the help of the Vigilantes, Alex and Sage will stop at nothing to get their summer back! Recommended for all ages.

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

Ticket will be available in the near future. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, by calling 860-486-8580, or online at http://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, call 860-486-8580.