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“Santa Got Fired and Other Silly Stories” by Nappy’s Puppets on 12/2 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


As part of its Fall Puppet Performance Series, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present Santa Got Fired and Other Silly Stories by Nappy’s Puppets on December 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Ballard Institute Theater, located at 1 Royce Circle in Storrs Center.

You will delight in the wonder of Nappy’s Puppet’s holiday show, Santa Got Fired and Other Silly Stories as Jim “Nappy” Napolitano tells the tale of how Santa got his job, as well as other fun and silly shadow puppet stories. This show is designed to entertain, inspire and educate the audience on the range and scope of puppetry as an art form.  This show is 45 minutes long and is recommended for ages 3 and up.

Acclaimed Connecticut puppeteer Jim Napolitano, an alumnus of UConn Puppet Arts Program, is well known for his television credits, including Between the Lions on PBS, The Book of Pooh on the Disney Channel, and the cartoon Kirby on Fox.

Ticket Prices: Adults: $12; Members/Seniors $10; Students: $8; Kids: $6 (12 years and under)

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, by calling 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 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 or call 860-486-8580.


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