“I Spy Butterfly” by Faye Dupras on 3/24 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

As part of its 2018 Spring Puppet Performance Series, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry is pleased to welcome back Boston-area puppeteer and UConn Puppet Arts alumna Faye Dupras to perform I Spy Butterfly on March 24, 2018 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Ballard Institute Theater, located at 1 Royce Circle in Storrs Center.

How does a nature-loving explorer kid become a bug’s best friend? Find out in this delightful eco-story about the ways we all grow and change. When Trudy’s caterpillar friend Harold suddenly transforms into a chrysalis, she’s determined to do the same. Just when she is about to give up hope, she learns that her tiny friend needs her now more than ever. Live music, colorful critters, and oodles of audience interaction make this show a fun ecological romp in the wild! This show is 45 minutes long and is recommended for ages 3+ (but all ages are welcome to attend!).

Faye Dupras is a theater artist who began her puppet journey over twenty years ago when she met and apprenticed under her childhood hero, puppeteer Noreen Young. Since then she has performed around the world and has worked as a director, designer, and educator throughout Eastern Canada and the United States. In 2004 Faye founded Foreign Landscapes Productions, a company whose mission it to produce and tour engaging original puppet shows for peoples of all ages. Critics have described Faye’s award winning shows as “spellbinding,” “imaginative,” and “powerful.” Faye is excited to return to her alma mater to perform her new work.

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 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.