“The Velcro Show” by Kalob Puppet Co. on 7/28 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

As part of its popular family-friendly Summertime Saturday Puppet Show Series hosting acclaimed puppeteers from around New England and beyond, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry will present The Velcro Show! by Kalob Puppet Co. on Saturday, July 28 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Ballard Institute Theater located at 1 Royce Circle in Downtown Storrs.

Velcro Kitty was king of his block in the big city of Houston, Texas. He knew how to navigate around cars, other cats, and the dreaded dogs, but now he faces a brand new challenge. His people are acting strange and they have put all their belongings in giant boxes–Velcro is worried. In this new Kalob Puppet Co. production, Velcro Kitty travels across the country and faces the challenges of moving to new neighborhood in small-town Connecticut filled with big cats and creatures he has never seen before. Can Velcro be king again? A story about finding your way, making new friends, dealing with bullies, and finding balance. This show is 40 minutes long and recommended for ages 5+.

Kalob Puppet Co. is UConn Puppet Arts alumnus Kalob Martinez and his fiancée/collaborator Blair Gulledge. Together they create work for all ages discussing issues that affect us all as humans and animals alike. Kalob is currently a touring ensemble member of Sandglass Theater’s Babylon and Blair is the Costume Shop Manager at the Hartford Stage.

Upcoming Summertime Saturday Puppet Shows include:

Aug. 4: The Bremen Town Musicians by CactusHead Puppets

What can a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster do when they have to leave their farm? Become world-famous musicians, of course! CactusHead Puppets, founded by UConn Puppet Arts alumni Megan and John Regan, brings to life the hilarious tale of four farm animals that set out on the road to Bremen to pursue their dreams of stardom. Along the way, they encounter a fortune, foil some robbers, and learn how to work together in harmony. This production features lovable rod puppets, elaborate shadow scenes, and CactusHead Puppets’ signature sense of humor. Recommended for ages 4+. 

Aug. 11: Monkey and Dino’s Funky Puppet Show! by John Cody

Best friends Monkey (a monkey) and Dino (a dinosaur) are attempting to bring YOU the greatest puppet show EVER! (Or at least a really good one.) Join this simian and reptilian team and a host of their wacky friends as they perform sketches, music, and more, in this new production by UConn Puppet Arts alumnus John Cody. And maybe they’ll even learn something along the way. Or maybe not, who’s to say? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s to come on down to Monkey and Dino’s Funky Puppet Show! Recommended for ages 6+.

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 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 or if you require an accommodation to attend this event, please contact Ballard Institute staff at 860-486-8580 or bimp@uconn.edu.