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“Cinderella in the Wild West” by Robert Rogers Puppet Company on 7/27

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As part of its 2019 Summertime Saturday Puppet Show Series, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut is pleased to present Cinderella in the Wild West by Robert Rogers Puppet Company on July 27, 2019 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Ballard Institute Theater, located at 1 Royce Circle in Downtown Storrs.

Cinderella in the Wild West is an all-American version of the famous Brothers Grimm fairytale. Cindy Lou lives on the homestead of Cavalcade Annie, who keeps her busy washing clothes, mending fences, sweeping the barn and slopping the hogs. But Cindy dreams of a better life. Instead of a Fairy Godmother, she is helped by a magical Native American spirit guide. And rather than dancing at a Prince’s Ball, she competes in the famous King Kornkob Rodeo on the back of a bucking bronco. This show is 45 minutes long and is recommended for ages 3+. 

After more than thirty years, hundreds of puppets, and dozens of productions, New York State puppeteer Robert Rogers has made thousands of appearances in performing arts centers, universities, museums, and schools across the country. Internationally, he has appeared in the Neopolis Children’s Theater Festival in Nabeul, Tunisia; the Global Puppet Theater Festival in Kaohsiung, Taiwan; the World Puppet Festival in Prague, Czech Republic; the Puppets Up! Festival in Almonte, Canada; the Children’s Palace in Beijing, People’s Republic of China; and FANA, the Foundation for the Assistance of Abandoned Children in Bogota, Colombia. Besides being an accomplished theater producer, director, playwright and designer, Robert has devoted much time to teaching young people the art of puppetry as a means of self-expression, and has been an advocate of integrating the performing arts into the public school curriculum. In 1999 he established the American Puppetry Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students explore topics of study in the classroom by means of puppet-making and dramatic arts workshops and residencies. Robert received his B.F.A. from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He was also the subject of an episode of the PBS television series, Expressions, produced by WSKG-TV.

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.

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