Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Connecticut Arts Connections



The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will once again offer fall community puppet-building workshops with acclaimed Boston puppeteer Sara Peattie, to design and build life-size and over-life-size puppets for the Celebrate Mansfield Parade in downtown Storrs, Connecticut.  These free workshops will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13 from 10 am to 5 pm each day at the Ballard Institute workshop space in Storrs Center.  

Workshop participants will be invited to parade with their puppets as part of the Celebrate Mansfield Parade on Sunday, Sept. 20 at noon (Line-up begins at 11 am at Farrell Field near the Post Office). The Parade is a part of the 12th Annual Celebrate Mansfield Festival.

This year's puppet-building workshops will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's classic tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by designing and creating puppets based on the colorful and fantastic figures that populate Carroll's fanciful world: the White Rabbit, the Red Queen, the Cheshire Cat, the March Hare, and Alice herself--which character would you like to create?

The Waterbury Palace Theater’s “Rock the Dock” outdoor concert scheduled to take place this Friday, Aug. 21, on the venue’s loading dock is being postponed. A rescheduled date for the event will be announced.

All tickets purchased for this Friday’s concert will be honored on the rescheduled performance date. For more information, call the Box Office at 203-346-2000.
To participate in these free community puppet-building workshops with Sara Peattie, register by contacting the Ballard Institute at bimp@uconn.edu or 860 486 8580.

ALSO..... The Palace Theater has been awarded the American Savings Foundation has awarded the not-for-profit performing arts center a $29,500 grant in support of an afterschool language arts and theater appreciation program titled Progressing Toward Progress: The Spirit of Ragtime.

Based on the national touring Broadway production of Ragtime, this six-week program provides high school and middle students with a unique learning opportunity that offers hands-on journalism experience. From Jan. 12, through Feb. 18, 2016.
ELM SHAKESPEARE
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Erin Burniston who was in the National Tour of Spring Awakening has stepped into the role of Anne in Goodspeed's La Cage aux Folles. Kristen Martin departed the show to take part in an upcoming project which is soon to be announced.

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