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The Doubtful Sprout by Liz Joyce & A Couple of Puppets

Saturday, November 5, 2016
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Storrs Campus
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, 1 Royce Circle, Storrs Center

As part of its Fall Puppet Performance Series, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present "The Doubtful Sprout" by Liz Joyce & A Couple of Puppets on Saturday, November 5, 2016. There will be two performances, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Ballard Institute Theater located at 1 Royce Circle, Storrs, CT.

Get ready to explore the world under your feet in this underground puppet adventure! Tunnel down with Worm and Sprout as they discover the mysterious life found inside soil. Along the way, kids help figure out the secrets that help Sprout grow! Liz Joyce, award-winning performer and Director of Goat on a Boat Puppet Theater in Sag Harbor, Long Island, brings this ecological wonderland to life with multiple puppetry styles, projections and song.

Liz Joyce, an accomplished puppeteer, writes, directs, and performs a growing repertoire of works for audiences of children aged 10 months to 10 years. Subjects include her take on traditional fairy tales, folktales, educational shows and original creations. In each of these productions she amuses and entertains both children and adults. Trained as a fine artist, Liz also was also certified as a K-12 Art Educator. Her artistic approach to puppetry has been influenced by European puppetry traditions and the eccentric energy of New York's downtown performance artists. She honed her carving skills working with traditional puppet carvers in Prague, and often collaborates with other puppeteers in the international puppet community. Liz's puppet operetta, "Sing a Song of Sixpence," was awarded an UNIMA Citation, the highest award in American puppetry. She currently is serving on the Board of Directors for the Jim Henson Foundation.

Ticket Prices: Adults: $12; Students: $8; Kids: $6 (12 years and under).

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, by phone at 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 a limited number of seats. For more information about these performances, visit or call 860.486.8580.


Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, (860) 486-8580,

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry (primary), Dramatic Arts, UConn Master Calendar

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