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Fox Fables By WonderSpark Puppets

Saturday, August 7, 2021
11:00am – 12:00pm

Betsy Paterson Square, Downtown Storrs

As part of its Summertime Saturday Puppet Show Series, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present Fox Fables by New York City-based WonderSpark Puppets on August 7 at 11 a.m. ET in Betsy Paterson Square. Due to generous support during our 2021 UConn Gives campaign, admission is free, but donations are encouraged. This performance is co-sponsored by the Mansfield Downtown Partnership.

What makes you–YOU? Fox Fables is a combination of several Aesop's Fables, inspired by the works of the 12th century storyteller Rabbi Berechiah ha-Nakdan. The story is about a fox who loses his precious tail and with it his identity. He tries to be several other animals instead–with hilarious results–before realizing the moral lesson of this ancient fable. Themes in this tale include self-worth, anti-bullying, test taking, and the five senses. Theater Review NYC stated, "This sweet little adventure, a mix of ancient fables, is wonderfully http://performed...and is not without its lessons in self-worth and anti-bullying."

WonderSpark Puppets is a New York City-based puppet theater company led by Chad Williams and Z Briggs. The company's mission is to spread joy, spark imagination and share laughter through high quality puppet performances. They have partnered with brands like Bed Bath & Beyond, CAMP, NYC Public Schools and the New York Public Library. They have toured internationally, bringing original productions and puppetry workshops to festivals in Thailand and Taiwan.

This show will be socially distanced and follow Town of Mansfield and UConn safety guidelines. Masks are required at all times for all attendees and staff ages two and up. For safety, six feet of space will be required between seated family groups. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and exit of the seating area. Please note that public restrooms are not available.

Reservations are not required. Chairs will not be provided, so groups are encouraged to bring their own blankets and seating. Seating space will be first come, first served.

In the event of inclement weather for outdoor performances, the show will be rescheduled for Sunday, August 8 at 11 a.m. ET.

For more information, or if you require an accommodation to attend this event, please contact Ballard Institute staff at 860.486.8580 or


Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, or 860.486.8580

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

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