Town of Mansfield, CT
4/30/2015 - 09/12/2015: Community Puppet-Building Workshop

Community Puppet-Building Workshop


The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry and the Mansfield Downtown Partnership will once again
offer free 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. These free
workshops will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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, September 20 at noon (Line-up begins at 11:00 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?

Sara Peattie's dramatic puppet creations have been central features of community parades and pageants
across the United States. Long a mainstay of Boston First Night festivities and the Greenwich Village
Halloween Parade in New York City, Sara Peattie's work -- through her Boston-based Puppeteers Cooperative
company and Puppet Free Library -- combines community participation; simple, cheap, and practical puppet-building
techniques; and a brilliant design sense to allow community members of all ages to take part in the age-old pleasures
of participatory puppet performance in public spaces. Sara recently designed and directed the community puppet
parade and pageant in Storrs Center as part of the
2015 Puppeteers of America National Puppetry Festival.

To participate in these free community puppet-building workshops with Sara Peattie, register by contacting
the Ballard Institute at or 860 486 8580.

This community puppet project is sponsored by the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at UConn and
the Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc.

Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry
1 Royce Circle, Suite 101B
Storrs, CT 06268
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

12th Annual Celebrate Mansfield Festival
Sunday, September 20
On the Mansfield Town Square
Celebrate Mansfield Festival

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