The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry will present OUR MAGNIFICENT MONSTER CIRCUS in Betsy Paterson Square

As part of its 2022 Summer Saturday Puppet Show Series, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will once again present Our Magnificent Monster Circus by Massachusetts-based CactusHead Puppets on July 9 at 11 pm ET at Betsy Paterson Square. In the event of inclement weather for outdoor performances, the show will be rescheduled to Sunday, July 10 at 11 a.m. ET. This show is co-sponsored by the Mansfield Downtown Partnership.

Come all, come all, in a circus like no other! Meet magnificent creatures from the wilderness of your imagination as their eccentric human caretaker tries to teach them new tricks. Kids can lend a hand to Eustice the unicycle Unimonster, befriend a flaming fanged worm, cheer on Agnes the multi-legged acropod, and more! This colorful, wacky, multi-sensory show full of friendly monsters is a perfect match for young audiences.

CactusHead Puppets was started in 2010 by married couple John and Megan Regan. Since then they have created several fun family shows, often based on favorite and familiar folk tales, and have toured throughout the Northeast. They are a resident touring company with Puppet Showplace Theatre, and both Megan and John are graduates of the UConn Puppet Arts program. Megan is originally from the Kansas City area, where she worked with Paul Mesner Puppets, now known as Mesner Puppet Theater. John hails from Western Massachusetts and is honored to perform in the same venues where he saw puppet shows grow.

Thanks to the generous support of our UConn Gives 2022 campaign, admission is free to all shows, but donations are encouraged. Reservations are not required. Chairs will not be provided, so groups are encouraged to bring their own blankets and seats. Seating will be first come, first served.

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