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ISH by Felicia Cooper

Saturday, March 20, 2021
7:00pm – 7:45pm

Repeats daily until 03/20/2021.

Betsy Paterson Square, Downtown Storrs

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry and the UConn Puppet Arts Program present ISH, an MFA performance by UConn Puppet Arts graduate student Felicia Cooper, co-sponsored by the Mansfield Downtown Partnership. This 45-minute, family-friendly puppet show will be performed outdoors on March 18, 19, and 20 at 7 p.m. in Betsy Paterson Square in Downtown Storrs. These outdoors shows will be socially distanced and follow State of Connecticut COVID-19 safety protocols. In the event of inclement weather on any of these dates, a rescheduled performance will take place 7 p.m. on March 21. The performance will also be streamed on March 21 at 7 p.m. on Ballard Institute’s Facebook Live ( in celebration of World Puppetry Day.

This show is a whale of a time and a (very) loose homage to New England’s own Moby-Dick, if Ishmael was a hyper-curious eleven-year-old girl and the whale was a little friendlier! With the help of her stuck submarine, Ish explores her perspective in isolated circumstances, a maker’s approach, and our relationship to the ocean. Join us underwater for shadow puppets, object performance, and three-dimensional cantastoria as we search for a whale from right where we are. We want to encourage kids to use their imagination, take a step back, and try on new ideas! Suitable for kids 6-11.

Admission is free, but due to COVID-19 safety precautions, seating reservations must be made in advance by visiting This event is being offered in accordance with State of Connecticut reopening guidelines, including the Phase III sector rules for outdoor events. For safety, six feet of space will be required between seated family groups and masks are required for all attendees, staff, and volunteers ages two and up. There will be limited, socially-distanced seating available based on family or quarantine units. Chairs will be made available, but groups are encouraged to bring blankets. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and exit of the seating area. Please note that public restrooms are not available. To learn more about the Ballard Institute’s COVID-19 protocols and to reserve seats visit:

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, 860-486-8580 or

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

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