Puppetry performance plays East Lyme

The University of Connecticut is renowned for many things — and not just basketball.

One of the school’s notable elements is its puppet arts program.

Two graduates of that UConn program have established their own troupe and are coming to East Lyme for a Sunday performance hosted by the East Lyme Puppetry Project Inc.

Megan and John Regan created CactusHead Puppets in 2010, and the husband and wife have performed far and wide with shows based on folk tales. The one they’ll be staging at the East Lyme Community Center is “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.” In the tale, the Pied Piper helps out the town of Hamelin with its rat problem. “In the end, the town finds a musical solution to pest control, the kids teach the grownups a lesson about generosity, and everyone comes together in celebration,” the publicity material states.

After the 45-minute show, there will be a question-and-answer period. Then, the East Lyme Puppetry Project will offer, for the first time, a make-and-take workshop where the Regans will lead a paper-bag puppet-making session for school-age children. The workshop can only accommodate 30 children, so a pre-registration fee of $4 per child is required; to pre-register, contact Caren Linden at robert_a_linden@sbcglobal.net or (860) 625-2187. Parents are encouraged to stay and help their children at no charge.

“The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” 1 p.m. Sunday, East Lyme Community Center 41 Society Road; $5; eastlymepuppetry@gmail.com.



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