PUTNEY -- The 2014 Winter Sunshine Series of Family Performances at Sandglass Theater kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 4, with "Dreamtime: Tales From Down Under," presented by Winter Sunshine favorites Barefoot Puppets of Richmond, Va. Performances are at 1 and 3 p.m.

Experience the magic of "The Land Down Under" in this performance inspired by Aboriginal folktales. Learn more about some truly unusual animals, as a mother platypus tries to get her young one to sleep by sharing three stories from the Australian Dreamtime. In these "How and Why" tales, learn how the emu became a flightless bird and why the platypus looks so very, very strange. In the final story, meet a giant, bloated, ocean-swallowing frog. Who knows, perhaps you’ll even be invited onstage to help save the world.

Tickets are $8. Only 60 seats are available for each performance; reservations are recommended. Call Sandglass at 802-387-4051 for information and reservations.