Sandglass helps celebrate Taft Library’s 100th


WEST DUMMERSTON -- Sandglass Theater will join in the celebration of Dummerston’s Lydia Taft Library’s 100th anniversary on May 17 when it performs the classic children’s puppet play, "Punschi" this Saturday.

The company’s Jana Zeller and Shoshana Bass act out Kasper and Fritzi’s Flea Circus. The show, originally created and performed by Ines Zeller Bass, has enraptured children and their families for 35 years. It is now being performed by her daughters.

Curtain time for "Punschi" is 1 p.m., and will be seen under the tent on the Dummerston Community Center’s grounds in West Dummerston. Tickets are $8. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 802-257-4673.

"Punschi" is an abbreviation for the German words meaning puppet theater under the umbrella. Under her sun umbrella, this "Punschi" stars Kasper, the most beloved hand puppet character in Germany. With the help of his best friend, the charming giant Augustin, Kasper has to go on a rollicking chase to capture the cow and his suitcase. This piece is now performed by, Jana Zeller.

Fritzi’s Flea Circus is Sandglass Theater’s smallest work to date. It is performed by Shoshana Bass. Watch Fritzi (well, try to even see Fritzi) as he shows you his circus acts with passion and glee. He dives from a high diving board, lifts enormous weights (for a flea!) and is shot into the audience by a miniature cannon. The audience can rest assured: Shoshana can always find Fritzi again and bring him back to his circus arena.

"Punschi" is part of a daylong celebration of the Library, one of the oldest in Vermont. The day will feature sales of geraniums from Walker Farm, a book sale, a silent auction, a parade down West Dummerston’s West Street, refreshments and games for children.


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