Sandglass passes a torch Ines Zeller Bass hands off two of her shows to her daughters on Saturday


PUTNEY -- On Saturday, Sandglass Theater’s Co-Founder Ines Zeller Bass will pass the torch as she and her daughters, Jana Zeller and Shoshana Bass, take to the Sandglass with "Kasper, Fritzi, and Me." Performances are at 1 and 3 p.m.

Not just an afternoon of delightful puppetry, this occasion celebrates the work of Ines Zeller Bass and the rise of a new generation in Sandglass Theater’s history. "Kasper, Fritzi, and Me" features three of Zeller Bass’ most cherished puppet pieces: "Punschi," "Tschokolino" and "Fritzi’s Flea Circus."

Admission is $8 and reservations are recommended. To reserve a space, contact Sandglass Theater by phone 802-387-4051 or e-mail

With poetry and song, daughters and mother perform together as Zeller Bass ceremonially hands over her iconic puppets and objects:

"As a daughter of Sandglass nothing has ever made more sense to me than to maintain the art of my parents’ creations and invest in the longevity of this puppet theater, which has accompanied me through every stage of my life," stated Shoshana Bass "

In "Fritzi’s Flea Circus," Bass welcomes audiences into a world of circus feats, presented by a tiny flea with a big personality. Follow Fritzi as he tries his "hand" at being the strong man, the high diver, and even getting shot out of a cannon into the audience. "I can think of no greater gift and inheritance than the honor of receiving this beautifully crafted show with the blessing and direction of my mother," said Bass.

Jana Zeller takes center stage with her mother’s adaptation of the traditional German puppet character, Kasper. "Ines made this show when I was still a little kid and we all lived in Germany. I can’t even count how many times I have seen her perform it. ... When Ines told me a few months ago that she wanted to hand the piece over to me, I first thought there was no way I could ever do it. ‘Punschi’ to me was my mother, Kasper an embodiment of her wonderful humor."

In "Punschi," join Kasper and Augustin, the gentle giant, in a rollicking caper to find Kasper’s suitcase, which has been stolen by a cow. "In Germany, Kasper has been handed down for centuries into our times. Now he is being handed down a generation in my own family, and I am honored and proud to carry on my mother’s work, and this unique family tradition," said Zeller.

Rounding out the afternoon, Ines Zeller Bass will delight the Winter Sunshine audience with a rare performance of "Tschokolino," the shy little puppet clown that lives in a box.

"I am deeply grateful and moved that my creations will continue and will be honored within my own family," said Ines Zeller Bass, who remains an active member of the Sandglass Theater Ensemble and looks forward to future projects.

"Kasper, Fritzi, and Me" is the final event in Sandglass’ Winter Sunshine Series that features puppet shows for the whole family and is co-presented by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre.

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