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Sandglass Theater will present "Footpath to the CIRCUS Puppets" in nine performances over Halloween weekend.

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PUTNEY — Sandglass Theater will present a live, outdoor event on Halloween weekend.

“Footpath to the CIRCUS Puppets” is a performance in three acts that takes the audience around the Sandglass grounds, with roaming guides, music and puppets emerging from behind shrubbery and an old trolley car, all in a manner that observes social distancing and audience safety. Costumes are encouraged.

The performance employs the puppet cast of “The Pig Act,” Sandglass’ unusual puppet circus from 2000. The acts include a trapeze artist, a tightrope walker and a dog whisperer, each with a unique twist.

The show is performed by three generations of the Sandglass family—Ines Zeller Bass, Jana Zeller and Shoshana Bass—with special guest appearances by the spectacular Chris Yerlig (www.mimealot.com) and original cast member of “The Pig Act,” Finn Campman, to the original music composed by Ralph Denzer.

There will be no bathrooms available. To ensure the health and safety of the community and maintain social distancing while together, audience members will be seated and move about in “pod” groups.

Ticket prices are a sliding scale starting at $10 per person. Show times are: Friday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sandglass is located at 17Kimball Hill, off of exit 4 of Interstate 91.

To make a reservation, call 802-387-4051 Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., or leave a message; all calls will be returned within one business day. There is a maximum of 16 seats at each performance divided into no more than 8 “pod” groups, so please book in advance to assure your spot.

At the time of purchase, the ticket buyer will be asked to complete a form with the names and contact details (address, phone, email) for each person in their pod as well as share any accessibility needs. (Please note that this is an outdoor event that requires movement from one station to the next on uneven and unpaved terrain.) At the event, patrons will complete a brief health survey and temperature check prior to admittance. All patrons will be required to wear a mask and maintain a minimum of 6 feet of social distance between pod groups for the duration of the performance; the ground will be clearly marked to help maintain social distancing between pod groups.


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