Shoshana Bass and Jana Zeller of Sandglass Theater present a collection of delightful and compelling short puppet pieces in Punschi. Perfect for kids and adults alike, Punschi features hand puppets, a miniature circus, music, and lots of laughs! An enchanting tradition of imaginative puppetry and entertainment! Performed by international touring artists Jana Zeller and Shoshana Bass.
This family friendly PUNSCHI was conceived by Ines Zeller Bass and is now embarking on a new life in the next generation. Daughters Shoshana Bass and Jana Zeller proudly continue its tradition, touring PUNSCHI to theaters, libraries, festivals, street fairs and schools across New England and New York.
These second generation performers and puppeteers present their children’s entertainment program for your pleasure. Featuring hand puppets, a miniature circus, and music, the series is adaptable to your entertainment needs and fun for the whole family. See how much fun a tradition can be! This program can also be performed in German.
Kasper and the Cow
Enjoy a funny adventure with Kasper, beloved hand puppet hero of Germany, who is known for his stocking cap and audience-engaging humor. Kasper packs to go on a journey, but before he can leave, a cow steals his suitcase. With the help of his best friend, the endearing giant Augustin, Kasper has to go on a rollicking chase to reclaim his suitcase from the cow.
The good giant Augustin wins an airplane in a sweepstakes. When he realizes that he is too big to fit in it, Kasper flies off on a dizzy adventure that comes to a good end with the help of grandma and her trusty clothesline. These hand puppet pieces are performed in the tradition of call and response from puppet to audience, and children are delighted to engage with the story as they answer Kasper’s questions.
photos by Kiqe Bosch
Fritzi’s Flea Circus
Fritzi’s Flea Circus welcomes audiences into a delightful world of circus feats, presented by a tiny flea with a big personality. In this 20 minute show, you will experience Fritzi as the strong man, the high diver and even watch as he is shot out of a cannon into the audience. This miniature world invites the power of imagination, play and ear wiggling, scalp tickling, heart-warming fun.
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“Sandglass Theater’s Punschi, performed by Shoshana Bass and Jana Zeller, is a delightful and compelling puppet show performed with great zest, skill, and humor by two eminently talented puppeteers. Jana Zeller’s performance of Kasper and the Cow is a masterful and whimsical re-interpretation of the traditional German puppet character as a comic hero whose efforts to go off on a trip with his red suitcase are flustered by a comic cow, and aided by a friendly giant. Shoshana Bass’s Fritzi’s Flea Circus is an astounding spectacle of miniature proportions following its tiny hero through an adventurous day of performing incredible circus feats by means of brilliant theatrical tricks. These shows enthralled our audience of children and adults.”
Dr. John Bell, Director, Ballard Institute
“This is one of the finest, if not the finest, theater-related program for young children we have seen.”
The Vermont Arts Council
“If one observes how the young ones identify with the happenings on the stage, one would like to be young oneself once more.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany