All-Puppet Wizard of Oz on Tap at National Puppetry Festival Fans of Avenue Q and Hand to God take note: Puppeteers from 12 nations on five continents and from 40 U.S. states will converge on the campus of the University of Connecticut Aug. 10-16 for the 2015 National Puppetry Festival. Among planned events: a new interpretation of The Wizard of Oz by The Frisch Marionettes of Cincinnati, OH. Host organization Puppeteers of America chose UConn for this year’s festival to mark the 50th year of the UConn Puppet Arts Program, which was founded by Frank W. Ballard. UConn last hosted the festival in 1970. For a complete schedule of performances and to order tickets, go to the website for the National Puppetry Festival or call (869) 465-4568.