Long Island Puppet Theater Brings Stories to Life Through Felted Friends
The Long Island Puppet Theater, the island's longest-running puppet show space, brings theater and music to life on stage in full felt form! Step out of your imagination and into the world of vivid, animated puppets.
The puppet theater provides children and parents alike with a temporary escape from reality into a world of fantasy.
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The theater, under the direction of owner Anthony Labriola, aims to provides audiences with fantastic and imaginative performances through puppets of all varieties.
"The puppet theater provides children and parents alike with an escape from reality into a world of fantasy," explains Labriola.
Take in some puppet theater and a spot of tea at one of their royal parties.
Standard puppet show themed party packages are available (1.5 hours, up to 12 children, show, invites, pizza, paper goods and more). Upgraded packages include deluxe, princess, princess and pirate, hero and royal tea party. The princess, pirate, hero and royal tea parties are two-hour celebrations that include a costumed character, storytime, dancing, games, glitter, and more. The royal tea party adds a regal touch with linens, treats, and a porcelain tea set. Guests are encouraged to dress in royal attire for the full effect. Of course, there are custom add ons, including pinatas and even marionette party favors so your guests can perform their own puppet show at home!
The Long Island Puppet Theater's most recent production brought The Little Mermaid to life on stage with felted friends.
Beginning this summer, the theater is hosting puppetry classes at varying levels which will focus on making and manipulating different kinds of puppets, traditional theater acting classes, commedia dell'arte (masked Italian theater), and even some film making classes.
A princess puppet party with a real princess.
Can't find a date you can make? Plan a group trip of 10 or more people and book a private showing of the current season at a date and time of your choosing; tickets are $10 each. This might be a good option for school groups, scout troops, family gatherings, or just a unique play date. The next event is Maestro Marvelous: Expect The Unexpected on March 8; a cabaret show where performers will show off their most notable talents. The Little Mermaid continues on March 15, 28 and 29.
The Long Island Puppet Theater is located at 10 Heitz Place in Hicksville.
Photos courtesy of the Puppet Theater of Long Island