New Owner Anthony A. Labriola Enthusiastically Prepares to Carry on the Legacy of His Favorite Childhood Puppet Theatre
July, 2016 (Hicksville, NY) — On Friday July 29th, beginning at 11 am, the Long Island Puppet Theatre will be holding its grand reopening celebration at 10 Heitz Place in Hicksville, New York! Although the Long Island Puppet Theatre has been around since 1998, new owner Anthony A. Labriola hopes to continue the art of storytelling by modernizing and updating this amazing venue.
The grand reopening event will include a ceremonial ribbon-cutting with County Executive Ed Mangano beginning at 11am, followed by a full day of fun with Magician Brandon K. Williams of Suit & Tie Magic, Aerialist Veronica Spettmann, Princesses from A Dream Is A Wish Parties, party clown Rich Ferber, raffles, a Chinese auction, and more!
The event will also have music from children’s musician Keri Wirth as well as from Local singer/songwriter Kalene Speranza, and Gabrielle Plaia, Sara Cataldo, Amora Laucella, and Annemarie Levakis! Food and refreshments from Blaze Pizza and from Tocolo Cantina’s Texas Taco food truck will be available as well!
To add to the excitement, The Long Island Children’s Museum will be making a special appearance with a performance of “Mysterious Lake,” and the Long Island Puppet Theatre will be celebrating the grand reopening with an exciting preview performance of “Alice in Wonderland!” Clearly, the grand reopening event is set to be a day of spectacular, action-packed fun!
When Anthony A. Labriola was no older than 7, he attended his first show at the Long Island Puppet Theater. In 2005, when Labriola was 13, he returned to The Long Island Puppet Theater with his working papers in hand. Once he received a job, he worked side by side with former owners Roman and Eliza to learn the various art forms of puppetry from around the world and to create new and exciting shows, parties, and events.
After working on and off at the theater for almost 11 years, Labriola attended The School of Visual Arts with the hopes of combining his passion for film, puppetry, and ultimately, storytelling! Labriola’s hard work paid off when he graduated from SVA in the top 10 percent of his class with a BFA in film and television writing. “As much as the theater has shaped me, my education has played a major role in preparing me for this undertaking,” Labriola said of his time at SVA. Labriola then went on to pitch his own original content to major networks with some promising leads. Now, at 24 years old, Labriola is excited to say that he has become the owner of the very same theater that shaped so much of who he is today; the one and only Long Island Puppet Theater.
The Theatre now offers many different features, and is proud to announce that they will be holding numerous shows, such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Punch & Judy: Birthday Surprise!, and Peter Pan. On top of these shows, the theatre also offers parties for special occasions, including a Princess and Pirate party, a Rock Star Party, a Super Hero Party, and more! Parents can even create a unique celebration experience for their kids, and with party favors such as inflatable guitars, hula hoops, candy, and face paint at the ready, the Long Island Puppet Theatre is clearly the ultimate destination for any special event for kids!
Additionally providing a summer camp for schools, scouts, and other kid-friendly organizations- as an upcoming special, all schools, camps, and organizations booked from now until September 1st will receive a discounted ticket rate of $8.50 per ticket, as opposed to the original $10 price! Here, kids can enjoy a dance & sing along, snacks, puppet shows, and more!
If puppetry is a personal interest, the Long Island Puppet Theatre even offers a website in which a custom puppet can be created. For a more hands-on experience, puppetry workshops are held at the theatre as well. The puppet workshops not only teach the craft of creating and working with puppet friends, but the interesting history of puppeteering!
Although The Long Island Puppet Theatre provides many features and events, the theatre has faced some difficult obstacles over the years that have prevented it from reaching its full potential. The Long Island Puppet Theatre’s museum of puppets from around the world have been damaged, and the established building is in need of an update. In Labriola’s efforts to maintain the theatre, he has created a “Go Fund Me” in the hopes of restoring the theatre further. Through the help of others, Labriola will be able to modernize the venue to make the Long Island Puppet Theatre experience the best it can be!
With the anticipated grand reopening of the theatre set to take place within in the next couple of weeks, the newly innovated Long Island Puppet Theatre will work hard to ensure that the art of storytelling inspires and entertains children for years to come!
CURRENT SHOWS AND EVENTS:
Hours: 10am-6pm Tuesday – Sunday. Closed Monday.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH, 2016
“TEA WITH ALICE & THE MAD HATTER”
There’s going to be a tea party! Reserve your tickets now for a very special Tea party with Alice & The Mad Hatter! A one hour special event with bagels and drinks for all, there will be a meet and greet, story time, photo opportunities, games, dancing, and more!
For a fun-filled day of kids entertainment galore with puppets, live music, and so much more- be sure to come to the Grand Re-Opening of the Long Island Puppet Theatre on Friday July 29th, 11 a.m – 3 p.m at 10 Heitz Place in Hicksville, NY 11801!
For More Information on the Long Island Puppet Theatre,
Call (516) 932-5469
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