Long Island Puppet Theater Hosts Grand Reopening

New owner of The Long Island Puppet Theater Anthony Labriola and Nassau Executive Edward P. Mangano, center, are pictured cutting the ceremonial ribbon last Friday. They’re pictured with Nassau legislators Laura Schaefer and Rose Marie Walker; Lionel Chitty, president of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce; former Town of Oyster Bay Clerk Steve Labriola; Tori Kalberer, dressed as Elsa; Michaela Vivona, dressed as Anna; Jacklyn Stroud, dressed as Cinderella; Carol and Vin Labriola; and Ryan Garzilli. Photo/Nassau County

New owner of The Long Island Puppet Theater Anthony Labriola and Nassau Executive Edward P. Mangano, center, are pictured cutting the ceremonial ribbon last Friday. They’re pictured with Nassau legislators Laura Schaefer and Rose Marie Walker; Lionel Chitty, president of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce; former Town of Oyster Bay Clerk Steve Labriola; Tori Kalberer, dressed as Elsa; Michaela Vivona, dressed as Anna; Jacklyn Stroud, dressed as Cinderella; Carol and Vin Labriola; and Ryan Garzilli. Photo/Nassau County

Hicksville’s very own puppet theater, The Long Island Puppet Theater, which originally opened in 1998, has seen a grand modernization under new owner, Anthony Labriola, 24, a fan of the theater since he was 7 years old.

Nassau Executive Edward Mangano; county legislators Rose Marie Walker and Laura Schaefer; Lionel Chitty, president of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce; and former Town of Oyster Bay Clerk Steve Labriola joined Labriola for the grand reopening last Friday.

“I’d like to congratulate Anthony Labriola for his commitment to restoring a cherished part of our county’s culture,” Mangano said. “I wish Anthony and the rest of the staff at The Long Island Puppet Theatre best wishes and future success.”

The reopening of the theatre, which is located at 10 Heitz Place, comprised of a ceremonial ribbon cutting with Mangano and Labriola, and led into a day full of activities hosted by the puppet theatre.

Labriola plans to add a variety of attractions to the theatre this coming year, including summer camps, custom puppets, workshops, and other events.