Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined by Legislators Rose Marie Walker and Laura Schaefer, President of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce Lionel Chitty and former Town of Oyster Bay Clerk Steve Labriola, on Friday, July 29th to celebrate the Grand Reopening of the Long Island Puppet Theater in Hicksville. The Long Island Puppet Theater originally opened in 1998, and new owner Anthony Labriola plans to modernize and update the theater he loved as a child.
“I’d like to congratulate Anthony Labriola for his commitment to restoring a cherished part of our County’s culture,” said County Executive Mangano. “I wish Anthony and the rest of the staff at The Long Island Puppet Theatre best wishes and future success.”
Along with the ceremonial ribbon-cutting with Mangano, the grand reopening event included a full day of activities, including: a magician; and aerialist; princesses; a clown; raffles; children’s’ musicians; a Chinese Auction; and more.
Under Labriola’s ownership, the Long Island Puppet Theater will be home to a variety of attractions, including: puppet shows; parties for special occasions; a summer camp; a website where custom puppets can be created; puppetry workshops, and more.
Pictured along with County Executive Mangano are: County Legislator Rose Marie Walker; County Legislator Laura Schaefer; Hicksville Chamber of Commerce President Lionel Chitty; former Town of Oyster Bay Clerk Steve Labriola; new owner Anthony Labriola; Tori Kalberer as Elsa; Michaela Vivona as Anna; Jacklyn Stroud as Cinderella; Carol & Vin Labriola; and Ryan Garzilli