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Help Us Start a Regular Puppet Show Series in Ithaca

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Donation Total: $15.00

Our Story:

We started Lilypad Puppet Theatre after many years of working with puppet arts, exploring hand puppets, marionettes, shadow puppets, crankies and giant parade puppets. Puppetry is incredibly diverse and can be an access point into so many creative elements.

We want to build the puppet community and expose more people to the amazing variety of puppet arts. To do this, we will be starting a regular monthly series at the Cherry Artspace. Every month, starting Sept, we will highlight a different style of puppetry, collaborating with new artists and performers throughout the year. To see what we’ve got planned so far, check out the series page.

This series will be for families, but we also produce events for adults, such as the Crankie Cabaret! This variety show features different stories, musical acts and visual artists through the format of the crankie – an old storytelling art form. It’s a long illustrated scroll that is wound onto two spools. The spools are loaded into a box which has a viewing screen.  The scroll is hand-cranked while the story is told. We had a fabulous time in Nov 2017, working with 10 local performers and can’t wait till 2018! Plans are already underway for Nov 8 -11.

What will this funding support?

Most of the funds raised here will go toward paying performers and artists for putting on shows as part of the Lilypad Puppet Series and the Crankie Cabaret. Some of the funds will also be used to supply free tickets to shows for low-income folks.

Rewards for Donating!

Every little bit counts – everyone who donates will be acknowledged on our website! Thank you!


$15 – Choose from a cool Puppet Pin or Sticker!


$25 – Choose from a variety of sweet bow ties – Lilypad Puppets love our bow ties, join the club!


$50 – You will be acknowledged as a Sponsor in our program, and get your cool sticker/pin, and a bow tie! Woo hoo!


$100 – We will make you a customized Thank You video. With puppets! Just for you! You’ll also be acknowledged as a Sponsor in our program and on our website.


$250 – 2019 Set of Puppet Postcards & a customized Thank You Video just for you! You’ll also be acknowledged as a Sponsor in our program and on our website.


$500 – The first 5 supporters who donate this much will be offered a custom hand puppet made by LilySilly. You tell us your idea and Lily will do her best to create your dream! You’ll also be acknowledged as a Sponsor in our program and on our website. 


$1000 – We will come to you and perform our puppet show or set up our puppet-making workshop (within 50 miles of Freeville, NY). We will bring our stage, our sound equipment and the puppet fun to you! Great for Birthdays! This show is 30 – 40 minutes, with live music by Matthew Ocone, and at the end we turn the stage around and let everyone see how the magic is made. The workshop includes all the materials for each participant to make and take home an original puppet. This takes about 45 minutes and requires somewhere for us to plug into power. To see more details check out LilySilly’s site. You’ll also be acknowledged as a Sponsor in our program and on our website.



If you do not want to be thanked publicly on our website or program please send us a message and let us know!

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