Crankie Cabaret!

Lilypad Puppet Theatre produces an annual Crankie Cabaret in the Fall. We bring together artists, puppeteers, storytellers & musicians for this fabulous weekend variety show.

Crankie Cabaret 2022 will be on October 21- 23 2022 @ The Cherry! Details to come!

Our featured PERFORMERS for 2022 are (see ARTIST BIOS HERE):

Bob Proehl, Norm Scott, Marietta Synodis, Isaac Sharp, Marina Gershon and Lily Silly.

The Dragonriders by Bob Proehl – In a village that has raised dragons for generations, a folktale warns of the dangers the creatures represent.

Sleepwalker by izaq charp and Marina Gershon – Does the dreamer dream things into being? (See things into seeing?) Or are the dreams worlds unto themselves, criss-crossing streams with what one might slightly deem a multitude of realities? Perpendicular possibilities surreptitiously spilling into slippery-sleeping eyes? Delight or fright, do these night sights (sideways seen) seem to mean anything (anywhen) at all? Do these circuitous circadian trails lead home or away, bouncing, bouncing ball flying, laughing, falling, then alighting from dream to dream to dream?…You’ll have to see for yourself.

Stories From a Russian Colony by LilySilly Puppets – The resorts of the Borscht Belt have been abandoned for decades, but Russian families were still vacationing there in the early 90s.  Lily Gershon recalls the silliness of her childhood at a Russian bungalow colony in the Catskills. Learn what it’s like to live among the babushkas.

THIS is Ithaca – by Mareitta Synodis and Florenz Gilly. A…Crankie…about community and the people who build it.

“Untitled” by Norm Scott – TBA

See what we’ve been up to in the last few years:






What is a crankie? “A crankie is 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. It can be accompanied by a narrative, song or tune.”

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