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! (102 Cherry St, Ithaca) Saturday show at 7:30pm, Sunday 3pm. Doors open half hour before the show!


  • ***Buy your ticket as a Supporter for $25 and get a chance to win a free one night stay at the fabulous Argos Inn.  Argos Inn is a beautifully restored, LEED certified, historic mansion in downtown Ithaca.  It houses thirteen boutique hotel rooms and two unique craft cocktails bars.  (Note: The one night stay is for Sunday – Thursday nights only.) Valued at $200+ The Argos inn offers a touch of the exotic, that magical feeling of being in a far off place with all the comforts of home. ***
  • UPDATE: Saturday only a few tickets left!

“A delightful, interesting, entertaining and life affirming performance. Loved every minute of it.” – Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy on the Crankie Cabaret.

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.

Tales 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 Marietta Synodis and Florenz Gilly. Meet the barista who serves you coffee, your mail lady, the host of your favorite folk radio show, even the mayor in this walk about town. Real interviews with the real people of Ithaca. THIS is Ithaca — a crankie experience.

Above All Else, Swim (a Hero’s Journey)Norm Scott

An autobiographical tale of infertility, obstacles, unexpected surprises, and things that can happen when the stars align.

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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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