Open Hand Theater


A World of Puppets

A World of Puppets

A World of Puppets

Great Family Series the first 2 Saturdays of each month



New this fall!


Join us at 10 am for a hands on story hour suitable for children as young as 3 years - with an accompanying parent - and anyone who wants a more in-depth exploration of the upcoming performance.  

Cost is $5 per child, accompanying parent is free.



Please support this program with a donation.

A Christmas Carol - The Puppet People

Warm your hearts with this Dickens holiday favorite, beautifully performed by Mark Carrigan and Michelle Smith-Carrigan and their exquisite marionettes. Watch Mean Ol' Scrooge as he discovers Christmas is not a HUMBUG!  This puppet spectacular features beautiful handcrafted marionettes, shadow puppets, gorgeous masks, lavish costumes, vivid sets, a professional soundtrack that includes many holiday favorites, a giant 9-foot parade puppet and guaranteed smiles!

The Puppet People have been entertaining for over 20 years throughout New York State, Massachusetts and Vermont. They toured nationally and performed at Lincoln Center with the Bennington Marionettes. They have worked contractually with Capital Repertory Theatre, WXXA-FOX/ Channel 23, The Egg/ Steamer 10 theatre, Actors’ Collaborative, Inc. and Capital Region Center-Lincoln Center Institute.

Saturday, December 06, 2014, 11:00 am
At the Castle on North Salina Street
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Interactive Puppetry Workshop with Vladimir Vasyagin

"Interactive Puppetry"

Visit and learn from a master puppeteer!

Vladimir Vasyagin welcomes and leads an informal hands on workshop. Bring in your puppet, stories, questions and curiosity for consultation and an enjoyable hour of exploration.

Saturday, December 06, 2014, 1:00 pm
At the Castle on North Salina Street
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Grandfather Frost's Stories of Russia - Open Hand Theater

Grandfather Frost, Baba Yaga and her most mischievous cat, and a lost girl are the background for this wonderful winter adventure into the world of Russian folk tales. One of Open Hand Theater’s touring performances,"Grandfather Frost's Stories of Russia" presents a unique duet of music and puppetry that brings to life a whole storybook of characters, adventures and culture.

Open Hand Theater has a long-standing tradition of honoring the artistry, folk stories and puppetry traditions of cultures throughout the world through simple, styled presentations.  We are pleased to feature our international artist in residence, Russian puppeteer Vladimir Vasyagin, along with our Music and Arts Education Coordinator Leslie Archer in this lively and engaging performance. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11:00 am
At the Castle on North Salina Street
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