Puppet Show Set for Saturday


The Fratello Marionettes will perform a “North Pole Review” at the Bay Farm Island Library, 3221 Mecartney Road, at 2 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 28).

The free event features several Russian Trepak Dancers, the ice skater Crystal Chandelier and a group of acrobatic penguins.

The Bay Farm branch library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 pm. Monday, from 12 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. It is closed Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The entire Alameda Free Library system will be closed on New Year’s, Wednesday, Jan. 1. All branches will close early — at 4 p.m. — on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

The Danville-based Fratello Marionettes have been performing since 1989. The troupe includes Kevin Menegus and Fred Riley III.
Menegus has studied with puppeteers Tony Urbano, Bob Baker, Randall Metz and Lewis Mahlmann.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of the Pacific and has performed on major cruise lines such as Crystal Cruises, Holland America and the Silverseas.

Riley began his career at Tears of Joy Theatre, where he studied hand puppets with Yang Feng. He went on work at Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts as a resident puppeteer.

He had the title role in Jon Ludwig’s ground-breaking show “Wrestling Macbeth” and has produced his own works. In addition, he’s worked with Ping Chong on “Kwaidan” and “Obon.”

Janet Levaux