Volney students enjoy puppet theater production with a powerful message

The Catskill Puppet Theater stopped by Volney Elementary School on Monday to present a live theatrical production to students in kindergarten through grade six.

Students at Volney Elementary School ask Catskill Puppet Theater co-founder John Potocnik questions following the performance of The Town That Fought Hate. The live and interactive production recounted the 1993 events in Billings, Montana, where residents of all faiths and races united together to take a stand against hate and discrimination.
Students at Volney Elementary School ask Catskill Puppet Theater co-founder John Potocnik questions following the performance of The Town That Fought Hate. The live and interactive production recounted the 1993 events in Billings, Montana, where residents of all faiths and races united together to take a stand against hate and discrimination.

The production, entitled The Town That Fought Hate, is based on Janice Cohn’s powerful book, The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate, that recounts the incidents of Billings, Montana, in 1993 where someone smashed a rock through the window of a Jewish family’s home.

Handcrafted, nearly life-size puppets brought to life the true story of a community that took a stand against bullies and haters that were threatening minority groups and the Jewish population.

The students learned through the production how hope, courage and unity can make a difference and how the Billings’ residents of all faiths and races united together to take a stand against hate and discrimination.