Thanks for another wonderful marionette performance, and for making our official celebration of Bastille Day a great success. We estimate the audience at between 10,000 and 15,000 and all of them, as always, loved Leela Puppets.
— Jenneth Webster, Lincoln Center for Performing Arts | NYC

Mr. Gewant has been one of our performers in our Pageant of Puppets Exhibit. His marionette performances are based on the Indian Puppets of Rajasthan. The museum staff, the parents and children truly were thrilled by his presentation which is both educational and fun. Mr. Gewant accommodates himself to a space and is highly adaptable and flexible in his set-up. His shows are really magical and you can tell by the children’s intent expressions how much they love his puppets. We enjoyed his show so much that we invited him back for another performance. Mr. Gewant is of the highest quality as a puppeteer and we recommend him for any organization.
— Kirk Tolchin, Children's Museum of Manhattan | NYC

On behalf of Meacham Lake Campground, we would like to take say THANK YOU for bringing to us your Leela Puppet Theater. It was greatly enjoyed by all. The campground is still buzzing about it!
— Annette Robbins, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation | Duane, NY

Thank you so much for helping to make Woodside on the Move’s Especially for Kids program such a success! Children and adults alike enjoyed your puppet show immensely. We certainly hope to have you back soon, and will recommend you highly to other organizations!
— Kathy Devine, Woodside on the Move | NYC

Gary Gewant’s Leela Puppet Show was an 18-day hit at the Southern California Exposition Del Mar Fair this year. A small, pocket-sized traveling marionette show kept audiences, both young and old, intrigued and laughing. His hand-carved puppets danced, swirled, juggled, spun fire, charmed snakes and in general, delighted onlookers. Gary’s humor tapped the intellect of the adult audiences, and tickled the fantasies of the younger set. Money well spent for shopping centers, fairs, schools, parties- I highly recommend the Leela Puppets!
— Alice Landell, Southern California Exposition | Del Mar, CA

It will not be an easy task to have our future Cultural Day Events turn out as successfully as this year’s India Day! What made it so special was the opportunity of having so many beautiful, warm, giving and helpful individuals to work with. You were our inspiration.

Our many long hours of preparation were rewarded by having met you and your sharing your wealth of cultural gifts. Your puppet performances were excellent! You had so much to offer and we truly benefited fully from your talents. Thank you for all your wonderful contributions. Our children enjoyed listening to and working with you. Our teachers were inspired by you and we thank you for making this a truly special event that will stay in our memories long into the future!
— Maria Sandee, Cooperstown Central School India Day Program | Cooperstown, NY

Mr. Gewant’s puppet show was excellent, illustrating tremendous time and talent making the marionette show. All 87 children were thrilled with the music and various circus acts. It was a huge success and so fun!
— Mary T. McNaughton, Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts | Oneonta, NY

Thank you so much for your involvement in this year’s very successful Molson DRY Rhythms of India Festival! Your puppet show was a huge success and definitely an asset to the program. From all accounts the audience was very appreciative and enthusiastic about the puppets. I think having it on the lawn was the right choice and it really helped to round out the program and animate the area. Thank you once again for contributing to the overwhelming success of Rhythms of India!
— Zoe Dille, Harbour Front Centre | Toronto, Canada

Just a line to say thank you very much for participating in our Game for a Laugh filming. We were all delighted with it!
— Michael Longmire, London Weekend Television

Words alone cannot begin to describe this brilliant performance. It was definitely a ‘touch of class.’ The puppets had class and so did the performer! The performance that Gary and his puppets gave helped establish his act as one of the Day Hospital’s favorites. Our audience cheered, laughed, and even joined the act.

Mr. Gewant is a very talented puppeteer who was able to put so much into his act that he made it as much fun as any puppet show should be. The patients even remembered the last performance he gave and welcomed his act again before the start of the show! Once again, the performance was indeed one which everyone will remember.
— Allison Skeete, South Beach Psychiatric Center | NYC

Thank you for your wonderful participation in Mayor Dinkin’s Children’s Day at Gracie Mansion. I had wonderful reports on all of our performers. The kids absolutely loved the puppets!
— Ellyn Stein, Public Relations, Creative Faires | NYC

On behalf of the Long Island Leadership Council of Save the Children we would like to extend our sincere appreciation for the wonderful job you and your son provided for the 13th Annual Chukkars for Children event. The puppet show helped to make the children’s tent an overwhelming success.

As a not for profit organization working with a volunteer staff we truly appreciate professional companies such as yours. It makes our job that much easier. Again, many, many thanks!
— Jane Greenleaf, Teri Muran & Pamela Tamaddon, Save the Children | NY

Thank you very much for the wonderful puppet performance presented at the Stone Ridge Library. The delight in the faces of out little patrons, as well as our grown-up patrons was hard to miss. Although you weren’t able to see the smiles, I’m sure you heard the laughter. Thank you!
— Barb L., Stone Ridge Library | Stone Ridge, NY

Thanks for your lively and exciting participation in helping us bring life, sound and color to this year’s fair. We couldn’t have done it without you!
— Phyllis Loscalzo, Staten Island Children's Museum | NYC

Words cannot express my gratitude or the awe I experienced watching you perform on Saturday. The marionette show was tremendous. You are a very talented and altruistic puppeteer!
— Elsie H. Ellis, YWCA of Ulster County | Kingston, NY

Gary Gewant and his Leela Puppet Theater have performed in the French Market on a regular basis. The response was excellent, from both children and adults. I enjoyed working with him. French Market staff, merchants, and other performers appreciated his professional attitude. The puppet theater was a great asset to the Market.
— Carol Wells, The French Market | New Orleans, LA

I’ve just finished the final report for India Odyssey and by all accounts the festival was a tremendous success. Over 1500 people attend the events from the opening dance lecture at Hobe Sound to the closing concert in the Armstrong Wing. We accomplished our goal of bringing a new and diverse audience into the library while giving the community a taste of a fabulous culture.

I wanted to thank you for presenting your wonderful marionettes. Everyone agreed Tarot’s Street Show was amazing. And many in the audience were reminded of puppet shows they attended when they were young. We greatly appreciate the efforts made to travel with your marionette show and I also want to thank your son for his helping hand.
— Phil Kavanaugh, Martin County Library System | Stuart, FL

Thank you to the Gewant Family! Your performance was fantastic. You were such an important part of our program. Your talents, professionalism, and incredible marionette program will remain in our memories for a long time.
— Maria M. Hallahan, Cooperstown Central School India Day Program | Cooperstown, NY

On behalf of the Nassau County Department of Recreation and Parks, I would like to express our thanks and appreciation for providing us with a superb summer performance. Your presentation of The Tarot Street Show was extremely well received by all the Nassau County community agencies we served. We hope we will be able to utilize your wonderful talents and work with you and The Leela Puppet Theatre again in the future!
— Audrey Kelly, Nassau County Department of Recreation and Parks | NYC

Thank you so much for your extraordinary effort on behalf of the Coca-Cola Centennial. We have heard nothing but delighted comments from our clients, and much of that praise is due to your fine performance.

An event of this size relies on the professionalism and creativity of all involved. Many possible obstacles were avoided because of your total cooperation, your flexibility, and your enthusiasm.

We are pleased to have been able to involve The Leela Puppet Theatre as an integral part of the historic celebration and we look forward to working with you again.
— Karin Bacon, Coca-Cola Centennial | NYC

Many, many thanks for the great performance here at the 86 Faire. Our audience, both adult and child were totally enthralled with your puppet shows.
— Barbara Kester Lacek, Mount Hope Estate & Winery | Cornwall, PA