Hanover College will host the return of a theatrical performer Friday as part of the Community Art Series.

The Cashore Marionettes feature 27-inch creations of Joseph Cashore in a performance that is set to classical music and celebrates the richness of life, a Hanover College press release said. A performance of the marionettes was featured at Hanover College in 2003.

Cashore's performance will be "Life in Motion," where characters portray scenes from everyday life. It is set to the music of composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi and Copland. The performance features humor, pathos and poetic insight, the Cashore Marionette website said.

Cashore took interest in marionettes at the age of 10 while on vacation with his family in New Jersey. He saw a marionette hanging from the ceiling, but the saleswoman wouldn't let him take the marionette down to try to make it move.

Years later, Cashore began designing and performing with his own marionette creations. He has performed with his own marionettes for nearly three decades.

Cashore graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in fine arts, and studied portrait and figure painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He was awarded the Citation of Excellence from the Union Internationale de la Marionette-USA, the highest honor a puppeteer in the United States can receive, the website said.

The Cashore Marionette performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Fitzgibbon Recital Hall at the Lynn Center for Fine Arts. A daytime performance will be offered to Jefferson County school students, which is made possible by Arvin Sango.

Tickets for the performance Friday night cost $10 for adults in advance and $15 the day of the show. Tickets for people 65 and older, faculty and staff cost $8. Tickets for high school age children and under cost $5.

Tickets are available by contacting the Hanover College box office at 866-7110 or online at www.hanover.edu/arts/boxoffice. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The Community Arts Series is celebrating its 60th year at Hanover College. The next Community Arts Series performance will feature the Violin Virtuosi in January.