About the Residency

Acclaimed performer Bonnie Duncan has spent fifteen years blending puppetry, dance and physical theatre in surprising and delightful ways. Her shows are performed entirely without words and will surprise and delight audiences of all ages. Bonnie will present her shows Squirrel Stole My Underpants and Lollipops for Breakfast for schools and communities across northern New Hampshire April 9-14, and she will also offer workshops for students and teachers during her residency. Her fellow musicians will join her for Lollipops for Breakfast.

Please note: a guide is available in advance for those who'd like to prepare for what will happen during the show. Please contact us for a copy. 

Upcoming Performances & Events

Squirrel Stole My Underpants
In this poignantly silly adventure tale for families, Sylvie is sent to the backyard to hang up the laundry. The moment her back is turned, a mischievous squirrel steals her favorite piece of clothing and runs off. When Sylvie gives chase, an entire world emerges from her laundry basket, and curious characters show her the way through mysterious lands.

Lin-Wood Senior Center, 194 Pollard Rd., Lincoln
Monday, April 9, 11 a.m.
An intergenerational pre-lunch community performance. Donations are welcome. 

Milan Village School, 11 Bridge St., Milan
Tuesday, April 10, 6 p.m.
$5/person, $10/family
A community performance

Please help us spread the word. Download a poster here.

Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., Plymouth
Wednesday, April 11, 5 p.m.
$5/person, $10/family
An intergenerational community performance. 

Please help us spread the word. Download a poster here.

Lollipops for Breakfast: A marvelous concoction of friendship, invention, and adventure:
You can’t have lollipops for breakfast! But today, Sylvie decides she’s going to break that rule, even if it means she has to make her own amazingly perfect lollipop from scratch. Come along as she and her trusty pet bird search for missing ingredients, wrestle with giant candy machines, and get lost in a magical pop-up cookbook. Bonnie Duncan will perform with musicians and her collaborators Brendan Burns and Tony Leva. 

Horse Meadow Senior Center, 91 Horse Meadow Rd., North Haverhill
Friday, April 13, 6:30 p.m.
$5/person, $10/family
An intergenerational community performance with live musicians. 

Please help us spread the word. Download a poster here.

Medallion Opera House, 20 Park St., Gorham
Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m.
$5/person, $15/family          An intergenerational community performance with live musicians. 
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$4/person, $13/family

Please help us spread the word. Download a poster here.

The Tillotson Center, 14 Carriage Lane, Colebrook
Saturday, April 14, 2:30 p.m.
$5/person, $15/family             An intergenerational community performance with live musicians. 
Purchase tickets in advance here and save!
$4/person, $13/family

Please help us spread the word. Download a poster here.

Please note: We strive to make our programs affordable and offer reduced rates for families (see above).
All are welcome -- if you would like to come but can't afford the ticket fee, please pay what you can or come as our guest.
Tickets fees do not cover our program costs -- donations are always welcome!

Free Educator Workshop with Bonnie Duncan:

Running, Jumping, and Dancing into Curriculum: Using movement to explore and show student learning

Monday, April 9, 3:45 pm-5:15 p.m.
John Fuller School

51 Pine St.
North Conway, NH

How can you teach using your students’ entire bodies? Join Bonnie as she leads teachers through a creative movement workshop focusing on four elements of dance (body shape, space, energy, time) and collaborative choreography. She will break down the activities presented with variations and ideas of how to incorporate them into everyday classroom situations, routines and lessons across the curriculum and at all grade levels.
Particular attention will be paid to meeting the needs of all students, including those with disabilities and other learning challenges..

Professional development credit will be offered. Preregistration appreciated. Poster to share.
Register Here
For additional information, call 603-323-7302 or email us.
This workshop is provided under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

This residency is supported in part by the New England States Touring Program of the New England Foundation for the Arts,
made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England
state arts agencies, including the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Thank you to all our funders, hosts and partners,
with special thanks to Town & Country Motor Inn in Gorham and the Woodstock Inn & Brewery for providing lodging.

About the Artist

For the last 15 years, Bonnie Duncan has blended puppetry, dance, and physical theatre in surprising and delightful ways. Her work has been described as “an artful world of silent dreams, mime, and dance” (Austin Live Theatre). She has most recently been working as one half of They Gotta Be Secret Agents with Tim Gallagher. Their show, Poste Restante, continues to tour worldwide, and won “Best Touring Show of 2011,” Austin, TX; Best of the Fringe, San Francisco, 2009; and a nomination for Most Innovative Show at Prague Fringe Festival 2010. Prior to her work as a Secret Agent, Bonnie was a company member of Snappy Dance Theater for 8 years, performing sculptural, acrobatic dances nationally and internationally. Her movement was called “breathtakingly simple” and “delightfully crafty” by the Boston Globe.

Bonnie was a participant at the O'Neill National Puppetry Conference in 2008 and 2013 (working with Martin P. Robinson), an Associate Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2005 (working with Paul Zaloom), and a Resident Artist at Perishable Theater, Providence, RI, 2007-2009. Her work has been supported by the Cambridge Arts Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Puppeteers of America, Jim Henson Foundation, and LEF Foundation.

Bonnie also holds a Masters in Education from Lesley University in Creative Arts in Learning. She has been a Teaching Artist since 1999, working in urban and suburban schools, integrating drama and movement into language arts and social studies classrooms. Bonnie has led Artist-­in-­Residency programs with five to fifteen year olds, bringing books and historical moments to life and creating original student-­created productions. She also developed the curriculum and taught theatre arts at a Montessori elementary and middle school for 12 years.

When Bonnie is not performing and teaching, she is the mother of three young children, an avid runner, and vegan cupcake maker. 

About Bonnie's collaborators for Lollipops for Breakfast

Brendan Burns (music) is a guitarist & educator rooted in Somerville, MA. He released his debut album TimeStamp (recorded live at the Somerville Theatre) in 2012. Brendan is a founding member of the music & puppetry troupe: Elephant Tango Ensemble (nominated for an IRNE) and former director of the house band for Bent Wit Cabaret. Brendan holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Berklee College of Music and is the guitar department coordinator at Brookline Music School.

Tony Leva (music) Tony Leva is an educator, improvisor, collaborator and performer. He performs regularly with Bury Me Standing, Jaggery, The Michael Dobiel Quartet and the Junk Kitchen Players. Tony is currently working on his Masters of Music degree at Longy School of Music. He also teaches bass at the Rockport Community School and is an active collaborator/educator at Tunefoolery, an artist collective of musicians with psychiatric disabilities. Tony also studies the sintir (a North African bass lute) and has occasionally performed on trumpet, melodica, accordion and clown nose.

Special Thank You to our Sponsor Bank of NH

and to North Country Dental for support of community programs
in Milan, Gorham and Colebrook.