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About the Residency

Last spring we reached out to our region's schools and preschools asking what art forms they would most like to see represented in this year's programming. Puppetry was at the top of the list.

In response to this request, we're very excited to welcome the trio of Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers, an accomplished, hilarious family team of two brothers and a sister based in Bar Harbor, Maine, as our April Artists in Residence. Puppet theater provides an excellent model for the integration of creativity and the arts with literacy learning and the development of narrative/storytelling and imagination in children.

Frogtown is offering two shows: "Everybody Loves Pirates," primarily in schools, and “Legend of the Banana Kid” for most of our community programs. Also offered: Sock puppet-making workshops for individual classrooms or family/community groups.  A study guide is available for “Everybody Loves Pirates.”

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. 

Upcoming Performances & Events


Little Chucky heads to the Wild West to outwit outlaws in this cowboy adventure!  With a fistful of bananas, Chucky rides into town on his trusty goat for a showdown with Big Bad Bart and his gang of bandits.  (No guns in the show.)

Features 20 hand-crafted glove, mouth and rod puppets, and a slew of flying twirling styrofoam bananas!Recommended for ages 4 & up, toddlers also welcome.

Monday, April 3, 6:00 p.m.
Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham NH 

Sponsored by Kiwanis, North Country Dental & Coos County Family Health
Free pizza courtesy of Gorham House of Pizza at 5:30 p.m.!
Click here  to view the Gorham Flyer 

Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 p.m.
Franconia Town Hall, 421 Main St., Franconia NH

Click here  to view the Franconia Flyer 

Friday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.
Lancaster Town Hall, 25 Main St., Lancaster

Sponsored by Santa's Village

Click here  
to view the Lancaster Flyer 

Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m.
The Tillotson Center, 14 Carriage Lane, Colebrook NH

Sponsored by LaPerle's IGA plus
Click here
to view the Colebrook Flyer 


Eight-year-old Lucy and her goofy pal Little Chucky are searching for buried treasurer, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way! The kids get some help from their new ocean-dwelling friends, including enthusiastic superhero Lobster Boy, his reluctant sidekick Crabby, and an overgrown sea monkey.  The show features 15 hand-crafted mouth and rod puppets, and an 8-foot paper-mache pirate ship.

Saturday, April 8, 6:30 p.m.
Whitney Community Center, Jackson NH

Sponsored by Friends of the Whitney Center
Click here to view the Jackson Flyer 

All shows:

Perfect for families with preschoolers, elementary students, grandparents, cousins, uncles & aunts!
Tickets at the door: $5/person, $15/family
Everyone is welcome; if you can't afford the ticket price, pay what you can or come as our guest.


Sock puppet workshops

Make your own sock puppet character!

For educators, child-care providers, librarians and families
Children 7 & up welcome
Younger children also welcome -- but must be carefully supervised by parents/adults (to avoid hot glue guns!)

Participants will be guided through a process of designing and making a puppet character of their very own. All materials are provided.

Preregistration requested as space is limited -- email us at programs@aannh.org to register and tell us which workshop you'll be attending.

Monday, April 3, 9:30 a.m.
Gorham Public LIbrary, 35 Railroad, Gorham
This workshop is presented by the library and is free! Call them at 466-2525 to register in advance.
Download the flyer here.

Wednesday, April 5, 4 p.m.
Holderness Central School, 3 School Road, Holderness.
Download the flyer here.

Thursday, April 6, 4 p.m.
Whitefield Elementary School, 34 Twin Mountain Rd., Whitefield
Download the flyer here.

Saturday, April 8, 4 p.m.
Whitney Community Center, Jackson
Download the flyer here.

Workshop fee:
$10/person, $20/family -- if you'd like to attend but can't afford the fee, pay what you can or come as our guest.


Puppets! Puppets! Puppets! Making & Using SImple Puppets to Promote Learning
For preK_grade 4 Educators, Parents, Librarians & After-School & Out-of-School Providers
Tuesday, April 11, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Pease Public Library, 1 Russell St., Plymouth

Click here to learn more and to register.


About the Artists

Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers is a puppetry troupe  based in Bar Harbor, Maine, and comprised of three sibblings: brothers Erik and Brian Torbeck ad sister Robin (Torbeck) Erlandsen. Founded in 2000, Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers have performed at festivals, schools, libraries and theatres across the United States and Canada. They write and create all the shows they perform and have received three Citations of excellence from UNIMA-USA, the highest national award in puppetry.