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As a performer I have reinvented myself several times (Whispers the Clown, Magician, Puppeteer, Mother Goose, Granny Magic and Storyteller Glenda Bonin). These new directions have taken place in response to a need to pivot and redirect my talent, energy, and interests to reach new audiences and grow. I am currently developing a new body of work relating to the Westward Movement and Arizona History. This is not to say that I am no longer available to the audiences I have served in the past. This is simply a new direction and focus of my energy as I continue to grow as a performer and storyteller.  

 

Whenever I can, I like to add a simple magic trick to my shows, so when I wrote the 2010 program, I considered Soft Soap, a trick that involves magically cleaning three small silks. Since I had used this trick during my clowning days, I knew it was a crowd pleaser. I wrote dialogue for […]

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When the 2010 “Squirrely Shirley Makes Waves” tour returned to Tucson that fall, I couldn’t stop thinking about how much fun the show had been. This program proved to be a great way to entertain and reinforce important pool and water safety rules for children. Getting the kids involved by giving water safety advice to Squirrely […]

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Welcome! This is my first blog entry, and I appreciate you taking the time to read what I have to say. I am looking forward to blogging about subjects I do not cover in the educational newsletter I publish six times a year for teachers, librarians, parents and storytellers. As I blog, I will reflect […]

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IN THIS ISSUE: Story Summary: Scrambled Eggs How to Find the Story's Voice "Squirrely Shirley Meets Fry-Fry"  Useful Links Story to Tell: "Scrambled Eggs" This issue focuses on story editing and the process of developing a personal voice for a selected tale. To do this, it helps to distill the story to its essence - [...] by No Comment Read More