Thanks for your interest in the art of storytelling!

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.  

 

After performing for many years, I know a good thing when I see it, and the Squirrely Shirley show is a good thing – the real deal. I’ve been upstaged by puppets before, but this is different and more exciting. I’m jazzed!

We added a Squirrely Shirley “journal” to the Story Works Group website during the 2010 tour, and took photos of the libraries where the show was booked. If you would like to visit Shirley’s trip journal to see some journal entries and site photos, just follow this link: https://storyworksgroup.com/shirleys_den/index.html

My enthusiasm about the Squirrely Shirley show has stayed with me since then. With the 2010 pool and water safety program “in the can” and ready to go whenever someone wants to book it, I started to research childhood obesity, diabetes awareness and healthy choices. In 2011, when the Taking Control of Your Diabetes” conference came to Tucson, I spent the day learning about how diabetes is managed and how important it is for a diabetic to exercise regularly and eat well. 
   

Our “Squirrely Shirley Meets Fry-Fry” show about healthy choices is now ready to go. I have written a complete proposal identifying high-profile promotional opportunities, branding possibilities for project sponsors, and a program delivery method to get important information into the hands of our audiences. For this performance to have the most impact, it should be provided without cost to libraries, schools, hospitals and community centers all around the country – this is where the project sponsor (or sponsors) comes in.

I’ve developed a plan to bring together a family health organization or diabetes prevention group; a business sponsor (or sponsors), a design firm; and (of course) Story Works Group (the Squirrely Shirley team of two – the storyteller and the puppeteer).  

The show is currently being presented to audiences in Southern Arizona. We now need to identify some good folks willing to do something a bit different from the ordinary – a sponsor or sponsors with a sense of adventure and a willingness to have a little squirrel puppet promote their product(s) as she helps reinforce the need for children and families to make healthy choices for a lifetime of good health.

If you would like to see the two page executive summary of the “Squirrely Shirley Meets Fry-Fry” proposal, just let me know. (To get your copy of the summary, simply click on the word “comments” located in the red bar at the end of this blog entry and write “executive summary” in the comment box when it appears. I will email the PDF to you as soon as I receive your message.)