The delightful and engaging Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers are coming to a northern New Hampshire town near you! The hilarious family team of Erik and Brian Torbeck and their sister Robin Erlandsen — based in Bar Harbor, Maine — are the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire’s April Artists in Residence, presenting a series of school- and community-based programs April 3-8 around the region, including performances in Franconia, Lancaster, and Colebrook, and a sock puppet-making workshop for all ages in Whitefield.
“Puppetry topped the list of art forms that our schools and pre-schools wanted to see in this year’s offerings, so we are especially pleased to welcome the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers, who come highly recommended by both audiences and fellow artists,” said Arts Alliance Executive Director Frumie Selchen. “Puppets are an amazing tool for learning. They are completely relatable and they allow kids to use their imaginations, develop understanding of people and complex situations — plus they are just plain fun!”
Founded in 2000, Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers have performed at festivals, schools, libraries and theatres in 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.
Performances of “Legend of the Banana Kid” will take place in several locations around the region. In the show, 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. The show features 20 hand-crafted glove, mouth, and rod puppets, and a slew of flying and twirling Styrofoam bananas. The performance will be followed by a question and answer session that…