Great Things People are Saying
Article from Antioch Elementary
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When Lona Bartlett visits, it's as though we're transported to a magical place. Time stops and students forget that they are learning. Her lessons are engaging, inspiring, memorable, and fun. Our students and staff always look forward to seeing Mrs. Bartlett. Lona Bartlett has that special something that all artists share. She is truly amazing!
Deborah Hastings, Rankin Elementary teacher
Billy Graham Evanglistic Association
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"Her voice and face come alive when she begins to tell a story. Using imagination and creativity, she weaves words into stories that teach and entertain."
Kim Becknell Williams, Charlotte Observer
"Lona Bartlett is funny, very expressive, and she really connects with her audience. She's a real pleasure to listen to. And wait until you hear her Moose Call!"
Willy Claflin and Friend (Maynard?)
San Francisco, CA
"A strong teller, despite her family."
Andy Offutt Irwin
“Lona Bartlett is the best story teller for vivid descriptions and creativity that will keep any audience interested and attentive! She has the talent to make literature of any type dynamic! The delivery of her stories and characters are amazing due to their inspirational and informative attributes!
The American Literary Society is glad to support her efforts to promote reading and writing through the oration of literature.”
Dr. Perry Spann, Founder and President
The American Literary Society for Higher Education (TALSHE)
“Thank you so much for your gift of storytelling. You are so good at what you do! You kept our attention throughout. Good times we had! Thank you again!”
Vaughn S. Kelly
“It is my pleasure to recommend Lona Bartlett and “The Best of Friends Puppet and Storytelling” puppet performance. I have had the pleasure of viewing her performance as a participant and observer. Her performance is understandable, engaging, and educates students in a non-traditional manner. Students observers thoroughly enjoyed the performance and learned the material presented. I found Mrs. Bartlett to be student friendly, compassionate, talented, and her love for her craft is evident. I enthusiastically recommend Mrs. Bartlett and her performance as a learning and motivational tool for students.”
Dr. James A. White
GoldHillMiddle School, Fort Mill, SC
“We love Lona at Imaginon! She helped us to bring the alphabet alive with her puppet construction workshop.”
Beth Murrah, Education Coordinator
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
“Lona's puppet show for my twins first birthday was wonderful! We had children at the party ranging from 1 year to 8 years old and they all thoroughly enjoyed it and were completely captivated for the 30 minute show. I think the adults enjoyed it just as much as the kids! Thanks for making their first birthday such a special one.”
" We at Adventist Christian Academy want to thank the Best of Friends Puppet and Storytelling for such a marvelous performance for our students. All the students, from the pre-kindergartners to the tenth graders, were mesmerized by the David And Goliath story, Harriette and the 23rd Psalm, and the skits on obedience and greed. Many people were sure that there were several people behind the curtain, and they were so surprised to find one very talented lady doing it all. Your background in teaching and storytelling shines, and we appreciate the excellence of the program you brought us."
Chester Caswell, Principal
Adventist Christian Academy
"Best of Friends Puppets-Lona Bartlett was a delight to have at the Matthews Alive! Festival. Lona has a great sense for the crowd she is entertaining for. Her walk around stage was a HUGE hit for all ages! We hope she can come back."
Geralynn Trellue, Director Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation & Cultureal Resources Department
"Lona inspires our students to reach above and beyond their potential. We love when she comes to our school."
Connie Foster, Talent Development Teacher,
Idlewild Elementary School
"Lona's Puppetry class is our most popular elective choice. don't miss the fantastic opportunity to work with this creative artist."
Gloria Jones, Magnet Coordinator, Idlewild School
Idlewild Elementary School, Charlotte, NC
"Best of Friends incorporates imagination with realism to deliver charming and captivating stories for all ages."
Brenda Holmes, President Carolina Gold Executive Suites
"Lona made a great contribution to our Character Cubs video project. She created characters that went far beyond the script she was given and made sure the original goal of the show was enhanced. I would highly recommend her."
Brian Scott, President Image Design Video Productions
"Lona Bartlett, storyteller and puppeteer, combines talent, enthusiasm, and dedication to bring her audiences a wonderful listening experience. Her energetic performances entrance students and delight adults as well. The North Carolina Storytelling Guild is proud to have her as a member. "
Trish Dumser, Past President, NCSG
(North Carolina Storytelling Guild)
"Her puppets seemed to be actually talking to me, they looked so real. I've not seen puppets done so naturally."
Linda Longbook, Homeschool Mom
"Wonderfully delightful and entertaining puppet performances for my daughters' birthday parties. My 3 year old, Katie, and her friends were simply captivated by the show. Katie was given a special puppet princess performance for her party. My 6 year old, Caroline, was thrilled by the chance to put on a puppet show with her guests, for the parents. Lona's puppets and storytelling created some wonderful memories of their birthdays."