SAMMY was born in a snail village somewhere in the mountains. He came to live with Lesley when he was 6 or 7 years old. We don't know what that means in snail years. A dog is 1 year for every 7 human years. We think Sam might be 9 years old now but we don't know for sure.
Sam has cousins Suki and Rudder, not to mention Auntie Dao, Aunt Fatima, Uncle Adibyo, Uncle Artie and his great, great Grandmother, Umai. Sam loves to travel around to schools meeting students and eating their school lunches. He likes skateboarding, bug hunting, music, art, drama and telling jokes. He also likes dodge ball, tree climbing and river rafting but not in that order. You can visit him on face book
LESLEY SMITH is a renowned ventriloquist, puppeteer and singer/songwriter employing the vehicles of humor, dynamic vocals and puppetry to entertain corporations, festivals, school children and their families across the country. As a New England Foundation for the Arts touring artist, the Theatre of Life Puppets has become a premier educational entertainment troupe.
Lesley was chosen from puppeteers across the world to attend the Eugene O'Neill Puppetry Conference in 2005 as an Emerging Artist. This is the same conference that launched Tony Award winning "Avenue Q". That same year, their website www.sammysnail.com won the 2005 NH internet awards for Best Children's Site and top honors as Best of Show out of 200 nominated sites and agencies represented in the contest. Sammy Snail's original 2005 website was designed by the creative team ofHatchling Interactive Studios.
Lesley's early career was in theater, starring in many productions at Durham Center Stage, regional theater, commercials and industrials. She toured professionally as a lead vocalist and bass player in bands of every description, genre and style and still had time to work full time as Director of Recreation Programs and Parks for the town of Newmarket NH for nine years. Lesley's passion is performing her one woman show "Just Breathe: the quest for a little piece of mind... and chocolate", performing with Sammy and singing gospel and spiritual music in churches across the U.S. Lesley resides with her husband and partner Mark Abramczyk, and they are the proud parents of three sons; Trey, Rowan and Bo.
There have been many talented individuals that have supported the work of Lesley and Sammy Snail. Here are just a few of them- Cheryl Lynne Stromski, Jimmy MacDougal, Erika Hokanson, Lara Woolfson, Jon Mercer, Ron Wyman, Jeff Landrock, Bill Humphries, Ben Fowler, Robin Fowler, Elizabeth Rose, Beth Gilmore, Jessica Carey, Debbie Roy, Kristine Malpica, Jonathon Millman, Jason Bornstein, Carrie Kaufman, Nancy Penney, Fraggle Rock puppeteer Nikki Tilroe, Pam Arciero and Sabine Rendl.
It was with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our father, Col Leslie Albert Smith and our dear friend Jim Labrie.