Press Kit | Cynthia Bardes | Pansy the Poodle

Press and Media Clippings

Plush Pansy and Pansy in Venice Makes Bergdorf Goodman Luxe Holiday Magazine Debut  | November 9, 2015

Poodleful: Riverside’s season opener; folk art at museum | Vero Beach 32963  | October 22, 2015

Poodleful Highlights  |  October 27, 2015

Poodleful Review  |  October 11, 2015

Poodleful Testimonials  |  October 9, 2015

Behind The Curtain: Poodleful the Musical Clips  |  September 24, 2015

Riverside Theatricals debuts with “Poodleful!” | Brevard Culture  |  September 15, 2015

Author Cynthia Bardes Featured on Rhett Palmer Radio Show  |  September 11, 2015

Pansy the Poodle Stage Debut in Poodleful | Inside Vero  |  September 1, 2015

Riverside Theatricals promises fun productions | Press Journal  |  August 28, 2015

Pansy the Poodle at Riverside’s Back to School Party | August 22, 2015

Poodleful! Heads Riverside Theatre’s Lineup of Original Children’s Plays | Vero Beach 32963  |  August 21, 2015

Pansy In Venice A Hit At Author’s Night, Children’s Fair | East Hampton Library Benefit 2015  |  August 15, 2015

Director DJ Salisbury Praised: West Side Story Review | Wall Street Journal | February 9, 2015

Bardes’ Pansy, Based On The Peninsula Beverly Hills, Set To Become A Musical Next September | Beverly Hills Courier  |  December 23, 2014

Riverside Theatre moves to new level with original works | Vero Beach 32963  |  November 20, 2014

Children’s Author Turns To Adult Literacy | Vero Beach 32963  |  March 14, 2014

Join Pansy the dog in solving the mystery of the missing paintings in Paris!  |  March 14, 2014

Persistance Pays off for ‘Pansy at the Palace’ | Vero Beach 32963 | January 14, 2014

The Many Lives of Cynthia Bardes | Vero Beach Magazine | January 11, 2014

 Beverly Hills Courier | November 2012 | BHC article

 Society News Los Angeles | November 2012 | SNLA article

Vero Beach 32963 | April 2012 | VB 32963 article

Book Series

Pansy At the Palace

A Beverly Hills Mystery.

Pansy’s life blossoms when she is adopted from an animal shelter by a loving family and little girl named Avery. Swept into her new life at the Palace Hotel in Beverly Hills, this smart and courageous puppy saves the day by solving a mysterious theft. Pansy at the Palace celebrates the spirit of curiousity and exploration, and teaches us that no one is too small to make a difference in the lives of many!

Move over Nancy Drew! This pint-sized poodle, Pansy, is one heck of a canine detective!

Leslie McGuirk, world-renowned children's book author


Pansy In Paris

A Mystery at the Museum.

Pansy and Avery are off on a new adventure. They travel to Paris to solve a new mystery: who is stealing paintings from the museum? With only one clue and their boundless curiosity, the two follow the trail, foil the thieves, and recover the missing artwork – having great fun as they explore a beautiful city and enjoy its treasures. Pansy in Paris teaches the satisfaction of a job well done, and the special pleasures of friendship and helping others.

You are never too young to enjoy a mystery with charm, excitement and a heroine you love. Add in a trip to Paris and you have a winner.

Anne Perry, NYT bestselling mystery author


Pansy In Venice

Mystery of the Missing Parrot.

In the third and most exotic Pansy tale, the little chocolate poodle and Avery are summoned to Venice, Italy, to help find a very important parrot. The beautiful bird, Penelope, is the cherished companion of the finest glass-blower in the city--and if he doesn't get her back, he may never make another work of art. Traveling by speedboat, gondola and their own six feet, Pansy and Avery follow a mysterious trail or ruby-tipped feathers all the way to a fancy costume ball. They solve the mystery and learn that loneliness can make people do naughty things, but that friends brong out the best in all of us.

I was completely charmed by Pansy at the Palace and Pansy in Paris and am delighted by Pansy's latest adventure, Pansy in Venice. Like the Eloise books, these are classics - wonderful books that no child will ever forget.

Francine Pascal, author of Sweet Valley High


This story of hope, perseverance and the power of friendship was crafted to delight and encourage, but was borne of rather devastating misfortune.

While crossing a street in Beverly Hills, author Cynthia Bardes was struck by a car, requiring surgery and a lengthy recuperation. While bedridden at the hotel, Cynthia drew family closer and passed time by creating vivid and enchanting stories for her granddaughter, Avery, during her frequent visits. Her tale-weaving inspiration was drawn from the family's beloved chocolate poodle, Pansy - named as such for her sweet flower-like face - after seeing the joy the curious little pup brought to the hotel guests and staff, making for a perfect setting and story.

Pansy the Poodle Series was created to show that anyone can make a difference, no matter how small and has grown into a cherished series for children and adults alike. With three books in on shelves and a musical ready to hit the stage, Pansy has left her paw print on all of our hearts... The moral of the series is that one should never give up and always keep reaching!

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Cynthia is a former dress designer and interior decorator. When not in Los Angeles, she and her husband, David, reside in Vero Beach, Florida with their darling Pansy.

The Pansy the Poodle series is iIlustrated by Virginia Best, an artist whose paintings and photographs have been exhibited nationally. She lives with her husband and two poodles in Vero Beach, Florida.

Poodleful! the Musical

Enjoy the classic rags to riches story of Pansy the Poodle and her sleuthing from the front row! Featuring upbeat songs and vibrant fun, your favorite chocolate puppy brings her lessons and enthusiasm to the theatre. Follow Pansy from her humble, tough beginnings on the streets; experience her joy at finding her forever home; get excited to solve mysteries with Pansy and her best friend, Avery.

Coming to the stage in the fall of 2015, “Poodleful!” the Musical will grace Riverside Theatre, staged by Riverside Theatrical Poodleful marks Riverside Theatricals' first original script to score tour, helmed by resident musical director, Ken Clifton. Clifton has conducted musicals up and down the East Coast and Disney uses his writing in Orlando and Tokyo.

Based on the book series and featuring 10 original songs (sample below!), Poodleful is a delightful new musical for the entire family.


It's Fabulous At The Palace Splish Splash Poodleful Pansy

Poodleful! the Musical Video Highlights Poodleful! Dress Rehearsal Poodleful! Backstage Pass: Meet the Cast