It's been a fabulous summer traveling all around sharing storytelling events hither and yon. This Thursday I will be at La Petite Academy in Exton for a private event of The Capture and Return of Bald Beatrice the Baby Mermaid, and then pretty much done for the summer.
I will be teaching at KenCrest Pottstown and working with the Phoenixville Area Senior Center here and there in the fall, plus some other creative endeavors.
But most attention will be shifting to Sew Bee Mine, making beautiful one of a kind wearable art aprons and other things with vintage and other unique fabrics.
An idea for a seventh storytelling event has been floating around in my brain for the past year or so, and maybe this year it will get done. It's so much work to make enough costumes, props etc for a show, but once they are made, they are made. And then it's just a matter of using them!
I am also completely absorbed with the planning and implementation of Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville's KidsFest which will be taking place on October 6th in Reeves Park Phoenixville.
Another public event is on July 28th at Upper Dublin Public Library and it's a Mandala Workshop for kids ages 6 thru 9. You must register for this.
Back to storytelling, I have been doing these 100% interactive events since 2003, and actually love it more than ever each year. I've done all the work writing the stories and making all the costumes, puppets, props etc. Now it's just a matter of loading it all up and driving somewhere and doing it! Occasionally a fish puppet needs a new stick, or a strap comes off a rainbow pixie cape or a piece of corn comes out of it's stalk and needs to be glued in, etc. But it is nothing compared to making it all in the first place, as in making hundreds of costumes, puppets, and props. For the most part they have all held up really well over the years. There are six different stories and some of these handmade items can be used in more than one story, such as bears in one story are ground hogs in another....... It can be challenging to keep the stories and matching puppets props and costumes straight since everything is packed into rolling suitcases.......so have to open them all up and switch things around on a regular basis. Anyway life is good, I am lucky to be doing something that is of my own making, that is enjoyable and enjoyed.
We had about 30 participants in the Workshop.....ages 5 through senior citizens.
started off learning the concept with geometric blocks
then made some mandalas with crayons and markers
Each participant created their own set of shapes
then took assorted papers and cardboard cake rounds home to make their own cut paper mandalas!
That evening, many came back plus more for a rip roaring performance of The Capture and Return of Bald Beatrice the Baby Mermaid. Afterwards swinging tail puppets were made by all. This girl made a "mer"BUNNY, the first bunny ever made in the 16 years of this show!
Her sister made a mermaid to watch over the bunny!
Next public performance is Tuesday for KidCrew at the Exton Square Mall. This is the fifth time I have been there. We will be doing Dig Plant! Water! Sunshine! Love! How Does Our Garden Grow? on Tuesday morning June 12th at 10:30. Hope to see you there! We will be near The Gap on the main level, moving from former location near Boscovs on the lower level. Here are pictures of just some of the props and costumes we will be using to tell the story. Afterwards we will be making farmer puppets.
Most of the places I go to for storytelling events are in schools, libraries, camps, daycares, etc. Malls like to offer family friendly entertainment and have been hiring me to come to their KidCrew program. These programs are free and open to the public. Today I was at the Springfield Mall in front of the fountain and we had a nice crowd of kids and their parents for Hooray 4 Bugs.
Next public performance is Tuesday. At the Exton Mall. This is the fifth time I have been there. We will be doing Dig Plant! Water! Sunshine! Love! How Does Our Garden Grow? on Tuesday morning June 12th. Hope to see you there! Here are pictures of just some of the props and costumes we will be using to tell the story.