What's New? Fall 2005
I hadn't been to the National Festival in about 15 years - it was exciting to be there to introduce and promote Telling Stories to Children! For more information or to order copies, go to www.storynet.org/Marketplace/Sale/childrenstories.htm
Martha Hamilton of Beauty and the Beast Storytellers contacted me recently about using one of my stories, "The Graveyard Voice," in a book she is writing with partner Mitch Weiss. "We are working on a new project, this one for August House. It is a book of funny, scary stories that we have retold for kids to tell. We probably have enough stories already but we just thought of "The Graveyard Voice" and realized how great it would be to include it in the collection." Of course I said an enthusiastic yes. The collection should be out for Halloween 2006.
After-School Storytelling Club
The other production (yes, it's a little nuts doing two at a time) is through the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest in Framingham, MA. This is the second annual Holiday Revelry show, loosely based on the Christmas Revels of Cambridge (which I was in, once upon a time). Holiday Revelry is a multicultural collection of songs, dances, poems, and stories, a lovely celebration of winter with lots of audience participation, featuring young people ages 8-15. Performances are Dec. 9 and 10 at 7pm and Dec. 11 at 2pm. For more information or tickets, visit www.pacmetrowest.org (upcoming shows).
I'm still teaching drama to middle-schoolers part time in Franklin, MA, at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School (say that 5 times fast!) We'll be doing a student version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I in March.
And lastly, I took a wonderful course
this summer through Music Theatre International and Broadway.com, the
latter an organization which brings school tours to NY shows and arranges
workshops and seminars with actors, producers, choreographers, etc. Imagine
150 drama teachers let loose in Times Square for three days, seeing Spamalot,
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and All Shook Up, having talk-backs with actors
like John Lithgow and David Hyde Peirce and writers like Joe DiPietro
(I Love You, You're Perfect...), and sharing ideas on everything from
auditions to royalties to how to deal with domineering parents. It was