All of the events are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events and tellers, visit the Kansas City Storytelling website at http://kcstorytelling.org.
More than 50 events throughout the metro area will entertain a variety of different audiences, including senior citizens, school children and families. The flagship event, the 2012 Storytelling Spectacular, will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch. This year’s event features five world-renowned storytellers, all of whom bring their unique cultural experiences:
Describing herself as having survived the Baby Boom with her sense of humor intact, Megan Hicks makes characters come alive to all ages. A native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Megan is a founding member of the Virginia Storytelling Alliance and has been honored with the National Storyteller of the Year Award and named a finalist at the Audie Awards for audible books. When she isn’t telling stories around the world, Megan makes “trash art” out of found materials and enjoys the “smart, quiet, and elegant” art of origami.
After meeting in an Arizona tourist town more than two decades ago, Mike and Nancee Micham have been performing together for the last 20 years. The couple has developed their musical talent and love of entertaining through stints at Silver Dollar City, the McHaffie Homestead and their own Front Door Farm Market. The Michams, who raise livestock and vegetables on their Taneyville, Mo., farm, bring their stories to life through silly songs and superb character acting.
One of the unique performers on the national storytelling circuit today, southern California storyteller Angela Lloyd was featured at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee in 1997 and 2003, and regularly appears at regional festivals and theatres across the country. A virtuosa on Washboard, Angela’s performances are a whimsical braid of poetry, story and song played on Autoharp, Tenor Guitar, Spoon and Bell. Her repertoire includes stories and songs based on world folktales, personal anecdotes, and well-known poets such as E.E. Cummings, A.A. Milne and Pablo Neruda.
Michael D. McCarty is a multicultural storyteller of African, African-American and international folktales, historical tales, stories of science, spiritual stories, and stories of the brilliant and absolutely stupid things he has done in his life. His stories inform, educate, inspire and amuse, and his storytelling style is energetic and enthusiastic. McCarty, a native of Los Angeles, has been a professional storyteller since 1992, when he found his calling with his motto “Have mouth, will run it!”
For teller information and schedule updates, visit the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration website or check us out at facebook.com/kcstorytelling.