Now in its 20th year, the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration — presented by Metropolitan Community College and community partners — has shared the art of storytelling throughout the metropolitan area. The event has grown from a small group of local tellers to a citywide event reaching nearly 300,000 area children and adults to date.
This year’s Storytelling Celebration runs Nov. 12–16 and features 40 local, regional and nationally acclaimed storytellers. Events are free and open to the public.
The performances include:
+ A workshop on “understanding and applying the five critical organizational stories” led by Laura Packer: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m.–noon, MCC-Penn Valley Education Center
+ “Belonging in the USA: The Story of Michael D. McCarty”: Thursday, Nov. 14 (two performances): 11 a.m.–1 p.m., MCC- Penn Valley Little Theater (Science & Technology Building 101), and 7-9 p.m., Waldo Library, 201 E. 75th St.
+ The Storytelling Celebration Concert, Scary and Not So Scary Tales, with featured storytellers Michael D. McCarty, Laura Packer, Dovie Thomason and Andy Offutt Irwin, and musical performance by Mike & Nancee Micham: Friday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Plaza Library, 4801 Main St. (recommended for ages 8 and up)
+ The 20th Annual Storytelling Celebration: Storytelling Spectacular, the concluding event: Saturday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Plaza Library, 4801 Main St. This program will feature a lineup of lively stories, anecdotes, myths, legends and lessons by the featured storytellers and music by Mike and Nancee Micham.
Visit kcstorytelling.mcckc.edu/ for a full list of events.