Megan Wells
Storyteller

Spoken Word for Inspiration Innovation and Insight

Circle of Excellence Winner

YOUR venue as well as:  

National Festivals

Regional Theaters

Chicago Symphony

 

"You ROCK!"

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Dracula photo by Suzanne Plunkett Photography

megan@meganwells.com

888.821.0456

 

PROGRAMS                                                                            


STORYTELLING SHOWS

45, 60 or 90 minutes - customized to audience age and venue

With or without costume and simple set

 

DRACULA:  adapted from the original Bram Stoker Novel. 

WINGS OF LOVE:  from the Greco-Roman myth of Psyche and Eros.

HELEN’S TROY:  the mythic/historic Trojan War.

 

MOZART’S SISTER:  Maria Anna Mozart telling her family story.

A LOVE TOO STRONG:  George Sand on Frederic Chopin

TEA WITH FLORENCE: Florence Nightingale

MARY SHELLEY:  Love and Frankenstein.

MAURA’S EYES:  an Irish girl's experience of Ellis Island.

MIEP GIES: true story of the women who hid and saved the diary of Anne Frank

MY HAMILTON:  Elizabeth Hamilton tells of her husband Alexander.

FIREBIRD!:  set in Sweden as a myth of the midnight sun.

SCHEHERAZADE:  a storyteller heals her king with stories of Arabian Nights.

THE SPECKLED BAND:  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s favorite Sherlock Holmes story as if told by Helen Stoner, the main female character.


DAISY’S GATSBY:  if Daisy Buchanan had written the tale.

SAINT AND SULTAN:  St. Francis meets the Sultan of Egypt during the fifth crusade.                 

ACCORDING TO MAGDALENE:  the journey from Thursday to Sunday.

THE RIDDLE QUEST:  the Arthurian Loathly Lady found in the Canterbury tales.

 

FOLKTALES, FAIRYTALES, MYTHS, LEGENDS

any length, any age -- customized to audience and venue

 

FAVORITES!  Interactive and freshly imagined

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK:  Jack has to save Mama's harp.

BREMEN'S BAD BAND:  In search of a BETTER band.

STONE SOUP:  Oh, that selfish town turns it around.

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS:  Goldi-finch saves the day.

THREE LITTLE PIGS ARE WE:  Count us one, two, three.

THE UGLY DUCKLING:  Mama Duck has ten eggs?

GRECO/ROMAN:

MEDUSA:  myth of Perseus and the snake headed monster.

THE FIRST WINTER:  myth of Demeter and Persephone.

KING MIDAS:  myth of an over-reaching king.

APOLLO AND PHAETON:  myth of an over-reaching son.

THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR:  myth of a warrior becoming wise.

PYGMALION:  myth of wanting - when a sculptor tempts perfection.

 

CELTIC/ARTHURIAN:

CARODOC OF THE WITHERED ARM:  how Carodoc meets a sorcerer's challenge

TIR NA NOG:  Oisin son of Finn and the Land of Youth

BOG MOON:  when the moon walked the bog.

THE STOLEN BAIRN:  three gifts to win the queen of fairies.

HUDDEN AND DUDDEN:  two brothers and one bowl of berries.

SEALSKIN SOULSKIN:  up from the water and back again.

 

ENGLISH/GERMAN/FRENCH/ITALIAN:

HANSEL and GRETEL:  what a witch must eat.

SPOONS:  a varient of Cinderella

GRIMM'S CINDERELLA:  another Cinder girl and her mother's doves

FILAGRANATA:  an italian rapunzel of pomegranates and chocolate

THE KING'S WOLF:  a variant of the werewolf tradition.

 

POLISH/RUSSIAN/TURKISH:

JAN AND THE SNAKE KING'S CROWN:  be careful what you wish for.

THE FROG PRINCESS:  three sons, three arrows, two wives and a frog.

VILA:  sitting by the river brushing her long hair.

WHY FOX HAS WHITE PAWS:  oh that scroungy, messy fox.

THE MIRROR, CARPET AND A LEMON:  when the princess shrivels from grief.

MORGIANA'S DANCE:  from Ali Baba and the forty thieves

 

SCANDINAVIAN:

FOX AND BEAR:  one up, one down, on and on.

TITTLETURE:  straw to gold and hidden names.

BILLY GOAT'S GRUFF:  trip-trap, trip-trap, trip-trap

 

MEXICAN/SOUTH AMERICAN/NATIVE AMERICAN/INUIT:

MAIZE:  "...what a wonderful smell," thought fox.

RABBIT and JAGUAR:  which is the boss?

RAVEN AND WHALE:  when the lamp goes out.

BENDING WILLOW:  when the young girl finds clean water.

BUTTERFLIES:  when Great Mystery cured tears.

SKELETON WOMAN:  puzzling the broken journey of love

FIRST FLUTE:  the gentle spirit of beauty.

STORIES FROM LITERATURE

45, 60, 90 minutes programs customized to audience age and venue

 

WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum

ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Caroll

THE CANTERVILLE GHOST by Oscar Wilde

FISHERMAN AND HIS SOUL by Oscar Wilde

DR. JEKYL and MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson

OLIVER by Charles Dickens

THE UGLY DUCKLING by Hans Christian Anderson

MR. ICE COLD by Gahan Wilson

 

RAY BRADBURY STORIES

single stories or a full program for teen and adult audiences

As Artistic Director of the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival I have been granted rights to tell his work:

DANDELION WINE: The Lonely One, Lime Vanilla Ice, Alive!, Cream Sponge Para-Lightfoot Tennis Shoes, Statues, Time Machine

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES: Mr. Dark, The Dust Witch

OTHER SHORTS:  Bless me Father, The Screaming Woman, Death and the Maiden

 

PERSONAL AND TRUE STORIES

single stories or full program customized to audience age and venue.  Samples below:

 

THOM'S DREAM:  a friend has a visionary dream.

SANCTUARY:  an elephant comes home.

MOUSELING:  a mouse in the house.

MOUNTAIN STARS:  family vacation, 1968.

CLAM CHOWDER:  a Martha's Vineyard anniversary.

M&M'S:  explaining the birds and the bees.

YOU DON'T NEED MUCH:  Papa's advice.

EAGLES:  falling in love on the wing.

STEP ON A CRACK:  you'll break your mother's back.

AN OWL WING AND AN APPLE TREE:  a long way home again.

RED BOOT:  the great Chicago snowstorm of 1967.

HELIANTHUS:  eloping to a field of sunflowers.

IN THE CAVE:  what forgiveness can do.

RABBITS AND TULIPS:  and then there was Hannah.

ANUERYSM:  what I can't get out of my head.

THE LORD'S WIFE:  oh, she, with the long, long hair.

 

GHOST and HALLOWEEN STORIES

customized to audience age and venue

 

LAVINIA NEBBS:  through the midnight ravine.

THE DERELICT:  a mysterious ship of mould.

MR. ICE COLD:  here comes the ice cream man.

MARLEY'S MURDERERS:  all night in the wax museum.

SKELETON WOMAN:  she's insatiable.

DR. JEKYL and MR. HYDE:  what lurks beneath the surface.

QUEEN MORGAUSE:  boiling the cat.

SISTER CATHERINE MARY:  what happened in the churchyard.

MONKEY'S PAW:  be careful what you wish for.

 

BIBLICAL STORIES

single stories for worship or religious education programs

ESTHER, THE SAMARITAN WOMAN, JOSEPH's NATIVITY, MARY'S JOY, THE WOMAN AT THE WELL, PRISCILLA AND THE EARLY CHURCH, PAUL'S CONVERSION, NOAH, THE LAST SUPPER, MARY MAGDALENE

 

STORY AND SONG:  WITH SONGWRITER AMY LOWE

45 to 60 minutes story programs with music

great for schools, club, libraries and historical societies

 

FIRE IN BOOMTOWN ... a story/musical about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871

Parent’s Choice Best 25 of 25 years, 2005; Parent’s Choice Gold, 1999; The Association of Educational Publishers (Ed Press) Distinguished Achievement, 1999

ALL ABOARD! ... a story/musical about the Transcontinental Railroad.

ISLAND OF HOPE ...  a story/musical about the Ellis Island experience.

 

STORY COLLABORATIONS

customized to audience and venue

 

LIME VANILLA ICE with Storyteller Jim May

ELEPHANTS with Storyteller Jim Pfitzer

SONG OF DuPAGE with the Glen Ellyn’s Children’s Chorus

BEAUTY/BEAST with Storyteller Loren Niemi

NORDIC WOLF with Chicago a cappela

 

COMPOSERS AND THEIR LOVERS ... with Pianist Chris Garofalo

60 minute programs - requires a piano at venue

HISTORICAL CHARACTERS
can include a Q&A with character
(in costume with simple set)
With or without costume and simple set

 

MOZART's SISTER:  Maria Anna Mozart tells the story of her family

ON LOVING ROBERT:  Clara Schumann confides a very difficult decision.

A LOVE TOO STRONG:  George Sand describes and defends her romance.

THE HANDS OF LISZT:  Princess Caroline was never allowed to marry her Franz.

TWO SHOTS TO THE BREAST:  Lilly Texier was so madly in love with Claude Debussy.

 

HISTORICAL CHARACTERS

In costume with simple set - can include a Q&A with character

 

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE:  Following the call to serve.

MARY SHELLEY:  Love and Frankenstein

MIEP GIES:  On finding and protecting the diary of Anne Frank

ELIZABETH HAMILTON:  My husband Alexander

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT:  On Discovering How to Be Useful

HILARY CLINTON:  Speech at the UN Women’s Conference in Beijing

JULIETTE LOW:  The formation of the Girlscouts

GEORGE SAND:  On loving Frederic Chopin.

MARIA ANNA MOZART:  Our family and my famous brother Wolfgang.

SCHEHERAZADE:  The key to healing a king.

 


Contact storyteller Megan Wells in La Grange Park, Illinois, for details regarding her past spoken word productions.