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.
MOUSE TALE: 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.
LYFT: a long ride home.
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.
HOMECOMING: ninjas and neighborhood cops.
RUBY SLIPPERS: healing as close as magic shoes.
FIRST CHRISTMAS: magic makers.
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.
THE BOY WHO DREW CATS: ink and brush and love.
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.
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
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.
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
JULIETTE LOW: The formation of the Girlscouts
GEORGE SAND: On loving Frederic Chopin.
MARIA ANNA MOZART: Our family and my famous brother Wolfgang.
LILY TEXIER: My lost lover Debussy.
SCHEHERAZADE: The key to healing a king.