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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
  • CLARA BARTON ... the lessons of baseball
  • 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
  • HANSEL and GRETEL ... how a witch makes a witch
  • FIREBIRD!: set in Sweden as a myth of the midnight sun
  • SCHEHERAZADE: a storyteller heals her king with stories of Arabian Nights
  • THE CANTERVILLE GHOST: Oscar Wilde's famous ghost
  • SPECKLED BAND: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's favorite Sherlock Holmes story as told by Dr. Watson
  • 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
  • SAINT CLARE OF ASSISI: a vow of poverty
  • 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

GRECO/ROMAN/EGYPTIAN/SUMERIAN:

  • MEDUSA: myth of Perseus and the snake headed monster
  • THE FIRST WINTER: the 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
  • THE PATH FOR ALL PEOPLE ... may my donkey and I pass?
  • ISIS and the SECRET NAME OF RA ... how Isis became a Goddess
  • TWO BROTHERS ... an Egyptian epic of hearing the world speak
  • THE GOLDEN STATUE ... healing from the pharaoh's temple
  • INANNA: to the underworld and back again
  • GILGAMESH: the birth of friendship

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
  • THE RIDDLE QUEST: a ROUND table
  • SEALSKIN SOULSKIN: up from the water and back again

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
  • THE DRAGON OF KRAKOW: sulpher on sheep
  • THE MERMAID: by the wide river dear prince
  • 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
  • MORGANA'S DANCE: from Ali Baba and the forty thieves

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

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
  • THE FIREBIRD: how to heal a king
  • AFRICAN:

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 nine eggs?

ENGLISH/GERMAN/FRENCH/ITALIAN:

  • HANSEL and GRETEL: what a witch must eat
  • SPOONS: a variant 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

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. JEKYLL and MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • OLIVER by Charles Dickens
  • THE UGLY DUCKLING by Hans Christian Anderson
  • MR. ICE COLD by Gahan Wilson
  • DRACULA by Bram Stoker
  • THE JUMPING MOUSE by Hyemeyohsts Storm

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
  • GRANDMA FLORA'S LACE: an Irish crochet hook
  • RABBITS AND TULIPS: and then there was Hannah
  • ANEURYSM: 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
  • SAFETY PINS: my mother's laundry
  • ANTS: no more ant traps
  • MILE MARKER 331: My father's last road trip

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
  • 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
  • CLARA BARTON: the lessons of baseball
  • SAINT CLARE OF ASSISI: a vow of poverty
  • SCHEHERAZADE: The key to healing a king

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
  • MR. DARK: the illustrated carnival barker
  • DR. JEKYLL 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

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, Calling Mexico
  • SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES: Mr. Dark, The Dust Witch
  • OTHER SHORTS: Bless me Father, The Screaming Woman, Death and the Maiden

STORY AND SONG: WITH SONGWRITER AMY LOWE

45 to 60 minutes of 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.

COMPOSERS AND THEIR LOVERS ... with Pianist Chris Garofalo

60-minute programs – requires a piano at the venue With or without costume and simple set

HISTORICAL CHARACTERS
can include a Q&A with character
(in costume with the 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

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 cappella

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

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