October 6, 1988 |
Telling tales in the dark, with illustrations glowing behind him, Ray Gray entertained about 50 children and their volunteer "buddies" at the Germantown Academy Arts Center Saturday morning. The children were treated to the Germantown Academy football game, a barbecue and other games with their new friends. Future "Saturday Mornings at G.A.," which are open to the public, will feature dance, theater and music.
January 9, 1997 |
Conestoga High School in the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District recently welcomed storyteller Ed Stivender, who spoke to theater students. Focusing on the Renaissance, he taught the students Morris dancing and storytelling techniques of the period. SUMMER PROGRAM Episcopal Academy has announced a summer program for students in grades six through 12 to be held at the school's Merion campus, 376 N. Latches Lane. Courses planned include reading comprehension, writing, study skills, algebra, pre-calculus, history, physical science and foreign language.
January 11, 1991 |
Youngsters can escape the cold weather this weekend and retreat into the warm world of children's theater. On Sunday, the Kaiserman Branch of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia begins its series of Peanut Butter and Jelly Sundays with a performance by storyteller Sandy Lewis. The musician and schoolteacher will tell stories incorporating music from the guitar, tin whistle, jaw harp and other instruments, and with juggling and audience participation. The afternoon also includes a pre-theater lunch of either peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or bagels and cream cheese, plus chips and juice.
December 24, 1992 |
During the Kwanzaa season, storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston tells her audiences about the adventures of a little girl named Nia. The story has special significance because Nia is not only a girl's name. It is a Swahili word that means purpose, and it is also the name of the fifth day of Kwanzaa, the non-religious celebration observed by many African Americans annually between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1. Alston will bring the tales of Nia, and other African and African American songs and folktales, to a Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday at the George Washington Carver Community Center in Norristown.
April 17, 1992 |
The rustic, cabin-room set on the Steinbright Stage at People's Light and Theatre Company is appropriate to some of the material in On the Way Home, but more indicative of the entertainment at hand is the rack of musical instruments on a side wall. It contains two guitars and six banjos, the tools of Stephen Wade, storyteller and banjo player extraordinaire. Not that many of those who will see this show don't already know what to expect. Last year, Wade played to 11 weeks of largely sold-out houses in the Malvern theater, so it is reasonable to expect that many of those who come this second time around will have seen him on his first visit.
September 4, 1988 |
When storyteller Sandy Taylor talks, she has trouble staying in one place. "You want to see what I'm talking about?" she asks as she describes a Native American artwork that hangs in the hall of her Villanova home. She jumps up to turn on a light and points to the painting. "You want to taste some?" she asks as she describes smoked venison jerky. She sits down in disappointment when her offer is declined. "Here, you can read it," she says as she hands over the script of her play, The Magical Deer, which was to be performed twice yesterday at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia.
September 1, 1988 |
When storyteller Sandy Taylor talks, she has trouble staying in one place. "You want to see what I'm talking about?" she asks as she describes a Native American artwork that hangs in the hall of her Villanova home. She jumps up to turn on a light and points to the painting. "You want to taste some?" she asks as she describes smoked venison jerky. She sits down in disappointment when her offer is declined. "Here, you can read it," she says as she hands over the script of her play, The Magical Deer, which will be performed twice Saturday at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia.
January 20, 1991 |
Irwin W. Solomon, 80, a former advertising executive, writer and raconteur, died of a heart attack Thursday in his Center City home. "He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a great storyteller," recalled his daughter Nora. "He was extremely funny. " Mr. Solomon wrote columns, theater reviews and fiction and humor articles for local and national publications, including the Saturday Review and Seventeen magazine. Under the pen name S. S. Irving, he reviewed plays for the Jewish Exponent.
November 19, 1987 |
Manischewitz had the troubles of a latter-day Job. When his tailor shop burned down, two slightly injured customers got all the insurance money. His son died, and his daughter ran off with a bum. Hardening of the arteries forced his wife into her bed, and Manischewitz himself suffered constant back pain. The audience of about 20 people listened intently as Milt Cohen, 49, perhaps the city's only professional - part time - Jewish storyteller, drew them into the tale of the tailor's troubles.
November 27, 1988 |
Folklore of culture, family, religion and myth has historically traveled through stories told by tribal elders to budding warriors, parents to children, grandparents to grandchildren. The Montgomery County/Norristown Public Library has been doing its part with regular storytelling programs led by children's librarian Marian Peck. And for National Children's Book Week this week, another storyteller joined the library. Dressed in earth tones of brick red, turquoise blue, dark brown, midnight black and rich cream, the Pueblo Indian Storyteller doll became part of the library's permanent display collection.