Here we are again, and like last year I am overwhelmed with all that must be done in seven days! Andy will be pulling up about this time next week and he and I will head out the next morning for three shows at Elm Street Elementary, another school in the afternoon, then Opening Night at the E.H. Young Theater out at Berry at 7 PM.
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Of course the main show will be Andy Offutt Irwin and his hilarious cast of characters led, no doubt, by Aunt Marguerite. In addition you’ll get the treat of hearing Tracy Walker’s hilarious tale that won the Big Fibbers contest last year AND sixth-grader Courtney Hutcherson will have you laughing out loud at her stinky egg adventure that won the 2015 YoungTales competition. As a final bonus, please come hear me reprise the story that won me the first of my two Big Fibbers awards.
I have had a wonderful few weeks working with children through the Debby Brown YoungTales program. This is a project of the Ridge & Valley Storytelling Guild and a part of our Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival. Two terrific storytelling teachers, Jane Cunningham and Mary Elena Kirk are working with me to reach about 150 students in six schools plus an “at large” group at the Rome/Floyd County Library.
The program makes use of Donald Davis’s ideas from his DVD Make It, Tell It, Write It. We have purchased copies of the DVD for each of the schools, the library, and the leaders involved so that this program can be used by others with other children.
During this week Jane, Mary Elena and I will choose the sixteen finalists to compete in the Second Annual Debby Brown YoungTales story competition that will take place on March 19 at 3 pm, during the Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival. Please come and support these children, and bring some kids with you on the 19th. You will be amazed at the stories these children will come up with.
In preparation, and as a way to promote the program I have visited several civic and church groups, and have three times now been accompanied by Courtney Hutcherson. Courtney is a very accomplished storyteller at the ripe age of eleven. She won our story competition last March and has registered to defend her title this time around. I look forward to hearing her new story!
2015 YoungTales Champion
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