TELLABRATION!™ Nov 19, 2016

TELLABRATION!™ is coming soon and we are proud to feature a variety of excellent storytellers at our Santa Rosa TELLABRATION!™ Here is more information about our tellers:

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Diane Ferlatte   www.dianeferlatte.com

An internationally-renowned storyteller, Diane engages her audience with animated characterization and dynamic, expressive narrative. Through songs, sign language, humor and audience participation, she brings her folktales, personal and historical stories to life. Diane’s childhood was steeped in the oral tradition and she turned to storytelling to counter the seduction of TV when she adopted her second child. In doing so, she developed a special relationship with her son while creating a way to bond with people from around the globe. Diane has traveled extensively in the world and all 50 states. Among her many honors is the National Association of Black Storytellers Zora Neale Hurston Award, and a 2008 Grammy nomination. In addition, all eight of her recordings are award-winners.

 

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 Jacqueline Lynaugh  –  www.musicalfolklore@freeservers.com
As early as age four, Jacqueline showed a love for music and performing. This led her to study music at Montclair College in New Jersey. Later she learned the Gaelic Harp which she uses in her performances. Jacqueline came to the Bay Area in 1983 after being hired by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department as a storyteller and children’s theatre director. She went on to Children’s Fairyland in Oakland where she began telling stories as “The Blue Fairy Storyteller.”  She enjoys combining music and folklore with harp and guitar. Jacqueline’s characters delight and charm listeners of all ages. She has performed on the East coast, in Europe and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

kenneth-foster  Kenneth Foster – Email: buenagente4@gmail.com

Kenneth creates and shares stories from his life in a natural, down to earth style that invites all to join him in the journey. Kenneth spent his childhood in the New Mexico countryside, and worked as a chemical engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. While at the Lab, Kenneth was in charge of their outreach program called “Fun With Science” and told lots of science stories to hundreds of kids. His stories instruct as well as entertain, showing us how traits of strength, courage, and determination can enrich our lives. Kenneth is the co-founder of the Santa Rosa Do Tell Story Swap and now resides in Washington state.

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Cal Johnson   Email: dotellstoryswap@outlook.com

Gleaning entertaining stories from a variety of sources, Cal’s droll, straightforward telling reflects his interest in human behavior and the consequences of the things we do and say. First introduced to storytelling at the Do Tell Story Swap in Santa Rosa, Cal tells tales of real life with finely drawn characters and details of the world they inhabit. When he ventures into a folktale or legend, it is with attention to the blending of this world and the one that drives the story.     Like many of us, as a kid, Cal spent many happy afternoons in his public library devouring books of all kinds. He was a teacher and counselor for 27 years in the Santa Rosa School District.

Our Master of Ceremonies will be Brandon Spars. A great storyteller in his own right, Brandon often tells at the Do Tell Story Swap and was a featured teller at last year’s TELLABRATION!™.

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Brandon Spars – Master of Ceremonies – brandon.spars@sonomaacademy.org

Brandon traveled and lived in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands for over seven years, which provided some of the rich experiences he relates in stories of his own. As a high school humanities teacher, Brandon tells and discusses folktales from around the world, especially Indonesia. Enthralling audiences with sound effects and expressive movements, Brandon brings drama and humor to his narratives, which often blend mystery with real events. An active participant in story slams around the greater Bay Area, Brandon has won two Moth Story Slam competitions. Brandon tells stories locally at the Do Tell Story Swap in Santa Rosa.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 TELLABRATION!™

 

flyers-tellabration-2016-high-resEvent:     TELLABRATION!™ Storytelling Performance

Date:      Saturday November 19, 2016

Time:      7 PM until 9 PM

Location: Glaser Center 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Admission: Free; donations welcome

TELLABRATION!™ brings together outstanding professional storytellers sharing stories of adventure and excitement, personal growth and cultural significance. Four stellar tellers will perform captivating tales appropriate for adults and teens.  Storytellers are Diane Ferlatte, Jacqueline Lynaugh, Kenneth Foster, and Cal Johnson. Brandon Spars will emcee.

Refreshments and performers’ CDs will be available for purchase.

For more info, email  dotellstoryswap@outlook.com

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2015 Santa Rosa TELLABRATION!™ Summary

On Saturday, November 21, Do Tell Story Swap presented a wonderfully entertaining Santa Rosa TELLABRATION!™ A rapt audience heard four exceptional storytellers share tales of mystery, love and exciting adventures from around the world. The powerful delivery in word and song by these expressive tellers impressed listeners with vivid images, laughter and an inspired, memorable experience.

A strong turnout of story lovers resulted in a full house of more than 260 people at The Glaser Center. By a show of hands, we learned that 65% of audience members were at TELLABRATION!™ for the first time. We are glad to re-introduce storytelling to grownups, and to provide a monthly venue to share told stories at our Do Tell Story Swaps.

Come join us to listen and/or tell your tale! The Swap maintains an atmosphere of openness, acceptance and assistance to all storytellers. See below for details about Swap meetings. Also, be sure to check out the “Swap Updates” on this website to read a lively summary of the tales told each month.

We have many to thank for the success of TELLABRATION!™ 2015. The assistance and generosity of these volunteers and organizations made this event possible:

Our sponsor: Storytelling Association of California: www.storysaac.org.
The Glaser Center and staff: www:glasercenter.com
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation for refreshments
Minuteman Press, Petaluma for printing: www.petaluma.minutemanpress.com

Our Storytellers:
Katy Mangan: www.2tellstories.net/
Brandon Spars: brandon.spars@sonomaacademy.org
Jeff Byers: byers.sf@gmail.com
Muriel Johnson: www.forherstories.com

Our Volunteers:
Elaine Stanley: Emcee and Teller Procurement  www.storyteller.net/tellers/estanley
Meg Brown: Producer
Laurie Reaume: Publicity & Editing
Volunteers from Do Tell Story Swap: dotellstoryswap.org
Tim Ray: Sound & Lighting
Corrine Arnold: Flyer & Program Design
Bob and Martha Shogren: Flowers
Grace Cheung-Schulman: Photography GraceCSPhotos@gmail.com

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Event:     TELLABRATION!™ Storytelling Performance

Date:      Saturday November 21, 2015

Time:      7 PM until 9 PM

Location: Glaser Center 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Admission: Free; donations welcome

TELLABRATION!™ brings together outstanding professional storytellers sharing stories of adventure and excitement, personal growth and cultural significance. Four stellar tellers will perform captivating tales for adults, teens, and kids age 8 and up. Storytellers are Jeff Byers, Muriel Johnson, Katy Mangan, and Brandon Spars.

Refreshments and performers’ CDs will be available for purchase.

For more info, email  dotellstoryswap@outlook.com

We welcome the following tellers to TELLABRATION!™, Santa Rosa, 2015:

Jeff, Chennai++  Jeff Byers began telling stories the first time his mother caught him with his hand in the cookie jar. Now he tells traditional tales, sometimes incorporating singing which enhances the emotion and message. Jeff has performed at the Asian Art Museum, in children’s and college classrooms, and at the San Francisco Theater Festival. He’s also a story coach and former board member of the Storytelling Association of California.

 

CIMG0127  Muriel Johnson specializes in multi-cultural folk tales. Through her travels in Central America and the Fiji Islands, she has gathered stories, songs and an appreciation for diverse cultures. Muriel’s passion, expressive voice and loving spirit resonate with audiences. She has been a featured teller at the Sierra Storytelling Festival and Berkwood Hedge Telling Tales Festival.

 

KatyTele2  Katy Mangan tells stories with distinct regional British accents that weave mythic themes through life’s events. Her stories include magic and humor, and they are always kind. Katy has shared her stories at events including Art on the Ridge, seasonal celebrations and sound healing events. She is co-host of the Do Tell Story Swap in Santa Rosa, CA.

 

brandon Spars square  Brandon Spars has lived and traveled extensively in Indonesia. He teaches high school humanities, telling and discussing folktales from around the world, especially Indonesia. Brandon entrances listeners with his vocal sound effects and expressive movements. He recently won a storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, an organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling.

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