The Changing World:  A Celebration of World Storytelling Day

Featuring:  Marva K. Blackmore, Jennifer Ferris, Lee Porteous & Susan Warner

Friday, March 17, 2017, at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00)
Tickets $15 for non-members, $12 for OCAC members
Tickets available online or at the MAC Tues-Sat 10-4

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Around the world, March 21 is celebrated as World Storytelling Day.  Storytellers everywhere are encouraged to tell stories based on a common theme in the same week.  The theme for 2017 is Transformation. Since the performance date falls within the time range, Tales for the Telling is celebrating World Storytelling Day by inviting members of the Storytellers of Canada, the Victoria Storytelling Guild, the Mid-Island StoryTellers, the Around Town Tellers of Nanaimo, The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling (TALES), and the Ottawa StoryTellers to bring their favourite stories of transformation.

marva-copyMARVA K. BLACKMORE is a storyteller, writer, teacher, and editor.  She has told stories internationally and at venues across Canada including the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and has delighted audiences at festivals, coffee houses and on concert stages.  She is a Past President of the Storytellers of Canada and founder of the Mid-Island StoryTellers (MIST) in Parksville/Qualicum Beach.

ferris1JENNIFER FERRIS has been telling stories for 25 years.  Performing in schools, at festivals, community events, and nature sanctuaries, she is acutely aware of the power of humour and language.  She loves to tell personal stories as well as tales of myth, magic, and transformation from around the world.

LEE PORTEOUS became interested in storytelling after hearing a two-part Porteous“Ideas” on CBC in 1986 and finally joined the Victoria Storytellers’ Guild in 2006. She takes every opportunity to tell stories to adults, but also participates in the local Speech and Dramatic Arts section of the Festival of the Performing Arts to encourage and recruit future storytellers. She tells stories wherever she is invited.  In short, if there is a listener, she is delighted to tell a story – or two.

Susan WarnerSUSAN WARNER learned about storytelling in Massachusetts in the 1980’s when she was studying for her Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy. Since then, her professional life has been primarily as a therapist, with storytelling, acting, and singing on the side. She is very excited to have connected with the  Mid-Island Storytellers Guild and to be a listener and teller of stories.