Schedule

Events are free to the public unless otherwise noted.
 

Pre-Festival

SPECIAL PRE-FESTIVAL EVENT

Monday, April 17, 2017

UMSL Center for the Humanities Monday Noon Series: “The St. Louis Storytelling Festival”
Storyteller: Bobby Norfolk
12:15 p.m.
Gallery 210 in Campus Police Building
UMSL campus

The 38th annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival, May 3-6, 2017, will showcase award-winning national and regional storytellers who will perform at schools, libraries, hospitals, detention centers, museums, parks and many other venues in the metro area. Workshops and other special events will be offered for community members, educators and aspiring storytellers, alongside family programs and Later Tales performances for adults. Join festival director and MU Extension Community Arts Specialist Lisa Overholser as she discusses new outreach programs and initiatives for the 2017 festival. Bobby Norfolk, one of the festival’s long-time storytellers, will also be sharing a few tales to preview festival offerings.
 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

SPECIAL PRE-FESTIVAL EVENT

“When the Animals Spoke”
Storyteller: Dolores Santha, ‘Grandma Coyote’
2 p.m.
St. Louis Artists’ Guild
12 North Jackson Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105

A collaborative family storytelling program in partnership with St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Maturity and Its Muse’s “Celebrating Art for Senior EngAGEment Festival” and the St. Louis Storytelling Festival. This is part of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild’s Displacement and Migration exhibit. First-come, first-served. The event will be followed by hands-on art activities for kids and adults.
 

Monday, May 1, 2017

New Voices
Time TBD
Steger Sixth Grade Center
701 N. Rock Hill Road, Rock Hill, MO 63119

In New Voices, new storytellers or first-time festival tellers receive mentoring and prepare to share stories for sixth grade audiences. For more information about New Voices, contact Annette Harrison, netharbar@aol.com.
 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Story Collider: “Eclipse”
7 p.m.
Cost: $10 (For tickets, go to: www.stlpublicradio.org/stories)
Community Room, UMSL at Grand Center
3651 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63108

At the debut appearance of Story Collider in St. Louis, you'll hear from scientists about all the times things went wrong, and occasionally right, in their labs, but you'll also hear from people who haven't had a formal connection to science since high school. Physicists, comedians, neuroscientists, writers, actors, doctors and many others share their stories at Story Collider events. Some are heartbreaking; some are hilarious. They are all true, and all, in one way or another, are about science. This show will prepare audiences for the upcoming total solar eclipse passing through Missouri on August 21, 2017.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

STORYTELLING SITES

(All free — schools and groups are required to pre-register)
 

Brentwood Recreational Complex
Storytellers: Carol Watkins, Anthony Clark
Two sessions: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Pre-K to 5th grade
2505 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, MO 63144


St. Louis County Public Library – Eureka Hills Branch
Storytellers: Jackie and Papa Wright, Joyce Slater
10 a.m.
Pre-K
156 Eureka Towne Center, Eureka, MO 63025


St. Louis County Public Library – Lewis & Clark Branch
Storytellers: Kathy Schottel, LaRita Wright
10 a.m.
Pre-K
9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63136


Kirkwood Library
Storyteller: Brian “Fox” Ellis
10 a.m.
Pre-K to early elementary
140 E. Jefferson, Kirkwood, MO 63122
 

St. Charles City-County Libraries – Spencer Road Branch
Storytellers: Karen Young, Perrin Stifel
10 a.m.
Kindergarten to 4th grade
427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, MO 63376


Citygarden (Rain date on Friday, May 6, 12 p.m.)
Storytellers: Flavia Everman, Mike Lockett
Two sessions: 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.
All ages
801 Market St., St. Louis, MO 63101


Laumeier Sculpture Park
Storyteller: Brian “Fox” Ellis
1 p.m.
2nd grade to 3rd grade
12580 Rott Road, St. Louis, MO 63127
 

St. Louis County Public Library – Natural Bridge Rd. Branch
Storytellers: LaRita Wright, Joyce Slater
2 p.m.
Pre-K to 3rd grade
7606 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63121


St. Louis County Public Library – Cliff Cave Branch
Storytellers: Perrin Stifel, Marilyn Sue Warren
2 p.m.
Pre-K to 2nd  grade
5430 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO 63129
 

SPECIAL EVENTS

WORKSHOP: “Storytelling Strategies to Address Diversity”
Storyteller/Facilitator: Loretta Washington
4 p.m.
K-12 educators 
University City Library

Free but pre-registration is required. Contact Youth Services Dept, U. City Library at 314-727-3150.

In this 2-hour workshop designed for K-12 educators, participants will learn narrative and story-centered strategies to address diversity in an increasingly multicultural world. PD/CE credit is available. 
 

St. Louis Storytelling Festival opening concert
Storytellers: Bobby Norfolk (emcee), Donna Washington, Tim Lowry, Leeny Del Seamonds, Dovie Thomason, Brian Fox Ellis, Angela Lloyd
7 p.m.
Cost: $20; Tickets may be purchased through MetroTix at www.metrotix.com or by calling 314-534-1111. Additionally, tickets will be available at the Playhouse @ Westport Plaza box office one hour prior to show time.
Playhouse @ Westport Plaza, 635 Westport Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146

Special thanks to our opening concert and reception sponsor Maryville University

Join the MU Extension Community Arts Program and Master of Ceremonies Bobby Norfolk as we welcome our six festival-headlining storytellers to St. Louis. Joining them will be surprise storytelling guests, including cabaret stories by esteemed festival guest Nancy Kranzberg and MMC Starlight youth visitors from Taiwan!

A special pre-concert reception honoring festival sponsors and  “Friends of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival” precedes the concert at 6 p.m. in the lobby, and includes a light buffet, drinks, live music, art displays, an interactive educational timeline by Forward Through Ferguson, and a chance to mingle with the storytellers. Want to join in the pre-concert fun and become a Friend of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival? For a suggested minimum donation of $80, you can become a Friend of the Festival and join us! Donations can be made ahead of time by clicking the "Donate" link at www.stlstorytellingfestival.com, or you can make a donation at the door to join the reception.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

STORYTELLING SITES

(All free — schools and groups are required to pre-register)
 

Missouri Botanical Garden
Storytellers: Marideth Sisco, Flavia Everman (9:30); Chris Sutton, Sue Hinkel (11:30)
Two sessions: 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Kindergarten to 5th grade
4344 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, MO 63310
 

University City Library
Storyteller: Donna Washington
Two sessions: 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Pre-K to 3rd grade (9:30 a.m.), 3rd grade to 6th grade (1 p.m.)
6701 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO 63130
 

St. Louis Public Library – Machacek
Storytellers: Joyce Slater, Loretta Washington
10 a.m.
Pre-K to 6th grade
6424 Scanlan Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139
 

St. Louis Public Library – Carondelet Branch
Storytellers: Jackie & Papa Wright, Greg Weiss
10 a.m.
Kindergarten to 4th grade
6800 Michigan Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111
 

St. Charles City-County Libraries – Kathryn Linnemann Branch
Storytellers: Karen Young, Carole Shelton
10 a.m.
Pre-K to 2nd grade
2323 Elm St., St. Charles, MO 63301
 

Kirkwood Library
Storyteller: Leeny Del Seamonds
10 a.m.
Pre-K to 1st grade
140 E. Jefferson, Kirkwood, MO 63122


St. Louis County Public Library – Indian Trails
Storytellers: Jackie & Papa Wright, Joyce Slater
2 p.m.
Pre-K to 6th grade
8400 Delport Drive, St. Louis, MO 63103


SPECIAL EVENTS

“I Remember”
Storytellers: Diann Joy Bank, Larry Brown
11 a.m.
Adult and seniors
Cost: Free but limited seating so registration requested. Call Laura Press-Milner at 314-442-3255.
St. Louis NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) at the Jewish Community Center
#2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146  

In this special collaboration with the “Celebrating Art for Senior EngAGEment" Festival by Maturity and Its Muse, a non-profit that promotes positive and productive aging through the arts, regional storytellers Diann Joy Bank and Larry Brown share inspirational and inspiring stories from days gone by for adult and senior audiences.
 

WORKSHOP: “Essential Stories for Effective Communication”
Workshop by Tim Lowry
11 a.m.
Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required. Call 314-266-4833.
Cortex Innovation Center, Havana Conference Room, 4240 Duncan Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63110

Stories can effectively communicate visions, goals, values, direction and purpose. A well-told story, strategically placed into personal presentations, advertising campaigns, social media and one-on-one conversations can make a huge difference in political campaigns, board meetings and office management. In this brown-bag workshop, learn to replace the sound-byte with meaningful stories that show who you are, describe what you are doing, explain why you are taking action and invite others to get involved.


“Bible Players,” a family-friendly interactive performance
5:30 p.m.
Jewish Community Center
2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146

The Bible Players use the Torah and interactive games to teach values common in the Jewish tradition to children. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy this family-friendly event – ice cream truck follows the performance. Call 314-442-3771 or email jlotsoff@jfedstl.org for more info.


“An Evening of Family Storytelling”
Storytellers: Kenya Ajanaku, Mike Anderson
6:30 p.m.
University City Library
6701 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO 63130

Relive the magical moments of childhood when you lost yourself in the sound of someone’s voice as they spun you a tale. Regional storytellers Kenya Ajanaku and Mike Anderson share lively stories for the whole family.
 

Thursday Later Tales: “Spirits and Saints”
Storytellers: Donna Washington, Tim Lowry, Angela Lloyd, Dovie Thomason, Leeny Del Seamonds, Brian “Fox” Ellis
7:30 p.m.
Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church
11155 Clayton Road, Frontenac, MO 63131

Food trucks beginning at 5:30 p.m. Bring the family for dinner and entertainment! Our featured storytellers will perform in two different venues, sharing stories to preview our Fall 2017 GHOST Youth storytelling workshop and performance program on one stage, and spiritually-based stories on the other.
 

Friday, May 5, 2017

STORYTELLING SITES

St. Louis Public Library – Julia Davis Branch
Storytellers: Jackie & Papa Wright (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.), Chris Sutton (1 p.m.), and TBD (10 a.m.)
Two sessions: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Pre-K to kindergarten (10 a.m.), 1st grade to 6th grade (1 p.m.)
4415 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63115


St. Charles City-County Libraries – Middendorf-Kredell Branch
Storytellers: Sue Hinkel, Greg Weiss
10 a.m.
Pre-K to 1st grade
2750 Highway K, O’Fallon, MO 63368


St. Louis Public Library – Central Branch
Storytellers: LaRita Wright (9:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.), Heather Harlan (9:15 a.m.), Annette Harrison (10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.)
Three sessions: 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 am
Pre-K to 6th grade
1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103


Missouri Botanical Garden
Storytellers: Brian Fox Ellis (9:30 a.m.); Marideth Sisco, Kunama Mtendaji (11:30 a.m.)
Two sessions: 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
2nd grade to 6th grade
4344 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, MO 63310


University City Library
Storytellers: Joyce Slater (9:30 a.m.); Kathy Schottel (1 p.m.)
Two sessions: 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Pre-K to 3rd grade (9:30 a.m.); 3rd grade to 6th grade (1 p.m.)
6701 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO 63130


The Old Courthouse
Storytellers: Barney Bradshaw (New Voices Teller)
Two sessions: 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
4th grade
11 N. 4th St., St. Louis, MO 63102


St. Louis County Public Library – Headquarters
Storytellers: Jackie & Papa Wright, Carol Watkins
3:30 p.m.
Pre-K to 3rd grade
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63131


SPECIAL EVENTS

Deaf Storytelling Program for School Groups
Storyteller: Crom Saunders
11 a.m.
Becky-David Elementary, Francis Howell School District (at Jungs Station Baptist Church across the street)
1120 Jungs Station Road, St. Charles, MO 63303

Deaf and hearing people alike will enjoy the stories shared by Crom Saunders — performer, presenter, writer and teacher. A writing instructor at Columbia College, Saunders will share a variety of stories for all to enjoy. To RSVP by April 27, or for questions/directions, contact LaWanda Brewer, 636-851-4230 or lawanda.brewer@fhsdschools.org.


Friday Later Tales: “Storytelling and Tradition”
Storytellers: Dovie Thomason, Tim Lowry (7 – 7:30 p.m.) and Gladys Coggswell (7:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
7 p.m.
The Stage at KDHX
3524 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103

The Missouri Folk Arts Program (MFAP) is an organization that builds cross-cultural understanding by documenting, sustaining and presenting Missouri’s living folk arts and folk life. As part of their Then and Now: Apprentice Journeys program highlighting traditional artists in their journey from apprentice to master, Director Lisa Higgins interviews Gladys Coggswell in a live oral history. Featured storytellers Dovie Thomason and Tim Lowry begin the evening with traditional stories shaped by their own experiences.


Friday Later Tales: “A Gallery of Stories”
Storytellers Angela Lloyd, Leeny Del Seamonds, Donna Washington, Brian “Fox” Ellis
7 p.m.
Cost: Free, but reservations suggested: www.thedarkromstl.com
The Dark Room Gallery at the Grandel
3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis, MO 63108

21+ show! Join four of our featured storytellers as they demonstrate the creative and innovative side of storytelling! Held in the renovated Dark Room, a Kranzberg Arts Foundation facility, the evening will be a feast for the eyes and ears. For more about the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, the Festival’s presenting sponsor, please visit: http://www.kranzbergartsfoundation.org.
 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

STORYTELLING SITES

Affton-White Rodgers Community Center
Storytellers: Gladys Coggswell, Angela Williams, Marideth Sisco
Two sessions: 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
All ages
9801 MacKenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123


St. Louis County Library – Grant’s View Branch
Storytellers: Carol Watkins, Mike Anderson
10 a.m.
Pre-K
9700 Musick Road, St. Louis, MO 63123


Challenger Learning Center
Storyteller: Sherry Norfolk
10 a.m.
Kindergarten to 6th grade
205 Brotherton Lane, Ferguson, MO 63135  (*Free, but please pre-register at: https://sciencestories.eventbrite.com )


St. Louis County Library – Sachs
Storytellers: Anthony Clark, Sandy Sylver
10 a.m.
Pre-K
16400 Burkhardt Place, St. Louis, MO 63017


St. Louis County Library – Jamestown Bluff
Storytellers: Joyce Slater, Heather Harlan
10 a.m.
Pre-K
4153 N. Highway 67, St. Louis, MO 63034


Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Storytellers: Gladys Coggswell, Angela Williams
1 p.m.
Family
7400 Grant Road, St. Louis, MO 63123


St. Louis County Library – Prairie Commons
Storyteller: Karen Young and Greg Weiss
2 p.m.
Pre-K
915 Utz Lane, Hazelwood, MO 63042


St. Louis County Library – Rock Road
Storyteller: Leeny Del Seamonds
2 p.m.
Pre-K
10267 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Ann, MO 63074
 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Storytime in the Commons with Curious George
Storyteller: Donna Washington
9:30 a.m. 
Cost: Free but registration is required at nineNet.org/storytime
Nine Network of Public Media/Public  Media Commons 
3653 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63108

Bring blankets or chairs for seating. Come and enjoy this special outdoor family reading program that includes storytelling, visuals on the big screen, crafts, games and other family activities geared toward young children. Curious George will be available for photos with children. Storytime in the Commons is presented by The Boeing Company and Union Pacific Foundation in partnership with St. Louis Public Library and the Nine Network’s American Graduate initiative.


Ruthilde Kronberg Youth Storytelling Concert
10 a.m.
University City Library
6701 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO  63130

Join budding storytellers, grades 3 through 12, for a special storytelling treat. Come and see the newest generation of storytellers blossoming right before your eyes!


“Parks Come Alive” year-end storytelling project
Storytellers: Bobby Norfolk (emcee), National Park Service Rangers, Story Stitchers Artist Collective, students from Grand Center Arts Academy, Cedar Springs Elementary & Adams Park Girls’ Club, and the Arch Builders.
11 a.m.
Old Courthouse Gallery
11 North 4th St., St. Louis, MO 63102

As part of the NEA-funded “Parks Come Alive” project, a collaboration between Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and St. Louis Storytelling Festival, a variety of storytellers will showcase community reflections of what this iconic national park in the heart of St. Louis means to them. Featured will be the Arch Builders, Bobby Norfolk and other park rangers, Story Stitchers (an urban storytelling troupe), and school and community groups presenting community art projects. Reception follows. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
 

WORKSHOP: “Star Stories” workshop
Workshop facilitator: Sherry Norfolk
12 p.m.
Kindergarten to 6th grade educators
Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required at https://sciencestoryworkshop.eventbrite.com 
Challenger Learning Center
205 Brotherton Lane, Ferguson, MO 63135          

As part of the festival’s “Star Stories” initiative to highlight storytelling surrounding the Total Solar Eclipse passing through Missouri on August 21, 2017, Sherry Norfolk follows her 10 a.m. storytelling session at the Challenger Learning Center with a workshop on strategies to use storytelling to effectively communicate and integrate with Science Curriculum Standards. Norfolk is co-editor of Science with Storytelling: Strategies for the K-5 Classroom. “Star Stories” is a year-long project.


Native-American Stories
Storyteller: Dovie Thomason
2 p.m.
Cost: Free but registration requested. Call 618-346-5160.
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
30 Ramey St., Collinsville, IL  62234

Internationally renowned storyteller Dovie Thomason shares traditional stories drawn from her Native American heritage.


Storytelling Grand Finale
Storytellers: Donna Washington, Tim Lowry, Angela Lloyd, Dovie Thomason, Leeny Del Seamonds, Brian “Fox” Ellis
7:30 p.m.
Cost: Suggested donation of $10, payable at door
Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center
One University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121

All of the featured tellers will share their signature stories in the final concert of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival!  Artwork, including an interactive educational timeline by Forward Through Ferguson, Parks Come Alive community arts projects, the Festival anniversary quilt, and more will be on display for viewing. You’ll also have a chance to purchase custom solar eclipse glasses with tear-off coupons that can be entered in a drawing for prizes. And we’ll be announcing our first annual Priscilla McDonnell St. Louis Storytelling Teacher of the Year Award. Don’t miss this special event!

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