2021 St. Louis Storytelling Festival Schedule

DATE TIME PERFORMER TITLE / DESCRIPTION
Thursday, April 29 7 pm (CST) Beth Horner solo show MISSOURI MEMORIES: Tales of Raucous Humor and Tender Courage
Featured Storyteller Beth Horner performs a solo show as a Featured Storyteller in the 2021 Virtual St. Louis Storytelling Festival. Her show, titled "Missouri Memories: Tales of Raucous Humor and Tender Courage", includes stories created from her own Missouri ancestry, from her parents' remarkable and adventurous post World War II transition from St. Louis city life to Boone County rural life, and from the uniquely Missouri versions of traditional tales existing around the world.
Cost: Free
Audience: Adult/Family
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Thursday, April 29 8:30 pm (CST) Joyce Slater solo show MISSOURI LOVE STORIES
Featured Storyteller Joyce Slater performs her solo show "Missouri Love Stories". There have been many love stories throughout Missouri's history. From the tale of Bess and Harry, to the charming and nostalgic, and on to the kind of love that beats all odds, Joyce takes listeners on the most human of story journeys.
Cost: Free
Audience: Adult
Registration
Friday, April 30 7 pm (CST) bobby Norfolk solo show GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER - a pre-recorded performance filmed at the Historic Site with an Introduction and Q & A by Bobby.
Featured Storyteller Bobby Norfolk shares a first-person narrative of George Washington Carver, who was born enslaved and went on to become one of the most prominent scientists and inventors of his time, as well as a teacher at the Tuskegee Institute. Viewers will watch Bobby's performance at the George Washington Carver Historic Site in Diamond, MO, with a welcome by Bobby himself and a chance to engage with Bobby in a Q & A afterwards.
Cost: Free
Audience: Adult
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Saturday, May 1 1—2:30 pm (CST) Joyce Slater workshop TALL TALES, TRUTHS AND LIES
Traditional American tall tales were told around campfires to explain the unknown. People were heading west and meeting up with creatures and people they had never seen before. They made their heroes bigger than life with adventures that were far from the truth. You might even say they lied.
In this workshop we will explore a traditional tall tale and then create one of our own. What people in your own lives are your heroes and heroines? You will receive the tools to create a tale about that hero or heroine that is believable and fantastic.
Cost: Free
Audience: Ages 8 through adult
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Saturday, May 1 7 pm (CST) Joyce Slater, Beth Horner, and Bobby Norfolk
Musicians Dave Para and Dylan Triplett
THE BECKY WALSTROM SHOWCASE EVENT: MISSOURI STORY AND SONG
As the Showcase Event for the 2021 Virtual St. Louis Storytelling Festival "A Journey of Stories Across Missouri", join us for an evening of Missouri Story and Song! In honor of former Festival Director Becky Walstrom, Featured Storytellers Beth Horner, Joyce Slater, and Bobby Norfolk will share tales drawn from Missouri, and musicians Dylan Triplett and Dave Para will enrich the program with traditional Missouri sounds.
Stories include:
Bobby Norfolk: "Scott Joplin" (first-person, biographical sketch of the well-known ragtime musician, w/musical accompaniment. Pre-recorded, intro by Bobby)
Joyce Slater: "Dancing in the Danger Zone" (a tale of growing up in an Italian neighborhood in Kansas City - when you are not Italian!)
Beth Horner: "Missouri Tales" (two stories, including 'The Phantom Carriage: a Tale of Ghosts and Lost Dreams' based on the Boonslick legend from Cooper County, and the humorous personal story 'Specificity in Communication: 1947' about her parents' adventures on a Missouri farm.
Musical interludes provided by Ozark musician Dave Para and Blues Musician Dylan Triplett.
Cost: $5 suggested donation
Audience: Family
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Sunday, May 2 2 pm (CST) Chris Sutton, Carole Shelton, Tim O'Leary and Duane Foster
Introduced by Javier Orozco of Arts & Faith St. Louis
STORIES OF HOPE
The St. Louis Storytelling is proud to partner with Arts & Faith St. Louis for "Stories of Hope". In honor of the Missouri Bicentennial, we look at Missouri's past to find moments of hope and promise that can sustain us for the future.
Storytellers/Titles:
Tim O'Leary/An Outbreak of Interfaith Understanding and Civility
Carole Shelton/The Life of Spottswood Rice
Chris Sutton/TAPS: A Moment of Reflection Shared by Every American Soldier
Cost: Free
Audience: Adult
Registration
Friday, May 7 7 pm (CST) - Film screening
8 pm (CST) - Q&A
Lynn Rubright, Ted Green, Candace O'Connor, Rev. Shirley Whitfield Farmer OH FREEDOM AFTER WHILE – Film Screening and Q&A
The St. Louis Storytelling Festival is proud to present a screening of "Oh Freedom After While: The Missouri Sharecropper Protest of 1939", followed by a Q&A with some of the film's producers and descendants of the Rev. Owen Whitfield family, the Reverend who led the sharecropper protest. The story of the sharecroppers is an inspiring example of courage in the face of poverty and injustice. Not only did this protest lead to change on the state and national level, but the sharecroppers also managed to create a better life for themselves and their children.
The Film Screening will start at 7 pm, followed by a panel Q&A with:
Candace O'Connor, Film co-producer, Script Writer, Author, Historian
Rev. Shirley Whitfield Farmer, Daughter of Rev. Owen H. Whitfleld
Dr. Ted Green, Webster University Professor, Historian, Co-author "Oh Freedom After While" Curriculum Guide with Historical Background, Primary Sources, and Lesson Plans
Lynn Rubright, Webster University Professor Emeritus, Film Co-producer, Storyteller, Co-author "Oh Freedom After While" Curriculum Guide with Historical Background, Primary Sources and Lesson Plans
Cost: Free
Audience: Adult
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Saturday, May 8 6 pm (CST) Film creators/producers: Dr. Uma Segal, Felia Davenport, Romona Marshall, Daniel Romano, Peppy Puppet Troupe (Michelle O'Donnell and Stan Gulick), Amara Webb, Tony Merritt
Q&A panelists: Felia Davenport, Asmira Ogresevic, Betsy Cohen, Lisa Grozdanic
WE CAME AS REFUGEES: AN AMERICAN STORY – Film Screening and Q&A
The St. Louis Storytelling Festival is proud to partner with UMSL for this screening of the research-based puppet show "We Came as Refugees: An American Story". The project was based on interviews conducted with refugees, service providers, employers, doctors, and neighbors in order to develop a 360-degree narrative of the complex nature of refugee integration. A master story was created based on those interviews, and then turned into a puppet show.
Film viewing starts at 6 pm, followed by a Q&A with a researcher from UMSL (Felia Davenport) refugee (Asmira Ogresevic), a service provider (Betsy Cohen), and an employer (Lisa Grozdanic). A post-event survey link will be posted as part of the research process.
Cost: Free
Audience: Adult/Family
Registration
Monday, May 10 7 pm (CST) Ken Wolfe and student storytellers from UMSL UMSL STUDENT STORYTELLING SHOWCASE
The Festival is proud to present students from Ken Wolfe's Storytelling Course at UMSL's Pierre Laclede's Honors College in their Storytelling Showcase. They have been preparing their own stories, with their own unique styles. Come and enjoy the stories they have prepared!
Cost: Free
Audience: Adult
Registration
Monday, May 3—Friday, May 14   Pre-recorded, on-demand stories by regional storytellers The St. Louis Storytelling Festival presents pre-recorded video content by our 2021 Featured Storytellers and 30+ Regional Storytellers - all taking us on a "Journey of Stories Across Missouri" in honor of the Missouri 2021 Bicentennial!
We are partnering with Educate Today (HEC Media) to host 60+ educational videos for Community and K-12 audiences. All videos are ASL interpreted, and all are aligned to Missouri Learning Standards to help supplement and enrich K-12 curriculum.
Content is FREE and will be accessible for on-demand streaming from May 3 - May 14 at the Educate Today website after registering.
Cost: Free
Audience: K–12 (various), Family, Adult, 65+
Registration
Check out the full list of video content (Storytellers, Titles, and Appropriate Ages) below:
STORYTELLER TITLE AUDIENCE
Alexander/Madison KC Chapter of Buffalo Soldiers "Jefferson Barracks and the Buffalo Soldiers" Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Angela Williams "The Story of Lucy Delaney" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"The Williams Funeral Home" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Barney Bradshaw "The Great St. Louis Fire of 1849" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Absalom Grimes: Confederate Spy" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Louis Rosche & The Sinking of the Emilie LaBarge" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Beth Horner "My Pet Cow Birthday Cake: Growing Up on a Missouri Farm" K-2, Family
"Pluck, Muck, Laughter, and Groans: Growing Up on a Missouri Farm" 3-5, Family
"Pipeline Blues: The Story that Makes Sewage Entertaining" 5-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Bobby Norfolk "Through the Eyes of York" Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Shadowball" Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Fractured Folktales and Fairy Tales" K-5, Family, Adult, 65+
Brian "Fox" Ellis "Comic Misadventures of Lewis & Clark" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Steam Boat A-Comin" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Carol Watkins "The Man Who Didn't Believe in Impossible" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Carole Shelton "Jeanette Forchet" High School, Family, Adult, 65+
"Annie Malone" High School, Family, Adult, 65+
"Mary Robinson" High School, Family, Adult, 65+
Daniel "Digger" Romano "George Catlin: Through St. Louis to Paint the Wild West" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"The Story of a Young Storyteller" 1-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Darrin Crow "When Love Stands Strong: Julia Fulcher" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Deb Swanegan "Mr. Hogg and Me" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Why the Bat Only Comes Out at Night" 1-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Handprints" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"The Train Story" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"In the Cave Over Yonder" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Faye Dant "Douglasville Kid" High School, Family, Adult, 65+
"Daniel Quarles, aka Jim" High School, Family, Adult, 65+
Flavia Everman "Where is Daniel Boone?" 3-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Colorful Characters of Marthasville" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Whose Side Are You On?" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Heather Harlan "Bo's Truck" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"The Green Ribbon" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Billy's Vote" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Little Timmy and the Old Jail" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Janet Brown "How I Met the Monster of the Wilderness on My Honeymoon in Mark Twain National Forest" Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
January Kiefer "Spirit of the River" 1-6, Family, Adult, 65+
"German Roots/American Branches" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Jim Two Crows Wallen "Women of Missouri: Celebrate the History" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Unbelievable, Weird, Strange, and Just Plain Odd" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Explorers, Mountain Men, and Pioneers" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
John 'Brother John' Anderson "The Story of Mary Meachum" 1-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Tom Bass Rides Forever" 1-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Joyce Slater "Bats, Bears, and Butterflies: Animals and Such in Missouri" K-2, Family, Adult
"Missouri Immigrants Tell Tales" 2-5, Family, Adult
"Jacktales: Silly and Scary" 6-12th, Family, Adult, 65+
Justin Watkins "Cliff Edwards: Missouri's Rising Star" High School, Family, Adult, 65+
"Early St. Charles History" High School, Family, Adult, 65+
Karen Young "Life On the Prairie: Portrait of an 1870s Pioneer Woman" K-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult
Ken Wolfe "Turtle River" 1-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Boom! Ka-Boom!" 1-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Kenya Ajanaku "Legend of Ginger Blue" 3-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"James Beckwourth: Mountain Man" 3-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Larry Brown "Big Bones on the Pomme De Terre" Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Missouri's Alexander the Great: Alexander Doniphan" Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"The Irish Wilderness" Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Linda Kuntz "Miracle at Hawn's Mill" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Marilyn Sue Warren "Leaving Jim Crow" Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Mike and Nancee Micham "Living on an Ozark Farm in Baldknobber Country" 1-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Nartana Premachandra "My Sari Missouri" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Paul Norfolk "Dred Scott, Civil War, and Social Justice" Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Bernard Lynch's Slave Pens" Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Ric Vice "Ulysses S. Grant: Horseman, Artist, and Emancipator" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Roger Rose "Whitewashing the Fence" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Tom and Becky" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Tom and Peter and Painkiller" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
"Earthquake" Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
Sherry Norfolk "Into the Woods" K-6, Family, Adult, 65+
"Ozark Jack: Traditional Tales from the Ozark Appalachian Heritage" 4-6, Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+
UMSL Researchers and Community Artists "We Came As Refugees: An American Story" Puppet Show Middle/High, Family, Adult, 65+