Storytelling Guild of Eastern Idaho

The Storytelling Guild of Eastern Idaho exists to promote and provide storytelling in Eastern Idaho.

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Storytelling at Schools

Dear Educators:

Let us whet your appetite for fun entertainment and learning. Think of the coming together of families and friends to celebrate and share our lives.

Some of you may have attended the school programs we've offered at the Colonial Theater in Idaho Falls or the Rexburg Tabernacle during our previous festivals. We were delighted with the response, yet we were saddened to learn that many students could not attend due to the cost of busing. So, we've decided to come to you this year!

Storytellers are available to regale student body audiences throughout Eastern Idaho with "Stories From Many Lands." School Assemblies will be customized for the age of your student body. We are offering school assemblies on request in Eastern Idaho. We are inviting you and your classes to share in the fun. The assembly fee is only $300 per school. Each program is 50 minutes long.

To insure your school is able to enjoy the wonder and magic of storytelling, please contact us to secure an assembly.

Teresa Clark 208-529-3276

Meet the Storytellers

Teresa Clark

Born in Idaho, raised in Ontario, Manitoba, and Maryland, educated in Utah and Hawaii, Teresa sprinkles her life experiences over everything she tells. Teresa is a national award-winning storyteller listed in the Idaho Arts in Education Roster. Best known for her original works and recollections of life's experiences blended with history, “…her performances are filled with a compelling sense of wonder and an irresistible zest for life.” Teresa has performed at numerous events - coast to coast and border to border - including the prestigious "Exchange Place" of the National Storytelling Festival and is the 2005 National Storytelling Network (NSN) "Oracle" award recipient for Service and Leadership in the Western Region. She currently serves as Western Region Director on the Board of NSN.

Omar & Lori Hansen

Dr. J. Omar Hansen has performed in Theatre, Television, Film, and Storytelling. He is a published, national prizewinning playwright. He currently teaches theatre and storytelling at Brigham Young University Idaho, and performs regularly as a storyteller, including performances at the National Storytelling Conference in Denver. Lori began her career studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, then received her BA in educational theatre from Brigham Young University. In 1994, they co-founded the Folktale Revival, a storytelling theatre company dedicated to the appreciation of folklore, folk music and, in particular, storytelling. They have performed at numerous storytelling festivals including the prestigious Exchange Place of the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN

Madelaine Love
Madelaine Love, a M.A. in Folklore, was born and raised in Ottawa, Illinois, an area rich in cultural diversity and relatives. This made for great food and stories. After graduating from the University of Illinois, she traveled and lived in many different areas, all of which offered up their own characters and stories. After brief (or not so brief) sojourns in various parts of the country and Greece, she settled in Jackson, Wyoming where she inhabited an old two room homestead cabin near the Snake River for 10 years. New experiences, new characters and new food!. She currently teaches history and English at Skyline High School. She and husband Ron have a farm outside of Idaho Falls where she raises endangered breeds of sheep to keep the horses, cows, chickens, dogs and cats, company. More stories!!!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Artwork: Snake River Fantasy by Margie Zirker

Picture this ~
The air teases with the subtle chill of an oncoming fall. Colorful leaves drift slowly to grace the ground. The delighted squeals of school children accent the afternoon. The pungent aroma of burning fields hovers in the autumn sky. Life is slowing down. Folks linger on front porches, visiting with neighbors. Stories skip from ear to ear as neighborhoods reconnect.

In the not so distant past, folks gathered to put up crops, quilt bedding, build barns, and chat long into the night by a blazing fire. Tables laden with the bounties of the season would bow in the middle, groaning with anticipation, waiting for the celebrations to begin. Storytelling was always a part of such times. Trappers, early settlers, the old folks, even the town comic would all find a place of honor near the tables and begin to weave their tales. The news would spread from home to home and lane to lane, and the celebration would begin. Folks would trade necessities, arts and crafts, jokes, laughter and tears. Yet those days are gone, some say. We say they need not be gone, and they should never be forgotten!

This is the place to check in for tellers and events. Performances, workshops, and just plain fun - we've got it all.