KSU Tellers Present Storytelling Performances

Productions to showcase “Greatest Hits Collection” of the Semester

For media inquiries: Kathie Beckett, Director of Marketing and Communications
770-499-3417 or kbeckett@kennesaw.edu

 

KENNESAW, Ga. (November 13, 2013)

Do you love a good story? If so, don’t miss KSU Tellers at the Onyx Theatre at Kennesaw State University on November 18-19 at 8:00 p.m. The showcase features different stories and voices gleaned from storytelling performances created by The KSU Tellers Storytelling Troupe over the course of the semester. This fall’s performance focuses on folklore and personal narrative stories.

The art form takes you back to the roots of performing arts, before the emergence of modern technologies. “Solo-performance and storytelling is increasing in its popularity across the country. Slowly, but surely, live storytelling and literary events are gaining momentum and popularity. There is something special about seeing a real person telling stories live, right in front of you. It creates a sense of identification that can't be replicated by other media like YouTube, television, or radio,” says Charles Parrott, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies & Director of the KSU Tellers.

Plan on enjoying an hour of engaging storytelling that is often both funny and poignant. Some of these stories are adaptations of traditional stories, with many being from around the globe. Parrott stresses that the KSU Tellers tap into universal themes that speak to fundamental things about the human condition. He often compares the stories to the “greatest hits collection of the semester.”

New theatre major and first-year Teller Nick Johnson says, “Charlie gives us a general genre of a story to create and a deadline, but the rest is pretty self-governed, which is great. And at the same time, we have a really collaborative environment with different views of the world from each Teller, so working with them has been really interesting as well.”

He continues, “For the upcoming performances, we have a mix of folklore retellings and personal narratives. The stories seem to have an overall theme of redemption, or a story where the underdog gets his moment of glory. There’s also a pretty wide spectrum of style and tone from each story; some are more comedic, while others are more atmospheric. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.”

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so attendees should RSVP with Renee Jamieson in the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies at 770-499-3123 or via email at yjamieso@kennesaw.edu. Note: performances are not suitable for audience members under 16 years of age.

 

 


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