How Do Your Storytelling Programs Work?

Table with Storytelling Objects
Storytelling Objects

Most of the programs I put on have a strong element of audience involvement, but when it came to storytelling I wanted to make that an even larger part of the program. So the structure of these programs are a little different than you’ll see with other storytellers. I’ve created a collection of items which are spread out on a table up front at the beginning of the program. Each item represents a story, riddle, or poem. Audience members are selected to come to the front and pick any object they want off the table. That is the story, riddle, or poem that gets told next. Some require involvement from the person who picked it, others expect the entire audience to help tell the story. Some of the stories are related to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life. Other stories are just historical.

That process makes this a very flexible program timewise. It can been done over the course of everything from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. Although I’m not in character, I normally preform this program in 19th century dress and give a bit of introductory information about Laura Ingalls Wilder at the beginning. You don’t have to know anything about Laura Ingalls Wilder to enjoy this program. It works well both where groups are settled and in environments where people are passing through event to event.

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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