Storyteller Howard Edmond to Give Workshops, Performance for Storytelling Festival

The Fine Arts Committee at Genesee Community College is collaborating with School Library Services of Genesee Valley BOCES to present a Storytelling Festival Kick-Off for children in grades 3 through 8 in the GLOW region. Rochester based storyteller, Howard Edmond, will give a series of workshops to area school children on Friday, February 13 in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. A community performance will follow at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets for the performance are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for students and senior citizens and $2.00 for Genesee Community College students with a current ID. A few openings remain for the workshops but space is limited. Any interested schools should contact the Box Office at the Genesee Center for the Arts for reservations and information. Reservations are not needed for the performance, however.

Popular local storyteller Howard Edmond is a SUNY Brockport graduate and has appeared on several Rochester radio and TV stations. His work is published in the Auroran Holistic Journal and Resource Directory. He will present two workshops on "Myths and Legends". The Forum Players, the student based acting group at Genesee will also offer workshops on storytelling techniques. Participants will then attend a performance by Mr. Edmond before returning to their schools. Marcia Morrison, Director of Fine and Performing Arts at Genesee and chair of the Fine Arts Committee believes that "the children will come away with a sense of what it takes not only to tell a story but, more importantly, to gain confidence and self esteem among their peers. The storytelling skills they'll learn at the workshops, coupled with Mr. Edmond's performance, are really "life skills" that will follow them throughout their young lives and into adulthood."

The Storytelling Festival has been an annual event for area schools since 1985. Diana Wyrwa, Director of Genesee Valley BOCES School Library System, is excited about the relationship between BOCES and the College because "more students will be introduced to storytelling with the guidance of a professional storyteller." 66 schools in 22 school districts are served through the School Library System.

The performance is open to the public. Groups of 10 or more receive discounted tickets. Call the Box Office at 585-345-6814 for information.

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