9th Annual Storytelling Festival Celebrates Once Upon a Time

October 12, 2004

OGDEN, Utah – Intrigue, thrills and romance will all be a part of Weber State University's celebration of one of humanity's grandest traditions: Storytelling.

WSU will host the 9th annual Storytelling Festival Nov. 8-10 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, Peery's Egyptian Theater and WSU's Ogden campus. The nationally recognized festival will feature two-time spoken word Grammy nominee Bill Harley, popular Latina performer Olga Loya (who will tell her stories in half English, half Spanish), award-winning author Rafe Martin and, in her first WSU appearance, renowned storyteller Connie Regan-Blake. Thirty regional storytellers and approximately 80 students from Weber, Davis and Morgan counties will add local flare to the festival.

According to event chairwoman Claudia Eliason, WSU's Storytelling Festival is the only one in the nation that is held in conjunction with school districts, and is one of the only festivals that includes children as storytellers.

"Storytelling, like art and music, spans generations," Eliason said. "It's something the young and old can enjoy."

This year event organizers have included Bedtime Stories and Campfire Tales, which are special sessions designed for children, that the whole family will enjoy. Bedtime Stories participants will even receive milk and cookies, all covered under its two-for-one admission fee. The evening session on Nov. 10 will be Storyteller Favorites, featuring the nationally renowned storytellers sharing their favorite tales.

A special event will be held each day of the conference on WSU's campus. Nov. 8, Anneliese Konkol will present "The Power of Your Voice" workshop from 2-2:50 p.m. in room 338 of the Shepherd Union Building. Nov. 9, Martin will present from 1-2 p.m. in Stewart Library's Special Collections room. On Nov. 10, Harley will perform from 11 a.m. to noon in room 330 of the David O. McKay Education Building. All campus events are free to the public.

Advance tickets are available at the Dee Events Center Ticket Office, open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by calling 626-8500 or 1-800-WSU-TIKS. During Storytelling Festival hours, tickets can be purchased at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center and Peery's Egyptian Theater. For more information on the Storytelling Festival and scheduled storytellers, visit weber.edu/storytelling.

WSU Storytelling Festival Ticket Prices
...................................... Adult...Child....Senior/Student...Family of six
Single Day Events ............$10...... $3........ $7..................... $25
Evening Events..................$5....... $3........ $4......................$15
All Event Pass .................$30.......$10 ......$20.................... $60

Contact:

Claudia Eliason, Storytelling Festival chairwoman

801-626-7719 · celiason@weber.edu

Author:

Paul Garcia, office of Media Relations
801-626-7212 · pgarcia@weber.edu


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