Wednesday, May 5, 2010

How To Tell a Kick Butt Story in Five Minutes!

How to Tell a Kick Butt Five Minute Story!
Come and enjoy a 1.5 hour workshop on finding a story from your life experience with coaching and pointers on performance. Storytelling is a whole performance art unto itself.

A series of workshops beginning  May 10, 2010 at 6:30 P.M.  to September 13, 2010 at 9:30 P.M. REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

Street: 42 Province Street
City/Town: Boston MA 5 minutes from Park Street T
Website or Map:
Phone: 617-460-3544 and 781-267-9979
Event Type: workshop, open, mic
Organized By: Norah Dooley Andrea Lovett

Each workshop is one time/ free standing event and taught by professional teaching artists. The workshops may be different in flavor and perhaps worth taking twice BUT are meant to be a jump start, all-in-one experience. The cost is $20 for each session/workshop and, if you stay for open mic (recommended) you must purchase something ($5 minimum) at the venue.

In this workshop you will begin to learn how storytelling differs from theater, stand up and twisting balloon animals and how to mine your life experience to craft a story. Followed by an open mic opportunity to tell your story to an audience.

Limited to 16 and minimum of 6 to run. Taught by professional massmouth tellers who will feature with a ten minute story at the open mic 2nd Mondays from MAY 10th - SEPT 13th

Coordinated by Norah Dooley and Andrea Lovett; educators, professional storytellers, performance coaches, and story lovers.  and

MAY 10 Norah Dooley and Karen Chace
JUNE 14 Andrea Lovett and Lani Peterson
JULY 12 Norah Dooley and Judith Black
AUG 9 Andrea Lovett and Doug Lipman
SEPT  To be announced

Sign up to reserve your space:

Cost for each workshop is $20 cash. Personal checks/cash accepted. We are not set up for credit cards or debit cards. The $20 fee for each session/workshop does not include food or drink and if staying for the open mic, you must purchase something ($5 minimum) at the venue.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Magic of Mexico - Celebrate Cinco de Mayo


Mexico (name is taken from the Mexica, one of the seven Nahuati tribes that inhabit the central region of the country.)

Official name: United Mexican States
Continent: North America
Capital: Mexico City (also the world’s largest city) It built on the site of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan. Mexico city is the oldest city in Latin America. Over 2,000 newcomers arrive each day. 50% of the inhabitants live as squatter in illegal dwellings.
Money: Peso
Government: Republic. President has a six year term.
Colors of flag: red, green and white
Language: Spanish

Mexico History and Culture

At Christmas time the children of Mexico may get presents on Christmas Day but traditionally, they must wait until Three Kings Day on January 6. The night before, they leave out their shoes. Then the next morning they find their shoes filled with presents left by the Three Kings, who long ago brought gifts for the Baby Jesus.

May 5 is Cinco de Mayo, the national festival of Mexico; here are a few sites to help you get ready to join in the celebration!

Mexican Folktales - An extensive bibliography of folktales to help you find just the right story to share.

Magic Tales of Mexico - I shared this site in 2005 but it bears repeating; nine stories from the colorful culture of Mexico.

American Folklore: Mexican Folklore - Thirteen Ghost Stories, Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends from Mexico.

Children’s Game

The Moon and the Stars – A game of Shadow Tag played near a large tree or building that casts a shadow. One player is chosen to be the Moon and that person must stay only in the trees shadow, (since the moon is visible only in the dark sky). All the other players are Morning Stars. The run in and out of the shadow, teasing the moon. Found in Hands Around the World by Susan Milford


Three sites filled with fabulous, fun crafts for children for a variety of ages.

Cinco de Mayo Crafts for Kids

Cinco de Mayo Finger Puppets

Cinco de Mayo Door Hangers

Mexican Crafts

Curriculum Connections

Cinco de Mayo Word Search

Cinco de Mayo Vocabulary

Cinco de Mayo Crossword Puzzle

Cinco de Mayo Challenge

Cinco de Mayo Alphabet Activity

Mexico for Kids - There’s something here for everyone; fun and useful information on the various indigenous cultures, music, traditions, myths and stories.

Songs and Fingerplays

Children’s Songs and Fingerplays: Bilingual in Spanish and English – Some of the songs may be downloaded as an MP3 file.

Mexican Music – Three Fun Songs for Children - This site also offers the accompanying sheet music and midi-files so you can listen to the melodies..