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Tellabration 2010                                               for adults and teens
Laughing Fits: Stories of Smiles and Surprises
in The GE Theatre

Sunday, Nov. 14, 2:00 p.m.   $12 adults, $10 newcomers and groups, $6 students   Free Parking

Fifteenth Annual Benefit Performance
for Capital District Storytelling

160 people enjoyed some of the best storytellers in the area share their favorite stories: Photo of 2010 Tellabration tellers
Fran Combs Berger, Kent Busman, Janet Carter, Kate Dudding, Margaret French, Adam Hoffman, Betty McCanty, Claire Nolan and Joe Peck, with emcee Karen Pillsworth.
Image of 2010 Tellabration program

One of those who attended wrote:

"I had no idea what to expect. I knew it would be different than what I have seen and heard at the Iinterfaith Story Circle events, so my mind and heart were open to a new experience.

I was blown away. I have been at the GE Theater before, but never seen it set up so "sparsely". Just microphones were present on the stage, to give me a clue that's where people would be speaking from. I wondered how the space would be filled, how the audience would react and how I would react.

I knew right from the first story that there was a reason for the sparse set-up. The teller filled the space, the stage, with his/her presence and that was enough. Anything else would have detracted from the beauty of listening to tellers telling for one main reason: the joy of telling and making art with the spoken world.

I had images dancing in my head immediately with Joe Peck's bovine stories. I closed my eyes a few times and listened with more than my ears. I laughed, I sighed, I felt the power of emotion when Kate got choked up. I loved the Niagara Falls story from the 87-year old (wow!) retired teacher. I was in awe most of the time, as these people shared stories that made us laugh, made the audience appreciate what so many young people probably have no clue goes on.

There were many people there (there should have been more -such a shame to see empty seats) who enjoyed a unique, fun afternoon of a little-known art form. Communicating with words that come from our heads and hearts, and that are spoken orally that we listen to.

I am so happy that I went and got a chance to see something so special like this, going on right in our community. It was exciting and a true sensory pleasure,and I thank you all so much.

Everyone should be exposed to this at least once!"

Each year in November, in 200 locations around the world, people gather together to share stories at programs called Tellabration. Proceeds from our previous Tellabration programs have funded over 80 storytelling events at libraries, museums and other locations in the Capital District.


Storyteller Kate Dudding was interviewed on "Schenectady Today: Wednesday Edition with Ann Parillo" and shares information about the upcoming storytelling benefit Tellabration: Laughing Fits -- Stories of Smiles and Surprises, on Sunday Nov. 14 at 2 pm in the GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY. Kate also shares part of her story "Georgia O'Keeffe: In Her Own Words."

Story Circle is one of the first resident storytelling companies
at a US performing arts center

Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, New York