Storytelling Festival  

The Chippewa Valley Storytelling Festival for All Ages
September 13 & 14, 2013
UW-Eau Claire Davies Student Center


Admission (pay at the door)


  Individual Family UWEC Student
All events: $10 $20 $7
Individual event: $5 $8 $3


September 13, 7:00-9:00 PM, Dakota Ballroom
"Friday the 13th" Storytelling

"Friday the 13th" conjures up all kinds of mysterious and other-worldly stories: superstitions, trickster tales, ghost stories, and more.  Join host Kevin McMullin and a smorgasbord of storytellers including Tracy Chipman, Rob Kuchta, Marge Loch-Wouters, Kurt Lothe, August Rubrecht, and students from the university's Children's Literature classes.

September 14, 12:30-4:15 PM, Menominee and Ho-Chunk Rooms
Storytelling Workshops

12:30-1:15 PM

Once Upon an Archipelago: Oral Tradition from Scotland's Outer Hebrides
Tracy Chipman
founded the Hebridean Folklore Project, spending many months on these remote islands, connecting to the land and her people in an attempt to help keep Scottish folklore alive and accessible.  Explore the rich oral tradition of these stark and beautiful islands in this workshop.
(Menominee Room - adults and teens)

Fall Down Funny Stories
Marge Lock-Wouters specializes in humor and will share a series of some of the funniest stories she knows.  We'll probably get complaints from the neighbors because everyone in the audience will be laughing so hard.
(Ho-Chunk Room - families)

1:30-2:15 PM

Give 'Em a Song
Kevin McMullin gives a foot flapping, hand clapping, knee slapping presentation of music made by hand, mouth, stomach, and other anatomical parts.  We'll explore ways people use their bodies to make musical sounds, then use those sounds to accompany songs and stories, and make up rhythms of our own.
(Menominee Room - adults and teens)

Cuentos: Spanish/English Bilingual Stories
Sadarri & Company present seamless integration of Spanish and English in stories for both Spanish and English speakers.  Enjoy humorous tales with a variety of character voices.  It's hard to sit down when Sadarri & Company get you movin' and groovin' to delightful stories, songs, and games.
(Ho-Chunk Room - families)

2:30-3:15 PM

Creating a Story Out of Nothing
Listen to Marge Loch-Wouters tell a story and then talk about various story adaptations.  The audience will then have a hand in creating several smaller stories with Marge's process of "whittlin' things down."
(Menominee Room - adults and teens)

A Tale in the Round
Tracy Chipman gives a group storytelling performance with ages 8+.  We'll all enjoy a tale, then have the chance to "tell" it as a group in a spirited orchestration of expression or "a belly-laughing foray into complete mayhem."  This is experimental storytelling at its best.
(Ho-Chunk Room - families)

3:30-4:15 PM

International Smorgasbord: Stories, Rhythm, and Rhyme from Around the Globe
Sadarri & Company add a sprinkle of zing and a pinch of zest when they combine an array of personal narratives with world folktales in a sweet and savory word feast.  Story lovers are sure to relish every flavor-packed bite.
(Menominee Room - adults and teens)

A Handkerchief Story
Kevin McMullin will teach you how to be a storyteller in one day.  Participants will learn how to tell a handkerchief story, "Chicken and Raccoon," and fold their bandanas to illustrate (and remember) what's happening in the story.  Recommended for those in third grade and up.
(Ho-Chunk Room - families)


September 14, 6:30-8:30 PM, Dakota Ballroom
Family Storytelling

Join us for an evening of entertainment designed for the whole family with host Rob Reid.  Our festival's feature storytellers, Tracy Chipman, Marge Loch-Wouters, Kevin McMullin, and Sadarri & Company, will share their favorite stories.


Storyteller Biographies

Tracy Chipman is a storyteller, lover of beginnings, middles, & ends, myth-maker, word alchemist, educator, weaver of tales, writer, truth-teller, forklorist, performance artist, and eternal student.  Her repertoire is a wild and wide open global collection of folktales, wonder-stories, myth, personal marrative, and original material.  No audience is too large or too small, too old or too young to enjoy the ancient narrative craft and experience of storytelling.

Marge Loch-Wouters has been called the "funniest woman in Wisconsin" and "the female Robin Williams."  She tickles the ears of her listeners and leaves them glowing with laughter and memories of fabulously fun tales.  With her stand-up comedy style, Marge tells razzle-dazzle tales to families and to kids ranging in age from preschoolers through elementary school.  Her fall-down funny stories and expressive faces have produced laughs aplenty from kids and grown-ups alike.

Kevin McMullin is an explorer--a performer interested in borderlands that defy categorization.  An enchanting entertainer, he uses storytelling, music, and song to create performances that leave audiences delighted, spell-bound, and wondering what to call his shows.  One thing is for sure, his performances are an extraordinary combination of music and narrative, humor and drama, using traditional and original material that leaves listeners profoundly satisfied.

Sadarri & Company tell stories in French, Spanish, Russian, Haitain Creole, sign language, and more!  This vivacious family of teaching artists offers programs worldwide for audiences of all ages.  Specializing in multi-cultural lateracy, their stories and songs have been showcased in numerous award-winning audio and video recordings.  They happily invite you to come along on a global advanture of hand-clappin', finger-snappin', foot-stompin' FUN!  Storytellers for the concert include Sadarri, Rick Saskill, and Autumn Joy Saskill.