For Fall 2022, Mary Ann will be considering in-person sessions with limited availability on a case-by-case basis.
PUBLIC AND SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS
Mary Ann believes oral storytelling is a timeless medium that brings people together to understand, connect and support the global community. Whether dressing up as a leprechaun to entertain Tiny Tots, or regaling Seniors with pioneer stories, Mary Ann is committed to providing an interactive presentation to intergenerational audiences that is reflective of the vital communication link between the written word and the universal traditions of oral storytelling.
Private, School and Workshop Booking Inquires and Requirements: General inquiries and booking information are welcome year round. Be advised to consider booking well in advance as Mary Ann is an active touring oral storyteller with limited availability. email@example.com or 780-941-3843
- In-person presentations only. Virtual Presentations currently unavailable.
- Available year round with 3 months advance booking recommended.
- Bookings of any group size will be considered.
- Rural Alberta inquiries welcome!
- Non-Taleblazers bookings are readily accepted, subject to non-Taleblazers presentation fees and mileage.
- Mary Ann offers preschool to adult presentations for public and private bookings.
- (YABS) Taleblazers presentations focus primarily on Gr. K – 9 audiences.
- Mary Ann is not First Nations but has been honored to receive invitations to advocate and support First Peoples (FNMI) by sharing “Teachings and Lessons of Wisdom,” which all people, irrespective of heritage and spiritual beliefs can learn from.
- One hour uninterrupted presenter set-up time prior to first presentation.
- Access to drinking water (to refill water bottle).
- 2-3 rectangular tables for materials (number required confirmed with booking).
- A personal head-set or lapel mic required for large groups / venues.
- Mary Ann will discuss presentation details directly with booking host over the telephone and prior to a presentation.
- An enclosed library or program room conducive to oral storytelling is preferred. Gymnasium or community hall presentations must be discussed with Mary Ann prior to a booking confirmation.
NEW REPERTOIRE MATERIAL FOR EACH PRESENTATION!
Touring as “Story in My Pocket,” Mary Ann welcomes inquiries of her diverse repertoire and story-adaptations for intergenerational audiences. Celebrating a multicultural mosaic of universal oral storytelling traditions, audiences of all ages are magically engaged in an interactive audiovisual extravaganza of oral storytelling techniques that may include string, draw and tell, cut and tell, instruments, costumes, puzzles, puppets, props, Signed Language, and traditional music.
Classroom and Curriculum Connections:
- Mary Ann brings her wisdom from life-experiences as an Early Years Educator, Elementary Educational Special-Needs Assistant and Touring Oral Storyteller.
- Mary Ann is sensitive to diverse student needs, respectful of teachers and aware of curriculum accountability.
- Mary Ann’s flexible custom programming is a blend of interactive oral storytelling entertainment, curriculum connections and multicultural content.
- Perpetuate literacy and learning with engaging storytelling that generates language development, stimulates a desire for the written communication and inspires the enjoyment of life long reading.
- Connect to current Language Art and Social Studies curriculum with an extensive storytelling repertoire that is newly customized with each presentation.
- Partner with educators to advocate literacy by using effective oral storytelling that teaches by modeling, active participation and illustrating diverse oral telling forms.
- Compliment literacy programs with inspiring oral storytelling that fosters an aesthetic appreciation for the oral language.
- Celebrate the family and community spirit through a positive experience of interactive oral storytelling.
- Advocate tolerance and acceptance for the diversities of fellow mankind by incorporating values of respect and compassion with a multicultural mosaic of stories.
- Inspire curiosity, imagination and creativity through the artistic energy of oral storytelling.
- 3rd Generation Family Stories, Personal Stories
- Localized Farming History, Alberta / Pioneer History
- First Nations Grandfather Teachings, Legends, Trickster and Wisdom Stories
- Nature, True Adventures
- Global and Community Cultural Diversity
- Conflict – Resolution, Anti-Bullying
- Understanding, Tolerance, Respect, Acceptance
- Leader-In-Me, Personal Choices, Friendships
- Visual / Performing Arts
- Life-long enjoyment of story listening, telling, reading, and writing
- Fables, Fairytales, Folklore
- Legends, Myths, Tricksters
- Poetry, Rhymes, Transitional (Movement) Action Songs / Chants / Hand Games
- Oral Storytelling workshop
- India, Peru, Ukraine
- FNMI First Nations, Métis, Inuit
- Historical Characterizations
- Alberta Farming, Pioneers
- Appreciation of oral storytelling as the oldest yet current art form
- Creative Expression, Interpretation and Inspiration
- Performer’s Presence, Public Speaking
- Diverse Oral Storytelling Techniques
Audience Limit: K-Gr. 3: 80; Gr. 4-12: 100; Adult: 150-200
Presentation Limit: 4 one-hour / day, or 1 one-hour per evening
Full day fee: $575
Half day fee: $375