Noted Storyteller Chris Shaw, headliner for this year's Fredonia Storytelling Festival at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House, will conduct a special master class for anyone interesting in improving their storytelling or public speaking skills on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 9 a.m.
Designed to cater to the experience level of the participants, this class offers an opportunity for individual one-on-one feedback and participation. Through a combination of personal critique and demonstration, Shaw helps each participant improve his or her storytelling skills.
"Whether you're an amateur or professional storyteller, someone who incorporates storytelling into your job, or simply someone who wants to improve on your public speaking skills, you'll benefit from this master class," says Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis. "In past years, our storytelling master class has been attended by school teachers, high school and college students, librarians, professional storytellers, retired grandparents and members of Toastmasters, among others."
Storyteller Chris Shaw
Shaw was raised in the Adirondack Mountains. He was born the grandson of a commercial steamboat pilot on Lake George. He worked the big boats and grew up listening to the songs and stories passed down from generation to generation, never suspecting he later would bring them to audiences all over the world. An accomplished educator, Shaw also conducts in-school seminars and workshops for storytellers of all ages and skill levels.
The class is limited to 25 participants, so individual attention is guaranteed. Registration is $25 and can be made by phone at (716) 679-1891, Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. and Saturday, 2-5 p.m. or online any time at www.fredopera.org. The Fredonia Storytelling Festival is sponsored by Ann & Doug Manly and receives support from The Fredonia Teachers Association.
Shaw also will present "Storytelling: It's YOUR Turn" on the same day at 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Fredonia Teachers Association, the event features free admission. Shaw entertains the kid in all of us in this special interactive performance. The program starts with Chris telling one of his premier Adirondack Tall Tales that will have the kids (and probably the adults, too!) rolling in the aisles with laughter.
Tickets are required, and may be reserved by calling the Box Office at (716) 679-1891.