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Laura J. Bobrow
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Faerie contains many things besides elves and fays,
 and besides dwarfs, witches, trolls, giants or dragons: 
 it holds the sea, the sun, the moon, the sky; and the earth and all things that are in it: tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread,  and ourselves, mortal men, when we are enchanted.
--J.R.R. Tolkien

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    PERFORMANCES
    A repertoire of almost 600 stories, poems and anecdotes allows for great flexibility. Each program is chosen 
    from among folk tales, poems, storysongs, anecdotes and original material to create a performance uniquely 
    suited to the audience.


​    Programs are loosely organized around a theme, and may range from ancient tales of Indo-European 
    wisdom to animal stories told with anthropomorphic abandon.  Poetry is almost always an element.

 
    Each storytelling program lasts from 45 minutes to an hour depending upon the age of the audience.
    
   
    Aside from a chair or stool, no props are required, and no special staging or lighting is needed. 
    A sound system (to be provided by the venue) is advisable for groups of over 200 people, or for any 
    outdoor performance. 

    
    Three weeks advance notice is required for booking.
    Touring area: CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, WV.
    Fee adjustments are available for non-profits.

    FEES  (as of 12/31/16)
    $275 for one hour and $125 for each additional hour up to four. 

    (Fee includes transportation and may vary slightly depending upon distance traveled and estimated size of     audience.) 
   
    Early morning or late evening performances require an additional fee for overnight accommodations if the
    venue is more than 80 miles from Leesburg VA.






19370 Magnolia Grove Square
Unit 210
Leesburg VA 20176
703.771.7571

eljbee@aol.com
    WORKSHOPS  minimum 90 minutes

    "Laura calls upon her expertise to enable each student to find a personal creative niche,  revealing amazingly     varied and vivid voices"  newsletter of the Storytelling Center of New York.  
     "Meaty"      "Makes you think"       "Let's have her again!"

     WORKSHOP 1: TWISTING THE TALE
     WORKSHOP 2: RHYME, RHYTHM AND RESONANCE: THE USES OF POETRY IN STORYTELLING 

    General overview of both workshops
    Participants learn about story motifs, how to choose a story,  Participants learn about story motifs, how to choose 
    a story, how to really get to know the animate and inanimate characters within a story and the importance of calling     upon individual experience and attitudes in relating to them. We discuss mental imaging and explore, through     exercises, the uses of vocabulary, tone of voice, body language, facial expression, repetition, personalization,     dialogue, timing, and rhyme. At the end of the session, without having changed the story’s motifs, we rewrite and 
    tell to each other parts of a well-known folk tale to discover that each person truly has a unique “voice.” This is     sometimes hilarious, and always amazing!and always amazing!

    From medieval troubadour to modern rap artist, the art of the purveyor of stories lies not in the telling of a tale, 
    but in  retelling it in unique ways, changing and adapting it in the process.  Homer and Ovid told the same story.  
    Shakespeare, Spenser, and Goethe used folklore extensively in their work.  Chaucer drew heavily on Oriental 
    oral fiction co-mingled with romantic fables of the North. 

   A SAMPLING OF PAST VENUES:
    Loudoun Educational Media Association, Ashburn, VA
    Norfolk Storyteller’s League, Norfolk, VA
    Shenandoah University, Leesburg, VA
    Poetry Society of Virginia, Richmond, VA
    Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Loudoun, VA
    National Storytelling Network Conference, Pittsburgh, PA
    Center for Teaching Excellence, Northern Virginia Community College, Sterling, VA
    
    RESIDENCIES
    The above workshops can be expanded into 13 week programs.  Please write or email to request lesson plans.