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Contact: David W. Booth/Cora Vasseur, NIU School of Theatre and Dance
(815) 753-1337

April 13, 2007

NIU School of Theatre and Dance presents
10th annual Storytellers Theatre

DeKalb — The Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance will presents its 10th annual Storytellers Theatre from Thursday, April 19, through Sunday, April 22.

Modern and traditional stories and storytelling techniques will be presented each night that celebrate the connections of strangers, families and generations through the fine art of storytelling, says the annual production’s founder and director, Patricia Ridge.

“People are looking for ways to reconnect with family and friends, and storytelling is a way to do that,” says Ridge.

As a professional storyteller herself and teacher of NIU’s storytelling class, she feels “storytelling has an inherent healing quality, something that is indispensable in this country right now.”

Each night a different and diverse group of B.A. theater majors and minors will present a new set of fairytales, personal stories and folklore. Each of these students in Ridge’s class has learned how to present their telling in a way that makes it interesting for themselves as well as their audiences. Some stories are original pieces written by the performers themselves.

This production of Storytellers Theatre will be the last performed in the spring, Ridge says.

To create new interest and challenges in storytelling, Ridge says the storytelling class and Storytellers Theatre will be moving to the fall semester. The move will provide a change of pace, and the types of stories told will be fresh and new.

“We will be doing a big holiday festival of stories focusing on Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanza,” she says.

Storytellers Theatre will run in the Stevens Building Corner Theatre on the DeKalb campus. Show times are 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $5 and are only available at the door.

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