Popular ‘Storytellers Theatre’ returns Nov. 10

Photo of a frog wearing a crownAfter having last been performed during the winter of 2009, the NIU School of Theatre and Dance will again present one of its staple Studio Series productions, “Storytellers Theatre.”

Shows are scheduled from Thursday, Nov. 10, through Sunday, Nov. 13.

The staged theatrical production is directed by professor Patricia Ridge, a professional storyteller herself. Storytelling has been viewed as the earliest form of entertainment, Ridge says, dating back to the cavemen.

“(The stories) are about a heart-to heart connection,” she says. “The art has transcended time, crossed continents, and stayed at the heart of human society. ‘Storytellers Theatre’ (can) entertain, intrigue, educate, explore and ultimately shares stories about life.”

All the storytellers in the show perform as part of a project by the storytelling class that Ridge teaches.

In a manner properly fitting the nature of the art, students have been working diligently to express stories of their choice by practicing their telling on each other.

The stories range from fairy tales to funny fables and span the spectrum of theme and emotion. They include holiday stories, poignant personal experiences and thought- provoking commentaries on life, popular culture and relationships. The performance has a living, flexible feeling that Ridge says fits both storytelling and theater.

“Storytellers Theatre” will be performed in the Corner Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The performance runs for about 90 minutes.

Tickets cost $5 and are available only at the box office on show dates.

For more information, call (815) 753-1600.

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