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07/13/15

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Contact: Steve Hawkins
Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-0754
shawkins@okhistory.org
www.okhistory.org/historycenter

Oklahoma History Center to Host 35th Annual Storytelling Festival

Oklahoma City, Okla. — The Oklahoma History Center is proud to announce that it will host the highly anticipated 35th annual Storytelling Festival August 27–29 in collaboration with Arts Council Oklahoma City. The festival will feature Charlotte Blake Alston, Megan Wells and Jim May, three internationally acclaimed storytellers, with three evening performances, one family matinee and a number of workshops. The festival will begin Thursday, August 27, at 7 p.m. in the Devon Great Hall with the last teller performing on Saturday, August 29, at 8 p.m.

Charlotte Blake Alston has performed internationally in a wide range of venues, from the Kennedy Center to prisons. She focuses her craft on traditional and contemporary stories from African and African American oral and cultural traditions. She often includes music played on instruments from the African culture.

Megan Wells is an award-winning actress and director who brings her theatrical background to her particular approach to storytelling. Her most well-known offering is an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in addition to her versions of fairytales, historical tales and personal narratives.

Jim May, an Emmy award-winning storyteller, comes to the festival with more than 25 years of experience “spinning a yarn,” performing both nationally and internationally. His expertise is recounting personal stories as well as “ghost stories.”

Tickets and workshop passes may be purchased at www.artscouncilokc.com, by calling 405-270-4848, or at the door. Workshop passes for Friday and Saturday are $50 and single workshop passes are $10. There is no charge for the Saturday morning family matinee. The festival fulfills Arts Council Oklahoma City’s mission to bring the arts and the community together. For more information about the tellers and their performances, please visit www.artscouncilokc.com.

The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and an accredited member of the American Association of Museums. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS please visit www.okhistory.org





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