Frisco, Texas (September 11, 2017)–Two thousand fourth graders, two professional liars, and a couple of talented kids walk into a packed arena…. Nope. It’s not the start of a joke. It’s what happens every year when the Lone Star Storytelling Festival brings the community together to share the laughter, lessons, and joy that only a well-told story can bring.
On October 13-14, student Lone Star Storytellers and internationally renowned professional tellers Kevin Kling and Don White will combine culture and comedy, leaving fans with smiles and memories for years to come.
That arena packed with fourth graders? On the days leading up to the Festival the storytellers perform for everyone in that grade in the Frisco Independent School District (FISD). It’s an eye-opening, belly-laughing experience for the performers on stage and the students in the audience.
Those professional liars? Don White and Kevin Kling have won enough awards to fill a book. Kling is an author, playwright, storyteller, and commentator for National Public Radio (NPR). He is a recipient of the prestigious Whiting award, a national honor bestowed on ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama each year. Side effects of Kling’s performances include belly-aches from laughter and sore faces from smiling.
White’s life as somewhat of a vagabond whose extensive travels have birthed his concert performances is a fantastical story in its own right. He is part songwriter, part comedian, part musician, and all entertainer. His ability to connect with his audiences and leave everyone smiling is unparalleled.
You may not know Kevin Kling and Don White by name, but you won’t forget their stories.
“We are thrilled to present performers of this caliber at the storytelling festival” says Mayra Diaz, Festival Producer. “Frisco Library is committed to delivering only the best, and we definitely have it in all of this year’s tellers.”
Now, about those kids. The Lone Star Storytellers earn their places on stage through a highly competitive audition process and months of training. These storytellers build confidence, gain public speaking skills, and make memories that last a lifetime. The way these young performers command the stage and take the audience on journeys that are any combination of scary, heart wrenching, and hysterical is truly remarkable. Audiences delight in watching these local kids become local stars.
Public concerts are held in Council Chambers at City Hall. The fun starts Friday evening, and continues through Saturday afternoon and evening. Performances are recommended for ages 10 and up.
Tickets, schedules, and other information are at lonestarstories.org.
…And that’s no joke. See you there!