Frogtown Storytelling Guild's Tellabration

Posted Oct 29th, 2011 by Glenda Miller  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com


Frogtown Storytelling Guild Presents Sheila Otto in “Tellabration 2011!”
Toledo-based author and storyteller shares the stage with local performers in their 11th annual storytelling concert

Toledo, OH—October 28, 2011 On Friday, November 11, 2011—in celebration of eleven years of “Tellabration!” in the community—the Frogtown Storytelling Guild (FSG) brings Toledo author and storyteller Sheila Otto to their stage in a spoken-word concert of “stories for grown-ups” at 7p.m. in the Maumee Indoor Theater.

“We are delighted to be featuring the funny, poignant and thought-provoking stories of Toledo’s own Sheila Otto in our eleventh annual ‘Tellabration!’ concert,” states Pat Lora, Co-Producer for the event. “Tellabration!” Co-Producer Glenda Miller remarks, “We have a wonderful line-up for the evening that showcases our community’s local talent: our guild members sharing their favorite tales and Sheila’s surprising stories of history and humor.”

Sheila Otto began her storytelling career as a volunteer at her children’s elementary school, claiming that “being in the warm library was better than having playground duty year-round.” At that time, her professional work was in spiritual guidance counseling and serving as the first public relations director for what was then Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio. Following her retirement from Lourdes, Otto studied the art and craft of storytelling with noted leaders in the field, including Barbara Britsch, Robert Bela Wilhelm and Midge Miles. Her storytelling was soon incorporated into her counseling and spiritual direction ministry, engaging audiences of all ages and backgrounds throughout the world.

Sheila Otto is the author of “All Stories Are True…Some Actually Happened,” a book that features her own contemplative photography and philosophy of “soul snorkeling.” She currently conducts Soul Snorkeling Contemplative Photography workshops locally and nationally. Her photojournalism has been featured in The Blade and numerous regional publications. Otto’s extensive story repertoire includes sacred stories from all traditions as well as historical tales, featuring the adventures of real-life “uppity women.”

Begun in Connecticut in 1988 by representatives of the National Storytelling Network, “Tellabration!” is now an annual worldwide event produced by thousands of local story groups celebrating the grand art of storytelling – sharing funny, sad, scary, real and imagined stories loved by people around the world. The sponsors of Toledo’s “Tellabration 2011!” are the Frogtown Storytelling Guild and Cardone Financial Group.

Sharing the spotlight in Toledo with Featured Teller Sheila Otto will be the many talented members of the Frogtown Storytelling Guild—including Catherine Andujar, Marion Hallauer, Tim Kreps, Glenda Miller, Tari Miller, Regina Patrick, Odessa Rowan and Ken Wielfaert. Stories to be told include folktales, legends, romantic sagas, humorous accounts and personal narratives that explore the richness of the human condition and the variety of the oral tradition. States FSG President Marian Hallauer, “There will be something for everyone, come listen!”

What: “Tellabration 2011!” 11th Annual Storytelling Concert
Where: Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant Street, Maumee, Ohio 43537
When: Friday, November 11, 2011, 7p.m.
Cost: $9 per ticket, available at the door. High school and college students free with student ID.
For More Information Contact: Pat Lora (Co-Producer) at 419-841-5608, Glenda Miller (Co-Producer) at 419-350-1454, or visit http://sites.google.com/site/frogtownstorytellers/
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