Tellabration! 2019 featuring Janel Behm
On November 1, 2019, the Frogtown Storytelling Guild (Toledo, OH) will host Tellabration! 2019—a spoken-word concert of "stories for grown-ups"—featuring guest storyteller Janel Behm. The concert will be held 7:00 pm–9:00 pm at the Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St, Maumee, OH 43537. Tickets are $10.00 each and available at the door. Prizes will be raffled.
Although born and raised in Northwest Ohio, Ms. Behm currently calls the Gulf Coast of Florida home, where she creates community around a campfire through her passion for the ukulele and her gift of storytelling. She is a member of the Tamiami Tale Tellers (Ft. Meyers, FL), the Florida Storytelling Association (Mount Dora, FL), and the National Storytelling Network (Kansas City, MO). Ms. Behm is from a large family of storytellers who, as she describes, "tell each other stories we’ve all heard before and then we tell each other how we tweak the stories and shape them for greater effect. Some might call that exaggeration; we call it oral art."
She has been involved in community theater for more than 40 years. Her life-long love of music led her to play piano as a child, baritone horn as a teen in the high school band, and acoustic guitar as an adult in college. Nearly one decade ago, she taught herself to play the ukulele and fell in love with the instrument. She has honed her ukulele skills as a member of the Suncoast Sand Fleas Ukulele Club, which gives live weekly performances on Nokomis Beach in Florida. Ms. Behm specializes in ancient allegories from original cultures. "These stories are thousands of years old," she explains, "but I love how they show us that the heart of humanity is unchanged."
Sharing the stage with Ms. Behm for Tellabration! 2019 will be Frogtown Storytelling Guild members Glenda Garrison, Marion Hallauer, Tari Miller, Regina Patrick, and Ken Solo.