Adventures in Storytelling

The adventures of The Patchwork Players, Patti Christensen and James Nelson-Lucas, as they travel the dimensions of time and space, telling their tales

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Patchwork Players Alert!

Join The Patchwork Players at the Seaport Village Busker Festival; that means that there will be a bunch of great acts; jugglers, musicians, magicians etc., vying for a summer long contract. We will put on a great show, but are not above asking our fans to come down an fill the ballot box with our name. When we win you can bring you and yours down to Seaport Village all summer long to see our shows. Hurrah! Shows are ongoing all day May 12th & 13th, from 11:00 to 4:00. On Saturday we will be on the Boardwalk by the Scandinavian and Trails West shops. On Sunday we will be by the carousel. Look for us to tailor our shows to reflect the telling area. We know a fun time will be had by all. And remember The Patchwork Players when casting your vote!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Spring has Sprung!

Patchwork Players audiences continue to grow and we are jumping like rabbits to keep up with the demand for our tales.

Since our last blog we have been planting storytelling seed throughout the southland. The Patchwork Players have been seen at a Diversity Dinner in Encinitas and birthday parties

We have also performed at Festivals in Murrieta and Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside on the same day (both of which received press in the local papers) WHEW!

Along the way we squeezed a bunch of Library shows from Temecula to Carlsbad.
We also started a couple of very fine educational programs. The first is the Reading is Fundamental program. Patti and James each have told to half-a-dozen assemblies for elementary and middle school kids in Escondido thanks to a project sponsored by the Escondido Library Literacy Program.

Next we kicked off a Prime Time Reading program in National City. There we perform tales and engage students and parents in critical thinking discussions about the tales told. Oh yeah, they get to take home the books that we shared so they can read them at home, too. This program is presented bilingually in English and Spanish so that everyone can participate. Very cool!

On top of that Patti has continued to perform at Family Literacy Nights, and will be performing with our storytelling friend Panchita Acevedo at the California Center for the Arts for classes from area schools.

And James’ Mad Science presentations march on with kids thrilling them with the fun of science that comes to life, in a very NOT BORING way. So, we guess you could say, we’re pretty busy.

Keep an eye on this page as May flowers and Summer starts to simmer…We are especially excited as we continue to book our summer library reading program show “You be the Detective” at libraries from Ventura down to south San Diego County.

Look for us at a library near you! Keep us in mind for summer picnics, family events, birthday parties and other places that could just use some stories.