Diane performs Once Upon a Wintertime at 4pm and 5pm at First Night Sandwich. This event is free and open to the public and is perfect for family audiences, especially those with children ages four and up. Location will be at the Sandwich Public Library!
Don’t miss this interactive and lively performance by one of New England’s favorite storytellers. ‘Once Upon A Wintertime’ celebrates this joyful time of year with tales of wintertime magic and fun. Diane is known for transforming into the characters in her tales so bring your imaginations to this delightful family event.
Diane has been delighting audiences of all ages for over twenty-five years. Her storytelling has been featured on National Public Radio as well as at the International Storytelling Center and the National Storytelling Festival. A four time winner of the Storytelling World Award for her recordings and CDs, Diane was also recently awarded the first national ORACLE award for Storytelling Excellence in the Northeast.
Diane performs Rainforest Legends for Kindergarten-4th graders at SCORE after school program in Hanover, MA. Diane is thrilled to be performing at this after-school event. If you wish to preview this event, please email email@example.com.
From the banks of the Amazon River to the heart of the West African jungle, Rainforest Legends brings to life favorite folktales and songs about the animals and plants of these lands. Legends tell why the Amazon Birds have feathers as brilliant as the colors of the rainbow, why three Invisible Hunters came to haunt the Nicaraguan rainforest, and how Jabuti the tortoise tricked the Amazon monster Kibungo into sparing the lives of three-toed frog, jaguar and monkey. Audiences love joining in with the songs and chants from many cultures. For teachers, Rainforest Legends comes with extensive curriculum enhancement materials.
“Our storytelling assembly for the 5th and 6th graders was one of the best hours we have enjoyed in many years. Even our most reluctant listeners were involved. Thank you for exposing all of us to the pleasure and excitement of listening to stories.” Rosemary Carr, 6th grade teacher, Warwick Elementary School, Warwick PA
Diane performs Digging Dinosaurs at the Ashland Public Library in Ashland, MA. This is a repeat engagement. This event is free and open to the public, no sign-ups required, and is perfect for families with children especially ages four and up.
Digging Dinosaurs engages students with descriptive dinosaur information, colorful posters, sign language, and lively interactive stories. Stories include Pattysaurus, Diane’s original tale about a young girl so obsessed with her dinosaur collection that she turns into a gigantic sauropod herself. In the end, Patty has a surprising realization about the value of sharing with others. This fun-filled piece is complemented by Diane’s scientifically based participatory tale: Egg Mountain, based on the true discovery in 1979 of Maiasaura, the first dinosaur known to care for its young. Students become paleontologists, prepare imaginary digging packs and help out on this discovery filled journey. Called a “virtuoso of the spoken word” and an “entire cast rolled into one,” Diane has created popular dinosaur adventures that complement scientific facts with imagination, humor, and active student participation.
“I wanted to thank you for both a wonderful performance of “Digging Dinos’ for our fundraiser, and for your shows at our elementary school. At the evening show I enjoyed watching the audience, who really didn’t know what to expect of a storyteller. They became mesmerized as you wove the tale for them. Rarely have I enjoyed a performance so much! Thank you for making our fundraiser a success and thank you for a great assembly program. I would highly recommend your performance to anyone; we look forward to your return to this area so we can once again enjoy your art!” Priscilla Gregory, Event Coordinator and President of PTO, Township of Warwick, Jamison, PA
Diane performs Welcome in the Spring at the Cambridge Winter Farmer’s Market ON THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING! This show is fun for all ages, and will be a great addition to your farmer’s market trip, although she won’t fit into your produce bag!
Last year, when Diane told these Spring stories at this Farmer’s Market, she received the MOST delicious local goods as barter for her telling… Fresh jams, Rainbow Carrots, Blue Potatoes, Pork Sausage from a home farm, Crusty Herb Bread, Homemade Feta Cheese, Organic Microgreens, Duck Confit-Ginger and Shitake ravioli!!!!! AND MORE! It was a great day!
Diane performs A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Folktales for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Major Edwards Elementary School in West Boylston, MA. If you wish to preview this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Folktales
Immerse yourself in the world of the Kurds of the Middle East with this lively and interactive performance. Entertaining Kurdish folktales from Diane’s book: A Fire In My Heart: Kurdish Tales will alternate with colorful slides, music and anecdotes of her time visiting with shepherds in remote villages. Favorite tales include The Lie: the story of a funny tall-tale contest between a feisty nephew and his uncle, Fatima: the beautiful Kurdish Cinderella story, as well as tales of how the moon and Milky Way came to be. Traditional dress and dance round out our exploration of this little known culture.
Diane performs Around the World Folktales for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders at Major Edwards Elementary School in West Boylston, MA. If you wish to preview this event, please email email@example.com.
Travel around the world with these captivating multi-cultural legends. Each tale offers a participatory look at our common love of story. Celebrate engaging narratives, animal characters, songs in different languages and home-spun wisdom as one of New England’s favorite storytellers takes us from the heart of the Amazon rainforest to the villages of Africa on the wings of story, rhythm and song.
“My family was at your amazing performance yesterday. I have to tell you: It was awesome! It was so lively and full of joy. It’s amazing how you bring together many aspects of art and present them for kids so they use their imagination to “see” all the characters you’re talking, dancing and singing about. Personally, I was very happy with your folktales about the rainforests. I’m from Brazil where we have a rich heritage from Africa and we live in the US where my son was born. We were very pleased to hear from all those places that mean a lot to us. And, yes, we loved to hear “O Pião entrou na roda, ó pião! Roda pião, bambeia pião!”. I used to sing this song myself when I was kid. It was delightful. :~)” ~Marcia, Linden School, Malden, MA
Diane performs Insect Comedy for 1st graders at Roger E. Wellington School in Belmont, MA. This is a repeat engagement for 12 years running!! If you wish to preview this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open up your imaginations for a fun-filled look at our six-legged friends! Diane’s teaching tale, Kate’s Acorn, introduces us to a fast-talking earthworm, pill bug, and centipede as we find out about the importance of soil creatures in the life cycle of plants. This creative tale is complemented by Diane’s true stories about her encounters with Monarch Butterflies. Then, in the Japanese folktale Princess Firefly, entertaining facts are served up along with plenty of silliness as the Princess ponders, “Who will be the bug that I will love?” Hilarious renditions of the hapless suitors: Mr. Mosquito, Mr. Gnat and Felonious Moth keep us laughing as we take a closer look at the wonderful world of insects. Bugs, bees n’ wiggly critters will never be the same again!
“From the Academy’s point of view, the storytelling could not have worked better as a public program. The stories you told, captivated and fascinated our audience. I was impressed that they would not let you leave the stage without an encore performance. Diane your storytelling is fantastic!” Linda Wolf, Public Programs Coordinator, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Diane performs Tales for the Earth for early elementary school students at Lextended Day Program at Estabrook School in Lexington, MA. This is a repeat performance for four years running! If you wish to preview this event, please email email@example.com.
This beloved performance celebrates nature and all the simple things we can do to make a difference. Both educational and wonderfully entertaining Tales for the Earth explores topics like Recycling, Water Conservation, and Bio-Diversity. Depending on the age-range stories may include: What Now, Cloacina?, Diane’s hilarious story about a water sprite who travels through the sewage system in search of her reservoir or Boy Who Loved the Marsh, based on the true story of a 5th Grade student who helps preserve a favorite nature spot. What shines through the entire presentation is a love and respect for our place in nature; with many ideas communicated about how we can make a difference.
“Diane- Thank you for adding your magic to our Earth Day celebration this past weekend. We had over 1100 happy visitors that day, which is wonderful. You were so amazing with your messages and your dramatic “art.” Thank you for coming!” ~Bonnie Drexler, New England Wildflower Society
Diane performs Welcome in the Spring for families at the Chelsea Public Library, in Chelsea, MA. This event is perfect for families with children ages 4 and up, and is free and open to the public. PJ’s are encouraged and refreshments will be served after the event!
Welcome in the Spring
Welcome in the Spring with the very best of spring folklore, sing-a-longs, nature tales and contemporary stories. We’ll meet Kate in Kate’s Acorn, who gets a special surprise when she helps to save the earthworms- her first acorn grows into an oak! In Kite’s Tale, two friends create an unusual kite that wings us across the sky in a hilarious fantasy of kite strings, bird’s nests and song. Just right for early elementary and family audiences with varied age-range, Welcome in the Spring is the perfect accompaniment to this joyful season.
Diane performs Everyday Heroes at the Simon Fairfield Public Library on July 8, 2015. This show is a part of her Summer Reading Programming, which complements the 2015 Summer Reading program theme “Every Hero has a Story”. This event is FREE and open to the public!
Celebrate the hero in every child with these fun-loving tales and songs. Through these interactive and entertaining pieces we learn about all the important ways young people make a difference in our world. What does it take to be a hero? Good qualities that everyone can embody. Small acts of kindness DO COUNT! Start and end your day as an EVERYDAY HERO inspired by this charming summer reading entertainment.
Diane’s Summer Reading programs have been gaining in popularity all over the Northeast – she has been invited to perform at over 240 Massachusetts Libraries.
Diane and Margot perform Flora’s Holiday for the Herb Society of America Northeast Seacoast Unit, at the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH. Open to a family audience ages eight and up. View Diane and Margot’s other story and music events for Garden Clubs by visiting www.livingmyth.com/gardens.
Flora’s Holiday! is a story and music excursion into the multicultural tales that surround trees, flowers and herbs. The centerpiece of the performance: Nightingale and Rose follows the journey of the Rose through the ages, weaving unusual and heartfelt myths from Persia and Greece with anecdotal tales of those who loved and nurtured the flower. The performance also features a rich harp medley of flower related tunes from around the world. See favorite garden plants revealed in a delightful new way. Expect to laugh, to be moved, to leave your cares behind.
“I want to thank you for bringing your performance to our Wellfleet Gardeners meeting. Your music and storytelling were beautifully done and everyone enjoyed your presentation. I loved the storytelling and was happy to know that other people responded in a similar way. Thanks and we all hope to see you again.” – Judith Dalmas, President, Wellfleet Gardeners.