CALENDAR

Jan
29
Thu
The Art and Craft of Storytelling Workshop Jan 15-Feb 12 @ Newton South High School, Newton, MA
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Who doesn’t love a good story? Diane Edgecomb at NSF 2013With the popularity of The Moth and This American Life, storytelling is on the rise. If you’re a teacher, theatre artist, wannabe storyteller, writer, parent, or none of the above, join us—we want to hear your story. You’ll develop expressive language skills, and gain confidence speaking in front of others. First you’ll learn how to re-tell a classic folktale in your own words, employing exercises to help you use your voice and body to convey what’s in your imagination. We’ll discuss basic storytelling techniques; then you’ll learn to craft a tale from your own life. Through take-home and in-class written and oral exercises, we’ll explore what events have good story potential. Then, through four easy steps, you’ll develop your story into a tale worth telling.

This workshop is presented by Newton Community Education. To register, call 617-559-6999.

Jan
30
Fri
Native American Nature Tales @ Odyssey Day School, Wakefield, MA
Jan 30 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am

NATIVE AMERICAN NATURE TALES

Native American Nature Tales explores tribal myths and legends of the animals and birds of North America. Ranging from the humorous to the heart-felt, these stories celebrate native culture and its strong links to the natural world. We learn an Abenaki canoeing song, explore over seven different animals in the Northwest legend of Loon’s Song and discover why America is called Turtle Island. Through these “How and Why” legends, we understand how Native American culture clothed the world in story, enlivening the natural world. Diane has received permission from many prominent native writers to present these folktales. Join one of New England’s favorite tellers as these rich stories create a colorful weave of landscape and people.

“Your stories were wonderful. The teachers and the students agreed that your presentation is one of the best we’ve ever had. Thank you so much for bringing to life our study of myths and legends.” Missy Thomson, teacher and school librarian, Woodville School, Wakefield, MA

Native American Nature Tales @ Odyssey Day School, Wakefield, MA
Jan 30 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

NATIVE AMERICAN NATURE TALES

Native American Nature Tales explores tribal myths and legends of the animals and birds of North America. Ranging from the humorous to the heart-felt, these stories celebrate native culture and its strong links to the natural world. We learn an Abenaki canoeing song, explore over seven different animals in the Northwest legend of Loon’s Song and discover why America is called Turtle Island. Through these “How and Why” legends, we understand how Native American culture clothed the world in story, enlivening the natural world. Diane has received permission from many prominent native writers to present these folktales. Join one of New England’s favorite tellers as these rich stories create a colorful weave of landscape and people.

“Your stories were wonderful. The teachers and the students agreed that your presentation is one of the best we’ve ever had. Thank you so much for bringing to life our study of myths and legends.” Missy Thomson, teacher and school librarian, Woodville School, Wakefield, MA

Feb
2
Mon
Storytelling Residency @ Connery School, Lynn, MA
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Finding your Voice: Telling a story

Diane works with Kindergarten students at Connery School in Lynn, MA to develop their story-making and oral language skills in a supportive group environment. This storytelling residency is made possible by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. This is  STARS residency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council a State agency.

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Feb
3
Tue
Rainforest Legends @ SHORE After School Program, Hanover, MA
Feb 3 @ 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

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 dedge@livingmyth.com.

Rainforest Legends

macawFrom 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

Feb
5
Thu
The Art and Craft of Storytelling Workshop Jan 15-Feb 12 @ Newton South High School, Newton, MA
Feb 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Who doesn’t love a good story? Diane Edgecomb at NSF 2013With the popularity of The Moth and This American Life, storytelling is on the rise. If you’re a teacher, theatre artist, wannabe storyteller, writer, parent, or none of the above, join us—we want to hear your story. You’ll develop expressive language skills, and gain confidence speaking in front of others. First you’ll learn how to re-tell a classic folktale in your own words, employing exercises to help you use your voice and body to convey what’s in your imagination. We’ll discuss basic storytelling techniques; then you’ll learn to craft a tale from your own life. Through take-home and in-class written and oral exercises, we’ll explore what events have good story potential. Then, through four easy steps, you’ll develop your story into a tale worth telling.

This workshop is presented by Newton Community Education. To register, call 617-559-6999.

Feb
9
Mon
Storytelling Residency @ Connery School, Lynn, MA
Feb 9 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Finding your Voice: Telling a story

Diane works with Kindergarten students at Connery School in Lynn, MA to develop their story-making and oral language skills in a supportive group environment. This storytelling residency is made possible by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. This is  STARS residency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council a State agency.

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The Language of Flowers @ Carlisle Garden Club at the Gleason Public Library, Carlisle, MA
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Diane Edgecomb and Margot Chamberlain perform The Language of Flowers for the Carlisle Garden Club at the Gleason Public Library in Carlisle, MA. This event is free and open to the public.

Diane and Margot sing Verdant Groves by the stream at Arnold Arboretum Photo by Pamela Ruby Russell

Diane and Margot sing Verdant Groves by the stream at Arnold Arboretum Photo by Pamela Ruby Russell

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS

This musical storytelling centers on some of our favorite flowers and on the secret language that once belonged to them. The centerpiece of the performance: Nightingale and Rose tells the story of the origin of the rose using unusual and heartfelt myths from Persia and Greece. The performance is woven through with favorite love songs from many lands including La Vie En Rose. Interludes on harp and Diane’s humorous adaptation of Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady round out the program while answering the age old question: What do Women Desire the Most in the World? Expect to laugh, to be moved and to leave your cares behind.

 

 

Feb
12
Thu
The Art and Craft of Storytelling Workshop Jan 15-Feb 12 @ Newton South High School, Newton, MA
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Who doesn’t love a good story? Diane Edgecomb at NSF 2013With the popularity of The Moth and This American Life, storytelling is on the rise. If you’re a teacher, theatre artist, wannabe storyteller, writer, parent, or none of the above, join us—we want to hear your story. You’ll develop expressive language skills, and gain confidence speaking in front of others. First you’ll learn how to re-tell a classic folktale in your own words, employing exercises to help you use your voice and body to convey what’s in your imagination. We’ll discuss basic storytelling techniques; then you’ll learn to craft a tale from your own life. Through take-home and in-class written and oral exercises, we’ll explore what events have good story potential. Then, through four easy steps, you’ll develop your story into a tale worth telling.

This workshop is presented by Newton Community Education. To register, call 617-559-6999.

Feb
13
Fri
The Naughty Snowman and Other Tales @ Wallingford Public Library, Wallingford, CT
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Don’t miss this wonderful wintertime event! Diane performs as part of Wallingford Public Library’s Fireside Storytelling Series.

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Snow Man 3This family oriented performance will be held on Friday, February 13 with a snow date of February 27th in the Wallingford Library Children’s room. Phone number: 203-284-6438 for further information.

The Naughty Snowman and Other Family Tales
A snowman is on the loose – stealing scarves and mittens from children all over town until an encounter with the nieghborhood school teacher sets everything right again. Lots of fun in this participatory family tale. The Naughty Snowman is paired with other fun-loving original stories by one of New England’s favorite tellers: Diane Edgecomb. Expect to laugh, to be moved and to leave your cares behind.

About Diane Edgecomb A featured storyteller on NPR and winner of a Parent’s Choice Silver Award, Diane is known for transforming into the characters in her tales. Publisher’s Weekly called her ‘an entire cast rolled into one!’ Warm up your hearts and your imaginations with this delightful family event. Recommended for ages 4 and above.

Feb
19
Thu
Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association Showcase @ East Hartford Community Cultural Center, East Hartford, CT
Feb 19 @ 1:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Diane Edgecomb ~ Storyteller Diane will showcase her interactive and nature-oriented storytelling performances at this annual showcase! The event is from 9:30- 3:00 so if you would like to preview Diane and many other performers come for the day! To register go to: www.crpa.com or call  (860) 721-0384

Interesting tidbit: CRPA’s offices are in Newington, CT, Diane’s home town. Their offices are located in the same building where Diane first began her creative career under an amazing Parks and Rec program.

Description of Diane’s storytelling performances from the CRPA brochure:

The perfect entertainment for all ages, these original and folkloric tales by New England favorite Diane Edgecomb bring nature alive. From talking earthworms, sassy mosquitoes and beautiful star myths to a fast-talking rhyming tale about a New York cabbie in search of a loon, Diane keeps us laughing as we explore the wonderful world of nature. A master storyteller and three-time Storytelling World award-winner, her performances are an exquisite blend of participation, song and involving narrative. Diane’s stories have been featured on NPR and at the National Storytelling Festival.  Publisher’s Weekly called her: “an entire cast rolled into one.”

Feb
25
Wed
One Thousand Doorways @ Brownell Public Library, Little Compton, RI
Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Diane performs One Thousand Doorways at Brownell Public Library in Little Compton, RI. This event is free and open to the public!

One Thousand Doorways

IMG_1263A chance meeting with a young Kurdish refugee sets an American storyteller on a quest of danger and discovery to bring to the world the ancient legends of this oppressed culture. This is the deeply moving, richly humorous story of one woman’s journey through the remote mountains of Turkey and of the extraordinary people who shared their lives and stories with her.

 

Feb
28
Sat
Digging Dinosaurs @ Ashland Public Library, Ashland, MA
Feb 28 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

diane-w-boy-and-dino-posterDiane 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.

CDs of Pattysaurus and Other Tales are available for purchase ~ Order Now!

“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

Mar
3
Tue
Language of Flowers @ Groton Garden Club, Groton, MA
Mar 3 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Diane and Margot perform Language of Flowers for the Groton Garden Club at the Groton Grange. This event is for the Garden Club only, but if you wish to preview this event, please contact dedge@livingmyth.com. View Diane and Margot’s other story and music events for Garden Clubs by visiting www.livingmyth.com/gardens.

The Language of Flowers
This musical storytelling centers on some of our favorite flowers and on the secret language that once belonged to them. The centerpiece of the performance: Nightingale and Rose follows the journey of the Rose through the ages, weaving unusual and heartfelt myths from Persia, Greece and beyond with anecdotal tales of those who loved and nurtured the flower. This story is woven through with favorite love songs from many lands including La Vie En Rose. Interludes on harp and Diane’s humorous adaptation of Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady rounds out the program while answering the age old question: What do Women Desire the Most in the World?
 

Mar
11
Wed
The Golden Thread Storytelling Workshop March 11th – April 8th @ Dancing Tree Studio, Gorse Mill Studios, Needham, MA
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Golden Thread
Finding Meaning in Traditional Tales

Deepen your storytelling work with this five-session intensive with Diane Edgecomb.

Explore the roots of meaning in a fairytale of your choice using a rich variety of methods. Each week vocal, physical and image based exercises will lead workshop participants deeper into the heart of the tale – showing us ways we can unlock its meaning for ourselves and our audiences. Workshop is limited to six participants.

Where: Dancing Tree Studio, 31 Thorpe Road, Needham, MA

For more information or to find out if space is still available email:
dedge@livingmyth.com

Mar
12
Thu
Native American Nature Tales @ Shaw Memorial Elementary School, Millbury,MA
Mar 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Diane shares Native American Nature Tales with fourth grade students at Shaw Memorial Elementary School in Millbury, MA. A favorite performer for the school she has been brought to Shaw Memorial every year for ten straight years! To preview please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

NATIVE AMERICAN NATURE TALES

Native American Nature Tales explores tribal myths and legends of the animals and birds of North America. Ranging from the humorous to the heart-felt, these stories celebrate native culture and its strong links to the natural world. We learn an Abenaki canoeing song, explore over seven different animals in the Northwest legend of Loon’s Song and discover why America is called Turtle Island. Through these “How and Why” legends, we understand how Native American culture clothed the world in story, enlivening the natural world. Diane has received permission from many prominent native writers to present these folktales. Join one of New England’s favorite tellers as these rich stories create a colorful weave of landscape and people.

“Your stories were wonderful. The teachers and the students agreed that your presentation is one of the best we’ve ever had. Thank you so much for bringing to life our study of myths and legends.” Missy Thomson, teacher and school librarian, Woodville School, Wakefield, MA

Mar
17
Tue
Fairy Legends of Ireland @ Holliston Public Library, Holliston, MA
Mar 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

FAIRY LEGENDS OF IRELAND
Master Storyteller Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain

There is plenty of laughter and delight in this animated retelling of Ireland’s best-loved gems including Irish favorites like Gilly Blackfoot where a young lad’s aversion to washinDianeEdgecombAccompaniedByMargotChamberlain-PhotoByStephenCicco-ForWebg his feet causes him to fall in with a fairy band. Cloaks of invisibility and magic spells abound as hapless Gilly sets out to help free the Princess of France. Known for her vivid comedic style, Diane brings delight to her interpretations of these classic Irish favorites. This performance is accompanied by Margot Chamberlain on Celtic harp.

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day and Irish culture in style with this captivating event.

Storyteller Wows Millicent Crowd: “Unfolded with zest and humor, the story captivated the audience which scarcely moved in the course of its telling. Proof, if any such were needed, that storytelling is as vital as ever, and is in good company in the presence of Diane Edgecomb and Margot Chamberlain.” ~ The Advocate, Fairhaven, MA

Mar
18
Wed
The Golden Thread Storytelling Workshop March 11th – April 8th @ Dancing Tree Studio, Gorse Mill Studios, Needham, MA
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Golden Thread
Finding Meaning in Traditional Tales

Deepen your storytelling work with this five-session intensive with Diane Edgecomb.

Explore the roots of meaning in a fairytale of your choice using a rich variety of methods. Each week vocal, physical and image based exercises will lead workshop participants deeper into the heart of the tale – showing us ways we can unlock its meaning for ourselves and our audiences. Workshop is limited to six participants.

Where: Dancing Tree Studio, 31 Thorpe Road, Needham, MA

For more information or to find out if space is still available email:
dedge@livingmyth.com

Mar
21
Sat
Welcome in the Spring @ Cambridge Winter Farmer's Market, Cambridge, MA
Mar 21 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am

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. Fit a lovely, interactive nature show along with great local goodies into your produce bag!

Farmer's MarketLast 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!

 

Tales of Enchantment @ Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA
Mar 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Diane performs Tales of Enchantment at the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, MA for family audiences, especially ages 4 and up. This event is part of Cary Memorial Library’s “Lexington Community Fairytale Reads” March program, focusing on fairy tales and the stories we share.

Tales of Enchantment

Enter the world of fairy tales where magic is only a moment away, and lessons about how to live are expressed through vivid symbols. For younger children, Diane brings to life classic fairy tales like Snow White and Rose Red and Bee, Mouse, Harp and Bum-Clock, an unusual ‘Jack’ tale. When Jack returns home with dancing bugs instead of beans, the fun and magic really begin! For older students, Diane explores the oral tradition through Arthurian legends and ancient Irish tales such as the humorous Sir Gawain and Loathly Lady. Enchant your audiences with the beauty and magic of traditional tales.

Tickets are required for this event and will be available for purchase at 7:30pm on Monday, March 9th; please call 781-862-6288 to reserve your tickets.

Cary Memorial Library is located at 1874 Massachusetts Ave in Lexington, MA.

Mar
25
Wed
The Golden Thread Storytelling Workshop March 11th – April 8th @ Dancing Tree Studio, Gorse Mill Studios, Needham, MA
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Golden Thread
Finding Meaning in Traditional Tales

Deepen your storytelling work with this five-session intensive with Diane Edgecomb.

Explore the roots of meaning in a fairytale of your choice using a rich variety of methods. Each week vocal, physical and image based exercises will lead workshop participants deeper into the heart of the tale – showing us ways we can unlock its meaning for ourselves and our audiences. Workshop is limited to six participants.

Where: Dancing Tree Studio, 31 Thorpe Road, Needham, MA

For more information or to find out if space is still available email:
dedge@livingmyth.com

Mar
27
Fri
The Golden Thread Weekend Storytelling Workshop @ TBD
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 29 @ 4:00 pm

The Golden Thread
Finding Meaning in Traditional Tales

Deepen your storytelling work with this weekend intensive with storyteller Diane Edgecomb.

Explore the roots of meaning in a classic fairytale of your own choice using a rich variety of methods. Each week vocal, physical and image based exercises will lead workshop participants deeper into the heart of the tale – showing us ways we can unlock its meaning for ourselves and our audiences. Workshop is limited to six participants.

When: Specific Weekend TBD

For more information or to find out if space is still available email:
dedge@livingmyth.com

Apr
1
Wed
The Golden Thread Storytelling Workshop March 11th – April 8th @ Dancing Tree Studio, Gorse Mill Studios, Needham, MA
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Golden Thread
Finding Meaning in Traditional Tales

Deepen your storytelling work with this five-session intensive with Diane Edgecomb.

Explore the roots of meaning in a fairytale of your choice using a rich variety of methods. Each week vocal, physical and image based exercises will lead workshop participants deeper into the heart of the tale – showing us ways we can unlock its meaning for ourselves and our audiences. Workshop is limited to six participants.

Where: Dancing Tree Studio, 31 Thorpe Road, Needham, MA

For more information or to find out if space is still available email:
dedge@livingmyth.com

Apr
8
Wed
The Golden Thread Storytelling Workshop March 11th – April 8th @ Dancing Tree Studio, Gorse Mill Studios, Needham, MA
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Golden Thread
Finding Meaning in Traditional Tales

Deepen your storytelling work with this five-session intensive with Diane Edgecomb.

Explore the roots of meaning in a fairytale of your choice using a rich variety of methods. Each week vocal, physical and image based exercises will lead workshop participants deeper into the heart of the tale – showing us ways we can unlock its meaning for ourselves and our audiences. Workshop is limited to six participants.

Where: Dancing Tree Studio, 31 Thorpe Road, Needham, MA

For more information or to find out if space is still available email:
dedge@livingmyth.com

Apr
12
Sun
One Thousand Doorways: Journey Among the Kurds of Turkey @ Bemis Hall, Lincoln, MA
Apr 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Diane performs One Thousand Doorways: Journey Among the Kurds of Turkey at Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road in Lincoln, MA. This performance, organized by the Lincoln Council on Aging, is free and open to the public. It is suggested for adults and a general audience middle school age and older.

One Thousand Doorways description:
A chance meeting with a young Kurdish refugee sets an American storyteller on a quest of danger and discovery to bring to the world the ancient legends of this oppressed culture. This is the deeply moving, richly humorous story of her journey through the remote mountains of Turkey and of the extraordinary people who shared their lives and their stories.

This solo performance based on true events, sheds light on the Kurds’ struggles and their ancient culture.

Apr
17
Fri
A Fire in My Heart @ Major Edwards Elementary, West Boylston, MA
Apr 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

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 dedge@livingmyth.com.

A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Folktales

Diane Leads Kurdish Dance with Students

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.

 

Around the World Folktales @ Major Edwards Elementary, West Boylston, MA
Apr 17 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

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 dedge@livingmyth.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

Apr
25
Sat
The Imaginative Voice ~ One-Day Workshop @ South Acton Congregational Church, South Acton, MA
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

THE IMAGINATIVE VOICE

A ONE-DAY MASTER CLASS with Award-Winning Storyteller and Theatre Artist DIANE EDGECOMB

Saturday, April 24th from 10am-4pm.

Whenever weDiane Edgecomb at NSF 2013 communicate a story, an idea or an image we rely on our voices to create a living world for our listeners. To do this we need a voice that is both expressive and authentic. Diane’s unique vocal and physical exercises help us to strengthen and explore the connection between the imagination and the voice increasing its flexibility, authenticity, expressiveness, range and resonance. Special emphasis is placed on finding your natural and true voice. Come prepared to breathe, sing and SOUND OUT!
$100 ($90 early bird price until April 1st)

Location: South Acton Congregational Church, 25 School Street, South Acton, MA

Winner of the Oracle Award for Storytelling Excellence in the Northeast, Diane is known for her evocative narratives, unique characterizations and for the passion and depth of her work whether myth, fairytale or personal story. Featured at the National Storytelling Festival and on NPR, Diane has been called “…a virtuoso of the spoken word.” by Publisher’s Weekly. Her extensive training in the voice and its potential has encompassed over twenty years includes the ground-breaking approach of the Polish Laboratory Theatre. She draws from this thorough training in her workshops as well as drawing from her innovative work as a professional storytelling and spoken word artist.

This workshop is for storytellers, theatre artists, public speakers, clergy, teachers, interpreters and all those who rely on good voice production and expressive vocal abilities in their work and for all levels of experience.

Apr
27
Mon
Insect Comedy @ Roger E. Wellington School, Belmont, MA
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 9:50 am

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 dedge@livingmyth.com.

Insect Comedy

WalkingStickOpen 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

Apr
30
Thu
Tales for the Earth @ Lextended Day Program at Estabrook School, Lexington, MA
Apr 30 @ 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

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 dedge@livingmyth.com.

Tales for the Earth
earth

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

May
14
Thu
Welcome in the Spring @ Chelsea Public Library, Chelsea, MA
May 14 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

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

springbirdWelcome 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.

Jun
19
Fri
In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey @ Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Jun 19 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Diane and Margot perform In the Groves: Tree Myths and Songs from around the world at Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA. Ticket price will be $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets will soon be available through the Arnold Arboretum Calendar page. To be notified when tickets go on sale please sign up for our email newsletter in the top left column of the calendar page!   Hear an audio clip from In the Groves at our page for the In the Groves CD.

This enchanting evening of tree myths from around the world was designed specifically for Boston’s Arnold Arboretum. It starts at the Arnold Arboretum’s Hunnewell Visitor’s Building, 125 the Arborway and continues along tree-lined paths with story and music accompanying the way. As twilight descends the audience visits cherry, evergreen, ash and birch groves ~ celebrating nature with tree legends, songs and music from many lands. Pieces and music are drawn from the rich cultural traditions of Japan, Wales, England, Australia, Russia and Native America. The evening culminates with the haunting Czech legend “The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove” told among the birches of Bussey Hill at sunset. This annual event is appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and above. Bring a cushion to sit on if you wish. The journey will be approximately two miles on and off trails. The performance takes place rain or shine. In the event of rain, it will be held indoors and additional Solstice legends will be added.

Jun
20
Sat
In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey @ Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Jun 20 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Diane and Margot perform In the Groves: Tree Myths and Songs from around the world at Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA. Ticket price will be $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets will soon be available through the Arnold Arboretum Calendar page. To be notified when tickets go on sale please sign up for our email newsletter in the top left column of the calendar page!   Hear an audio clip from In the Groves at our page for the In the Groves CD.

This enchanting evening of tree myths from around the world was designed specifically for Boston’s Arnold Arboretum. It starts at the Arnold Arboretum’s Hunnewell Visitor’s Building, 125 the Arborway and continues along tree-lined paths with story and music accompanying the way. As twilight descends the audience visits cherry, evergreen, ash and birch groves ~ celebrating nature with tree legends, songs and music from many lands. Pieces and music are drawn from the rich cultural traditions of Japan, Wales, England, Australia, Russia and Native America. The evening culminates with the haunting Czech legend “The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove” told among the birches of Bussey Hill at sunset. This annual event is appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and above. Bring a cushion to sit on if you wish. The journey will be approximately two miles on and off trails. The performance takes place rain or shine. In the event of rain, it will be held indoors and additional Solstice legends will be added.

Jun
25
Thu
Everyday Heroes @ Plympton Public Library, Plympton, MA
Jun 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Diane returns to the Plympton Public Library in Plympton, MA to perform Everyday Heroes; for family audiences, especially ages 4 and up.

Everyday Heroes!

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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.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Plympton Public Library is located at 248 Main St. in Plympton, MA

Jul
8
Wed
Everyday Heroes @ Simon Fairfield Public Library, Douglas, MA
Jul 8 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

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!

Everyday Heroes

superkids-01, summer reading program, diane edgecomb, library summer reading, every hero has a storyCelebrate 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.

Families of all ages enjoy Diane’s Summer Reading performances!

Jul
13
Mon
Superheroes around the World @ Burlington Public Library, Burlington, MA
Jul 13 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am

Superheroes Around the World

superkids-02, summer reading program, diane edgecomb, library summer reading, every hero has a storyWhat do China, the Middle East, Europe and South America all have in common? The people there tell folktales about young superheroes with amazing powers! Sometimes the heroes fly or have the power to make everyone laugh and sometimes they just use their wits to defeat a strong giant. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales sure to delight a varied family audience ages four and up.

This event is funded in part by the Burlington LCC, a local agency administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Lcc logo

Jul
14
Tue
Superheroes Around The World @ East Bridgewater Public Library, East Bridgewater, MA
Jul 14 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Diane returns to the East Bridgewater Library to perform Superheroes Around The World. For family audiences, especially ages 4 and up.

A favorite performer at East Bridgewater Library, Diane has been brought in to perform over ten times!

Superheroes Around The World

What do China, the Middle East, Europe and South America all have in common? The people there tell folktales about young superheroes with amazing powers! Sometimes the heroes fly or have the power to make everyone laugh and sometimes they just use their wits to defeat a strong giant. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales sure to delight a varied family audience ages four and up.

This event is free and open to the public. Please check with the library to see if sign-up is required by calling (508) 378-1616 ext. 103.

East Bridgewater Library is located at 32 Union St in East Bridgewater, MA.

Jul
16
Thu
Everyday Heroes @ Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA
Jul 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Diane returns to the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, MA to perform Everyday Heroes; for family audiences, especially ages 4 and up.

Everyday Heroes!

superkids-01, summer reading program, diane edgecomb, library summer reading, every hero has a story

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.

Attendance is free–tickets are required for the performance and will be available at 7pm on July 6th, in person or over the phone at 781-862-6288,

The Cary Memorial Library is located on 1874 Massachusetts Ave in Lexington, MA 02420.

Jul
29
Wed
Flora’s Holiday @ Strawberry Banke Museum, Portsmouth, NH
Jul 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Historic Strawberry Banke Museum

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!

rose - salmon elizabeth park by Ginny MazurFlora’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.

Aug
12
Wed
Superheroes Around The World @ Porter Memorial Library, Blandford, MA
Aug 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Diane returns to the Porter Memorial Library in Blandford, MA to perform Superheroes Around The World for family audiences, especially ages 4 and up.

Superheroes Around The World

What do China, the Middle East, Europe and South America all have in common? The people there tell folktales about young superheroes with amazing powers! Sometimes the heroes fly or have the power to make everyone laugh and sometimes they just use their wits to defeat a strong giant. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales sure to delight a varied family audience ages four and up.

Event is free and open to the public.

Lcc logoThis event is funded in full by the Blackstone Local Cultural Council, a local agency administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.