CALENDAR

Feb
28
Tue
Digging Dinosaurs @ Ward After-School, Newton, MA
Feb 28 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Diane will be bringing her popular original dinosaur stories to Ward After-School in Newton for students ages Kindergarten to Third Grade! If you are a school or after-school looking for exciting programming to complement your school’s curriculum then email us at dedge@livingmyth.com and come to preview Diane’s Digging Dinosaurs performance on February 28th. View a short video trailer at this LINK!

ABOUT DIGGING DINOSAURS:

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.

Diane created her dinosaur tales for World Trade Center, Boston’s exhibit of robotic dinosaurs!

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
1
Wed
Storytelling Residency @ Connery School, Lynn, MA
Mar 1 @ 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 a “STARS residency” supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council a State agency.

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Mar
6
Mon
Native American Nature Tales @ Shaw Elementary School, Millbury, MA
Mar 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Diane has been invited back to perform “Native American Nature Tales” for the lucky 13th time for 4th grade students at Shaw Elementary School in Millbury, MA.

Native American Nature Tales

http://www.livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/blueeagle.gif   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.

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Young Connecticut girl enjoying participating in Diane’s performance

“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
8
Wed
Storytelling Residency @ Connery School, Lynn, MA
Mar 8 @ 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 a “STARS residency” supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council a State agency.

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Mar
11
Sat
Folktale Superheroes Around The World @ First Church Boston, Boston, MA
Mar 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sign up is not required but will be available. Check this calendar for the details! Diane entertains families of all ages at the First Church Boston with one of her most popular performances! This event is free and open to the public. Parking can be validated at the Boston Common Garage (with a maximum charge of $3).

Folktale Superheroes Around the World

Superheroes Around the World

What do China, Africa and South America all have in common? Superheroes!!!

Long before the Superheroes of today, people all over the world used their SUPER IMAGINATIONS to create folktales about creatures and people with extraordinary powers. Anansi the entertaining Spider God from Africa has web-spinning adventures just like Spiderman. He captures a leopard, hornets and the snake that swallows people so that all the stories in the world can be set free. Ninja Turtles have nothing on Jabuti the flute-playing tortoise from the Amazon rainforest! He saves the other rainforest animals from a giant monster while teaching the audience how to dance and sing. Who had the first X-ray vision? Not Superman but Princess See-it-all from Hungary, and Tian, the Lord of the Cranes from China, gives to the poor just like Robin Hood. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales.

Mar
15
Wed
Native American Nature Tales @ Spofford Pond School, Oxford, MA
Mar 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Diane has been invited back to perform “Native American Nature Tales” for 3rd grade students at Spofford Pond School in Oxford, MA to provide curriculum support in English and Social Studies.

Native American Nature Tales

http://www.livingmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/blueeagle.gif   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.

Photo of participation in Diane's performance

Young Connecticut girl enjoying participating in Diane’s performance

“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

Fairy Legends of Ireland @ East Elementary School, Sharon, MA
Mar 15 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Diane performs Fairy Legends of Ireland at East Elementary School for Sharon Community Education in Sharon, MA. This is Diane’s first time performing for the Extended Day in Sharon. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

FAIRY LEGENDS OF IRELAND

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 washing 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.

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
16
Thu
Folktale Superheroes Around The World @ Maple Ave School, Claremont, NH
Mar 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Diane entertains Kindergarten-2nd graders at the Maple Ave School in Claremont, NH with one of her most popular performances! To preview this event, please contact Diane at dedge@livingmyth.com.

Folktale Superheroes Around the World

Superheroes Around the World

What do China, Africa and South America all have in common? Superheroes!!!

Long before the Superheroes of today, people all over the world used their SUPER IMAGINATIONS to create folktales about creatures and people with extraordinary powers. Anansi the entertaining Spider God from Africa has web-spinning adventures just like Spiderman. He captures a leopard, hornets and the snake that swallows people so that all the stories in the world can be set free. Ninja Turtles have nothing on Jabuti the flute-playing tortoise from the Amazon rainforest! He saves the other rainforest animals from a giant monster while teaching the audience how to dance and sing. Who had the first X-ray vision? Not Superman but Princess See-it-all from Hungary, and Tian, the Lord of the Cranes from China, gives to the poor just like Robin Hood. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales.

Folktale Superheroes Around The World @ Maple Ave School, Claremont, NH
Mar 16 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

Diane entertains 3rd-5th graders at the Maple Ave School in Claremont, NH with one of her most popular performances! To preview this event, please contact Diane at dedge@livingmyth.com.

Folktale Superheroes Around the World

Superheroes Around the World

What do China, Africa and South America all have in common? Superheroes!!!

Long before the Superheroes of today, people all over the world used their SUPER IMAGINATIONS to create folktales about creatures and people with extraordinary powers. Anansi the entertaining Spider God from Africa has web-spinning adventures just like Spiderman. He captures a leopard, hornets and the snake that swallows people so that all the stories in the world can be set free. Ninja Turtles have nothing on Jabuti the flute-playing tortoise from the Amazon rainforest! He saves the other rainforest animals from a giant monster while teaching the audience how to dance and sing. Who had the first X-ray vision? Not Superman but Princess See-it-all from Hungary, and Tian, the Lord of the Cranes from China, gives to the poor just like Robin Hood. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales.

Mar
18
Sat
Fairy Legends of Ireland @ Jones Library, Amherst, MA
Mar 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Jones Library is celebrating their 40th Anniversary of their “Children’s Music Series”  Fairy Legends of Ireland will be one of their Special Events!!

We wish you Congratulations on a successful series!! Diane and Margot

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

Apr
6
Thu
Welcome in the Spring @ Fales Elementary School, Westboro, MA
Apr 6 @ 9:30 am – 10:20 am

Diane performs Welcome in the Spring for Kindergarteners at Fales Elementary School in Westborough, MA. This is Diane’s tenth time performing for Fales School. If you wish to preview this event, please email dedge@livingmyth.com.

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.

May
25
Thu
Insect Comedy @ Community School, Cumberland, RI
May 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Diane returns to the Community School in Cumberland, RI to perform “Insect Comedy” for their 2nd grade class. 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

Jul
15
Sat
Tales of Enchantment @ Hans Christian Anderson Storytelling Center, Central Park, NYC
Jul 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Diane will be performing Tales of Enchantment for families with children ages five and older at the Hans Christian Anderson Storytelling Center in Central Park, NYC (near 72nd street).

 

For 60 years children and their families have gathered near the Hans Christian Anderson statue to hear his tales. This event is sure to be a special one and it is free and open to the public. This series is hosted by Laura Simms a world-renowned teller of traditional tales.

 

 

 

 

 

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 this event, 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! Diane will also be sharing some of her favorite Hans Christian Anderson tales. Enchant your audiences with the beauty and magic of traditional tales.

Jul
18
Tue
Tales of Enchantment @ Burlington Public Library
Jul 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Diane will be performing Tales of Enchantment for families with children ages four and up at the Burlington Public Library to complement their summer reading theme of “Reading a World of Fantasy.” This is Diane’s 4th performance at the Burlington Library! This event is free and open to the public!

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! Enchant your audiences with the beauty and magic of traditional tales.

 

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

Jul
19
Wed
Stone Soup @ Rowley Library, Rowley, MA
Jul 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Diane performs Stone Soup for children and their families at the Rowley Free Public Library in Rowley, MA. This is Diane’s 6th performance for the Rowley Library! This event is free and open to the public!

Stone Soup! and other heartwarming tales

Stone Soup! Can our own generosity be a bridge to a better world?

Stone Soup! Can our own generosity be a bridge to a better world?

Building Community is more fun than ever when seen through the eyes of stories and songs from cultures around the world. These inclusive tales show us how sweet it is when everyone contributes, right down to the tiniest Bee! Diane’s full-out entertainment has audience volunteers taking part: learning a Chinese crane dance in the legend of the Lord of the Cranes, singing in many languages and working together to make a huge pot of Stone Soup in Diane’s unusual re-telling of this classic story. Diane has been a library favorite for over twenty years! Experience the wonder and build a better community one story at a time!

 

 

 

 

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This event is funded in full by the Rowley LCC, a local agency administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.