The Elephant Storytelling Showcase: Stories You’ll Never Forget
Captivating. Entertaining. Fun.
Ten storytellers perform tales of laughter, tears, fun and excitement. From personal stories to tall tales, folk tales to fractured tales, and more… come join us for narratives you’ll never forget! This storytelling showcase is produced by Storytellers of the Round Table.
Disclaimer: These stories do not contain elephants or elephant parts. We borrow their name respectfully because elephants are big. This event will be ENORMOUS! Elephants never forget, and these stories are unforgettable.
About the storytellers:
Dr. Joel Ying is a Physician-Storyteller. He believes that storytelling is not just a performance art, but a healing art. With world folk tales and touching personal stories, his storytelling range, like his practice of medicine, bridges the traditional and the modern. When away from his practice of medicine in Naples, he takes healing out to the world in the form of stories. He is president of Florida Storytelling Association, and he teaches “Storytelling as Healing” at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Lisa Leonhardt is a fourth-grade teacher at Tice Elementary. She tells stories to her students, her family, and to anyone else who will sit still long enough. It was her grandfather, an elementary school librarian, that sparked her interest in storytelling. She has been a longtime member of the Fort Myers guild of storytellers, the Tamiami Tale Tellers.
Lori Cornelius is an Instructor in the Language and Literature Department at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. Raised with all brothers in rural Arkansas, she spent a lot of time watching the farm life or hanging out with her aunt and uncle who ran the local mortuary and flower shop. Her life has given her a rich source of stories both written and oral. Lori is married to her childhood sweetheart and has a habit of taking in stray dogs…so if you’re missing a dog….
Tashahara Jallad began her speaking career by joining a local chapter of Toastmasters, the organization dedicated to promoting public speaking and leadership. She soon began to explore storytelling. She joined the Florida Storytelling Association and started the Storytellers of the Round Table. Tashahara adapts and weaves universal messages that touch the heart, challenge the mind, and lift the spirit. With a belief that a story is the shortest distance between two hearts, she will inspire you to pass them along.
Stephen Cavitt teaches writing at Florida Gulf Coast University. He writes poetry and novels, and now performs stories. He brings you into the depth of his life experiences with his poetic prose, creating a glimpse into the spiritual.
Rhonda Brazina has always loved stories. She dreamed of writing children’s books, and she did it! She co-authored “Carrots for Charlie.” She also found her dream job as a professional storyteller. Combining her career as an educator, her love for acting and theater, and her passion for stories, she is grateful to have found a niche with Storytellers of the Round Table. Whether performing a role, giving a speech or telling a story, she delights in connecting with her audience.
Mary Lou Williams is a retired teacher who began a career as a professional storyteller in 2006. She first became interested in storytelling when she heard an Appalachian storyteller at an Elderhostel in Boone, North Carolina. She has been hooked ever since. She has served on the board of the Florida Storytelling Association and has produced local storytelling workshops and concerts. She is a member of Toastmasters International, Storytellers of the Round Table, and the Tamiami Tale Tellers. Pick up a copy of her book, Ten Fractured Fairy Tales.
Marilyn Graham is a retired librarian and a longtime storyteller. She has many other interests, but mainly to be a good friend. She will tell you that listening is even more important than storytelling. She has been a member of the Tamiami Tale Tellers, the Fort Myers storytelling guild, for more than 20 years and has organized and produced many of its storytelling programs and workshops.
Christopher Pritchard is active with Toastmasters International at the district level to promote public speaking and leadership. He coaches speeches and writes pretty wacky ones. An amateur magician, he often has a magic trick in his pocket and an off-color joke and a sure foot … in his mouth. He brings us humor from stories gone sideways.
Robin Schulte began telling stories as a high school English and Speech teacher almost 30 years ago. Her repertoire is a lively mix of folktales, literary adaptations and personal stories. She is a past winner of the Story Slam at the National Storytelling Festival. Listen to her two storytelling CDs: “Jack and the Levitator and Other Stories” (a collection of personal stories) and “Late. Night. Stop” (thrilling stories of suspense).