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Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival

 The Ninth Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival: Literary Halloween

Friday, October 31, 2014
Act 1
6:30 pm
All ages welcome

Act II
8:00 pm
Recommended for ages 12 and older 

Tailypo and The Teeny Tiny Woman

By Chris Fascione

Based in Illinois, Chris performs for school assemblies, Reading Nights, libraries, and other family venues with his fun, participatory show titled, Bringing Literature to Life! in which he acts out library books. He incorporates his acting, mime, juggling, and comedic skills to both entertain and lead children into the world of books, promoting literacy and a love of reading.


One Date Nellie

By Linda Gorham

A nationally known, award-winning speaker and storyteller for over 17 years, Linda inspires her audiences by using movement, humor, and sometimes zaniness. She was co-chair of the 2003 National Storytelling Conference, and in 2004, she was the co-leader of a professional storytelling delegation that traveled to South Africa as part of an international exchange.  


October Farm

Raven Ravin’ Misbehavin’

By Beth Horner

A National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Oracle Award winner, Beth is a 31-year nationally touring spoken word artist. She most recently served as narrative consultant for NASA/Johnson Space Center’s Story Mining project for which she collected the stories of the scientists behind the Apollo Space Missions.


Pit and the Pendulum

By Syd Lieberman

An internationally acclaimed storyteller, author, and award-winning teacher, Syd was featured at the National Storytelling Festival eight times, and has taught storytelling at the Kennedy Center and Disney World. Most recently, he created stories for the United States’ Capitol Visitor’s Center and taught over 150 docents and volunteers how to tell stories.  


Wicked John and the Devil

By Anne Shimojima  

Anne has delighted youth and adult audiences of all sizes with her graceful and spirited telling of folktales from her Asian heritage and around the world. Her 35 years as a school library media specialist gave her a rich knowledge of story and a keen ear for performance.  



Mr. Dark

By Megan Wells

Megan serves as the Artistic Director for the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival every year, having earned widespread acclaim for writing, directing and performing stories on stages nationwid. She has an MFA in directing from Illinois State University and has combined the dynamics of theater with the unique emotional intimacy of storytelling for the past 22 years.


Tickets are $10 for Act I, $17 for Act II, or $25 for both Acts at the Genesee Theatrebox office Library patrons can present any library card and receive $1 off tickets at the box office. 

Starting at 5:30 p.m., pre-performance activities will include free Halloween photos, the Wheel of Misfortune game, and trick-or-treat bag giveaways. Official Storytelling Festival t-shirts and Ray Bradbury Creative Contest literary journals will be for sale in the lobby.

Join us after the show at 17 North to meet the storytellers!


Set your company apart as a community leader; be a 2014 Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival Sponsor. 

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Thank you to our 2014 Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival Sponsors!



      Dan Drury    Vicki Bailyn


                      Andrew Stimson & Janet Thornton

Watch this video to see what it’s all about.









Special School Matinee

Friday, October 31
10:30 am
Tickets $5 until October 1
$6 after October 1
Get one free chaperone ticket for every ten purchased!

Book your field trip early for a fun-filled hour of storytelling and tribute to the short story as perfected by Waukegan’s own Ray Bradbury. The performance meets Common Core Standards for English Language Arts. Study guides are available. Wear your costume and participate in our costume contest!

To purchase tickets, call the Genesee Theatre at 847-782-2366 or larry [dot] frievalt [at] geneseetheatre [dot] com (subject: Storytelling%20Festival%20school%20matinee) (email).
For questions about the performance, contact Rena Morrow at 847-623-2041, ext. 231 or rmorrow [at] waukeganpl [dot] info (subject: Storytelling%20Festival%20school%20matinee) (email).