Casper Planetarium

FREE Storyteller Event
01.26.2011

The Natrona County School District Discover program will present master storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston in a special community event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27.

Alston is a storyteller, narrator, instrumentalist and singer who uses African oral and musical tradition to share stories from African and African American culture. She enhances her performances with traditional instruments, such as the djembe, mbira, shekere and kora.

She has been featured at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, the Kimmel Center, and the Women of the World Festival in Cape Town, South Africa. She also has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, hosted “Carnegie Kids” at Carnegie Hall, and been a part of the National Storytelling Festival, the Presidential Inaugural Festivities and the Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Children’s Inaugural Celebrations.

Alston will provide enrichment presentations in several Natrona County schools the week of Jan. 24 as part of the district’s Discover program. This program brings local, regional and national enrichment opportunities to local classrooms while teachers engage in professional development. It is paid for by the Natrona County recreation mill levy.

On Jan. 27, the Discover program will sponsor a free community night with Alston at the Casper Planetarium. The one-hour performance begins at 7 p.m. and will include a traditional “porquoi” or “why-story,” a trickster tale, a historical tale, a dilemma or riddle tale, and more. The show is appropriate for all ages.

For more information about Discover presentations, visit www.natronaschools.org or contact Lori Burns at (307) 253-5394 or [ fcp://@ncsd.k12.wy.us,%231013232/MailBox/lori_burns@natronaschools.org ]lori_burns@natronaschools.org. For more information about Alston, visit [ www.charlotteblakealston.com ]www.charlotteblakealston.com.