We Tell Stories at the Library this Summer! Yeah!!!

We Tell Stories, LA’s acclaimed children’s storytelling theater company, celebrates the County of Los Angeles Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Make a Splash – Read!” with 6 different performances about oceans, water, and imagination at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library. Shows are interactive, multi-cultural, and educational blending laughter and literacy together for fun-filled afternoons for parents and children alike.

This storytelling troupe is a local treasure, and while you don’t have to be a child to enjoy their creative performances, few things are as much fun as watching the audience when the roles are being handed out, and the power of participatory theater becomes a moment of magic.

The Culver City Julian Dixon Library is located at 4975 Overland Ave. Performances are every Wednesday at 2 p.m. from July 7th through August 11th and are 45-minutes long. Admission is free, and lining up early is always a good idea.

“Make a Splash – Read!” Performance Schedule

• Wednesday, July 7 at 2 p.m.
“River Stories” – Stories about a Japanese river ogre, Pecos Bill, and wetland animals.

• Wednesday, July 14 at 2 p.m.
“Frog Tales”– Charming tales about our amphibian friends featuring Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.

• Wednesday, July 21 at 2 p.m.
“Oceans of Fun” – A Lewis Carroll poem coupled with Russian & Korean folktales celebrate life on and in the sea.

• Wednesday, July 28 at 2 p.m.
“Wonders of Water” – American and European stories about the importance of water.

• Wednesday, August 4 at 2 p.m.
“Make a Splash!” – Hawaiian, African, and Jewish tales about characters who “make a splash.

• Wednesday, August 11 at 2 p.m.
“The Rhine’s Gold” – This family-friendly, storytelling version of Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” includes orchestral excerpts from the opera.

In unique We Tell Stories fashion, actors unfurl imaginative costumes and props from an old steamer trunk and the fun begins. Audience members participate from their seats, and then join actors on stage to play an integral part in each performance. Parents and kids delight in this family activity that is both entertaining, as well as culturally enriching.

With a repertoire of twelve “trunk shows,” WTS brings classic literature and folk tales to life in classrooms, theatres, schools, museums, festivals, special events, and libraries. We Tell Stories’ goals are to inspire creativity, enhance literacy, cultivate intercultural awareness and harmony, and spark a love of the theatre and spoken word. Since 1981, WTS has been promoting arts education in schools throughout the Southland with assembly programs, and student & professional development workshops.

For a complete schedule of events, visit “The Arts Are Alive in Culver City” at http://www.culvercity.org/Culture.aspx. Performances are made possible in part by a grant from the City of Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program Fund with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment. The Culver City Julian Dixon Library is part of the County of Los Angeles Public Library: www.colapublib.org. We Tell Stories is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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