Seven storytellers from The Twinbrook Tellers performed on the Poetry Stage at the 11th annual Celebration of the International Day of the Book in Kensington, MD, Sunday, April 24, 2016.
Celia, age 11, started the program with a confident rendition of Shel Silverstein’s poem Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout. She was followed by Andrew, age 9, who told My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza, the story of a clever pig who outwits a fox. Peter and Evelyn, also 9, told traditional folktales. Peter told a truly cautionary tale in which Tikki, Tikki Tembo. . . actually drowned because of his great, long name. Evelyn told the Lion and the Mouse.
Three teen tellers were performing with the group for the first time. All three had poems to share: Chrissy, The Poison Tester by Shel Silverstein; John, The Fancy Dive, also by Shel Silverstein, and Ode to a Rocket, an inspirational poem written by his grandfather, James M. Cunninham. Clare closed the program with a very dramatic recitation of Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony, another Shel Silverstein favorite.
The Twinbrook Tellers are storytellers from the Dogwood Dogs 4H Club of Montgomery County, led by Eve Burton. They meet monthly in Gaithersburg, MD, to practice their storytelling skills. They perform at area libraries, senior homes, and local festivals.
The Twinbrook Tellers will be performing next at the FSGW Folk Festival in Glen Echo Park, Sunday June 5, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. Elsa Sellmeyer, of the Twinbrook Tellers, will also be doing a solo performance at the festival, at 1:30 p.m. on the same day.