This March, join local arts education group Youth in Arts at the Barnes & Noble store in Corte Madera for two free music and storytelling hours for preschoolers and early elementary school students.
Youth in Arts artists will be in the store at 11 am on Saturday, March 23, and Wednesday, March 27, to share music and stories from Youth in Arts productions based on beloved children's books. Enjoy excerpts from local author Elisa Kleven’s Paper Princess series and Hooray, a Piñata! and Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm’s Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth To Life. Sing along to songs in Spanish and English from Youth in Arts’ shows inspired by these wonderful books!
This program is perfect for children ages 3–6 and their families. Barnes & Noble is located at 313 Corte Madera Town Center.
The Mountain School Early Childhood Center in Corte Madera presents a series of free puppet shows for young children this summer, with master storyteller Rebecah Freeling. Children will enjoy a story and puppet show followed by a simple craft project.
This series takes place over four Wednesdays in July and August. Each event takes place at 11 am.
July 25: Mashenka and the Bear
August 1: The Pancake
August 8: Rumplestiltskin
August 15: The Old Woman in the Wood
The July 25, August 1, and August 15 events are recommended for children aged 2–4 (although older kids may enjoy them as well), and the August 8 Rumplestiltskin program is ideal for children aged 4–6, but younger children may attend.
In Marin, there's no shortage of really talented children's entertainers. One of them is Scott Urquhart, AKA Scott the Storyteller. A fixture at local preschools, farmer's markets, and bookstores, Scott and his lively stories—with the help from a supporting cast of captivating puppets—delight and enchant children of all ages (and adults, too).
We caught up with Scott and asked him a few questions about himself, his stories, and where he gets his inspiration to entertain.
What's your background and how did you get started as a storyteller?
Probably like many parents, I started telling stories to my kids when they were very young. Even before they could understand the words I would tell them stories with a lot of facial expression and voice inflection and it really captured their attention. When they were old enough to get the words I really enjoyed inventing stories for them, and often with them. My son called them “imagining stories”. We would create wonderful new worlds and characters in our heads where anything was possible. Then in 2006 my wife was talking with the director of Redeemer Preschool in San Rafae, who happened to be looking for a children’s storyteller as part of their enrichment program. I auditioned and got the job. That’s when I started doing it professionally and it’s been growing ever since. I now tell stories regularly at eight preschools, plus festivals, parties, etc. It’s really cool.