Spelman raps in ’hannock

Storyteller Jon Spelman

From contributed reports
Master story teller Jon Spelman is coming to Rappahannock! Describing him as “the best company imaginable,” The Washington Post once said that “in Spelman’s hands storytelling is an art, not to be missed.” The Washington Times wrote of his “must-hear spellbinding skill. For the thrills and excitements, giggles and scares of an oral roller coaster, go along for this ride. An awesome demonstration of the storyteller’s art.”

Sponsored by the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community (RAAC) Theatre, Spelman will start spinning his tales at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 15 at the RAAC Theatre, 310 Gay St., Washington. The evening, “Tales from the American Landscape,” is oriented more for adults than young children.

Spelman is no newcomer to storytelling. He has performed for children and adults in countless theaters throughout the country, including the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and Millenium Stage), public schools in 39 states and three foreign countries, 14 colleges and universities, churches and synagogues in 12 states, 15 storytelling festivals (including Jonesboro), and at the Vice President’s residence, when it was occupied by Al Gore.

Wolf Trap Farm Park has said that “he is able to charm and dazzle audiences of all ages.” The Washington Performing Arts Society speaks of his “uncanny ability to enchant audiences in a matter of moments.” Washington’s Wooly Mammoth Theater refers to his work as “very funny and full of a rare sense of wonder.” “Perhaps the greatest wonder of all,” adds Peter Hornbostel, artistic director of the RAAC Theater, “is that despite all that, there’s not a conceited bone in Jon’s body. He’s just one helluva nice guy and a great storyteller.”

Admission for the Saturday night performance is $20; reservations are strongly advised. For reservations and information, call 540-675-3193 or email bsmah@stonledge.net.

In addition to the show, Spelman will also be conducting one or two workshops on Sunday, May 16, limited exclusively to those who attended the Saturday performance and have reserved for the workshop. There will be a separate charge of $35 for the workshop, which is expected to sell out.

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