Press Room 2012-2013
Carol is proposing to provide storytelling experiences in senior settings in Salt Lake County, Utah. Nine sites have been identified. Several could not wait for project funding and the project's no-cost programs that will be directed their way! They have already invited Carol to share stories from her extensive "menu" of possibilities!
Midvale Senior Center (Midvale, Utah) pairs with Midvale Elementary on April 27, 2012 as they enjoy a morning of Aesop's Fables. An Origami expert, Judy Iwamoto, and ice cream cones rounded out the morning!
The Sandy Senior Center is scheduled for June 29, 2012.
The Gale Center (left) South Towne Ranch (right)
Residents at South Towne Ranch Independent Living in Sandy, Utah enjoyed a storytelling program highlighting Superstitions on Friday, April 13, 2012!
The program at South Towne Ranch was also presented at The Gale Center for History and Culture in South Jordan, Utah on February 28, 2012 as the audience learned about the history of so many American and world-wide supersititions. This audience got lots of advanced suggestions for "Laugh at Superstitions" parties this year on April 13th and July 13th too.
2012 Scandinavian Heritage Festival in Ephraim, UT
This year Storytellers will again enhance the Festival celebrations with 7 half-hour segments on Friday, May 25 and again on Saturday, May 26. Carol Esterreicher is invited back to perform at two sessions on Saturday. Stories will include the first place prize winner (2010), The Little Telegrapher, the sentimental Ground Cherry Dresses (from 2011) and some favorite railrood stories, such as The Creeper which invite sing-a-longs as Joe Esterreicher adds his harmonica talent.
Check the Festival website for this year's updates.
The National Storytelling Network held its Oracle Awards ceremony in San Antonio, Texas on July 9th during the Texas Storytelling Festival. Carol received the Western Regional Award for Service and Leadership. She joins a prestigious group of honored and loved National and International Storytellers.
The results of Carol's initiative over 3 years ago can be
celebrated when Storytellers, as performing artists, announce their programs and events in the category of "Storyteller" (rather than "Other") on Now Playing Utah's web site. http://www.nowplayingutah.com
Silver Pen Contest Winner
As a Storyteller, Carol has become interested in how writers create characters and convey emotions without the advantage of so many visual and vocal tools storytellers have. She participates in a bi-weekly writing group where she intends to satisfy her curiosity about writers.
Her entry in the 2011 annual Silver Pen Contest earned her second place. The theme this year was "The Best Vacation Ever." She wrote about a family campground vacation in Disney World contrasting the magnificence of the Magic Kingdom with the mold, mosquitos, humidity, and mildew of the camping experience!
The National Storytelling Network held its 2010 Regional Conference July 29-August 1 in Los Angeles CA.
Carol was one of twelve storytellers who presented a "Fringe" session. See Alakazam -- We Have Talent Too! at 10:45 a.m. in the Beverly Hills Room at the Marriott in Woodland, Hills, CA. Learn how Carol tutored 5 of her students in speech therapy so that they could perform magic tricks as participants in their school-wide talent show.
Florida Story Camp
Carol has been invited to provide a workshop on "Fringe" presentations at the FSA annual Story Camp on March 25, 2011. She will present the highlights of the many details that go into planning, preparation, and self-promotion as well as presentation strategies.
Carol presents public library, scouting, and school programs that teach students how to create their own magic shows.
Schools and Libraries invite Carol to present assemblies and family storytelling gatherings.
Calvin Smith Library in Salt Lake County
After the story, parents helped their children complete a "magic fish" craft.
Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts 2010
At the Scandinavian Festival in Ephraim, UT, Carol portrayed the 15-year-old pioneer woman who became the first Chief Telegraph Operator!
Her presentation earned her First Prize in the First Annual Storytelling Contest to be a part of this festival.
Carol performed her prize story to the Spring City, UT Pioneer Day celebration's First Annual Storytelling Contest being promoted by The Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts organization
Florida Storytelling Association Story Camp 2009, March 26-29 afforded many photo opportunities and story sampler recording sessions for attendees. Carol attended workshops and training by nationally noted storytellers.
This is Carol's most recent photo posted on the Florida Storytelling Association's web site. Her CD is called "Fables, Folk, and Fairy Tales -- My Way."
Storytelling event announcements can be viewed on each monthly calendar page on this very carolstories web site.
Events open to the general public may also be viewed at http://www.nowplayingutah.com
Click on [Spoken & Written Word] and select Storytelling from the drop-down menu.
Saturday, July 18, 2009 -- a great success!
Create a Magic Show (Ages 7 and up)
West Jordan Library
Invite Carol to present this program at your school or club meeting.
Use your storytelling to make the magic tricks entertaining! Find just the right music, lighting, and props! You can do it!
Cub Scout Packs are encouraged to invite this program.
Christmas Eve Programs
Christmas Eve Carol was Storyteller for Club Solitude's Night Before Christmas for the 7th consecutive Christmas Eve, December 24, 2010
For testimonials, please visit [Applause]
First Night in Salt Lake City 2008-2009
Storytelling continues to be included among the vast array of performing arts to entertain a diverse crowd of individuals and families. See photos (left).
In April of 2008 a new web site was launched announcing performing artists' events state-wide. Storytelling is added as a category on the Spoken & Written Word button/link on the home page. Carol announces her events on http://www.NowPlayingUtah.com
When you want to know why audiences enjoy Carol's style of storytelling check Applause
The Traveling Tellers--Billie, Carol, Dan, Holly, Janine, Jan and Suzanne--storytellers from the Olympus Chapter of the Utah Storytelling Guild-toured the state responding to invitations to provide their storytelling programs to schools and other venues during the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 Utah Arts Council's Performing Artists Tour.
Currently these storytellers are available for hire to add that captivating and entertaining element to your events. You can locate each of them by their first names in the directory of The Utah Storytelling Guild.
Copy and paste the above link into your browser for a successful connection to the Utah Storytelling Guild.
In The Schools
"Balanced Literacy" Includes Oral Traditions--Storytelling!
In recent years, The Jordan School District's Literacy Specialists have orchestrated Super Literacy Events. Carol has participated as Storyteller at Southland Elementary, Quail Hollow Elementary, and Draper Elementary schools.
On January 6, 2009, Heartland Elementary had a Storytelling Assembly for Grades 4-6 to "kick off" their Storytelling project culminating in a Storytelling Festival on January 22!
On January 7th and January 28th, 2009 Butterfield Canyon Elementary invited Carol to present her Storytelling Showcase in two morning assemblies. Their Storytelling Festival was held on February 4th.
2009 through 2011...busy! busy! busy!
See [What's New]
Carol loves libraries!
Check out the Summer 2012 Theme: Dream Big.
Salt Lake County Libraries have discovered Carol's talent for combining stories with enticing follow up activities!
Story Plus! Magic You can Do
Seven library managers invited Carol to present her program during January and February 2008. In November, 2008 we cut a pilgrim in half. Call it "Turkey's Revenge!"
Look forward to more magic programs in years to come! Murray Arts in the Park, July 29, 2011 we enjoyed Stories and Magic in Pavilion #5.
When the Fall issues of Library Links appears at County Library check out desks, you can read about my programs on these 2011 monthly calendars: September | November | December.
Several parents consented to having their children's photos used to update Carol's Magic You Can Do brochure.
Look for the new magic brochure showcasing student magicians when you attend Carol's "Story Plus! Magic You Can Do program."
Carol has had the great pleasure of connecting with storytellers in Bend, Oregon. At the Spiritual Awareness Center, she told the Sacred Earth Tradition's myth: Gaia Creates Herself. See [Applause] for some of the appreciated audience response to Carol's presentation at that event.
For the "Lunch Bunch" Event at the Utah Gallivan Center Carol has shared stories during the 2006-2011 seasons. Check May, June, July, August, and September 2011 calendars for current dates.
2005 and 2006 October's "haunts" kept Carol busy at This is the Place Heritage Park. The event, Haunted Deseret, was the classic alternative to spook houses offering a menu of spine tingling tales. "The Warning," is the tale to be remembered!
A "Spinner of Smiles," the Salt Lake Tribune reporter called Carol. Indeed! The fable of the King of the Beasts and his bad breath was a surprise. Someone even won a lion hand puppet to use when she retells the tale. (below)
See Lynda Percival's article on storytelling and how Carol is sharing her variety of tales regionally with children and adults. You may download a (pdf) copy.
Salt Lake Tribune,
July 29, 2005
Community gatherings such as Taylorsville Dayzz for three consecutive years (right), the celebration of stories is contagious.
Children and adults often participate in the telling of the stories. Imagine being a grasshopper and singing "La Dee Da Dee Da Da" while the Ant chatters, "I'm so Busy!"