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Folk and Fairy Tale Slam - "Mother Africa"

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Folk and Fairy Tale Slam - "Mother Africa"

Time: January 17, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: The Puppet Showplace Theatre
Street: 32 Station Street
City/Town: Brookline, MA 02445
Website or Map:
Phone: (617) 942-2553
Event Type: six, traditional, storytelling, events, for, adults
Organized By: Norah Dooley
Latest Activity: Jan 28, 2013

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Event Description

"mother Africa" featuring ToRena Webb Thomas

The major contributions to storytelling by a culture will be featured as unifying themes and we are starting with Mother Africa.  It felt more poetic that "Pan African storytelling" and for us this title signifies how deeply African culture is embedded in art and how all of us humans owe a huge debt to the many cultures of Africa,  the  "Cradle of mankind, baobab of the soul..."  Storytelling especially is connected; from Aesop to Brother Blue, people from African cultures have a rich and deep traditions in the art of storytelling that have directly  informed many other culture's folk lore. 

Boston native, ToRena Webb Thomas received her B.S. in Dance Performance and Choreography from the State University of New York at Brockport. She has extensive Caribbean Dance training from the Edna Manle School of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.

Her most recent projects include her one woman show A Walk With Nanny: A Journey Through Caribbean Folklore and a performance as a featured storyteller this year at Motherloaded II.

Traditional storytellers from massmouth

and the Puppet Showplace Theatre (PST)

are proud to present

a monthly series of folk & fairy tale slams events -

Slamming the Tradition

- Six traditional storytelling events for adults.

from OCT 2012 - MAR 2013

Thursday evenings: Jan 17, Feb 14, Mar 14.

This program challenges tellers to use a prop or costume piece among other fun guidelines including:

  • tell a 7 minute story
  • must be fiction and in some traditional form
  • while you may use a prop, costume, music BUT  still, no notes

We have secured the prizes and the audience will choose winners:

A bag of magic beans = 1st

A magic wishing stone = 2nd

A small bale of hay = 3rd

enter a story to get in free and reserve a place in the program:

Additional prizes including free passes to story slams + mugs and T-shirts maybe added. More details to come.

Tickets will be $10 and available online @

Puppet Showplace Theatre is an award-winning non-profit performing arts organization committed to excellence in puppetry for audiences of all ages.

32 Station Street  Brookline, MA 02445

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BMO 2014 Winners

Vanessa Ouellette, 1st prize, Simon Moody, 2nd and Theresa Okokon, 3rd Prize

StoriesLive® Winners - 2014

Freshman/Sophomores/ELL: $500 - 1st place - Mannasseh Konadu

$250 - Runners up - William Lam, Heroldine Blemur, Sabrina Barroso 

Juniors: $1,000 split to Patrick Hoarty and Silas Weiner to tie 1st place

Seniors: $1,000 - 1st Place to Rosemary Nabukeera 
$500 to Marie Pena and Briana Crockett 

Audience Choice – Freshman/Sophomore/ELL: $150 to David Judkins 

Audience Choice – Juniors/Seniors: $300 to Tony Santiago

StoriesLive® 2013:


Annemarie DeMarco-Alfama - 1st place

Kenny Le & Moises Caraballo - Runner-ups


Latisha Joujute - 1st place

Stephen Carlin & Henry Chavez - Runner-Ups

Kristen Ruffin - Audience Choice


Nico Luisi - 1st Place

Moises Ramirez & Vance Crayton - Runner-ups

Theodore Biv - Audience Choice


StoriesLive® 2012:

First place, and $1,000  prize

Junior Fernando Ortiz from Revere High School 

Senior Amario Malcolm from Boston Latin Academy

Runners-up ($500 each)11th

Alan Estes from Newburyport, 

AngelinaFerullo from Everett and 

Runners-up ($500 each)12th Caylen Bryant (Andover) 

Shavar Lazarus (Boston Latin Academy).

Audience Choice awards:

11th Justin Alexander 

(South Community High) 

12th Varvarra Valentin

(Lynn Classical High School)

massmouth choice awards:


Jennifer MonJoie(Revere) 

Bahiya Nasuuna (Chelsea) 

Karen Hua (Andover) 


Jason Hittinger (Revere)


Last Year 2011: StoriesLive® first ever high school story slam. 1st place awarded a $2,000 scholarship Brianda Agramonte, Lynn Classical High School, senior

2 runners up received $1,000 scholarship each: junior Conor Miller Newburyport High School and Mathews DeSouza, Everett High School,  Our "massmouth choice" was Sandy Fonseca, Boston Latin Academy, senior [below] She was awarded $500

Lexi Hernando Lynn Classical High School, senior was chosen by the attendees and awarded the Audience Choice prize of $500.

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