Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Stage name: Story Laurie
Performer name: Story Laurie McIntosh
Phone: 845-676-4727
Mailing address: 547 Grommeck Road
Andes, NY 13731
E-mail address: storylaurie@gmail.com
Website: http://www.storylaurie.com
Previous appearances at: WAMC Radio Performance Place, Clearwater Festival, Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, Tellabration - Kingston, NY, Cazenovia Library
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 01/28/2015

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Flying on the Wings of Our Words Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Story Laurie introduces students to the art of storytelling and walks them through the process of preparing their own folk tale or fable for the telling. In the workshop sessions, storytelling and improve games help the students develop useful storytelling skills such as developing eye contact and use of gesture and voice. The artist teaches students to learn their story by developing imagery and creating a storyboard, rather than through rote memorization. In grades 3 & up, students work individually or with a partner; for grades K-2, students learn a group tale to share with other groups or classes.
$201- $350
Story Laurie's Super Sonic Adventure! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for a wild ride through the world of sound with Story Laurie. In her inimitable style, Laurie will take your audience on a wacky adventure, exploring topics such as the mechanics of sound, onomatopoeia (Fizz! Boom! Baa!) and other wonders. We’ll visit the Museum of Aural Anachronisms, with its permanent exhibit on typewriters, rotary dial telephones and vinyl records. And we’ll even travel to France, where turkeys say “glou, glou, glou” and dogs say “ouah, ouah!” Yes, folks, through story, song, improv aplenty and tons of fun audience participation, you can’t ask for a more engaging, high energy show for your SRP audience. Bring Story Laurie to your public library, and you, too, will learn why she was voted 2013 “Best Children’s Performer” by Hudson Valley Magazine.
$201- $350
Groovin' in the Garden - Perfect for SRP 2016 On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! Music,
Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Gardeners, bookworms and kid community heroes all meet up in Story Laurie’s highly original musical storytelling adventure “Groovin’ in the Garden.” Your library audience will delight in singing (and buzzing!) along with Story Laurie as she takes them on a journey through the seasons in a kid-powered community garden. Songs from Laurie’s critically-acclaimed “Groovin’ in the Garden” CD are cleverly woven into an engaging story about a group of kids working together to grow their community! First introduced in 2013 to rave reviews, Laurie has updated this hit program to provide a remarkably fun, fresh and creative way to celebrate the 2016 Summer Reading Program themes of health, wellness and fitness. Bring Story Laurie to your community, and you will see why she was named “Best Children’s Performer” by Hudson Valley Magazine.
$201- $350
Journey to Ellis Island: An Immigration Story Genealogy,
History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
In this touching and powerful performance, Story Laurie portrays her grandmother as an immigrant girl full of hopes and dreams. Listeners travel with the young Carmela on this emotional (and often humorous) journey as she departs her hometown of Potenza, Italy, crosses the Atlantic and arrives in New York Harbor, ready to begin a new life in a strange and magical land. The performance (25-30 mins.) is followed by a discussion/Q&A session about US immigration. Journey to Ellis Island is also available as a residency program where Laurie helps students develop the skills to research their own family stories. The residency culminates in individual or group art projects (eg. a song written by students and which tells of the collective immigrant experience; class “quilt” that depicts each family’s story).
$201- $350
2011 One World, Many Stories - Around the World... Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Once upon a time, a young fellow named Jack grew a cabbage so enormous, he decided to see if he could sail it across the open sea. He could! And so he did. . .And so begins “Around the World in An Afternoon”, a musical storytelling adventure that will transport your library audience to lands both near and far. Within the frame story of Jack sailing on his cabbage (based on an old story dreamed up by Pete Seeger long ago), Story Laurie takes listeners on an imaginary journey that begins in your library’s backyard. The audience will sail south to the small island nation of Haiti, to hear a traditional folk tale. Then they will set sail across the Atlantic, where they will meet characters commonly found in European and African folklore. We then continue our journey around the globe, with a stop in Asia, then the South Seas and finally back home to the United States...singing songs, telling tales, off we go!
$201- $350
The Library is the Place for Me! Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Story Laurie's love for libraries is infectious! Bask in Laurie’s frolicking style as she weaves tales of wonder and sings sunny songs about everything from home-grown tomatoes to turtles that fly, all the while delightfully reminding young and old that her favorite place to learn stories & songs (and just plain ol' hang out) is at the library! This program also features two Story Laurie tunes: the call-and-response “Come Along with Me” (to the library, that is!) and the “No Library Books in the Bathtub” waltz.
$201- $350
I Love the Bugs in My Backyard Music,
Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Every spring, Story Laurie plants a BIG garden. But she knows that gardening is not a one-woman show. “I Love the Bugs in My Backyard!” is a playful and informative celebration of the insects who fertilize, pollinate and otherwise help Story Laurie’s garden grow! This lively, participatory program offers up a veritable trove of traditional tales, tunes and some new treasures as well. With her bee-witching style and fun repertoire of insect fact and folklore, Story Laurie is guaranteed to make your students BUZZ with delight! This program is ideal for classes studying insects or plant life, or for those planning a community garden or Farm-to-School project.
$201- $350
Small Heroes, Big Voices History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
In THE perfect performance for your 2015 Every Hero Has A Story program, award-winning children's performer Story Laurie will feature stories and songs about kids who have done some amazing and inspiring things! Your summer readers will love learning about Sybil Ludington who, as a teenage girl, rode her horse all through a long rainy night to alert the American militia that, The British are burning Danbury! Muster at Ludington’s! We’ll have fun singing along to the song about the Lambeth children -- a group of Canadian kids who saved 'eleven fine maples standing in a row' from being cut down as they sat in the trees, swinging in the breeze. We’ll celebrate more well-known heroes, too -- like Malala Yousafzai, who won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. And we’ll even sing a song celebrating the hero that is inside each of us. Engaging, participatory educational & fun!
$201- $350
Around the World in An Afternoon Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Starting with a folk tale from the small island nation of Haiti, I will take students on an imaginary journey across the Atlantic, where they will meet characters commonly found in European and African folklore. We will continue our journey around the globe, with a stop in Asia, then the South Seas and finally back home to the United States. As we travel, we will talk about why people tell stories, and explore why similar stories appear in a different cultures around the world. During the 30-60 minute concert (program length and repertoire adjustable to suit your scheduling and curricular needs), listeners will be active participants in the program, both as an audience who delights in the magic of stories and songs from such a wide variety of cultures, and as “explorers” who help me answer questions about the tradition of storytelling and the stories themselves. At turns hilarious and serious, Story Laurie magically glides from one character to the next, employing her marvelous vocal skills, gestures and facial expressions. Perfect for libraries, schools and community events -- Laurie has a knack for enchanting both young and old equally!
$201- $350
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