WATERVILLE VALLEY - Motoko of Amherst, MA will be the featured teller at the White Mountain Storytelling Festival on September 27-29, at the Waterville Valley Resort and Town Square, Route 29, Village Road.
A native of Osaka, Japan, Motoko first came to the U. S. as an exchange student to the University of Massachusetts. She has performed professionally since 1993, going to hundreds of schools, libraries, museums and festivals. She will present concerts at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., on Sat., September 28.
The weekend will begin with Friday night ghost stories told by NH storytellers, Angela Klingler, Salem; Cora Ciampi, Gorham; George Radcliffe, Webster; Olga Morrill, Madison, and Sharon Wood, Claremont. This concert will be held in the gazebo in the Waterville Valley Town Square at 7:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
Saturday’s events begin with the Raising Voices concert from 11am to noon at the Meeting Place at the Waterville Valley Resort. NH storytellers Faye Hanson, Franconia; Joanne Piazzi, Rochester, Matt Krug, Tamworth; Meredith Bird-Miller, Wilmot and Steve Blunt, Nashua, will present a Family Story Concert of tales that will amaze and delight, teach and inspire.
Stories will continue at 2:30 p.m., with a Children’s Concert in the H.A.Rey Center, featuring Cora Ciampi and Shawn Middleton of Durham and an Adult Concert by Motoko at the Meeting Place. A Family Concert will follow in that location at 4pm and will feature Cori Couture, Malden, MA, Elisa Pearmain, Hudson, MA; and Lorna Macdonald Czarnota, Buffalo, NY.
The evening concert from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., will be held at the Meeting Place, with Lauretta Phillips as Emcee and Faye Hanson opening for Motoko.
The final storytelling session, free to all, will be held on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Meeting Place with Sacred Stories by Ellen Secci, Somersworth; Elisa Pearmain, Hudson, MA; Lauretta Phillips, Andover; Lorna MacDonald Czarnota, ; and Nancy Donnelly, New London.
Festival tickets for adults costs $25.00, which includes admission for 4 children under 12 and gives admission to all of the storytelling concerts. They will be available at the door, or may be ordered online at http://www.nhstorytelling.org/ Tickets may also be purchased separately for each concert for those unable to attend the full festival.