Patchwork brings Earth Day Stories to family audiences everywhere as it was recorded before a live audience on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.
According to Denise McCormack, president of Patchwork and MC of the program,
Earth Day was the perfect occasion to reemerge, to reconnect; it was like a call home after a long absence, and we felt the comfort of open arms welcoming us and our stories back to the theater, even as audiences are hesitantly returning to their 'normal' lives.
We looked at this time as a celebration--a new beginning and appreciation for the world we live in--and we carefully selected the stories to engage a multi-generational community of children, parents, grandparents, neighbors, and friends.
Frankly, the day did not disappoint. It was beautiful, and I think that everyone found themselves immersed in the electricity of the beautiful, shiny faces around us and the delight of being led into new and familiar worlds of imagination and thought.
Now, being able to share the stories and the experience with new audiences via online platforms with which we've grown familiar over the last few years is a super bonus that we're pleased to utilize, too. So for a limited time, we'll do that, too.
Joining McCormack in the lineup are, in alphabetical order, Michele Belluomini, Ingrid Bohn, and Judy England-McCarthy.
Earth Day Stories will be available on PhillyCam, the People Powered Media, in July. Dates and times and other opportunities to view the program TBA.
Running time: 00:58:54
Suitable for General Audiences
Denise McCormack has been telling professionally for more than a decade, presenting programs throughout the tri-state area--to listeners of all ages and in a multitude of venues and is deeply committed to sharing the benefits of storytelling in a broad spectrum of applications from education and community to business, health, and well-being, as well as using a variety of media platforms to do it.
McCormack also organizes events, creates audio/visual marketing and promotion, and generally works to promote storytelling by brining it to whoever has an inclination to share in this world-wide and deeply rooted pastime.
Among her many roles in storytelling, McCormack is liaison to the NSN, past editor of NSL Story Art Magazine, president of the Patchwork Storytelling Guild, board member of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild and creative producer of the Family Storytelling Series, and an active member of various other local and national organizations wherein storytelling plays an integral role.
Michele Belluomini has been telling stories to children and adults for the last 15 years. She has performed in schools, libraries, and museums, as well as at universities in the Philadelphia area. Michele presented solo performances on the "Fringe" stage at the 2006 National Storytelling Conference in Pittsburgh and at the 2012 National Storytelling Conference in Cincinnati. She has also performed in a host of Patchwork Tellebration festivals, the New Jersey Storytelling festival, and the Lehigh Valley's Story Fusion.
Ingrid entertains people in story and song and has been active in theater productions for over 30 years. She is an Interactive Theater and Storytelling artist who shares traditional folktales, fairy tales, and literary stories from all over the world and brings to life multifaceted characters whose unique personalities aid in the cultural understanding.
Ingrid encourages role playing and audience participation and is a proud member of the Lehigh Valley and Patchwork Storytelling Guilds.
Judy England-McCarthy sprinkles elements of humor, wisdom, and originality in high-energy performances to bring stories to life for audiences of all ages. Judy performs at venues throughout the tri-state area including libraries, schools, and festivals. Now available for virtual online performances and workshops anywhere in the world.
The Rotunda, located in Philadelphia, PA, is a community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between our parent organization the University of Pennsylvania, and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work. The Rotunda's programming is currently virtual but we will reopen the venue soon enough!
PhillyCAM is the non-profit designated by the City of Philadelphia to operate its public access television network.
PhillyCAM provides transformative opportunities for people and communities to express themselves, to learn from each other, and to produce and share media reflective of experiences of everyday people.
On October 23, 2009, PhillyCAM started cablecasting on Comcast 66/966HD/967 and Verizon 29/30. This is a landmark achievement in a city that fought for 27 years to finally get its public access television.
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Over the course of the pandemic, many people and organizations turned to virtual meetings, presentations, programs, and performances. This firm grip in the ether world is here to stay, and DM Video Designs is delighted to take part in the editing of video that's been captured on various platforms for posterity's sake. First, we listen to what you have to say about what you want. Then, we do our best to make that happen, most often using your video. If you need something more, ask. DM Video Designs is here to help.
If this program were a movie or television show, I’d say it’s a very entertaining G, like The Lawrence Welk Show but with stories. This program is meant to be enjoyable for as many people as possible, of all age ranges (especially children and adults!).
Patchwork recognizes that everyone has lean days when any added expense can cause hardship. PWYW ticketing removes that financial burden to make great shows accessible to everyone--especially families. Our mission is to promote storytelling by bringing storytelling programs to you.
Donations are appreciated and will be awarded to the tellers as an honorarium for their work.
Patchwork Storytelling Guild is a member-supported 501c3 non-profit organization serving the needs of the Philadelphia Metro area, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the Delaware Valley, and beyond.
Its mission is to provide a forum for storytellers and to promote the art of storytelling through community outreach related to the practice, performance, and value of storytelling. Patchwork offers: monthly story swaps, coaching sessions, performance opportunities... and more.