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August 21, 2009

Three national storytellers featuring during two concerts at CW's Kimball Theatre

Colonial Williamsburg presents two storytelling concerts at the Kimball Theatre Saturday, Sept. 19. Spinning Stories-Spanning Time: Colonial Williamsburg Storytelling Concert will be held from 2-4 p.m. and features nationally known storytellers Dylan Pritchett, Kim Weitkamp and Donald Davis and regional storyteller April Uhrin. Spinning Stories-Spanning Time: An Evening with Donald Davis is a solo performance and can be seen from 7-9 p.m.

Dylan Pritchett has been a full-time storyteller since 1990 taking his African and African-American folktales to hundreds of schools throughout the country. He is inspired by cultural folktales with a positive message that cross cultural boundaries. Pritchett enjoys professional association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he performs and leads workshops for teachers on using storytelling in the classroom.

His work extends to museums, arts centers, historical sites, television and recordings. In addition to recording several albums of folktales, he has created the voices of many historical characters on museum recordings and exhibits. One of his favorite assignments is researching and presenting real-life characters from our nation's past for such prominent institutions as the Smithsonian Museum, Colonial Williamsburg, Anacostia Museum, Monticello, Gunston Hall, Meadow Farms Museum, Valentine Museum, National Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Museum of the Confederacy and a host of others. Pritchett serves on the board of the National Association of Black Storytellers Inc.

Kim Weitkamp used applied storytelling for more than 15 years her work with youth. She has been a guest speaker, keynote and storyteller at camps, retreats, conferences, libraries, schools, leadership summits and festivals throughout the country. She has performed at the Timpfest in Orem, Utah, the Exchange Stage in Jonesborough, Tenn., the historic Lyric Theater in Virginia, the Northeast Storytelling Festival, the Storytelling Festival of the Carolinas, the Smoky Mountains Festival in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the Colonial Williamsburg Storytelling Festival and many others. She holds residencies at the Montgomery County Museum, the JuneBug Center for Storied Arts and the Lewis Miller Art Center.

She serves as president of the Virginia Storytelling Alliance and is the Virginia State representative for the National Youth Storytelling Showcase. She also is a commissioned performer for the Virginia Commission of the Arts. She has penned numerous children’s stories but is most noted for her original and humorous Pitscreek Series, which has resulted in two CD projects.

Donald Davis was born in a southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories. “I didn’t learn stories, I just absorbed them,” he says as he recounts tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same western North Carolina land since 1781. He has performed at storytelling festivals and concerts throughout the United States and the world, served as chairperson of the board of directors for the National Storytelling Association, as master teacher of workshops and storytelling courses, and as guest host of American Public Radio’s Good Evening. He is a Storytelling Circle of Excellence Award recipient.

Virginia Beach resident April Uhrin started her storytelling career by combining her theatrical training and her passion for stories. Together, she and close friend, Robin Rundquist, created a unique tandem team: Gypsy Moon Tellers. Today, April enjoys telling multicultural tales from around the world with Robin and frequently as a solo artist.

Separate tickets are required for both concerts. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8.50 for youth and children per concert.

The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre box office is open 3-9:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

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