New Storytelling Series at Marin Waldorf School

November 11, 2014

Marin Waldorf School Storytelling SeriesDo you and your kids love a great story? Come to Marin Waldorf School on Tuesday afternoons for their new Storytelling Series!

Stories are presented by Marin Waldorf's preschool and kindergarten faculty, and take place in the school's warm and welcoming classrooms. Stories are appropriate for children ages 3 to 6. Best of all, this program is open to the public and free of charge!

Storytelling Series programs take place from 3:30 to 4 pm on the following Tuesdays: November 11 and December 16, 2014 and January 16, February 3, and March 24, 2015. Please arrive early, as stories begin promptly at 3:30 pm. The first story, on November 11, is A Caterpillar's Voice.

Marin Waldorf School is located at 755 Idylberry Road in the Lucas Valley–Marinwood area of San Rafael. To get there, take Highway 101 to the Lucas Valley Road exit and head west on Lucas Valley Road. Turn right onto Miller Creek Road, then left onto Idylberry Road. Marin Waldorf School will be on your left.

Free Music and Storytelling Hours from Youth in Arts at Barnes & Noble Corte Madera

March 20, 2013

Youth in Arts story timeThis March, join local arts education group Youth in Arts at the Barnes & Noble store in Corte Madera for two free music and storytelling hours for preschoolers and early elementary school students.

Youth in Arts artists will be in the store at 11 am on Saturday, March 23, and Wednesday, March 27, to share music and stories from Youth in Arts productions based on beloved children's books. Enjoy excerpts from local author Elisa Kleven’s Paper Princess series and Hooray, a Piñata! and Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm’s Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth To Life. Sing along to songs in Spanish and English from Youth in Arts’ shows inspired by these wonderful books!

This program is perfect for children ages 3–6 and their families. Barnes & Noble is located at 313 Corte Madera Town Center.

Spinning Tales with Marin's Scott the Storyteller

November 7, 2011

Scott the StorytellerIn Marin, there's no shortage of really talented children's entertainers. One of them is Scott Urquhart, AKA Scott the Storyteller. A fixture at local preschools, farmer's markets, and bookstores, Scott and his lively stories—with the help from a supporting cast of captivating puppets—delight and enchant children of all ages (and adults, too).

We caught up with Scott and asked him a few questions about himself, his stories, and where he gets his inspiration to entertain.

What's your background and how did you get started as a storyteller?

Probably like many parents, I started telling stories to my kids when they were very young. Even before they could understand the words I would tell them stories with a lot of facial expression and voice inflection and it really captured their attention. When they were old enough to get the words I really enjoyed inventing stories for them, and often with them. My son called them “imagining stories”. We would create wonderful new worlds and characters in our heads where anything was possible. Then in 2006 my wife was talking with the director of Redeemer Preschool in San Rafae, who happened to be looking for a children’s storyteller as part of their enrichment program. I auditioned and got the job. That’s when I started doing it professionally and it’s been growing ever since. I now tell stories regularly at eight preschools, plus festivals, parties, etc. It’s really cool.

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