“Stories on the Green” Series continues Oct. 4

If you loved Ina Chadwick’s MousMuse Productions (MouseMuse.com) popular storytelling program “Stories on the Green,” last fall at Fairfield Museum and History Center, this year’s programs will be just as good, if not better, according to Ina Chadwick, founder/director.  The first production, “Working for the Man” will be held Thursday, Oct. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m.

“We chose the theme “Working for the Man” to commemorate that while we are not slaves, every career has the potential to enslave us,” Chadwick said. “Sometimes we are our worst slave masters,” added Bill Bosch, the storymaster coach for MouseMuse and a resident of Oxford.

“If you didn’t attend one of our three storytelling events at The Fairfield Museum and History Center (fairfieldhistory.org) last year and in February of this year, this evening will offer a chance to experience what editors and audiences have reported as a “riveting, hilarious, and poignant evening where you can expect the unexpected.”

In keeping with MouseMuse Productions’ thematic format, six storytellers will share their personal tales that will easily wrap around the exhibition Promise of Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation, which opened on Sept. 23 and runs through Feb. 24, 2013.

Storytellers are Thomas Finn of Stamford, Liz Wachsler of Fairfield, Pamela Booth of Redding, Richard Epstein of Westport, Debra Coleman of Fairfield and Harry Gambaradella of Beacon.

Each of these pre-selected storytellers will have a 10-minute window to tell his or her story without a script, even though the participants are not completely unprepared. According to Chadwick, “We coach storytellers briefly before the event. We don’t let anyone who isn’t ready go up to the mike alone.”

“A really wonderful part of our evening will be when we ask audience members to throw their names into a hat during intermission and give them the chance to become storytellers, too. Those whose names are picked will get to tell a three-minute story on the “Working for the Man” theme,” said Bill Bosch. “Sometimes these impromptu efforts become the most amazing stories. Everyone loves this part of the evening because the audience can become storytellers or just come and enjoy.

Ina Chadwick’s Storytelling with MouseMuse Productions have been featured at the Fairfield Theater Company and the Westport Arts Center as well as at the Landmark Academy. This summer the members of the nearly 75 storytellers were culled for Storymasters Jam at Two Boots. Nearly every performance has been sold out.

“Stories on the Green” programs will continue with future events Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 and Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. Tickets may be ordered online at mousemuse.com or by calling 203-247-3346. Checks, credit cards at the door are $20. The show and the food are included in the ticket price. Wine and soft beverages also are included.

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