Saturday Family Story Sessions

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 11am

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11am

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 11am

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 11am

The Mansion

$10 in advance/$12 at the door

Saturday Family Story Sessions

Sat, Oct 14–Nov 4, 11am

Our popular Saturday Family Jazz Sessions series continues this fall with a new, story-telling twist. Saturday Family Story Sessions is 4 weeks of fun! Local storytellers teach kids how to weave narrative tales, instilling a love of learning with every word. Music, movement, art, and interactive play: it’s all about understanding other people, enjoying different cultures and boosting imagination and creativity. Recommended for ages 3–8.

Everyone needs a ticket! All attendees, including accompanying adults, must have a ticket. 

Children 2 years old and under will be admitted for free, but they do require a ticket to help us manage attendance and be sure we don't go over our maximum allowed capacity. If you plan to bring a child 2 years old or younger to this performance, please call our ticket office to reserve a special free ticket at 301.581.5100. 

Presented in association with Story Tapestries. 

October 14: Diane Macklin
October 21: Jamaal Collier
October 28: Ali Oliver-Krueger
November 4: Dovie Thomason

Learn more about this exciting new series!


About the Storytellers

Diane Macklin
  Diane Macklin, Oct 14
Acclaimed storyteller Diane Macklin captivates audiences with her lyrical voice, high energy, dance grooves, and theatrical presence. Specializing in the African griot tradition, Macklin’s work inspires audiences while imparting knowledge, history, and culture through audience participation and a dynamic story experience. Having performed at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Wolf Trap’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space museum, Macklin’s motto is to live and work while making a difference, one story at a time.
Jamaal Collier
  Jamaal Collier, Oct 21
Jamaal “Mr. Root” Collier incorporates rapping, vocal percussion, spoken word poetry, and his passion for hip-hop into engaging live performances for kids and their parents. While studying theater at Towson University, Collier explored hip-hop culture and came to embrace its pillars of breakdancing, deejaying, graffiti art, rapping, and most importantly, knowledge. As a teaching artist, Collier seeks to enlighten and educate through this distinctive culture of music and has facilitated workshops and performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
Ali Oliver-Krueger
  Ali Oliver-Krueger, Oct 28
Playwright, director, composer, classical singer, and teaching artist are just a couple of ways to describe Ali Oliver-Krueger, who fuses opera, creativity, and drama into theater performances for kids. As the Executive Artistic Director of Interact Story Theatre, Oliver-Krueger brings theater performances to classrooms and communities across the area. She has worked with schools, arts organizations such as the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap, and opera companies throughout the country, all the while using her love for singing and drama to help audiences learn and grow through the arts.  
Dovie Thomason   Dovie Thomason, Nov 4
At the center of Dovie Thomason’s storytelling works is the ability to enchant audiences while teaching valuable lessons about human nature and indigenous worldviews. Thomason began her journey as a storyteller from the childhood influences of her Kiowa Apache grandmother, who passed down stories of Thomason’s paternal ancestors and pan-Indian tales from other Native American tribes. With a degree in Native Studies, Thomason honed her storytelling craft through her travels and study of the oral traditions of the First Nations, all while developing her own modern storytelling style, with wry humor and subtle affection.

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