Roanoke College's Performing Arts Series will offer an evening of storytelling Friday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Olin Theater. Three master storytellers will share the stage in this unique night of American folklore. Baba Jamal Koram, Bil Lepp and Connie Regan-Blake are all leaders in the nation's great tradition of storytelling. This is a great event for families, hipsters and everyone in between. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for senior citizens and students. To order tickets, please call the Olin Box Office, Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. at (540) 375-2333 or order online.
Koram, known as the StoryMan, is a storyteller who is a dedicated practitioner and teacher of the spoken word traditions. He is a respected leader in the world of storytelling who uses stories to uplift, inspire and encourage the positive growth of children, adults and communities. He holds B.A., M.S. and Ed.S. degrees. Audiences have said of him, "He represents what the power of language and music can do to capture children's imaginations and hold their attention." "I have seen many, many storytellers, but none with his ability to engage the spontaneity in children and hold their attention." "Excellent artist. True professional. Captivating."
Lepp, a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, has been telling tales for a decade. He tells original tall-tales written by himself and his brother. Lepp has been a regular at the West Virginia Liars Contest since 1990 and, having won five Biggest Liar titles, he now acts as emcee. Lepp has been a featured teller at festivals all over the country. "Lepp is a side-splittingly funny man." -The Smithsonian Center for Folk Life