Lori and Omar Hansen's
Great Bear Folk Theatre

We'll come to your community, school or theatre and share stories and music. We can also teach you how to find and tell your own stories.

WHERE WE'VE BEEN

STORYTELLING SHOWS

WORKSHOPS

KIDS' STORYTELLING: IT'S ELEMENTARY

Children will learn the steps necessary to create a great story. This workshop focuses on teaching children good storytelling skills, beginning with how to structure a great story.  Performance skills are emphasized and practiced, such as voice projection, diction, character development, eye contact, etc.  The workshop can be done in a short period of time with a basic overview, or can be led over the course of several sessions, covering areas in greater depth, with more opportunity for students to write, practice and perform their work.  Can be adapted for the age group of your choice.

Festivals:
 
National Storytelling Festival, as Exchange Place Tellers
 
Timpanogos Storytelling Festival
 
Weber State University Storytelling Festival
 
Cache Valley Storytelling Festival
 
Forest Storytelling Festival
 
 Festival of the American West
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Scottish Festival, Logan, UT
 

Conferences:
 
National Storytelling Network Conference
 
Madison County Library Association, ID
 
Henderson, NV Library District
 
Utah Storytelling Guild Conference, St. George, UT
 
 
Other:
BYU-I Storytelling concert
Madison School District, Rexburg, ID
Shelley School District, Shelley, ID
Pocatello Parks and Rec., Pocatello, ID
Weber School District, Ogden, UT

 
With a wide variety of stories and songs, both silly and serious to choose from, we can tailor a performance just for you. Or take a look at the storytelling shows below that we offer. 
TANDEM TELLING: SHARING STORYIES TWO BY TWO

Telling stories with a partner can be an exciting way to perform.  We’ve been tandem telling for over 20 years.  Come learn from our experience, from our mistakes and successes. You’ll learn how to work with a partner, how to give and take focus, how to share the stage and become one dynamic storytelling twosome. Tandem storytelling is fun!  You may become hooked!


STORY THEATRE
IS IT A PLAY? IS IT A STORY?  IT'S BOTH AND ITS A BLAST!
 
Take one great story, a stage, and a fearless leader, mix well, and the result is a fun show, proud performers, happy parents, and a teacher who hasn’t puller his/her hair out!   Story theatre is just that: taking a folk tale (say, The Bremen Town Musicians), learning it as a class, assigning parts, (cat, dog, rooster, horse, and a whole lot of robbers), and performing the story.  Come learn how to adapt a story into a script, learn basic directing skills,  simple staging and costuming techniques. You’ll quickly see that theare can be imaginative, fun, low stress, and inexpensive.  This workshop can be completed within a couple of hours, as an overview, or with more time, (several sessions) you can actually practice putting together a project of your own.


QUILTING YOUR STORY
 
Picture an old fashioned quilting bee.  Lots of quilters gathered around a quilt, sharing stories and stitches. As a quilter and storyteller, Lori has discovered the joy and satisfaction of taking a personal story, or memory, and transferring it into your own memory quilt.  Using her own quilts that tell stories as examples, Lori will inspire you, brainstorm with you and help you choose a life event you treasure, and then help you design your own heirloom quilt.  Imagine the memories that will be passed down from generation to generation, as your family learns the stories contained in your quilt. 

A night of stories and music to break your heart and chill your bones.