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Smoky Mountain Storytellers present unique entertainment

The entire family can enjoy an evening of "sit on the edge of your seat" entertainment with Smoky Mountain Storytellers.

The third Friday night of every month, different storytellers share their art at the Riverside Theater. Imagine yourself seated in a charming renovated church hearing folktales, fables, horror tales, and family tales that border on a fine line of truth or fiction.

These storytellers will take you to times and places in your head and heart you'll love to go. Storytelling is an art practiced by the Smoky Mountain Storytellers. Their stories bring people together, create their history and their culture. There are different storytellers every month.

On Friday, March 16, from 7-9 pm, you can experience the thrill of listening to these stories at the Riverside Theater, 3769 Old Knoxville Highway, Rockford TN; on Highway 33 between Maryville and Knoxville. Admission is $5. For group reservations, call 865-970-3000 or Parking is free.

rick elliott
Rick Elliott
susan fulbright
Susan Fulbright
ruthie mcintyre
Ruthie McIntyre
carol bell
Carol Bell

The storytellers for March:

Rick Elliott is from Gatlinburg and has positive energy to burn. With his huge amount of energy, his big voice, he has the wit and wisdom to keep you laughing. For 30 years as an English teacher, he also coached basketball, and never needed a microphone. Now a professional photographer, he gets the exciting shots of games that run in the sports section. He entertained at Gatlinburg's Ghost Walks for five years.

Susan Fulbright is from Kodak. Susan tells folktales, fables, horror tales, holiday tales, and family tales that border on that fine line of truth or fiction. She has lived in South Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and the mecca of all storytellers -- Jonesborough, Tennessee. There she became enamored with storytelling. She finished her degree in education at ETSU. She even came from Texas to get her masters in storytelling. In Texas, she taught reading, English, and storytelling for students in Houston. She coached volleyball and track and field -- especially shot put and discus for boys and girls. Susan is a reading specialist at Sevierville Middle School. Susan incorporates stories into shaping young minds. She got her Masters from ETSU while living in Jonesborough.

Ruthie McIntyre of Farragut became interested in storytelling when one of her students commented, "I love to come to class. Every day you tell a different story that makes me want to learn." She energetically turned that comment into a way to give back to her community since her retirement. She has a talent for generating a good story on almost any topic you give her and sometimes incorporates music in her stories. She is a winner of the national Fulbright Exchange Teaching Award and lived in Manchester, England for 2 years. Living abroad started her hobby of traveling the globe extensively to collect and tell stories that challenge the audience to think about their own lives. Locally she tells at schools, churches, and hospitals, homes for seniors, conferences, camps and retreats. Ruthie also designs, makes and sells jewelry.

Carol Bell is from Maryville. She has always been curious about every subject, every place on earth, and every kind of people. She has lived in six states and in Austria. It was while living in Europe in the mid-1980s that she realized how much she wanted to get back to Tennessee so that she could attend the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough. (Starting with 1987, she has attended every year except four.) She has worked as a computer programmer, a corporate trainer, and an academic librarian and professor. She has lived through hurricanes and survived cancer twice. In 2005, she completed a masters in storytelling at ETSU. Carol often adapts folk tales for contemporary listeners. She is interested in stories that touch the heart and awaken the soul, and some that are just for fun.

All performers are members of National Storytelling Network, Jonesborough, TN, Tennessee Storytelling Association, Nashville, and Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association, Knoxville.

Published February 28, 2012

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