By RICK BROWN, Yard Light Media
KEARNEY – At the age of 6, a trip to the circus hooked Tim Lowry on the idea of show business.
He progressed through school plays and Christmas shows until he started a puppet company as a young teenager, thinking he would eventually pursue a career as an actor. As a theater major in college, Lowry studied Shakespeare and romantic opera before taking a storytelling course — and finding a niche.
Lowry, 51, took a detour for five years, working as an English teacher before settling in as a nationally touring storyteller, starting in 2012.
As a co-headliner of the Kearney Area Storytelling Festival, the Summerville, SC resident has toured area schools and performed at the Lexington Public Library.
He will perform stories for families, with national storyteller Megan Hicks, in two sessions Saturday at the Kearney Public Library at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. At 7 p.m., Lowry and Hicks will tell adult stories at Kearney Country Club. Admission to all events is free.
Lowry answered five questions about his storytelling:
QUESTION: What makes a story worth telling?
TIM LOWRY: I’m still drawn to the character. As a college drama major, it was always a big debate; is it the plot or the character that really drives a story? For many people who come to storytelling from the English major/literacy side, they are looking for a great plot. If they come at it from the theater/drama side, it’s character. And the story really has to mean something. It can contain a lot of humor, but in the end it has to mean something.