Storytelling school

The 36th Annual Storytelling Festival from the Ark returns to Ann Arbor in February

ANN ARBOR – L’Arche will host its annual storytelling festival from February 24 to 26.

The event was extended to three days in 2023 and featured three shows designed for different ages.

Here is the schedule:

Friday, February 24: 8 p.m.

The first annual L’Arche Liar Contest

L’Arche will hold its first annual liar contest featuring “six of the best liars in the region”. Each will tell a 10-minute story and compete for a trophy, bragging rights and a net $100 ticket.

Liars include:

  • Larry Castleberry

  • Jennifer Otto

  • Rich Swanson

  • Jeff Doyle

  • Genot Picor

  • Mike Cox

In a tongue-in-cheek statement, L’Arche announced its judges for this year’s event:

“Kathleen Daniels / Married to Jeff Daniels, a man who makes a living pretending to be other people; Karl Fink/As a retired district court judge, he spent most of his life listening to liars…and not just lawyers; Christopher Taylor/Mayor of Ann Arbor, a politician, need we say more? »

Writer and director Amir Baghdadchi, of The Moth, will MC on Friday night.

Saturday, February 25: 8 p.m.

Traditional Tales by Bill Harley, Sheila Arnold and Steve Daut

Bill Harley is a songwriter and storyteller. A regular on the Ark, he was featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

He enjoys performing for people of all ages and will perform a one-man show at the event, as the character in the story “Stickeen” by wilderness advocate John Muir.

A question and answer session will follow the performance.

Sheila Arnold performs in libraries, schools, museums, churches and professional organizations. A history buff, Arnold is also co-founder and artistic director of Artists Standing Strong Together.

She has received two artist grants during her career.

Steve Daut will be MC on Saturday night and will tell his own stories. He is described by the Ark as “a champion in the art of storytelling”. He is also an active and longtime member of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

Tickets for the event are $30.

Sunday, February 26: 1 p.m.

Family show

The morning show will feature Saturday’s storytellers as part of a family event.

Tickets for the show are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Tickets go on sale Friday, October 7. To buy tickets for the Storytelling Festival, click here.

For more information, visit theark.org.

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