SUMMERSIDE — For those who love a good story, the Island Storytelling Festival: New Waves, which goes Sept. 21 and 29, is a “must attend” event, say organizers.
The festival, presented by Wyatt Heritage Properties Inc. of Summerside, is made up of two very unique styles of storytelling.
The first event on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Eptek Art and Culture Centre features the storytelling of Clara Dugas, an Acadian storyteller from the Clare region of Nova Scotia.
Dugas is noted as being an engaging, riveting and humorous storyteller, with stories drawn from childhood memories and various life experiences.
She has been a member of Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada since 1994, and has performed at festivals throughout the region and across the country.
Wyatt Heritage Properties’ Lori Ellis is excited to have Dugas at the festival.
“Going with the one storyteller for the evening is a real change for the festival, which usually features three tellers, but it was a format we have wanted to explore over the nine-year life of the festival,” said Ellis. “This was the year to give it a try when Dugas said she was willing to participate in our festival and carry the ninety minute program.”
Tickets can be purchased at the door and refreshments will be served.
The second event on Sept. 29 is being held in conjunction with Culture Days.
This time, the storytelling will take the format of radio dramas.
Actual stories of events in Island history were researched through the MacNaught History Centre and Archives and turned into short radio scripts.
On that evening, the audience will get to see and hear amateur voice actors and sound personnel, known as foleys, along with a musician, record the dramas in the same manner as early live radio.
Six dramas covering such topics as fire, charivaris and wheelmen will be recorded.
The audience will also be treated to storytelling of Dorothy Jackson, a native of Summerside, and story through song with Patricia Brooke.
Admission is free as part of the Culture Days celebration.
“The recording of the radio dramas is one of my favorite programming events of the year in that it brings together so many members of our community in creating an artistic product that captures the historic flavor of our Island,” said Ellis.
The radio dramas will be recorded at Eptek Centre starting at 7:30 p.m.