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Presentation in ICPNAC – Cusco Perú.

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This is just a quick post of my presentation at ICPNAC (Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano Cusco) where everything went really well!!!

Introducing Catty Pilly again...

 In this presentation, I told 3 stories: Sleeping Ugly by Jane Yolen, The Ghost with the one black eye, and The Village of No Cats (a Bulgarian folktale).  Of course to be able to create the magic with children Catty Pilly couldn’t be missing.  She had a great time and she even gave a little song, inspired by the beautiful surroundings of the City.  Everyone had a blast.  In this blog post I will just put up a few pictures of the presentation.

Catty Pilly couldn’t be missing in the show…
 
As one can see, some the kids brought their chairs along, although they were told to bring pillows!!!  I was really suprised to see that!!
 

Check out the faces!!!!

 

 Here I was telling Sleeping Ugly and when Miserabella had one of her fits, the faces of the children were what you see in the pic!!!

They have the "story listening" face!!!

 

No comments with this photo.  It says it all…  

This happened next!!!

 

These two guys were in the first levels of the institute and their teacher told me that they were fascinated by the experience.  Hopefully they will get to meet another storyteller!!!
 

Catty Pilly saying "hasta la vista"!!

 
 All I can say is that I wouldn’t change my job for nothing in the world!!!

First Performance

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Last week I was flown to Lima for a school performance.  To say the truth, it when spectacular!!  This is the first day of my performance when I’m introducing my friend CattyPilly.

Introducing CattyPilly

Here I’m telling my first story to 3rd graders.

Telling my first story

Here's CattyPilly on my shoulder, being silly.

On my first day, everything when smoothly.  I told my first story to two 3rd grades and one 4th grade.  They loved it.  I started at around 9 and finished at around 12:30.  Of course a coffee break was included which was really nice and helpful to get more strength.

Again CattyPilly being silly.

On my second day, I felt more nervous, because I was going to tell the story of “The Wild Swans” to older kids.  It took me around 30 to 40 minutes to actually finish the story but all went well.  The teachers had pre-taught vocabulary so I only had to check a few words and just start off.

Here's CattyPilly after the story.

Since CattyPilly has a real weakness for love stories, she just enjoyed it along with the children, but I had to add a certain detail that I forgot and CattyPilly wanted it to be in the story.

CattyPilly jumping on children's heads.

CattyPilly, when around children, just loves to jump on their heads and apparently the kids don’t mind.  What really made this day interesting was an incident with a friend.  I was in the middle of a story when, a friend who is a bit distracted and doesn’t know about the importance of keeping connection with the audience throughout the story, just step in front of all the children and hugged me so as to say hello.  Although it lasted a few minutes, because she addressed my “audience”, it was enough to cut their attention.  Thank God, with a little creativity, I got them back on track and finished the story with ease.

Here's a nice picture of the setting, perfect for CattyPilly.

On the last day, I had my two 6th grades (no pictures though).  Again I told them “The Wild Swans” and went well – and of course without any distractions.  In a nutshell, everything went absolutely great!  The school was really happy with my work and wants me back for a workshop.

Of course, CattyPilly was a great success!!

I guess that along with the stories, CattyPilly was really popular too.  We make a great team!!