“I am an audiobook listener. As such, much of my enjoyment of a book rests on the narrator. …By chance, I picked up Deceit by James Siegel. I'm not even through the first disc yet, but I had to let you know that you are a great new discovery for me. Heck, I'm 56 years old, but I might try to find Yertle the Turtle and Goodnight Moon. I appreciate narrators that not only can do voices, but can evoke personality and emotion. Here's hoping to hear more from you… Also, it's wonderful what you are doing with the story–telling for kids. They are absolutely the hardest ones to fool. Thank You” Paul Rath
“Phil is an excellent storyteller. He captures the attention of his audience with strong dynamics, sound effects, and by bringing forth the emotion of the characters and stories. His welcoming and kind energy encourages young children to feel relaxed and at ease, while remaining captivated by the material. He chooses stories that have a message, allowing children to learn their own values by thinking on the story. Phil brings back the ancient and dying art of storytelling.” Cynthia, Fairfax CA, mother of 2
“Phil had such a wonderful rapport with the kids from the moment he began… When he was finished reading the books he brought, most of the children came up to him and touched his beard, tried his hat on; they didn’t want him to go. He was very approachable and the kids were clearly comfortable with him. It was a very special morning.” Lisa Starbird, Bread & Roses
“Phil is such an expert storyteller that young children, ages 2-5, sit enraptured for 45 minutes. I've never seen that before.” Barbara Berry, parent volunteer, Francisco Child Care Center
readers' theater - Wizard of OZ
For some time I've been wanting to provide people with an opportunity to 'act' without having to work at it. So I have taken a play—the Wizard of Oz—and reassigned the lines so that all the characters have the same number of words. Then I wrote up scripts for each character, and I invite members of the audience to choose a part they'd like to do, give them a script & tell them to "give it their best shot," to read the part with as much zest as possible.
And they do! Believe me, they do! It's amazing how 'zesty' normal people become when you give them a play script and ask them to read it aloud!
I've done this show a number of times now, and we've all had a very good time. The play lasts about 45 minutes. I also have audience members perform scenes from 'Alice in Wonderland,' 'Casey at the Bat' and Abbott & Costello's 'Who's on First?'
The whole evening runs about 75 minutes, and is a joy from beginning to end.
Please call me at 415.233.2987 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you you'd like to talk about doing the show together.