continued Storytellers learn how to make decisions about their art. Rys gives them power to select their stories, decide when and where they will participate and choose what techniques work best for them. Many of those who participated in the early years of the club have gone on to drama and music or other leadership roles in middle and high school.
Diane Murphy, a colleague who shared an evening of storytelling around a bonfire at the Green Lake State Park “Wicked Wood” event in October, says that Rys infuses every tale with joy and enthusiasm. “Mary’s students are gaining experience that builds their confidence in all areas of their lives. Her talent and passion for this craft are contagious.”
Those who attend her workshop Jan. 27 will glimpse Rys’s magic as they hear stories and participate in interactive tales.
“When I’m involved in storytelling, I’m sharing what is most important to me —language, and art, and music. I never tell a story that I don’t think about my grandfather, my father, and that wonderful teacher, Kay Lindauer. All of them, seanachies, keeping language and magic alive.”