Storyteller Teresa Osborne, the Appalachian Program facilitator at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, will perform onewoman show billed as “Stories from the Cookie Jar” on Saturday, April 26 at the Kentucky Coal Museum in Benham. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception, and the performance will begin at 7.
“I do look forward to presenting my stories,” she said, “and so far I have been focusing on telling the stories from my life and my family, but I am also interested in doing Bible storytelling; I enjoy telling the Jack Tales as well.”
Since collecting and telling the stories, most with an distinctive Appalachian twist, she will now move into the spotlight for a performance being made possible by a Kentucky Arts Council’s Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant in cooperation with the Kentucky Coal Museum, which is managed by SKCTC. Osborne gives much credit to long-time Harlan County storyteller Pam Holcomb for helping her evolve as a storyteller.
“I began talking with Pam about storytelling and began to see the art form as a real vocation, one I would enjoy. Last year she and I applied to the Kentucky Arts Council for an apprenticeship grant and I was lucky to receive the grant,” said Osborne. She said Holcomb, a master storyteller who is nationally renowned for her work and stage presence, has served as a trusted mentor, schooling her on techniques and giving her an overview of the business of being a professional storyteller.
“Stories from the Cookie Jar is the culminating event for my year of apprenticeship training,” said Osborne, whose show will run for an hour. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Phyllis Sizemore at 606-848-1530.