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Creating Ripples ... Making Waves

A Storytelling Concert About Transformation:
Choices, Compromises, Consequences, and Change


WELCOME
 

A Pebble

James W. Foley (1847-1939)

Drop a pebble in the water:
Just a splash, and its gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples
Circling on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center
Flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling
Where the end is going to be.
 
Drop a pebble in the water:
In a minute you forget,
But here's little waves a flowing,
And there's ripples circling yet,
And those little waves a flowing
To a great big wave have grown;
You've disturbed a might y river
Just by dropping in a stone.


A WELCOME MESSAGE


Welcome to Creating Ripples and Making Waves!

The stories you will experience here are based on characters or events which somehow effect great changeeither within the characters themselves and the community/town, as in the story of “Stone Soup” (“Creating Ripples”)or possibly an entire society or generation, such as the events of 9/11 (“Making Waves”).
 
Whether the story is one of seeming “insignificance,” such as the tale of a man who falls asleep on the job and burns the soap he was making, inadvertently creating a soap which floats (Ivory Soap); or stories of men such as William Wilberforce or Abraham Lincoln whose lives affected generations of people through their service to humanity and their stand on the abolition of slavery, each tale demonstrates the impact and consequences of the characters' decisions and actions.
 
The Stories presented here, by our storytellers, all have a consistent theme, that of Choices or Change and the Consequences these bring.  Here you will experience stories about choices that have a “ripple” effect, eventually changing individual lives and possibly, the world as a whole.  These are tales about the consequences of our choices and/or actions, whether deliberate or unintentional, the “rippling” effects they can have, and the “waves” they can sometimes ultimately make.


It is our sincerest hope that you will not only enjoy the time you spend with us here,
but that you will come away with something that somehow changes you, too

something which makes a ripple or a wave within your heart
and maybe your life.


Navigational Insight

See the navigation bar at top of all pages!

As you navigate your way through “Making Ripples and Creating Waves” we would like to encourage you to meet the participating storytellers by reading the Storyteller Biographies on the “concert page”, which will give you a glimpse into the lives of these individuals, where they have come from, and where they hope to go.

This concert was designed to provide enjoyment, provoke introspection, and most of all to give inspiration to each of you to Create your own Ripples and Make your own Waves!

A Story Abstract link has been provided to acquaint you with each story’s source material, classification, its rating (G, PG etc.) as well as a brief summary of the storyline so you have an idea of what to expectand maybe whet your appetite!


Acknowledgements

Finally, we want to gratefully acknowledge our Director and inspiration, Dr. Elizabeth Figa, who was assisted in this endeavor by the tireless efforts of Pok Chin (Video Production), Bradley Debrick (Performance Coach) and Kim Moore (Teaching Assistant).

Elizabeth

Pok

Bradley

Kim

Our thanks would not be complete without expressing our gratitude to the talented and able storytellers you will meet in this concert. Your cast of characters includes:

Lynn Christiansen
Brenda Coleman
Jennifer Delavern
Jodie Fletcher
Melodie Franklin
Tomisha Johnson
April Johnson
Barbara Leos
Karen McQuaid
Laura Nelson
Sarah Northam
Barbara Reed
Dawn Seymour
Karen Shiver
Elizabeth White
Marie Wolffe


Meet the Cast of Storytellers on our Concert Page!

Before leaving our Concert Site we hope you will also check out the Inspirational Quotes link!
 

Concert Committees

 SCHEDULE & PROGRAM COMMITTEE

  • CHAIR, Marie Wolffe

  • Lynn Christiansen

  • Barbara Leos

  • Sarah Northam

 WEBSITE & EVALUATION COMMITTEE

  • CHAIR, Karen Shiver

  • Elizabeth White

  • Barbara Reed

 

 PROMOTION COMMITTEE

  • CO-CHAIR, Karen McQuaid

  • CO-CHAIR, Dawn Seymour

  • Brenda Coleman

  • Delavern, Jennifer

  • Melodie Franklin

  • Tomisha Johnson

 EMCEE COMMITTEE

  • CO-CHAIR, April Johnson

  • CO-CHAIR, Brenda Coleman

  • Jodie Fletcher

  • Melodie Franklin

  • Laura Nelson

 


GO TO THE CONCERT NOW!
 


PERMISSIONS GRANTED FOR USE OF ALL MULTIMEDIA RECORDINGS.
ALL COPYRIGHT PROTECTED STORIES ARE TOLD WITH PERMISSION RECEIVED IN
WRITING FROM PUBLISHERS AND AUTHORS. PERMISSION DOCUMENTS ARE ON FILE IN THE
SCHOOL OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS.

All images and photographs used with permission.

This Website Developed by Elizabeth Figa, Ph.D.
© Elizabeth Figa, 2007

Music: "Aurora"
© Larry Shiver, 2007
Used with permission of the composer/performer, Larry Shiver
texas7@prodigy.net




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