(Lovell ME) My wife and I spent an enjoyable evening in Lovell at the Brick Church for the Performing Arts being entertained by the Lovell Liars’ Club Storytellers on Thursday night.
Ten performers presented a variety of stories in a pleasant setting.
The performance was the result of a monthly gathering in Lovell led by Jo Radner of those interested in the art of telling stories. My suspicion is that one thing led to another and that the stories shared and polished within the group led to the drive to perform them for an audience.
I happened upon a Jo Radner solo performance at the Lovell Library many years ago and have watched for some sort of repeat presentation ever since.
Stories, well told, are a pleasure to hear. They hark back to a time when the electronic age we now live in was less dominating.
I grew up as a church kid and I heard plenty of presentations. Often the most compelling part of sermons to me was “illustrations” or stories that were used to accentuate a point.
Roster of performers
Three of the performers in this show (Jo Radner, Michael Parent, Meg Gillman) were experienced/professional storytellers. Their ability to bring the listeners into the settings and specifics of their stories was noticeable. Management of voice and mannerisms was terrific.
I was a bit nervous for the other seven performers as a former teacher. Putting newbies up front is not always easy. To do it in front of friends/family probably helped ease the concern of the developing storytellers.
That being said, I thought that the “other seven” did a nice job. Six of them shared personal experiences. The seventh, Mary Heroux, related a historical event.
I am hoping that this storytelling event becomes at least an annual happening.
I wished that my two teenaged granddaughters would have been in attendance. They are deeply involved in the “gadget” era and would have benefitted from a significant change of pace.
- Refreshments were provided. Whoever made those chocolate-chip cookies needs to know that they were remarkable.
- Outdoor bathrooms. That arrangement might not work well with a larger audience.
- Finding the performance site. Good thing there was a sign out on Route 5. Christian Hill Road is a long road. With no number given for The Brick Church except the street name throws us GPS folks off.
My wife and I really enjoyed our evening listening to stories. Congrats to all involved. Make it happen again, please.