In this Issue:

We Tell Stories
is a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Organization.

5740 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90042


Board of Directors

Carl Weintraub, Chairman
William Turner, President
Gilbert Pacheco, Secretary
Dennis Carter, Treasurer

Larry Guzin
We Tell Stories
is grateful for the support from the following organizations:
Corporate Partnership
Employees Community Fund of Boeing California


Ahmanson Foundation
 City of Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program Fund with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment 
City of Los Angeles, Department
of Cultural Affairs

City National Bank
Employees Community Fund of Boeing California 
Los Angeles County Arts Commission

 Norris Foundation
Ralph Parsons Foundation

 Stern Memorial Trust

Arts for All  
 Centennial Plaza Park 
Children’s Creative Project
Community Arts Resources (CARS)
 Los Angeles County MTA—Go Metro

 Los Angeles Music Center
Education Division 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art 
 Los Angeles Unified School District, Arts Education Branch
North Figueroa Association
 Old LA Farmers Market
Orange County
Performing Arts Center 
 Performances to Grow On
 Festival Plaza de la Raza
Community Partners

Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council (HHPNC)
North Figueroa Association
Ed P. Reyes, District 1
Jose Huizar, District 14


WTS Celebrates National Library Week

Culver City Julian Dixon Library patrons
What could be a better combination than We Tell Stories and libraries?  Since 1985, We Tell Stories has presented 700 shows at public libraries throughout the Southland.  We present original adaptations of classic myths, legends, fairy tales, and literature from around the world that teach values such as compassion, humor, valor, and responsibility in a fun, interactive style that appeals to kids and grown-ups alike.  

National Library Week is April 12th – April 18th.  We Tell Stories is proud to be performing at libraries in Southern California.  Please come and see us.  All performances are free!

April ~ Save the Dates!
Free Library Performances
 “Let Them Eat Books” at the Corona Public Library
Monday, April 13, 2009
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Corona Public Library 
650 S. Main Street
Corona, CA 92882

 “Let Them Eat Books” at South Pasadena Public Library
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
7:15 pm – 8:00 pm
South Pasadena Public Library 
1100 Oxley Street
South Pasadena, CA  91030
"Cuentos de la Familia/Stories of the Family”  at Huntington Park Library
Saturday, April 18, 2009
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm 
518 Miles Avenue
Huntington Park, CA  90255
“Earth Tales” Cahuenga Branch Library
Saturday, April 25, 2009
11:00 am – 11:45 am 
4591 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90029

“Toddler Tales”  at Fairfax Library
Saturday, April 25, 2009
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
161 S. Gardner Street
Los Angeles, CA  90036
“Toddler Tales” at Vermont Square Library
Thursday, April 30, 2009
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
1201 W. 48th Street
Los Angeles, CA  90037


WTS' Linda Miller Shares an Inspiring Story

Linda Miller  has been with We Tell Stories for 23 years as an actress and most recently a teaching artist.

This experience comes from a recent performance of a story called "The Ballad of John Henry" from one of our shows The Spirit of Black Folklore. WTS Company Member Armando Ortega picks a kid to play the character of “steam iron drill.” Armando helps him put on his costume and instructs him on what to do.  This little guy gives 110%. He’s gyrating and wiggling, pumping away, using his body to become the steam iron drill. In my 23 years with WTS I have never seen such commitment. The audience goes crazy. Armando being the showman that he is milks it for all it’s worth. The audience loves it! When his performance is over he gets a standing ovation. The kid is beaming. After the show the principal comes back stage to compliment us and tell us that this little guy has not said a word all year. He blew everybody away.
Tell me this small theatrical experience hasn't helped with this kid's self esteem. A self-esteem that can translate into the classroom. His classmates and teachers will now look at him with new eyes, seeing what was his previously hidden potential and spirit.
These small, seemingly insignificant experiences happen all the time. This is why I believe in this work.

Bring the little ones to Pint-Sized Plays at the
Culver City Julian Dixon Library!
Join us for Pint-Sized Plays
Wednesday, April 15 at 11 am! 
Culver City Julian Dixon Library
4975 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA  90230
Performance is FREE!
This performance, which is part of our year-long residency, will commemorate National Library Week. Designed especially for 3-5 year olds, this 30-minute performance contains 2 delightful stories with plenty of audience participation.

For a complete schedule of events, visit “The Arts Are Alive in Culver City” at Performances are made possible in part by a grant from the City of Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program Fund with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Culver City Julian Dixon Library is part of the County of Los Angeles Public Library.
WTS can perform at your school, library, or special event.
Contact Programs Director Susan Devlin to book a show!
  Some discounts available!

               Thank You Lisa Grissom!

Lisa came on board as We Tell Stories' first Marketing Director in March, 2007.  She accomplished a myriad of goals including re-designing the website, establishing the new WTS brand, producing 2 outrageously successful Haunted Harvest Festivals at the Old L.A. Farmer's Market, and creating numerous beautiful marketing
pieces including this newsletter format. 

The freeze of arts programing funds at Los Angeles Unified School District along with the sagging economy has forced WTS to eliminate our marketing department.

Thank you, Lisa, for all your exceptional work and your beautiful spirit!  We all miss your smiling face, but we'll be sure to share some chicken tacos with you at our favorite local restaurant, El Arco Iris.

Lisa with Frankenstein at the Haunted Harvest Festival.     
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