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In the Press~

“The show’s a hoot...filled with energy, lots of chuckles and frequently hilarious audience participation...This is the multicultural troupe at its creative, professional best.”
—LYNNE HEFFLEY, The Los Angeles Times

“...comedy, excitement and seemingly accidental education. Almost from the beginning, the troupe breaks down any illusion of a wall between themselves and the children. The idea is to tell stories by playing and pretending as children do on the playground.”
—TOM PROVENZANO, Los Angeles Parent Magazine

“The infectious enthusiasm of the troupe captured the entire audience, encouraging them to sing, laugh, and even shout along with the different story plots...When the last story had been told and the clapping had ceased, there were smiles everywhere as people left the building to go about the rest of their day with positive, uplifted spirits.”
—LYNN WILLIS RODMAN, The Culver City News

Fans & Friends~

“Children’s theatre such as We Tell Stories provides motivation, inspiration and cultural pride which are vital elements in a child’s quest for self-esteem and direction. I am also an enthusiastic supporter of a program which encourages self-expression and dialogue about the human condition especially as it relates to children.”
—MAYOR ANTONIO R. VILLARAIGOSA

“Today I learned how to act out stories. I learn that you can read the story and just rearrange the story a little bit and let your heart be free…”
—JULITA, 3rd Grader, Carson Elementary

“Your performers and instructors are professional and dynamic. The Professional Development provided to teachers was well received and the information, material and strategies are being used in all grade levels. Workshops were outstanding. We are pleased with the expansion of that program to benefit a greater number of classrooms and our teachers appreciated your instructor working closely with them to benefit the diverse learning needs of all students.”
-PRINCIPAL, Castle Heights Elementary School

“I would like to congratulate the efforts of We Tell Stories as they continue to provide inspiration and cultural pride to all the children in our communities.”
—RICHARD G. POLANCO, Senator, 22nd District

“We Tell Stories is a place to be if you want to be anything...it is also a good place to learn many things.”
—TERESA, 5th grader

"I have been familiar with the outstanding work of this company since their early performances over 20 years ago. They have long been a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District's auxiliary programming and have contributed immeasurably to the cultural literacy of our students."
— ROBIN LITHGOW, Theatre Advisor, LAUSD

“…I learned that you can bring stories to life. I also learned that you could make costumes out of anything. “
—4th Grader, Carson Elementary

“Through drama, humor, and a keen sense of storytelling, the cast of three performers consistently holds their young audiences spellbound.”
—SUSAN PATRON, Los Angeles Public Library

“…Thank you for coming to our school…The story that I liked the best was the Japan story. I learned to be proud of what you are. I also learned to be happy of what you have from the other stories...”
—6th Grader, Brookhurst School

“I know my students enjoyed the performance a great deal because no one made a peep...how rare a rapt eight year-old audience is. Congratulations!”
—LINDA D. MELLANO, Teacher

“[The We Tell Stories show] Let Them Eat Books was incredible. Very high quality. It was well received and everyone seemed to fully enjoy the show. In addition, the performers could not be more pleasant or professional. You are a true joy to work with.”
—KATE REALISTA, Director of Performing Arts Operations, Saddleback College

"Storytelling is so much more effective for children than just reading a book. It provides teachers with some more creative ways to bring literature to life, to make selections more comprehensible to students…"
—TEACHER, Parthenia Elementary School.

“We Tell Stories...brings high energy, sensitivity and playfulness to the stories they share with our Zoo’s visitors...we would recommend them to all educators who love good storytelling.”
—CINDY WALLACE, Curator of Education, Los Angeles Zoo

"It is such a delight to see the joy in the children's faces when they come out of the auditorium after one of your performances. The actors consistently do an excellent job and are able to handle children with ease."
—SUZIE BOGLE, Group Sales Manager, Alley Theatre, Houston.

“I can’t tell you what a boon it was to the Playhouse to find We Tell Stories…We Tell Stories fit the bill perfectly with Let Them Eat Books. It is an engaging show that brings to life favorite literature and poetry in an accessible yet intelligent manner. I’m hard pressed to say who loved it more—the teachers, their students or the Playhouse staff.”
—PATTI SARANIERO, Director of Outreach & Education, La Jolla Playhouse

“The opportunity to participate adds to the anticipation and enjoyment. The energy and enthusiasm of the actors is compelling and contagious. I feel totally transported into the scenes of the story. I’m sure the girls are equally entranced.”
—IRENE YOSHINAGA, Troop Leader, Brownie Troop 676

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