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'Abracadabra! Storyteller makes students jump

Monday, October 31, 2005

When talking to Bill Myers, it doesn't take long to figure out why he's a professional storyteller.

"I've been lucky to have two jobs that I love, storytelling and teaching English," he said before beginning his program last week.

"Over the years I've found that storytelling creates magical moments and nurtures deep friendships as our shared experiences tie us together."

Growing up in an Irish family of natural storytellers while discovering the joy of stories and books early in life, Myers uses the lessons of his life to impact upon his listeners a simple message from a simpler time: You've got to treat others right.

It is a message that he has taught students throughout his teaching career.

"I don't teach for the money, I teach for the children," he said. "In the 37-years I've taught, 99.75 percent of the students understand that principle."

Through personal stories, folk tales, poetry, ghost stories, tall tales and many others Myers loves to make his audience experience emotions that Gameboys can't provide.

When he tells a crowd of students they should throw the gadgets away, they always groan in disapproval before getting caught up in the stories Myers tells.

"I'm surprised at how well they have responded to me so far," he said of the two morning programs with North Clay Middle School students." They tell me that this crowd (at Clay City Jr./Sr. High School) will be smaller and more intimate. I'm looking forward to it."

But it won't matter how big the crowd is, according to event coordinator Odena Harper, Myers' one man stage show captivates the audience no matter the age group.

"I will make a bet with all of you, that before I'm done, I'll make you jump," Myers tells the disbelieving students in the beginning of the program. "I shouldn't be betting, but if I really could, I'd leave here with a pocketful of quarters."

The students laughed at the notion, but by the end of the program Myers pockets would have indeed been full.

The program was sponsored by the CAPE Grant.

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