PARIS – World-class storytellers Antonio Rocha and Milbre Burch and guest students will take audience members around the world and through time in an evening of theatrical storytelling Saturday, Aug. 2, at Celebration Barn Theater.

The performance, titled “Stories in Motion” will begin at 8 p.m.

A native of Brazil, Rocha began his career in the performing arts in 1985. Three years later, he received a Partners of the Americas grant to come to the United States to perform and deepen his mime skills with master Tony Montanaro. Since then, he has earned a bachelor’s degree in theater, graduating summa cum laude, from University of Southern Maine and studied with master Marcel Marceau.

Rocha’s unique solo shows of stories and mime have been performed from Singapore to Vancouver and many places in between. Performance venues include The Kennedy Center, The Singapore Festival of the Arts, The Smithsonian Institution, The Tales of Graz in Austria, Dunya Festival in Holland and many other storytelling festivals and educational institutions around the United States.

Burch has been called “one of the most important voices in the American storytelling revival.” She is renowned for her repertoire of world folk tales, her interpretations of Jane Yolen stories, her use of first-person narrative and dramatic monologue and her crafting of personal stories interwoven with tales from legend and lore.

She tours her one-woman shows as “Theatre of the Spoken Word” and has released 12 solo spoken word recordings on the Kind Crone label. A Circle of Excellence winner, she has been featured seven times at the National Storytelling Festival.

The show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students and children. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the box office at 743-8452. Celebration Barn Theater is on Stock Farm Road, just off Route 117. For more information, visit www.CelebrationBarn.com.


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