The Storytellers’ Guild of Anchorage

Linda Benson portrays Anna Simonson (1865-1937), who arrived in Alaska with 8 children to find her husband and son, 2017 event.


UPCOMING EVENT:
8th Annual Stories at the Cemetery: presented on a stage in the cemetery grounds by the costumed Cemetery Players acting group. Stories from the July tour are repeated, hosted by Bruce & Audrey Kelly and Linda Benson. Bring your own chair or sit on the grass. Sunday, Aug 12 at 6pm on a stage erected at the cemetery. Bring your chair. Best entry is the John Bagoy Gate at 7th and Cordova
These presentations are different than the June tour.

Special thanks to Pioneers of Alaska for sponsoring these tours and to Rob Jones and Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery

MOST RECENT EVENT: The Liar’s Club Night, Saturday, March 31, 7 pm, Anchorage Community Theatre, 1133 E. 70th, $5.00 or same amount in nonperishable food for the Anchorage Food Bank.

Guild storytellers at The Liar’s Club Night, 3.31.18, Anchorage Community Theatre

John Spieker at The Liar’s Club Night, 4.2.17, Anchorage Community Theatre.

 

PREVIOUS EVENT: Roger Fuson (Thurs, Jan 18, 7:15 pm) and Betty Arnett (Fri, Jan 19, 7:15 pm) will be telling tales at the Anchorage Folk Festival this weekend. This is a free family event held at Wendy Williamson Auditorium. http://www.anchoragefolkfestival.org/

For storytellers and beginners: Storytelling Workshop with Roger Fuson at the Anchorage Folk Festival on Sun, Jan 21, 4-5:15, free– http://www.anchoragefolkfestival.org/workshops/

Betty Arnett at Anchorage Folk Festival, 1.19.18

Roger Fuson at Anchorage Folk Festival, 1.15.15

 

PREVIOUS EVENT: Tellabration! 2017, An Evening of Live Storytelling with True Tales of Life and Adventure (part of a worldwide storytelling event on the same night). This year will be our 22nd year participating in Tellabration!

Saturday, November 18, 7 pm, Alaska Experience Theatre, 4th Avenue and C Street, free (donations accepted). Music by guitar duo Adam Bartlett and Derek Christianson.

PREVIOUS EVENT: Annual Scary Stories Night

Our Annual Scary Stories Night was chilling! (Note: this program is not for the very young or faint-at-heart.) Saturday, October 28, Anchorage Community Theatre (1133 E 70th Ave), 7 pm, $5. Clam Caravan provided the haunting music. Betty Arnett signed her newly published book about her adventures as a house mother at the Jesse Lee Home in the 1950’s. (https://www.actalaska.org/)

Scary Stories Night 2014, Anchorage CommunityTheatre, photo by Pam McDowell Saylor

Linda Benson portrays Anna Simonson (1865-1937), who arrived in Alaska with 8 children to find her husband and son (Stories at the Cemetery, Aug 13, 2017).

PREVIOUS EVENT: “Stories at the Cemetery,” Sunday, July 9, 2017, 6-8 pm, Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery– Gravesite storytelling by actors in costume; a collaboration between Audrey & Bruce Kelly, Linda Benson and Rob Jones.Living history through storytelling! (All presentations are based on public records, known facts and family memoirs.)

Tour is free, but donations for the actors are appreciated.

Begin the tour at the John Bagoy Gate, Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery at 7th & Cordova; please park outside of the cemetery gates.

(To be repeated on August 13 at 6 pm onstage at the Cemetery; bring your own chair).

 

Betty Arnett signing copies of her book, “22 and Mother of 11,” 6.29.17, Benny Benson Activity Center

PREVIOUS EVENT– BETTY ARNETT’S BOOK SIGNING EVENT

Guild member Betty Arnett held a book signing event for her first book “22 and Mother of 11,” 6.29.17, Benny Benson Activity Center. Betty tells some of the stories contained in her book.

 

PREVIOUS EVENT: THE LIAR’S CLUB NIGHT– An evening of an evening of stretched, cunningly deceptive, and outrageous tales!

Sunday, April 2, 7 pm (come early)

Anchorage Community Theatre, 1133 70th Avenue
907-344-4713 (For directions, go to www.actalaska.org)

$5.00– OR– 5 cans/packages of food for the Alaska Food Bank.

Linda Benson rehearsing her story for The Liar’s Club Night

 

 

OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS ARE FUN! ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN LEARNING/PRACTICING THE ART OF STORYTELLING ARE WELCOME. (Click on “Monthly meetings” for details; meetings are for older teens and adults.)

Guild meeting, 2.20.16

 

PREVIOUS EVENT: STORYTELLING AT THE ANCHORAGE FOLK FESTIVAL

January19-29, 2017

Betty Arnett– Thursday, January 19, approx. 8 pm (come a bit early)

Roger Fuson, Thursday, January 26, approx. 7:45 pm (come a bit early)

http://www.anchoragefolkfestival.org/

Roger Fuson telling a rollicking tale at Anchorage Folk Festival 2015

Roger Fuson telling a rollicking tale at Anchorage Folk Festival 2015

 

Tellabration! 2016

Tellabration! 2016

PREVIOUS EVENT: TELLABRATION! 2016 (our 21st Tellabration!), “ANYTHING BUT POLITICS,” Saturday, November 19, 7 pm, Anchorage Museum, (free admission, donations to Storytellers’ Guild of Anchorage accepted)– our 21st year of hosting Tellabration!

 

Scary Stories 2016

Scary Stories 2016 (photo by Vicki Kluever)

PREVIOUS EVENT: SCARY STORIES NIGHT, October 29, 2016, Anchorage Community Theatre

Linda Benson's Stories in the Cemetery, July 10, 2016 (Ron Holmstrom)

Linda Benson’s Stories in the Cemetery, July 10, 2016 (Ron Holmstrom as US Marshall Frank Hoffman– his sister Roberta Holmstrom-Townes is the one wearing the orange shirt)

Roberta Holmstrom-Townes

SPECIAL ANNUAL SUMMER EVENT FROM LINDA BENSON: Stories in the Cemetery, July 10, 2016

 

The Liar's Club Night, April 1, 2016, Anchorage Community Theater

The Liar’s Club Night, April 1, 2016, Anchorage Community Theater

PREVIOUS EVENT: THE LIARS CLUB NIGHT, April 1, 2016, Anchorage Community Theatre

 

Tellabration! 2015

Tellabration! 2015

PREVIOUS EVENT:  TELLABRATION! 2015 (our 2oth Tellabration!)– “I Remember When”

Saturday, November 21, 7 pm at the Anchorage Museum. Free event (donations to Storytellers’ Guild of Anchorage gratefully accepted). A variety of entertaining tales from guild members and special guests.

The Anchorage Museum
625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501

 

PREVIOUS EVENT: LINDA BENSON’S STORIES AT THE CEMETERY

Linda Benson at Stories at the Cemetery, 7.12.15, Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery

Linda Benson at Stories at the Cemetery, 7.12.15, Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery

 LINDA BENSON’S STORIES AT THE CEMETERY

July 12, 2015  Stories at the Cemetery, Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, 6 pm

August 9. 2015 Stories at the Cemetery, 6 pm – July Stories Repeated

Linda Benson is a Storytellers’ Guild of Anchorage member. She is also an accomplished actor, director, and creator of historically-inspired performance art.

 

Guild storytellers on April 1, 2014 at Liar's Club Night

Guild storytellers on April 1, 2014 at Liar’s Club Night

 About the Guild

The Storytellers’ Guild of Anchorage was formed in 1996 in order to co-sponsor Tellabration! 96 with the Alaska Center for the Book. Since then, the guild has sponsored Tellabration! each year. Tellabration! and other storytelling events held by the guild give Anchorage residents an opportunity to take part in the worldwide storytelling renaissance. The guild meets once a month (except Dec, June, July, Aug). Meetings are open to all storytellers and aspiring storytellers who wish to grow in the practice of this art. You can contact several of the members of the guild individually by email from this website.