The Gift of Storytelling

If you want to hear someone define the art of storytelling, asking a storyteller is a great place to start.

“I’m an oral filmmaker. In telling stories, I’m taking the pictures that I see in my mind and moving them to your mind. I’ll use anything I have to move those pictures … my body, my voice, my attitude, my emotion, you!” says storyteller Donald Davis. “I’ll use whatever it takes, because, with storytelling, success is ultimately not ‘Did I say it,’ success is ‘Did you see it?’”

Cape StorytellingDavis is one of two storytellers – he’ll be joined by Dolores Hydock – appearing Friday, Jan. 18, at the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall in Cape Girardeau.

If you’re still searching for a Christmas gift for that tough-to-buy-for person on your list, give them the gift of stories told by some of the storytelling world’s most-renowned talents. Tickets for this event are available by calling 573-651-2265 or online at

Davis was born in a southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same western North Carolina land since 1781.

Hydock grew up in Reading, Penn., and lives in Birmingham, Ala. She shares funny, affectionate stories about family fireworks, food fads, true love, turnip greens and other peculiarities of everyday life.

“An Evening with Donald Davis and Dolores Hydock” kicks off the 2013 season of storytelling for Cape Girardeau. Other storytelling events will take place in May and in October. We can’t wait to see you at the January storytelling event on Southeast Missouri State University’s lovely River Campus.

Written by Stacy Dohogne Lane, director of public relations for the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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