Darrin Crow
 Talespinner & Troubadour
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            S’more Stories: These are the perfect stories to enjoy with a warm fire and your favorite gooey treat. Enjoy a mix of tall tales, American folk tales, and a few creepy tales thrown in for good measure. These stories are ideal for scout groups and church youth groups.

            Performance Length: 45 minutes.        

 

Covered Wagons, Horse Thieves, and Rattlesnakes- Stories from Linn County History:

These wonderful stories help connect students- and listeners of all ages-  to the place they live and whet their appetites to know more about why this place is special. Knowing where we came from is vital to figuring out where we are going. Teacher’s guide with classroom activities available.

            Performance Length: 45 minutes.       

 

Coming to Pella- Tales of Iowa Immigrants: This visit is especially good for 2nd grade classes that are working on their immigration units. Hear the story of the children who left their homes in Holland and crossed the ocean with their families in search of freedom and a new home in Iowa.

Performance Length 45 minutes.       

 

 

Tales of Iowa History: State history comes to life in this classroom visit that makes the people and places of early Iowa vivid. Learn about the Honey War of 1838 when Iowa was nearly invaded by Missouri!

            Performance Length 45 minutes.     

The Underground Railroad in Iowa: This set of stories focuses on the small town of Salem in southern Iowa and it’s heroic citizens who helped hundreds of slaves find their way to freedom.

            Performance Length 45 minutes.     

Coal Car Riggs and Little Eva- The Great Depression in Iowa:  This first person story weaves together the lives of Coal Car Riggs, a hobo and the young farm girl Eva Killen as each struggles to survive. Along the way they will cross paths with Grant Wood, Jeff Davis the Hobo King, and the Million Dollar Mulligan.

            Performance Length 45 minutes.      

Tales of Colonial America and the Revolution: These stories bring the streets of old Boston and Philadelphia and the battles of the Revolution to life for students. It includes stories of John Paul Jones, the Blacksmith of Brandywine, and Molly Pitcher.

            Performance Length 45 minutes.     

 

Folk and Fairy Tales from Around the World: This classroom visit brings delightful stories from around the world off the page and into hilarious life for students. The program traces the journeys of stories around the world and down through time. Teacher’s guide with classroom activities available.

            Performance Length 45 minutes.      

 

Perfectly Preposterous Poetry: Let the fun of poetry spoken out loud work its magic on your students. Includes "The Tale of Custard the Dragon", "Growltiger's Last Stand", and more!

            Performance Length 45 minutes.       

 

Cuddly, Courageous, Cruel, and Cute- Animal Tales from Around the World: This collection of stories, poems, and songs is just right for kindergarten and first grade when they begin their animal studies units.

            Performance Length 45 minutes.      

Custom Story Programs: Let Darrin create a customized program that is just what your group needs. Choose from a range of American tall tales and folk tales, world folk and fairy tales, poetry, and literary stories. Options are available for all age groups and settings from preschools to senior citizens luncheons.

            Performance Length: 45 minutes.         

      Secret Worship: This terrifying novella by Algernon Blackwood begins innocently enough with a trip to visit the old boarding school of childhood. The story progresses from vague dread to palpable menace and finally naked horror.  It is sure to have audiences looking over their shoulders as they leave.

            Performance Length: 90 minutes.     

 

            Morbid Curiosities– An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe:: The master of Gothic horror comes from beyond the veil to talk with audiences about his life and share his best stories and poetry including “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Raven” and “The Tell Tale Heart.” Teacher’s guide with classroom activities available.

            Performance Length: 80 minutes.       



Session lengths and rates are flexible. To learn more or schedule a storytelling program, call Darrin at 319-329-7805 or email at
crow.darrin@gmail.com. See Darrin in action at www.facebook.com/darrin.crow.talespinner.


 

Performing the one man melodrama "The Mosquitoe's Revenge" December, 2010
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