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2020 Storytelling Schedule PDF

2020 STORYTELLING SCHEDULE: space MAY-JUNE | JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | space




 
Fairy and Folk Tales From Around The World!
Appropriate for children ages 6 and up. Fun for Adults as well.
SPECIAL COVID-19 SEASON!!!!
This season will move online! You and your children may join us for
live online All Andersen storytelling season Saturdays at 11 a.m.
If social distancing rules permit us to do so, we will move outdoors again and tell the stories at the HCA statue in Central Park.

LIVE ONLINE:
Sessions every Saturday at 11 a.m., beginning on Saturday, May 30, and every Saturday in June, July, August and September 2020,
HERE:
facebookhttps://www.youtube.com/c/HCAStoryCenter and
facebook https://www.facebook.com/HCAStoryCenter.
It will also be possible to see the live sessions at the same links after the live sessions have occurred.

When: Every Saturday in June, July, August & September 2020, and Saturday May 30, 2020.
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Cost: Free

Where: ONLINE because of Covid-19 social distancing. When possible again, we will meet at the Hans Christian Andersen statue "The Ugly Duckling" near 72nd Street & Fifth Avenue in Central Park, New York.
To find the Ugly Duckling Statue, see map.
Children are asked to sit with parents or guardians. Storytellling is held rain or shine.

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If you and the children in your life enjoy our free storytelling sessions in Central Park, please consider making a donation to ensure the continued survival of the program. Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center is a not for profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status. Donations of $25 or above will receive a formal receipt.

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2020 STORYTELLING SCHEDULE: space MAY-JUNE | JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER

 

M A Y – J U N E

  Artistic Director: Laura Simms

Time: 11 AM - 12 PM

   
DATE   HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORY STORY TELLER LOCATION
Sat, May 30   The Man and his Shadow
The Old House
Jack, the Dullard
Sheila Arnold,
Laura Simms,
Simon Brooks
All Storytelling sessions are streamed on:
  • facebook Facebook www.facebook.com/HCAStoryCenter

  • facebook YouTube www.youtube.com/c/HCAStoryCenter

  • If restrictions permit later in the season, we will instead perform live by the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park (72nd Street & Fifth Ave)
Sat, Jun 6   The Wild Swans
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Judith Heineman,
Julia Della Torre
Sat, Jun 13   The Most Incredible Thing
The Tea Pot
The Flax
Regina Ress,
April Armstrong,
Rachael Harrington
Sat, Jun 20   The Last Pearl
The Puppeteer
The Three Languages

Jim Brule,
Angela Halvorsen Bogo,
Donna Jacobs Sife
       

J U L Y

   

Time: 11 AM - 12 PM

   
DATE   HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORY STORY TELLER LOCATION
Sat, Jul 4   The Goblin and the Huckster
The Princess and the Pea
Everything in its Right Place
Julie Pasqual,
Karen De Mauro,
Laura Simms
All Storytelling sessions are streamed on:
  • facebook Facebook www.facebook.com/HCAStoryCenter

  • facebook YouTube www.youtube.com/c/HCAStoryCenter

  • If restrictions permit later in the season, we will instead perform live by the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park (72nd Street & Fifth Ave)
Sat, Jul 11   The Steadfast Tin Soldier
What Father Does is Always Right
The Journey of the Beetle
Joy Kelly Smith,
Jean Hale,
Robin Bady
Sat, Jul 18   The Sandman
The Darning Needle
The Swineherd
Megan Wells,
Angela Lloyd,
Loren Niemi
Sat, Jul 25   The Life of Andersen
Five Peas in a Pod
Lise Marie Nedergaard,
Connie Regan-Blake
         

A U G U S T

Time: 11 AM - 12 PM

DATE HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORY STORY TELLER LOCATION
Sat, Aug 1 Ugly Duckling
The Red Shoes
Regi Carpenter,
Angela Lloyd
All Storytelling sessions are streamed on:
  • facebook Facebook www.facebook.com/HCAStoryCenter

  • facebook YouTube www.youtube.com/c/HCAStoryCenter

  • If restrictions permit later in the season, we will instead perform live by the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park (72nd Street & Fifth Ave)
Sat, Aug 8 There is a Difference
The Little Mermaid
Ed Stivender,
Sally Pomme Clayton
Sat, Aug 15   Everything in its Right Place
Hans Clodhopper
Linda Humes,
Ellen Shapiro, and
Sanga of the Valley (Drummer)
Sat, Aug 22   The Monster of the Sea
The Butterfly
The Crippled Boy
Mia Shelton,
Katie Green,
Noa Baum
Sat, Aug 29 The Girl Who Stepped on Bread
The Angel
The Silver Shilling
Laura Simms,
Milbre Burch,
Heather Forest (with guitar)

S E P T E M B E R

Time: 11 AM - 12 PM

DATE HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORY STORY TELLER LOCATION
Sat, Sep 5 Children’s Prattle
The Little Fir Tree
Robin Bady,
Valentina Ortiz
All Storytelling sessions are streamed on:
  • facebook Facebook www.facebook.com/HCAStoryCenter

  • facebook YouTube www.youtube.com/c/HCAStoryCenter

  • If restrictions permit later in the season, we will instead perform live by the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park (72nd Street & Fifth Ave)
Sat, Sep 12 The Shadow
The Tinderbox
Recorded Andersen Story
Therese Folkes Plair,
Rita Auerbach,
Diane Wolkstein
Sat, Sep 19   Thumbelina
The Snow Queen
Usha Ventrakaman,
Jonathan Kruk
Sat, Sep 26 The Ugly Duckling's Birthday Party
Beauty abounds in Stories! Serve cookies!
duckling The Nightingale Peninnah Schram,
Laura Simms,
Rolf Stang,
Simon Brooks
       

Fairy Tales From Around The World

On Saturdays all summer long since 1956, New York children have gathered around Hans Christian Andersen's statue at the Conservatory Pond in Central Park to hear his tales told by a fine ensemble of storytellers. Celebrity performers such as Victor Borge, Eva la Gallienne, Fanny Hurst and Celeste Holm have also visited, telling their favorite stories.

Statue of Hans Christian AndersenThe idea for the statue originated with Baroness Alma Dahlerup, then president of the Danish-American Women's Association of New York, who had for years arranged for Andersen's stories to be read on the radio. Robert Moses, then New York City Parks Commissioner, secured the 'perfect' site and the City Department of Parks and Recreation and the Central Park Conservancy have given their active support ever since. A significant share of the funding for the statue came from donations made by school children both in Denmark and the United States. Danish-American sculptor George Lober created the larger-than-life bronze statue that was commissioned in 1954, in anticipation of marking the 150th anniversary of the author's birth. Hans Christian Andersens' well-rubbed knees are ample evidence of the fun children continue to have sitting on his lap.

Storytelling for a rapt audiencespaceThe statue has become a symbol of the good relations between the United States and Denmark. Following a tradition established by her father and mother, her Majesty, Queen Margrethe II visited the statue in 1976 during her American Bicentennial trip. Other members of the Danish royal family continue to visit. In 1964, the City of Copenhagen contributed two 19th century street lamps that now stand on each side of the statue. In 1985, New York City Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, wishing to reciprocate, sent two New York City street lamps to Copenhagen, which can be seen standing in Dantes Plads. More historic information to be found in "From The Archives."

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in cooperation with the City of New York / Parks & Recreation and The Central Park Conservancy.

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