Culture & Events — 22 November 2017
Master storyteller Brad Woods, Dec. 8 at Midtown Stage

Storyteller Brad Woods is preparing a set of holiday themed tales for a Dryden audience, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. at Midtown Stage. Photo submitted


By Chris Marchand

There’s likely no storytelling ground more fertile than ‘the holiday season’— a time when we huddle with those we love to help each other endure the longest and coldest of the nights.

Master storyteller Brad Woods will be in Dryden, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at The Midtown Stage (located at Timbers Community Church downtown) to offer a few holiday themed tales for your enjoyment.

“It’ll all be sort of Christmas based stuff — some traditional stories, lots of personal stuff — good universal themes about family and gifts,” said Woods. “The good things but also the frustrating and confusing things that come with being part of a family and having to give and receive gifts.”

A teacher by trade, Woods is on his way through Dryden enroute to a gig with Winnipeg’s Don Amero. He says the simple beauty and humanity of telling a story to a group of people continues to be his passion through the decades of developing his craft.

“There are no tricks,” he said. “You sit on a stool or stand up in front of a crowd and simply tell your story. That’s the beauty of it. You don’t need soundchecks and lights and costumes. There’s no safety net, just the simple opportunity to tell and to listen. Listening is probably the most important part of it. It’s an interactive art, a two way street of being able tell a story and listen to a story.”

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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