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The Storytelling Experience with Bill Harley
By Stephanie Hill, graduate student, MMC

The School of Library and Information Science and the South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy hosted the second annual Storytelling Experience, Thurs., Sept. 5.

Bill Harley, an author, playwright, and performing and recording artist, used songs to tell stories about unique moments of his life. His stories included some of his fifth grade adventures with friend Glen, a high diving experience with his favorite lifeguard Christie, and a recent marathon run for which he had not prepared.

Excerpts from the performance:



What some audience members had to say:

 “I have to say (my favorite parts were) stories, getting to sing (and) music.” Garrett Dawson, son of Gail Dawson

“I liked it all. We had never seen him before, but we listen to him a lot. I think the reason I had boys was so I could listen to his stuff over and over again. So it was good and his facial expressions were even more a part of the story.” Gail Dawson, who was there with her son Garrett

“I thought it was hilarious. I did not know what to expect. I'm a freshman, but everything he said about the backpack, I understood that because that’s my backpack!” Beth Pruett, freshman math major

“I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, I thought it was going to be a thing for little kids … and he starts singing like Donald Trump, and I’m like ‘Oh ok.’” Morgan Gilliam, freshman psych major

“I think my favorite part was probably the part where he told the statehouse story. I felt like it was a personal moment as well as really funny. He was really funny and really talented, I felt like he really brought a lot to the stage in terms of storytelling and comedy and music.”Jayla Parks, library and information science graduate student

“(My favorite part) was going to the statehouse and watching how laws were made — and Mr. Gray. It was just hysterical. I thought it was top-notch. He’s so professional. He has 25 years of experience and it shows. He works the audience and his facial expressions are fantastic. It’s as if his face is almost made of rubber. Also, how he captures the mind of a fifth-grader is wonderful. I think that is one of the reasons why it’s so funny is because even if I wasn’t a fifth-grade boy, I know fifth-grade boys. It’s so relatable and so universal. That’s what creates the humor.” Dr. Patricia Feehan, associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science

“This was a great combination of music and stories and it was a lot of fun. I liked the stories because these were true life, like memoirs almost.” Ann Bowles

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