VIDEO: Story Time Players bring stories to life

By Tara Cavanaugh

Whether we’re listening to one or telling one, we all love a good story.

The Ann Arbor Story Time Players bring stories from around the world to young AAPS students. The players, all retirees, use props and sounds to make the stories come alive.

“Reading is so wonderful,” said Pat Berry, a Story Time Player. “If you can make it exciting for kids to hear a story, that’s great.”

The stories the players shared last Thursday came from Russia and South Africa, said Mary White, another Story Time Player. “We try to get stories from a lot of different countries.”

Story Time Player greeting kids after show
After the show, students rushed up to Ann Arbor Story Time Player Robert Wischmeyer to be “disappeared” by a magic wand.

The players, who have been taking their act to the Ann Arbor Public Schools since 2004, only rehearse just before performances. Minimal rehearsal gives the stories a spontaneous, improv-show feel.

The Players perform for AAPS students up to 30 times each school year. “It’s really very rewarding for me,” said Berry. “I enjoy seeing the looks on kids’ faces.”

Watch the South African tale of Abiyoyo in the video above.

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