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Michelle Cornell

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Michelle Cornell

Michelle Cornell has shared stories with young people and their families for nearly twenty years.She travels throughout the area to perform in schools, libraries, museums and community centers.These experiences have put her in contact with children of all ages who have taught her that everyone loves to hear a great story. Michelle received an MFA in Stage Direction from The Ohio University School of Theater, (1984) and a Masters in Elementary Education from SUNY Plattsburg, (1996). Michelle has combined her love of theater and education to create engaging theatrical storytelling experiences that spark imaginations and inspire learning. She provides story programs for the Arts Bridge Program of Marietta, Oh and Parkersburg, WV. She works with The Wellington School, After Care Options Program as activity coordinator and she teaches drama with The McConnell Arts Center and The Arts Castle of Delaware, Ohio.  Michelle also directs plays with the Abbey Theater of Dublin, Ohio! For more information visit her website at www.MichelleCornell.com


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Availability

Available school days 9am-1:30pm
This artist is based in Columbus. Travel charges may apply for schools outside of the area.

Programs Available

The Story Sampler 1 (Grade levels K-2)

Supports Common Core Language Arts Standards

The art of storytelling grew out of the ancient practice of sharing tales by word of mouth. Many of these stories have been preserved by passing them down from generation to generation.  Students who experience this dynamic art form will be introduced to different types of stories that are now considered traditional literature.  Younger students will be invited to explore their own storytelling talents through audience participation and they will consider the unique features of each type of tale.

Grades (K-2) will hear an Aesop Fable, Bell the Cat in which a clever mouse learns that not all bright ideas are the best solutions.  The audience will be presented a trickster tale that features clever characters that are often too smart for their own good.  They will participate in a contest tale from Borneo in which the winds battle for power over the sky. And they will be engaged in a classic American fairytale with Irish roots titled, Gold in the Chimney Place.

Activity Options:
The Story Sampler
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Fees: $125/ $185 for two back-to-back
  • Requirements: Microphone and stand; 130 students max.

The Story Sampler 2 (Grade levels 3-8)

THE STORY SAMPLER II

Story Sampler II combines tales that will appeal to the interests of older students as they consider a variety of traditional stories, their origins and unique themes through guided group discussion. This program contains fairytales, legends, folktales and spooky tales plus original stories inspired by traditional genre. The following description contains a sample of the types of stories included in this program.

Audience members will be introduced to an unusual fairytale collected by the Grimm Brothers. In this variation of the Cinderella story, a girl who is mistreated by her step mother falls down a well and finds comfort in an enchanted land. They will hear a classic trickster tale featuring Bier Rabbit from the Southern United States.  The audience will learn that Native Americans celebrated heroes who overcame obstacles as they listen to a legend told by the Miwok people of Northern CA. They will experience a spooky story guaranteed to thrill their imaginations and fill them with suspense. 

      Older students will consider and discuss the attributes of each type of traditional tale and compare these forms to stories that they know. In both Story Sampler programs, students make connections to characters’ point of view, plot, main ideas and important themes. These programs are designed to delight audiences and encourage them to explore the rich adventures that can be found by reading Traditional Literature!

Activity Options:
The Story Sampler 2
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Fees: $125/ $185 for two back-to-back
  • Requirements: Microphone and stand; 130 students max.

Winter Tales to Warm the Heart (Grade levels PK-1)

WINTER TALES TO WARM THE HEART!

As the days grow shorter and frost chills the air, all of nature prepares for the cold and snowy days to come. Young Bear, a fuzzy hand puppet tells the story of his search to find a warm dry place to hibernate. He then introduces tales from many oral traditions that celebrate the season. This list includes, The Snow Maid, a Russian fairytale about a little girl made of snow. Loon Out- Smarts Winter, a Native American legend about a clever loon who fools old man winter and shrinks him down to size. The Lucky Green Frog, a Korean story that tells of an old couple without enough eat and a strange helper who saves the day. The audience shares in the performance through active participation and they share their knowledge of life science topics such as hibernation, migration and weather conditions that effect the environment.  This program can be tailored to enhance school celebrations of the winter holidays!

Activity Options:
Winter Tales to Warm the Heart
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Fees: $125/ $185 for two back-to-back
  • Requirements: Microphone and stand; 130 students max.

The Problem Solvers (Grades 3-6)

Folktales, myths, and legends are full of interesting characters who are often forced to solve difficult problems. Sometimes these difficulties are personal, while in other circumstances they can affect an entire community. But in all cases the stories center on a strong character who attempts to overcome adversity. The Problem Solvers was designed to introduce young readers and writers to folklore, and to character and plot analysis. The short and clear folktale form gives young writers the opportunity to discover how the character's struggle to solve a problem creates a good plot. In between each tale the students discuss the problem and the steps that the character takes to resolve it.

Activity Options:
The Problem Solvers
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Fees: $125/ $185 for two back-to-back
  • Requirements: Microphone and stand; 130 students max.

The Problem Solvers Workshop (Grades 3-6)

Story writing for young writers can be challenging. Often they end their stories too soon without developing the plot. In this workshop students use the folktale as a model to write stories of their own. They will be guided to create a problem that their main character struggles to overcome. Through this practice children learn to write interesting and unusual stories. Curriculum connections addressed in this workshop: parts of speech, basic components of a story, setting, characters and plot, character development, narrative voice and perspectives.

Activity Options:
The Problem Solvers Workshop
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Fees: $60
  • Requirements: Each workshop is designed for a single classroom (no more than 25 students). For bookings without an assembly, a minimum booking of three workshops is required. Artist requires microphone on a stand.