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Storytelling event features Layne Gneiting

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Storytelling event features Layne Gneiting

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Speech Communications Department is proud to present a storytelling event unlike any other in recent EAC history: a two-day event that will begin on March 23 with a Cric Crac (an event where all in attendance are welcome to share a story); and a more traditional storytelling event the next evening with EAC favorite, Layne Gneiting.

The March 23, Cric Crac, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center-Lee Little Theatre. Admission is free and the entire community is invited. Those in attendance are invited to share a story. “The story can be a personal one, a folktale, a children’s story, or something totally made up,” said EAC Speech Communications Instructor Lee Russell. “It can be funny, crazy, sad, dramatic, or fantastic. The best told story will win $25.”

Also in attendance at the Cric Crac will be professional storyteller, Layne Gneiting, who will be the featured entertainer at the next event on March 24, at 7:30 p.m. This show will also be in the Lee Little Theatre.

“Layne was here last spring,” said Russell. “His innovative stories left an impression on the audience.”

With a multitude of character voices, vocal effects, and original music on his Yamaha 88-key synthesizer, Gneiting’s tales fire the imagination. His energetic creativity is infectious, igniting students to create and perform original masterpieces.

“Layne combines his talents as a teller with his love of music. The two together make for wonderful storytelling,” said Russell. “Come and be entertained by his captivating stories!”

Admission to the storytelling events is free and the evening will be fun for the whole family. For more information, contact Lee Russell in the EAC Speech Communications Department at 428-8489.