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Expect to be enthralled by Storyteller Karl Hallsten at EAC’s Discovery Park Campus

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[Click Image to Enlarge]  Storyteller Karl Hallsten will enthrall audiences of all ages at an EAC storytelling event on February 29, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at the Discovery Park Campus. [Contributed photo]

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—EAC’s Speech Communications Department presents storyteller Karl Hallsten Friday, February 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Circle D Ranch at the College’s Discovery Park Campus. This free event promises to be fun and entertaining for the entire family to enjoy.

Hallsten, of Sierra Vista, has practiced the oral tradition of storytelling as a performer, teacher, workshop leader, and coach for many years. “He has a commanding voice that draws listeners into the story with rhythm, pacing and expression,” says Lee Russell, EAC speech instructor. “His stories come not only from Arizona, but from around the world; from the pages of folklore, mythology, and history.”

Growing up surrounded by stories, he began telling in his young teen years. He honed his skill from formal classes in college, at the renowned Guthrie Theater in Minneopolis, at workshops conducted by master storytellers at conferences and retreats, and mostly through the persistent discipline of storytelling.

“Our imagination is one of God’s greatest gifts to us,” says Hallsten. “And I believe listening to stories helps us exercise that which truly makes us unique as individuals.”

For more information about this upcoming free storytelling event, contact Russell at (928) 428-8489.