The International Storytelling Center (ISC) will soon host Kim Weitkamp, a tall tale teller, humorist, and musician, for a weeklong residency in downtown Jonesborough.
As the next teller in residence to perform in ISC’s Storytelling Live! series, Weitkamp will offer the general public a week’s worth of matinee storytelling concerts. Her live shows are scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday, October 17 – 21, starting at 2 p.m. each day.
As the next-to-last performer in the Storytelling Live! season, Weitkamp’s residency will be one of the only remaining opportunities for audiences to take in a live storytelling show during ISC’s official 2017 season.
In addition to her daily matinees, Weitkamp will offer a one-night-only concert, “Don’t Make Me Come Back There.” This special nighttime concert will be Thursday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m. Ticketholders for any matinee or evening performance can present their ticket stubs for a 10 percent discount on same-day dining at JJ’s Eatery and Ice Cream or Main Street Café, two popular eateries in Jonesborough.
Though she often shares a traditional tale with her audiences, Weitkamp is known for her innovative ideas and her willingness to push and expand the form into new territory. “I’m trying to get people invested in storytelling,” she says. “I’m still preserving the ancient art; I’m just having a lot of fun doing it.”
Well known for her world-class ghost stories, Weitkamp will likely dip into a seasonal tale or two if the mood is right. “Suspense, thrillers, spine-tingling mysteries—this stuff is good all year,” she says. But it is, perhaps, especially good in the weeks leading up to Halloween. “I hate even saying the word ‘ghost stories,’” she adds. “When you say those words, people think it’s for Halloween. My stories are suspenseful and kind of Hitchcock-y. I perform them all year long.”
All Weitkamp’s performances, including the evening show, will all take place in the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, located in the International Storytelling Center, on Main Street. Tickets are just $12 for adults and $11 for seniors, students, and children under 18 for all performances. Reservations are highly recommended.
Ticketholders for all events can present their ticket stubs for a 10 percent discount on same-day dining at JJ’s Eatery and Ice Cream or Main Street Café, two popular eateries in Jonesborough.
The 2017 season of Storytelling Live! will bring a different storyteller to Jonesborough each week through the end of October. Information about all performers, as well as a detailed schedule, is available at www.storytellingcenter.net.
The International Storytelling Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information about Storytelling Live! or to make a group reservation, call (800) 952-8392 ext. 222 or (423) 913-1276.