Performing in Jonesborough from October 15 – 18 (Tuesday through Friday), Gorham will host a series of matinees, each beginning at 2 p.m. All concerts are held in the International Storytelling Center’s Main Street headquarters, in its intimate state-of-the-art theater.
Gorham is known for an eclectic repertoire combining folk tales, adapted fairy tales, personal stories, and historical tales. Among the stories she’ll be telling over the course of the week is a series of vignettes on Civil Rights-era icons, which she has carefully crafted and honed over the course of her career.
Growing up, Gorham traveled around the country; her father’s service in the Army led the family to many different places. During those years, she learned to cultivate the skill of feeling at home wherever she stood. “When I get on stage, there’s something that tells me it’s where I’m supposed to be,” she says.
Everything she accomplished in life leading up to becoming a professional storyteller—including motherhood, a job in human resources, and her academic training—helped train Gorham to become a storyteller. “In college, I majored in mathematics and minored in speech,” she says. “I think I knew way back then there were two sides of me: the part that likes words, and the part that likes rigor. I think I ended up with the best of both worlds.
“There was a little spark in me that was just waiting to be inspired,” she adds. Her interest in the field was sparked upon seeing another teller’s performance. She had found her calling.
Gorham will be the next-to-last Teller in Residence for the 2019 Storytelling Live! season, which concludes at the end of October. A few encore performances, including several holiday shows, will be held at ISC through the year’s end.
Advance purchase is recommended, with tickets available for purchase on ISC’s website (storytellingcenter.net), in person, or over the phone. Walk-in seating is available the day of the show, while supplies last. Tickets for all afternoon matinees are $12 for adults, and $11 for seniors, students, and anyone under 18.
Exclusive discounts are available to ticketholders for the evening concert and matinee shows. Ticket stubs will earn a 10 percent discount on same-day dining at Main Street Café (lunch only), Olde Towne Pancake House, Texas Burritos & More, Krazy Krepes, Jonesborough Barrel House, the Icing on the Cake (lunch only), and the Corner Cup. Additionally, Boone Street Market is offering 10 percent off prepared meals and 5 percent off any other purchase.
The premier sponsor of Storytelling Live! is Ballad Health. Additional program funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Niswonger Foundation, Eastman Credit Union, the Mooneyhan Family Foundation, and Food City. Media sponsors include News 5-WCYB, FOX Tri-Cities, Tri-Cities CW, Johnson City Press, Kingsport Times-News, Herald & Tribune, and Cumulus Media.
The International Storytelling Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information about Storytelling Live!, including the full 2019 line-up, or to purchase tickets, visit www.storytellingcenter.net or call (800) 952-8392.