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The Laughter Tells the Tale

LA Times , October 10, 2004


In its 14th year, the Once Upon a Story Storytelling Festival took over San Juan Capistrano's Historic Town Center Park on Friday and Saturday.

More than 1,000 people turned out over the two days of storytelling and workshops on the craft. Such festivals, storytellers and organizers say, are an opportunity for people to revisit a simpler time when people were captivated by lyrically told tales.

"It is a very compelling thing for one person to speak and another to listen," featured storyteller Bill Harley said.

"There is an intimacy and connection that does not happen with television or movies where everything is done for you. People come to hear us because, when they leave, they feel they have been fed in a different way."

Subjects Covered: storytelling festivals

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