Carol Ford of the Travelin' Tales storytelling troupe portrayed an exuberant clown during Sunday's variety show at the Kenai Community Library.
Photo by Jospeh Robertia
Halloween came a day early in Kenai this year, as the Kenai Community Library and the Kenai Performers' Travelin' Tales storytelling troupe put on a variety show Sunday afternoon.
Children were encouraged to wear costumes and they did so with gusto. There were yearly staples like witches and pirates, commercial characters like Spiderman and Buzz Lightyear, and a diversity of animals, such as a giraffe, bear, raccoon and even a giant inch-worm.
One child came wrapped in bandages, but he was no mummy. Instead a sign hanging from the boy's neck read "accident waiting to happen."
Regardless of the differences in what they were wearing, all the children were there for the same thing entertainment, and they got a full dose.
Costumed kids were treated to a variety of tales about witches, ghosts, frogs and the spooky story of the Cremation of Sam McGee.
"I think they really enjoyed it," said Steven Dahl, who spun a yarn about a ghost boy in a story called "Bo's Hollow."
Dahl said the story was like all the stories he has told for 20 years an original that he made up. He said this isn't as hard to do as one would expect.
"You just start with a base idea, then work it and stretch it out. The hard part is keeping it as believable as possible," Dahl said.
In between stories, member of the troupe told riddles and jokes, such as, "What type of sandwich does a ghost eat?" Boo-logna, of course.
The variety show closed with a sing-along, a Halloween version of the "12 Days of Christmas" that had a chorus of "On the day of Halloween, my neighbor gave to me," and listed of various sweet treats to eat with each of the 12 days mentioned.
Corey Hall, youth services librarian, said the variety show was a bit of a diversion from what they have done in the past.
"We had done the same thing for a number of years, so we wanted to try something different. We wanted to have a story time, but make it more of a production. I think it went really well," Hall said.
Parents and children in attendance seemed to agree.
"We had fun," said Jeremy Erisman of Soldotna. He said with two young children, 2-year-old Marek and 3-month-old Malena, the variety show was perfect.
"They're too young to really do anything yet. They wouldn't last long going door to door trick-or-treating in this weather, but this allowed them to watch a show and see people dress up, so we enjoyed it," Erisman said.
DeeAnn Steffensen of Kenai said her kids were happy they came.
"We brought the whole family. We like stories and at home the kids tell stories to each other, so we thought it would be fun to come and hear someone else tell a story," she said.
Her 10-year-old daughter, Hope, gave the variety show a thumbs up.
"I had fun and thought they did a good job," she said.
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