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May 28 - June 20:Becoming Dr. Ruth. Terrific New Theatre, 2821 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham. Shows Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For tickets and reservations, call 328-0868.
Most people know of Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering radio and TV sex therapist. Few people, though, know the incredible journey that preceded it. This one-woman play, written by Mark. St. Germain, is filled with the humor, honesty, and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became "Dr. Ruth."
Tickets are $25, except on Thursdays (other than Opening Night) when admission is pay-what-you-can-afford. The show on Sunday, June 7th, will be a benefit for the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center.
The show runs May 28 through June 20, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For reservations for any of the shows, call the theatre at 328-0868.
Tuesday, June 2: Stories to "Escape the Ordinary."6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Springville Road Regional Library, 1224 Springville Road (near Huffman High School -- NOT in Springville, Alabama!). Free; all are welcome! For information, call the library at 226-4081.
A flash of imagination, a magical twist in time, a mysterious trip on an unknown road...join me for stories of ways to "escape the ordinary" -- the library's summer reading theme.
Thursday, June 25: Starch in Their Petticoats ~ True Stories of Strong Women Who Settled the West.2 - 3 p.m., Adelia Russell Library, 318 Shurch Street, Alexander City, AL. Free and all are welcome! Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. For information, call the library at 256-329-6796.
They were tough, resourceful, and ready for anything! Through photos, diary excerpts, newspaper clippings, and amazing true stories, storyteller Dolores Hydock brings to life stories of women of guts and gusto who settled the American West. They were pioneers, homesteaders, pistol-packin' card sharks, entertainers, and "upstairs girls," but they all played a part in putting the shine in the Golden West of the 1800s.
Sunday, June 28: Soldiers in Greasepaint ~ USO Camp Show Entertainers of World War II.2 - 3 p.m., North Shelby Public Library, 5521 Cahaba Valley Road (halfway between Hwy. 280 and I-65 on Highway 119). Free; all are welcomd! For information, call the library at 439-5500.
From Utah Beach to the Philippines, from wrestlers and tap dancers to the biggest names in show business, from 16,000 servicemen in an amphitheatre in southern France to 20 GIs in Jeeps in a lonely stateside outpost, USO Camp Shows during WWII were part of a diverse, hilarious, moving, and inspiring story of voluntarism and service. Storyteller Dolores Hydock shares a small slice of this big-hearted story from a remarkable time in U.S. history.
July 9: In Her Own Fashion ~ The stories of Ninette Griffith.7 - 8:30 p.m., Double Oak Community Church, Mt. Laurel. Free; sponsored by the Mt. Laurel Library. Call 991-1660 for information.
A voice of silk and chiffon… A spirit of brass and iron... A woman who was 95 years old and ready to tell all!
Storyteller Dolores Hydock shares the funny, irreverent, true story of Ninette Griffith, who was Fashion Coordinator for Loveman's Department Store in the 1950s and 1960s. Sassy, ambitious, and unflinchingly honest, Ninette was an elegantly independent woman whose life unfolds in these stories of reckless romance, celebrity hi-jinks, fashion disasters, and the adventures of a life that followed no one else's pattern.
Click here for video excerpts, photos, and more information about this remarkable story!
August 22: The Lady With All the Answers ~ The Ann Landers Story.8 - 9:30 p.m., Shelby County Arts Council Theatre, 104 Mildred Street, Columbiana, AL.
Before there was Oprah or Judge Judy, there was Ann Landers. For decades, the renowned advice columnist answered countless letters from lovelorn teens, confused couples, and a multitude of others in need of advice. No topic was off-limits, and Landers always regaled her readers with direct, insightful, and often humorously honest responses.
In this one-woman play, we find Ann late on a 1975 night in her Chicago apartment, struggling to write the column that would become one of the most famous she would ever compose. Come spend an evening with the woman who seemed like family to millions of readers who had breakfast with her – or at least with her advice – every morning.
Tickets are $20. For reservations, call (205) 669-0044.
Monday, September 14: Soldiers in Greasepaint: USO Camp Show Entertainers from WWII.Horizons, Alexander City, AL
Thursday - Saturday, September 24 - 26: Cave Run Storytelling Festival, Morehead, KY.For information, visit www.caverunstoryfest.org
Friday - Sunday, October 2 - 4: National Storytelling Festival,Jonesborough, TN. For information, visit www.storytellingcenter.net
Tuesday, October 6:Every Picture Tells a Story: The Storytelling of Norman Rockwell. 2 - 3 p.m., Anniston - Calhoun County Public Library, 108 East 10th Street, Anniston, AL.
Norman Rockwell didn't just paint pictures; every picture told a story. In this presentation, storyteller Dolores Hydock shares surprising stories from Rockwell's life and career, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at how Rockwell created his one-image stories. Using slide images of his sketches, models, paintings-in-process, and finished work, this program follows the step-by-step creative process Rockwell used in becoming “America’s painter” – and storyteller on canvas.
The program is free and all are welcome to attend. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
Wednesday, November 4: Stories for Fall.Noon - 1 p.m., B. B. Comer Library, 314 North Broadway Avenue, Sylacauga. Free; part of the SouthFirst Bank Adult Lecture Series.
Bring a sack lunch, if you like, to enjoy in the meeting room from 11 - 12 (beverages and desserts provided by kind volunteers), the head into the library's beautiful auditorium for the noontime program. For information about this free adult lecture series, call the library at 256-249-0961.
Monday, November 9: PEO Annual Meeting, Birmingham, AL
Sunday, November 15: A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart ~ The Journals of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861 - 1887.2 - 4 p.m., Birmingham Botanical Gardens Lecture Hall. Story by Dolores Hydock, music by Bobby Horton. Ticket info TBA. Part of the "Southern Tales at the Gardens" series. Sallie Independence Foster was 12 years old and living in Florence, Alabama in 1861 when the War Between the States began. She was keeping a diary at the time, and kept on keeping a diary for 26 years. This performance, based on Sallie's diaries, papers, and letters from her brothers off at war, presents a funny, touching, and uniquely personal look at the life and times that Sallie shared with her paper "dear Companion."
Storyteller Dolores Hydock and music historian Bobby Horton interweave Sallie’s story with camp songs, period favorites, and original tunes to create a poignant, powerful, humorous, and honest picture of a world of innocence turned upside-down.
Tuesday, December 1: Christmas Stories. 10:30 a.m., Shades Valley Presbyterian Church Women Christmas Luncheon 2305 Montevallo Road, Birmingham. Brief service and story in the sanctuary from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; casual lunch follows in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to attend. Call the church at 871-7309 for information or lunch reservations.
Wednesday, December 2: Christmas Stories. Little Garden Club, Birmingham, AL.
Friday, December 4: Jingle All the Way.With stories by Dolores Hydock and music by Bobby Horton. 6:30 - 9 p.m., Homewood Public Library Auditorium, 1721 Oxmoor Road. Ticket info TBA.
Sunday, December 6: Christmas stories.2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place, downtown Birmingham. Free.
Sunday, December 6: Jingle All the Way.With stories by Dolores Hydock and music by Bobby Horton. 6:30 - 9 p.m., Local Color Cafe, Springville, AL. Ticket info TBA.
Sunday, December 20: Christmas Stories.10 - 10:45 a.m..,Independent PResbyterian Church Great Hall, 3100 Highland Avenue South. Free. For information, call the church at 933-1830.