WhyOhWhyOhWhy: African Porquoi Tales

School Performances | Charlotte Blake Alston (United States)


Master storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston brings to life centuries old African folk stories that have stood the test of time. These ‘Why’ stories were designed to offer the listener food for thought by offering creative and humorous ideas about natural phenomena and man’s relationship with the earth and universe. At the center of many of these tales are characters you may know, such as Anansi the Spider from Ghana or Sungura the Rabbit from Kenya. This tradition followed Africans to America where Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Fox were born. Come listen, laugh, join in, tap your fingers to your temple and say “Hmmm?” as you listen to these classic ‘Why’ stories!

Charlotte Blake Alston enhances her dynamic storytelling by accompanying herself on traditional instruments such as djembe, mbira, shekere or the 21-stringed kora.

Social Studies
21st Century Skills

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Applause Series Ticket Information
  • Tickets on-sale May 8, 2017 at 8 AM.
  • Applause Series tickets are $1.
  • Please note that this performance will occur at the Temple Theater, 1011 Locust Street.
  • The venue capacity for this performance is limited to 285.
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Show Date Time Availability On Sale
Monday, October 23, 2017 10:00 AM Wait List
Monday, October 23, 2017 12:30 PM Best Buy Now
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 10:00 AM Limited Buy Now
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 12:30 PM Limited Buy Now
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 10:00 AM Limited Buy Now
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 12:30 PM Best Buy Now
Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:00 AM Wait List
Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:30 PM Wait List
Friday, October 27, 2017 10:00 AM Limited Buy Now
Friday, October 27, 2017 12:30 PM Limited Buy Now
Please note: all children who enter the theater for this production must have a ticket and be at least three years old.
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