This is More Than Just a Storytelling Program its revisits history and brings it to life. “WW1 Pilots Combat Story” program 3rd grade through to Adult. 2versions available, one for younger kids age bracket 8-10 and the other for older including adults. The program is different for the younger students ages 8-10 (3rd & 4th grade) It is interactive with the focus being on understanding what it was like to be a pilot during WW1. There will be physical interactions with my audience demonstrating life as a pilot. A little history and a true story based on a pilot’s experience is included. The stories will be adapted to suit the younger audience. (For the younger students it is preferred that I present this program in a large open room. Where the students can move around. eg. Auditorium, gym, or cafeteria) For 5th grade and up ( to adult) the program is focused on history and 1st person accounts of life during WW1. Plus at least 3, 1st person accounts of air battles. The focus of this program is not war but pilots’ life and experiences brought on by war. This presentation is basically geared toward older kids to adults. There will be verbal interaction between myself and the audience regarding aspects of the story. I will also wear a WW1 RFC pilot’s costume and have several displays for my audience to peruse. The program is based primarily on the books written by former RFC WW1 Pilot, Arthur Gould Lee’s, “Open Cockpit” and “No Parachute”. I can perform this program up to 4times in a day (Max) 45-minute program
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Gary Whitaker the Storyman, Storyteller
Stories are the fabric of humanity’s soul.
I was born and raised in Haltom City (Suburb of Fort Worth) Texas. I am a child of the ’50s and 60’s. I still live in Fort Worth Texas.
I have been telling stories since 1993 when at the age of 42 I discovered the art of storytelling at a Boy Scout ranch, on a campout with my son and his troop.
In 1997 I joined the Tarrant Area Guild of Storytellers (TAGS) where I learned how to be a better storyteller. This is where I really developed my storytelling skills.
In 1998 I also joined the Tejas Storytelling Association (TSA) where over the years I was involved in many storytelling programs including teaching and performing. I also served on the TSA board for 3 Years.
I performed my first successful historical storytelling program in 1999 at a local elementary school. I performed a variety of historically-based programs till 2015 when I began modifying my outreach to suit Libraries.
These days my focus is more general, covering a wide spread of storytelling subjects and themes which Includes history, a variety of folk tales, ghost stories, literature, personal stories, and a beginner’s Storytelling workshop.
Since my beginning and because of my association with history, I love to costume for my programs. I still costume for all of my programs. I believe that costuming helps my audiences to get into the mood for my stories and it’s fun.
Storytelling is all about connecting with your audience and thirty years later that is still my goal.