In honor of Halloween, Adam Booth will be telling “Scary Stories” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main St. in Wellsboro. He is a four-time winner of the West Virginia Liars Contest and a winner of storytelling contests in three other states.
Booth’s storytelling blends traditional folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. His original cinematic style, both humorous and touching with a bit of mischief, is influenced by generations of diverse storytellers from West Virginia where he was born and raised and lives today.
A nationally touring artist, his professional appearances include premiere storytelling events across the United States, such as the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, the National Storytelling Festival, and Teller-In-Residence at the International Storytelling Center (three times), as well as resident at the Banff Spoken Word program in Alberta, Canada, multiple storytelling and music events in 25 states, and collaborations with the West Virginia Dance Company, Goose Route Dance Company, Frederick Chorale, and Hagerstown Choral Arts Society.
Equally at home as a teller and educator, his research fellowships and presentations have included the Berea Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship, Ghost Ranch, the National Storytelling Conference, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, the National Endowment for the Humanities Voices from the Misty Mountains summer seminars and institute, and a commission from the National Academy of Medicine.
He is a member of the Recording Academy (Grammy’s) and his stories and recordings have been honored with many national awards, including a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, two Parents’ Choice Silver Honors, five Storytelling World Awards and Honors, the National Storytelling Network’s J.J. Reneaux Mentorship Grant, and four West Virginia Liars’ Contest wins.
Booth is an adjunct instructor of Appalachian studies at Shepherd University and is the founding director of the Speak Story Series, now in its seventh season. He is most at home sharing stories and music with the next generation of listeners and tellers throughout Appalachia.
This is the second show in the Deane Center’s Storytellers Series. Admission is $15. For more information or for tickets, call (570) 724-6220 or visit www.deanecenter.com.