Storytellers to bring classic epic to life Jan. 23 at The MAC

Audience encouraged to purchase tickets early for The Odyssey

You can hear the most exciting sections of the classic The Odyssey as they were originally told — live and from the heart — on Jan. 23 at the McMillan Arts Centre. Part of the Tales for the Telling: Storytelling for Adults series, the Odyssey will be recounted by Mary Gavan of Vancouver and Laurie Hutchison of Nanaimo.

Mary Gavan is a Celtic storyteller who has delighted audiences at Tales for the Telling in the past. Her CD, Celtic Otherworld Stories, not only has beguiled listeners but also won a World Storytelling Award. She is the past president of the Storytellers of Canada and has told stories across Canada and in Europe.

Laurie Hutchison is a founding member of the Around Town Tellers of Nanaimo. She comes by her storytelling honestly; everything about her is a story. She crossed the Atlantic on the Saxonia at eight years old, danced for royalty throughout Europe and spent a year in a convent in Belgium to learn French.

Storytelling evenings at the MAC are very popular, so people are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. “These Tales for the Telling are selling out,” said MAC administrator Linda Matteson-Reynolds. “People are addicted to these things.”

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for OCAC members, and can be purchased at the MAC Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. If there are any remaining tickets, they will be available at the door.

For more information on the event, contact 250-248-8185.

— NEWS Staff/The MAC