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WHERE'S MARY?
Mary telling stories at the local library.Mary Hays is teaching and performing all over the province of Alberta, and across Canada. She taught storytelling at SAIT Polytechnique, Library Information Technology Program for 20 years. She trained 300 storytellers through that program! She wants to bring the wealth of her experience to you and your group! Call Mary at 403-556-5831 to talk about creating a storytelling training program for your group or work place. Private coaching can be individualize to meet your needs.

Introducing The Valiant Five
In 2019, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the success of The Persons Case, Mary joins five storytellers in a 50-minute presentation where each will perform as one of the Famous Five. Betty Hersberger as Henrietta Muir Edwards; Donna Barnfield as Nellie McClung; Mary Hays as Louise McKinney; Karen Gummo as Irene Parlby; Doreen Vanderstoop as Emily Ferguson Murphy.

If your organization is interested in booking The Valiant Five performance, please contact Contact Mary for your own performance.

UPCOMING STORYTELLING SESSIONS WITH MARY HAYS

WE ARE ALL TREATY PEOPLE
February 24, 2019 - 7:30 pm - Calgary First Spiritualist Church

My storytelling journey with Louis Soop.


STORYTELLING WORKSHOP - CONTINUING EDUCATION
March 20, 2019 - 6:30 to 9:30 pm - Mount Royal University, Calgary


STORYTELLING - JUMP RIGHT IN!
April 6, 2019 - 10:30 am to 1:30 pm - Loft 112, 112, 535 - 8 Ave SE, Calgary

Learn the fundamentals of oral storytelling performance - whether you're telling to family or to a paying audience. We will explore the essential elements of the oral tradition, including:

  • Story shape: Gain, retain, repay
  • Story components: Character, catalyst, consequences, climax, conclusion
  • Expressive language, voice, movement and gesture
  • Rehearsing: Internal and external work
  • Mindfulness and flexibility in performance
  • Working with props and costumes

Print our poster & share with your friends. Refreshments served. $40/adult $30/children. Register online at www.talesalberta.org.


ON THE ROAD STORYTELLING CAFE
April 24, 2019 - 7 pm - Shelf Life Books, #100, 1302 - 4 Street SW, Calgary

Host: Mindy Woolcott. Mary will tell the story of a Trucker's Reflections. Info at www.talesalberta.org.


OUR LEGACY, OUR STORY
June 15, 2019 - 1 pm - Uptowne Olds Walking Tour, Oldstice Street Fair


VALIANT FIVE
July 1, 2019 - 2 and 3 pm - Gazebo, Centennial Park, Olds

5 storytellers: Betty Hersberger, Donna Barnfield, Mary Hays, Karen Gummo, and Doreen Vanderstoop present the story of The Famous Five and The Person's Case.
Valiant Five Media Package


VALIANT FIVE
July 29, 2019 - 12 pm - Central United Church, Calgary

During Historic Calgary Week, 5 storytellers: Betty Hersberger, Donna Barnfield, Mary Hays, Karen Gummo, and Doreen Vanderstoop present the story of The Famous Five and The Person's Case.
Valiant Five Media Package


HISTORIC CEMETERY TOURS
Fall 2019 (Date TBC) - Olds Cemetery

Historic cemetery tours featuring stories of our early settlers. Sponsored by the Town of Olds and Alberta Historical Resources.


90th ANNIVERSARY OF THE PERSON'S CASE
October 18, 2019 - 12 pm - Olympic Plaza, Calgary

Celebration of 90th Anniversary of The Person's Case with musician Caroline Harley and the Valiant Five Storytellers: Betty Hersberger, Donna Barnfield, Mary Hays, Karen Gummo, and Doreen Vanderstoop.


Book now for a presentation with Mary and Doreen Vanderstoop, "We Remember - More Than Remembrance Day". True family stories about real people that illuminate history of WWII. For all ages.

Mary and Betty Hersberger perform for school groups, families and seniors, "Stories from Around the World" - to touch the heart and tickle the funny bone. Call Mary at 403-556-5831 for details.

Mary tells Stories of the Blackfoot.

Mary tells Stories of the Blackfoot.
Mary studied the Blackfoot stories for many years with her mentor, Louis Soop - Black Plume. She tells the story of creation and the story of the Sundance which provide the foundation for Naapi, the Trickster and his stories that teach lessons for all of creation.

Louis passed away in March of 2018. He made his journey to the "sky country" with friends and loved ones near, and the fragrance of sage in the air.

Mary is involved in a travelling performance called Wise and Wilful Women.
Mary is currently performing with other Alberta storytellers in a travelling performance, "Wise and Wilful Women". This story gives voice to Lady Isabella Lougheed, Mary Scott Widner, and Nellie McClung, three historical characters dedicated to social justice.


You can also find Mary Hays
at these events

Tellarounds are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7 - 9 pm at Loft 112, 535 - 8 Ave SE Calgary. Suggested donation: $5.00. Everyone welcome. Hosted by TALES (The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling)

Storytelling Cafes are held at 7 pm at Shelf Life Books, #100, 1302 - 4 Street SW, Calgary. Suggested donation: $10.00. Everyone welcome.

PAST STORYTELLING SESSIONS

Women in War
Tales from the Crypt
See Olds First Walking Tour
Our Legacy, Our Story
The Transformative Power of Stories, Peterborough
Tales of Remembrance, Renoir Manor
Tales from the Living Tree, Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church
First Nations Storytelling, Msgr Neville Anderson School
See Olds First, Summer Oldstice
Stories that Transform a Nation, Didsbury Canada 150
Tales and Tunes about Strangers in a New Land at the Lido Pop-Up Library in Kensington
"Run, Run as Fast as You Can", Irricana Library
Legislative Assembly of Alberta Gallery
Edgemont School - Blackfoot Stories
Heritage Park - Yellow Otter Tipi
Heritage Park - Nellie McClung House
Lougheed House Museum
Garrison Green Seniors
St. Albert Elementary School
Penhold Junior - Senior High School
Mountain View Arts Festival, Didsbury
Siksika Outreach High School
Siksika Young Parent Program
TALES Storytelling Festival - Edmonton
Spine Tingling TALES - Edmonton
Alberta Culture Days - Olympic Plaza, Calgary
World Storytelling Day - Olds Municipal Library

Mary speaking at the Didsbury Canada 150 Storytellers event in June 2017.
At "Stories that Transform a Nation", a Didsbury Canada 150 event. Photo by Carolyn Harley
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