Performers

Whether it's toe-tappin' music, a glimpse into history, tall tales, or simply entertaining, fun-loving anecdotes about living, there is something for everyone at this year's 25th annual Kansas Storytelling Festival!

Bil Lepp

Bil Lepp

Bil’s humorous, family friendly tall-tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Though a five time champion of the WV Liars’s Contest, Lepp’s stories often contain morsels of truth which present universal themes in clever and witty ways. Audiences all across the country, from grade schools to corporate execs to the Comedy Central’s Hudson stage, have been delighted by Bil’s mirthful tales and delightful insights into everyday life

www.leppstorytelling.com

Kim Weitkamp

Kim Weitkamp

As the redheaded child of exhausted parents, Kim grew up enjoying the role of the middle child. Allowed to roam free in the heart of Amish Country, her imagination was ripened by a life lived outdoors. Now she enjoys the role of being one of the most sought after storytellers and speakers in the country. Kim travels the continent full time performing at theaters and at festivals, and in her work as a humorist, storyteller, singer and songwriter, she has taken home a full armload of awards and recognitions.

Visit Kim's website at
www.kimweitkamp.com

Andy Offutt Irwin

Andy Offutt Irwin

With a silly putty voice, hilarious heart-filled stories, and amazing mouth noises (arguably, the greatest whistler in the world) one-person-showman, Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. One of the most sought after performing storytellers in the United States, Andy is a favorite wherever he appears.
For more information on Andy Offutt Irwin go to http://www.andyirwin.com/

Dino O'Dell

Dino O'Dell

Dino O’Dell mesmerizes his audiences with stories from the most untraditional sources – from dinosaurs to outer space. In an hour spent with Dino, youngsters may meet a cowboy that doesn’t like taking baths, a space alien that needs help fixing his spaceship and Dino’s grandfather, who tells them stories about making pancakes. All the while, the students engage in songs that reinforce the concepts they did not even realize they were learning. As an innovative and inspiring educator, Dino is a professional, and as an entertaining storyteller, he is amazing!


www.dinoodell.com

Pippa White

Pippa White

Pippa White calls her One’s Company Productions “part theatre, part storytelling, part history.” Audiences call them unique, captivating, and touching. To date she has crisscrossed the country many times as a professional storyteller, touring to over 30 states, performing at universities and colleges, conferences, performing arts centers, museums, libraries, and festivals. Pippa turned to solo performing in 1994, after an extensive career in theatre and television on the West Coast. In addition to professional storytelling, she offers workshops and residencies, and has been a teaching artist with Nebraska Arts Council since 1990.

For more information on Pippa White go to http://www.pippawhiteonecompany.com/

Downs Legends

Downs Legends

The Downs Legends will be back to the Festival again this spring! Festival goers in past years have enthusiastically received the stories of early citizens in the community who made unique and valuable contributions. This year's featured persons are Jesse "Buffalo" Jones, frontiersman and wildlife preservationist; Howard Herman Ruede, early homesteader; Elsie Reasoner Ralph, America's first female war correspondent; and Sarah Jane, a tribute to women who homesteaded on the prairie.

Performers