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He comes from “a long line of liars,” also known as storytellers. Elam is a member
of Toastmasters International, the Tamiami Tale Tellers and the Florida Storytelling
• Robert David is a Florida native who joined Toastmasters as a way to challenge
himself and get out of his comfort zone. He is new to storytelling. At the Alliance,
he will be speaking about something else that makes him uncomfortable: flying.
• Rhonda Brazina has always loved stories. From her childhood to her teaching
days to reading to her own children, she has loved the art of storytelling. She
wanted to write a children’s book to tell a story for children and achieved this in
2011 when she and her friend wrote Carrots For Charlie, a book set in Naples with
a positive message about health and fitness.
• Keith Connes created TV commercials, which was his introduction to fiction
writing. He gave that up for writing non-fiction aviation articles and books and,
more recently, collections of short stories. During the past 15 years, he has been a
member of various Toastmaster clubs in California and Florida, where his favorite
preoccupation has been the telling of tall tales.
• Lisa Leonhardt is a fourth grade teacher at Tice Elementary School. She tells
stories to her students, her family and to anyone else who will sit still for a story.
She credits her grandfather and an elementary school librarian for sparking her
interest in storytelling. She has been a longtime member of the Tamiami Tale
Tellers and, together with Marilyn Graham, has kept storytelling alive and thriving
in Fort Myers for 20-plus years.
• Joel Ying is a Naples physician practicing integrative and holistic health in his
private practice. He originally joined Toastmasters in 2009 to improve his public
speaking presentations. As he advanced as a speaker, he discovered the art of
storytelling and the National Storytelling Festival. He became a storyteller and
initiated a series of Story Slams, including the Alliance event.
• Pamela Minton comes from a family of storytellers and continues the tradition.
She is a retired professor of speech from Edison College and holds a master’s
degree in communication from Brigham Young University. She is a member of
Toastmasters International and earned the Distinguished Toastmaster designation,
the highest award that Toastmasters bestows. She is also a published author of
Lessons of the Spider.
• Marilyn Graham retired in 2014 from a 40-year career as a librarian and
library administrator. She was introduced to storytelling when she worked as a
children’s librarian during her career. She has been a member of the Tamiami
Tale Tellers for more than 20 years and has organized and produced many
of its storytelling programs and workshops. Marilyn is also an award-winning
• Scott. J Vail is a United States Navy veteran, an entrepreneur and a
professional speaker. He is a Toastmaster who has achieved the Distinguished
Toastmaster Award, the highest honor that Toastmaster bestows. He is a husband
and father of t wo young children.
For more info or to purchase tickets, visit www.ArtInlee.org or call 939-2787.
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for mer opera house manager who has watched over the phantom for most of his life.
You can feel a connection between them.
One of the musical highlights of the show appears at the end during a touching
duet between father and son. The show’s dramatic climax is both beautiful and
emotional. I was very moved by it. Leroux’s novel has been retold in many forms
and styles, and this is one of my favorites. I suggest you go online to read more
about how this version came about.
Phantom plays through February 11, at Broadway Palm, Southwest Florida’s
Premier Dinner Theatre, located at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. For
tickets stop by the box office, go to w ww.BroadwayPalm.com or call 278-4422.
A Confrontation At Lab Theater
by Di Saggau
Opening scene of Mothers and Sons at Laboratory Theater of Florida shows
two people almost frozen in silence. Katharine (Brenda Kensler) and Cal (Jason
Drew) aren’t even looking at one another. One feels that when they talk it’s
anger that will take over and that’s what happens, especially with Katherine. She’s full
of anger and spews it out for most of the production.
The play by Terrence McNally has only four characters, and only involves 90
minutes of their lives, but it is powerful. The newly widowed Katherine, confronts
the former lover of her dead son, who died of AIDS 20 years earlier. She remains
haunted by the loss of her son. En route from Dallas to Europe, she has sought out
Cal in the apartment he shares with his husband of 11 years, Will (Joseph Yazvac)
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Jason Drew and Brenda Kensler star in Mothers And Sons
photo courtesy Lab Theater
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