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¡Vive el Cuento ~ Live the Story!

Leeny Keynote

Welcome to Repertoire! Here you can learn about my One-Woman Shows. I offer sixteen Programs and eleven Workshops for listeners and learners, ages 4 - 104, in single, series and residency formats.

Programs Where Stories Come Alive…

A multi award-winning international artist, Leeny Del Seamonds is available for performances, workshops, teacher in-service, commissioned pieces, coaching, Keynote addresses, television and touring. She has performed and presented workshops/residencies in hundreds of school systems, libraries, community centers, conferences and festivals nationally and internationally and is a Massachusetts and New Jersey DOE approved Professional Development Provider. A dedicated Teaching Artist (with a BA in Speech & Theatre/Performing Arts from Rowan University), Leeny offers sixteen 50-minute programs, each including audience participation, enabling listeners to share in the joy of performing, stimulate imaginations and build confidence.

Leeny offers diverse 50-minute programs for all listeners designed to enthrall, entertain and educate audiences. Her repertoire for listeners of all ages includes:

✩Foibles, Folklore & Fun! - Folk tales, poems and storysongs from around the World.
✩Tales, Trials & Tribulations - Humorous and poignant multicultural tales and tunes.
✩The Star Inside - International folk tales, humorous anecdotes and story-poems encouraging that special "STAR" inside each of us to shine through. The perfect self esteem program for Grades 4-12.
✩¡Ay Caramba! - A colorful piñata full of Latino/Hispanic folk tales, anecdotes and personal stories decorated with English-Spanish translations and bursting with Leeny's Latin humor.
✩The Nature of Things - A blooming bouquet of stories, fables, story-poems, myths and storysongs honoring our Earth and Nature, their beauty and preservation.
✩For the Birds! - Myths, legends, humorous tales and tunes featuring our feathered friends.
✩The Home of the Brave - Native American folk tales, legends and myths about Creation, Sky Country and respect for our Earth and the environment.
✩Hooray for Heroes! - Stories and songs of courage and heroic triumphs from around the World. Specially designed for PreK-Grade 2.
✩Which Way to the Witch? - A Halloween cauldron brewing with witches, ghosts and goblins from multicultural places.
✩Winter Magic Tales - Heart-warming, magical folk tales, stories and storysongs certain to take the chill out of "Wind-Chill" and chase away the Winter doldrums.
✩Kudos for Courage & Kindness! - Soar around the World with heroic tales bursting with kindness, inspiration, bravery and courage to overcome adversity and make a difference.
✩Vive el Cuento - Stories Around the World** - Heart-warming, uplifting multicultural stories and songs (**Bookings for this program available through Young Audiences of Massachusetts
✩It Takes Two to Tango - (ages 13 and up) An intimate and amusing look at relationships.
✩More or Less Amour - (ages 13 and up) Love and laughs - romance through the ages.
✩Shadows in the Woods - Spine-Tingling Tales (ages 12 and up) - Enter the woods if you dare…but you may wish you hadn’t.
✩The Red-Faced Goddess: My Nu Wa Adventure! - (ages 13 and up) Stories about Leeny's amazing trip to China.

Workshops & In-Service Where Hearts Shine…

Student Workshops, available in single, series and residency formats, are 45 minutes in length (maximum of 28 students) and include:

Creative Dramatics (Gr. K-2). The perfect participatory workshop for the primary grade level student! The goal of the workshop is to excite the young student about oral literature, as well as reading. It promotes and encourages self-esteem while the student learns the basic fundamentals of acting and performing in a group (ensemble) tale. In the first part of the workshop, students are taught a variety of warm-up and improvisational exercises for face, body and voice. Then the class performs a tale with Leeny, such as "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," using four volunteers at a time for the speaking parts, while the remainder of the class performs the sound effects. This type of ensemble acting fosters self-esteem, cooperation, respect for others and individual ability. Everyone (including the teacher) has fun while learning!

Creative Dramatics (Gr. 3-12). This is a creative dramatics/basic acting workshop designed for the older student. The workshop's goal is to enhance students' appreciation for oral literature and reading, while encouraging self-esteem. It enables students to more fully embrace the lessons and morals found in literature. In the first part of the workshop, students are taught a series of warm-up and improvisational exercises for face, body and voice. Then the class performs a short folk tale using several volunteers at a time for speaking roles, while the remainder of the class performs the sound effects and scenery. Ensemble acting is an effective tool in developing self-esteem, cooperation, respect for others and individual ability. There are no "stars" in an ensemble performance-everyone has a chance to shine!

Mime, Movement & Improvisation (Gr. 3-12). Anyone can learn the art of mime (commonly called "pantomime"). This workshop is designed to teach the older student basic mime skills and explore using his/her hands, face and body to enhance communication and self-expression. The workshop includes warm-up and improvisational exercises, basic mime isolation techniques, facial expressions, mime wall and "tug-o-war." Students should be prepared to move and have fun!

Making the Most of Your Voice (Gr. 3-12). This workshop is designed to teach students how to use their voices properly and achieve vocal variety through healthy phonation. The first part of the workshop will include a series of exercises in relaxation, posture, breathing, projection and articulation. The second half of the workshop will enable students to explore and experiment with different story character voices and learn a variety of sound effects, animal sound effects and birdcalls. A tape recorder may be used for student feedback.

¡Ay Caramba - Dos! (Gr. K-12). This workshop, a follow-up to Leeny's program, "¡Ay Caramba!," is designed to further expose students to the Latino/Hispanic culture, emphasizing correct pronunciation of español, especially the vowels, and how to "roll the rr's." Then the class acts out the tale, "Tres Cabras Llamados Gruff," (Leeny's Spanish version of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff") using four volunteer actors at a time for the speaking parts (español), while the remainder of the class performs the sound effects and rhythm dance. This type of ensemble acting not only fosters self-esteem, cooperation, respect for others and individual ability, but helps to bridge the cultures. Everyone (including the teacher) enjoys "la fiesta." ¡Muy bien!

Telling a Tale (Gr. 4-12). It's fun to get up and tell a tale! This basic storytelling residency is designed for the older student. It's main objective is to teach the fundamentals of telling a story/folk tale: vocal projection, articulation and vocal variety; achieving correct posture, body movements and gestures; and incorporating character voices to enhance the story and bring it to life! Students learn how to change from "narrator" to "story character(s)." They are encouraged to make the story their own and strive towards feeling comfortable and confident when telling the story to a small audience. This workshop is most effective when taught in a series/residency (three or more workshops per class), enabling students to develop and adapt the story while polishing performance techniques, thereby allowing time for individual coaching.

From Storybook to Storyteller: Making the Story Your Own! (Gr. 4-12) Every storyteller has his/her own unique style of performing and writing stories. Leeny teaches the basics of "how to make the story your own" when adapting an existing traditional (public domain) folk tale, from paper to performance. Key components of this workshop include: adding a time and setting (where and when the story takes place); introducing the story character(s); creating distinct, well-defined characters; and adapting the language to familiar language usage, reflecting the teller's actual style of speaking. This workshop can be a part of Leeny's "Telling a Tale" residency or be a self-contained, two meetings per class mini-residency.


Adult & Teacher In-service Workshop Descriptions (length of workshop designed for sponsor needs):

Making the Most of Your Voice - This workshop is designed for teachers and performers at all levels: for anyone interested in achieving healthy phonation as well as vocal variety. In the first part of the workshop, participants will learn how to care for and preserve their speaking voices through proven relaxation, posture, breathing, articulation, and projection techniques. Although the workshop is highly participatory, Leeny will include some vocal demonstration. Leeny plans to tape record participants so they may hear first-hand (and learn to improve upon) their vocal patterns, vocal style, and regional accents, if any. We will also explore vocal variety and versatility.

A Time for Mime & Movement - Anyone can learn the art of mime! Come and learn, or brush up on, basic mime techniques. Explore using your bodies, hands and face to enhance communication and add some specific movements and gestures to enhance your storytelling technique. This highly participatory workshop includes warm-up and improvisational exercises, basic mime isolation techniques, facial expressions, mime wall, walk/run, climbing stairs, picking up and pulling a rope, and a group tug-o-war. Finally, we will add mime to the spoken word, weaving movement into the story. Be prepared to move and have fun!

Spoken Word Alive! - This highly participatory workshop is designed for teachers and performers at all levels. Bring your words alive with vocal variety, healthy phonation and body movements/mime. Explore different vocal pitches, qualities and vivid character voices. Use your body, hands and face to enhance communication and add specific movements/mime, gestures and vocal variety to the spoken word. Learn to develop distinctive, well-defined story characters and how to make clean, crisp determination and distinction between narrator and characters. Be prepared to move, challenge yourself, and have fun!

Creative Dramatics - This creative dramatics workshop is designed to teach basic acting techniques to anyone interested in learning how to interpret and create a character (from a story or play) by using his/her voice, body movements and facial expressions. This highly participatory workshop will begin with a series of warm-up and improvisational exercises for face, body and voice. Then, using several volunteers at a time, the class acts out a short folk tale and/or scene from a play. Everyone has an opportunity to perform and receive coaching.

Telling a Tale - This basic storytelling residency is designed to teach the fundamentals of telling a story/folk tale: vocal projection, articulation and vocal variety; achieving correct posture, body movements and gestures; and incorporating character voices to enhance the story and bring it to life. Participants learn how to change from "narrator" to "story character(s)." They are encouraged to make the story their own and strive towards feeling comfortable and confident when telling the story to an audience. This workshop is most effective when taught in three or more sessions.

From Storybook to Storyteller: Making the Story Your Own! - Every storyteller has his/her own unique style of performing and writing stories. Leeny teaches the basics of "how to make the story your own" when adapting an existing traditional (public domain) folk tale, from paper to performance. Key components of this workshop include: adding a time and setting (where and when the story takes place); introducing the story character(s); creating distinct, well-defined characters; and adapting the language to familiar language usage, reflecting the teller's actual style of speaking. This workshop can be a part of Leeny's "Telling a Tale" residency or be a self-contained, two meetings per class mini-residency.

Television and Radio Spots

✩July 2002 - KBDI-TV-12, "Latin View," Television series, Denver, CO
✩August 2003 - filmed "Stories for the Soul" video at International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, TN
✩August 2003 - filmed TV commercial for National Storytelling Festival at the International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, TN
✩February 2004 – “The Jordan Rich Show,” WBZ-Radio, Boston, MA
✩March-June 2004 – filmed multiple episodes and DVD extra footage for Ribert & Robert’s WonderWorld. Leeny Del Seamonds stars in the national children’s Television and DVD series Ribert & Robert’s WonderWorld, the first 13 episodes began airing in the United States on PBS September 4, 2005. In the series, Leeny plays “Leeny the Story Performer” and writes/performs her own segments.
✩March-April 2005 - Leeny filmed next 13 episodes of Ribert & Robert's WonderWorld at Deos Animation Studios.
✩October 2005 - Leeny filmed additional 13 episodes of Ribert & Robert's WonderWorld at Deos Animation Studios. The show wins the highest award granted by The Coalition for Quality Children's Media (KIDS FIRST).
✩January 2006 - Leeny filmed additional episodes of Ribert & Robert's WonderWorld at Deos Animation Studios. This award-winning children's show airs in over 110 PBS stations nationally. A total of 65 episodes have been ordered.
✩May 2006 - Ribert & Robert's WonderWorld receives a 2006 iParenting Media Award Winner for "BEST in family-friendly television that entertains, educates and inspires children and adults."
✩May 2006 - Leeny filmed six additional episodes of Ribert & Robert's WonderWorld at Deos Animation Studios.
✩August 2006 - Google Video and Comcast On Demand begin offering episodes of Ribert & Robert's WonderWorld.
✩August 2006 - Leeny filmed three additional episodes of Ribert & Robert's WonderWorld at Deos Animation Studios.
✩September 2006 - Ribert & Robert's WonderWorld begins airing daily in New York (#1 market) and twice a week in Philadelphia.
✩November 2006 - Ribert & Robert's WonderWorld begins airing daily at 9:00 a.m. on Kid's Central (MediaCorp TV 12), the largest and most popular children's television station in Singapore and China.
✩March 2007 - Leeny filmed TV commercial for Three Apples Storytelling Festival.
✩March 2007 - Leeny filmed the final episodes of Ribert & Robert's WonderWorld.
✩June 2007 - Leeny filmed (four camera shoot) multiple segments of her stories to a live audience at Del Mar Studios, California, for a series of DVD's produced by Smart Kids Company, Inc.
✩July 2007 - Ribert & Robert's WonderWorld has successfully been renegotiated to broadcast on commercial television stations across the U.S. while retaining all public television relationships. The show will air on its first FOX affiliated station, FOX 23 in Maine at 7:00 AM on Sunday mornings. Few Public Television programs are able to cross over to the entertainment networks, which is another testimony to the very wide appeal of the show.
✩November 2008 - WonderWorld TV launch party with Ribert & Robert's WonderWorld cast, introducing Deos Animation Studios' newest venture.

Leeny's Recordings

"CelloTales: The Melding of Music, Myth & Memories," created and performed by Leeny Del Seamonds and cellist Gideon Freudmann, won a 2005 Storytelling World Winner award and a 2004 Parents' Choice Gold Award. "CelloTales" is a unique and special collaboration of two art forms: music and storytelling. The wonder of timeless stories is melded with boundless music, transporting listeners into the soul of the story and song. Parents' Choice Foundation selected "CelloTales" as a recommended audio (ages 8 and up) for their 2004 Holiday Gift Guide of "Award Winning gifts sure to please."

Winner of a 2003 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award and endorsed by Booklist and School Library Journal, Leeny's highly acclaimed CD, "¡Ay Caramba! ¡Ay Ay Ay! Cuentos y Canciónes (Latino Stories & Songs)," created and performed by Leeny Del Seamonds, is sweeping the nation by storm. This 67-minute recording, "a labor of love," includes four original family stories, three songs, and four Latino folk tales as retold by Leeny. ¡Vive el cuento - live the story!

"It Takes Two to Tango - Ties that Bind Us," an alluring, witty and insightful look at the triumphs and tribulations of relationships spiced with Leeny’s Cuban-American sense of humor and peppered with her passion and fire. Written, Performed & Produced by Leeny. For Listeners Ages 11 & up.
"Leeny Del Seamonds' recordings never fail to engage the listener with their passionate wit and simple truths. "It Takes Two to Tango," however, goes one step further and tugs at the heart. It will be a cherished addition to any story lover's collection." -Linda Goodman for Voices in the Glen and Hearsay magazines.

"Shadows in the Woods - Spine-Tingling Tales" Imagine you’re standing at the edge of a forest on a crisp, dark night. The full moon casts shadows through the trees, as bats hunt for blood. All is quiet. Or is it? Enter the woods if you dare…but you may wish you hadn’t. Written, Performed & Produced by Leeny. For Listeners Ages 13 & Up. "All stories, poem, and songs on this CD were written by the multi-talented Del Seamonds, who now has another excellent recording to include in her award-winning collection of tales. Flawlessly produced and masterfully told, the tales will lure you into listening to them again and again. Just don't listen when you are alone...at night." -Linda Goodman for Voices in the Glen and Hearsay magazines.

Cello Tales Ay Caramba It takes two to tango Shadows in the Woods

To order Leeny Del Seamonds' CD's, send $15.00 for each to:
Leeny Del Seamonds
31 Newport Drive
Westford, MA 01886

Performance & Workshop Prices: (Travel additional)
$500 - Single School Daytime Performance (audience max. 200)
$775 - Two School Performances, same location ($975/Three)
$500 - Library/Camp Daytime Performance
$125 - Student Workshop, to accompany a performance (max. 25)
$300+ - Teacher In-service Workshop

For Keynote Addresses, Festivals, Touring, Corporate, Television and Evening/Weekend performances, please call for quote. 978-692-3961.


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