By Rick Morwick
As a costumed Conner Prairie interpreter and IndyFringe Festival performer, Kim McCann is no stranger to telling stories to audiences. It is, in fact, a lifelong passion and full-time vocation.
“Even as a kid, I played the role of family storyteller,” said McCann, who will be the featured storyteller at the Nov. 3 Frank Basile Emerging Stories Series at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis. “Subconsciously, I’ve always chronicled the events of my day and figured a way to share my experiences with friends and family in an amusing or engaging way.”
An Indianapolis resident and program director at Conner Prairie, McCann will premiere her original story, “Gin Girl,” in a storytelling of childhood memories of growing up in northern Michigan and time spent with her Great Aunt Juddie. Her one-hour show begins at 4 p.m., followed by a reception and cash bar. Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
“‘Gin Girl’ is, at its heart, a multi-faceted love story to my childhood, to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, to my love of history, but mostly to my Great Aunt Juddie,” McCann said. “She was an amazing woman who had an unbelievable impact on my life.”
McCann is a full-time historical interpreter who has performed several one-woman shows during the IndyFringe Festival. She has won awards for storytelling and recently opened for “Ghost Stories” at Crown Hill Cemetery.
“There’s something very intimate about sharing personal stories, even with a large audience,” McCann said. “You get to see their reaction. You get to see them take the story’s journey with you. You get to directly share what resonates with the audience, what clicks in the moment. It’s a very special experience.”
The Frank Basil Emerging Stories Series is presented by Storytelling Arts of Indiana, a nonprofit that presents year-round storytelling programming ranging from public performances to weekly bedside storytelling for patients at children’s hospitals.
For advance tickets, visit storytellingarts.org or call 317-232-1882.