Stories Around the World by Daniela Valdes

The performance Stories Around the World by Oba William King (Africa), Jasmin Cardenas (Colombia) and Anne Shimojima (Japan) took place in the Logan Arts Center on May 17 2016. They shared stories about their cultures.
Jasmin Cardenas’ story was about a memory she had about a sleepover and her mom let her have one but only with three friends. She invited Jenny (Italian), Tesha (African-American) and Kinzie (Mexican). When the day of the sleepover was getting closer Jasmin was worried about the games and candies. Her uncle took her to the store to buy games and she saw a mighty pinata and a stunning loteria game and she bought them. The day of the sleepover came and her friend Jenny came before everyone and Jasmin was nervous and after that Jasmin’s family came. Jasmin was excited but nervous. After that Tesha came and they started playing loteria and Tesha was shocked because she did not know what loteria was and it was like a Bingo game. Then when they were playing Tesha was laughing because she saw a naked mermaid and a drunk guy and when Kinzie came she was not surprised because she was Mexican and she knew loteria. Later they got hungry and Jasmin thought her mom had cheese pizza and they they found out there was pig to eat, “gross”, “disgusting,” the three friends thought. But Jasmin was nervous and then she took them outside, where there was a big pinata. Everyone was surprised. When they were hitting it, Tesha and Jenny were afraid to break it. That was the point obviously. There were a lot of candies to eat. But at the end Jenny and Tesha eat pig. The next day in school everyone was talking about how much fun they had at Jasmin’s sleepover.
Jasmin used a lot of hand and face expressions and it was funny. Also something she did was change her voice and sometimes spoke Spanish. But she translated to English. She made some disgusted sighs which was also funny. She was talking fast and she mimicked the way the story happened.
The message this performer wanted us to know is that different doesn’t mean bad it’s just different. Because she was different from her Italian, African-American and even her Mexican friend because Jasmin was Colombian. But her differences weren’t bad, they were just things that they didn’t have in common but when they knew each other better they also learned new things and cultures.

Looking on the Inside by Alexus Duarte

Oba William King performed at the University Of Chicago, Logan Arts Center May 17, 2016. The performance was called “Stories Around The World” and was very enjoyable for all ages. His first story had a deep meaning, but it wasn’t hard to understand that the younger audiences that were watching understood the moral of the story. The first story took place in Africa, when a man went to get water for the village everyday. One day, one of the gourds complained to the man that he had a hole in his side and that when they got to the village to give the water out he didn’t have any water left, that he was broken and worthless, but the man said he had a purpose, that he watered the flowers and the trees around the village. Mr. King stated, “it doesn’t matter if you’re broken, that doesn’t mean you’re worthless.”
What this means is that even though you might think you’re not important, you are. Everyone, no matter how broken they are, still serves a purpose on this earth, and you should never think that you’re not important anymore. Mr. King did a great job of explaining the importance of this theme, and making it easily understandable for the little kids.
I really enjoyed watching this performance. I thought it was a great performance for all ages. Younger audience members were very engaged in the performance. Everyone enjoyed the singing and drum playing that Mr. King included in his story. In my opinion, I enjoyed the story he told and the way he told it. He had a very uplifting energy that really stood out from the beginning. He was just very enjoyable to watch.
The two story tellers that I thought were very different were Mr. King and Mrs. Shimojima. Mr. King had a very uplifting energy throughout his whole performance and really involved his audience in his performance. Mrs. Shimojima was very serious in her story, and didn’t include her audience in it. Her performance was very traditional and serious. The way her tone of voice was made the whole mood of the story to be told in such a way that she spoke quietly and slowly, it came off as very serious to the audience.
However as stated above Mr. King was very different in performing. All the little children were laughing and giggling throughout his story, and he kept the whole audience alive after Mrs. Shimojima’s stories, and brought the whole performance to a great ending, and while both storytellers were different they were both good performances.
The stories that were told at the performance were amazing, and just full of deep meanings and excitement. The storytellers used many body motions and facial expressions to make their performances enjoyable. Two of the storytellers really were involved with the audience, which many people seemed to like. They changed their tone of voice to show how excited they were while telling their stories, or how serious they were while telling their stories.
The themes that seemed to really stand out from each story was to just be yourself because it doesn’t matter if you’re different, you are still amazing just the way that you are. The audience, especially the young children in the audience, were full of giggles and ooo’s and wow’s. Everyone really seemed to love the show, from how everyone was participating in the stories when they were asked to. Overall this performance was a great experience. I would recommend this to everyone of all ages.

Stories Around the World by Rodrigo Zavala

Stories Around the World took place in Logan Arts Center on May 17 2016. The performers were Oba William King, Anne Shimojima, and Jasmin Cardenas. Each of the performers told at least two of their own stories. Some of the stories were myths and some were personal stories. Each of the stories had their own theme or moral. These stories used humor, sorrow and serious thoughts.
Oba’s story was about birds trying to look different. There was a bird party and all the birds were saying that they were the most beautiful. There was a blackbird and that bird was the most beautiful of all. All of the birds wanted a little bit of black to look better and more beautiful. The blackbird told all of the birds that what you look like doesn’t matter but your actions do.
I thought the play was amazing. I feel like Oba did a really good job. I wonder how he came up with this story and what made him think of it? Many people believe that the story could help people out in their life. Oba used two types of techniques to get the audience’s attention. Sometimes Oba would sing. At times Oba would have the audience repeat what he said. These techniques made the audience pay more attention. Oba and Jasmin had two very different stories. Both of their techniques were very different. Oba would have the audience repeat what he was saying. Jasmin on the other hand just told her story. Both stories were very good but disparate.
The central theme of the story was that everybody’s beautiful on the inside. The way you look doesn’t count but your personality does. Since everybody wanted a little bit of black to look better she told them that appearances don’t matter. The moral of the story was that everybody’s beautiful regardless of how they look. All of the storytellers had their own techniques. They all used facial and body expressions. The moral of the stories taught us a life lesson.

Colorful Birds Don’t Know by Deisy Alcantar

Oba William King is a storyteller that performed a story for kids. He was representing Africa and became a famous storyteller. He performed his story at the University of Chicago. The story was about how the birds kept saying that they were beautiful. After each bird kept saying that they were beautiful, one bird noticed a blackbird with all the colors. Grey bird asked the blackbird to add a ring to her neck that was the color black. After blackbird made a ring around grey bird’s neck, every other bird wanted blackbird to add something to them to make them more beautiful. In the end, blackbird told them all that it doesn’t matter what is on the outside, what matters is on the inside. But no bird payed attention to blackbird when he said that.
William wants us to remember that it doesn’t matter what’s on the outside, what matters is on the inside of someone. By that he means people should focus more on the personality of a person rather than how they look. William was trying to describe that in his story of the birds. In the story, the birds only wanted to be beautiful and they didn’t care about the personality.
I really loved the performance. I also liked how he used the drums to add a bit of music to the story so it wouldn’t be boring. He also made everyone sing along which I also liked because it made people stay awake. Also, the way he tried to act like the birds was really funny. I loved how he used hand gestures and funny faces. Overall it was really entertaining.
The song at the end was really beautiful and I enjoyed it. One thing that I liked about William was that he had a lot of energy for the story. He tried to get everyone involved and to enjoy themselves. I also liked how he made the message of the story clear. The audience seemed like they enjoyed it more than the other story. A lot of them were singing along to the song.
Comparing Oba William King’s story to Anne Shimojima’s story they were both very different. Anne’s story was more relaxing and calming the way she told the story. William’s story was more energetic and loud, but both stories had the same message, but told differently. William had a way of keeping the audience from drifting away by having them singing along while Anne kept with the same speed and she didn’t try to change how she was telling the story.

The Crane White by Christian Torres

On May 17th, 2016 in the Logan Arts Center at The University of Chicago, there was a performance called “Stories Around the World” where three storytellers from different cultures came and told stories. The audience was mostly 3rd to 6th graders, but with three classes of 8th graders.
The story dates back ages. A poor man freed a crane from the cage of another man. A young woman appeared at his house that same night, and he ended up falling in love with her. They were poor so she decided to weave for him to sell. They gained a lot of money, until he found out something he wasn’t supposed to. The girl was the crane he had rescued. She ended up leaving him.
The theme of the story was do good, and good things will follow. The man freed the trapped crane and the crane came back. Not knowing it was the crane the man found wealth and love. He was happy because he did good. The moral of the story is karma.
Honestly, I personally loved the story. I loved the way she told it. It was an amazing yet sad story. I never imagined it was going to be the crane who came to his house, who was sleeping in his house, who was making the man who had very little happy. I just don’t why she left at the end. She knew he knew that she was the crane, and he didn’t say anything about it. Why did she leave him?
The storyteller doesn’t use rhyme scheme, but it is some sort of poetry. She’s telling it in story form though. She has dialogue and other things. She characterizes both main characters. She leaves out no details. She has mood, tone, imagery and much more.
“The Crane White” was much different than “The Sleepover.” Anne told the story much softer than Jasmin, while Jasmin made all of these motions and everything with her story. Anne made only a few motions. Jasmin’s story was in a happy environment, and Anne’s story was a more sad and soft story. They are separated by over 100 years in the times they began.
I enjoyed the performances, both of them. “The Crane White” was a very good story. Anne delivered that story with a lot of emotion, but at the same time NO emotion at all. It was soft and quiet. She told it, making noises and motions. I really liked it. It was quiet and softer than all of them, but my favorite.
Jasmin’s story on the other hand was much different. It was loud, but not the loudest. It was a nice story, my second favorite. It was a personal story so we got to know a bit about her life. She also interacted with the crowd. She had jokes in her story, so it wasn’t a bit boring. She had my attention the entire time I was listening. She must have had a lot of fun at that sleepover. There was nothing wrong with the story in my opinion. I thought her voice was nice and loud, but what can I say I was in the first row.

The Blackbird’s Tale by Erick Gomez

Oba William King from the Logan Arts Center was one of the storytellers during the performance on May 17, 2016. Oba told a story about birds who all thought they were beautiful and told others. One day the birds decided to throw a party where every bird can come there was all types of birds with different colors. At the party all the birds were talking about how beautiful they were and what color their feathers were, one was red one was yellow and another was blue. At the party soon came the black bird. All the birds thought it was pretty and the birds stared at it.
The red bird came down and told the blackbird that it would look good with a black line around its neck. The blackbird was first hesitant at first and told the bird that it did not need the black line and it was beautiful as it is. But the red bird convinced the black bird to give the bird the black line and finally did. The red bird was ecstatic when the black bird did it and soon other birds saw and wanted something similar to the red bird’s black line. Soon the rest of the birds flocked towards the blackbird begging it to give them designs like the red birds. The blackbird was hesitant at first but soon gave in and told each bird that they didn’t need it but wanted it badly. The blackbird kept telling them that they were beautiful the way they are but they didn’t care and the blackbird did it. After that all the birds were happy because they got a certain designs, some got dots, lines, and some even got some on their beaks as well.
One of the messages that Oba’s story told was that it’s not the outside that matters it’s what’s inside that matters. Throughout the party and the requests they asked the blackbird it was hesitant towards giving the birds designs. It was hesitant because because the blackbird knew that looks didn’t matter but it was personality that was more important. Not only that but another part of its message was that you are beautiful and the way you were created is beautiful. That was what the blackbird was trying to tell the other birds at the party. This what Oba’s story was trying to point out that looks don’t matter it’s all about personality.
When Oba told the story I thought it was interesting and found it entertaining in my perspective. I found it entertaining because it was surprising how none of the birds considered themselves as pretty as the others. Or did not pick on a single bird for not being as pretty as that bird in that story. Not only that but what made it really entertaining was that he used his drums and sang. Later on he got the audience to sing along with his other stories and the one about the birds. A question I had thought of during the storytelling was that what if the blackbird did not give any designs to the other birds during the story. Or what if they considered one of the birds not as beautiful as the others.
One type of author’s craft that Oba told was description and detail when he was telling the story. When the red bird had just received the the line and the other birds came. When they begged he talked about how the blackbird gave them lines, dots, and colored their beaks. Not only this part but when Oba was describing the color of the birds and how they talked about what color their feathers were.
Another story that I found somewhat similar to the one Oba told was Jasmin’s story about her first sleepover. In Jasmin’s story she wanted to go to a sleepover but couldn’t because her mom didn’t know who they were. Something that I found similar was how Jasmin’s friends found her culture a bit weird and different, but in the story about the birds they wanted different because it would be unique to them and make each one of them beautiful and unique. Jasmin’s friends found her culture different but overall they found it fun and interesting. Both stories had different messages, for example the sleepover story message was different doesn’t mean bad it means different. Oba’s story’s message was looks don’t matter but what’s inside is what matters.
I liked all three performances, like Anne’s crane performance and Jamin’s Aztec performance and Oba’s. Each story was different, some were more serious than others and some had more of a happier tone like Jasmin’s. Some things that made each story teller different was that Jasmin made sound effects not only that but she acted out some of her lines. While Anne’s were more serious stories, one was pretty comedic like the one about the farmers. While Oba’s used drums and singing with his stories talking about life lessons and morals.
All six stories were unique and had different meanings and different tones and moods in them. Jasmin’s stories had been talking about different cultures and how different isn’t bad. But different means different and shed some light on how it feels to be introduced into a new culture. Anne’s second story about the villagers was more comedic. It was talking about how they were copying one villager who knew what to do at the emperor’s palace. But he ended up embarrassing himself and the others followed along and embarrassed him even more. Oba’s stories both had messages, one was it’s what on the inside that matters not the outside, which had to do with the birds wanting a design from the blackbird.

The Best Sleepover by Eduard Manzo

On May 17, 2016 we went to Logan Arts Center at the University of Chicago to see “Stories Around the World”. The storytellers were Jasmin Cardenas, Anne Shimojima, and Oba William King.
The story I really enjoyed was the one that Jasmin told about the sleepover. This story was mostly about how Jasmin had never been to a sleepover because her parents didn’t let her, but one day her mom told her that she could have a sleepover and she could only invite three friends; she was so excited, but also nervous. She thought that her friends will not like her traditions and her culture like the pinata, Loteria game, and the food. The main message was that being different doesn’t matter, and that you need to be yourself, also that it is okay to be different and that everyone has different traditions and culture.
I had many reactions to this story, the story Jasmin told made me think that everyone is different and that doesn’t matter. I felt like I was in the story because of the way she was describing her personal experience. The tone of the story is happy because she was very excited because it was a personal story. What I thought of the performance was that she and the storytellers did a very good job, because they used their hands to demonstrate something. Also Oba used his drum to make music and also he made a song out of the story he was saying. They also used body expressions and used different voices. Jasmin was talking in Spanish and in English when she was saying her stories. Anne changed her voice sometimes and Oba also did a great job changing voices, since he used different voices when he was talking about the birds.
Jasmin did a lot of interaction with the audience as well as Oba when he asked us to repeat some words when he was singing. I like the way Oba played his drum because it made it made the story more interesting. The overall message of Jasmin’s story was that it doesn’t matter if you are different and also that how you look doesn’t really matter. The main message of Anne’s was, don’t be a follower, be a leader and the second story is about karma. Oba’s message was that it is what’s on the inside that matters and it does not matter if you are broken. Much of the audience was surprised in some of the stories and were impressed.

Stories Around The World by Victor Valenzuela

Stories Around the World took place at Logan Arts Center on May 17, 2016. There were three people telling the stories: Oba William King (Africa), Anne Shimojima (Japan), and Jasmin Cardenas (Colombia). Some stories from the storytellers were myths and others were personal stories. I believe all the stories had a strong message or a life lesson for the people listening to the story. You should learn something out of every story, and it should teach you a lesson about life.
The first story was about Jasmin Cardenas from Colombia. The story she told was from when she was a little girl and she had a sleepover with three of her friends. When Jasmine was a little girl she told her mom she wanted a sleepover so her mom told her yes, and she invited three of her friends. On the day of the sleepover they did lots of things. Stuff like eat and play new games. None of Jasmin´s friends were Hispanic so the food and games they played were new to them. They tried pork and played Loteria for the first time. And played with a pinata. All the three of Jasmine´s friends thought it was weird at first but then they loved it.
While Jasmine was telling the story she was loud and clear and I like that. She has lots of energy. And she put us in a mood of excitement and happiness. I also like that she was interacting with the audience. Something else I really liked was that when she was telling the story she said lots of details about the food and games they played. It created an image in our minds of the situations they were in. The only thing I did not like was how fast she was telling the story. I think she was going too fast at times.
I really like the story. I think it had a strong message. I thought the theme was different doesn’t mean bad. And that you should not be afraid to try something new. Because if you try it you might end up loving it. I think the story had a happy and exciting mood. I thought the story was a really good story, and I really did like it.