Dianne de Las Casas
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Award-winning storyteller Dianne de Las Casas has given familiar folktales a modern twist by remixing them with rhythm, rap, and rhyme. Energetic and commanding, de Las Cases convincingly performs these tales, repeating rapping refrains and encouraging listeners to join in. Traditional tales such as the "Three Billy Goats," "The Three Little Pigs," "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "The Tortoise and the Hare," and "The Little Red Hen" (making pizza this time!) are given an upbeat treatment that kids will love. Older preschool and early elementary grade children will hone their listening skills with this title that is a fine addition to general listening collections. - School Library Journal September 2006


“Storyteller Dianne de Las Casas and jazz musician Betsy Braud collaborate in this delightful fusion of storytelling and music. The gentle multicultural stories, including folktales from India ("The Boy Who Wanted a Drum"), Greece ("The Wolf and the Kid"), and Africa ("Anansi's Hat Shaking Dance") demonstrate the joy and comfort that music brings to people throughout the world. De Las Casas' commanding voice, unique characterizations, emotive vocalizations, and creative methods of reaching out to her audience are most engaging. Chants, songs, and realistic sound effects that can be repeated provide active participation in the stories. Braud's upbeat music and a dose of good humor also stand out in this entertaining, high-energy CD." - ALA Booklist


Dianne de Las Casas tells six traditional stories from different cultures in her enthusiastic and winning style. She brings the stories to life by giving different voices to each character. Opening and closing the album is a lively song, “World Fiesta.” “How Music Came to the World” (Aztec) tells how Queztelcoatl managed to steal music from the sun and bring it to earth. “The Boy Who Wanted a Drum” (India) tells how a young boy trades a variety of items until he finally receives the drum he has wanted. In “Cockroach Fete” (Louisiana), a lazy cockroach stays home and parties with his friends while his hen wife is out gathering food. In “The Wolf & the Kid” (Greece), a goat kid who thinks he is big enough to do things by himself confronts a wolf who wants to eat him. Anansi creates “Anansi’s Hat Shaking Dance” (Africa) to distract his wife from noticing all the beans he has eaten that were intended for a party. Four animals scare off robbers from their new home in “The Bremen Town Musicians” (Germany). Betsy Braud & the Jazz Nurse Prescription provide wonderful background music, mostly jazz in style, that greatly enhances the stories. The jazz band performs on piano, upright bass, vibraphone, drums, flute, ocarina, recorder, vibes, saxophone, and numerous rhythm instruments. Las Casas’s previous recording, Jambalaya: Stories with Louisiana Flavor (Apr. 2004, p. 80), won an iParenting Media Award. A welcome addition to multicultural storytelling collections.

- School Library Journal


“Start in the kitchen with a recipe for Jambalaya, a rice dish made ‘with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.’ Each of the stories in de Las Casas collection spices that pot. Listeners will take pleasure in recognizing familiar stories, told by the author with a Louisiana flavor. Ma Farmer’s sweet potatoes are grown with special care and to a special size. What creature will eat a cornbread boy spiced with cayenne pepper? Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit continue to trick each other in the peanut patch. Talking eggs that know the power of love and mysterious Jean Lafitte round out the collection. Dianne de Las Casas narrates with a clear and sincere voice. Refrains, songs, and sound effects embellish her storytelling. Southern style music adds its own spice." - AudioFile Magazine


Discography

AUDIO CDs
Jambalaya ~ Stories with Louisiana Flavor (2004 iParenting Media Award, 2004 Children's Music Web Award, 2005 Storytelling World Honor)

World Fiesta ~ Celebrations in Story and Song
(2005 Children's Music Web Award, rave reviews in ALA Booklist and School Library Journal)

Jump, Jiggle & Jam ~ A Rhythmic Romp Through Story Land (new release - June 2006)

BOOKS
Scared Silly: 25 Tales to Tickle and Thrill
The Cajun Cornbread Boy
Tangram Tales: Story Theater Using the Ancient Chinese Puzzle
The Story Biz Handbook: Managing Your Storytelling Career from the Desk to the Stage
Handmade Tales: Stories to Make and Take
Kamishibai Story Theater: The Art of Picture Telling
Story Fest: Crafting Story Theater Scripts

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Touring internationally, author and award-winning Storyteller Dianne de Las Casas sizzles on stage with “traditional folklore gone fun!” and “revved-up storytelling.” Audiences don’t just listen – they sing, clap, dance, chant, and roar with laughter. De Las Casas adapts traditional folklore, adding fun audience participation, song, and of course, humor. A dramatic storyteller, she does not stay still! Through the use of character voices, creative movement, and animated facial expressions and gestures, she creates a world of fantasy and enchantment. Childhood travels around the world contributed to shaping her future as a storyteller. De Las Casas lived in the Philippines, Hawaii, Spain and traveled across Europe and the United States. Her varied cultural experiences nourished her imagination, and she continues to draw on that knowledge, adding depth and richness to her tales.

De Las Casas is a Louisiana State Roster Artist, a Louisiana Touring Directory Artist, and a Mississippi Arts Education Demonstration Roster Artist. She is the author of Story Fest: Crafting Story Theater Scripts (Teacher Ideas Press; 2005), Kamishibai Story Theater: The Art of Picture Telling (Teacher Ideas Press; 2006), Handmade Tales: Stories to Make and Take (Libraries Unlimited; 2007) Tangram Tales: Story Theater Using the Ancient Chinese Puzzle (Teacher Ideas Press; 2008), The Story Biz Handbook: How to Manage Your Storytelling Career from the Desk to the Stage (Libraries Unlimited; 2008), The Cajun Cornbread Boy (Pelican Publishing Co.; forthcoming) and Scared Silly: 25 Tales to Tickle and Thrill (Libraries Unlimited; forthcoming).

Her debut CD, Jambalaya ~ Stories with Louisiana Flavor, won a 2004 iParenting Media Award, a 2004 Children’s Music Web Award, and a 2005 Storytelling World Honor. In addition, Jambalaya received a rave reviews in School Library Journal, AudioFile Magazine, Kidzmusic.com, and Georgia Family Magazine. Her second CD, World Fiesta, won a 2005 Children’s Music Web Award and received a rave review in ALA Booklist and was selected by School Library Journal as “Audio of the Week.” Booklist says, “De Las Casas' commanding voice, unique characterizations, emotive vocalizations, and creative methods of reaching out to her audience are most engaging.” Her latest CD, Jump, Jiggle & Jam ~ A Rhythmic Romp Through Story Land, won a 2006 NAPPA Honors, 2006 Children’s Music Web Award, and rave reviews in School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly.

She performs arts-in-education programs and residencies at schools, libraries, festivals, museums, and special events. Interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, de Las Casas is a sought-after international professional development workshop leader. She is an enthusiastic advocate of literacy and arts-in-education programming. Dianne de Las Casas continues to make the story connection with thousands of children every year, reaching and teaching through the wonder of stories.