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Literary, Theatre

Gran'daddy Junebug / Mitch Capel

About the Artist

Mitch Capel / “Gran’daddy Junebug” is a master storyteller, recording artist, published author and poet. He is mesmerizing as he brings stories to life, while plucking the string with just the touch the human heart craves. He has been described as a “word magician,” a “national treasure,” “unexpectedly powerful” and a “transformer of lives.” Mitch first began writing and performing skits at the age of 12 and has over 35 hours of stories stored to memory. He has been featured at numerous schools, libraries, museums and festivals since 1985 including DuSable in Chicago; The Kennedy Center in DC; The National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN; the Smithsonian’s 2009 Folklife Festival on the National Mall and the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama. He has been the Artist-In-Residence at the International Storytelling Center and has received accolades and awards from local, state and national organizations for his work with youth.

Continuing his family tradition of preserving culture, “Gran’daddy Junebug” teaches personal responsibility, finding your right path, coping with peer pressure, being true to yourself, always striving for excellence and respect for self and others through the African tradition of “call and response.” This highly energetic program utilizes a tremendous amount of audience participation as he shares his wisdom which has students learning life lessons as they have the time of their lives. One principal wrote, “I’ve been in education for 35 years and that is the BEST cultural arts program I have ever witnessed in my career!”

Grade LevelsK-12
MaximumsUnlimited Students, 60 minutes, 3/day
Technical Requirements

Microphone with stand (no podium), 2 chairs without arms

Total Fee1 performance- $770 / 2 performances (same day and same school)- $1,430 / 3 performances (same day and same school)- $2,200
School Portion1 performance- $385 / 2 performances (same day and same school)- $715 / 3 performances (same day and same school)- $1,100

Using narratives from historic research as well as the poetic genius of Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), Mitch Capel unveils the true depth of the soul and life of this remarkable poet laureate from Dayton, OH. Audiences realize the struggle for existence, understand the courage, feel the compassion, know why “the caged bird sings” and why “with torn and bleeding hearts, we smile.” Joanne Braxton, author of The collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar wrote, “Mitch is the greatest interpreter of Dunbar’s work ever!”
 

Grade LevelsK-12
MaximumsUnlimited Students, 60 minutes, 3/day
Technical Requirements

Microphone with stand (no podium), 2 chairs without arms

Total Fee1 performance- $770 / 2 performances (same day and same school)- $1,430 / 3 performances (same day and same school)- $2,200
School Portion1 performance- $385 / 2 performances (same day and same school)- $715 / 3 performances (same day and same school)- $1,100

Feel the climate of America and check the pulse of the unsung heroes of the Civil War. Learn about “Whistlin’ Sam,” “Lias,” “Whisperin’ Bill,” “William Carney” and others whose recollections and stories of unflinching courage were never told. From the works of great writers and scholars as Paul Laurence Dunbar and Dr. Rex Ellis, this heart wrenching portrayal depicts how the “colored soldiers” sacrificed their lives in various battles to “save the union” and “to make’ our people free.”

Grade LevelsK-12
MaximumsUnlimited Students , 60 minutes, 3/day
Technical Requirements

Microphone with stand (no podium), 2 chairs without arms

Total Fee1 performance- $770 / 2 performances (same day and same school)- $1,430 / 3 performances (same day and same school)- $2,200
School Portion1 performance- $385 / 2 performances (same day and same school)- $715 / 3 performances (same day and same school)- $1,100

References

  • Brooke Kesterson, North Carolina Museum of Art, 919-839-6262

Website

www.gjbug.com