Wednesday, September 10, 2008


WTS presents



On Tuesday, October 28,th 2008 We Tell Stories—LA’s multi-ethnic children’s storytelling theatre company—presents The 3rd Annual Haunted Harvest Storytelling Festival at the Old LA Farmer’s Market in Highland Park. This outdoor festival is a great way for families to enjoy Halloween in a comfortable, lively setting with fun for the whole family. Hours from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Admission is Free.

We Tell Stories will perform three 30-minute story-plays filled with the spirit of the season. Performances begin when three actors arrive with a trunk full of costumes and props. Audience participation is encouraged as kids are selected to wear costumes and play an integral role in every performance.

This year’s guest artist, The Alley Cats – America’s Premier Doo-Wop Group, will perform two 30-minute shows. The Alley Cats perform in schools and venues throughout the country, and often open for Jay Leno in Las Vegas. ( In addition, famed stilt walkers, Gumplestiltskin, are thrilled to be a part of the event. Seen regularly at The Music Center education division events, Gumplestiltskin have performed in festivals all over Southern California and the world. (

A Carved Pumpkin Contest is a new addition to this year’s program. Participants are encouraged to enter their already-carved pumpkin for judging. The Festival features additional attractions including a costume contest, face painting and free raffle.

The 2008 Haunted Harvest Storytelling Festival marks a continuation of the partnership between We Tell Stories and the North Figueroa Association (NFA), who runs the Market. Both non-profits are long-time residents of Northeast L.A. The 2007 Festival was a great success, resulting in the highest attendance in the Market’s three-year history.

“We’re excited to build upon last year’s success by offering an expanded program which will appeal to all ages,” says Lisa Grissom, Marketing Director of We Tell Stories. Misty Iwatsu, Executive Director of NFA agrees, “We hope to reach an even broader audience this year and make this festival a Halloween tradition for families, kids, and the entire community.”

The 3rd Annual Haunted Harvest Storytelling Festival is located at the Old L.A. Farmer’s Market at Avenue 58 and N. Figueroa Blvd, Highland Park, CA 90065. Metro accessible from Goldline, Highland Park Station. Parking lot and street parking available. This festival is made possible by a grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and supported by Councilmembers Ed P. Reyes and Jose Huizar.

Since 1981, We Tell Stories has entertained and educated more than four million youngsters and families at schools and venues throughout Southern California. For more information, visit us at: or call us at 323.256.2336.

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