RIP ROARIN’ PAUL BUNYAN TALES: An American Storytelling
Odds Bodkin visits Auburn Public Library in Auburn ME for an evening performance of Paul Bunyan American Tall Tales. Introduced with 6-string guitar, Odds brings forth Sourdough Sam, the inimitable chronicler of Paul Bunyan’s astonishing feats. Sam tells the stories, leaving Odds behind somewhere. The stories are filled with character voices, vocal sound effects and long-lost linguistic malapropisms. And they are funny. A family performance.Get Details »
HERCULES IN HELL: A Performance for Teens
Odds Bodkin visits Auburn Public Library in Auburn ME to perform HERCULES IN HELL for a teen audience. This compelling, rugged tale explores the genuine myth of Hercules, the ancient Greek hero, from his early murders and madness through his 12 Labors to his bizarre death. Odds Bodkin accompanies the tale with a full score on 12-string guitar and tells it using voices for Hercules, Hades, Persephone and a host of other gods and mortals. Ultimately, a tale about learning empathy and self-control. And a solid exploration of Greek mythology for young people.Get Details »
FABLE, FAIRY TALE, MYTH: A Universe of Stories
Fable, Fairy Tale, Myth:
A Universe of Stories
From the universe of stories come three different types of tales.
What’s a fable?
What’s a fairy tale?
What’s a myth?
Find out as Master Storyteller Odds Bodkin tells one of each with character voices, music and audience participation. The hour-long show is appropriate for all ages.
The Boys and the Frogs: An Aesop’s Fable on Celtic harp
The Little Shepherd: An Italian Fairy Tale on 12-string guitar
Finn MacCool and the Big Man: An Irish myth with a song on 12-string guitar
Join Odds Bodkin outdoors at the gazebo. Just bring a blanket or chair and settle in for some storytelling fun!Get Details »
THE ODYSSEY: Belly of the Beast…adult storytelling in New Hampshire
Odds Bodkin returns to the Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar to perform his renowned tour de force, THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST Saturday night, July 27, 2019, at 8 pm.Get Details »
THE OLD MAN SPEAKS
Commissioned by Robert White of the White Mountains Trail Crew Association of the AMC, THE OLD MAN SPEAKS is a new epic by Odds Bodkin that recounts two centuries of trail building in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The work is scored with 12-string guitar, 6-string guitar and Celtic harp.Get Details »
THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST at Loyola University Maryland
Odds Bodkin returns for the tenth year to perform THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST for Classics and Honors students and faculty at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. The 70-minute performance is scored throughout on 12-string guitar. Professor Martha Taylor, Chair of Classics at Loyola, writes, “students are clamoring for him to return.”Get Details »
DANIKA THE ROSE: Dvorak’s Moravian Duets in a New Fairy Tale
Mezzo-soprano Jazimina MacNeil and soprano Sarah Shafer join Odds Bodkin for the premier of DANIKA THE ROSE.
Along with writing symphonies, composer Antonin Dvorak also wrote a set of Moravian Duets for female voices. Odds Bodkin’s original fairy tale, Danika the Rose, is crafted around story episodes suggested by Dvorak’s songs.
In this first of its kind performance, Odds tells the tale of lovely young Danika, a girl trapped between an evil duke’s desires and a faithful huntsman’s love. Weaving through the magic-filled tale are Dvorak’s classical duets, sung by Jazimina MacNeil and Sarah Shafer, accompanied at the piano by Emely Phelps.
Produced by Electric Earth Concerts.Get Details »
HEARTPOUNDERS: HALLOWEEN TALES OF HORROR in Warner NH
Odds Bodkin visits the Warner Telephone Museum in Warner, NH for this benefit performance to tell HEARTPOUNDERS: HALLOWEEN TALES OF HORROR on Friday, October. 18th, 2019 at 7 p.m. Recommended for teens and hearty adults, and no young children, please, this show features Mr. Bodkin’s most terrifying tales for Halloween, accompanied with live music on multiple acoustic instruments.Get Details »
HEARTPOUNDERS: Halloween Tales of Horror
Odds Bodkin returns to the Sweet Beet Market in Bradford NH for his third annual Halloween Horror Tales concert for adults. An outdoor performance. Bundle up and settle in with warm drinks and food. No children please.
RAIN DATE: Oct. 26, 2019Get Details »
DANIKA THE ROSE with Jazimina MacNeil, Sarah Shafer and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra
A village girl’s true love is ordered away to war. Now, in her magical river valley, she’s left to fend off a powerful duke who vows to make her love him instead…
DANIKA THE ROSE is Odds Bodkin’s original fairy tale inspired by stories in Antonin Dvorak’s Moravian Duets. As Bodkin tells the tale, mezzo soprano Jazimina MacNeil and soprano Sarah Shafer weave Dvorak’s twenty-three songs in and out of this magic-filled fantasy adventure.
A new theatrical work that combines classical music with spoken-word storytelling.Get Details »
GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy (K-2, 3-4)
Odds Bodkin visits Cove Elementary School in Beverly MA for two performances of GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for Grades K-2 and 3-4. Each performance includes three stories with live music on African thumb piano, Celtic harp and 12-string guitar. After the three tales, he asks students intriguing ethical questions related to the tales they have just heard.Get Details »
THE ODYSSEY: Belly of the Beast
Odds Bodkin visits Conant School in Acton MA to perform THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST for 4-6 graders.Get Details »
Odds Bodkin offers school assemblies for K-3, 4-6, middle and high school audiences, all with compelling age-appropriate stories. To incorporate Door to Imagination workshops for students and staff, invite him for a 1, 3 or 5 day residency.
The Peabody-Essex Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Sackler Museum at Harvard, the Portland Art Museum and others have enhanced their exhibitions by inviting Mr. Bodkin to tell tales relevant to works on display. As a practicing mythologist, he tells tales from Japan, China, India, Tibet, ancient Greece, Italy, Russia, Scandinavia, Africa, Polynesia, South America, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ireland and England (Arthurian), not to mention Aesop’s Fables, American Tall Tales and ghost stories from New England.
Chautauqua in Boulder, CO, Lincoln Center Institute in New York, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State and others host Odds Bodkin shows for student groups and the public. From The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast to family StoryBlast! concerts where everybody sings together and brings down the house, Odds is a one-man show.
Year after year, Loyola University Maryland hosts The Odyssey or The Iliad: Book I for Classics and Honors students. For seven years in a row, St. Anselm College brought in the entire freshman class for The Iliad: Book I, their first humanities lecture. UC Boulder invites Odds and Naturalist Martin Ogle to team up for StoryEarth, a storytelling and multimedia presentation that explores big questions. University of New Hampshire students invite him to perform his version of Beowulf. Wharton School of Business hires him to tell The Odyssey. All know that Mr. Bodkin can compel university audiences in a way they love. He has also performed at Syracuse, Wofford College, Dartmouth, Colorado College, Boston University, Ohio Dominican University, Emerson College in Great Britain and others.
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