Tony Toledo, Storyteller

Having grown up... ok, ok... having grown big in Defiance, Ohio, Tony Toledo snuck out under the Buckeye Fence late one spring evening. He has been on an adventure ever since. He rode his bicycle from Ohio to Massachusttes to visit his cousins back in 1984. That was the first time he ever ate lobster; the first time he heard Folk Radio; the first time he'd visited Massachusetts. All three were grand.

By the fall of 1987, Tony had made Massachusetts his new home and had discovered Storytelling. It was one of those rare magic moments. He dove into the Storytelling world with both feet flapping and a heart full of passion. He studied with the best Storytellers in New England, and soon learned not to flap his feet quite so much. He took his natural ability for spinning a tale, added a bucketfull of hope and hung out his shingle in 1990. He's been telling stories full time ever since. At first it was a lot of macaroni, but now he can even afford the cheese!

Contact Tony:
(978) 921-4628 --
email him
Tony Toledo, Box 302, Beverly, MA 01915


Tony's Program include...

Crow, Clap and Yell (K-2)
Maximum audience: 200

From cock-a-doodle-doing like a rooster to climbing a magic beanstalk, students play an active part in bringing stories to life. Through participating in the telling, children discover the process of sequencing, predicting, and recalling of events integral to the story.

See, Hear! (3-6)
Maximum audience: 200

Through physical, verbal and pictorial storytelling, Tony Toledo gives a broader awareness of the nature of communication. Using body language, English, American Sign Language and rebus puzzles, Toledo explores the art of communication, encouraging students to seek common ground among varying modes of self-expression.

The Bog and Other Perspectives (3-6)
Maximum audience: 200

Older elementary school students challenge anyone to get their attention and keep it. By starting with The Bog, a ghost story, Tony startles the students into listening. They learn first-hand the power of the voice, timing, expression and gestures - all components of good oral presentation.

Howard Blackburn: Heroism at Sea (3-8, 9-12) Maximum audience: 200

This true Massachusetts maritime story takes place in January of 1883 off the coast of Newfoundland. Tony Toledo tells the tale of Howard Blackburn and his mate Thomas, both fishermen based out of Gloucester. The men were fishing from a 16-foot dory when a fierce winter storm took them by surprise. Join Tony Toledo as he recounts their courageous battle for survival on the open winter sea.

A Ghost in the Attic (K-2; 3-6)
Maximum audience: 200

Everyone likes a good ghost story! Storyteller Tony Toledo offers a combination of spooky New England tales from a rich treasure trove over the last 200 years that will send shivers up your spine. Stories for younger students are not scary, and are weigted more with humor than those for older students. This program is particularly timely at Halloween, but is well-received throughout the year

Students as Storytellers

Residency

for grades K-2; 4; 3 and 5-12 upon request

Contact Tony:
(978) 921-4628 --
email him
Tony Toledo, Box 302, Beverly, MA 01915