Jonatha and Harold Wright have been specializing in Ohio, Ohio Appalachian and Japanese stories for nearly three decades.
Their performances are personable and lively. They carry their audience through the full range of emotions with sensitivity and taste. Most stories leave you with warm and comfortable feelings; their spooky, jump or terrifying tales may bring a chill, but are never too scary when telling to children. Sometimes poetry is added for variety or emphasis. Another variant are authentic Kamishibai stories complete with stage, wooden clappers, bicycle and candy.
Audiences are treated to a slice of the other, whether that be Japanese, Appalachian, or historical Ohio culture. Events where they have been featured over the years are The Kyoto (Japan) Connection, Kyoto Seika University (Japan), numerous U.S. colleges such as Antioch, Sinclair Community College, Ashland and Wittenberg, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Columbus Art Museum, Dayton Art Institute, Spooky Barn at Young’s Dairy, schools, libraries, festivals and conferences throughout Ohio, Kentucky and other states schools, libraries, festivals and conferences throughout Ohio, Kentucky and other states.
The Wrights have taught storytelling in many area colleges. They do workshops all over the U.S. and in Kyoto on storytelling techniques and skills. Professionally they belong to the state storytelling groups of Ohio and Kentucky (OOPS!, KSA) and the National Storytelling Network (NSN)
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