LOS ANGELES, CA – July 11 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Stand-up comedian and recording artist, Poppie Champlin; singer and director, Lori Ada Jaroslow; and author, Amy Friedman, will be performing stories from their just-released audio book CD – ‘Tell Me A Story: Timeless Folktales from Around the World.’ The event, to take place on Wednesday, July 12, at 7 p.m. at Village Books in Pacific Palisades, CA, is designed to delight and enlighten.

“For over a decade, readers from around the world have enjoyed the nationally-syndicated newspaper feature of classic, multicultural tales from ‘Tell Me a Story,'” Friedman explained. “Now, the printed word has come to life in a first-ever audio edition.”

“Tell Me a Story: Timeless Folktales from Around the World,” is authored by acclaimed writer, Friedman, directed by Jaroslow, and features the music of renowned composer Laura Hall – pianist and improvisational composer for the television show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

Stage and screen talent narrate the funny, wise, and compelling stories. Lauren Tom, best known for “The Joy Luck Club,” and “Friends,” reads “Scotland’s the Selkie Bride”; and Jack McGee, of “Rescue Me,” gives a gravelly rendition of “Two Frogs from Japan” – the inspiration for Laura Hall’s jazzy music that accompanies the tale.

Champlin reads “Searching for Fear.” The tale is about a heroic raccoon with a hilarious attitude. Champlin entertains with countless animal impersonations.

Charlayne Woodard, an Obie award-winner, is the delicious voice on Czechoslovakia’s: “The Clever Girl.”

Rick Hall, of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Seinfeld,” and “Third Rock from the Sun,” tackles the plight of the notorious African trickster – Anansi.

And, on “A Sense of Theft,” Jaroslow who also appeared on Broadway in “South Pacific” and many other musicals, employs her powerful singing and speaking voice to transport listeners to an Eastern European shtetl; Broadway veteran, William Thomas, Jr., reads “Rabbit on the Moon.”

Excerpts from the 71-minute CD and a peek at the award-winning and accompanying artwork of Jillian Gilliland can be previewed at http://www.mythsandtales.com.

A portion of the proceeds of each sale will be donated to Carrie-on.org, ), a day-recreation program for children who suffer life-threatening illnesses.

“So, bring your kids and pillows and settle in for pajama time at Village Books,” Friedman encouraged. “A good time is sure to be had by all.”

CDs are available at: www.cdbaby.com/friedmanhall

News issued by: Amy Friedman

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