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Friday, June 8


Friday Night Family Fun
The Otherworld Balloon is a live performance that uses the transporting power of sound, voice, and music to explore other worlds— whether of the past, the present, the future, the mythical, or the purely imaginary.  Through books, writers, and the special collections of this magical Library of the Air, we’ll use full strength imagination to fuel the journey. 

David Ossman, comedian and character actor (Firesign Theatre, A Bug’s Life, The Tick) will host the first voyage of the balloon, as it takes off with the letter A for Adventure. The Otherworld Balloon will fly us from the skies above Kansas City to the Sky-lands of the Maori with Amelia Earhardt and Bessie Coleman, to a steamer crossing the Atlantic with Langston Hughes, to the farthest corner of the unknown Oz with Princess Ozma and her Wizard.  All aboard!  The Otherworld Balloon lifts off at the Truman Forman Auditorium, for Family Fun Night, June 8, 6:30 p.m. on the dot. The show will be recorded for future broadcast/podcast with live audience participation in making sound effects. Arrive early to get a good seat and practice your part.  

The Otherworld Balloon is a production of Otherworld Media, an award-winning producer of programs for children and families since 1981. This performance is made possible in part with support from the 2018 HEAR Now Audio Festivals (www.hearnowfestival.org).

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Judith Walcutt

Other World Media
Corwin Award Winner Judith Walcutt brings Thursday night's Mark Time Awards & Friday Night Family Fun to this year's HEAR Now Festival.

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David Ossman

David Ossman is a comedian and a character actor (Firesign Theatre, A Bug’s Life, The Tick) having received 3 Grammy nominations for his work with Firesign.

Friday June 8, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Truman Auditorium Park Plaza Branch of Kansas City Library
Saturday, June 9


A Story Well Told: Celebrating The Human Voice
Scott Brick, Julia Whelan, Tavia Gilbert, and Neil Helligers read from their favorite authors, with host Geof Prysirr.

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Geof Prysirr

Communicating Through Story-telling: Raising Our Voices and Extending Our Vocal Lives THURSDAY 6/7 10am-12:30pm / A Story Well Told: Celebrating The Human Voice Saturday 6/9 11am - 12:15pm Technological advances in the fields of communication and performance have, for the most... Read More →

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Scott Brick

Narrator / Educator
Mark Twain Mentor; A STORY WELL TOLD: CELEBRATING THE HUMAN VOICE 6/9Scott Brick has recorded bestsellers and Pulitzer-Prize winners for every major publisher, over 800 titles, including MYSTIC RIVER, FAHRENHEIT 451, IN COLD BLOOD and HELTER SKELTER. In addition to over 50 Earphones... Read More →
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Tavia Gilbert

Workshop 101 Faculty; A Story Well Told; Celebrating The Human Voice  6/9Winner of the 2017 Best Female Narrator Audie Award, Tavia Gilbert is a producer, writer, and acclaimed narrator of more than 500 full-cast and multi-voice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the... Read More →
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Neil Hellegers

Voice Actor / Producer
Director ShakesRumble 6/9; A Story Well Told; Celebrating The Human Voice 6/9Neil is an actor and educator who lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, son, and orange mutt. Neil has acted with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, Aquila Theatre Company... Read More →
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Julia Whelan

Voice Actor
A Story Well Told; Celebrating the Human Voice 6/9, Host AUDIO Tonight! 6/19Julia has appeared in many films and television series, including ABC’s Once And Again. After receiving a degree in English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College and Oxford University, Julia began... Read More →

Saturday June 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Truman Auditorium Park Plaza Branch of Kansas City Library


Blood Cotton


There will be two shuttle runs to the WWI museum - BOTH leaving from the front of the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza.
The first will leave at 12:15pm (Promptly)
The second at 12:40pm (Promptly)
After the performance at the WWI museum there will be a shuttle at 2:40pm bringing those wishing to attend AN AFTERNOON WITH ALISON LARKIN directly to BRAGG AUDITORIUM for the 3:00pm show.
The balance will be returned to the Holiday Inn.

If needed, a second shuttle at 3:15pm will pick up the balance of the HNF guests at the WWI museum and return them to the Holiday Inn.

Saturday June 9, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
National World War I Museum 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108