Highland Mid-Kids Interview Storyteller Barbara Lawson

Storyteller Barbara Lawson recently visited the Highland County Schools, where she held workshops and performances. The Highland Mid-Kids Radio Club interviewed Ms. Lawson to get the “behind the scenes” information.

“Hi, I’m Lauren Davis, from the Highland Mid-Kids Radio Club, and hello Ms. Lawson, how are you today?”

“I’m doing great, thanks.”

“I have a question for you. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?”

“Well, I started out as a schoolteacher. When I graduated from JMU, I started teaching, and I taught lots of years of kindergarten, and a few years first, second and third grade. And then I started storytelling.”

“Hi, I’m Erin from the Highland Mid-Kids Radio Club. What got you interested in storytelling?”

“ I think I got interested in storytelling by listening to other storytellers. I love listening to stories, I loved watching movies that were good stories, and so that just – I like to try and re-tell the stories that I heard. And that’s kind of what got it started, and I just never stopped.”

“What is your favorite story to tell?”

“oh, that’s a good question. Because, you know, a storyteller has lots of stories. I think one of my favorite to tell is Grandma Spider, because I get to – it’s a great story, and then I’ve really made the characters kind of extreme, which makes it fun to tell. So I can just have a ball telling the story, and it’s a great story.”

“How did you learn to do all your facial expressions, and voices?”

“Well, the facial expressions, I remember always looking at myself in the mirror, honestly, Because I wanted to see what facial expression I was making myself – I wanted to see what it looked like, to see what other people might be seeing. And then when you get your first reaction from people, with a certain facial expression, you go “Oh, that one works!,” and then you keep going from there, and then it was just fun, because I loved theatre, and I’ve done a lot of theatre, so I got a lot of chances to do a lot of crazy expressions.”

“Thank you Ms. Lawson.”

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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