The Firefly Tales



Call the box office at 334-470-6568.

TITLE: "Firefly Tales" (A storytelling event)
 

INFORMATION: This storytelling event will be presented to the public without dinner. We will serve beverages only and the room will be outfitted with chairs arranged in auditorium-style rows. Tickets are general admission and seating is first come, first served.
 

STORYTELLERS:


Dr. Sam Self with Love isn't love til it's given away

John Fergus with The Christmas Miracle

Lynda Waller with Going Home Again

Alan Moore with Tennessee Teachable Moments

Susan Brolund with The Gap

Celeste King Conner with Reese's Poop

Maggie Macpherson with A Comedy of Castanets

Lydia Dillingham with Sticks and Stones

 

STORYTELLING DATE: April 12 and 13

TIME: Doors open at 7:00 storytelling begins at 7:30

ATTIRE: Business Casual

PRICE: $15.00 plus tax and fees per person
RESERVATIONS: General Admission. Must purchase tickets in advance.
WHERE TO BUY: Buy tickets online or call the box office at 334-470-6568

Meet our Storytellers:

"Love isn't love til it's given away"

Dr. Sam Self is not from here! He is neither an Alabama or Auburn fan! He grew up, as he says, on the side of a hill in Haralson County Georgia, was graduated from Tallapoosa High School, Tallapoosa, Georgia in 1964. He played football at the University of Georgia, has several diplomas and degrees with a PhD in Theology. His beautiful wife Adele is from Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Self has pastored churches for 51 years from Texas to Alabama and is presently the Pastor of Basin Baptist Church in Elba, Alabama. Dr. Sam Self is a man who believes that if God doesn’t have a sense of humor, we are ALL in deep weeds!

"The Christmas Miracle"

John Fergus is a native Kansan.  A graduate of the University of Kansas and Florida State University, he retired from the U. S. Air Force and Alabama Community College System.  He helped found the Community College of the Air Force and served in a number of positions there, including as Executive Vice President.  He graduated from and served as a faculty member at the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College at Maxwell AFB; was the Director of Public Affairs at Eglin AFB; and advised the Vietnamese Air Force during the Vietnam War.  Later, he served as Dean of Instruction at Alabama Aviation and Technical College in Ozark and then Dean, Academic Affairs and Health Sciences, Wallace Community College-Dothan.  John is an active member of First United Methodist Church and of Gideons International and is a two-time cancer survivor.  He and his wife Betty have two adult children and two grandchildren and love Appaloosa horses.     

"Going Home Again"

Lynda Waller retired as a land planner and code enforcement official in Washington County, Florida.  As a military spouse, she had the opportunity to reside in Europe for six years, traveling in and beyond Germany.  She remains an active traveler as the opportunities arise.  She currently does genealogy and historical research for the Vernon Historical Society museum and serves as treasurer of the Recovery Organization of Coffee County.  Quilting and reading are her passions when time permits.  Ms. Waller lives in Enterprise. 

"Tennessee Teachable Moments"

Alan Moore - Born at a drive-in movie theater, Alan was destined to tell stories. He is a two-time combat veteran and an award-winning writer, filmmaker and director. Sometimes working under the nickname, Johnnie Sprinkle (from his Army days), Alan has written, directed or acted in films for competition at festivals around the country. In 2014 his script, Turtle, won Best Alabama Screenplay at the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham. Previously, Alan has appeared in five Southern Broadway productions and he directed “The Depot” in 2013.  A former Army photojournalist and now a retired warrant officer, Alan continues to serve U.S. Army Aviation as a civilian helicopter instructor pilot. 

"The Gap"

Susan Brolund has made Dothan, Alabama her home for the past 27 years where she divides her time between storytelling, inspirational speaking, teaching workshops, and volunteering for several local non-profit organizations. She has had a life-long passion for music, dance, and theatre. Her love of stories heard sitting at her grandmother’s knee led Susan to pursue learning all she could about the art of story and crafting the perfect tale receiving an MA in Storytelling Performance from East Tennessee State University. Susan tells stories to all age groups in schools, libraries, festivals, church, and corporate events. One thing ties these different groups together; Susan always tells stories that can motivate and encourage her audiences. She has been married to John for 33 years and has two sons. Susan recently completed her first book for children, Tell Me Another One: Encouraging Stories for Every Month of the Year. It is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

"Reese's Poop"

Celeste King Conner is a Dothan girl with deep Wiregrass roots. Her daddy was a Pinckard boy who lucked up and married Miss Newton of 1952. She raised her children in the house that her daddy built for her mama. She loves a full circle story. She thinks she’s funny. She likes to make others laugh, but that’s just a bonus. 

"Sticks and Stones"

Lydia Dillingham - Co-owner and playwright of Southern Broadway, Lydia was raised in the Washington, D.C. area, moving to Enterprise in 1987 when her husband began employment at Fort Rucker, Alabama. She developed a love for the theater early in life, portraying “Doc” in a stage play production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at 11 years old.  As a music minor in college, she was heavily involved in musical theater and held numerous lead roles in various productions.  After college Lydia traveled full-time with the U.S.O., singing and playing music in a 7-piece performance band. She later attended law school where she earned her J.D. She holds a full-time position on the faculty at Enterprise State Community College teaching legal studies and also serves part-time as Coffee County Drug Court Counsel.  In addition to having penned twenty-three plays for the company, she also writes the original music scores used in the shows.  

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