Master Storyteller and recording artist has delighted audiences throughout the United States with his warmth, wit and compelling storytelling style since 1984. He has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tenn. And a regular at the National Black Storytelling Festival (not to mention he's the Honorary Master of Ceremonies of the Liar's Contest and Midnight Tales for Adults.) He has an uncanny ability to enthrall audiences regardless of age, with humor, drama and charm. He will mesmerize you from rapt silence to laughter to tears. He has been described as a "word magician" and a "national treasure."
School Performances: Continuing his family tradition of preserving culture and teaching through stories passed down to him from his parents and grandparents, Gran'daddy Junebug teaches personal responsibility and respect for self and others through the African oral tradition of "call and response." This high energy, hour program uses audience participation as he shares his wisdom on being true to self, finding your right path, coping with peer pressure and always trying to do the best you can. The stories are developmentally appropriate for elementary, middle and high schools.
Public Performances: Programs can be created from his repertoire of over 28 hours of memorized stories and poems, based on the needs of the presenting organization and the audience. He weaves history into his powerful motivational messages that transpire and inspire through his captivating presentations. Gran'daddy Junebug leaves his audiences with the ancient wisdom and cultural knowledge of cooperation, collective responsibility, the importance of community, shared goals, empathy, and always striving for excellence. You will experience spiritual renewal and a connection to the past. This is "edutainment at its best!"
Mitch Capel aka Gran'daddy Junebug
412 Shawcroft Road
Fayetteville, NC 28311
(910) 630-0704 - fax
á North Carolina Touring Roster
á South Carolina Arts Commision
á Kentucky Center for the Arts
á Co-founder, African American Storytellers' Retreat