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Sumner McLain

Sumner McClain, Storyteller


Sumner McClain is an extraordinarily gifted performer who has delighted audiences of all ages. His repertoire is broad and diverse appealing to all- from the sublime to the silly-thereís something for everyone. His many appearances include numerous First Night venues, the Boston Childrenís Museum, Springfield Art Museums, Three Apples Storytelling Festival, Boston Globe Book Festival, in addition to hundreds of library and school appearances. Listening to Sumnerís stories will put a smile on your face and lighten your steps.


Selections Include:

Original and Traditional Stories/Some Themes:

Overcoming Fear, Love, Sharing Responsibility, Appreciating Differences, Enhancing Self-Esteem, Peer Pressure

Supplementing the African-American Perspective

The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; original narrative as seen through the eyes of his father 'Daddy King'

Black authors in children's literature

Sumner McClain shares the process of weaving a story. In performances and workshops, he introduces the idea that each person might retell a story in his/her own way. In sharing the retelling, we in the classroom or audience learn a little more about where we and others are coming from. And thus we become more appreciative of our differences.

Sumner's message is Yes! You can be anything you want to be.

What's Said About Sumner McClain:

'It was truly an inspiring program. The response from teachers and students was overwhelmingly positive. Thank you again for your moving performance. You expanded our student's understanding of the meaning of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life...'-W. Hill, Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, Old Lyme, Connecticut

'For several years now people have been telling us to have Sumner McClain come to the library, and I am so glad we finally did. Your performance...was exactly what I was hoping for.'-J. Paradis, Program Coordinator, Robbins Library, Arlington, Massachusetts

'I am writing to formally extend kudos to Sumner McClain for his compelling performance...To say that he was riveting, would be an understatement.'-C. Randall Plummer, Head of School, Rippowam Cisqua School, Bedford, New York

'...his performance was absolutely top notch...I can fairly state that Mr. McClain's work ranks with the best I've seen. ..he has a marvelous way of weaving beautiful messages into stories that are fascinating, heart-warming, and funny. Thank you again..for this wonderful referral.' -E.C. Frechette, Tenacre School Enrichment Committee, Wellsley, MA


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