Karen is a lively children's musician and storyteller sharing songs and stories that engage the audience with movement and rhythmic energy. Programs feature shakers, scarfs, and interactive play to make your event a celebration for all.
Also available are the "I'm Game" and “Craft Me A Story” programs. If you're looking for tons of fun and game activity Karen will serve as your Games Coach for all ages. Relay, team building and improvisational stage games are just a few options. Karen’s craft program includes fun activities like story sticks, puppet making and more.
Karen works with adults, schools, b-days, child care, camps, Pre-K, conferences, libraries, festivals, scouts, and beyond!
We recently hired Karen for our daughter's 2nd birthday. She did a great job getting the kids involved even though many were initially distracted by toys in the area. She was able to easily adapt the the situation and we had a great time. She was also very easy to work with. Would definitely recommend for a similar event.
Response from Karen Bonnici - Story Rhythms:
Thank you Julie! I appreciate your wonderful endorsement. It truly means a lot. I'm new to Gigsalad and hoping to establish a good reputation here. I'm delighted you were happy with my program. If there are any suggestions you have or questions in the future please don't hesitate to let me know. Thanks again and enjoy your sweet little Lexi!
Wishing you a musical and story filled day!
What to Expect
Your audience can expect an interactive, joy filled, musical & storytelling experience for all ages!
For more info, video & audio samples find me on the web at http://www.karenbonnici.com/
…TESTIMONIALS & THANK YOU’S SAY IT ALL
“We attended your Storytelling at Aten Place this afternoon. What a treat it was to see the children enjoying your tales & participating in your songs & stories. Your enthusiasm was contagious. My 4 year old granddaughter loved it and so did her mom & me! So glad you came to Northern Michigan!” Sandra Rudolf
"Your show was super power great! I have heard from kids and adults about how much they enjoyed it. I also received wonderful comments on your music and storytelling. Not only did the kids love it but the adults were also fascinated. Thanks again for the wonderful program and I hope we can plan for next year." - Judy Gottschalk, Dearth Union Township Library
"Thank you so much for joining the Pokagan Band on Harvest Day! We loved your music and stories. You are definitely a rock star and we look forward to having you back again. I heard nothing but wonderful reviews from attendees. My 13 year old daughter was even singing your songs all weekend!" - Autumn Cabrillas, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
“Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to come and share your artistic music and storytelling talents. You truly are amazing. The kids absolutely adored you, as did I!” – Amy Watts, Livonia Public Schools
“Karen is a gifted performer, with a knack for getting children to interact right from the start of her performance. Her use of music catches the attention of the audience while also challenging them to use memory and listening skills to tell a story through song. Working without props or costumes, Karen transforms into various characters in her stories and has a dynamic presence that makes a strong impact on the audience. I loved hearing her songs and stories, and enjoyed watching children interact with her during the performance.” – Liz Conger, Bloomfield Township Public Library
“Thank you for being our Guest Teller at The Children’s Third Annual Storytelling Concert! You were wonderful, so energetic and joyful! Everyone enjoyed you, your music, and stories very much!” – Martha Flores, Detroit Storytelling League
“As a storyteller, you catch us up in the moment. As a musician and songwriter, you know what will get us toe-tapping and swaying to the music. You have a heart for kids of all ages and know what we like. You certainly can tickle our funny bones!” —Darlene Williams, Librarian, Walled Lake Library
“With your stories, you’ve taken my students to places they’ve never been! Through your expression and movement, the children are captured in the story ’til the end. Thank you also for your advice on how they can become storytellers, too!” —Diane Mitchell, Teacher, Oakley Park Elementary
“Both times I hired Karen, she had the children engaged, singing, and also had them asking, ‘Does she have to leave now?’ She was the perfect entertainment for our neighborhood camp-out. The second event was a school function, where more than 150 children and adults participated. Karen had both the kids and adults captivated.”
—Amy Strauss, Parent and Community and School Volunteer
“During Karen’s storytelling class, I watched my son bloom. Karen captured the children’s attention with her amazing storytelling and qualities of an exceptional teacher. At the end of the program there was a graduating performance, and my son—who often avoids talking to people—was in front of an audience, storytelling. He was relaxed, smiling, animated, and funny!” —Carrie Schwinnen, Parent
“I’d just like to thank you for inspiring me again with something I’ve always known to be a rich teaching and learning tool. Because of your visit, a storytelling station now exists in our classroom. You should see the kids in action as they retell, create, and practice their reading skills.” —Megan Hintz, Teacher, Central Elem. (Petoskey, MI)
“Your songs, stories and lessons were beneficial to the teachers and students. It was one of the best presentations and most effective use of funds from our PTO that we have had in years! The hands-on, personal attention the students received made them grow in self confidence and in skills. Thank you!” —Susan Nayback, Teacher, Central Elem. (Petoskey, MI)
“I just wanted to let you know that my son had a blast in class today. You are doing an amazing job with the boys and all the moms are super pleased. Thanks for all your hard work … the boys are getting a lot out of it!” —Molly Midgley, Parent
“Thank you so much for coming and doing your Improv U presentation for our workshop series. We had a great time and walked away having learned different things that we could use in our efforts to grow our businesses. I appreciate all your time and effort to be with us and hope to see you again soon!” – Mark Tremper, Success Builders Network
…AND FROM LITTLE LISTENERS
“You were lots and lots and lots of fun, ’cause those were very good stories.”
“You are the best storyteller ever, even because I never saw one before.”
“I liked it when you made those noises.”
“You are very funny and those stories made me happy. I was worried about the little girl but she was smart like me!”
“I like when I see the pictures in my head and then I can see the story.”
…FROM KAREN’S STUDENTS
“Can you make your class longer next time?”
“Please come back and teach us again next year.”
“I am always so excited to tell people the whale story I learned, and I am adding lots of my own ideas.”
…AND WORKSHOP ATTENDEES
“A heartfelt thank you on behalf of the Storytellers Guild. You truly made a wonderful experience for everyone. Your workshop techniques were just what we needed to wrap up our orientation theme for the year. Your music was an inspiring delight.”
“So many songs and laughs. I’m wide awake and enjoying myself. Excellent resources.”
“Karen was inspiring and motivated me to pick up a musical instrument.”
Karen is a lively and entertaining children's musician and storyteller sharing songs that engage the audience with enthusiastic participation. Her audiences connect with movement, dance, and rhythmic energy. Karen's creative and colorful programs include shakers, scarfs, games, and interactive play to make your event a fabulous celebration for all your guests.
Linking her musical and theatrical work with the traditions of storytelling, her performances inspire audiences of all ages. Karen incorporates physical animation, characters, and stories and songs, both old and new to create an enlivening experience. Accompanying herself on the autoharp, she creates an interactive experience for audiences with her unique collection of traditional and original works. Karen’s performances, workshops, and classes for storytelling groups, schools, libraries, story slams, festivals, and more offer “edutainment” through the art of Storytelling.
Karen has been a Performing Artist since childhood, and has been involved in a variety of performance roles. In 1996, Karen discovered the world of storytelling, and has been mesmerized, enchanted and engaged in the art form ever since.
Karen is endorsed by the Michigan Arts & Humanities Council as an adjudicated member of the MHC Artist Touring Directory. To apply for grant money for your non-profit Michigan event contact Karen for more info.
Karen has presented over 1,500 performances and workshops throughout Michigan and the US with libraries, schools, communities, parks and recreation programs, country clubs, scouting, neighborhood associations, and private events.
Past Booked Events
|March 26, 2016||Birthday (Child)|
Can provide sound for your indoor event or use your sound system.