Chandler Emmons Smith, a WKU freshman from Paducah, is one of three youth storytellers who will take the stage at the Kentucky State Fair’s Storytelling Showcase in Louisville on Aug. 18.
A 2012 youth torchbearer for the National Storytelling Association, 18-year-old Smith has delivered award-winning stories across Kentucky for several years. In 2011 she was honored as a “Youth Representative” of the Kentucky Storytelling Association and was named the winner of the “Whopper’s and Tall Tales” contest in White House, Tenn. In February she earned the title 2012 National Youth Storytelling Torchbearer at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Provo, Utah.
Smith, the daughter of Hutch Smith and Martha Emmons of Paducah, will be a freshman in WKU’s theatre program this fall.
Smith’s energetic telling style and dramatic character portrayals bring to life humorous and touching children’s stories as well as classic folktales which connect audiences of all ages. She has entertained at churches, civic clubs, children’s camps, classrooms and festivals, and has worked closely with the Folsom Puppet Company. Smith was part of a six-member troupe under the direction of Retta Folsom which, working with the McCracken County Public Library and the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, toured a music and reading literacy program, “Musical Story Time,” to every elementary school in the Paducah City and McCracken County School Districts this past spring.
Smith has studied acting and theater arts at the Market House Theater, appearing in about 20 shows in 12 years. A 2010 graduate of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts and a 2012 graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School, Smith competed on the school’s Speech and Forensic team and earned a National Forensic League Degree of Distinction.
The Storytelling Showcase at the state fair will begin at 3 p.m. Aug. 18 in the fairgrounds’ North Wing Lobby.
Contact: Pam Holcomb, (606) 573-4376.