David Novak performs 'Seeking Storyland' at BMCA

Courtesy of BMCA
Special to Black Mountain News

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts continues its relationship with acclaimed international storyteller David Novak with a storytelling performance "Seeking Storyland."

Listen as Novak wends his way to Storyland with surprising adaptations of old stories, inventive originality, and fresh insights into the age-old custom of telling tales. This event is great for families.

Novak performs "Seeking Storyland" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Tickets for this delightful evening are $15 for adults and $5 for children.

David Novak

Novak is a performance storyteller and arts educator. Recipient of the Circle of Excellence from the National Storytelling Network, he regularly speaks at the National Storytelling Festival, theaters and schools nationwide. Novakʼs recent international tours include Western Academy of Beijing, Sydney International Storytelling Conference, Wroclaw Institute of Technology, and the Czech Childrenʼs Theatre Festival. In 1995-96, Novak developed the Story Arts program for the Disney Institute in Orlando, Florida.

In "Seeking Storyland," Novak shares stories inspired by his childhood visits to Storyland. From nursery rhymes to fairy tales, Novak takes us back to the place where the stories live.

As a boy, Novak loved becoming immersed in stories that he thought of as Storyland.

"It was a family amusement park that featured famous storybook characters: A petting corral had Mary's little lamb and Bo-Peep's sheep; a pumpkin coach carried Cinderella to the ball; a house of straw, a house of sticks, and a house of bricks were homes to Three Little Pigs," says Novak. "The grand edifice of the park was a giant pink shoe." 

But in growing up, Storyland was forgotten, "We were gazing at the moon. The Space Race had captured our imaginations."

Then a revelation: "How could we have abandoned these old stories?” he says. “I decided then, that I would never again lose my way to Storyland."

Come listen as Novak displays masterful occupancy of his true home.

In addition to his busy speaking, performing and storytelling schedule, Novak shares his gifts with BMCA in a variety of ways. He performed R. Buckminster Fuller: "The History (and Mystery) of the Universe" by D. W. Jacobs from the life, work and writings of R. Buckminster Fuller at the Arts Center last September. He teaches PLAYground children’s theater classes to 6-12-year-olds on Tuesday afternoons, and like BMCA’s Executive Director Lori Cozzi, he is an A+ Fellow with North Carolina Arts Council offering professional development in an Arts Integrated Curriculum.

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 W. State Street. For more information or to purchase tickets to "Seeking Storyland," call 828-669-0930 or visit