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Storyteller adds humor and fun to Summer Arts Festival


   

Storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin Storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 6, 2012 – Storyteller, humorist, singer, songwriter, musician, and whistler Andy Offutt Irwin has been added to the lineup for Blacksburg's 2012 Summer Arts Festival. 

Irwin will perform on Saturday, June 9, at the amphitheater behind Theatre 101 on College Avenue, on the campus of Virginia Tech. There will be two shows: a children's show at 2 p.m. and a family show at 5 p.m. The rain site is Squires Studio Theatre. Admission is free.

Irwin peppers his stories with funny songs, silly faces, and all kinds of sound effects and dialects that keep children and adults laughing and engaged. According to his website, some of his talents are even hard to categorize.

A native of Covington, Ga., Irwin has appeared at the National Storytelling Festival; as a Teller in Residence at International Storytelling Center; and has been a guest artist at LaGuardia High School of Art, Music, and Performing Arts in New York. He also conducts many educational programs and camps for children where he focuses on literacy, storytelling, music, and care for the environment.

Information on all the Summer Arts Festival events can be found online.

Free parking is available on weekends and after 5 p.m. weekdays in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street, in the Architecture Annex Lot on Otey Street, and the Perry Street/Prices Fork lots. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200. Alternative parking is available in the Kent Squire parking garage or the Farmers Market metered parking lot, both located on Draper Road. Additional Downtown Blacksburg parking information can be found online.

Virginia Tech's School of Performing Arts, a unit within the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, is comprised of the Department of Music, the Department of Theatre and Cinema, and programs and classes in dance. The school is committed to education, training, and experience in the transformative power of the performing arts. In addition to producing more than 400 student, faculty, and guest-artist events each year, the school presents the annual Summer Arts Festival and maintains the university's artist registry.