One of the things Donna Kokumo Buie likes best about storytelling is that the folktales, though different in detail, often contain the same basic storyline.
"You see so many similarities from culture to culture," said Buie, known as Mama Koku when she assumes her role as master storyteller.
Buie is one of four children's performers set to take the stage in the upcoming Preschool Pops program series sponsored by the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts. The shows, which include music, theater and storytelling, are designed for children ages 3 to 5 and are open to the public.
All shows take place at 10 a.m. in the Rockdale Auditorium, 903 S. Main St., and tickets are $3 for children, and free for adults. To register for a show, call 770-922-3143 or visit www.conyersarts.org.
The following is the Preschool Pops lineup for the 2012 season.Feb. 9 and 10
David Stephens presents "The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man"Puppeteer David Stephens builds all of his own puppets and writes his own stories for this 40-minute performance in which the Gingerbread Man makes narrow escapes from unsuspecting cookie lovers. The performance also includes "The Little Red Hen," told by a hen named Redina, and "The Three Wishes" which features friends Gripe and Bicker and their adventures in learning the value of working together.March 6 and 7
Wendy Bennett presents "Alphabet Soup Seconds"Holding a bachelor's degree in music education, having toured with Young Audiences for 20 years and working as a vocalist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's children's concerts, Wendy Bennett brings a wealth of performance experience with her as she presents this show in which children learn the alphabet and what sounds the letters make. Kids will move and sing to tunes like "Family Under One Sky," "The Yodel Song," "Wishy Washy Washer Woman" and "A Alligators All Around."March 27 and 29
Scott Douglas presents "Shake, Rattle, and Roll"A member of the Atlanta Percussion Trio and a versatile musician, Scott Douglas introduces children to a variety of African instruments including xylophones, drums, cowbells and spoons. Douglas will use several songs to help children feel different rhythms, and they'll learn how to mimic nature noises with their voices.April 9 and 10
Mama Koku presents "Seven Continents, Seven Stories"A performer for 13 years who holds a bachelor's degree in theater, storyteller Mama Koku tells traditional interactive folktales from cultures including Japanese, Ghanian, South American and American Indian. She wears the traditional garb of the country where the story originated and involves the children by encouraging them to perform with her, as they wear hanging masks, chant and sing.