Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 17, 2013

Rose a teacher, storyteller


CROSSVILLE — Elizabeth Rose has the ability to weave a story that mesmerizes her audiences with her special blend of humor and drama. Her antics may resemble a barnyard animal or a long-lost auntie. She has captivated adults and children alike for two decades. 

But first, Rose is a teacher. She uses her talent to capture the interest of children of all ages. Once she has captured their interest, she can help them learn language skills and history. She believes that children can be great storytellers, while developing vocabulary, story structure, figurative language, point of view and plot.

Rose transports her listeners to another place and time through ghost stories, fairy tales, and folklore. She has delighted audiences throughout Tennessee, including the Haunting of the Hills Storytelling Festival in Big South Fork, the Tennessee Tech Literature Conference in Cookeville, Historic Haunted Rugby, and the Smoky Mountain Storytelling Festival in Pigeon Forge, just to name a few of the dozens of conferences and festivals in which she has performed. Plus, she makes school, library and organization appearances regularly.

A complete interview with Rose can be seen at She goes into depth about the benefits of using storytelling as a teaching tool, organizing a youth group of storytellers, and her experiences as an educator and storyteller. 

Rose will perform at the Palace Theatre on Saturday evening, Nov. 2, as part of the Fifth Annual Cumberland Mountain Storytelling Festival, which is being presented by the Performing Arts Alliance of Rural Tennessee (PAART) and the Cumberland Mountain Storytelling Guild on Nov. 1 and 2 in Crossville. The CMSF will also feature Minton Sparks Friday night at 7 p.m.; Keith Young and Kim Weitkamp perform Saturday with Rose. 

Sparks will  conduct a workshop for adults on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m ($20 charge).  Weitkamp will conduct a teen (free) workshop that morning at 10 a.m. All events are held at the Palace, which is located at 72 S. Main St. in downtown Crossville.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 931-484-6133. The festival is made possible in conjunction with the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Performing Arts Alliance of Rural Tennessee and the Cumberland Mountain Storytelling Guild.