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A lifetime of entertaining

Stina Fagertun brings her many talents to Village Fair

August 2, 2013
Chris Bieri - Tribune Editor , Pierce County Tribune

Growing up as a child in Norway, Stina Fagertun was hard pressed for entertainment.

She had to make her own.

Not only did Fagertun do that, but she's turned music, acting and storytelling into a career.

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Stina Fagertun will be performing her unique brand of Arctic storytelling blended with Norwegian culture at the Village Fair on Aug. 11.

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"When you lived up in the arctic, we didn't have too much amusements so we had to create our own fun," she said. "I liked to do acting, singing and storytelling and I've continued to do that all the way up to now."

Fagertun and Norwegian countrywoman Catrine Pederson will share their storytelling talent and share a number of Viking traditions when they appear at the 28th Annual Village Fair on Aug 11 at the Prairie Village Museum.

Kids should love the Museum Camp, "The Great Viking Adventure," hosted by the pair at the museum from Aug. 5-9 as well as at the Village Fair.

Fagertun is a renowned performer, named Best Storyteller in Norway at the 2010 Storyslam Norwegian Storyteller Festival and author of the children's book "King Frost and the Queen of the Northern Lights."

Fagertun started to develop her love of the arts professionally when she opened a preschool in Norway.

"I founded a preschool and I was thinking if I was six years old, what would I like to have in my world," she explained. "Creativity and fun and learning by doing, not just sitting there and receiving information. Letting the children take an active part in the pieces we were performing."

After running the preschool out of her home for nearly a decade, she had such a large waiting list that it necessitated opening a new building for the school, called Kulturbamehagen.

"I founded the first cultural preschool in Norway," she said. "When I started the cultural kindergarten, we started doing big things: a Viking play, live animals, a Viking market."

The school was successful, but in 2005, she handed it over to be run by others to become a full-time storyteller.

Since then, she's performed a one-woman show commissioned by the Artcic Office of United Nations and produced a performance about the first Arctic immigrants to the U.S. called "What We Left and What We Found."

"The last two years we've been touring around doing different performances in Norway and in the United States," she said.

Fagertun's performing partner, Catrine Pederson, was a preschool instructor who helped her develop much of the curriculum at Kulturbamehagen, which focuses on dance, theater and music.

"The Great Viking Adventure" will offer area kids an opportunity to dive into Arctic culture, including cooking, whittling, storytelling and working with reindeer hides.

"I love the museum a lot," she said. "We hope the kids will have fun and learn what it's like to be a little Viking."



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