Fairy tales for children
Born in Dortmund and former Waldorf teacher Diana Drechsler has been working as a freelance artist (storyteller, musician, clown) since 2000. As a narrator, Diana Drechsler impresses with her liveliness, she is known for captivating her audience, especially children from kindergarten age, with her enthusiastic storytelling with fairy tales full of magic and joie de vivre .
Diana Drechsler has an excellent talent for improvisation and likes to spontaneously involve the children in her stories. Her specialty is to tell her fairy tales with music;
to accompany with magical sounds, sensitive melodies and lively rhythms on partly exotic instruments such as lyre, sansula, psaltery, ocean drum, water drums, various flutes etc..
The audience, whether big or small, but also educators and teachers are always enthusiastic about the diverse programs and are impressed by how today’s children and young people can be captivated by the narrative music performances. They are touched emotionally by the fairy tales and the sensitive music and at the same time supported with a playful ease in their language skills and ability to concentrate
The fairy tale teller Diana Drechsler likes to come straight to institutions such as kindergartens, schools, cultural centers and libraries with her fairy tale programs.
. if you would like to go straight home e.g. for children’s birthday.
As a rule, a public family event and a presentation especially for kindergartens, schools and other groups takes place once a month in the Heeder factory in Krefeld.
Current event dates can be found here!
Below you will find an excerpt from the various fairy tale programs for children, the programs usually last about 50 minutes, but the story times and topics can also be discussed individually and flexibly.
A fairytale program for children from 4 years
Fairytale teller Diana Drechsler tells magic fairy tales from different countries. There are many magic things that help people to be happy; e.g. "The potty". It knocks on the door and brings you the most wonderful things home, if you’re very lucky, even a prince. Or the fairy tale about the sorceress who has enchanted her sons in an eagle and a whale. Only the third son is not yet enchanted, he tries to redeem the enchanted king’s daughter at the castle of the golden sun. The magic can only be released with the help of the "crystal ball".
Dwarf and fairy tales
A fairytale program for children
from kindergarten age
The storyteller Diana Drechsler invites big and small people on a journey into the wonderful and magical world of fairy tales. This time she comes with fairy tales from England, Ireland, Scotland and Sweden. Fairies, elves and mermaids, elves and dwarfs are told here. Who has never heard of these mysterious, delicate and unassuming beings? Of the elves, who live in underground palaces and can bring luck but also misfortune to people with magical powers. Who wouldn’t want to know more from them??
How Tölpelhans got the princess
Fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm for children from 4 years
The storyteller Diana Drechsler invites big and small people on a journey into the wonderful and magical world of fairy tales. She tells fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen freely and alive. The narration underlines and accompanies Diana Drechsler with music and pleasant sounds on sometimes very unusual instruments, such as lyre, psaltery, pentatonic flute, balafon, kalimba, djembé and others. a .. There are stories about princes and princesses, magicians and clever peasants, but also about miraculous things. Do you know a pot that can play music whenever it cooks in it, or have you ever heard that you can roast crows in a wooden shoe? No? Everything is possible in fairy tales, you can even wish to go where you want with the help of a hat. Tölpelhans even manages to get the princess into a wife through his prank.
and the fairy queen Perî Banû
a colorful fairy tale from 1001 nights
for children from 5 years
ideal for preschoolers and elementary school classes
Three princes, Hussein, Ali and Achmed fall in love with the beautiful princess Nur en Nahar, but who can marry her? The sultan, the father of the princes, decides that the one who brings the niece Nur en Nahar who brings the most magical and strangest thing. Now an exciting adventure begins for the three brothers. Everyone travels to another distant country and everyone finds the most wonderful things, but who can marry the princess? So much can be revealed, Prince Achmed was not, because he later found the fairy queen Perî Banû, fell in love with her and married her. All in all, it is a wonderful and colorful fairy tale from 1001 nights, it is about flying carpets, magical apples, beautiful fairies and princesses and about love.
a wonderful fairy tale by Wilhelm Hauff
for children from 5 years
One day, the caliph Chasid zu Baghdad and his grand vizier Mansor were enchanted with the help of a magic powder into two storks. But hurt, they did not keep the promise and laughed and thus forgot the magic word to change back again.
The storyteller Diana Drechsler from Krefeld tells the wonderful, colorful fairy tale free and lively "Caliph stork" by Wilhelm Hauff – a fairy tale full of magic, magic, adventure, beauty and great love. Diana Drechsler will accompany the stories with fine music and magical sounds on partly unusual instruments such as lyre, psaltery, sansula, balafon etc..
Aladdin and the magic lamp
An exciting fairy tale from 1001 nights
for children from 6 years
A poor street boy once lived in a city in China, Aladin was his name, he was the son of a tailor. One day the boy receives a visit from a strange man who pretends to be his hidden uncle. He promises poor Aladdin to make him a rich merchant and so lures him out of the city. In reality, this alleged uncle is a powerful magician from Mauritania, who only needs Aladdin to free a very special magic lamp from its hiding place. Now a great exciting adventure begins – a long story full of magic, magic and powerful minds but also full of beauty and great love.
In a very special way, the narrative artist Diana Drechsler will present this exciting fairy tale with music and
Accompany magical sounds on sometimes unusual instruments such as lyre, psaltery, sansula, balafon etc..
A storytelling program for children ages 6 and up
ideal for school classes
Diana Drechsler invites you on an excursion into the fantastic world of dragons. Dragons are considered to be extremely dangerous and untamable, but they don’t always keep a lovely princess trapped in their cave or on their mountain; in China e.g. the legend tells how the four dragon kings wanted to help people at the time and how the four great rivers in China were created. Stan Bolovan, a poor man from Romania, managed with cunning and with the help of his 100 hungry children to put in the kite together with his mother and to flee. It is also told of dragon slayers who heroically hit seven dragon heads at once. Let yourself be enchanted by this mysterious and magical world! The telling is accompanied by mystical sounds and eerie music on various instruments, such as gongs, drums, psaltery, kalimba, balafon etc..
a contemplative fairy tale lesson in winter time
for children from 4 years
There was once . that’s how many fairy tales begin and the adventure of the fairy tale heroes starts. The storyteller Diana Drechsler invites big and small people on a journey into the wonderful and magical world of fairy tales. In an atmospheric atmosphere, with candlelight and fragrant scents, everyone can make themselves really comfortable and immerse themselves in the world of imagination. In her “Winter Fairy Tale” program, the storyteller Diana Drechsler tells well-known and less well-known folk tales from different countries at winter time. Because especially in the cold season people liked to tell old stories by the stove. There is e.g. told of the two girls "Snow White and Rose Red", who host a lovely black bear all winter long, but who is cursed by an evil dwarf. The Russian old couple are longing for a child and so they form a beautiful little “snow girl” out of snow, they dance, sing and are happy, but how long can they stay with the two old people? Or, who does not know the fairy tale about the little girl who, despite the bitter cold, gives up all her clothes to help others and imagine, in the end, even the stars fall from the sky for the girl.
African fairy tales,
Rhythms and fables
"Giving presents to King Lion"
for children from 4 years
The storyteller Diana Drechsler would like to take the children on a fairytale adventure trip to the world of Africa. It tells fairy tales, myths and fables of different African peoples. There is e.g. told of a great animal festival to which King Leo had once invited, each animal received something from him. For example, the zebra is a striped jacket that the zebra still wears today. But what did the elephant do to make the lion pull his nose out so long? Another story tells how the frogs once managed to lure the rain. And who doesn’t even want to know why dogs always chase rabbits. Who actually knows why the toad has no tail? In African myths and fairy tales you get the answers to these questions, because here the origins and relationships of many things are explained visually.
Fairy tales of brave, clever and little heroes
A fairytale program that encourages courage ideal for kindergartens and school classes
Fairy tale teller Diana Drechsler tells well-known and lesser-known fairy tales in which the “dummies” ultimately reach their goal through their courage and cleverness. There is e.g. a clever and mischievous peasant who once got the devil and fooled him; or the fisher boy with the rock-hard leather satchel who is the only one who can make the princess laugh.
Andersen’s fairy tale
for children from 4 years
It tells of princes and princesses, of emperors and kings, but also of miraculous things. Do you know a pot that can play music whenever it cooks in it, or have you ever heard that you can roast crows in a wooden shoe? No? In Andersen’s fairy tale everything is possible, the candles and wax lights are talking, the emperor walks around the street even without clothes and thinks he is wearing the most beautiful clothes. Have you ever thought about how to find a real princess? Here in Andersen’s fairy tale you get an answer for everything, let yourself be surprised!
"The Hulle-Bulle-Täbelschen potty and the thick pancake"
Funny stories to listen to and play along for children from 4 years
Diana Drechsler tells well-known and lesser-known, funny stories and fairy tales and accompanies them with freely improvised music on various instruments, such as lyre, flute, psaltery, balaphone, djembé etc. In between, the children always have the opportunity to step into the stories. There is e.g. told of a magic flute, when it plays everything has to dance, the sheep, the goats and even eggs start dancing and of course the audience, but nothing more will be revealed yet. In the story of the thick, fat pancake, the children have the opportunity to rhyme together with the pancake, because each animal he encounters is given a second name, so the duck is not only called duck, but duck lawente, the rooster, Hahn Kradan etc. There will also be an opportunity to sing, and to make it really fun we will also come up with some rhythmic body gossip exercises.
the most beautiful fairy tales from the moon
for children from 5 years
Diana Drechsler selected the most beautiful fairy tales from the moon for her listeners. Because people have been fascinated by the moon in all countries of the world since the earliest times. This moon exercises an indescribable magic, people all over the world told stories about the heavenly stars. People were looking for explanations for the appearance of the moon, for increasing and decreasing, for running in the sky, and so everything is told in the fairy tales. The moon can speak naturally, sometimes it has arms and legs, of course a face and the moon is happy to be married to the woman Sun, sometimes they are hostile. In addition, it is still not clear whether a man or a woman lives in the moon or maybe it is a rabbit?
for children from 4 years
The storyteller Diana Drechsler invites big and small people on a journey into the wonderful and magical world of fairy tales. She tells her favorite fairy tales, they are old folk tales from different countries. (Spain, Turkey, Africa, Romania etc.) There are many magical things in fairy tales that help people to be happy; e.g. "The potty". It knocks on the door and brings you the most wonderful things home, if you’re very lucky, even a prince. Or the fairy tale about the sorceress who has enchanted her sons in an eagle and a whale. Only the third son is not yet enchanted, he tries to redeem the enchanted king’s daughter at the castle of the golden sun. The magic can only be released with the help of the "crystal ball". Let yourself be surprised and enchanted.
Tales of witches and devils
A fairy tale lesson for fear and horror for children from 5 years
Tales of witches and devils are told. There is e.g. a whole family of witches who stole the king’s sun horse and tries to keep it with the help of all witch and magic powers. Another fairy tale tells of the witch Baba – Jaga, who lives in a house line on a chicken leg, with only one window that constantly rotates around itself. Do you have any idea how you can free yourself from hell if the devil himself dragged you there. A king’s son finally succeeded, but only with the help of the devil’s daughter and her devilish magic, but it was a long and exciting adventure. The clever farmer was better off, he managed to trick a little devil with his cunning.
"The queen bee and the thick pancake"
Animal tales and fables told alive
A fairytale program for children from kindergarten age
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