The Pageant Wagon Inspiration . . .

The Pageant Wagon was a ray of light and literacy in a dark and illiterate era of history.

When they rolled into town, everyone STOPPED! For a Story . . .

. . . These horse drawn, portable stages were filled with all manner of costuming, masks, and props – the tools of the trade for the story merchant.

Pageant Wagons performed Miracle, Mystery and Morality plays about the life of Christ, saints, and allegorical stories applying biblical principles in everyday life. For most, this was the only Bible to which people of the day had access—acting out God’s Word.

Professional actors and select clergy involved the whole population of the town in these colorful storytelling festivals. Men, women, and children of all ages freely participated in this interactive feast of entertainment and instruction, expressing the joy of creative living and lessons learned in God, good things, and beauty.

The Pageant Wagon was a ray of light and literacy in a dark and illiterate era of history. Restoring literacy to the people brought learning to the masses, and the Word of God into the hands of hungry multi-generational disciples.

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Kathryn Ross head shot 1The crucial part pageant wagons played in the restoration of literacy and learning throughout Western Europe in the dark ages has been the inspiration behind the performance and speaking programs of Pageant Wagon Productions since 2004.

In 2014, Pageant Wagon Productions expanded into print media as an independent publisher—Pageant Wagon Publishing—featuring the works of enrichment artist and storyteller, Kathryn Ross.

Kathryn “Miss Kathy” Ross is a writer, speaker, and storyteller inspired by the stillness of birdsong, silent reflection, antiques, and teatime. She filters her love of history, classic literature, and the arts through God’s Word, to inform her words. An engaging personality with a splash of old world elegance, topped off with a vintage hat, distinguishes her captivating stage presence. Timeless truths leap from the page and podium as she ministers literacy and Christian living principles in schools, churches, libraries, women’s groups, community events, retreats, and conferences. She inspires young and old to pursue God’s goodness and beauty in their lives.

Trained in Principle Approach® Education through the Foundation for American Christian Education, Miss Kathy previously taught in Christian and home school settings. Drawing from years of theatrical experience and her passion for the written and spoken word, she performs enrichment programs teaching aspects of classic literature, history, Bible, and the arts in varied venues.

Miss Kathy is the author/owner of Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing a host of her original stories, devotional works, teaching materials, and theatrical plays for use in churches, schools, or for individual enrichment. To illustrate truth, she designs story worlds spanning the likes of an idyllic English country village to a Wild West gold rush town filled with classic old world charm and traditional family values. Miss Kathy’s inspirational works are created for multi-generational audiences. She believes interactive teaching and learning begins in the home as a family—all ages, all at the same time—and seeks to provide instructional and creative tools to the purpose.

  • Our Mission, like the medieval theatrical storytelling pageant wagons of old, is to bring the Miracle, Mystery, and Morality of biblical truth to society through the power of story. The books and mentoring products of Pageant Wagon Publishing are a ray of light in contemporary dark times, restoring literacy for families ~ reading together, learning together, loving together ~ all good things and beauty through inspired faire words and life application insights.
  • Our Speaking Programs feature Kathryn Ross, author and speaker, igniting a love of literature and learning to target the heart and spirit addressing family audiences and women’s groups. She explores the presence and glory of God in our lives connecting God’s Word to classic literature, history, and the arts through the power of storytelling.
  • Our Book & Blog Publications include high concept picture books, reader’s theatre Bible studies, and the NEW in 2017 Questers Curriculum Enrichment materials for homeschool and family literacy. Look for regular blog posts and useful content on writing and creative communication, inspirational topics, and devotional reflection, in addition to books, conference/retreat speaking, and podcasts.
  • Our Drama Publishing Services provide churches, schools, and community theatre groups with quality dramas suitable for all ages. Featured genres include Bible dramas, old-fashioned American melodrama, history re-enactments, holiday programs, and more, available at affordable royalty fees.
  • Our Author Showcase Book Recommendations for Family Literacy Lifestyles features Miss Kathy’s recommended reading of works published by authors old and new to enhance your personal libraries or make great gifts for readers you love. The Author’s Showcase is in the drop-down menu under Books. Affiliate llinks to more information and purchase options on Amazon are included.

Click on the Books and Drama Scripts tabs above to learn more about Miss Kathy’s latest publications to equip the family, church, women’s groups, homeschool, and Christian classroom with family literacy and discipleship tools.

Kathryn Ross blogs weekly and podcasts original stories monthly at The Writer’s Reverie, in addition to literacy and books related Blog posts on the tab above, right here at Pageant Wagon Publishing. Our Monthly Storytelling PODCAST @ The Writer’s Reverie features performance storyteller, Kathryn Ross presenting entertaining, informative, and inspirational, audio programs for family listening. Check out the PODCAST ARCHIVE and tune in to The Writer’s Reverie Podcast for enrichment to your family literacy lifestyle–for all ages, all at the same time! Here’s a sample from Miss Kathy:

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Kind Words of Endorsement . . .

About Kathryn Ross

“Kathryn Ross, I really love how you write. The way you use parables is similar to the way I write my children’s books. (You have) inspired me not to be afraid or discouraged with my own calling to write. I need to do the work the Lord has assigned to me and I too must lay my heart open to all. Thank you . . . for being obedient to your assignment here on earth and how you have touched and inspired this new writer. Reading your work has inspired me to pull my work out of the files and finally pursue what I know the Lord has called me to, write!”

~ Trish Weldon, Writer

“Welcome to the world of Kathryn Ross! “Miss Kathy” is a unique author. I have found her writing to be delightfully informative and whimsically imaginative. Her creative style serves to bring the reader to a place of “story” – where the mind and heart are given permission to dream. It’s a magical place where one is free to become childlike, and an enchanting place to understand the real meaning of life in a deeper way. May you be captivated, as I am, by her charming words and thoughtful insights. I heartily invite you to enter Kathryn’s wonder-full realm of fantasy, fable, and fundamental Truth.”

~ Sharon Kirby, Blogging at Sharon Sharing God

“Kathryn “Miss Kathy” Ross is a writer, speaker, and performance storyteller. Her enthusiasm and charm is magnetic. This interview is a must read as Miss Kathy tugs at your heartstrings. You will fall in love with her personally as well as walk away with insight and a desire to use the resources God has called her to create. My advice to those reading this interview: Do not do another thing until you have taken time to see her website. It is beautiful and one can get lost there for a long time perusing through all her treasures.”

~ Vicki Palaganas, Writer

“Kathryn is both a gifted writer and speaker who has a special way of using the written and spoken word to stir up deeper thinking and action in both children and adults. She is a kind, compassionate soul that truly lives out her faith every day. Everyone who comes in contact with Kathy not only feels cared for, but also, more knowledgeable and confident about their own faith and how to become who God created them to be.”

~ Adrienne Richardson, Facebook Advertising Consultant

“Meet Miss Kathy, a “climb-inside-a-book” author and storyteller whose primary passion is to introduce children of all ages to the love and care of their heavenly Father.  Beckoning with dancing words and entrancing, whimsical illustrations (by a young, talented Noah Berge), Miss Kathy pied-pipers her listeners into worlds of great value, courage and strength.   And we, who have sat at her feet, can only leave this world of story, implanted and chirping with optimism, hope and joy!”

Cindy Mann, Homeschool Teacher

“Reading has always been a passion of mine. But children’s stories hold a very special place in my heart. I believe my love of books was one of the main reasons I became an elementary teacher. But when I became a grandmother reading stories took on a whole different meaning. Reading about a storyteller and her little “companion” peaked my curiosity and I knew I had to take my little granddaughters to hear what became a weekly ritual for us, regularly attending a local story-time program called, Tale Spin Stories. Kathryn Ross (aka Miss Kathy ) and her faithful mouse mascot companion, Toby TaleSpinner, instilled a love of literature into my grandchildren. Her passion for her work and her love of literature shone through week after week. She encouraged the children to always broaden their horizons by selecting different types of literature to read. Through songs, puppetry and storytelling my granddaughters learned that reading a book could take you to places you dreamed about. Not only did Miss Kathy tell stories, she also included showing children how to properly answer questions, gave them the experience of having tea parties, and the proper manners to display at such an event. Week after week we were treated to Miss Kathy’s stories. What a wonderful introduction to literature my granddaughters had. They are now much older but always talk about our story-time experiences. Thank you Kathryn, for giving us such wonderful memories and the chance to explore the world of literature.”

~ Mrs. Betty Tamagni

I soaked up your book. The illustrations are engaging. You are a gifted storyteller.

~ Jewell Utt

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