Fireside Storytelling Venture – December 22
Please join us for the third edition of the quarterly Fireside Storytelling Venture. This compelling new event, hosted by Trinity House Theatre, is inspired by the impromptu stories we share – from breakfast table to campfire – as well as by buzz-worthy events such as the NPR-sponsored Moth StorySLAM series. While we desire to be a part of the larger true-life storytelling community in metro Detroit, we are seeking to establish an identity that takes advantage of the unique listening room and performance space that is the essence of Trinity House.
The theme for this venture will be “Holiday Happenings” – true stories that might include: a view into what makes the season merry and bright; family traditions of the sentimental variety… or those which just drive you mental; a tale of red kettles and generosity; outbursts of rampant last-minute shopping; uncovering the mysteries of Secret Santas, or strange encounters with the mall Santa; the virtues of door-to-door caroling; inspiration by way of non-stop Christmas music; consequences of eating one-too-many of Grandma’s home-made cookies; battling blizzards and other frozen mishaps; or heroism by way of shoveling the neighbors driveway. The possibilities are as endless as the variety of snowflakes hitting your windshield.
Since it’s true that we all have a story to share, then let’s encourage each other to that end. Whether you’ve experienced storytelling events before, or if this is something brand new to you, take the risk to gather with us as we establish this series. We welcome you to listen along, or maybe even to share a story of your own.
Guideposts when preparing a story:
Must be a true story to the theme, and involving the storyteller in some way.
No more than 5 minutes long.
Communicate clearly by following good story structure.
Practice without using notes (this encourages the delivery to be more natural).
A visual aid/prop is permissible if you determine it adds relevant value to your story.
Please keep stories appropriate for an all-ages audience (profanity is discouraged).
For additional guidance, reference these links: themoth.org; storynet.org; storynews.org; storycorps.org