Feb 28 2017

March 2017: Stories of Transformation

We’re back!

close up of onion and words always peel the onion stories of transformation march 18 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017 6PM
“Stories of Transformation”
An Outdoor Concert of Storytelling
Celebrating Spring and World Storytelling Day!
BoonGarden, Avondale Arizona.

Find it on FACEBOOK here. https://www.facebook.com/events/112326249281303/

What:
Are things as they always appear? If something is something, can it be another something? Do my eyes deceive me? Does the first bite give you the whole taste? Can “they” bring you down or can you rise above? Using world folktales, fables and a smattering of personal stories, our team of local and world-class storytellers gives you something to think about this World Storytelling Day, all with Spring just around the corner. Discussion with Q&A follows.

Featuring:
Sandy Oglesby
Harriet Cole
Marian Giannatti
Sean Buvala

More:
StoryRise is a 90-minute fringe-theater, house-concert style performance and discussion. Join us for this outdoor event in a working garden. Suggested donation is $8. Your donation offsets costs for storytellers and for the Boon Garden expenses. Thanks in advance.

Event is outdoors in a working garden. Bring on the sensible shoes. Dress for Arizona Spring, right?

Refreshments available for purchase.

Get There:
Here’s the Map. Take the i-10 freeway to Litchfield Road. Go South on Litchfield to WESTERN Ave. Western Ave is about 1/4 mile north of Buckeye. Western Ave has a traffic light. Turn EAST onto Western Ave. Boon Garden is at 214 W Western, so north side of the road, in a white building.

PARKING: Think downtown parking. So there are a variety of lots around and some on-street parking. Look for lots at CAREFirst Center just around the corner to the west and a gravel-field parking next to auto-shop (just to the east) in the same building as the check-cashing location. Please don’t block anyone’s gates. We invite you to carpool with others.

picture showing marked spaces for parking at boon garden in avondale az


close up of onion and words always peel the onion stories of transformation march 18 2017


Dec 15 2015

May 2017! Sea-Glass Storytelling: Improve Your Personal Stories (Workshop)

Sea-Glass Storytelling Workshop
“Creating Great Personal Tales Using the Light of the Folktale.”
Monday, May 22, 2017
10am-3pm. Lunch is included.
Bountiful, Utah $100
GO HERE to REGISTER FOR UTAH Event!

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a picture of sea glassSea Glass: Abandoned, Refined and Recovered.
It wasn’t uncommon, once upon a time, to toss empty bottles out from the boat you were on. Perhaps the toss was 300 years ago as pirates threw empty bottles of rum over the side. Maybe it was glass in a shipwreck where time and erosion ground away the windows and bottles contained within its hold. Maybe it was a beach party half a decade ago where empty soda bottles were tossed into the sea, forever forgoing getting that deposit back. For better or worse, no one thought much of this everyday act.

After time and the action of the sea, smashing the bottles into pieces, wearing away the broken glass, smoothing them into treasures, these shattered pieces of glass become: Sea Glass. From a common-place action of many years ago, now tiny pieces of glass then up to the shore, gleaming and a worthy find of, “oh, look at this!” And sometimes, if you are very lucky in your beach combing, you’ll find some glass with a unique color such as red, purple or teal.

People have made up stories to tell the tale of sea glass. Indeed, the origin of sea glass is simple enough. However, wrap the origin in a tale of unfulfilled love between sailor and mermaid, with the mermaid’s tears turning into bits of washed-ashore glass…and you have something spectacular.

Sea Glass: The Ordinary Turned Spectacular.
It’s easy to look at sea glass and think, “I can find broken glass anywhere.” Yet, sea glass is different. There is an unknown history. There is the mysterious. Ordinary glass becomes a spectacular jewel.

The Sea Glass of Storytelling: The World Tale.
In the art and tradition of Oral Storytelling (and in the creation of any story), we have our own sea glass: the “World Tale.” That is, the collection of folktales, myths, legends and fairytales passed down through generations. These tales have been tumbled about, polished and spread throughout the earth. Just as with sea glass, what may have started as a simple on-the-spot tales have become shining flashes in our psyche. World tales have stood the test of time because they contain very specific “refractions” that touch the minds and hearts of the listeners even to this day.

Why this workshop?
Storyteller Sean Buvala, the director of Storyteller.net and a veteran of nearly 30 years of storytelling leadership, has identified “Three Refractions” that fill world tales (especially folktales) with compelling light, keeping these old stories in our collective minds for generations. Within this workshop, Sean will identify these “Three Refractions” that all good stories have. From there, Sean (and other members of your workshop) will talk you through identifying your own personal tales that carry all three of these refractions. If your goal is to connect with your listeners (to forgo doing narcissistic “onstage therapy” or frustrated story-less stand-up comedy) and really leave your listeners with a tale that impacts, you’ll want to learn Sea-Glass Storytelling crafting.

Your Stories: The Ordinary Turned Spectacular.
For maximum impact, create your stories in the light of the Three Refractions of the world tale. With the good crafting, with the solid techniques wearing away at the surface-level facts to find the core truth of your story, you can create spectacular moments of storytelling. You will be engaging your audience, letting them see themselves in the refracted light of your story. Your story becomes like those rare pieces of glass. Just find the exceptional moments in your stories: the reds of essential stories, the blues of emotional connection, and the teals of fresh growth that inspires action.

tiny sea glass picture What You Will Learn:

*The Three Refractions you need to take your personal tale from “I don’t get it” to an audience-engaging “That story could change my life.”
*To recognize how good stories can elicit laughter, tears, gasps, inspiration, healing and applause.
*What happens to your story when you don’t include all Three Refractions- and why you sometimes will *want* to leave out one of the Three Refractions.
*How to avoid the shadow areas in personal storytelling. Learn what can go wrong when your personal story is out of balance and how that damages you, your audience and your story.

tiny sea glass picture What You Won’t Learn:

*How to be a morose and serious “artiste” handing down life lessons to your audience. Ugg.
*The basics of oral storytelling. The workshop is for the experienced storyteller, speaker, presenter, and author.
*How to get more events and gigs. Marketing training is not part of this workshop.

tiny sea glass picture Where Will You Use What You Learn?

*Public Performances
*Corporate Settings
*Sacred Settings
*Healing and Counseling
*Story Slams
*Spoken-Word Events
*Courtrooms
*Classrooms

tiny sea glass picture Who Should Attend This Workshop?

*Oral Storytellers
*Public Speakers
*Homilists
*Teachers
*Marketing Teams
*Authors

tiny sea glass picture When and Where

Our next open workshop for the “Sea Glass Storytelling” process is Monday, May 22, 2017 in Bountiful, Utah. Workshop begins promptly at 9:30AM will end by 3:00PM.

tiny sea glass picture Cost

$100. Register Here. The Small-Tooth-Dog Publishing Group will have a table of books and resources available for purchase. These sales also support the presenter.

tiny sea glass picture Special Note.

This workshop will be recorded via audio and video. It is possible that your face and voice may appear on the future internet or print versions of this workshop if we should create such projects.


Mar 6 2015

Event! One Story-Many Voices

Five Unique Interpretations on the Same Well-Known Fairytale Type!

Join us in Avondale for the next StoryRise Show. If you need ordering assistance, please contact our office at 623-298-4548.

Saturday, March 21, 2014 7PM
Homewood Suites Hotel, Avondale, Arizona

Tickets and Information at: www.arizonastorytelling.com

One Story, Many Voices

Take five unique storytellers with diverse backgrounds and with local, national and international experience in telling stories. Turn them loose to each tackle the same “you only think you know it” fairytale type. Let it blend and percolate and you’ll get the “One Story, Many Voices” evening of right-there-in-front-of-you storytelling. Discussion and conversation follows after the concert.

Come for fun and learning in an entertaining evening.

Students! Come see what you can learn about storytelling as an art form.

Teachers! Be inspired as you watch the ordinary become new again and find application for your classrooms.

Storytellers! Join the discussion afterwards to look at how you might use this process for fresh new ideas of your own.

You! You get to experience a wide variety of the “facets” of a single story-type. A fun and different evening entertainment.

Following the great performances, a discussion will be held between tellers and audience. Let’s explore some stories!

This is our third year of “One Story- Many Voices.” In the past we’ve tackled the “Cinderella” stories and the “Beauty and the Beast” (come listen to last year!) types. This year we’re looking at and talking about….well, you need to come by and participate to find out.

Get your tickets at http://arizonastorytelling.com/

About The 2015 Tellers:

Laura Rutherford:
Laura is a Phoenix native and the daughter of 2 storytellers, she likes everything about storytelling including research and performing.She says, “Here as I journey into my 50th year, I am celebrating with as much story as I can get my hands on. Challenged to tell 50 different stories as well as find 50 new stories, I am on a journey that I happily share with you!” This is Laura’s first year being featured at a StoryRise event.

Harriet Cole:
Harriet is a working storyteller who has been performing in the Phoenix area for almost ten years. She provides Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix members with story workshops as well as being a member of the adjunct faculty at both South Mountain and Mesa Community College. Harriet is listed on the current Arizona Commission on the Arts Artists Roster. She is not Norwegian but she has been telling a lot of Norwegian folktales lately.

Clem Condon:
A few years ago I went to South Mountain Community College to listen to stories. I didn’t know what to expect. What I found was a new normal. I took a class, and then another. Then a few more. I realized that I was on my way to a Certificate in Storytelling from The South Mountain Storytelling Institute.” This is Clem’s first year being featured at a StoryRise event.

Joyce Story:
A storyteller for over 25 years, Joyce recently published two books of her original stories. One of her books, TALES OF THE SONORAN DESERT, reflect her admiration for the folktale and give voice to the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert, where she has made her home for over three decades. Joyce regularly shares these and other stories at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park and at other venues both in and out of the state of Arizona. She is a retired educator with a doctorate in the field of Slavic languages and literatures.

Beauty and the Beast Event Multiple Photos

Scenes from the 2014 Event. See you in 2015!


Mar 4 2015

2015 Season Schedule!

Here are the 2015 shows for StoryRise! All these shows are in Avondale, Arizona, start at 7PM and are intended for adult audiences or mature teens.

March 21: “One Story, Many Voices”

September 26: “First and Last” Storytelling

November 21: “Terrible Holidays”

More info coming soon. Here’s the reminder post-card:
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