Monday, July 13, 2015
Issue # 168

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Arizona Storytellers: 4th Anniversary Show!


Monday, July 13th - CURRENTLY SOLD OUT!

Congratulations to Megan Finnerty on her article AND on four years of the Arizona Storytellers Project! What an incredible job you have done and what a great addition to the community. I only wish I could be there Monday night for the party, I have to teach. And congrats also to Liz Warren and Marilyn Torres of South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute for their support and involvement over the last four years. All three of you have created a great space for storytelling in our community! (I believe the photo credit at right is Mark Goldstein. If not, then Liz is most likely the photog)

Link to the AZ Republic Article

from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ 
Fourth Anniversary Show Theme:
“That Didn’t Go the Way I Thought It Would.” 
Sign Language Interpretation Services Available!
If you require ASL Interpretation services for this event or a future Storytellers event you plan to attend, please contact Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com with your request. 

More info here


Bring a Buddy and Save $50 at NSN
Bring a Buddy to the 2015 National Storytelling Conference in Kansas City, MO! Your buddy can call the office at 800-525-4514, give your name, and save $50 on a full registration. You'll get a copy of Flora Joy's "Storytelling Delivery Skills" workbook as thanks for sharing the storytelling love!
More info

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This Week


Everyone's Invited - Tucson Tellers Celebration & Potluck

July 18 - 6-9 PM
Glenda Bonin of Tucson Tellers of Tales writes:

This is an exciting time for Tellers of Tales in Tucson! We are currently reorganizing and looking to the future to make an impact for storytelling in Southern Arizona. 

As we review our goals, purpose and the benefits of membership, we are also planning a Backyard Storytelling Celebration and Potluck in a beautiful downtown garden venue from 6:00 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 18.
We would like to include some storytellers from outside Tucson, and we hope a few readers of your newsletter will enjoy participating with us. I am happy to provide details for storytellers interested in joining us for this evening of fun and stories. Just contact me via phone (520.629.0270), or send me an email ( glenda_bonin@yahoo.com ) for more information.
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Stretch, Plie, Balance, Warm-Up

A dancers' warm-up: stretch, plie, balance. An athlete's warm-up: bend, stretch, sprint, run, throw. A musician's warm-up: scales, breath, runs, hold long notes. A singer's warm-up: breaths, scales, tongue trills.

A storytellers warm-up: Sit until your turn comes up.

All too often, that's what it seems to be, but we should really follow the example of all the folks above. We should warm up our storytelling instrument.

Storytellers need to warm up like any other performer. They need to prepare their voice, body, arms face and mind for the process of performing (or even simply telling) a story.

Storytellers need to stretch, make their bodies soft and pliable, even if your character is supposed to be "stiff". Your instrument needs to be tuned. 

Storytellers need to warm up their voices. Do mouth exercises to stretch their lips and vocal chords. Pop some "Ps, Ns, and Ms" to get crisp sounds and smooth transitions. Breath in and out.

Storytellers need to stretch their arms and legs. Check your posture and balance. Check your gestures for relevance and flow. Do your movements come from deep inside your core?

Then, when you are ready, just before you go on, take a moment; a breath. It's Showtime!

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This Guy PRACTICED A LOT - And Warmed Up!

John Moschitta, Jr., also known as "Motormouth" is the actor that most people didn't know in the 1981 "fast talking" FedEx commercial. Moschitta had been credited in The Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Fastest Talker, with the ability to articulate 586 words per minute. (His record was broken in 1990 by Steve Woodmore who spoke 637 wpm and subsequently by Sean Shannon who spoke 655 wpm on August 30, 1995. Raised with five sisters, Moschitta said that he needed to talk fast "just to get a word in edgewise".
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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers - Tucson
Usually sometime during the first week of the month - but check their website) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month (except July and August) - Tucson

West Side Story Tellers - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month - GLENDALE *NO meetings in July & August

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

Homebase Poetry
Has changed to a random schedule  - Phoenix
Make sure you check the Faceboook page

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