Monday - August 13, 2012
Issue # 16

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SMCC Fall Classes Start Next Week!

Classes start next week, so make sure you register now!

Unfortunately, two classes have been cancelled: Storytelling and Music and Creating/Performing Solo/Collaborative Works. Plans for offering these two classes in the future are in the works.

Here is the current lineup of classes:
   Art of Storytelling I
   Art of Storytelling II
   Creating and Telling Personal Stories.
   Multicultural Folktales

Classes are filling up, dont get left out!

AZ Republic Live Storytelling Schedule Set for Year

Megan Finnerty, reporter for the Arizona Republic and host of Live Storytelling Nights has set the schedule for the next year of events.The next event is September 21st. The theme is All the world’s a stage: Stories of the performing arts and the people who make productions possible. Mark your calendars, and if you want to tell at this event, or any of the others, contact Megan at at 602-444-8770 or E-mail her at  megan.finnerty@arizonarepublic.com
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Coming Up


Executive Speaker Training - Aug 23-24
Storyteller and Trainer Extraordinaire Sean Buvala will be conductinig his Executive Speaker Training Workshop at the end of next week, August 23rd & 24th. Here are just a few of the things you will learn:

*The one question you must answer for your audience right away.
*Discover your individual secret that separates you from the rest of the speakers.
*The surprising techniques of a good speaker that you need before you even open your mouth.
*The power of crafting a story: knowing what to keep and what to lay aside.
But wait...there's more! Check out Sean's website to learn more about this amazing workshop and why you should attend.

Save The Dates - Bowties are Coming Our Way!
Donald Davis will be here the week of October 15th - 20th. He will be splitting his time betweeen workshops and performances at SMCC and other venues around the Valley. More details will be available soon, but mark your calendar now!
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The Endowment Exercise

One of the previous tips offered here was about Building a Back Story with Significant Objects. This week, I would like to talk about endowing objects, places and people. 

The great actress/teacher Uta Hagen used and taught the concept of endowment to make things real. As actors, we must hold the prop teacup (bought at the Dollar Store) and make the audience believe it is a delicate antique, handed down from three generations. The only way we can do that, is by endowing the prop with the qualities of the object in our story. (Note: the actor must also endow the sets and other actors with their own qualities in order for the audience to believe they exist.)
What are the qualities of that teacup?
Delicate and fragile, yet it has stood the test of time. It survived in our family through several wars and many, many physical moves; across the country and around the world. It symbolizes the love, not only that Great Grandfather had for Great Grandmother, but the faith that the family had in each other, handed down from each generation. It is believed to possess magical, curative properties, as it was used to administer liquid medicines that saved the lives of both Grandmother and Mother over the years.
As an actor, I must endow that cup with all those qualities. I must use my hands, my body, my face, my eyes, voice and breathing to handle the cup as if it were the real object. I must show some reverence for that cup. I do not merely grab it and swig the cold tea in it, I must lift it gently, as if it could break any minute, and the resulting loss would be devastating. I must also endow the liquid inside with heat, and the taste of Earl Grey. Blowing gently to cool the hot tea, sipping the bold, robust flavor.
As a storyteller, I must do all that…but without the actual prop to handle!
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Send Your Senses Soaring!
You may remember that a few weeks ago I posted a tip about using The Forgotten Senses. This last week, writer, editor, speaker and creative consultant Monica Davis posted as a guest blogger for Karen Chace (Catch the Story Bug). Her blog has some wonderful, creative "sense" exercises and more great examples on ways to use all five senses. Be sure to check it out! 
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East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE
Scottsdale Public Library (Civic Center Branch)
10:00 am - 12 Noon
Gold Room

Storytellers Open Mic
First Sunday of each month - PHOENIX
Resuming on October 7th

Terra Java Coffeehouse - 3619 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix 
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month - TUCSON
Fluxx Studio and Gallery, 416 E. 9th St., Tucson, $7 - 
7:00 pm

Lit Lounge - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA)
Fourth Friday of each month - SCOTTSDALE
It’s a little bit This American Life and a little bit rock-n-roll! Every fourth Friday, some of the most engaging writers and performers in Arizona, and the nation, will share their funny, compelling and TRUE stories fused together by kicky, live music!
7:00 pm

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