Tag Archives: Storytelling

Dr. Celes Tisdale Storytelling Workshop

Celes Tisdale will host a storytelling performance and workshop. Dr. Tisdale’s performance will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. Audience participants will be able to learn more about the art of storytelling by asking Celes Tisdale about his craft.

August 29th

4:30-5:30 PM

Free to the Public!

Dr. Celes Tisdale is an accomplished actor, storyteller, and lecturer. He is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Buffalo’s Man on the Year Award, and Erie County Arts Council Artist of the Year Award. He has served 42 years as a teaching artist for Young Audiences of Western New York.

Flash, Bang and Done! One Story in One Thousand Words (or less)

Over 4,000 outlets are publishing flash fiction, many post one every day. That means a lot of sites, magazines, and podcasts are hungry for your fiction.
What is flash fiction? It’s compressed stories told in a variety of styles, usually less than 2,000 words. Some stories are lists, email exchanges, and classifieds, but many use the traditional narrative form.
Every writer can benefit from learning about the genre, even if they never choose to write it. You’ll learn how to write tightly, quickly defining your characters, identifying your conflict and plot and selecting only the most salient details.
Each week we’ll work on one aspect of these elements. We’ll also discuss stories we’ve read and learn exercises to improve our writing. I’ll connect the dots between this genre and the novel and the memoir.  The four-week course will culminate in a draft of your flash fiction piece.
You’ll need writing instruments. Developed story ideas are welcome but not required. $5 photocopying fee.

Flipping the Fairytale Script: Make Old Stories New to You

Whether you are stuck in your writing practice or only beginning to dabble, making an old story unfamiliar and new is a playful way to learn about storytelling and invigorate your creative process. In this class, you’ll take a fairytale of your choice and re-tell it from the perspective of a secondary character or a completely new one. This age-old activity has resulted in famous works such as Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, Never Never, and A Wolf at The Door. During the two-hour workshop, Sea will offer tips and activities to help you develop your character, establish the story’s point of view, and imagine its new conflict and plot. All you’ll need is yourself, paper and pen. Feel free to have a fairytale in mind.

Sea Stachura’s brain is a toolbox for all kinds of storytelling, and she loves sharing these tools. She has over 15 years of experience writing print and radio journalism. Her work has appeared on NPR, Marketplace and locally on GPB. For five years, she taught multimedia storytelling and podcasting at Augusta University. Currently, she’s completing her MFA in fiction at the renowned MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Museum Theater: The Other Tubmans

The character in The Other Tubmans, tells a story that explains the connection between local Tubman slaves freed in the 1830s and William Tubman, who served as Liberia, Africa’s longest running President from 1944-1971. Performances at 12 noon, 12:30 pm, and 1:30 pm.

Free with Museum admission.

$4 Adults | $3 Seniors | $2 Children
Free for Children Under Age 5

Auditions for The Parchman Hour presented by The Augusta Jr PLayers

The Parchman Hour commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders. In 1961, the original 13 riders boarded a bus in Washington, DC bound for New Orleans via Mississippi and Alabama.  Presented in the style of the variety shows of yesteryear, this moving production explores three of the tensest months of 1961.

Those auditioning should prepare a 2-3 minute monologue from August Wilson’s Century Cycle plays and prepare a song from one of the following selections;

  • “Walk Right In” –  Roof Top Singers
  • “I’m On My Way to Freedom Land” –  Mahalia Jackson
  • “Woke Up This Morning…” –  John Legend or Golden Gospel Singers

Students who play guitar, piano, drums, or bass guitar are a plus, but not necessary.

This show will travel and students will be required to miss 2 days of school in February.