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06 - 09 Sep 2017

2017 National Youth Storytelling Showcase



Mission statement:
Strengthening storytelling by promoting and teaching the art of story among young tellers.
Vision statement:
To empower the nation’s youth through storytelling.

Join us in welcoming six outstanding youth storytellers, who are the best of the best from across the nation. They travel to Utah for the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference and Festival.  Afterward, these talented kids will represent youth storytelling for the next year in their home state. These youth tellers will perform Friday and Saturday Morning at the Festival and provide the preshow concert at The Shops at Riverwoods on Wednesday night. Click on the Torchbearers tab above to learn more about them.

 National Youth Storytelling Showcase Concert

Wednesday, September 6, 2017; 6:00 PM

The Gazebo at The Shops at Riverwoods

4801 N. University Ave., Provo, UT 84604





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All Days
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  • Sep 06 2017
  • Sep 08 2017
  • Sep 09 2017
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  • 7:00-8:00 AM
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  • 10:00-11:00 AM
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 12:00-1:00 PM
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  • 5:00-6:00 PM
  • 6:00-7:00 PM
  • 7:00-8:00 PM
  • 8:00-9:00 PM
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  • The Shops at Riverwoods
  • Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point—Lehi, Utah
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  • Camilla Hein
  • Cheney Davidson
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  • Storytelling
  • Music
  • Workshop


FREE Concert with our 2017 National Youth Storytelling Showcase Torchbearers

The Shops at Riverwoods

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM


Join these NYSS Tellers at the Festival

Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point—Lehi, Utah

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Join these NYSS Tellers at the Festival

Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point—Lehi, Utah

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Phoebe Beckelhymer

Phoebe has never met a stranger. She would pick up and pet a tarantula if you let her and manners are very important to her. Storytelling is among her favorite things to do and she brightens any room she walks into. It seems she is either singing or dancing all day long.

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Liam Robison

Liam has been storytelling since second grade. He lives a life full of mischief, so he has lots of material to work with. He enjoys school. He loves taking road trips, especially if they end up at a summer home in Ontario, Canada. He plays tennis, runs track, and skis.

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Kalena Slaton

Kalena R. Slaton was born in Boston, MA. and lives in Brandon with her parents and her Mimi. Kalena is a student at Howard W. Blake Magnet High School of the Performing Arts, in Tampa. She was the Critics Choice Winner of 2014 in Junior Thespians for her monologue. She recently went to the Florida Storytelling Festival in 2016 as a featured Youth Teller and has been an Storytelling Ambassador for five years.

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Darby Tassell

Darby Tassell is a freshman at Bowling Green High in Kentucky. She has been on the speech team since grade 6. Now a freshman, she played the Narrator in the high school production of Charlotte's Web and took third place in broadcasting and prose at the KESDA state-wide speech tournament.

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Daxton Watts

Daxton Watts likes stories that make him laugh. He has been listening to and telling stories most of his life. He hopes his audiences laugh the stories he tells. Daxton also lives on the competitive soccer field, plays piano, and just picked up the trumpet.

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Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson is an 11th grader from San Antonio, Texas. She has attended Saint Mary’s Hall since the first grade and is new to story telling, although she has previously competed in speech events with her school. She also runs track and has competed nationally in both javelin throwing and pole vaulting.

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National Youth Storytellers 2018

Apply to perform at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival on September 6-8, 2018
with some of your favorite national storytellers.

Details and applications are available at timpfest.org/youthstorytellers.
The deadline to apply is March 2, 2018.


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