Youth storytellers have been a significant part of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival since its third year. The children and teens you see performing each year represent thousands of children who participate in school-based storytelling festivals across the state and nation.
Storytelling is a valuable part of our community and is being nurtured in the next generation by teachers, parents, and others who understand the power of story. Utah’s youth shine in their ability to capture our hearts, tickle our funny bones, and paint pictures in our minds with their stories. In order to help as many students have an opportunity to participate as possible, elementary students that perform at the Festival for three years in a row are asked to take a break for one year before auditioning again.
Youth Teller Auditions
Storytellers ages 5-18 are invited to audition and participate in the Festival. Selected tellers will present one 3-9 minute story on stage at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival as featured Festival Youth Tellers.
There are three avenues for Youth Teller auditions: School District Competitions, Open Auditions and the National Youth Storytelling Showcase.
School District Competitions: Many Alpine District schools hold their own storytelling festivals. Schools must submit the names of two representatives to Mary Conrad at email@example.com by 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 3. Elementary schools should submit one lower grade representative and one upper grade representative. Secondary schools may submit two representatives from any grade. These school representatives will audition at Lindon Elementary either March 14 or 15, 2017. During these auditions, tellers present a two minute portion of their story. Selected finalists will be invited to perform their entire story in the call-back auditions.
Open Auditions: For those not in involved in school-related festivals, open auditions are held annually for children and teens at the Orem Public Library on Thursday, March 16, 2017. During these auditions, tellers present a 2 minute portion of their story. To schedule an open audition appointment, please call the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute at 228-1350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The cutoff to schedule an audition is Monday, March 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm. During these auditions, tellers present a two minute portion of their story. Selected finalists will be invited to perform their entire story in the call-back auditions.
Call-back Auditions are the final auditions for youth invited to return from both open auditions and school district competitions. Youth will tell the full version of their story and will be judged on performance skills such as poise, voice expression, eye contact and body language.
National Youth Storytelling Showcase: Five youth tellers from every state may audition for the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. Contact your state storytelling chair by clicking here for more details. Entries from students selected by state chairs are due by Friday March 3, 2017.
Helpful Hints: Popular stories and/or fairytales told in a predictable style and manner will rarely engage the judges and audience. If using costumes or props, make sure they enhance your performance instead of distract the audience. Click here to see what judges are looking for as they evaluate the auditions.