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National Youth Storytellers/Youth Auditions 26 Jun 2017

National Youth Storytellers/Youth Auditions

NATIONAL YOUTH STORYTELLERS

Youth storytellers have been a significant part of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival since its third year. The children and teens that perform each year represent thousands of children who participate in school-based storytelling festivals across the state and nation. Any interested storyteller ages 5-18 from throughout the nation is invited to audition and participate in the Festival as a National Youth Storyteller. Selected tellers will present one 3-9 minute story on stage at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

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. Our nation’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, 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

There are three avenues for Youth Teller auditions:  Online Submissions, School District Competitions, and Open Auditions.

Online Submissions: Youth (ages 5-18) from anywhere in the nation are invited to submit an application to perform on the 2018 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival stage (September 6-8) alongside professional storytellers.  Applications are due by Friday, March 2 and should include contact information and a link to a video recording of the story the student will perform, if selected, at the Festival. The link to the electronic video can be in whatever format the applicant is most comfortable (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.), but must be viewable by clicking on the link. Click here to submit an application. All applications will be reviewed by a national panel.

School District Competitions: Many schools in the Alpine School District in Utah hold their own storytelling festivals. Participating schools must submit the names of two representatives to Mary Conrad at meconrad@alpinedistrict.org by 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 2. 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 in mid-March at a school in the Alpine District. At the March audition, tellers will be filmed and their performances will be reviewed by the national panel.

Open Auditions: For those not in involved in school-related festivals and who are unable to submit an online submission, open auditions are held annually for children and teens at the Orem Public Library on Thursday, March 15, 2018. To schedule an open audition appointment, please call the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute at 801-228-1350 or email emilyb@timpfest.org. The cutoff to schedule an audition is Monday, March 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm. During these auditions, tellers will be filmed and their performances will also be reviewed by the national panel.

Process: All youth teller submissions will be reviewed by a national panel and notifications to storytellers selected to perform at the 2018 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival will go out by April 27, 2018. Selected storytellers will also receive the opportunity to have additional training and coaching before their festival performance.

Helpful Hints: Popular stories and/or fairytales told in a predictable style and manner rarely engage the judges and audience. Applicants are encouraged to choose an engaging story and work to make sure their storytelling style enriches the story during their performance. Stories must be no longer than nine minutes, but shorter stories often score better than longer stories. If an applicant chooses to use costumes or props, make sure these additions enhance your performance instead of distracting the audience. Click here to see what judges are looking for as they evaluate the applications.

NATIONAL YOUTH STORYTELLERS

Youth storytellers have been a significant part of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival since its third year. The children and teens that perform each year represent thousands of children who participate in school-based storytelling festivals across the state and nation. Any interested storyteller ages 5-18 from throughout the nation is invited to audition and participate in the Festival as a National Youth Storyteller. Selected tellers will present one 3-9 minute story on stage at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

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. Our nation’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, 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

There are three avenues for Youth Teller auditions:  Online Submissions, School District Competitions, and Open Auditions.

Online Submissions: Youth (ages 5-18) from anywhere in the nation are invited to submit an application to perform on the 2018 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival stage (September 6-8) alongside professional storytellers.  Applications are due by Friday, March 2 and should include contact information and a link to a video recording of the story the student will perform, if selected, at the Festival. The link to the electronic video can be in whatever format the applicant is most comfortable (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.), but must be viewable by clicking on the link. Click here to submit an application. All applications will be reviewed by a national panel.

School District Competitions: Many schools in the Alpine School District in Utah hold their own storytelling festivals. Participating schools must submit the names of two representatives to Mary Conrad at meconrad@alpinedistrict.org by 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 2. 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 in mid-March at a school in the Alpine District. At the March audition, tellers will be filmed and their performances will be reviewed by the national panel.

Open Auditions: For those not in involved in school-related festivals and who are unable to submit an online submission, open auditions are held annually for children and teens at the Orem Public Library on Thursday, March 15, 2018. To schedule an open audition appointment, please call the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute at 801-228-1350 or email emilyb@timpfest.org. The cutoff to schedule an audition is Monday, March 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm. During these auditions, tellers will be filmed and their performances will also be reviewed by the national panel.

Process: All youth teller submissions will be reviewed by a national panel and notifications to storytellers selected to perform at the 2018 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival will go out by April 27, 2018. Selected storytellers will also receive the opportunity to have additional training and coaching before their festival performance.

Helpful Hints: Popular stories and/or fairytales told in a predictable style and manner rarely engage the judges and audience. Applicants are encouraged to choose an engaging story and work to make sure their storytelling style enriches the story during their performance. Stories must be no longer than nine minutes, but shorter stories often score better than longer stories. If an applicant chooses to use costumes or props, make sure these additions enhance your performance instead of distracting the audience. Click here to see what judges are looking for as they evaluate the applications.

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