NYS 2021 Audition Information

 

DETAILS:

Submission: Complete application (including a link to your story) HERE. This applies to all youth teller submissions, including finalists from state storytelling events.
Deadline: March 19, 2021
Evaluation: A National Selection Committee of independent judges will evaluate recordings electronically.
Notification: Youth Finalists will be notified via email in May and will receive an invitation to present their story as a National Youth Storyteller this September in Lehi, Utah at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

GUIDELINES:

Story Length: 5-8 minutes (suggested); not to exceed 9 minutes.
Format: Submit an electronic audition via YouTube or Vimeo.
Anonymity: DO NOT include teller’s surname or place of residence on recording.
Online Submissions: All forms are accepted electronically HERE.
Age: Tellers must be 8-18 years old (or grade 2-12) to submit audition.

NOTES:

A State Chair, guild, or school district may review electronic videos to make sure youth teller applications and recordings are ready to submit.
Storytellers who have previously performed at the Festival are eligible to perform at the Festival again if selected.
Entry forms must be fully completed to avoid disqualification.
Please do not include graphics with teller information as it may count against the teller’s score.
Students must not turn 19 years of age prior to September 11, 2021.
TSI will invite 18-20 top ranking National Youth Storytellers to perform in a Showcase & at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

Aaboli Saman

Aaboli Saman

National Youth Storyteller

Aaboli will be in 9th grade this September. She loves music and playing piano and violin. She enjoys math, reading, science, and art as well as playing chess.

Arya Ajith

Arya Ajith

National Youth Storyteller

Arya is an 8th grader from Texas. She loves storytelling, public speaking, and debate; she has been participating in storytelling festivals in Texas for the past few years. Arya is passionate about public speaking and enjoys coaching young kids in the basics of the art.

Audrey Lopez

Audrey Lopez

National Youth Storyteller

Audrey, 14, is from Florida. Her many interests include reading, horseback riding, playing piano, and storytelling! She has participated in several musicals and performed at county & state storytelling festivals in Florida. She is very excited to be participating. Her family, including 3 brothers and a sister, will be cheering her on.

Caleb Larson

Caleb Larson

National Youth Storyteller

Caleb is an avid reader, and can often be found reading books to his three younger siblings. Some of his hobbies include playing the piano, baking desserts, and playing video games. He loves to tell stories and is very excited to be telling his original story.

Chloe Rogers

Chloe Rogers

National Youth Storyteller

Chloe is from Eagle Mountain, Utah, and will be starting 7th grade in Fall 2021. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing piano, practicing beauty and gore makeup looks, doing ALL the crafts, and telling stories. Chloe is honored to be a National Youth Storytelling storyteller and looks forward to performing her story and hearing all the other NYS tellers.

Cohen Botkin

Cohen Botkin

National Youth Storyteller

Cohen is from Utah and loves to hike, swim, run, and ski. After cello practice, he races outside to play, often found with a bag slung over one shoulder, magnifying glass in hand, observing and making discoveries about the world around him. He loves reading books on espionage or survival skills; always having a bag, packed with everything he might need from pocket knife to bandaid. This is Cohen’s second year performing as an NYS teller.

David Brock

David Brock

National Youth Storyteller

David Brock has lived in Cedar Hill, TX all his life. He lives with his parents, a donkey, dog, cat, and two new goats. He has been homeschooled most of his life. Telling stories with the Zula B. Wylie Public Library began about age seven. He also enjoys going barefoot, climbing trees, and almost anything related to science and math. He currently takes classes at Dallas College, Mountain View Campus, and works there as a lab assistant.

Eli Jeppsen

Eli Jeppsen

National Youth Storyteller

Eli is a 5th grader in Utah. From an early age he has used his imagination in creating stories and games. He is an avid reader & loves science, especially chemistry and marine biology. He wants to be a scientist when he grows up. He enjoyed participating in his school’s storytelling competition and is excited to participate as a NYS teller where his two little sisters will be cheering him on.

Elizabeth Myers

Elizabeth Myers

National Youth Storyteller

Elizabeth and Genevieve have been avid readers and storytellers since early elementary school. This is their first time telling tandem, and they are having so much fun with it, they're wondering why they didn't try it sooner. However, they don't do everything together. Outside of storytelling, Elizabeth is usually involved with musical theater, and Genevieve is always playing her harp or flute.

Eve Cowan

Eve Cowan

National Youth Storyteller

Eve Simone Cowan is 8 years old from Highland, Utah. She told for her school's storytelling competition for three years. Eve and Molly Lou are one and the same: friendly, fearless and funny! They are proud of who they are, family is important and loved ones can help navigate the world they live in. Eve is the epitome of wise words from Molly Lou’s grandma, “Smile big and the world will smile right alongside you! SO SHE DID!”

Genevieve Myers

Genevieve Myers

National Youth Storyteller

Elizabeth and Genevieve have been avid readers and storytellers since early elementary school. This is their first time telling tandem, and they are having so much fun with it, they're wondering why they didn't try it sooner. However, they don't do everything together. Outside of storytelling, Elizabeth is usually involved with musical theater, and Genevieve is always playing her harp or flute.

Kamden Botkin

Kamden Botkin

National Youth Storyteller

Kamden is well-known for his silly sense of humor. If he isn't jumping out and scaring a sibling, he is probably practicing his violin to earn some screen time. Kamden lives in Utah and loves to be outdoors. He also enjoys being a catcher on his baseball team and fishing with his dad. He loves reading books about birds and birdwatching. He is excited to be performing for the second time as a National Youth Storytelling storyteller.

Kenadee Carroll

Kenadee Carroll

National Youth Storyteller

Kenadee Carroll is 12 years old and lives in Highland, Utah. She has two sisters and two brothers. She loves outdoor adventures and exploring new places. Kenadee also loves soccer, basketball, softball, hiking, and wake surfing-almost as much as making new friends. And last but not least, she really enjoys being on the stage telling stories.

Matthew Christensen

Matthew Christensen

National Youth Storyteller

Matthew lives in Utah and is in seventh grade. He enjoys telling stories that go with drawings he creates. This active imagination extends to his other areas of interest - Legos, trains, swimming, Nerf guns, and science.

Mattox Botkin

Mattox Botkin

National Youth Storyteller

Mattox is from Utah & is excited to be back at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival for his third year as a youth teller. He can most often be found reading, loves a good story & always has a book (or two) with him wherever he goes. Mattox is also an accomplished pianist whose favorite thing is creating his own compositions. He loves to play baseball and ski with his friends and family.

Mckenna Rock

Mckenna Rock

National Youth Storyteller

Mckenna is a 4th grader from Utah and the oldest of 4 children. She is creative and her many interests include soccer, legos, reading, writing stories, music, and art. Storytelling has been a great opportunity for her to use her creativity. Mckenna has been participating in storytelling since kindergarten, and is excited to tell her story in the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival this year!

Nisi Rigamoto

Nisi Rigamoto

National Youth Storyteller

Nisi is 10 years old and starting 5th grade this fall. She is the 4th of 8 children. Her father is from Fiji and her mother from Utah. Being Polynesian, she loves her culture dancing Hawaiian, Tahitian, Fijian and Rotuman. She loves singing, acting, performing, along with playing soccer, basketball and tennis. She is always smiling, helping others, and serving on her school’s Hope Squad. She brings so much love and light to all those around her.

Sky Byrd

Sky Byrd

National Youth Storyteller

Sky Byrd is 12 and in the 5th grade at Owsley county elementary school. For 4 consecutive years. Sky has held the title of Ask Kentucky Youth Storytelling torchbearer awarded from the Kentucky storytelling association to exceptional youth storytellers ages 7-17. Sky tells traditional Appalachian stories she learned from Mrs. Octavia Sexton and is developing an interest in creating original stories. She has told stories and led workshops at festivals, libraries, and schools around Kentucky.

Wesley Reeves

Wesley Reeves

National Youth Storyteller

Wesley was a youth teller twice before at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. He has appeared in numerous productions with Desert Star and University of Utah Youth Theater programs. He just completed Newsies at the Murray Amphitheater. One of his favorite roles was playing Jack in Into the Woods. He is also an accomplished aerialist, gymnast, ballroom dancer, and fedora wearer.

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