EVERYONE HAS A STORY
The tradition of oral storytelling has existed long before written works. Something deep and significant is conveyed through the relating of a well-crafted, well-told first person story. Many times these stories have served as a way to preserve history and explore and impact our emotions as individuals and communities. Storytelling is a powerful means of entertainment, education and cultural preservation. Coyote Tales hopes to perpetuate the art of storytelling while entertaining the listener with a unique and intimate experience.
Coyote Tales are live, open-mic style storytelling events with amateur and experienced storytellers. Each event has a theme, on which stories are to be based. Potential storytellers may address that theme in any way they choose. Prior to the event, storytellers craft their true, on-theme story, practice the telling (5 minutes or less), work on eliminating excess detail to nail the perfect ending. When the doors open, potential storytellers put their name in the hat in hopes of being chosen to share their story. If chosen, the storyteller takes the stage to delight the audience. At the end of the evening, the audience votes for their favorite story. Stories must be true, told live, within the given time frame (5 minutes). They must be told without notes, props, or accompaniment.
Coyote Tales is our take on “The Moth” live storytelling events. The original Moth events were inspired by porch storytelling parties attended by author, George Dawes Green. The concept has spawned worldwide live oral storytelling performances, a PRX radio program and a book. This is our take on these ideas. For more information on The Moth, please check out their website @ https://www.themoth.org
All events held at Center for the Arts at Kayenta
Start time is 7:30 pm sharp.
Out of respect for our storytellers, late comers will not be admitted until intermission. If you are interested in getting on stage, please contact us in advance or arrive by 7:00 to get your name in the hat. If you are trying to get on stage the evening of the event, please find Victoria when you arrive to get set up.
Ticket price is $20.00
Tickets are available through the KAF website, and at the door the evening of the event. We encourage you to purchase your tickets early. Previous events have sold out. If you have a story to tell and would like to get on stage, please contact Victoria in advance. We will make certain you have access to purchase a ticket. Please do not let the cost of tickets prevent you from attending. Volunteer opportunities are available in exchange for admission.
Please note that adult themes may be discussed.
Some listeners may find a story’s subject matter difficult.
FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019
THE THEME FOR THE EVENING’S STORIES IS: FRENEMIES
Prepare a 5 minute story about a relationship that confounds you. Are you “friends” with someone you fundamentally dislike? Perhaps you have a friend who can always be counted on…to bring you down. Do you have a person in your life that always roots for you to do well, but just not better than them? Maybe it’s an object that you have a love-hate relationship with? Oh, do tell.
Please no standup routines or rants.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019
THE THEME FOR THE EVENING’S STORIES IS: DAREDEVIL
Prepare a 5 minute story about adventure. Have you done something that was most likely a bad idea but seemed exciting, so you did it anyway? For some, it’s a new shirt or a different route to work. For others, it’s a nail-biting, hair-raising experience that makes life worth living. Relive your thrill-seeking experience on the Coyote Tales stage.
Please no standup routines or rants.
Tips for Storytelling Greatness
Follow these Simple Guidelines
Get started telling your tale!
A Strong Start
Have a clear, engaging and attention grabbing opening. You want to snare the audience’s attention. You want to bring them along with you when you share your tale.
A Clear Path
The best stories have a natural arc. A clear beginning, - the action or conflict, - a resolution or closure - and finally, describe how the experience affected or changed you, the teller.
Use your own voice and language. This is your story.
Too much detail can cloud the narrative. You want enough detail to make it real, but not so much that it is overwhelming.
Practice your story but don’t memorize it! Practice enough so that you are comfortable. Know your major points but have fun with the details.
Need Some Help?
For help developing your story, we’ve lined up a few storytelling pros to assist you.
Actor, Teacher, Director
Dr. Kristin DeNure Hunt
Professor, Consultant, Facilitator, Mentor and Mediator
Founding Artistic Director, Former Managing Director,-First Stage Theater, Long time Theater Education Advocate