Melva Gifford is a Utah Story Guild member and Timp Tellers member and contributor to USG’s Tale swapper newsletter.
She has performed on the PBS radio program Story Mine several times. Also performed stories at: Pioneer Days, Ellis Island (Orem event), Community fairs, Provo Park, Ward, Orem’s Library’s Liars Competition, as well as: Springville Art Museum, family reunions, Orem deaf school, family parties and WUS storytelling festival.
Comments from the WSU Storytelling Audition committee: The balloon head story would be a fun and silly story to share with the kids. Many kids would giggle at the idea of a head getting bigger and bigger. The audience interaction with us shouting out “Melva!” made it a more memorable experience. You had appropriate gestures that allowed the audience to visually see the story while you told it. Overall, you are a wonderful and dynamic teller!
As an active member of Toastmasters, she has won several speech competitions.