Storyteller

Storytelling Example

I have performed stories at Thanksgiving Point, Pioneer Days, Ellis Island Orem event, Community fairs, Provo Park, Orem’s Library Liars Competition, Springville Art Museum, family reunions, family parties and Weber State Story Telling 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!

– Utah Storytelling Guild member
– Timp Tellers member
– Contributor to USG’s Tale swapper newsletter

Past story telling Performances:
Kneaders: Gingerbread man and cookies Dec 2nd.
Story Swap: Nov. 17th, Traits of a hero
Conduit: memorial day weekend: Traits of a Hero.
June 1st: Traits of a Hero presentation at the Roots and Wings story tellers retreats.
June 9th: Traits of a Hero, Springville children’s museum.
Feb 2013 Judge Thunder Ridge and Valley View elementary.

Traits of a Hero:
Traits of a hero is a presentation and workshop illustrating to the audience three traits of a Hero: Brains, courage and perseverance. We reference popular children’s books and depict heroes in fiction and we compare heroes of real life such as George Washington, Lous and Clark and Thomas Edison.

Intertwined with the comparisons are stories depicting these three traits: A story: War with Grandma depicts a child using his brains by out-thinking his mischievous grandmother in a water balloon fight. The story: Voyage across the ocean depicts real travelers who possessed the courage to face a dangerous voyage across the ocean. The story: George Washington at Fort Decane gives an example of extreme courage in terrifying circumstances.

Traits of a hero then wraps up these three traits having the class solve a make believe scenario. Students under the direction of their teacher and the teller, must employ the knowledge and problem solving skills obtained in school to ‘save the wizard’. A wizard is cornered and has limited resources with which to help in her escape from a bunch of bad guys. Using logic and the knowledge of science the class must determine which of the four resources will be the best solution.

Blog entries on story telling:
http://www.melvagifford.com/2013/02/12/observations-of-storyteller-laura-sims/
http://www.melvagifford.com/2012/04/03/useful-story-telling-techniques-ive-observed-at-weber-state-story-telling-festival-22912/
http://www.melvagifford.com/2012/07/25/what-i-learned-telling-stories-to-a-class-of-deaf-or-special-needs-students/
http://www.melvagifford.com/2012/07/11/troubleshooting-microphones-during-story-telling-events/
http://www.melvagifford.com/2013/01/03/finding-a-story-a-presentation-by-steffani-raff/

Storytelling Resources:
http://professionalstoryteller.ning.com
http:// professionalstoryteller.ning.com
http://community.weber.edu/storytelling
http://www.utstoryguild.org
http://www.utstoryguild.org
http://www.utstoryswap.org
http://www.utstoryswap.org
http://www.writersstore.com
http://www.writersstore.com
http://www.storyconnection.net
http://www.storyconnection.net
http://www.audible.com
http://cowboypoetry.com
http://cowboypoetry.com
http://www.upharts.org
http://www.upharts.org
http://www.ddavisstoryteller.com
http://www.ddavisstoryteller.com
http://www.rofessionalstoryteller.ning.com
www.rofessionalstoryteller.ning.com
http://new-list.com/?Story-Connection-Express—-E-zine-for-parents,-educators-and-librarians&id=
http://arts.utah.gov
http://arts.utah.gov

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