Valley Voices Story Slam

Valley Voices is presented by the Academy of Music Theatre and New England Public Radio.

Season 4 of Valley Voices is here!  Come out and hear some outrageous, funny and heartwarming true stories told in five minutes by your friends and neighbors from around the valley. The audience picks the winner, and a storytelling star is born! Grab a beer and get ready for a night of great entertainment. The winners of each slam will go on to compete in this year’s “Best of Valley Voices” coming in October 2018 to the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton.

Thursday, March 1, 2018: “Neighbors
7:00pm
Hosted at The Alvah Stone
440 Greenfield Road
Montague, MA 01351
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS TO “NEIGHBORS”

Thursday, April 5, 2018:  “The Silver Lining”
7:00pm
Hosted at New City Brewery
180 Pleasant Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS TO “THE SILVER LINING”

Thursday, May 3, 2018: “Landline”
7:00pm
Hosted at Gateway City Arts
92-114 Race Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS TO “LANDLINE”

Thursday, June 7, 2018 : “If I Knew Then”
7:00pm
Hosted at Gateway City Arts
92-114 Race Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS TO “IF I KNEW THEN”

HOW TO AUDITION:

During the set audition period, call our designated phone line at  413-735-6688  to share the first sentence of your story, and your contact information. Please share only the first line of your story. Speak slowly and clearly when giving your line and your contact information.

March 1: “Neighbors”:  Auditions open January 15 – February 1

April 5: “The Silver Lining”:  Auditions open February 12 – March 1

May 3: “Landline”:  Auditions open March 21 – April 5

June 7 : If I Knew Then”:  Auditions open April 18 – May 3

Storytellers will be selected based on the strength of their first line and will be invited to share their story live at Valley Voices. Selected storytellers are encouraged to attend a free storytelling workshop, which will help to cultivate personal stories into performances. Storytellers will be offered the opportunity to purchase one ticket for a friend – we know you want moral support while you’re up on that stage!

Story Slam Rules

  • Stories must be submitted for consideration through New England Public Radio’s designated phone line on the dates described above. Share the first line of your story as you would tell it the night of the slam. Your name, email and phone number need to be recorded on voicemail. *Please speak clearly and slowly. Phone line:  413-735-6688
  • Stories must be personal, first-person narrative and from your life experience
  • Stories must be told without notes, props, costumes or musical instruments
  • Your story must relate to the theme
  • Each storyteller gets 5 minutes with a one-minute warning
  • You must be 18 or older and reside in New England
  • If you’ve participated in a Valley Voices story slam or auditioned for previous seasons you are welcome to re-audition. You may audition for all four events in Season 4.
  • If you take 1 st , 2 nd  or 3 rd  place in a slam, you cannot participate in other slams during the season (you will be moving on to the Best of Valley Voices in the fall!)
  • All storytellers must agree to have their story recorded for use on the Valley Voices Podcast.
  • The top 3 storytellers for each slam will go on to compete in the “Best of Valley Voices Story Slam” at the Academy of Music in October 2018. If you are in the top three, you must commit to sharing a story for Best of Valley Voices. The top two storytellers will be featured on the Valley Voices podcast

Judging

  • Members of the Academy of Music and New England Public Radio staff will select 10 storytellers and 2 alternates for each slam.
  • Selected storytellers will be notified and are invited to participate in a storytelling workshop before the Story Slam to hone their story
  • Audience members will be given Audience Choice Ballots and will choose their favorite story
  • A volunteer panel from the Academy of Music and NEPR will tabulate first, second, and third place winners

Prizes:

The top 3 storytellers for each slam will go on to compete in the “Best of Valley Voices Story Slam” at the Academy of Music in October 2018. If you are in the top three, you must commit to sharing a story for Best of Valley Voices. The top two storytellers will be featured on the Valley Voices podcast for that theme. Other stories collected could be used in other podcasts later in the season.

First place and runner-up will have their story featured on the  Valley Voices Podcast  – available at  nepr.net  and wherever you find your podcasts.

For more information, contact Vanessa Cerillo at  413.735.6605  or  [email protected]