Valley Voices Story Slam: First Time - ACADEMY OF MUSIC




Valley Voices Story Slam: First Time

Thursday, December 16 at 7:30 pm


El Mercado at Nueva Esperanza
 401 Main St,
Holyoke, MA 01040

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Come join us… New spaces, new places, come out to El Mercado for a night of touching, surprising, captivating stories told in English and Spanish in El Corazon de Holyoke. Listen as neighbors and friends speak about “First times” in five minutes. The audience chooses the winner and a storytelling star is born! The winners of each slam go on to compete in the The Best of Valley Voices at the Academy of Music in January.

Storytellers will compete and be selected based on the strength of their first line of a story they submit via voicemail to a selected phone number, and will be invited to share their story live at one of Valley Voices four chosen locations. The selected storytellers are then encouraged to attend a free storytelling workshop, which will help to cultivate their personal stories into performances of about 5 minutes in length.

Finalists will then perform their stories, and the audience will select 3 finalists out of 10 to then perform at the Academy of Music for the final round. All finalists will then get to perform their stories to a full audience at the Academy of Music Northampton to a crowd of 800 people who will then select the final winner.

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Show Date/Time:
Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Doors at 7:00 pm

Ticket Prices:
$10 General Admission + applicable fees

Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Purchase online using the button on the top right, or you may visit or call our box office at 413-584-9032 ext.105.
Box Office Hours are 3pm - 6pm, Tuesday - Friday. Service fees always apply with purchase.