Next Episode: September 17, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00PM
What's it all about?
Storytelling comes to the Mat-Su Valley in the tradition of Arctic Entries and The Moth. Untold Stories brings Mat-Su Valley residents to the stage to share their personal stories: funny, sad and sweet. At every episode (performance), seven people each tell a seven-minute long true story about themselves relating to the show’s theme. Local musicians perform a few songs before, during and after the performances. Proceeds made from Untold Stories ticket sales go towards supporting the Palmer Museum of History and Art. Recently, all Untold Stories' regular season shows have moved to the Palmer Depot located at 610 S. Valley Way, Palmer, Alaska, to allow for more guests.
Potential storytellers are invited to submit their stories through the Palmer Museum web-site using the form below. Your pitch will be sent to the storyboard whose job it is to sift through the entries, meticulously and prudently piecing together the best show possible.
After you submit, a member of the storyboard will contact you. They’ll probably have a few questions and will ask you to share your story in further detail. But remember, notes are not allowed on stage. On the night of the show, it’s best to arrive a little early to feel out the stage and the mic. We’ll ask you to sign a release so that the event can be recorded and/or streamed and so we can use your photo to advertise our next Untold Stories episode.
A rehearsal will be held for our storytellers about one week prior to the show. Rehearsal is a great place to get some feedback and hash out ideas and details with people who have heard a lot of stories. Come prepared, but be open to suggestion. Some stories pass through rehearsal with only small changes, while others undergo complete transformations. It’s an awesome process!
Meanwhile, encourage your friends, fans, and family to attend the show.
Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for students (with I.D.) and are available at B Bella Salon and the Palmer Museum. Be sure to purchase your tickets early as there will only be a limited amount of seats available.
What makes a good story?
Every story is different, but here’s a few suggestions to get you started:
· Your grade school teacher was right! A great story has a clear beginning, middle and end. Does yours?
· Stakes: Be sure what happens in the story really matters to you, it’s not just something that happened. That you had something to lose or to gain.
· Timing: Seven minutes is short. Stories about well-defined events in which you know every detail translate well. Stories that span multiple years where you could talk for hours can be very difficult to pare down.
· End strong: Be prepared and hit it. Walk off to applause. Be very careful using the “moral of the story” ending. The audience is smart, and no one likes to be preached at.
Episodes of Untold Stories will occur periodically throughout the year. Each episode will feature a different theme. Continuing into the fall, The Palmer Museum of History and Art will be sponsoring its fifth episode around the theme, “Reunions, Revivals, Redemption.” The deadline for story submissions is September 4, 2017. Only seven Alaskan bards will be selected so be sure to submit your stories early to be considered for this epic event!