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Mat-Su College, in coordination with the Palmer Museum of History and Art, will present “Story Board” on April 7, at 7:00 PM, in the Glenn Massay Theater on the Mat-Su College Campus. Students, staff, and faculty will present their stories about “Choices” as a part of MSC’s Journey Program, promoting health and well-being in the community. Live music and refreshments will also be available.
Potential storytellers are invited to submit their story for consideration, and seven stories will be featured during the performance. Stories must be seven minutes in length and focus on the theme of “Choices.” Submissions are due by March 17th. Successful applicants will be contacted to provide further detail and answer a few questions, and a rehearsal will be held about one week prior to the performance. Stories must be submitted using the form at the bottom of this page.
Tips for submitting stories:
- Theme: Your submission should reflect the theme for the evening which is “Choices”. We make choices every day. Sometimes the choices are easy. Sometimes they are hard. We may have regrets or be very happy with how a choice turned out.
- Scope: A great story has a clear beginning, middle and end. Make sure yours does too!
- Stakes: Be sure what happens in the story really matters to you, and it’s not just something that happened – make sure 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.
Successful applicants will be invited to a rehearsal about one week prior to the performance in April. Come prepared to the rehearsal but be open to suggestion and feedback. Rehearsal is a great opportunity to get feedback and hash out ideas and details with an experienced storyteller. The rehearsal phase can be an awesome creative process as you may make small changes to your story or transform your story completely!
Submissions are limited to students, alumni, staff or faculty of Mat-Su College, but the performance is free and open to the public. All submissions are due by March 17th at 5:00 PM.