Recently when I was asked to give a storytelling program at a Saturday night session hosted by our local MetroParks system, the woman who called wondered if I had a theme in mind. What a good idea! It not only helps with their write-up and advertising of the event, but also helps the storyteller plan a cohesive performance.
I was telling mid-March, I told her I would focus on trickster tales
(in preparation for April Fools Day). I already told some trickster
tales everyone and all ages enjoy them and I knew that there
were many more that I hadnt yet discovered and worked on, but did
in the next few weeks. This was an added benefit for me, because
I added some new, fun stories to my repertoire. In this column, I discuss
some ideas for themes.
Pick a theme that has some special meaning for you. I just received an e-mail from a newer teller who is disabled and is planning to work on stories that address the theme of being different from others. There is a plethora of stories with this theme I mentioned one of my favorites, The Ugly Duckling, to her. Having worked in a restaurant for more than 17 years, I have quite a few restaurant stories two original ones and many more true ones, slightly embellished. I am thinking of putting a whole evening performance of restaurant stories together. Ask yourself what you feel passionate about. If its politics, there are many political stories. I know another teller who is fascinated by how the flowers were named, and tells stories that are all related to flowers. And there are pour quoi stories that explain why something is the way it is (for example, why is the turtles shell cracked?). There are many stories about justice and judges. There are stories about women, giants you name it!
Be sure to pick a theme that interests you. I mention this warning, because as storytellers we often get calls from groups that have already picked a theme and want us to tell stories that adhere to that theme. This is fine, if it is a theme that turns you on and you feel will add an exciting dimension to your telling. But, if it doesnt interest you that much (someone once wanted me to tell stories that related to the Chinese New Year), dont do it. Remember the first rule of storytelling only tell stories that you love. If you choose a theme of interest, I will guarantee that you will find stories you love that fit that theme.
So, pick a theme and get busy. Just make sure to have some fun and learn some new stories!
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