Afternoon Workshop: WHO, ME? EMCEE?!
Perhaps you have been asked to introduce a teller at a storytelling concert or a speaker at a civic function. Was your immediate reaction, “Oh no, not me. Ask someone else!”? If so, you are denying yourself a chance to help shape the event and make a difference for the audience and presenter. Above all else, it can be wonderfully fun.
Pat Peterson has emceed the Forest Storytelling Festival over 20 years. In addition, she has emceed numerous storytelling events in the Pacific Northwest. Sweaty palms and a rapid heartbeat aren’t only the property of the performer. Anxiety can surface when asked to introduce a teller or speaker, be they an acquaintance or total stranger. There are many tips and techniques that she has learned over the years and she is more than willing to share them with you.
Pat believes that emceeing is like inviting people—lots of people—into her home, but she doesn’t have to clean. Creating a welcoming environment for both the teller and audience is key. Moving the program along and thanking people for attending is part of the emcee’s job. Preparation is key to success for everyone involved. This workshop will give attendees a chance to practice introductions as well as other aspects of emceeing, including:
- What to do when the unexpected happens?
- How to manage all those announcements?
- How to shape a program?
After this workshop, the next time someone asks, “Who wants to emcee?”, you will say, “ME!”.
Time: 1 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2016
Location: Home of Pat Ferris, downtown Port Angeles
Call to register & for driving info: 360-417-5031
Cost: $25 Story People members / $30 all others
Minimum number of 8 participants needed.
Evening House Concert: ONCE UPON A TIME . . . AGAIN!
Storyteller Pat Peterson has been sharing tales with listeners for over 35 years. There are some she has told often and some that have had a chance to be heard only a few times. Storytellers do have favorite tales. This house concert is a chance for Pat to choose the stories that have delighted audiences in the past.
Like that favorite book you read years ago and want to re-visit, Pat wants to share stories that have special meaning in her telling history. There will be personal stories of holidays, growing up, love and road trips. Folktales from a variety of cultures are a part of her repertoire and she delights in those with a twist.
Pat’s favorite story, The Man Whose Mother Was A Pirate, will close out the evening. With the sea right outside the door, it will be a perfect ending. She hopes the stories will be a treat for your ears to accompany the sweets provided by hostess, Cherie Trebon.