Some folks want to tell stories. And they want you to hear them.
Soda City Story Slam will be held at the Columbia Museum of Art Thursday, June 23. It features local storytellers sharing brief autobiographical stories on the theme of “memory” in celebration of the museum’s “Daufuskie Memories” exhibition.
“Folks will enjoy this event because it is just like Columbia – not too this or too that, but juuuuust right,” said Shannon Ivey, a professional actor, director, and activist who will host the event. “It’s not a poetry slam, but we have poets. It’s not theatre, but we will have actors. It’s the best of Columbia in bite-sized nuggets of authenticity and bravery.
“Plus, it’s a heck of a deal for two hours of amazing, homegrown stories.”
It costs $8 for museum members, $10 for others.
Soda City Story Slam is based on the podcast “The Moth,” which gives storytellers a theme that they then use to spin a true story.
Here are a few things to know about a Story Slam:
▪ It’s a live storytelling competition.
▪ Storytellers (slammers) have a set time to tell a story, based on a theme chosen for the event.
▪ No notes are allowed: Stories must be told and not read.
While gaining in popularity across the country, this is Columbia’s first “locally grown, free range Story Slam,” Ivey said.
“Sixteen storytellers from Columbia and neighboring communities are bringing original, never-before-heard stories,” Ivey added.
The lineup includes clinical psychologist Napoleon Wells, photographer Michael Dantzler, poet Chayah Stoneberg and artist Worthy Evans.
“To us, a story slam seemed like the perfect way to hear personal perspectives from people in our community,” said Glenna Barlow, the museum’s manager of engagement. “When you see a show like ‘Daufuskie Memories,’ you start to wonder about the people in the photographs and what their lives have been like. While we do have some opportunities to hear firsthand accounts from locals on the island, we wanted to also hear from people right here in Columbia today and the stories they have to share.”
Prizes for the Soda City Story Slam will be awarded by a panel of judges: Filmmaker Roni Nicole Henderson, Seth Gadsden of the Nickelodeon Theatre, and Betsy Newman from SCETV.
The event is recommended for mature audiences. Storytellers must be 16 years or older to participate.
If you go
Soda City Story Slam
WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Program begins at 7.
WHERE: Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St.
COST: $8 for museum members, $10 for others