Month: October 2012

My Very First Outdoor Storytelling Session

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Yes, I finally did it! A storytelling session after our move here to Georgia πŸ™‚ I did my first one in a preschool. There weren’t any pictures so I didn’t write any updates. And also, we weren’t allowed to take any pictures in the school. My second session was in an open space, near our church, St Thomas Aquinas. They organized a little Trunk N’ Treat in conjunction with Halloween and the storytelling was at the end of their Trunk N’ Treat route, where they also had their s’mores and apple ciders.

I decided to tell ‘The Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything” hence my old lady get-up. There were 3 short sessions altogether and were done in an ‘Open House’ manner. So it was pretty flexible, timing wise. Storytelling has never been thrown into the Trunk N’ Treat program before, so this is the first, and I’m so glad to be part of it πŸ™‚ It was my dearest hubby’s idea. He saw the announcement in the church’s newsletter about Trunk N’ Treat and suggested that I offer my storytelling services since I love it so much and I’m crazy about Halloween haha So I did. After a few emails, the slot is confirmed πŸ™‚

Honestly, outdoor storytelling is a whole different ballgame altogether. It has its own set of challenges. I’m writing this to remind myself of what I learned from it.

Firstly, I HADN’T THE FAINTEST IDEA, what ‘Open House’ meant, and it was my fault for not asking. So, I went there, totally CLUELESS. I sat and waited for the organizers but neither of them came. So I waited for crowd to arrive for the first session, but the crowd which came, didn’t seem to be waiting for one. I didn’t want to continue waiting, so I approached the crowd myself, (who already busied themselves at the campfire, with their s’mores and apple ciders), and just made the announcement (in a rather clumsy way, I must add. Thinking back, I think I made a fool of myself haha)

Then some of them responded and walked with me to where I wanted to tell the story.

All these caught me off guard, hence whatever I prepared for my introduction, just flew out the window. To top that all, that evening was really chilly. I was shivering (due to the cold) and shaking (due to the jitters), and now I can hardly recall what I said in the beginning LOL Thank goodness I remembered every part of the story haha πŸ˜›

Despite all that, I was quite surprised by the kind, positive feedback from the parents.Β Some of them sat for all 3 sessions! One hugged me and thanked me for such a great session (they and their children sat for 2 sessions), another said I was really good and the children couldn’t keep their eyes off me, another lady jokingly said the story was so spooky she had to call her mom to sit next to her haha! And one dad asked if I was an actor πŸ˜€

So anyway, these were some of the lessons I learned:

1) Outdoor – noises from your surroundings

2) Voice – definitely gotta improve this if I were to do another outdoor session

3) Work more on my gestures and facial expressions – need to be clearer and with better timing

Am I taking this too seriously? If I am, that’s because I love doing it and I want to do better each time πŸ™‚

Ben didn’t manage to take many pictures because it got pretty dark and many of the pictures turned out blurry… 😦 So here are some of the clearer ones