PORTSMOUTH – The popular Seacoast storytelling program, True Tales Live, begins a new year Tues., January 26, at 7:00 p.m., via Zoom.
“When the pandemic forced us to abandon our PPMTV venue in Portsmouth, we decided to stay live, but go virtual,” says Amy Antonucci, one of the program’s organizers.
“The response was wonderful. So we’ve outlined a full year, including storytelling workshops, via Zoom.”
Story sharing is especially important during these isolating times, says Antonucci. “We think our approach – you don’t have to be a professional storyteller, everybody has a story to tell and there’s no rating or competition – makes True Tales Live fun and relaxed for both tellers and audience,” she adds.
Out of respect for screen fatigue and to allow time for audience members to chat with storytellers, the lineup of tellers has been cut from five to three per show.
Another change from past years will be a featured teller in February and June. One storyteller will be chosen from past TTL shows to fill the hour with a few of their favorite tales followed by an in-depth interview. The first featured teller will be Tina Charpentier on February 23.
As in past years, the TTL program is on the last Tuesday of each month (except July and August). Storytelling workshops are scheduled for the first Tuesday. Both begin online at 7:00 p.m. and are free. To register for a workshop or attend a show, look for the links at www.truetaleslivenh.org. Potential storytellers should inquire at email@example.com.
The themes and programs for 2021 are: Open Theme (Jan. 26), featured teller: Tina Charpentier (Feb. 23), Activism (March 30), Lessons Learned (April 27), Blunders (May 25), featured teller: TBA (June 29), Open Theme (Sept. 28), Harbingers (Oct. 26), Transformations (Nov. 30), and a holiday show (Dec. 28).
“The new virtual format has pros and cons for our tellers,” says Antonucci. “They all miss hearing direct reactions to their stories – such as laughing or applause. But it’s also easier for some to be at home rather than coming in and getting on stage.”
To join the Zoom audience, go to www.truetaleslivenh.org.