The Ancram Opera House is seeking storytellers for its popular Real People Real Stories event, which features local residents telling true stories from their own lives. The performance will be on Saturday, December 15, at 3 p.m. Interested participants should call the Ancram Opera House pitch line at 518 250-9791 to leave a one-minute version of their story.
The theme for the December performance is "The Kindness of Strangers." Ancram Opera House director Paul Ricciardi, who created Real People Real Stories after being inspired by The Motn Radio Hour on NPR, says he is "looking for tales about Good Samaritans, random acts of kindness, and the goodness of humanity through actions large and small." Ricciardi will direct the show and provide five hours of coaching to each storyteller. Stories must be true, experienced firsthand by the storytellers, and run no more than fifteen minutes.
"No experience is necessary," says Ricciardi. "The goal is not to create a polished monologue but to allow the spontaneity of a real life story to shine through."