Have Fun, Tell Your Story; “Long Beach Searches for the Greatest Storyteller” Returns

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April 29th begins the first show of Season Two of “Long Beach Searches for the Greatest Storyteller.” The Spring show kicks off at Long Beach Playhouse, where the audience and judges vote. A cash prize of $100 is awarded each show to the storyteller with the most votes. The Summer, Fall and Winter shows will follow, culminating on December 30th when the top two storytellers from prior shows compete for the title.

This season, six stories will be pre-selected from email entries, and four stories are chosen from the audience. There is still time to enter and the rules are simple: Tell a five-minute true story that happened to you on any subject. Producer Mariana Williams explains, “When we started out I didn’t know whether to have two categories; one for the stories read and a separate category for people who told their tale. I’m a writer, so I wanted to encourage people to use something they wrote. The audience loved both styles, and in the end it never mattered! Read or said, everyone is entertained and the two-hour show flies by.”

Storytellers in their twenties rapped and flowed, shoulder to shoulder with competitors in their sixties. With the $5 entrance fee, each audience member receives a ballot for their top two stories. Each judge’s vote counts for five. Judges are: Pioneer in Women’s Surfing, Jericho Bartlow; Literature Teacher at Long Beach City College, Char Howard; Editor and Author, Harry Saltzgaver; and Community Activist/Educator, Jonathan Schnack. Wine and beer is available at intermission in the Gallery. All ages are invited.

To submit a story, go to: www.lbplayhouse.org/.

LB Searches for the Greatest Storyteller, Sun., April 29. 7-9 p.m. $5. Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St. (2 blocks East of PCH), L.B

Box office: 562 494-1014. www.lbplayhouse.org/.

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