Stage East’s inaugural StorySlam,“The Canned Sardine”, made for a funny and heartfelt addition to the Eastport ArtWalk’s inaugural Passport Weekend. Part of a larger slate of events, the storytelling competition drew a sizable crowd and included eight storytellers covering topics from flouting no-pet rules in Florida hotels to chasing UFOs in Massachusetts. Emcee Mark Macey opened the event with his story of traveling 2,708 miles to arrive back in Eastport just two hours before the event began. “It was a great way to come home, if just a little a bit frantic,” he said.
Prizes from The Commons, Seaside Stones, and Shear Creations were awarded to Dan Alcott (first place) for his story about six shooters and the wild west, Oen Kennedy (second place) for his story about the strange transformation of loons into a seal and Susan Alcott (third place) for her story about that most famous of South American dishes, Spaghetti-Os. All storytellers received two complimentary tickets to any one performance in Stage East’s 30th Anniversary Season, which will be announced in July.
“I come from a family of story tellers reaching back to my Greek-immigrant grandfather, noted Slam champion Dan Allcott, a summer resident who leads an alternate life in Tennessee. “My wife, Susan Capron, encouraged me to attend. She shared a touching story that included a childhood memory of her recently deceased father.” In addition to being regular participants in the center’s Moose Island Follies, with his entire family, Alcott has long been connected with Eastport Strings, and memorably performed as cello soloist with Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra in June 2019 concerts. “As a musician, I tell stories for a living!”
July 24th and August 28th present two more chances for aspiring storytellers to participate in “The Canned Sardine”. Those interested in receiving coaching are welcome to attend the workshop at 2:30pm at the Eastport Arts Center before heading down to Sutherland Amphitheater at 4:00pm for the event.