Close to You – Episode 14

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned since March 2020, it’s that humans need human contact. When we’re feeling alone or disconnected, stories help bridge that gap and bring us closer together. Stories are also essential to memory and legacy and help us celebrate what we love about the people who are no longer with us. 
In this episode are two joyful stories of remembrance. The first from Chuck McMahon, Content Director of Tiny Bully agency in NH, author and former reporter, who talks about becoming a father in a way I rarely hear men do. The second story is from Jessica Bacon, a long-time Long Story Short participant who honors her brother on what would have been his 49th birthday with a collage of stories about his mischievous spirit and love for cars. If you appreciate classic vehicles, you’ve gotta catch this one.
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We’ve Got Some Big News – What’s Ahead for Long Story Short

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We’ve got big news, including new episodes dropping this fall and winter. If you’ve been missing stories from us, make sure to check out the new episodes with archival stories from some of the most popular shows, as well as new interviews with writers, photographers, podcasters and even a mystic oracle. There’s more in this little minisode, so make sure to give a quick listen to hear about all we have planned.

While you’re at it, check out the new Long Story Short logo, designed by Amy Jane Larkin, a LSS Advisory Board member and graphic artists with And How, an Arundel, Maine-based 3D animation and graphics design studio. Learn more at: https://madebyandhow.com/

We’ve also got a live show coming up on September 8 at 7pm at 3S Artspace. To get tickets and learn more, give a listen, and then go to https://www.3sarts.org/

What Could Go Wrong – Ep 13

Summary

Have you ever sat down in class only to realize you forgot there’s a test that day? Or decided to show off your water skiing skills (despite never being on them) and fallen flat on your face? What Could Go Wrong is a meme for a reason – everyone’s been caught off guard trying to fake it until they make it. In this episode, we have two stories about diving into a situation only to realize they are in way over their heads.

First is Heather Armitage, a library and hilarious storyteller who launches this teen drama about disobeying parents off with a bang. Her story was recorded live at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH as part of the September 2019 show, Breaking All the Rules. 

Next is Tristan Law, a LSS Advisory Board member and talent booker in New Hampshire. Before he was booking national acts at some of oldest and most popular music venues in the state, he was a bartender – which is fodder for many stories right there. If you’ve ever had a nightmare about entering a room completely unprepared, this story is for you.

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In this week’s episode

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I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people who just can’t seem to get out of my own way. I dive into stuff without prep all the time, like the show and this podcast. And while I’ve been able to manage this personality, quirk with some skill, I love hearing about how other people deal with the realization that they are in way over their heads.

This episode, we’ve got two stories about people who dove in headfirst only to realize they were in no way prepared for what they were getting into. The first is from long story short advisory board member, Ian talent, Booker for local music venues here in Portsmouth, Tristin law. This story is so self-deprecating and sneaky.

Hilarious. I know you’re going to love it. Before we get to that story though. I want to send a huge shout out to the storytellers who were at the last long story, short show. They were great as always, we’ll be putting them out here soon on the podcast, but also wanted to let you know that if you want to join the live show, you can get in touch with me@longstoryshortpod.com.

Just by clicking the button at the top of the page and filling out the form, we can get you all the details you need to learn about getting on upcoming shows. The next of which is crushed stories of young love coming on September 8th. All right, first though, we have a story from Heather Armitage. She’s a wonderful kind and hilarious librarian who much like me was a bit awkward in my teen years and a not so good judge of situations that might be precarious.

Great Performances – Ep. 10

Summary

Beth shares two stories from Rob Richards and Catherine Stewart, two performers with extensive theater backgrounds. The episode highlights excellent writing and execution that transcend the genre and elevate the art of storytelling.

Long Story Short is a storytelling series for people of all levels and is often a place for beginners to showcase their stories and build their performance chops. However, there are highly experienced storytellers and performers who take the stage at 3S Artspace to share their work. Here are two of those stories.

To connect to Long Story Short and learn more about our upcoming live shows, go to https://www.longstoryshortpod.com/

Portsmouth Storytelling Opportunities

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Another Minisode! – June 2021

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There are some great events coming up in June, including another Long Story Short live show. But that’s not all. There are storytelling events around New England and beyond that celebrate diverse voices and explore identity in honor of both Pride Month and Juneteenth. Give a listen and if you’re looking for more info, check out the links we’ve included here.

Long Story Short live show at 3S Artspace – SOLD OUT! – But virtual tickets still available at https://www.3sarts.org/

The Moth Virtual Story Slam: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eastern-virtual-storyslam-rhythm-registration-146794266603?_ga=2.149402166.1098958053.1621987323-1685510138.1620154924

Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival: https://flatwatertales.com/

Black History Trail Juneteenth 2021: https://www.facebook.com/events/black-heritage-trail-of-new-hampshire/juneteenth-2021-art-of-the-story-exploring-how-dna-powers-a-changing-narrative/495019428514881/

Life’s a Drag: https://www.3sarts.org/

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Another Minisode! – June 2021

Summary

There are some great events coming up in June, including another Long Story Short live show. But that’s not all. There are storytelling events around New England and beyond that celebrate diverse voices and explore identity in honor of both Pride Month and Juneteenth. Give a listen and if you’re looking for more info, check out the links we’ve included here.

Long Story Short live show at 3S Artspace – SOLD OUT! – But virtual tickets still available at https://www.3sarts.org/

The Moth Virtual Story Slam: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eastern-virtual-storyslam-rhythm-registration-146794266603?_ga=2.149402166.1098958053.1621987323-1685510138.1620154924

Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival: https://flatwatertales.com/

Black History Trail Juneteenth 2021: https://www.facebook.com/events/black-heritage-trail-of-new-hampshire/juneteenth-2021-art-of-the-story-exploring-how-dna-powers-a-changing-narrative/495019428514881/

Life’s a Drag: https://www.3sarts.org/

— Want to offer financial support to this podcast? Here’s how: https://anchor.fm/beth-lamontagne-hall/support

Transcription

At Your Service – Ep. 12

Summary

The live stories are back! We’ve got two stories about the ins and outs of serving others. Whether it’s the service industry or the health care industry or elder care, it takes a special temperament to provide great service. 

The episode features Dagan Migirditch, co-owner of Liar Bench Brewing Company, based in Portsmouth, NH and Larry Clow, a writer, editor and frequent trivia champion. Both are exceptional writers whose talent shines through in their storytelling style and comedic timing.

Dagan’s story is from the 2015 show “The Waiting Game” and Larry’s story is from the 2016 show “Past Lives.”

Portsmouth Storytelling Opportunities

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For tickets to the June 9 live show at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH, got to https://www.3sarts.org/ — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beth-lamontagne-hall/support

In this episode

Get a sneak peek of this week’s episode here!

It’s a certain personality to be in the service industry. You have to be able to quickly identify what people want and. Be willing to provide it. If he can’t, you have to have the right kind of diplomacy skills to not only cushion the blow, but if you’re really good at it and make the customer feel like, well, maybe I didn’t really want it that bad anyway.

For this episode, we’ve got two stories about serving others, whether it’s waiting tables or caring for people who no longer can do it themselves. When I decided to pair these two stories together, I don’t know, about six months ago, I thought we were going to be eating outside forever. If you’ve been missing the hustle and bustle of being out and eating out and sitting at a bar and being elbow to elbow with somebody that you love this episode is for you.

We have writer Larry Clough, who appeared on the March, 2016 show past lives. He’s a writer and a former journalist friend of mine , who has a really great sense of humor. And we also have co-owner of liars bench brewing company in Portsmith. Dagon meager ditch who performed at one of the first ever long story.

Short shows way back in 2015. He’s also got a really cool. Kyle and way of constructing his stories. I think you’re really gonna, like both these stories have stuck in my memory as being among my favorites. Cause they’re hilarious. And like I said, there’s a cool structure and the way that they set them up and just in general, they’re, they’re the product of killer writing it wasn’t until recently I realized how similar these two stories from two different shows actually were.

Stories With Puppets: Interview With Pat Spalding – Ep. 11

Summary

Beth talks with storyteller, performer and former puppeteer Pat Spalding, one of the people behind the storytelling series True Tales Live. They discuss Pat’s early days of telling stories through puppets, monologue-style storytelling, and how Covid has her writing all new material. This episode is chock full of wisdom about crafting and rehearsing stories for the stage. It’s a must listen for anyone who wants to get into storytelling, or would like to up their performance game.

To watch Pat Spalding’s show, We Stayed Together for the Puppets, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igpfaYAibw4&authuser=1

Live Shows at 3SArtspace

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In this episode

Get a sneak peek at the episode below or check out the full audio episode above. This interview includes storytelling advice, as well as tips on how to write and perform before various audiences.

I’ve always made things and when I was in high school, I was more a visual artists. I constructed things. When I went into college, I graduated with an art degree. Yeah, I think I did.

And I liked tactile materials. I liked fabric and all that sort of thing. So, before graduating, a friend and I made puppets just for the hell of it, just as objects, interesting objects. And she put them in an exhibit which, some woman came. This is, we’re talking now in the seventies, mid seventies, early to mid seventies. And, this woman wanted a puppet show for a birthday party and Nancy who’s my friend, she said, “Well, uh, we don’t have one.”

And the woman says, “Well, it’s not for three months. And could you come up with one?”

And she said, “Maybe.” So she got in touch with me. We pulled the puppets. We messed around with voices and characters. We just played like two kids would play with dolls. We played with these odd, this odd combination of puppets.

We adapted some fairytales then we did this show three months later. And it went over pretty well. I mean, it was fun. The kids enjoyed it. It was funny. So without intentioning to do so we had a puppet show. Word got around to different libraries.

People started asking us, so we kept doing shows and we were in business, you know, unintentionally in business. And that business grew. And I became a puppeteer. So I was in investing time and adapting stories, creating stories. We did some, the show got bigger that we did it for about three years, so that partnership fell apart.

But I got to puppetry performance through the visual construction of puppets. And the use of puppets and reuse of puppets rather than making an object to sell. I made an object to rent. People paid me for the use of this object. So, crazily, I got into puppetry for economic reasons.

It’s a Minisode! – April 2021

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Want to know about storytelling events are happening in April? Beth’s got a brief Northern New England round up in this inaugural minisode. The focus is our neck of the woods, Northern New England, but in the months ahead we plan to highlight more virtual events and in-person shows outside our region too.

If you have an event you’d like mentioned in May, go to https://www.longstoryshortpod.com/ contact page to send Beth the info.

This episode is sponsored by
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It’s a Minisode! – April 2021

Summary

Want to know about storytelling events are happening in April? Beth’s got a brief Northern New England round up in this inaugural minisode. The focus is our neck of the woods, Northern New England, but in the months ahead we plan to highlight more virtual events and in-person shows outside our region too.

If you have an event you’d like mentioned in May, go to https://www.longstoryshortpod.com/ contact page to send Beth the info.