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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Storytelling in Portsmouth

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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.

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Portsmouth Storytelling Opportunities

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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/

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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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Transcription

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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Portsmouth Storytelling Opportunities

To learn more about Long Story Short and sign up for email alerts about upcoming live shows, go to https://longstoryshortpod.com/

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

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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/

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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.

What Makes a Story? w/ Stephanie Lazenby – Ep. 9

Summary

Beth talks to Stephanie Lazenby who wrote, co-directed and starred in the one-woman show, “Where Do I Begin?” about her experiences growing up in the Bronx in the 70s and 80s. It is a nostalgic, music-infused show that explores her relationship with her dad, as well as how music and objects throughout our lives impact memory.

The show was performed at the West End Theatre in Portsmouth, NH in January 2021 as part of the New Hampshire Theatre Project’s SoloStage Series.

In this two-part interview, Beth and Stephanie talk about the struggles of being creative during the pandemic, overcoming the inner voices that infuse self-doubt, and take on the question, “What makes a good story?” These interviews were recorded in February 2021.

Live Shows at 3S Artspace

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Portsmouth Storytelling Opportunities

To learn more about Long Story Short and how you can become a storyteller on an upcoming show, go to https://longstoryshortpod.com/

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

Fathers and Daughters – Episode 8

Summary

Family relationships are complicated. It’s why so many people bring stories about parents, siblings, children and in-laws to the Long Story Short stage. In this episode, Beth has two stories about the dad-daughter dynamic.

This Episode Features:

Storytellers include Charleen Thorburn telling a touching story that had the audience reaching for the tissues at the March 11, 2020 show, Denial; and Nel Dennett with a hilarious story from the September, 19, 2018 show, What I Thought I Knew.

Portsmouth Storytelling Opportunities

To learn more about Long Story Short and sign up for email alerts about upcoming live shows, go to https://longstoryshortpod.com/

For tickets to upcoming live shows at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH, go to https://www.3sarts.org/ — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beth-lamontagne-hall/support

The Business of Storytelling – Episode 7

Summary

What makes a story resonate? How can you get a message to break through? On this episode, Beth talks to marketing pro Mike Teixeira, co-founder of Crackle PR and founder of DECK presentations. They talk about story structure, developing plot and the hero’s journey, as well as what storytelling for business really means and what companies need to do to make it work.

Beth also discussed the themes for the 2021 Long Story Short live shows at 3S Artspace. The first show, It’s All Relative, will be on Wednesday, April 14. This live streamed show will include some audience involvement, a hallmark of the Long Story Short live shows for the past five years. 

Live Storytelling Info

For tickets to upcoming live shows, go to https://www.3sarts.org/

To learn more about Long Story Short and how to become a storyteller on future shows, go to https://longstoryshortpod.com/

For tickets to upcoming live shows at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH, go to https://www.3sarts.org/ — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beth-lamontagne-hall/support