We’re excited to announce that Scranton Story Slam is an Official After Party for Arts on the Square!!! If you’ve never been to a Story Slam, prepare to laugh, cry and be inspired by some of our area’s most interesting characters telling their “Growing Pains” themed stories. If you want to attend this popular event, make sure to get your tickets as they usually sell out!
What’s this Storyslam’s theme?The theme is GROWING PAINS. We felt it was fitting to mark the transition now that the Scranton Storyslam is under the “umbrella” of the Scranton Fringe Festival. We are so thrilled with this new chapter in the Fringe’s development and felt making this theme the perfect way to celebrate it! Stories will no doubt run the gamut from hilarious, to heart warming to awkward.
Have you announced a lineup? If so, please divulge! As with most Scranton Storyslams there will be eight featured storytellers, and two wild card slots which are open to anyone in attendance to put their name “into the hat”. Featured storytellers include Simone Daniel (pictured below), Mark Ciocca, Betsy Seaforth, Amy Everetts and other local favorites! Conor McGuigan will also be returning as the Slams Master of Ceremonies.
Where will it be held? How do we get tickets? The Storyslam will be held at the Electric City Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the Hilton Hotel in downtown Scranton. We are really excited to be working with the Hilton on this event and as a venue during the festival itself.
Tickets can be purchased in advance (which we HIGHLY encourage due to this event often selling out) online at scrantonfringe.org/Storyslam
It’s very exciting to hear that Scranton Story Slam is now under the umbrella of Scranton Fringe Festival. Seems like a perfect fit. How did that come about? Pamela Hill, the original founder of the Scranton Storyslam, was involved in Fringe last year as the showrunner for the highly successful Big Gay StorySlam. She decided to step back from organizing the slams and came to the Scranton Fringe team to see if we would be interested in running them instead. The Scranton StorySlam dovetails perfectly with the Fringe mission of creating a bold and engaging platform for creative and thought provoking art with minimal risk to artist and audience, so of course we said yes! The Growing Pains event will be the first under the Scranton Fringe umbrella, and we’re already looking forward to the second Big Gay StorySlam during our event weekend!
What else does the Scranton Fringe Team have going on? There is quite a lot going on right now and we welcome new people to get involved at every level of the Scranton Fringe! We are holding unified auditions at Fringe HQ (222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton) on Friday July 14th and Saturday July 15th. What this means is that any local actors interested in performing in a Fringe show can audition for multiple opportunities at the same time. More info can be found here: FB EVENT PAGE
We’re also looking for volunteers to help with box office and various other duties and will be holding open information and training sessions on July 24th, August 21st and September 17th. More information will be available soon!
Is there anything else you want our readers to know?Fringe Buttons will be available in the next week or two at many locations in downtown Scranton. These $5 buttons offer a discount on every Fringe Festival ticket purchased as well as discounts at a variety of local businesses. We also have a limited number of VIP Passes available at Fringe HQ for $50, which gives users access to every show in the festival except the 3 signature late night events. These passes will sell fast, so grab yours while you can!
We welcome the public to contact us for more information, or to stop by Fringe HQ on First Fridays to see local art and get involved in the community!
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