Story Story Night Gets Consumed With Spirituality, Song and Dance

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The Rose Room was once again filled to near-capacity Sept. 24, as story lovers of all ages planted their rears on white chairs at Story Story Night's Consumed: Stories of Hunger and Appetites.

Much of the evening involved SSN staples that veterans have come to expect: Dan Costello filled the space with his relaxed guitar melodies, the area near the bar buzzed with booze seekers, and Pie Hole doled out slices.

The featured storyteller portion of the program kicked off with Cheryl Maddalena's tale of her love for slam poetry and how that influenced the birth of her two children. Maddalena's story was told in the slow and dramatic style of someone who's accustomed to slamming on stage.

Story Story Night hostess Jessica Holmes informs audience members of upcoming Story Story themes with props, including an apron.
  • SSN hostess Jessica Holmes informs audience members of upcoming Story Story themes.

Next up was Brent Southcombe, who told a winding autobiographical anecdote in his Australian accent. The story spanned continents and a decent amount of time, including instances of heartbreak, heart attacks, preparing high-end food, working with refugees and more references to Jesus and prayer than are typically found on the Story Story stage.

Anna Demetriades concluded the featured storyteller segment by letting viewers peer into her childhood growing up in McCall. Audience members couldn't help but smile at images of her flipper-and-snorkel-clad stepfather, as she explained their food foraging technique of dumpster diving.

But the traditional Story Story platform took a new turn after the featured tellers. New Story Story team member and past Story Story Late Night hostess Emma Arnold took the stage alongside musician Jack Loyd Gish to tell an entertaining tale of her life as the wife of a helicopter pilot, which ended in the two singing a few bars together.

Collabrative art was also on display with a dance piece choreographed by Trey McIntyre Project's Chanel DaSilva, which was written by SSN hostess Jessica Holmes. The project was inspired by a word of DaSilva's choosing: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The piece Holmes wrote was then recorded and mixed by Costello and translated into dance by DaSilva.

While the catalyst for the piece may have been long, the piece was short, and featured lone dancer Libby Schmoeger expertly executing DaSilva's modern choreography with a bowler hat, purse and plenty of pieces of paper.


Featured storytellers Brent Southcombe, Cheryl Maddalena and Anna Demetriades watch open slammers from the stage.
  • Featured storytellers Brent Southcombe, Cheryl Maddalena and Anna Demetriades watch open slammers from the stage.


The open slam was cut down in order to compensate for a longer featured storytelling section, and involved teary-eyed tales of Ernest Hemmingway's home, fancy dinners, hot dogs, Wonder bread, rain and more.

As the creative Holmes reminded audience members with a mini-kitchen worth of props, Story Story Night will continue Monday, Oct. 29, with Pickle: Stories of Being Stuck in a Jam, and Monday, Nov. 26, with Fork: Stories of the Road Not Taken or Less Traveled. The 21-and-older adult-themed iteration of the series, Story Story Late Night, will continue Monday, Oct. 8, with stories of intoxication and altered states.

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