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‘Speak Up!’ Storytelling Salon Coming to West Hartford

Matthew Dicks will be one of the featured storytellers at the Noah Webster House Storytelling Salon. Submitted photo

The Noah Webster House will host the interactive event, featuring local storytellers, on Sept. 12.

Submitted by Sarah Mocko St. Germain, Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

Matthew Dicks will be one of the featured storytellers at the Noah Webster House Storytelling Salon. Submitted photo

Matthew Dicks will be one of the featured storytellers at the Noah Webster House Storytelling Salon. Submitted photo

Storytellers Anne Mcgrath, Karen Kasius, Leland Brandt, and Matthew Dicks will be featured at a Speak Up storytelling salon on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.

Speak Up’s salon show is an intimate and interactive night of storytelling. The four storytellers will tell 8-10 minute stories with the theme of “High Anxiety.” The first half of the show features two of the storytellers, followed by a question-and-answer session, during which the audience and the host can ask questions about the stories.

Following a 10-minute intermission, the second half of the show will feature an interactive storytelling game. It requires the storyteller to generate a brand new, true story on the spot based upon prompts provided by the audience.

Following this interactive game, the final two storytellers tell their stories, and the evening ends with a final question-and-answer session.

Matthew Dicks, the co-founder and Creative Director of Speak Up said, “It’s a night of storytelling where the audience is given a voice and even some say in what stories are told. This is high stakes storytelling without a net. You never know what will happen!”

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available now at www.noahwebsterhouse.org and are $12 for museum members and $15 for the general public. Beer, wine, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Space is limited and tickets may not be available at the door.

The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is a cultural destination where citizens can learn to understand and appreciate the past. The museum preserves the birthplace of Noah Webster, the founding father, educator, author, and lexicographer who taught generations of Americans what it means to be American. This National Historic Landmark is also a repository for West Hartford’s history, the community that molded Noah Webster’s future, and is still thriving over 250 years later. The historic house and exhibit spaces are open daily 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. For information on the museum’s extensive school and public programs, please visi twww.noahwebsterhouse.org or call (860) 521-5362.

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