What do you see? A Castle on a Cloud.
By Katie Gotta
In High School I was kind of a theatre nerd. Was I one of those obnoxious kids who went dancing and singing down the hall? Yeah… I was, sorry. But now looking back I’m not ashamed of this as it has made me almost fully accustomed to putting myself in awkward situations such as the one we faced with the professional storyteller today. The moment she walked in the room, put on her fancy storytelling coat and pranced around in her magic glasses all in dead silence I knew it was going to be quite an interesting day.
After a few warmup exercises, the whole room was in a clammer with everyone telling stories to one another. For this exercise we were to tell someone a story about something interesting that had happened to us. Then that someone told our story to someone else. And then that someone who told someone who told someone else told someone else. And that someone else who told someone else who told someone else then told our own story back to us. Follow that? I loved seeing how my story about the day I met Nick Jonas turned into the week I met Nick Jonas. What was most interesting about this exercise was through understanding how people fill the voids they don’t understand with their own familiarity and understanding. I feel that is highly exhibited in media, as it is all filtered at some point. Unless it is the primary person telling a story themselves, it will never be fully exhibited the same way it was played in your head, part of which is part of what makes storytelling so fun.
Following our practice of stories and magic, I continued our crazy day by going to see another story by attending one of my favorite musicals, Les Miserables. From the first time I ever watched the 25th Anniversary Concert (recorded) from the O2 Arena I had always dreamed of seeing it from the site it first began it’s historic 30 year run- the Queen’s Theatre. And that is exactly what I did tonight. I laughed, I cried (a lot), and it was probably the best performance of the show I’ve seen and that’s saying a lot coming from me. I’m so glad I learned today not only how to tell my own story, but also to be able to see one of the most historical and inspiring stories ever told.
P.S. I feel the need to say for anyone reading this that knows the music of Les Miserables well- I can do the entire Jean Valjean part of The Confrontation. If someone wants to volunteer to be Javert please let me know in the comments below. Thank you.