College of St. Joseph is hosting A Rumpus for Education: An evening of live storytelling on April 29.
The Rumpus is Rutland’s own version of The Moth Radio Hour, a weekly series featuring true stories told live on stage without scripts or props and often featuring notable literary and cultural personalities.
The event is being organized by Michael Ray Kingsbury, who co-created The Rumpus alongside Bridget Scott back in January 2016.
Eight storytellers will grace the Tuttle Theater stage, including Forrest Byrd, Carlisle Carey, Michael Ray Kingsbury, Nanci Gordon and CSJ student Tyrelle Appleton.
Like The Moth or Snap Judgment on NPR, storytellers will be required to adhere to some general guidelines, including that the story must be a first-person account and must be told without the use of notes. Each story must also have a beginning, middle and an end. There is also a seven-minute time limit per storyteller. Storytellers will be judged by a panel of community members, including radio personality Kenn Hayes, on technical aspects of their performance, as well as their delivery and the stories’ authenticity.
Money raised from the evening will benefit the College of St. Joseph Provider Scholarship Program, which keeps education expenses affordable for students. The Provider Program includes a commitment to remain in good academic standing, participation in the campus community and service to the greater Rutland Region through community engagement projects.
Tickets can be purchased here, and will also be sold at the door, depending on availability. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students.
The event begins at 7 p.m. in Tuttle Theater, located on the CSJ campus at 71 Clement Road in Rutland.