North Palm Beach, Fl: Donna Carbone, the Managing Director of the Burt Reynolds Institute, announced that she is looking for eight to 10 story tellers for the second Tongues a’Wagging – Community Storytelling Event. Back by popular demand, this production follows closely on the success of the February Valentine’s Day show.
Tongues a’Wagging is a unique opportunity for residents of Palm Beach County to tell their personal stories to an eager audience. The topic for the April event is How a Stroke of Luck Changed My Life. It will be held on Saturday evening, April 13, 2019, at 7 pm. The cost for tickets is $20.00 and will include a talk back with the storytellers at the end of the evening. There is no charge to submit a story for this event.
In a recent interview, Carbone said, “We had standing room only for the first Tongues a’Wagging. The audience loved sharing in the intimate details of the storytellers lives. From the first speaker, a 61-year-old man who has been paralyzed from the neck down for 45 years to a former priest who wanted to marry and have a family, people sat on the edges of their chairs so as not to miss a word. Ten stories, each different and yet the same in that they all expressed how love had impacted their lives.” To be a part of the April event, which will undergo a juried selection process, potential participants must submit their 1200 word essay on the topic (How a Stroke of Luck Changed My Life) no later than March 16th.
“I chose Luck has a topic for the evening because people’s interpretations of luck are so very different. Good luck, bad luck… lives are changed for better or worse depending on whether people see themselves as winners or loser,” Carbone said. The stories must be true and they must be personal. Storytellers must write about themselves – not about someone else. All stories will be edited for time and content. They will be rehearsed prior to the show so that even the most novice public speaker can have their moment in the spotlight without their knees knocking.
For more information, rules and regulations, call 561 743-9955 or send an email to Donna Carbone marked SUBMISSION: TONGUES A’WAGGING to email@example.com. A DO and DON’T list will be sent which will explain exactly what a story must include. The deadline for submissions is March 16th. Tickets also go on sale on March 16th.
The Institute’s theater is small… only 40 seats… and Carbone said attendees at the first Tongues a’Wagging are already clamoring for tickets. She advises people call early to reserve their space.
THE LAST MOVIE STAR: SCREENED AT HARBOURSIDE PLACE
The Burt Reynolds Institute and Harbourside Place host a rooftop screening of The Last Movie Star in honor of Burt Reynolds’ Birthday.
Jupiter, Fl: Donna Carbone, the Managing Director of The Burt Reynolds Institute, announced that a special birthday tribute for Burt Reynolds, hosted by Harbourside Place on their rooftop venue in Jupiter, Florida. On the evening of February 16 at 7:00 pm, a special screening of Reynolds’ award-winning movie, The Last Movie Star was shown.
Connie Kartell, the Director of Marketing for Harbourside, worked closely with Carbone to make this evening a memorable one for Reynolds’ fans and friends. There will be a cash bar and free popcorn.
In a recent review, film critic Sheila O’Malley wrote “Reynolds holds the center of The Last Movie Star. He lets us see aspects of himself left out of the kinds of roles he normally played, aspects like insecurity, thoughtfulness, regret, grief, helplessness.”
Proceeds from the event will go to the Burt Reynolds Institute in support of their efforts to educate and involve the community in all aspects of film, television and theater as well as preserve Reynolds’ film legacy for generations to come. The Institute, which is located in North Palm Beach, offers acting, filmmaking, and writing courses for novice and experienced actors. It also produces original plays not seen on any other stage at its intimate black box theater.
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BURT REYNOLDS INSTITUTE ACTORS NEEDED FOR STAGED READINGS
Creative Writing for the Author in All of Us students have been enjoying the talents of the Burt Reynolds Institute actors during the twice-a-month staged readings. Scripts under development are presented in staged reading format so that writers can hear how their words will sound when delivered on film. This allows for questions and feedback from the actors which benefit the writers during the editing process. Both actors and writers have been enjoying their time together and have gained a new respect for the effort it takes to bring a script from conception to completion. Actors wishing to participate in these readings should contact Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 561-743-9955.
Creative Writing for the Author in All of Us students have been enjoying the talents of Burt Reynolds Institute actors during the twice-a-month staged readings. Scripts under development are presented in staged reading format so that writers can hear how their words will sound when delivered on film. This allows for questions and feedback from the actors which benefit the writers during the editing process. Both actors and writers have been enjoying their time together and have gained a new respect for the effort it takes to bring a script from conception to completion. Actors wishing to participate in these readings should email Donna.