Epic Telling

What is an Epic Telling?

The Epic Telling is a monumental experience unique to the Network of Biblical Storytellers. Each year at our annual Festival Gathering of Biblical Storytelling, an entire book of the Bible (or a large portion of one) is told by individuals one after the other (with no breaks or applause) as a group performance.

Who can participate in the Epic Telling?

Storytellers are chosen from a bidding process. Anyone who is registered for the Festival Gathering is welcome to bid on the texts.  Make sure to give your top 3 choices, as many people will be wanting the same texts. 

I've never told before, is that okay?

Absolutely! We just ask that if you receive a winning bid, you learn your part well and practice, practice, practice! The Epic should be a seamless performance which moves in a timely fashion. If you have questions, please call or email the NBS office. And please use the NRSV version of the Bible as you prepare your text.

How do I bid to create one of the video tellings?

Use the online bidding form and check the passage you would like to submit on video.

Make sure to check the box indicating that you understand that you will adhere to the guidelines provided by Jason Chesnut and understand that your video will be edited for length and consistency. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

May I bid for an individual telling, a video telling and to be a part of the Epic Telling Team ensemble?

You may bid for up to two of the three options.

Who can come and listen?

The Epic Telling is not open to the public due to 4-H Center regulations. Conferees form the audience for the telling.

How many people are usually in the audience?

A typical audience is about 250 people, who are Festival Gathering attendees.

Will there be a rehearsal for the tellers?

Usually there is a warm up 1/2 hour before the performance when tellers are given instructions and lined up. However, since the divisions are a little more complicated this year, there will be an additional rehearsal time for all tellers. The day and time will be announced at the festival.

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