The Epic Telling is a monumental experience unique to the Network of Biblical Storytellers. You join your voice to those of multiple skilled storytellers in a grand telling of scripture at the Festival Gathering. The entire book of the bible (or large portion of one) is told by individuals one after the other (with no breaks or applause) as a group performance. This year’s Epic Telling is the Gospel of Mark.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Storytellers are chosen by a bidding process. Anyone who is registered for the Festival Gathering is welcome to bid on the texts. Make sure to give your top 2 choices, as many people will be wanting the same texts.
Click HERE to review the epic divisions.
I’VE NEVER TOLD BEFORE, IS THAT OK?
Absolutely! If you receive a winning bid, please learn your part well and practice, practice, practice! The Epic should be a seamless performance which moves in a timely fashion. Use the NRSV or CEB translation. https://www.biblegateway.com/. Also, check out the Introduction to Biblical Storytelling video on our YouTube Channel.
WILL THERE BE A REHEARSAL FOR THE TELLERS??
Yes, Epic Tellers will be required to attend a 1-hour dress rehearsal the week of June 21 – 25. For quality purposes, the epic telling will be pre-recorded the week of June 28 – July 2. The epic tellers will be asked to schedule their rehearsal and recording after accepting their epic telling assignment.
WHO CAN COME AND LISTEN?
The Epic Telling is open to the public. We encourage you to invite your guests to the Epic Telling performance.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE USUALLY IN THE AUDIENCE?
Since the 2021 Festival Gathering is virtual, we anticipate more than 200 attendees.