By Michael Busack
What if I told you had forty-two first cousins? It’s an interesting fact, but with little context, it doesn’t mean all that much. Now, what if I told you I had forty-two first cousins, but some might say it’s only forty? Would you want to hear more?
Well, the rest of the story is that my mom had ten siblings, and my father had thirteen. After they all married and had children, the original twenty-four increased by forty children. However, before I was born, my mother’s brother and my father’s sister fell and love and married. They soon had two kids that would become my “kissing cousins,” meaning they are equally my cousins on both sides. So, should I count them twice? They are more similar to me and my brother genetically that anyone else in my family.
This deeper dive into my family history illustrates an important point about storytelling: details and delivery matter. In fact, storytelling is an artform that stretches all the way to ancient Egypt. Today the art of storytelling from the stage, in front of an audience, is wildly popular, with events and “slams” rising up all over the country, and popular radio and television shows such as “The Moth,” “The Tank,” and “Stories from the Stage” riveting listeners internationally.
Growing up as part of the large aforementioned clan, family lore and how it was told became an important part of our identity. When we would gather together as a family, conversation would inevitably turn into a game of “remember the time when…” Each time stories were retold, reenactments became more animated, voices a little more comical, and the legend would grow.
I fell in love with the art of telling a story from a young age, and have I’ve carried it with my as I became a young journalist, and now as I tell stories as a marketing and communications professional for mission-driven organizations such as South Shore Conservatory. I love telling the story of an organization that believes in a bold vision, such as “making music, changing lives.”
When I arrived at SSC, I was immediately struck by the number of people the organization touches through music, dance, creative arts, yoga, drama and more. I thought “What an perfect pairing, introducing storytelling to such an arts-appreciative audience.”
I’m proud my vision comes true on October 27, when SSC presents Crescendo: Live Storytelling at SSC – In Partnership with Massmouth. This special event features professional storytellers sharing stories connected to the theme “Face the Music,” live from Cox Hall at SSC’s Hingham campus.
To present this event, SSC partners with Massmouth, a Boston-based non-profit organization that promotes the timeless art of storytelling through storytelling events throughout Greater Boston. Massmouth also partners with WGBH and World Channel each month to produce a national television broadcast, called Stories from the Stage, honoring the art of live storytelling.
Audience members at Crescendo are sure to be intrigued by vivid tales of moments tellers had to ditch their fears and “face the music.” You won’t want to miss it.
Crescendo: Live Storytelling at SSC – In Partnership with Massmouth is Saturday, October 27, 7 pm at One Conservatory Drive in Hingham. General admission tickets are $20, and may be purchased at www.sscmusic.org/storytelling. A cash bar is available, and a reception with performers immediately follows the performance.
Michael Busack is South Shore Conservatory’s Senior Director of External Relations.