Melea’s Blog

To blog or not to blog… that truly was a question for me. “Do I have something people want to hear, consider, use in their current writing and storytelling endeavors?”

I decided I do. I’d like to encourage the story you are living out as “a spiritual being having a temporary experience” on this place called Earth (quote is credited to Robert Morris, Gateway Church, TX). Your story matters. My story matters. And for me, living in God’s magnificent story matters the most.

I hope my blog and the processing of the power of story here, along with the sharing of my own writing experiences, encourages you to bring your own skills into a more focused place. Feel free to post a comment or email me directly at info@rightsideupstories.com

 

Melea

 

 

Re-Story Theater 2014-15 & Your Art-filled Summer

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Connection, Creativity, Storytelling, Teaching, Theater | 0 comments

  “Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.” -from a poem by Alan Alda   My H.S. Drama One class has ended and in a great way—a melodrama by Craig Sodaro, “Wait ‘Til The Sun Shines Nellie”! It’s been fun to see timid, apprehensive, quiet students blossom into confident and capable actors and servant-artists.  And for those that possessed drama skills already, there was a refining of them that may have even surprised them. We are all different after this year of Drama One. RE-STORY...

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Shakespeare & The American H.S. Drama Student

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Storytelling, Teaching, Theater | 0 comments

“We know what we are, but not what we may be.” –William Shakespeare   Remember way back in August when I shared of how I would be teaching a H.S. theater class, once again?  Every Friday, I teach a group of 15 H.S. students. It’s been a good year, so far! And a very stretching one for all of us. For me, it has been the reusing of old muscles and building back strength.  And for most of my students it has been the building of new muscles. They’re a wonderfully creative group of teens.  Some are timid and shy, some are bold and outspoken,...

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Workshops Shape Vision and Bring Hope

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Storytelling, Teaching | 0 comments

In a culture that can’t seem to find its common narrative, we found one as we risked embarrassment, misunderstanding and fear as we shared our own personal stories that day…   My January Storyday—“The Power of Storytelling and Spoken Word”—was powerful and meaningful for its participants, including its speaker-teacher. Every age was represented, from teenager to senior. We gathered up from central California to San Diego, and added Kansas and South Africa in for contrast and depth.  It was seven plus hours of teaching, partnering,...

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MOVING FROM LABOURER TO CRAFTSMAN TO ARTIST

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Storytelling, Teaching, Theater | 0 comments

He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist. —Saint Francis of Assisi   This was the first quote that I wrote on the board for my Drama One students.   It went in their new and empty Actor’s Journal.  It’s a composition book where they are to relate their growth, challenges, ah-hah moments, and general thoughts about being a student-actor. It’s also a place they log their rehearsals.  And, from time to time, I...

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Heading Back to School…and Back to the Classroom!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Storytelling, Teaching, Theater | 0 comments

I said, “Yes.” Yes, to teaching Drama One to high school people, once again. I am excited about this. I am nervous about this. I am qualified for this. Are teachers better teachers years later? Yes. Why? Because of accumulated knowledge and tons of practical experience. I have never really stopped teaching. I lead workshops, coach and mentor artists, direct and produce shows. Plus, I have raised a teen and I am raising a teen. Teenagers no longer bring fear and dread as they once did when I was about 26 and 38 years old. They bring compassion...

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A Better Storyteller in Five Ways

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Gifts of Story, Storytelling | 0 comments

Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. Matthew 13:34 Know Your Audience—Who will I be telling to in this moment? What makes this group unique? How do they hear story? Find out as much as you can about your audience. They will cease to be strangers as you enter into that moment of storytelling. Prepare and Pray—The best storyteller is the one that has prepared. Rehearse with your whole body before a mirror. Believing the story versus knowing a story translates to an...

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CLEAR THE DESK!

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Imagination, Storytelling, Writing | 0 comments

“Every artist dips his brush into his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” -Henry Ward Beecher-  What color has your brush dipped into with this new year’s beginning? I posted this on my facebook page close to the first day of January 2013.  It spoke to me deeply when I first read it.  I subscribe to the belief that we are all artists.  Some of spend more time in the studio than others, but that does not qualify us as better artists, just more trained, more practiced. There were many “likes” on...

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Re-Story Theater’s Beginning… An intimate look at the writing of “The Green Velvet Christmas Dress”

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Creativity, Storytelling, Theater | 0 comments

Last year, I wrote backwards! I started with a play, not the story first. I write stories all the time. I do my best to write one Christmas story a year and have begun writing one this year in the midst of the busyness of directing and producing “The Green Velvet Christmas Dress”.  It’s called “The Unopened Christmas Gift” and I like where it’s going. After last year’s successful premiere, I began writing the story of “The Green Velvet Christmas Dress” and I had high hopes for it being available for this year’s reprise of the play.  I had no...

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“Re-Story Theater’s Beginning… (Part 2)

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in Creativity, Storytelling, Theater | 0 comments

But first, I must share with you about The Green Dress Velvet Christmas Dress!” I will share with you about “Improv In Our Everyday Living” in a future blog.  I promise.  But for now, I want to share about Re-Story Theater’s upcoming Christmas show December 7th, 8th, and 9th. My beloved theater group, Re-Story, is well into its second season (with one show under its improvisational belt) and has begun rehearsals on the reprise of “The Green Velvet Christmas Dress”.  And we are  loving the momentum from Molly’s Coffee House, passing it on to...

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“Re-Story Theater’s Beginning… and the Power of Telling The Stories That Matter, Part I”

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Storytelling | 0 comments

  Two years ago, God began speaking to me of my past. In the late 80’s and early 90’s I was a H.S. Theater Arts teacher, at two wonderful schools.   I wrote many of my stories during those years of teaching Theater Arts and Speech. I was a “part-time” (what is that when it comes to theater?) H.S. teacher in the afternoon and the first half of my day was spent in writing and developing my growing storytelling work.  I loved it!   One of the first things I taught those “eager to be famous” acting students was the skill of...

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