The Bloom Stage & Storytelling
The Bloom Stage and Storytelling
Story is an important tradition that connects our communities, holds a mirror up to life lessons and helps chart where we are going. In our current golden age of storytelling, people are becoming more aware of how sharing their personal narratives function as a pathway to physically healing experiences and to achieving their goals. Stories elicit powerful emotional responses and are useful tools. Your story is your power!
The Bloom Stage offers quarterly events that bring a blend of storytelling, poetry, music, and art to the Murfreesboro stage. The series is produced by storyteller and personal coach Kara J. Kemp with assistance from poet and writer Kory Wells. This series celebrates the ability of art to honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience, and to satisfy a vital human need for connection. It seeks to present established and emerging storytellers, poets, performers and artists and to encourage unity among communities whose stories often go unheard. Performances presented have an option to work with a coach to be performance-ready. Each event presents a broad theme for artists to build upon, such as “Defibrillator” for a February Valentine’s show, “Cornbread and Casseroles” for Mother’s Day and “The Dog Days” for an August show on furry friends, summer’s end and school’s beginning. Live musicians weave the stories together throughout the series as well as visual artists on exhibit.
Don’t shrink. Bloom.
Next up on stage! The Bloom Stage presents Story Spark: Lessons Learned presenting stories from Northfield Elementary School on May 18, 2023.
This production is presented in conjunction of Murfreesboro Cultural Arts Program and features fourth grade students from Northfield Elementary. Students will have participated in learning about the art and craft of storytelling over a semester while developing their personal narratives through various art and language techniques that culminate in a performance at the Walnut House in downtown historic Murfreesboro. This production will be accompanied by live art of Gregory Lannom and music of Luisa Marion.
Show will take place at Walnut House, 116 N Walnut Street (off the square in downtown Murfreesboro). Doors at 5:30 pm CT. Show starts at 6 pm CT. Admission for this show free.
TELL YOUR STORY ON THE BLOOM STAGE
2023 Upcoming Show Dates
September 7, 2023: Food for Thought
December 7, 2023: Title TBD
Have a story to tell? The Bloom Stage is always in search of new storytellers. No experience required, just a great story and a willingness to collaborate.
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“True belonging requires meeting real people in real time in a real space. Story helps you find your real.” – Kara J. Kemp
Kara’s storytelling performances have also been crafted for energetic events such as United We Style benefiting United Way, The Ghostly Gathering in historic Rugby, Tennessee, The Moth Nashville and custom story workshops. Kittens on the Keys is a full-length production that resonates with audiences as “a unique mix….at once sophisticated and homespun” which explores the complexities and charm of growing up Southern and what we do with our past in order to shape our futures. Kara is available for customizing workshops or private coaching sessions to help tap into real power for simply sharing, performance or corporate presentations.