Brianne Halverson, co-artistic director for the local Front Porch Improv, will tell you, "Stories are the foundation of everything in our lives." And whether those stories are funny, sad, frightening or inspiring, storytelling is no doubt a powerful force to bring people together.
That's why Halverson's group decided to host "Women Rule: A Night of Storytelling and Comedy," a live show starring some of Savannah's favorite female storytellers and improvisors. The event is at 8 p.m. June 30 at 2222 Bull St. All proceeds from the $12 tickets will benefit Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates. King of Pops will be on hand with cool treats and Halverson says the evening will feature "rocking music by female artists."
"We've been wanting to do a women-only show for a while," Halverson says, adding that the show combines great storytelling with improv and comedy. "We've invited some really outstanding, interesting women to tell stories."
Storytellers include Patt Gunn, Jessica Leigh Lebos, Jayme Tinti, Omkari Williams and A'ndrea Wilson. The storytellers will use about five minutes to tell a tale based on the theme of empowerment, and Halverson says they can either tell about a time they felt empowered or perhaps felt they lost their power.
Then the improvisors will take to the stage for about 10 minutes to act out their version of the story they just heard. Besides Halverson, improvisors include Renee Theresa Fincke, Melanie Goldey, Madison Marie Rengli, Danielle Lily Shaw and Joanna Walchuk.
The entire show will last a little more than an hour. The event is considered family-friendly, but Halverson notes some material may be for mature audiences — she expects something around a PG-13 rating.
"This is a way for us to learn more about each other and have a great time ... It's a way to celebrate people and stories and the creativity and vibrancy of women in Savannah."
While the all-female cast is expected to draw some serious laughs from the crowd, Halverson notes men are more than welcomed to attend. But if you miss this hot event, you can catch Front Porch Improv again. They have shows every Saturday night and they also host classes and workshops.
"We are always looking for diverse stories," Halverson says. "And we want to do more events that are open and diverse with proceeds going to a nonprofit."