Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Story Club at the Abbey

Orlando Story Club is held at The Abbey, (100 South Eola Drive, Orlando, FL 32801) and offers an evening of entertainment where the audience creates the show! Everyone is invited to throw their name in a hat for a chance to tell a story. Ten participants are chosen from the hat. Stories must be no longer than 5 minutes in length, told without notes, and must connect with the theme. The results can be unpredictable, sometimes outrageous, sometimes poignant, but always a lot of fun! Judges are randomly selected from the audience and special story prizes are awarded at the end of the evening. Other audience participation opportunities abound. Best of all, this evening of fun raises money for a different local charity every month! Story club champion, Danielle Ziss was a host despite having to favor a twisted ankle.

Orlando Story Club was founded by storyteller and filmmaker Robin Cowie (producer of “The Blair Witch Project”).  After participating in the national storytelling series "The Moth," Central Florida based Cowie sought out to produce the same event here and so Orlando Story Club was born.  The first event, held at Orlando’s East End Market in March 2014, was a standing room only smash hit.  Two years later, Cowie’s popular series caught the attention of Downtown Orlando’s dynamic  Downtown Arts District who teamed up to put on monthly events at The Abbey in Downtown Orlando, furthering the growth of Story Club and the arts.  

The April charity partner was Summer of Dreams.  Since 2011, Summer of Dreams has helped inspire hope and opportunity in those who need it most – homeless students in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.  The program is designed to provide students with access to food, supervision and engaging activities, as well as financial counseling for parents.  Since 2011, Summer of Dreams has served 5,573 children and is proud of the impact they have had on homeless students and parents.  Their mission is to inspire and offer opportunities to all homeless students and provide a safe, encouraging environment for students to play, dream, and achieve. 

The theme for the next story Club is Smitten Kitten. It will be held on February 6, 2019 at the Abbey. Tickets are $5. Doors open at 7pm.

Ever had a CRUSH? On The Orlando Story Club stage tell us a time when you got tongue-tied at the mere sight of a certain somebody. Was it love or just an infatuation? You make eye contact and it’s pure giggles or you’re full on enraptured. We know the, “I can’t think, I can’t sleep” routine, but when you do sleep they just invade your dreams, which is kinda nice actually.

From your brother’s friend who followed you around like a puppy in that unrequited love story, to the neighbors who’ve been married for 67 years, to your art teacher who made “the colors, like, come alive.” Love comes in many shades. By the way, pet stories are adorable.

Whatever it was, spin some silk from the cocoons the butterflies left in your tummy and put those moments on display. What did they do that set you off, or turned you on? Tell us who (or what) stole your heart.

All proceeds support the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando
Admission: $5 (additional donations encouraged)
Doors open @ 6:30pm. Show starts @ 7pm.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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