Our ALL STARS event is almost here! On Wednesday the 13th, the Audience Favorite storytellers will take the stage at Turner Hall Ballroom. Last week, we introduced three tellers and our special guest. Today, we are introducing three more tellers. To help you get to know them, we asked them the question, “Why do you tell stories?”

Storyteller Brooke Maroldi at the mic.

Brooke Maroldi. Photo by Art Montes.

Filmmaker and member of the theater community Brooke Maroldi tells what makes storytelling different from writing fiction or playing a character on stage.  “It’s just you up there, telling The Truth, or at least your truth. It’s one part stand-up comedy, one part memoir and one part confessional.”  When she is not braving the stage as a storyteller, Brooke is working on creative projects such as a screenplay titled “Marquette and Juliet” that is set in a small Wisconsin town.

Storyteller Molly Snyder on the stage.

Molly Snyder. Photo by Art Montes.

Senior writer at OnMilwaukee.com Molly Snyder sees storytelling as a need. “I have always felt the need to share my life through art with others. It helps me reflect on what happened and make sense of the past,” she says. She also sees storytelling as uncomplicated entertainment. “Storytelling is a ‘simple’ pastime that does not require money or technology. Although I am fond of both, it is wonderful to not use these things for a spell.”

Storyteller Aims McGuinness on stage.

Aims McGuinness. Photo by Art Montes.

Aims McGuinness also sees storytelling as a necessity as well as a way to make life more meaningful. “For me, stories have always been a way to make life more bearable and more understandable.” He says that storytelling is in the family, and that one grandfather in particular had a great influence on him. Now, he says, “I tell stories to my daughters at bedtime. My daughters are, without a doubt, my most important audience.” Aims works as a history professor at UWM, where he uses storytelling to teach students about the past.

We can’t wait to hear the “Nitty Gritty” stories these ALL STARS have to share! And we’d love to have you join us for an evening of storytelling at Turner Hall. Tickets are $12 and are available online at the Pabst Theater box office. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start promptly at 7:30. Thank you to our sponsors Milwaukee Turners at Turner Hall, Colectivo Coffee & Milwaukee Business Journal.  Special thanks to Season 6 sponsors BelAir Cantina and Transfer Pizzeria Café for their continued support. We hope to see you at ALL STARS! It won’t be complete without YOU!