Auditions 2017 

On October 27th, 28th and 30th 2017 the Cache Valley Storytelling Institute is holding their annual Tunnel Tales ™ event (ghost stories in the Central Park tunnels). Auditions for the three (3) storyteller positions are by appointment only and are being held:



Sept. 11th

Sept. 12th

Sept. 13th

Sept. TBD  

Sept. TBD

Sept. 18th

Sept. 20th


5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Orem Public library, 58 North State Street, Orem UT

Holladay Library 2150 E Murray-Holladay Blvd. Holladay, UT

Weber County Library South 2039 W 4000 S Roy, UT

Davis County Library South 725 S Main Bountiful, UT (Will be rescheduled)

Preston City Library 109 South 1st East Preston, ID (Will be rescheduled)

Logan City Library 255 N Main Street Logan, UT

Marshall Public Library 113 S Garfield Ave Pocatello, ID

For an appointment please call: 435-770-8420


  • Each person auditioning should take no less than 5 nor more than 8 minutes to demonstrate their storytelling talent. No offense is intended, but, the judges will cut you off if you go over the time limit.
  • If the person scheduled is late they will forfeit their opportunity to audition at that time and possibly any time if all audition slots are full. So, please be early. There will
  • be a place to wait for your time slot.

  • Stories must be a suspense/ghost story suitable for a conservative family audience 12 years of age and older and in harmony with the letter following the Rubric.
  • In addition to the content stated in the two bullets above judges will be using the following Storytelling Evaluation Rubric to asses your suitability for this years Tunnel Tales™ lineup.
  • I look forward to seeing you at the Auditions.

    Wayne McKay

    Founder & Executive Director

    Cache Valley Storytelling Institute®


    Dear Storytellers,

    Some years ago I was promoting Utah State University’s Theatre Department and shows. We had a show that dealt with a number of controversial issues and would have been better off left alone in Cache Valley. But, the director insisted on pursuing it and opted for a liberal interpretation and then couldn’t understand why, half the audience left during intermission the first night and all but a handful of the tickets for the rest of the run were returned.

    The Cache Valley Storytelling Festival is a family festival and has an even more conservative audience than Timpanogos. So, when I read Debi Richan’s letter I didn’t see any need to reinvent the wheel. She did an excellent job of addressing these issues, so, I asked if she would give me permission to share it with our storytellers. She was gracious enough to do so and sent me a copy. Frankly, she did a much better job of addressing these topics than I would have. Please, keep this in mind when selecting and preparing your stories for the Cache Valley Storytelling Festival.


    Wayne McKay

    Founder, Executive Director

    Cache Valley Storytelling Institute/Festival

    Mormons and Sex

    2003 – Debi Richan

    Hi, Karen and Janet--

    I mentioned to you awhile ago that David Holt had asked me for a Mormon view of sex.

    This is basically what I sent him. Then he sent it to Elizabeth Ellis, who asked me if she could also pass it along. So when I contacted all of our national tellers for this year, I sent along a description of the Festival and a description of our audiences and this excerpt. I hope it's ok, and please know I sent it as MY OPINION--not in any way as a Festival policy statement or anything else:

    What a fascinating question! What is the Mormon view of sex? Well, it reminds me of a story. There was once an older gentleman who was extremely economical with words. His wife was ill one Sunday so he attended church services alone. When he returned home his wife greeted him with, "Well, what did the preacher talk about?" The man replied, "Sin." "That doesn't tell me anything!” she replied. “What did he have to say about it?" "He was against it," he

    answered. I guess we're kind of like that. When it comes to sex, we're “for” it (just look at the size of our families!); we just don't like to talk about it.

    Mormons are probably a lot like Baptists or Methodists or any other faith: there's always going to be a wide range of "What Is Acceptable," depending on who you ask. Plenty of Mormons use language that makes me cringe and plenty of Mormons are so strait-laced I want to shake them and say "Exhale, for pete's sake!" For the most part (and remember, this is from me, but I'm pretty average--at least I think so), you're right-- we don't have any problem with the supernatural--like witches, haints, vampires and Harry Potter-esque stuff like that. There will always be those who won't let their children read Harry Potter because of "the occult" (give me a break!) but most of us--WAY most of us--are fine with it. Satan worshipping is definitely out of our comfort zone, but stories about the devil? No problem.

    I realize many tellers are worried about what they can say here and be comfortably received by an audience often perceived as "peculiar," to say the least. Crude or vulgar language is obviously inappropriate, but we won't fall over dead if someone says "damn" or "hell." It might put up a warning flag though, or sometimes put your audience a little on edge for a moment. The name of deity is considered sacred and so "Oh, my God!" does not play well, particularly when it is said repeatedly or casually as a conversational punctuator. Most of us get

    pretty uncomfortable with that because we love the Lord and don't take kindly to Him being blamed for everything all the time. It's a real personal affront.

    But you asked about sex in particular. Sex is also regarded as sacred and reserved for a man and woman who have been legally married. Therefore, any kind of sexual activity outside of marriage is not accepted as appropriate. We know it happens, we're not stupid, but we really don't encourage, accept or approve of the activity, although we may love the people involved. The topic of sex can quickly slide from the sacred into the merely sensational and it is probably better not to address it at all than to damage it with casualness or carelessness.

    References to homosexuality, masturbation, or casual sex of any kind will fall flat and really lose an audience here in no time. Kissing, flirting, opposite sex attraction will all play well--first date, first kiss stuff is generally a big hit--but start naming specific acts or body parts, or use the F-word and you will lose an audience so fast you won't know what hit you. If we had a teller use that word--or even a similar, crude reference to immoral sex--we would have more problems than I ever want to deal with. People would be demanding refunds and there would be letters to the editor in the paper we would have to fight for years. The whole reputation of the Festival would be damaged. So it isn't worth it to us. Controversy is not what we are promoting-- family storytelling is what we are looking for. We want grandparents to be comfortable sitting next to their grandchildren and listening, and then continuing the telling when they go home.

    Controversial, cutting edge, envelope-pushing "real life" storytelling is too easily available on television and in movies. We're looking for the "virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy," to paraphrase the Christian apostle, Paul (Philipians 4:8).

    So briefly, we're definitely not afraid of sex or unaware of it. Actually, we're all for it between a husband and wife--but we respect the powers of procreation and hold them to be sacred and precious--not really a topic for conversation in a tent of 800-1000 or so people. We like our intimacies to be intimate, so to speak.

    I am delighted you felt comfortable enough to ask about the Mormons and sex question. 

    If you or anyone else have any questions about LDS* (or Mormon--same thing) audiences, let me know! I'll do my best to answer.

    All my best--Debi

    *The name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are often called Mormons because of our companion book to the Bible called The Book of Mormon. Generally, we refer to ourselves as LDS (Latter-day Saints) so, especially out here, you may hear both.

    Either way--we're happy. Just don’t confuse us with the polygamists. There are no Mormon polygamists. Polygamists are not Mormons—they are excommunicated. Mormons have not practiced polygamy in well over 100 years, and when we did, it was only 10% of the members of the Church.

    Please note--this is a statement from me, Debi Richan. I am a local storyteller and work with these audiences all year round, so I am pretty familiar with our folks out here. This is not an official statement from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I can't even claim it as "Official Policy of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival." It is just my experience and my opinion from performing, living here and being LDS myself. If you have any questions, please feel free

    to ask any of us. Honestly, Mormons love to answer questions about being Mormon!