CLEARFIELD -- Suzanne Decaria stood on the black stage, her voice lilting as she shared a tale to a small audience.
Decaria, a Roy resident, is one of an estimated 10 people, who will participate in Clearfield's annual Storytelling Festival, which is scheduled for 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29. She came to a practice session to showcase her performance and get pointers.
This is her first time participating in Clearfield's festival, though she has performed elsewhere and is a member of the Utah Storytelling Guild.
"It is such an accessible art form," she said. "You don't need props or a set. It brings the arts to everyone."
Plus, the certified kindergarten to third-grade teacher said it promotes literacy.
Laurie Allen, a member of the city's arts council and a volunteer helping spearhead the storytelling festival, said the event is a wonderful experience for storytellers and audience members alike.
"Storytelling takes you out of yourself," she said. "It brightens your day."
Overall, she said, the event has a strong community feel and it brings people a unique experience.
"There is a teller on stage and an audience," she said. "The magic occurs between the two. It's a magical feeling to be part of it."
Each teller is allowed to share one story not to exceed six minutes. All material must be suitable for a general audience.
There is not a minimum age to participate, but each storyteller must be able to recite their story with confidence and speak clearly and fluently in front of an audience.
The event is free to attend.
Already, there was a preview session, where people like Decaria came and received feedback on their planned performances.
Jahmall Robinson, a Clearfield resident, was one of those people. He is showcasing his own original writings for the event. One of his poems is called "From Where," and it showcases the similarities between wildlife and the city.
"I like to do my own material," he said. "It shows people what life looks like from my perspective."
The aspiring writer works in sales, but loves any chance to perform. He has mostly showcased his work in Salt Lake at various open mic nights.
Caleb Rollins, another Clearfield resident, has done the festival once before. He, too, likes to share his own creations. This time, his performance features a work called "The Messenger." This religious piece is about John the Baptist.
"This is a good outlet," he said. "It's a good way to tell people about Christ."
His mother, Sharon, was in the audience on the night of rehearsals to support her son. She also believes the event is a great way for people to share stories.
"This is a great experience," she said.
Allen hopes that people attend the event to take part of this oral tradition of storytelling.
The festival will be held at the Clearfield Community Center Little Theater located at 140 E. Center St.