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FPA checks in with the story that has no ending

If you’ve ever been to a StorySlam, you know how magical they can be. A frequently packed house buzzes with excitement while 10 audience storytellers take to the stage with their best stories on the night’s theme. Judges shout out the scores that determine the fate of some and the fortune of one – the one who will go to the Grand Slam to compete for the title of “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia.”

But there was no judging for one very special story last season that was particularly magical.

At the “Do the Right Thing” StorySlam this past June at the World Cafe Live, First Person Arts audiences witnessed the first-ever First Person proposal by Storyteller, Rodrick. After weeks of planning, Rodrick proposed to his sweetheart, Kendra on stage while the audience rose in a standing ovation applauding their special moment.

Missed the magic? Want to relive the moment?
Watch the video of Rodrick’s proposal in the video below.

Storyteller, Rodrick, “Do the Right Thing” StorySlam

We followed up with our happy couple to see how they were doing, if they’d set a date, and most importantly, when we could expect an invitation to the wedding!

Rodrick reports, “As for wedding plans, Kendra and I have not set a date yet, but we plan to in
the near future.” When Rodrick told his story back in June, 2011, he had just graduated from Grad School and was planning to go on to Medical School. We asked him how things were going. “Medical School is going well for me and Kendra is hard at work applying,” said Rodrick.

Sounds like Rodrick and Kendra have got their noses to the grindstone. So for now, we’ll let the our lovebirds get back to their studies.

For anyone feeling inspired by Rodrick’s suave style and who is looking to take their relationship to the next level, the next Slam’s theme is “Best Ever.” Join us then next Tuesday, March 27th at L’Etage!

-Becca Jennings

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