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Program name: DIG THAT CANAL! ‘15 Miles on the Erie Canal' Family Fun Musical Storytelling; With FREE companion options - Folk Instruments of Along the Canal; Introduction to Theatercraft
Program category: History
Music
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Program length: 50 minutes-1hr.
Audience level: Family
Audience size: any
Program description: '15 Miles on the Erie Canal' is a colorful and very participatory historic musical storytelling event for the whole family. Enjoy this lively collage of Tall Tales, Costumes, Music and Sing-along Songs as the artists share an unforgettable story of New York’s famous waterway. Presented in 19th century 'folk opera' performance style, it sparkles with canal-era music from cultures along the canal, performed on a rare collection of historic instruments including hammer dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, early squeezeboxes, canal horn, and more. Our story unfolds as Captain Simon Slick and Irish cook Sallie Waters meet up with Sal, a truly amazing mule who makes quite a splash (and also happens to be guest from the audience!). Together they set off on a rollicking journey down The Grand E-ri-e Canal, 8th Wonder of the World! Great characters, great stories, and an unforgettable historic enrichment experience for Summer Reading Programs! NOTE: For a gala event, our “15 Miles” performance may be expanded with your choice of NYS Canal Cultural Heritage workshop activities: expanded singing roles for a children’s/family chorus; lively canal-era children's dances; and even student-written Tall Tale vignettes for the Grand Finale. Custom-designed programs, special events welcome.
Space/special requirements: Performers prefer natural acoustics; artists also have high quality sound available if required (audiences over 150, or special needs)
Travel restrictions: none
Program fee: $351- $500
Is this fee negotiable? Yes
Mileage included? No
If no, cost per mile: $0.56
Notes about the fee: No additional mileage charged within Onondaga County, or for block bookings; charge for travel from CNY. These fees are applicable for libraries and other intimate venues. Fees at larger venues and schools may be higher, please inquire. Grants are generally available, and we are pleased to assist.
Other notes: Get a CUE: The Fantastic World of Folk Opera option. To enrich the audience’s understanding and appreciation of the craft behind a staged operatic performance, the artists enjoy speaking about the process as they are setting up for their play. They take them a guided tour through the building of sets & props, vocal & physical preparations, and other aspects of stage craft, to discover step by step what goes on behind the scenes. Please explore artists' website at www.bellsandmotley.com for additional programs, exuberant recommendations, resources, and a wealth of information.
Regions this program
can be performed in:
Western
Rochester
Central
South Central
Capital District
North Country
Metro
Southeastern
Long Island
Program last updated: 02/08/2014
   
Performer Information (see all of this performer's programs)
Stage name: Bells & Motley Olden Music, Dance, and Storytelling
Performer name: Sondra & John Bromka
Phone: 315-673-2995
Mailing address: 36 South Street
Marcellus, NY 13108
E-mail address: sbromka@earthlink.net
Website: http://www.bellsandmotley.com
   
Previous appearances at: 1) 35 Years at Sterling Renaissance Festival - presenting Concerts, Musical Theater, Storytelling, Historic Dance Instruction, 2) NYS Heritage and Canal Fest Events for Communities, Libraries, Schools across NYS, 3) School & Community residencies and pageants across NYS, Northeast, and Europe, 4) Historic Site thematic specialty programs for Lorenzo, Crailo, French Azilum, Sackets Harbor, Olana, many more; also France, Germany, & Belgium, 5) Libraries across all areas of NYS, and locally in Marcellus, Onondaga Hill; see our website for complete lists
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Performer information last updated: 06/07/2016

 

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