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Bromka, Sondra & John 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 History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
'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.
$351- $500
Carpenter, Margot Were They Equal? - an African story as told by Dr. Arnold Perey Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
"Were They Equal?" is a delightful story from Africa, about Tortoise, Elephant, Hippo, & You! Arnold Perey, anthropologist, in this illustrated children's book, has retold the story for children today, and illustrated it with lively pictures. He is joined by flutist Barbara Allen, and actor Anne Fielding in the telling of the story. You'll hear about Tortoise, who is small. The big animals, Elephant and Hippo, feel important because they think they are better than Tortoise. But Tortoise plays an amazing trick on them which helps them see the truth: "We are different, but our feelings inside are the same. I deserve the same respect that you do."
$101- $200
Perry, James Explorer Magic Performing Arts- Magic
Are you looking for a fun program for your library? Magic is always popular, but how about magic with a little something more. We have just the thing! We take one-part humor, one-part audience participation, and one-part magic to create laughs, wonders and illusions customized for your patrons! The laughs are built into the magic. For example, the magic appears to go wrong, and Jim finds himself entangled in the microphone stand, but as he works through the problem to a fantastic magic result. Volunteers are used throughout the show. We never embarrass them; instead, each one is sent back to their seat a hero. Our show uses ordinary objects--like playing cards, eggs, rope, balloons and more--from around the home to create extraordinary illusions. Things vanish and appear. The laws of physics are rewritten. We infuse the show with humor that draws on Jim's years of experience as a comic magician inspired by physical (clown-like) humor. After the finale, we provide magic and/or juggling tutorials so the fun can continue after the show is over.
$351- $500
Schembri, Pamela Pre-K Storytelling: Imagination Soars! Performing Arts- Storytelling
Before there were books, there were stories. In this program, Pamela shares the communicative power of storytelling with listeners who may not yet read. Using a full repertoire of participatory stories, she captures the imaginations of preschoolers with songs and repetition, teaching in the style of our ancestors.
$351- $500
Richter, Chip Cabin Fever Family Concert Chip-solo Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
What is a Cabin Fever Family Concert? If you've been to a Chip Richter Family Concert before you know they are interactive, entertaining and inspiring for kids, parents and even grandparents. It truly is an all age event designed to be something children and adults will enjoy together. In the middle of the cold, snowy, dark days of winter what could be more welcome than a warm and cozy night of music and melody, love and laughter shared with the whole family? Chip's Cabin Fever Concert can be just the thing to get us through to spring. It's a wonderful community outreach event that will entertain, inspire, educate and just be plain fun.
$351- $500
edmond, howard iroquois tales and legends Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tales and legends of the Iroquois with a wraparound of discussion of life in the longhouse and when the stories were told. Session begins with playing of native american flute to set the mood. Done with reverence and respect for Haudenausaunee (people of the longhouse) tradition.
$351- $500
Ellison, Emily STOMP the MUSIC! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
STOMP! THE MUSIC ($450.00 per program) All materials included, 2 Hour program, kids take home instruments. Ages 8 - 12 with/without caregivers. Based on the long running Off Broadway STOMP phenom, Children will build a percussion ensemble from found and used everyday objects compose and perform original pieces. Participants will study percussion from around the world gather, design, adapt and build various original percussion instruments to create rhythms and compose orchestrations involving the use of percussion instruments. They will explore the following elements of music and dance: rhythm, beat, melody, harmony, timbre, genre, feeling, choreography, form, function, space, dynamics, tempo, improvisation and learn traditional orchestral practices, notation, and jargon.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John A Celtic Mid-Winter Revel: Music for the 12 Days of Christmas Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Celtic Christmas and Mid-Winter celebrations through the centuries were a twelve-day flurry of spirited songs, mythical airs, quaint traditions, and mirthful customs and stories. The duo of John and Sondra Bromka offer an evocative and festive collection of seasonal music on their diverse array of Celtic instruments including harp, hammered dulcimer, 2 kinds of historic bagpipes, button accordeon, Irish cittern, bodhran, and guitar.
$351- $500
Storytellers, The Genesee Dare To Dream Performing Arts- Storytelling
Folktales are filled with heroes and heroines who face seemingly insurmountable odds. Listen as the Genesee Storytellers take you on adventures from around the world.
$101- $200
Schembri, Pamela Middle School Storytelling Performing Arts- Storytelling
UCK! STORIES? At OUR age? - Even the toughest crowds enjoy Pamela's personal stories (i.e., The Cross Bronx Expressway) and her modern-day Greek myths. Mixed with a ghost story or two, you'll see your teenagers spellbound.
$351- $500
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