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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
A Barrel of Fun Productions, Art Miller A Barrel of Fun Comedy/Variety Shows Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Clowning
A Barrel of Fun comedy/variety shows may include music, magic, ventriloquism, juggling and lots of audience participation. We have performed over 10,000 shows at a wide variety of venues. We have performed programs in almost 300 libraries, including almost 150 libraries in NY State. We have well over 500 repeat library programs to our credit. Our programs are appropriate for preschool through elementary children and families.For the 2016 Get On Your Mark, Get Set, Read, Read summer reading theme, we are suggesting: Professor Klutzo's Healthy Habits (a comedy- variety show), and Catfish Charlie's The Great Outdoors (Comedy/Music). Comedy shows available are: Professor Klutzo (Comedy/Variety) Music, magic, ventriloquism and juggling. Pete The Pirate (Comedy/Variety) Music, magic and ventriloquism. Bongo Joe (World-wide percussion,stringed instruments and ventriloquism with soft puppet characters.) Catfish Charlie (Comedy/Variety) Camp songs with audience participation, comedy and ventriloquism. Rattlesnake Red (Cowboy character/musical variety) Comedy and ventriloquism. Puppet Shows-See our listing under Puppet Shows. See website for specific descriptions and photos. Many shows are theme-adaptable.
$201- $350
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
Bromka, Sondra & John Merry Old English Music & Dances To Welcome in the Spring Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Participatory songs, dances, and magical traditions of Merrie Olde England that help celebrate the arrival of this loveliest season of the year. Seasonal concert/workshop combination. By request, program can be expanded to include traditional maypole dancing (see below)
$351- $500
Grudko, Marian Antigone Music
Antigone by composer Marian Grudko “Antigone” is an electronic music composition created entirely using analog tape and analog sound generators, including a Steinway piano.  No computers were used in the process.  It is in a style loosely called organized sound, using some of the tape manipulating techniques originating in 1948, in the electronic music known as “musique concrète.” The composition is an emotionally charged, electronic representation of Sophocles’ play “Antigone,” part of the Oedipus trilogy. There is a brief, powerful part towards the end of the music which some fans refer to as the “Jimi Hendrix” section, to the delight of composer Marian Grudko who confirms that it is indeed an “homage.” “Antigone” is performed through a state-of-the-art sound system, and is offered in two formats: 1) an audio performance only, or 2) audio plus visual, using a screen and computer program that creates a colorful visual representation of the sounds generated by the composition. This program is recommended for adults and older children. A short synopsis of Sophocles’ “Antigone” will be presented by the composer before the music performance.
$201- $350
Del Bianco, Lou Hans Christion Andersen Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The most exciting performer in the field.- BILLBOARD MAGAZINE A one man musical entertainment! 45 minutes of music and stories like the Kings New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, Thumbelina and lots more. All of these stories teach us something about ourselves.
$351- $500
Sieling, Tom Take Tromp Through the Swamp! In keeping with the 2016 fitness theme Health & Fitness- Sports,
Music,
Nature- Animals
Tom performs humorous, VERY participatory (often even a bit athletic!) songs for kids and their families. Fun is the guiding principle. He performed 82 family programs during the summer reading season of 2015, and has delighted tens of thousands over the past twenty years. Tom accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and a drum machine. His 2016 program, 'Take a Tromp Through the Swamp!', is designed with the 'On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!' theme in mind. He travels with a great sound system for use as needed- it works nicely outside, too. He can be booked for $295/275 with no mileage fee- please see below for details. Dozens of librarian references are available upon request. 'Tom is a wonderfully engaging performer... sure to raise even the most reticent out of their seat! We 'howled at the moon, sang a wild thing tune', and wanted more!' - Nicole Carner, Library Director, Pember Library, Granville 'Tom is masterful both as a musician and in how he relates to his audience... his sense of humor and sheer fun shines throughout it all. He is a winner every time!' Mary Gleason, Children's Librarian, Irondequoit Library
$201- $350
Helou, Paul Paul Helou interactive music for children Music
I have a very interactive, energetic musical show for children -- within minutes they will be clapping, dancing, having a great time. Take a look at www.paulhelou.com
$351- $500
Mischief, Merry Songs of the Civil War History,
History,
Music
Minstrels don't take sides, so we sing and tell tales from both the Confederate and the Union side. Audience participates in singalongs to such tunes as: Dixie, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Camptown Races, Oh Susannah!, Buffalo Gals, Goober Peas and More! We also bring along a Confederate flag and a 36 start Union flag for our backdrops! 2 costumed minstrels PLUS 4 instruments PLUS beautiful harmonies EQUALS a good time with learning thrown in on top!
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - Up in Arms' WELCOME PARK Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Welcome Park is opening a new visitor center and Bunny and his friends want to get in on the act. They approach Park Ranger Ned with the idea that they could teach visitors about the seasons. Ned is worried because each has a bad habit that could interfere with each one doing their best work: Bunny rushes through things; Dog gets herself so nervous she can barely speak; Bee tries to do too many things at once. What will Ned and the audience decide about their readiness to work in the new visitor center? This crowd pleasing show is for ages 3 through 8. While reinforcing important seasonal concepts, children will learn how to improve listening skills
$1001- $3000
Tranchina, Gabriele Jazz goes to Hollywood Music
Listen to songs that were made popular through Hollywood movies and became Jazz favorites. Be transferred to films like Casablanca with the song “As time goes by” Breakfast at Tiffanies with Henry Mancini’s “Moon River”, Black Orpheus with “ Manha de Carnaval” and many more.
$201- $350
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