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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Morgan, Lynn Traditional Folktales Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
I tell traditional folktales from around the world, including drawing and string stories and fables. Many stories incorporate songs or other audience participation techniques. I will tailor the presentation to meet specific audiences, such as learning stories targeting a specific theme; however adequate notice is required.
$201- $350
Salerno Thomas, Sarah Roxaboxen Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Loosely adapted from the book by Alice McLerran, this interactive performance invites the audience to recreate the place and people of Roxaboxen, where imagination reigns. Upon request, Roxaboxen can be customized to link with a a library's summer reading theme. 15 children participate onstage and there are numerous opportunities for the audience to contribute throughout.
$351- $500
Wind, Dee and Frank Barnyard Yarns and Animal Tales Performing Arts- Storytelling
We tell stories about animals that live in the jungle, on a farm, in the woods or the barnyard. The tales are good for a family audience. Many of them have messages that will help the audience better understand themselves and their environment.
$201- $350
Cremean, Nels Ross ''Read to Achieve'' Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Theater
A side-splitting, gravity-defying celebration of reading to complement your PARP, RIF, or related program. Get pumped up to ''read, know, and grow'' because it can be a journey to wherever you want to go! (K-6) Nels Ross’ uplifting programs promote character, wellness, learning, and joy through a unique blend of physical theater, variety arts, and humor. See InJest.com > More > School Programs for the latest info.
$501- $1000
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
Storytellers, Beauty & the Beast Author Visits Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss are award winning authors and recording artists and would be happy to visit your school in that capacity. They will tell stories, give tips on telling, and answer any questions students have. Their story collections include world tales that have been rewritten so that they are accessible for telling by children. After seeing Mitch and Martha tell stories, students will be excited about telling tales themselves. Storytelling is a fun activity that is highly educational. All the story books have tips for telling which make it possible for teachers to have each student (second grade and up) choose a different tale, learn it, and share it in front of classmates. Those who choose to do so can tell for other classes as well. Some of the tales are simple and short enough that they can then be retold by first graders and even kindergartners. Mitch and Martha's performances will also serve as catalysts for creative writing.
$1001- $3000
Grudko, Marian Beatrix Potter’s “The Tailor of Gloucester” Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Beatrix Potter’s “The Tailor of Gloucester” a magical tale read by Marian Grudko One day near Christmas time, an elderly tailor 
began to make a coat -- of cherry colored corded silk
-- for the Mayor of Gloucester. In the bitter cold, the tailor became ill, 
and unable to finish the coat. Yet it WAS finished. But by whom? This classic Christmas story is said to have been 
Beatrix Potter’s personal favorite. Marian’s reading has become a new holiday tradition!
$201- $350
Schuman, Sandy Lead Belly: Singer, Songwriter, Murderer; King of the 12-String Guitar History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, got a bum deal. Was he justly sentenced to prison for murder? Twice? Was he exploited by the man who discovered him? Did he have to share credit for writing the song that became the number one hit of 1950! This program includes a series of true stories about Lead Belly’s life: why he chose to play the 12-string guitar, the events that led to his two convictions for murder, how his reputation as a prison songster led to his pardon by the governor, how he was discovered by John and Alan Lomax, how he contributed to the folk music revival and the advent of rock and roll, how his signature song—the song he used to both open and close his performances—became the most popular song of 1950, and why it is still sung today at soccer games all across Europe. These stories are interspersed with songs such as The Midnight Special, Easy Rider, John Hardy, We’re in the Same Boat Brother, and Goodnight Irene.
$101- $200
Bromka, Sondra & John The Tale of Tristan & Iseult: An Arthurian Legend Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This most famous of all classic love stories was originally set in Celtic antiquity, and an important component of the Arthurian legends. In the 12th century, the tale was already 600 years old when it captured the imagination of Medieval France’s famous storyteller-poet-musicians, the troubadours. The powerful story continued its long journey through the ages... inspiring many works in turn, including Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet). Bells & Motley present a telling that is authentic, yet lively, accessible, highly charged, and mysterious - full of all of the original symbolism, intrigue, and purpose. In ancient bardic style, it features a simple setting, rich language, and complex emotions evoked through the power of music. Rare historic instruments include the Medieval keyed fiddle, low-voiced recorders, ancient gut-strung bray harp, and Celtic harp. Musical selections include the same historic pieces that were part of Medieval tellings, as inspired by this enduring tale.
$351- $500
Cavanaugh, Deb Building a Better World Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program using songs and movement to promote community building and working together to improve everyone's lives. Songs such as Ruth Pelham's We're All a Family Under One Sky and Malvina Reynolds' We Live in the City celebrate diversity and unity. We will also sing songs in other languages and incorporate folk dance into this unique program for children from preschool up through middle school. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend. This program can be adapted for a variety of ages.
$201- $350
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