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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea Criss-Crossing Borders/ Cruzando Fronteras Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Jaguars prowl, monkeys howl, and a sea turtle saves a fisherman in this delightful series of tales performed in Spanish and English by two talented performers. Inspired by Arm-of-the-Sea’s travels in Central America. CRISS-CROSSING BORDERS incorporates a handmade style of visual storytelling to portray kinship ties between animals and humans, and between people living on opposite sides of a border. This presentation connects with ONE WORLD-MANY STORIES theme of the 2011 Summer Reading Program
$351- $500
Cohen, Dan Bananukah Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other
Join Danna Banana and two travelling musicians as they tell the story of the Festival of Lights using original and tradition songs, games and a little help from your audience. A splashy celebration with music, costumes, props and the unstoppable Latke Faries. (appropriate for ages 3-12)
$501- $1000
Edgecomb, Diane Welcome In The Spring Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Welcome in the Spring! with the very best of spring folklore, nature tales and contemporary stories. We'll meet Kate in Kate's Acorn, who gets a special surprise when she helps to save the earthworms - in the end her first acorn grows into an oak! In Kite's Tale, two best friends create an unusual kite that wings us across the sky in a hilarious fantasy of kite strings, bird's nests and song. Welcome in the Spring is the perfect accompaniment to this joyful season. "What a perfect Welcome to the Spring your storytelling program was! The children loved each story and you captivated the entire audience with your charm." Jeanne Hoffman, Agawam Public Library, Agawam, MA
$351- $500
Story Theatre, Act!vated Multicultural Folktale Theater Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Non-stop action, physical comedy, audience participation, American Sign Language and imaginative props made from homemade objects. Multicultural Folktales are theatrically staged by professional actors before a gigantic oversized book. Kids are sent to search for books related to the show at the end of each library performance. Each 45 performance includes 2 folktales and a 30 minute rehearsal for up to 12 participants who perform in the show.
$351- $500
Maichack, Mary Jo (and Gregory) Howlarious Halloween Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Congenial Ghost Stories for All Audiences These come in three versions: Pumpkin Fun for the very young, Howlarious Halloween for ages 5 and older, and Urban Legends for Teens. Never in bad taste, but definitely full of shivery fun, kids AND adults will share jittery laughs with these timeless tales of trick-or-treaters, rude and dangerous pumpkins, even a stubborn skeleton dancing to the fiddle. This is a terrific way to put folklore and language arts into one of kids’ favorite holidays. MJ tells ghostly "groaner" jokes interlaced with singing and guitar, for older listeners an Italian ghost story with absurd surprise ending. You'll feel the real and pleasant spookiness of the season and laugh hard. Audience is invited to join in making sound effects, a finger-snapping "campfire," and help sing and tell "The Ghost with the Bloody Finger." Book early for best choice of dates!
$351- $500
Collins, Dawn Mountain Dulcimer Introduction History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
The mountain dulcimer is a "user friendly" instrument that came to this country with our pioneer forefathers. In the first lesson, we’ll sing and play songs, and use a number system to learn (individually and as a group) about rhythm, ‘reading’ music notes for the dulcimer, and in future lessons advance to a few simple chords. Instruments are supplied for use during class. 
 We will use our ear and our voices in this interactive class. Dulcimers are available for use during class and may be rented or purchased for a nominal fee through instructor. If rented, they must be returned in same condition at end of class sessions. More info is available at time of contract negotiation. There is an option for building a dulcimer using a pre-made kit as part of program.
$201- $350
Maurer, Jim Jester Jim Show Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Juggling
With nothing more than a truck full of props and his orange t-shirt, Jester Jim takes the stage and starts his show. Young and old are glued to his every sound as he performs his amazing beatbox intro. Kids and parents alike will talk about the show for weeks after and Libraries can’t seem to get enough of Jim and his fast wit. Jim performs over 250 shows a year and was voted best family entertainment by the Boy Scouts of America. Everyone will love ‘The Jester Jim Show’.
$501- $1000
Stearns, Eleanor Women of Vision History,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
Costumed portrayals of Clara Barton, Emily Dickinson, Amelia Earhart, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Each program focuses on one woman, telling about her life, visions, and contributions to society. Apropriate for ages 8 through adult. Clara Barton - portrays her activiities during the Civil War and her role in founding the American Red Cross. . Emily Dickinson - shares her thoughts about nature, personal relationships, love, and death through dialogue and her poems. Amelia Earhart - describes her passion for flying detailing some of her flights. The adult version shares her unusual view of marriage and presents her strong feelings about the role of women in society. Elizabeth Cady Stanton - describes the inequities that women experienced in the 1800s and her role in starting the first Women's Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848. She stresses the need for equal rights for women, especially the right to vote. Brochures are available with further information.
$101- $200
Rajeckas, Paul Imagination in Motion Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Imagination in Motion highlights the role of sharing and collaboration in the creative process by teaching students about the Three Cs: Concentration, Cooperation and Commitment. The show draws on various theatrical styles, including mime, modern dance and vaudeville, weaving audience participation into slow motion encounters, a boy's struggle to escape from a video game, and a giant vacuum cleaner that sweeps the performers offstage
$501- $1000
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel Stories: Bridges to Understanding (Build a Better World) Performing Arts- Storytelling
In this celebration of diversity the tellers of StoriesGalorious draw from American folklore and history to deliver a set of tales that highlights the contributions of varied groups to the richness of our culture and to building a better world. Rachel and Rebecca’s many years of experience working with children and other audiences shine through their energetic performances. The StoriesGalorious tellers encourage their young audiences to go forth and read.
$101- $200
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