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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Theater, Open Hand Grandfather Frost's Stories of Russia Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Open Hand Theater creates original performances based on the performance traditions of cultures around the world. Grandfather Frost weaves his magic through the Russian forest in a tale spun by Baba Yaga and her mischievous cat. Featuring Vladimir Vasyagin, our international artist in residence from Tomsk, Siberia, this traditional story introduces Russian heritage through its folk characters, music and unique style of puppetry.
$501- $1000
Morse, Andy ROCK THE LIBRARY WITH ANDY THE MUSIC MAN! Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Preschoolers and family's the time is upon us to Rock the Library with songs, stories, play acting and dancing with professional rock star Andy The Music Man! Age appropriate songs will be played in the genres of rock, reggae and folk. Your heart will be beating to the rhythm, your foot stomping to the beat and your creativity blooming through dance. You the audience are an integral part of a successful rock show. Leave the lighters at home as your smile will be plenty bright to light up the room.
$501- $1000
Parisi, Rita Victorian Courtship Tea History,
Museums,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
How did young ladies and gentlemen become acquainted back in the 1890's? COURTSHIP of course! Courtship was a ritual in which romance, etiquette, and socializing played an essential part. Mrs. Gordon will recount how her husband courted her during the 1890's during afternoon tea. Appropriate for Teens & up; Great for Valentine's Day and Mother/Daughter Teas
$351- $500
Cain, Ron Superhero Hocus Pocus Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Soar with magical caped crusader Ron Cain in his high-flying Superhero Hocus Pocu” show! The Central New York magician celebrates superheroes from film and fiction in new magic show inspired by the summer reading program theme, Every Hero Has a Story. Young readers assist Ron with tricks demonstrating the powers of popular superheroes like Batman and Wonder Woman. One illusion features our favorite heroes battling the villainous Book Beetle, scourge of librarians everywhere. In addition to his 45-minute show, Ron has created a one-hour Super Fun with Superheroes workshop for schools and libraries. The former teacher uses activities illustrating the Superhero Code to help students tap into their super selves and become the heroes of their own life stories.
$201- $350
Riedel, Cris Music Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
This year's summer reading theme, Libraries Rock, is about MUSIC. All the stories in this program are music related. The program includes these tales: The Bremen Town Musicians, from Germany The story of four animals running away from home, and their song saves their lives. The First Flute, from the Sioux Nation With help from a woodpecker and a flute, a young man wins his life partner and the enduring respect of his tribe. The Beggar's Song from Italy
$351- $500
Sardelli, Darren THE FUNNY FAMILY POETRY SHOW Literature- Poetry,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
THE FUNNY FAMILY POETRY SHOW is a family show that combines poetry, comedy, motivational speaking, interaction, and fun. Darren shares the inspirational story of how he became an author, shows the audience the cool books his poems are featured in, and demonstrates what people can accomplish by working hard and believing in themselves. While performing his entertaining and humorous poems for the audience, Darren engages children and parents in a variety of ways... bringing them together and keeping them laughing the entire time! * Darren Sardelli is an award winning poet, children's book author, and motivational speaker. He understands how to get young people interested in poetry and shows them the cool and humorous side of literacy. Darren's poems are known to teach, inspire, and set imaginations on fire!
$501- $1000
Schuman, Sandy Understanding the Depression Era through Songs and their Stories History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The essence of the Great Depression as expressed in the songs of the times with stories that provide the social, economic, and historical context. Forget Your Troubles and Just Get Happy – The 1929 Hit Song by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. Presidential Campaign Songs of 1932 – The Sidewalks of New York vs. Happy Days are Here Again. The Anthem of the Great Depression – Brother Can You Spare a Dime by Jay Gorney and E. Y. Harburg, 1932. The Gold Diggers’ Song of 1933/ We’re in the Money by Harry Warren and Al Dubin. If God Blessed America For Me – The success of Irving Berlin’s God Bless America in 1938 led Woody Guthrie to write a parody. When All the World is a Hopeless Jumble – Even Lady Gaga sings this 1939 song by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, the most influential song in the history of cinema.
$101- $200
Rogers, Robert Professor Pennywhistle and the Round the World Story Balloon Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Imagine a magical balloon that knows when and how to touch down in the most exotic places right in the middle of a story, just at the most important moment. This is the invention of Professor Pennywhistle, whose curiosity and enthusiasm about exploring the world takes him - and us - to the most surprising places. It's a celebration of diversity - and more important - the common things that people share all around the globe. We'll visit the arid landscape of Africa, where the animals must remember the name of a tree that will drop its fruit only if they can shout it out loud; the Palace of the Emperor of China, who has lost his best friend - a nightingale - and doesn't know what to do; a little cottage in the woods of France, where an elderly woman learns the secret of a soup made from only a stone. And finally, we'll return to the good old U.S.A. and meet Pecos Bill, America's first cowboy, and help him lasso a wild tornado. We live in a big, wide, wonderful world, and Professor Pennywhistle is more than happy to be our tour guide.
$501- $1000
Herscovitch, Lara Let Us Begin: Artistic Advocacy for a Better World Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This unique, multi-media workshop is entertaining and educational, part presentation, part concert, part civic-engagement inspiration. Lara will share stories, play original songs, invite participants’ own individual reflection, and offer insight on the vision, values, people, places and events that have inspired her. Themes will span a broad range, from community connection to hardship and hope, resilience and transformation, legacy and passing a torch, and setting each other up to succeed. Step in, step up: we are the leaders we’ve been waiting for. (Note: This workshop can be tailored towards more interaction/participation, or towards more presentation/audience.)
$1001- $3000
Cavanaugh, Deb Toe Tappin' Tunes Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program of exciting folk music to get you up and moving. Upbeat toe tapping tunes and songs on mandolin, mountain dulcimer, limberjack, banjo, guitar and vocals. Originally designed for the 2005 Summer Reading Program, this program will fit into any theme.
$201- $350
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