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Program
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McEntee, Robert Discover the Magic of Reading! Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Discover the Magic of Reading! can fill your library with thrilled children happily participating in the most amazing program they’ve ever seen! Children LOVE the magic, parents LOVE the positive messages, and Library directors LOVE the resulting increased book circulation!... The show combines amazing magic, lots of audience participation, age appropriate humor, storytelling with reading promotion, a magical game and typically a breathtaking musical routine with mesmerizing special effects! For slightly larger budgets, we can add spectacular illusion(s), such as, floating a child in the air, sawing somebody in half or making them magically appear to introduce the show. Children also go crazy for an incredible animated talking picture! This is an incredibly easy, fun way to hook kids into reading, and get them excited about your Summer Reading Club for example! Not just reading, but checking out & reading both fiction and non-fiction books. At the end of this exciting adventure I typically give the children a list of topics discussed and popular with youngsters, with their associated Dewey Decimal System Numbers! How many programs get kids to actively learn and use the Dewey Decimal System? Make your library glad!
$351- $500
Cain, Ron Captain HurriCain's Seaside Magic Show History,
Nature- Marine Life,
Performing Arts- Magic
As the seagoing Captain HurriCain, Ron Cain promotes reading while celebrating the state's beaches and bodies of water. While telling tales and showing tricks from his travels, Captain HurriCain demonstrates a wacky way with water. Illusions include a container that causes water to disappear and reappear, faucets that defy the laws of nature, and an umbrella that does card tricks. Young audiences also meet Barnacle the Shark and learn about the legend of Champ the sea serpent. Since 1998, Ron has created magic shows based on the annual summer reading program theme. Each program uses magic and humor to promote reading and help children feel good about themselves. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages include Tune In To Magical Idol, Uncle Sam's Old Time Magic Show, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, and the Case of the Missing Bunny.
$201- $350
North Shore Theatre Group, Greg Oliver Bodine POE, TIMES TWO: Twin tales of mystery, murder...and mortar Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
North Shore Theatre Group presents Greg Oliver Bodine in POE, TIMES TWO -- a double bill of one-man, stage adaptations of 'The Cask of Amontillado' and 'The Black Cat' by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). These two plays are staged back-to-back with minimal set and lighting effects, and are performed without an intermission in an hour. One actor. Two classic horror stories! Suitable for Ages 10 - Adult. A fun evening or afternoon of good old-fashioned thrills, chills and all things spooky -- a must-see for Poe enthusiasts and fans of mystery and horror. Perfect for the Halloween season! 'A scary, stunningly staged, high-fright homage to the creator of the horror story.' –-Ronald Gross, New York Theater Buying Guide. POE, TIMES TWO is being offered as part of NSTG's SOLO CLASSICS Performance Series. The program combines elements of classic literature, drama and storytelling in a solo, narrative performance format, which is designed to give audiences an exciting, live, theatrical experience that is at once immersive, enlightening and educational. Nominated for THREE 2012 New York Innovative Theatre Awards! NOT AVAILABLE in 2017.
$501- $1000
Herscovitch, Lara In Concert: Modern Troubadour Singer-Songwriter-Poet Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Original music performance. Lara Herscovitch is a modern American songwriter-poet-performer, creating masterful contemporary folk with blues, pop and jazz influences. Former Connecticut State Troubadour, she writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, delivering performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain. Sound Waves Magazine described her music as “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best... good for your ears AND your soul.” All with a voice Performer Magazine called “clear and smooth like expensive liquor.” www.LaraHerscovitch.com
$351- $500
Kallevig, Christine Discover Storigami Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Storytelling and origami together as one, two arts combined, doubles the fun! Discover Storigami with the award-winning author of ten books, including NATURE FOLD-ALONG STORIES and the new picture storybook, THE SUN, THE MOON, AND THE ORIGAMI GRAMMIE. A novelist and performing artist since 1991, Christine Kallevig folds giant-sized paper as she tells stories. Each fold represents an action, setting, or character, so by the time the story is over, a surprise origami figure is magically created. Included are audience fold-along activities, original material from her books, and origami adaptations of traditional folk tales. Christine uses music, humor, and large origami puppetry to dramatize the stories, and always finishes with an easy fold-along tale so that everyone has an origami souvenir to take home.
$351- $500
Wind, Dee and Frank Wiggles, Giggles and Tons of Fun Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Dee Ellen Lee and Frank Wind are tandem storytellers who perform for all ages - two tellers - 3 different styles. When performing for young children they use puppets and tell stories with lots of participation. Their repertoire consists of folktales and original stories tailored to please their audience. Come join the fun as Dee and Frank take you on a journey filled with the wonder and magic of storytelling.
$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
Mischief, Merry Santa & Mrs. Claus Christma Sing-a-Long! Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This is a very fun and different Christmas and Yule Holiday Program! Santa & Mrs. Claus come and do a Musical Program for you and your patron! After a program that features Holiday Favorite Songs (and some silly Elf Jokes)Santa and Mrs. Claus will take some special time to chat with girls and boys about their Christmas wish list! That's right, it's time to bend Santa's ear if you've been GOOD! (and it's never too late to be good if you've been a bit naughty! :) Santa KNOWS.
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Fairy Legends of Ireland Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
There is plenty of laughter and delight in this animated retelling of Ireland’s best-loved gems including Irish favorites like Gilly Blackfoot where a young lad’s aversion to washing his feet causes him to fall in with a fairy band. Cloaks of invisibility and magic spells abound as hapless Gilly sets out to help free the Princess of France. Known for her vivid comedic style, Diane brings delight to her interpretations of these classic Irish favorites. This performance is accompanied by Margot Chamberlain on Celtic harp.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John Christmas Musical Folk Traditions Around the World & Across Time History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
The evocative sounds of the arraye of rare historic and folk musical instruments will lead you into the nooks and crannies of France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the British Isles in a celebration of Christmas traditions in many lands. From festive tunes for dance and procession, to evocative ballads and songs for chorusing - this rich and festive holiday musical program features seasonal aires, songs, and traditions. Instruments include the hurdy gurdy, French and Northumbrian bagpipes, Celtic harp, Swedish nykleharpa, Irish pennywhistle, and much more.
$351- $500
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