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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Bala, Rich Alexander Hamilton: His Life in Story & Song History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
NEW for 2016-17! The award-winning team of folk singer Rich Bala and storyteller Jonathan Kruk (aka The Hudson River Ramblers)present a NEW program using actual stories and authentic songs to chronicle Hamilton's life and accomplishments. This highly interactive, participatory program uses primary sources to tell the story of "the founding father without a father", from his childhood in Nevis to the infamous duel with Aaron Burr. This program was premiered earlier this year at the NY Historical Society in NYC with great success and to much acclaim.
$501- $1000
Van Egmond, Timothy Builders of Tomorrow Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Build the excitement for your summer readers with a lively participatory program of multicultural folk tales and songs! These are inspiring blueprints for A Better World. Stories include Slops! (a Welsh couple learn to be more considerate and become better neighbors), and Old Joe and the Carpenter (a spiteful farmer hires a carpenter to build a fence, and instead he builds a bridge). Songs include If I Had A Hammer and The Turning Of The World. Tim’s dramatic style of voice, movement, and facial expression brings stories to life, and his gift of encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs. He’ll accompany songs and stories with guitar, mountain dulcimer, and conga drum. A program bibliography will be available so that books containing the stories can be on display, and Tim will recommend them in the program to celebrate and encourage reading. Tim Van Egmond has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 30 years. He's been selected for the New England States Touring Program, and the New Hampshire State Library's Kids, Books, and the Arts Project.
$351- $500
Van Egmond, Timothy The Sailor's Trade History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Sea Shanties (work songs) and fo’c’sle songs (songs for recreation) from the days of ‘wooden ships and iron men.’ Yankee Notions is Jim Douglas and Tim Van Egmond. Both are accomplished singers, storytellers, and musicians (guitar, hammered dulcimer, English concertina, pennywhistle, Appalachian dulcimer). Performing throughout New England for close to 20 years, Yankee Notions has been featured in hundreds of community concerts and festivals, schools, libraries senior centers, and heritage museums (including Old Sturbridge Village (MA), Historic Deerfield (MA), Mystic Seaport (CT), and Old Bethpage Village Restoration (NY).
$501- $1000
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
Edgecomb, Diane Once Upon A Halloween Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
What would Halloween be without some chillin' tales for the spookiest time of the year? Once Upon A Halloween is a fun-filled, Halloween event - complete with a huge cauldron bubbling over with fog for the last dramatic story! This family program contains some old chestnuts as well as great new Halloween stories full of surprises. All tales are appropriate for family audiences and contain a well-rounded blend of suspense and humor. 'Thank you again for a wonderful Halloween performance. The children were engaged whether laughing or quivering! As everyone was leaving I heard nothing but praise and positive comments. You are a master of your craft!' Anne Vantram Children's Librarian, East Bridgewater Public Library, East Bridgewater, MA
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane The Winter Solstice in Story and Song Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Celebrate the Winter Solstice with classic evergreen lore, haunting legends of light and entertaining tales surrounded by traditional and original music and song. Master storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings to life ancient tales of the longest nights including the Scandinavian Legend of the Mistletoe and the Apple Tree Man a humorous Wassail story from England. Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan this performance offers a fascinating look at the stories behind wintertime traditions. Songs evocative of the season and lovely instrumental melodies round out the event. Winner of the national ORACLE award for storytelling excellence and five Storytelling World awards, Diane's performances have toured nationally and internationally for over thirty years. A storyteller in the grand tradition, Edgecomb is a virtuoso of the spoken word, an entire cast rolled into one. - Publisher’s Weekly
$501- $1000
Ellison, Emily TIGER TOTS! Health & Fitness- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
“TIGER TOTS!” ($300.00 per program) Ages 3 mos to 70 years of age! Children and their caregivers will bend, stretch, kick and jump as they study traditionalChinese Kung Fu/Yoga exercises set to children's tunes with Chinese Kung Fu Black Belt Emily Ellison. Participants will enjoy exercising together as they experiment with martial art exercises and the elements of traditional ballet and modern dance. They will increase energy, learn real Kung Fu exercises and stretches to bring home for every day family exercise.
$201- $350
Davis, Katie Novel and picture book Author-Illustrator Visit! Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Drawing
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Kids interactively establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Children edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Kids learn to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. K-3: Highly interactive: children help write a story; volunteers make different emotional expressions. Katie draws their faces on the characters and together they create a new narrative with emphasis on beginning, middle and end. 4-6: Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: teaches kids HOW TO SEE so they’re able to illustrate any story they write. Dear Katie, I'm usually 'ho-hum' when it comes to author visits. You were one to change my mind! You were...the best ever writing session, and I truly mean it! Jayne Pitt, K teacher
$1001- $3000
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
Johnson, Steve Magic Variety Show by Steve J Performing Arts- Magic
Steve Johnson has been entertaining family audiences with his Magic Variety Show for over twenty-five years. The show has enjoyed successful reviews at many events throughout the northeastern United States. Steve sets the stage for fine entertainment by initiating an exceptional rapport with the audience. Using innovative adaptations to magic, comedy, & juggling, Steve draws the audience into a memorable entertainment journey. In maintaining a contemporary, upbeat & humorous atmosphere, the show celebrates excellence in entertainment. Steve's program incorporates a tie-in to your library's current reading program that encourages kids to seek out and read books with a subtle approach by using the "magic number".
$351- $500
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