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A Barrel of Fun Productions, Art Miller A Barrel of Fun Music Programs Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
A Barrel of Fun offers a wide variety of music programs, both educational and comedy based. All of our performances include a various assortment of instruments. All shows are audience interactive. Music programs offered are: World Tour of Music (Educational and entertaining) American Music Tribute (Educational and entertaining) Bongo Joe (Percussion and stringed instruments) Banjo Man (Music variety) Ukulele Lady (Music variety) Catfish Charlie (Camp songs & comedy) Rattlesnake Red (Western & comedy) Side Saddle Sue (Western & comedy) Some shows are theme adaptable for summer reading programs. For the 2014 library summer reading theme, Fizz, Boom, Read!, we are suggesting the following programs: Catfish Charlie's The Science of Fishing- (Comedy/Music), and Bongo Joes's Science of Sound & Rhythm- (Music/Comedy). (See website for descriptions and photos)
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John 'Wassail' Renaissance Christmas Pageant & Music Revels Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
'Sing, Say, and Play!' in this participatory Christmas music and pageant performance that toasts the old year and welcomes in the new. Set in the Magical Days of Yore, it is fanciful weaving of historic music, traditions, and surprises. 'Wassail' comes from the Old English greeting Wes hael, meaning 'Be thou hail!' and wassailers even today go about England carolling friends & neighbors in this traditional musical well-wishing. To highlight the event, the audience takes on roles in a traditional mummers’ play - a lighthearted spectacle of singing, costumes and laughter. Mummers' plays are still performed in rural England as improvisatory theater in streets, homes, and community gatherings, and feature a host of characters who symbolically assist the sun in its turning through the shortest days of the year. The culminating event of the play is the grand Wassail Bowl, around which all gather to wish a fine Yuletide Season! Come One and All, Young and Old, Shy and Bold, and let thy fancies run free (and be sure to bring your cameras!)
$351- $500
Tranchina, Gabriele Famous Standards by Rogers/Hart, Hammerstein, Mercer, Loesser Music
Hear standards from composers and writers like Rogers and Hart, Oscar Hammerstein and Johnny Mercer and Frank Loesser with a twist of jazz.
$201- $350
Van Egmond, Timothy A Peddler's Pack of Songs History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
An eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary songs sung in two-part harmony, combined with lively Irish and French Canadian tunes. 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 for close to 25 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). 'Yankee Notions likes to promise that they will ‘please the ear, enrich the mind, and enchant the heart.’ They’ve been making good on that promise for the last 20 years, all around New England and beyond it as well.' Nicholas Thaw, Director, 1794 Meetinghouse, New Salem, MA
$501- $1000
McIntosh, Story Laurie Small Heroes, Big Voices History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
In THE perfect performance for your 2015 Every Hero Has A Story program, award-winning children's performer Story Laurie will feature stories and songs about kids who have done some amazing and inspiring things! Your summer readers will love learning about Sybil Ludington who, as a teenage girl, rode her horse all through a long rainy night to alert the American militia that, The British are burning Danbury! Muster at Ludington’s! We’ll have fun singing along to the song about the Lambeth children -- a group of Canadian kids who saved 'eleven fine maples standing in a row' from being cut down as they sat in the trees, swinging in the breeze. We’ll celebrate more well-known heroes, too -- like Malala Yousafzai, who won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. And we’ll even sing a song celebrating the hero that is inside each of us. Engaging, participatory educational & fun!
$201- $350
Ransom, Stanley Head Start and preschool library programs Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
I do songs for preschool children, stories to interest and excite them, encourage looking at clouds to see shapes and use and develop their imagination. Participation stories and songs are well received. I use a guitar to sing with.
Up to $100
Maichack, Mary Jo Sun, Moon, Stars, Shine! Music,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tales, tunes and dress-up audience fun: MJ leads the audience in songs familiar and new about the cosmos, tells dynamic tales with lots of audience participation: Raven Steals the Light, The Face on the Moon, an Australian tale of a Sky Giant, more. Best fun: Audience dress-up in feathers enact a beautiful tale from Viet Nam, Why Rooster Crows. This always hushes the audience in a cloud of charm as they see some kids role play in gorgeous sun and jade emperor costumes.
$351- $500
Smith, Lester Presley and Melody's Interactive Concerts Music
Presley and Melody capture the hearts of children and families through their interactive, upbeat and dynamic musical performance. Their music, the instantaneous audience connection, and the creative use of Visual Props and a Musical Story Drop Screen transform “Spectators” to “Participators” - an engaging concert experience for all ages to enjoy. During their concert "Reading" is promoted by on-screen pop-up lyrics synchronized to their creative, original music.
$351- $500
., Buffalo and Brandy Rhythmsize Disability Awareness,
Health & Fitness- Other,
Today’s society is suffering from a lack of exercise. This is evident in the increased number of obese people. Health problems (heart related, diabetes, etc.) are increasing. Sadly, today’s youth are falling prey to this trend. In an attempt to combat this problem, Buffalo and Brandy have developed their new “Rhythmsize” program. Buffalo and Brandy's “Rhythmsize” program is an interactive, rhythm-based, wellness program. While combining magic, drumming, singing and storytelling, the audience finds themselves being drawn into the moment. Percussion instruments are the vehicle that transport the audience into a world of exercise. Even the adults find themselves getting involved. Values such as teamwork, focus and responsibility are woven into the program. This program is for all ages. All instruments are provided.
$351- $500
!, briz DUST BOWL DIARIES-National Tour History,
Media- Photography,
New Jersey Songwriter Briz has created another touching and informative multimedia show based on actual historical events culled from our American landscape. This time the topic is the migration of The Great Plains Farmers to California, the hardships they endured en route and the life that awaited them once they arrived. Briz uses songs of the times like, I Ain't Got No Home in This World Anymore, Do Re Mi, and current works like Springsteen's Ghost of Tom Joad. Combined with a Power Point presentation of photos from The Library of Congress, the shows are informative and entertaining. Perfect for the whole family,they can be tailored for students studying the Grapes of Wrath,the Great Plains, soil erosion or The Great Depression.
$201- $350
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