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Program
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Description
Fee
Gormont, Bill The Magic of Character Island - Character Development Show Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Join Professional Magician Bill Gormont, as Captain Bill, on a visit to Character Island where he explores The Magic of 8 Big Ideas. He presents an interactive, educational performance blending magical entertainment with valuable ideas for children to live with, and grow through their teen years into caring responsible adults. Captain Bill effectively delivers the message to elementary grades K through 6 as he educates and entertains. Throughout the show, Captain Bill uses fun, laughter, excitement and surprise to reinforce each of the 8 Big Ideas: Be a Friend, Be Responsible, Believe in Yourself, Help Others, Play Fair, Share with Others, Have Tolerance for Others and Work Together. To close the show, Captain Bill and some treasure hunters from the audience magically discover an old map that leads them to a treasure chest hidden on the island many years before. Legend says the chest contains a valuable treasure. Is it gold, silver, diamonds, pearls or money? The visitors to the island are the only ones who can discover the secret. This show is ideal for elementary schools, child development centers and libraries where the focus is reinforcing the fundamentals of youth character development education through fun, experiential learning.
$201- $350
Parisi, Rita Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight, weird tales by Sarah Orne Jewett Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Sarah Orne Jewett, a native of South Berwick Maine is one of the finest New England regional writers of the 19th century. Her stories mirror the everyday lives and landscapes furing that earlier time. Some of her best know works are The White Heron and The Country of the Pointed Firs. Less known are her weird tales of the mysterious and supernatural. Rita Parisi, in 19th century costume, will present three of these gothic tales in theatrical storytelling fashion using the actual words of Jewett herself while acting out the main characters of each story. *Wonderful for the Halloween Season *10-15 minute talk back is included. *Ages: mature teen and up.
$351- $500
National Circus Project, National Circus Project National Circus Project Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Juggling
The NATIONAL CIRCUS PROJECT provides spectacular circus performances, exciting circus skills workshops and amazing student and camper circus shows. Our incredible programs are designed to generate enthusiasm, encourage motivation and self-discipline, and to foster creativity and confidence in “children of all ages”! We are a non-profit organization that exists to preserve and promote traditional circus arts through education and entertainment. For the past 25 years NCP has provided circus arts performances, residencies, workshop programs, teacher training seminars and more to schools, recreational centers, libraries and camps throughout the Eastern US. NCP's circus education programs are presented at every grade level - from elementary through university. Since its inception, our education specialists have presented over 5,000 circus performances and conducted more than 50,000 hands-on workshops, involving almost 6,000,000 students. Our international artist exchange program brings cultural dimension to the arts experience and has included acclaimed circus artists from England, Australia, Puerto Rico, Russia, Latvia and the People's Republic of China. The National Circus Project has been recognized with a US Congressional Commendation for "helping to further the cause of international understanding" through its artistic exchange programs.
$501- $1000
Van Egmond, Timothy You Say Potato, I Say Pomme de Terre Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A program to celebrate the 400s section of the Dewy Decimal System, Languages (and to help Tim honestly say he's using his B.A. in Romance Languages)! These stories and songs help people hear and savor the sound of different languages as they're transported to the cultures that speak them. 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 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 has been selected for the New England States Touring Program, the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Education Programs, and the New Hampshire State Library's Kids, Books, and the Arts Project.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John 'The Tale of Yanek & Heliotrope' - A Medieval Music & Storytelling Journey History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Audiences are instantly engaged when a Medieval merchant's cart overflowing with mysterious and intriguing musical instruments arrives. Master Craftsman Yanek is en route to the greatest trading faire in all of France. His path crosses that of Lady Heliotrope, an exuberant troubaritz (female troubadour) in search of poetic inspiration. From here the fairytale spins as their tales entwine in this authentic period storytelling production that will absolutely delight audiences of all ages. Sondra and John Bromka infuse the performance with historic music on a great variety of unusual medieval instruments-many actually built by John, an accomplished luthier in real life. An authentic and appealing program!
$351- $500
M, Ongisa The Gigi Gumspoon Ubuntu Show! Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Gigi Gumspoon is a performance artist for young children. Her songs are catchy, upbeat, and progressive enough to appeal to grownups! Gigi promotes the African philosophy of “Ubuntu”, a sense of community and humanity. Her songs focus on social/emotional skills, such as sharing, listening to elders, and coping with disappointment. But she also sings about the alphabet, colors, and eating healthy foods. In her shows, Gigi fosters a love of literacy with the help of her puppet Dionte, Baba Anansi the spider, and her grumpy friend, King Meanie. She reads didactic tales from the magic griot book, and encourages the audience to have more “Ubuntu.” Fans of Gigi Gumspoon, called “Gumbabies”, will learn to not only love themselves, but each other. Once they hear and see The Gigi Gumspoon Show, kids of all ages are sure to become Gumbabies, too
$351- $500
Gormont, Bill NEW FOR SUMMER 2018 - Creativity Rocks at the Library Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
CREATIVITY ROCKS AT THE LIBRARY will help your young readers discover the creativity and excitement waiting for them in books. This show delivers magic and surprise as Bill shows how using the library can help them at home, in school and even with their hobbies. During the show, they’ll meet Freddie the library helper, learn how to save money and even participate in an outer space adventure. They’ll watch an unusual cooking lesson with a borrowed shoe, learn to become a magical artist, play a wild game with very tricky rabbits and much, much more! The children will discover the many clever ideas for creative discovery with books. They’ll laugh with joy AND be amazed as they get a wonderful sense that this Library Magic just might be real.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John Erie Canal Tall Tale Writing Residency and Performance Event History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Workshop participants will learn about the tradition of the 'Tall Tale,' and then work together to create their own original tale. This program draws upon the Erie Canal for theme and inspiration, and includes songs and dances that reflect our multicultural heritage. We conclude with a joint artist/student performance for the community, wherein participants perform their tale, songs, and dances as an integral part of the artists’ musical theatre performance piece '15 Years on the Erie Canal.' (see related program listings.) The finale performance will be geared towards family audiences, and includes participation for all who attend. It will feature music on the artists’ unusual collection of authentic historical instruments, including squeezeboxes, hurdy gurdy, hammered dulcimer, and more. All participating children will gain hands-on experience in a range of artistic disciplines, including writing, poetry, dance, music, and storytelling/theatre. Children will be exposed to actual Tall Tales of the Erie Canal Era; they will learn factual information about our county’s famous canal; about the era’s multicultural heritage.
$501- $1000
Edgecomb, Diane For Summer Reading 2019- A UNIVERSE OF STORIES! Night Lights! Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Night Lights! Celebrate a UNIVERSE OF STORIES with master storyteller Diane Edgecomb Don’t miss one of the best summer reading performances around! From fireflies to favorite constellations Diane spins tales about the Night Lights that make our world bright. Diane’s programming is always full of family fun: Pick a starry costume and join in the Estonian tale of Lindu, the goddess of the birds, sing along with the wind to discover the starry treasure the Oldest Apple Tree hides and help Princess Firefly discover the beloved bug that she will love. Lots more in this animated performance by award-winning storyteller Diane Edgecomb as her enchanting tales take us on a multi-cultural voyage across the heavens.
$351- $500
Miller, Paul Do Something Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Juggling
Do Something is an engaging variety arts performance that challenges middle and high school students to identify their passions, research their options, excel in their efforts, and enjoy their lives.
$351- $500
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