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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
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
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel Holmes for the Holidays Performing Arts- Storytelling
“The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle,” the only Sherlock Holmes story to take place at Christmas, is presented. Rachel and Rebecca provide an introduction to the story, and they entertain questions and comments afterwards.
$101- $200
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
edmond, howard Ghost stories and Scary tales Performing Arts- Storytelling
Scary tales from around the world and from my imagination. Program is based on the age of my audience,,,fun tales for the young ones increasing in intensity for older kids and adults. I always end with a laugh.
$351- $500
Joyce, Liz The Three Little Pigs Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
The Three Little Pigs 35 minutes, all-ages, marionettes In this version, BB (a reformed wolf with allergies), sells real estate to the new pigs in town. This puppet show features hand-carved marionettes, musical numbers and lots of laughs.
$351- $500
Geoffrey, Eric The High Peaks Juggling Show Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Juggling
The High Peaks Juggling Show is a highly interactive comedy juggling performance with emphasis on learning from our mistakes, team-work & cooperation, confidence building, and learning as play. It utilizes traditions from numerous cultures that highlight juggling as a historical heritage. And because the show is participatory, audience members are left with a feeling that juggling is something they can do too.
$501- $1000
Bala, Rich NYS History in Song History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
With his voice, guitar, harmonica, and mountain dulcimer, Rich takes you on a musical journey through New York's vast history. Along the way, you'll hear authentic, traditional songs from the region's homes, farms, mountains, waterways, and communities. Often dressed in period clothing, Rich's programs tell the stories of the people of the "Empire State" from the Colonial Period and Revolutionary War to more recent times.
$351- $500
Maichack, Mary Jo (and Gregory) A Universe of Stories Programs Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
I entered this title to help you find the programs I've included that fit well for the theme of summer reading 2019: How to Tell a Story, Make a Mini Moonscape Puppet Theater of Paper & Popsicle Sticks, and Sun, Moon, Stars, Shine! You could also book Around the World in Tales and Tunes, Fairy House Craft or any other program. My storytelling is never a just-sit-and-listen to me approach! I learned over 30 years of full-time storytelling performing and teaching, that everyone is happiest when DOING--SO my folktales always offer the audience opportunities to echo or fill in dialogue, sing or chant or clap along; I usually give them a fun dance such as the Alligator Stomp, so we are moving and varying sitting with moving. Sometimes I bring costumes for a splashy volunteer act-it-out story. Sometimes I use origami. But I ALWAYS give the audience lots of variety, ways to participate and laughs.
$351- $500
Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea Turtle Island Medicine Show Multicultural- Native American,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Turtle Island Medicine Show is a contemporary fable and cautionary tale inspired by both the Lenape Indian origin story and by current reports from climate studies. The show features whimsical kinetic sculptures, richly painted paper mache masks and puppet figures that range in size from 12 inches to the 16 foot tall Tree of Life. Composer & music director Dean Jones' inventive score loops together gongs, hoop drum, jaw harp and trombone scats in a medley of live sound. He also supplies voices for narrator and characters. Meanwhile four nimble, shape-shifting performers bring to life the mask and puppet multitudes. The Lenape origin story describes a great flood and how various animals try to dive to the bottom and bring up mud. When one of them, Muskrat, finally succeeds and Duck and Frog spread the mud on Turtle's back, this tiny island grows into a mighty continent. Arm-of-the-Sea carries the tale into the fossil-fueled modern moment where climate change threatens to de-stabilize this Turtle Island home. Appropriate for family audiences and grades 1-8. School performances include a study guide and post performance discussion with cast. Photos and video available at www.armofthesea.org
$1001- $3000
Rogers, Robert Stone Soup Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
A musical play of the old folk tale which answers the question, Is it possible to make a soup from just a stone? This version concerns a soldier who comes upon a small village of very selfish people. When no one offers to give him something to eat, the soldier uses his wits to amaze them all with a pot of boiling water and, yes, just a stone. This is a story about friendship, trust and self-reliance - three issues that couldn't be more important in today's world.
$351- $500
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