Performers and Programs

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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Cain, Ron Captain HurriCain's Magical Underwater Adventure Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other
The show, which uses magic and humor to promote reading, highlights the New York state summer reading program theme, “Make a Splash – Read!” As jolly, seafaring Captain HurriCain, Ron Cain takes children on an imaginary trip to the bottom of the ocean. Together, they explore a Magical Underwater Library. Young readers have fun with water-themed illusions that highlight different types of books they can borrow. During the adventure, they help Ron perform tricks involving pirates, mermaids, and a sea monster or two. Since 1998, Ron has created magic shows based on the annual summer reading program theme. Each program encourages children to visit their library and appreciate the magic of books. 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
Knight, Leonora Toddlers/Babies in Motion Life Skills- Parenting,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Here is a chance for you and your child to dance and sing together in a group. We dance the tarantella, country style and a lot of Latin beats! There is a circus with costumes, jumping, balancing, throwing and catching. Circle time includes finger play, rhythm repeating, how to encourage proper speech with your child, stories, and more singing and dancing together! It's a great time for you and your toddler.
$201- $350
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
Schuman, Sandy Understanding the Depression Era through Songs and their Stories History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Understanding the Depression Era through Songs and their Stories The essence of the Great Depression as expressed in the songs of the times with stories that provide the social, economic, and historical context. Forget Your Troubles and Just Get Happy – The 1929 Hit Song by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler Presidential Campaign Songs of 1932 – The Sidewalks of New York vs. Happy Days are Here Again The Anthem of the Great Depression – Brother Can You Spare a Dime by Jay Gorney and E. Y. Harburg, 1932 If Only it Was True – The Gold Diggers’ Song of 1933/ We’re in the Money by Harry Warren and Al Dubin If God Blessed America For Me – The success of Irving Berlin’s God Bless America in 1938 led Woody Guthrie to write a parody When All the World is a Hopeless Jumble – Even Lady Gaga sings this 1939 song by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, the most influential song in the history of cinema (according to a 2018 study)
$101- $200
Edgecomb, Diane Rainforest Legends Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
From the banks of the Amazon River to the heart of the West African jungle, Rainforest Legends brings to life favorite folktales and songs about the animals and plants of these lands. Legends tell how the Amazon Birds grew feathers as brilliant as the colors of the rainbow, why three Invisible Hunters came to haunt the Nicaraguan rainforest, and how Jabuti the tortoise tricked the Amazon monster Kibungo into sparing the lives of three-toed frog, jaguar and monkey. For schools different Rainforest Legends performances are available for K-2 and 3-6th grade. Each performancevcomes with an extensive curriculum package, which includes both science-based and language-based activities. "Our storytelling assembly for the 5th and 6th graders was one of the best hours we have enjoyed in many years. Even our most reluctant listeners were involved. Thank you for exposing all of us to the pleasure and excitement of listening to stories." Rosemary Carr, 6th grade teacher, Warwick Elementary School, Warwick PA
$351- $500
diLorenzo, Valerie An Evening of Cabaret / Great American Songbook Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Valerie diLorenzo is an NYC Mac award winning vocalist and professional actor. Her numerous vocal styles include Standards, Jazz, Broadway, Pop and R&B. She is accompanied by Barry Levitt and has performed at: Laurie Beechman Theatre, Metropolitan Room, Triad, Don't Tell Mama's, The Duplex to name a few. Valerie provides a memorable and world class cabaret experience.
$351- $500
Van Egmond, Timothy A Peddler's Pack of Songs History,
Music,
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
Bromka, Sondra & John Historic Music and Dance Celebrations of Many Cultures History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Bells & Motley's International Instruments, with International Folk Dances for Families; Special topics include Celebrating NYS Heritage with Dutch Music and French Cultural Heritage Concerts, Performances, Celebrations See www.bellsandmotley.com website for detailed information, photos, and much more.
$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
O'Keefe, Kevin The One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase Performing Arts- Theater
The One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase gives everyone an opportunity to participate in an enthralling, whimsical celebration of the imagination. This show has been performed over 500 times around the globe, for family theater audiences and school assemblies alike. However, the most important performers emerge from the audience. Each performance becomes a dialogue between the characters and the audience–a light-hearted collaboration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDsIhmXRKPs&feature=digest “Our audiences thoroughly enjoyed the lunacy of CIRCUS MINIMUS. Mr. O’Keefe’s gallery of wacky circus characters and antics made this fast paced a show a great deal of fun for both kids and adults.” –Bert Goldstein, Director of Education, Cincinnati Playhouse, OH
$351- $500
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