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Description
Fee
Davis, Katie Great Storytelling in Words and Pictures Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Audience learns to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her own mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. Highly interactive program - audience helps 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. Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: Katie teaches HOW TO SEE so you’re able to illustrate any story you 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, teacher
$1001- $3000
Schembri, Pamela Multicultural Tales Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
With her keen sense of dialog, Pamela inhabits characters from many parts of the world. Students travel from one country to another, discovering how traditional folk tales connect us all. Favorites include The Magic Orange Tree and other Haitian tales, Anansi stories (including African, Jamaican and North American versions), native American tales, and extraordinary selections from Europe and Asia.
$351- $500
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 Tales of the Supernatural Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tales of the Supernatural For adults, not appropriate for ages 11 and under. Just in time for Halloween, Diane presents an unusual collection of eerie tales and songs. Definitely not for kids, this evening event features a true ghost story Edgecomb collected about the misshapen standing stones of Avebury, England and the eerie force that emanates from them. The performance has a decidedly Celtic slant exploring the Gaelic traditions that influence Halloween including the humorous encounter with the devil that brought about the first Jack O’Lantern
$501- $1000
Szydlowski, Mary Where do stories come from? From an idea to the printed page. Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
Explains how an idea is transformed into a story and how that becomes a book or magazine piece. The audience will see how notes on scraps of paper become the 1st draft of a story. We'll discuss drafts and rewrites. We'll talk about what editors do and who comes up with the illustrations. And finally how the words and pictures become a story in a magazine or a children's book. We'll use 3 of my published children's books and some of my children's stories as examples.
$201- $350
Morse, Andy DIG INTO READING WITH SONG Literature- Authors,
Music,
Nature- Animals
Andy's 2013 program Dig Into Reading with Song is an interactive musical journey using songs and story books at the same time. Many different stories will be sung while volunteers take turns turning the pages. Call and response songs, movement, rhyme and much more will be covered.
$501- $1000
Parisi, Rita Gothic Ghost Tales by Candlelight, supernatural stories from the 20th century Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
A presentation of three ghost stories spanning from early 20th century through mid century from Irish author, Rose MacCaulay, British Author, Agatha Christie and American author, Virginia Layefsky. This is not a reading. This is theatrical storytelling where the stories have been adapted faithfully using the author's own words. Includes lighting, props and costumes.
$351- $500
Lienhard, Marco Japanese flute program Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Discover the world of Japanese bamboo flutes. A program that brings you an international artist that tours the world and brings his craft to different parts of the world. The different bamboo flutes will be explained and demonstrated and also a small hands on corner will be happening at the end of the program. Performances will be on the Shakuhachi, the Nohkan and the Shinobue MArcoLienhard.com
$351- $500
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
Hoffman, Nan Sing A Story - Read A Song! Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
With programs specially designed for libraries, Nan incorporates songs that have been made into books (books that sing), songs made from books, songs based on folk tales and stories, and songs that celebrate reading. Within that framework she offers presentations that focus on several different themes such as reading (SING A STORY-READ A SONG!), folk music (MORE THAN A SONG!), history (SINGING OUR HISTORY), and nature and the environment (SONGS FOR A LIVABLE LAND). Using folk and acoustic music and a variety of songs and instruments, Nan offers presentations that are fun and informative, and encourages audience participation.
$201- $350
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