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Kruk, Jonathan Sleepy Hollow, the Hudson and New York Spirits History,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Ghost stories are rooted in our local history. A performance based on primary sources enchants audiences with historic fiction featuring Native, Colonial and Revolutionary New York. Topics include; Sleepy Hollow's ghosts, pirates and patriots on the Hudson River, and discovering the origins of the Headless Horseman. Ask too for a special program based on your local history and lore. Shows are performed in impeccable 1775 garb. Ask to have The Hudson River Ramblers and get authentic stories and songs of old New York. Selections include Yankee Doodle, George Washington, and Pete Seeger.
$201- $350
McEntee, Robert Discover the Magic of Reading! Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Discover the Magic of Reading! can fill your library with thrilled children happily participating in the most amazing program they’ve ever seen! Children LOVE the magic, parents LOVE the positive messages, and Library directors LOVE the resulting increased book circulation!... The show combines amazing magic, lots of audience participation, age appropriate humor, storytelling with reading promotion, a magical game and typically a breathtaking musical routine with mesmerizing special effects! For slightly larger budgets, we can add spectacular illusion(s), such as, floating a child in the air, sawing somebody in half or making them magically appear to introduce the show. Children also go crazy for an incredible animated talking picture! This is an incredibly easy, fun way to hook kids into reading, and get them excited about your Summer Reading Club for example! Not just reading, but checking out & reading both fiction and non-fiction books. At the end of this exciting adventure I typically give the children a list of topics discussed and popular with youngsters, with their associated Dewey Decimal System Numbers! How many programs get kids to actively learn and use the Dewey Decimal System? Make your library glad!
$351- $500
Schembri, Pamela Author Visit Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Using her storytelling as a springboard for writing, students will see how the plot and characters have developed in the series Second-Grade Friends. Interactive program with slides, suitable for elementary-aged students.
$351- $500
Crocker, Keith WILLIAM CASTLE - The Ultimate Showman History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
William Castle was the ultimate film promotion artist of the 1950's. Anyone who's ever seen House on Haunted Hill (1958), The Tingler (1959), 13 Ghosts (1960) will attest to this. Emergo- The skeleton flying over the audiences who paid to see House on Haunted Hill, movie theater seats wired with a minor electrical voltage to give the audience of the Tingler the sensation that the Tingler itself was crawling up on them, or even the special glasses you needed to put on in order to see the ghosts in 13 Ghosts. Castle knew how to sell a picture and keep audiences coming back for more. This program will give you a complete history of William Castles, from his humble beginnings right through his pioneer horror pictures of the 1950's and finally to his acceptance by the art-house crowd for his production of Rosemary's Baby. Includes film memorabilia and a selection of trailers from Castles work via DVD. A perfect show for the Halloween season. NEW 2012
$101- $200
Zalben, Jane Writing and Illustrating Children's Books Literature- Creative Writing,
Museums,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Creating a children's picture book from the beginning idea to final bound book. Support materials demonstrate the stages: sewing a 32-page book dummy, making original art, galleys, press sheets, manuscripts with editorial comments to show the re-writing process. I also do writing workshops on middle-grade novels besides doing art and writing at the elementary grade level. I have had over 50 books published for different age groups.
$351- $500
Rivest, Robert 2016 On Your Mark, Get Set, Read - Move, Laugh & Play Health & Fitness- Other,
Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Theater
On your mark, Get Set, Read, Move, Laugh & Play! Comic mime Robert Rivest entertains audiences of all ages while joyfully motivating them to get up, get moving and keep reading. Using mime, comedy, and interactive playfulness, Robert shares fun ways to move, laugh and relieve stress, allowing children and their families to feel healthier and happier. This family show is full of audience participation! In addition to Robert’s hilarious mime stories, everyone will learn cool mime movements, awesome laughter exercises and calming mindfulness activities. Together, we will act out exciting characters and stories highlighting favorite Sports/ Health/ Fitness exercises and a comic mime “poem” about the joys of reading and having fun at the library. Pure fun! Pure joy! http://www.robertrivest.com/libraries/2016onyourmarkgets/
$351- $500
Schaufler, Alison Oliver Twist Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Performing Arts- Theater
Oliver Twist (Recommended K-8th grade) This Dickens’ classic is about a young orphan, Oliver, who overcomes great hardships in Victorian London. It is a coming of age tale about survival and friendship. Through this play, we hope to encourage the students to rise above insurmountable odds and help those around them. Oliver Twist has humor and pathos that guarantee to both educate and entertain.
$351- $500
Company, Hampstead Stage The Secret Garden Performing Arts- Theater
Frances Hodgson Burnett’s, The Secret Garden, is an enchanting story about a young orphan girl, Mary, who comes to live with her uncle in the English countryside. Through her curiosity and determination, Mary finds a garden filled with memories that have been locked for years. Her youth and enthusiasm breathe life into each character she meets, bringing love back into the family. Our interactive educational tours run year-round and are performed by two professional actors, each playing multiple roles. Our scripts are original adaptations, based directly on literary classics, and include children and adults from the audience. The plays last one hour, with a question and answer session following the performance. We travel to your space and bring our own realistic sets and costumes, designed using extensive historical research, which are flexible enough to fit into any assembly/performance space.
$351- $500
of New Zealand, Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre Taonga Treasures Genealogy,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Taonga Treasures is an interactive program which highlights the cultural treasures of the Maori, the Indigenous people of New Zealand. These treasures include family, homeland, native language, geographic landmarks, stories, songs, regalia and challenge the audience to think of non-tangible items as treasures. Told in storylike form and supported by songs and dances, this program includes English narrations and loads of audience participation.
$1001- $3000
Barton, Laine The Brooklyn Bridge - Puppets, Magic, History,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
The Brooklyn Bridge, a circus-magic adventure. While the Brooklyn Bridge was being built, PT Barnum was also building his circus world. The story of the Brooklyn Bridge is told through the eyes of a circus performer, who tells the story using magic, puppets and circus.
$351- $500
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