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Mischief, Merry Renaissance Revelry History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tales of Kings and Queens, Knights, Dragons, and even Nursery Rhymes to satisfy even the Queen herself! Program encourages books, stories and poetry from the library. A musical program that features songs, stories and poetry reminiscent of the Renaissance and Medieval times. Costumed musicians (Merlyn & Harry)will give history lessons that make history come alive with humor and harmonies! All set in a language that can be understood by the general wee one to the Lord and Lady of the house!
$201- $350
Sardelli, Darren THE FUNNY FAMILY POETRY SHOW Literature- Poetry,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
THE FUNNY FAMILY POETRY SHOW is a family show that combines poetry, comedy, motivational speaking, interaction, and fun. Darren shares the inspirational story of how he became an author, shows the audience the cool books his poems are featured in, and demonstrates what people can accomplish by working hard and believing in themselves. While performing his entertaining and humorous poems for the audience, Darren engages children and parents in a variety of ways... bringing them together and keeping them laughing the entire time! * Darren Sardelli is an award winning poet, children's book author, and motivational speaker. He understands how to get young people interested in poetry and shows them the cool and humorous side of literacy. Darren's poems are known to teach, inspire, and set imaginations on fire!
$501- $1000
JENNINGS, PHILLIP MAGIC OF PHILLIP JENNINGS Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
MAGIC SHOW # 1: Flexible and portable Solo show that plays big indoors or outdoors with small audiences less than 100 and where space is limited. Fun filled, comedy magic with lots of audience participation. MAGIC SHOW # 2:Indoor and outdoor events with medium audiences of 800 or less and where formal or informal staging is set. ILLUSION SHOW: The Big Show! Magic, Music, Lasers Lights, and Female Dancers with Large-Scale Illusions! In this show, professional Dancers and Models assist Illusionist Phillip Jennings in Fire Eating, Appearances and Disappearances, Sawing a Woman in Half.......from the audience, Transformations and many more special effects. Requires professional stage/performance area with ample wing and backstage space.
$501- $1000
Company, Hampstead Stage Shakespeare Presents: Hamlet and Other Works Performing Arts- Theater
Shakespeare Presents: Hamlet & Other Works is a fun and accessible introduction to the works of William Shakespeare. In this production, audiences meet William Shakespeare himself! Through his witty and informative narration and scenes from his plays, we’re transported to the worlds of Henry V, Hamlet, and Romeo and Juliet. 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
McEntee, Robert Miracles of the Mind! Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Miracles of The Mind! is a wonderful mind-reading & illusion show, which can be as entertaining or as educational as desired. Along with the mentalism effects, it includes a customized combination of mesmerizing magic/illusions, plenty of audience participation hypnosis, clean comedy, an incredible memory feat and a spellbinding story! Practical advice and techniques are shared with the audience on improving one's memory, reading speed, visualizing positive results, intuition and more. If many Seniors attend, I emphasize memory skills which they appreciate. You can see a video sample of Miracles of the Mind! from recent, local library presentations www.MagicBeyondImagination.com/video.html 2nd video down. You can also see what discriminating Corporate event Planners have said on this site. The educational messages I include, concerning improving one's mind power for reading, memory, learning skills, imagination and visualizing positive results, are the exact same ones I used to become a licensed Professional Engineer years ago before becoming a full time performer. Your library also benefits from my lifelong study of personal development which you can read about on my blog, www.BeliefMagic.com. Your patrons will thank you for bringing them this program, and typically ask for it to be booked again!
$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 Professor Pennywhistle and the Round the World Story Balloon Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Imagine a magical balloon that knows when and how to touch down in the most exotic places right in the middle of a story, just at the most important moment. This is the invention of Professor Pennywhistle, whose curiosity and enthusiasm about exploring the world takes him - and us - to the most surprising places. It's a celebration of diversity - and more important - the common things that people share all around the globe. We'll visit the arid landscape of Africa, where the animals must remember the name of a tree that will drop its fruit only if they can shout it out loud; the Palace of the Emperor of China, who has lost his best friend - a nightingale - and doesn't know what to do; a little cottage in the woods of France, where an elderly woman learns the secret of a soup made from only a stone. And finally, we'll return to the good old U.S.A. and meet Pecos Bill, America's first cowboy, and help him lasso a wild tornado. We live in a big, wide, wonderful world, and Professor Pennywhistle is more than happy to be our tour guide.
$501- $1000
Edgecomb, Diane Once Upon A Wintertime Literature- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Once Upon A Wintertime: Warm your hearts and your imaginations with this performance of tales from long ago. These stories of wintertime magic and fun are drawn from many cultures ranging from the lyrical Grimms tale of Snow White and Rose Red to tales of folksy New England escapades. Transform a winter's day or evening into a time of delight. Choose Once Upon A Wintertime as a non-denominational way to celebrate the December holiday season Thank you so much for that lively performance of Once Upon A Wintertime, you had the audience eating out of the palm of your hand! You are so good at judging the audience and tweaking your program to fit the group, even so far as the sound system! You are a true professional and we just love you here in Duxbury. Marty O'Meara, Duxbury Free Library, Duxbury, MA
$351- $500
Tomecek, Stephen The Science of Sports Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Scientist and award-winning author Steve The Dirtmeister Tomecek takes a slightly serious look at the science behind many of the sports that kids love to play. The program features over a dozen interactive demonstrations which are safe enough for kids to try themselves. We begin with a look at athletes and why reaction time and hand-eye coordination is so important. We then explore the roles played by inertia, leverage, angular momentum, friction and gravity in everything from bowling and basketball to soccer and baseball!
$351- $500
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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