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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Hawkins, Jim A Traditional Irish Christmas Literature- Poetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
A program of Irish stories, songs,hymns, poetry and customs of a traditional Irish Christmas. In the course of the program, along with telling the stories, singing the songs/hymns and reciting the poetry, I will discuss the customs associated with Advent, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, St. Steve's Day (December 26) and "Little Christmas" (January 6). In addition I will encourage the audience to ask questions and discuss their own favorite Christmas traditions. I accompany myself on the Irish drum ("Bodhran") during the performance.
$201- $350
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
Warren, Kenneth COMEDY VENTRILOQUIST & LECTURER KENNY WARREN Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Kenny Warren is one of America's foremost academic authorities on the art of ventriloquism, having written an entire Masters thesis (published and available online) entitled "The Revival of Ventriloquism in America" describing the ancient history of this unusual art form up until the present day. He's performed in nightclubs, the comedy circuit, National television and commercials, corporate venues, etc. First presenting his comedy ventriloquist act, he henceforth lectures on the topic of the history of the art form offering an interesting question and answer session. Mr. Warren also teaches the art of ventriloquism privately.
$501- $1000
Christopher, Dale Life and Times of Matt Christopher, Presented By his son Dale Christopher Health & Fitness- Sports,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Dale’s stories include periods of his Dad’s life and how he started writing. He also talks about the process of writing and his own involvement working with his Dad. Dale talks emphasize his father’s life values and the many joys of reading. He brings precious mementos to share with his audience and wears a vintage 1938 New York Yankee uniform, depicting the era that his Dad played for a semiprofessional New York Yankees team. Dale's stories are exemplified in his book, Behind the Desk With Matt Christopher (Little Brown, 2004)
$501- $1000
A Barrel of Fun Productions, Art Miller A Barrel of Fun Puppet Shows Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
A Barrel of Fun has a variety of puppet shows available. All shows include a live musical and ventriloquist soft puppet warmup with audience participation. Puppet shows include delightful, believable hand puppet characters who also sing with music tracks. All of our puppet shows are audience interactive, FUNNY and engaging. Summer library reading programs are our a specialty, featuring each year's state theme. For this summer's 2016 On Your Mark, Get Set, Read theme, we suggest the Fitness On the Farm Puppet Show. (This program is suitable for ages 6 and under.) Check website for photos and show descriptions.
$201- $350
Parisi, Rita Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight, weird tales by Sarah Orne Jewett Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Sarah Orne Jewett, a native of South Berwick Maine is one of the finest New England regional writers of the 19th century. Her stories mirror the everyday lives and landscapes furing that earlier time. Some of her best know works are The White Heron and The Country of the Pointed Firs. Less known are her weird tales of the mysterious and supernatural. Rita Parisi, in 19th century costume, will present three of these gothic tales in theatrical storytelling fashion using the actual words of Jewett herself while acting out the main characters of each story. *Wonderful for the Halloween Season *10-15 minute talk back is included. *Ages: mature teen and up.
$351- $500
Lienhard, Marco Taikoza, Japanese Festival Drums and dance Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Taikoza presents a unique and exciting program using Japanese Taiko drums (that weigh up to 200lb drums) and bamboo flutes. The program will take you on an unforgettable journey through Japan. It will take students to different areas and through the seasons of Japan. Students will be experiencing a new culture in a fun and exciting way, they will get a chance to see and at times touch the ancestral drums. The taiko drum has the power to touch everyone with its thunderous sounds and vibrations. Taikoza hopes to open the students’ eyes to the richness of the Japanese culture and spark an interest. We hope that this will spark an interest in other world cultures. Taiko has been associated with many aspects of Japanese culture since ancient times. It is said that Taiko was used to drive away the plague and evil spirits. In the Shinto religion, it was used to call upon and entertain the gods, or kami, and in Japanese Buddhism, its sound was the manifestation of the voice of the Buddha.
$501- $1000
Koeraus, Sol Flamenco y Sol Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
Our performance is a wonderful blend of entertainment and education. The artists - in full, colorful, traditional Flamenco costumes - perform and explain the intricacies of Flamenco dance, song, and its rhythms. Participation from the audience is essential.  The objectives of this program are: to show the origins of the flamenco dance, song and music; to demonstrate and relate the relationships between Spain and the Latin American cultures; and present a high quality, entertaining multilingual program. This dynamic program highlights the rhythms and emotions of Flamenco.  Flamenco began in Southern Spain, and we bring to our educational programs the essence of the different culture that influenced Flamenco: Andalusian, Gypsy, North African, Arabic and Judaic.  Unlike other art forms, the traditional dances do not tell stories but instead portray feelings.  The program consists of a series of solos, duets and company numbers.
$501- $1000
CLEMENTS, JEHAN Everyone Has a Story To Tell - Creative Writing, Illustrating, and Book Publishing Workshop Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A Creative Writing, Illustrating, and Book Publishing Workshop Introduces the Storytelling Flip-Over Picture Book and the Do-It-Yourself Storytelling Flip-Over Picture Book. Students will write and illustrate a story of their own creation. On the last day of the workshop, the students will read their story from a final bound book. Writing, Illustrating, and then Reading aloud develops all of the Literacy Skills.
$101- $200
Golden, Gail World of Wonders! Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Wondermakers perform 3 interactive folktales from around the world! Libraries can select their 3 folktales by requesting The Wondermakers Top 10. The stories to select from are from Puerto Rico, Kenya, Mexico, the USA, England, Japan, Central Africa, Ireland, Russia, and Italy. Whole audience participation as well as audience volunteers who become characters in the stories are both part of the show! The stories are all from library books. The show encourages reading, creativity, and an interest in many cultures. Mime, humor, and colorful props and costumes are all included!
$201- $350
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