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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Carlson, John KidMotivator.com Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
John Carlson is an Educational Entertainment Specialist. John first learned magic at the age of 10 by reading a book from his local library where he grew up in Brooklyn, NY. The magic bug bit him hard and he decided to start his own magic club and would hold monthly meetings at that same library. To show his appreciation John and his magic club members would put on a show every month for the library. He continues today performing his educationally significant programs through out the country. Our programs promise to be engaging and entertaining using magic, ventriloquism, and audience interaction while also maintaining the highest standards of educational significance. Most importantly our programs are structured, written, and delivered to stimulate and motivate the audience members to continue the learning process through self-directed learning. Every program motivates kids to read and learn!
$351- $500
O'Brien, Melinda All I Need to Know About Life I Learned on the Radio Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
There are a few rules of radio that actually apply quite nicely to life: smile, keep moving forward, tell the truth. Then there are the life lessons a radio personality learns along the way. With stories and music, Kacey Morabito-Grean of 100.7 WHUD creates an inspiring and uplifting hour of entertainment. With Q&A to follow.
$501- $1000
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
Schembri, Pamela Telling Stories, Writing Books Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Pamela Schembri, professional storyteller and author of the easy-to-read series Second-Grade Friends (Holt)presents a fascinating and lively program which combines the writing process and its relationship to storytelling. If you can tell it, you can write it - and people understand this connection after listening to her speak. Using storyboards, journal excerpts and folktales, this is a great program to motivate young writers.
$351- $500
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
Conrad, Bob Books Are Magic Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Bob Conrad takes your audience on a Magical look at reading and all the exciting things that can be found in a book. Meet Bernie the Book Worm, Sam the Talking Book, Bob's puppet friend Junior. Magic from far away lands. Stories about animals , famous people, and How to do it! Loaded with audience participation and side splitting laughter. Your audience will see just how much fun Reading can be. Bob Conrad is the author/illustrator of several educational children's books including, Bob Conrad's Rain Forest Animals, Bob Conrad's Deep Sea Adventure, Bob Conrad's Great Americans and You can do Magic.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John 'THE ANT & THE GRASSHOPPER, AESOP'S FABLED FIDDLER' - Dreamers & Doers, It Takes Both! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Bells & Motley's musical storytelling performance is a Greek classic concerning the value of Dreaming, Digging In, and Doing! We all understand how our lives' pressing labors hang in a balance with the wonders of artistry and expression, through colors and sounds and dances. In our telling, we are confident that all will appreciate the carefully drawn moral concerning the value of both work & play. As we weave the tale through Ant and Grasshopper’s year in four episodes, each scene begins with the appropriate movement of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' evocatively performed by the artists on harp, nyckelharpa, tromba marina, and winds. The action and mystique of the tale are further highlighted by the audiences’ contributions on medieval fiddles (researched and built by the artists themselves), percussion, and dancing. At the end of our maiden performance of this show, a young fellow excitedly asked: 'Where will we all be performing this next?' Exploratory Expressions by audience+artists, before the performance: -The Grasshopper's Fiddling Troupe - The Ant's Percussion Troupe - The Butterfly Dancers And now, Dear Audience, Places!! Let the story begin as together we play and sing the 15th c. song of 'El Grillo' the Cricket!
$351- $500
Graham, Michael A Holiday Fantasy / The Three Wishes Performing Arts- Puppetry
A HOLIDAY FANTASY Enchanted toys, fairy magic and a clever mouse are just some of the surprises in A Holiday Fantasy, an original puppet production by Michael Graham’s Spring Valley Puppet Theater. The story unfolds to the music of Massenet, Glazunov, Lecocq and others! THE THREE WISHES That’s just what happens to Henry and Gretchen in this puppet production of The Three Wishes. This folktale favorite is flavored with a dash of dialogue, a generous helping of humor and the twists of plot for which the Spring Valley Puppet Theater is known. This program is followed by a curtain down question and answer period in schools and a demonstration for public performances.
$351- $500
Knight, Leonora Be a Friend, Not a Bully Interactive Concert Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
In this interactive concert students will sing together and take on roles of characters showing empathy, compassion, caring, perseverance, friendship and bullying. Exercises will be used to demonstrate welcoming and unwelcoming body language. The music and performing will add some excitement and levity to a very real and current issue. Children will love being on stage. Singing together is a very powerful uniting force! All music is original and fully orchestrated. Cue cards are used to help students sing along.
$351- $500
Rogers, Robert Skyscraper Acres History,
Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Celebrating Building a better world: What's way up there on the top of that gleaming new skyscraper? that surprising fringe of green that overlooks the hustle and bustle of the busy city below? It's an old fashioned farm, tended by Hank Bluejeans, whose family has grown fruits and vegetables season after season, as far back as anyone can remember. Well, it wasn't always so way up high. How did it get there? And why? This is a story about embracing the future while cherishing the past - or roots, as Hank Blujeans might say.
$351- $500
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