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Program
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Description
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Tranchina, Gabriele Songs about animals Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This program is for toddlers, preschoolers and their parents/caregivers. We will learn about animals through song. The songs will be presented in an interactive, fun and age appropriate way with poss. props like pictures and stuffed animals.
$201- $350
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel An Evening at 221 B Baker Street Performing Arts- Storytelling
An Evening at 221B Baker Street features the telling of “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” by Rachel and Rebecca Oshlag of StoriesGalorious. Like elocutionists of earlier times, these storytellers adhere closely to the written word in their recitation and interpretation of literary works. Their performance enlivens the tale of a damsel in distress, cunning villain, stalwart companion, and hero of reason and action. Audience members unfamiliar with the plot will be engrossed by the story while admirers of Sherlock stories will be enthralled by the telling of one Holmes’ most rousing adventures. Rachel and Rebecca provide an introduction to the story, and they entertain questions and comments afterwards.
$101- $200
Cain, Ron Ron Cain's Olymp-Trick Games Magic Show Health & Fitness- Sports,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Central New York magician Ron Cain takes young readers on an imaginary journey to ancient Greece. His Olymp-Trick Games Magic Show highlights the 2016 summer reading program theme, On Your Mark, Get Set. . . READ! The 45-minute program combines an Olympic-style emphasis on sports with Greek myths and legends. Cain tells the audience he needs help finding the ultimate champion of his Olymp-Trick Games. The contenders are Greek gods, goddesses and heroes. Each must perform a magic trick related to an Olympic event. Children volunteer to play the contestants during the show. Will Heracles (Hercules) best everyone in illusions involving feats of strength? Is Artemis faster at sleight-of-hand than her twin brother, Apollo? Can greedy King Midas magically win the gold in any event? Cain is a former history teacher who recently traveled to Greece to visit Panathenaic Stadium, site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The ancient Greeks valued physical fitness and sports, which prompted them to create the Olympic Games more than 2,700 years ago. They also were great thinkers and writers. Cain hopes his show will inspire young people to visit their local library to read about Greek history and mythology.
$201- $350
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
Van Egmond, Timothy Sing, Jump, Laugh, Clap! (For Young Children) Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Lively songs, finger plays, movement activities, and flannel board stories to delight young children while helping to develop language skills and literacy readiness. Tim has worked extensively with young children in school residencies and programs for family centers and libraries. He's also led workshops for teachers and assistants as well as fellow performers and teaching artists. Tim Van Egmond has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 30 years. He has been selected for the New England States Touring Program, the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Education Programs, and the New Hampshire State Library's Kids, Books, and the Arts Project.
$351- $500
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
Richter, Chip Chip & The Munks Music,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Chip & The Munks are a high energy, really fun, bluesy folk rock band for family audiences.With original songs and some popular covers (Beatles, James Taylor)they will have kids and parents dancing in the isles. Perfect for festivals, fundraising events, community celebrations.
$501- $1000
Edgecomb, Diane The Salmon of Wisdom Literature- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
True tales and original stories of encounters with the wild. This inspiring and entertaining performance is especially for nature lovers. The show starts off with an upbeat rhyming story of a New York cabbie who travels “up North” in search of a loon. Filled with humorous and evocative moments as we travel with the greenhorn cabbie as he reconnects with the wild. This piece is complemented with beautiful Native American legends and Diane’s original story The Salmon of Wisdom ~ a true tale of a mysterious and inspiring journey along California's Pacific Coast ~ a story of the beauty and mystery of nature. A one of a kind performance by one of New England’s favorite storytellers.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John Bells & Motley Victorian Musical Celebration of Christmas Past History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Music and customs of a traditional Christmas of Dickens' time included jovial and ceremonial songs with choruses for all to share, ballads steeped history, costumed characters or 'guisers,' tableaux and games, dances, and the presence of holly, ivy, and evergreen. This musical voyage back to the spirit of Christmas Past offers a magical time for family and friends to gather and share the origins of our traditions. Across England, wealthy households would celebrate with great musical feasts and pageants, and folks would go from door to door, singing wassailing songs that ended with the request for 'a toast and a good loaf or cheese, and we’ll be on our way.' Featured will be wassail songs from Cornwall, Somerset, and Gloucestershire. Other traditions will include a special processional bagpipe air from Northumberland to 'pipe your bounds' to insure abundance and well being throughout the new year. This peek behind the history of Christmas celebration uncovers the universal within the season's mirth and merriment, and plants the seeds of ideas for reestablishing some of the old traditional elements for community celebrations - further enriching the meaning and majesty of this important holiday season.
$351- $500
Vela, Laurie Story Laurie's Stories Literature- Authors,
Media- Other,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Author/Illustrator/BookTelling Performer Laurie Story Vela, M.A. a.k.a. The Mother Goose Rapper presents Laurie's Stories for family audiences and/or preschool and juvenille groups. The shows blend Laurie's all original stories, rhymes, songs and characters in interactive, child-centered FUN that celebrates language and reading FUNdamentals. The audience participates in Laurie's Stories by reading, singing and moving along with the Mother Goose Rapper, Laurie Story and with the Laurie Story Book pages and characters displayed visually onto a big screen. Laurie's e books and characters are also available for free at www.lauriesstories.com in the Leaping Literacy Online Library featuring Laurie StorEBooks. It's super cyber Laurie Stories! We are also branching out our online library to include your children's eBooks ~ get creative and publish one at your library! See our eBook playshop listing and/or eBook creation page onsite. We have dozens of themes available. Our featured 2013 summer 'Digging' programs incorporating music and multimedia BookTelling with Laurie StorEBooks include Growing Gardens Of Words & Dinosaur Book Lore!
$201- $350
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