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Program
Category
Description
Fee
!, Spook Handy Songs of the Great Depression and Today History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
When the Great Depression hit, a whole new genre of American folk music was born. Songs about the Dust Bowl, the Great Migration, bread lines and soup kitchens, the New Deal and times of triumph and struggle circulated throughout labor camps, churches and family gatherings. These songs depicted down-to-earth everyday realities of the American laborer and farmer, the hungry and the industrious, centuries old traditions and the transition to a new modern society. It can be surprising how many of these old songs speak of challenges we face today and how new songs written about today's America can so resemble the songs of the Great Depression. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places.
$501- $1000
Del Bianco, Lou Make a Good Choice! Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Few performers excel as both musician and storyteller, but Lou Del Bianco is one who does.- PARENTS CHOICE Through original songs, stories and audience interaction, this Parents Choice Award winner takes his audience on an exciting journey back through his childhood sharing the daily joys, dreams and blunders that today’s kids can relate to, laugh at, and understand. Children will get the chance to decide what kinds of choices they would make if they were in Lou’s shoes and how those choices reflect on their own lives. The entire assembly is strung together with a cool rap tune that tells students to “Make a Good Choice!”… and what's more, this unique program can touch upon any Character Ed themes that your school or community want to stress and will work them in to the program!
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - Jim West Productions' HOW THE ELEPHANT GOT HIS TRUNK & OTHER ANIMAL TALES Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Step right up, and let the animal antics begin! With the Pink Elephant as your guide, Rudyard Kipling's classic story HOW THE ELEPHANT GOT HIS TRUNK (also known as THE ELEPHANT CHILD)comes to life in this large-scale puppet extravaganza. Also, colorful rod puppets perform a madcap Barnyard Opera to the accompaniment of Mozart, Strass, Rossini, and other classical great!
$1001- $3000
Reid, John Express Twisting by TrickyBiz Other,
Performing Arts- Other
This budget friendly option brings the same outstanding twister to your function where they can create 40-50 fun and fast balloon sculptures in an hour. update June 2014.
$101- $200
Catalanotto, Peter Writing and Illustrating Children's Books Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Drawing
In my presentation, I show and explain my creative process from inspiration to finished book. I give the children clear examples of how to get ideas from combining everyday life with imagination and how to develop those ideas. I teach them the critical thinking involved in finding their best ideas—that writing and illustration involves a lot of decision making. I also draw, showing tips and techniques that inspire children to be more creative. Each program is tailored to different grade levels--all age appropriate, so every student leaves my program empowered and inspired to write and draw. Teachers love that much of my program reinforces what they're teaching, yet they also learn new approaches to teaching writing to children. I think it's important to show students what they're learning in school, I use in real life. My website has testimonials from recent visits.
$351- $500
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
Conrad, Bob You are Special: The Magic of Believing in Yourself Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
(Self-esteem show) As a motivational program for children, this presentation is aimed at boosting the self-esteem of every student in the audience. Students are brought onstage to assist and help perform the magic themselves. Magic, comedy and puppetry are combined to convey the following points: The uniqueness of each child. It’s not what’s on the “outside” that matters, it’s what’s on the “inside” that counts. Persistence: Never giving up no matter what! Why a positive attitude is important. Program includes a section on the topic of bulling. By the end of this show, your students will feel better about themselves while believing, at the same time, that virtually anything is possible for their lives.
$351- $500
Powell, Jack Jack Zucchini Songwriting Workshops Media- Video,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
During a 60- to 75-minute session, students explore the craft of songwriting by writing and recording a song that is uniquely their own, based on a theme or curriculum-related topic. They work cooperatively to form a musical composition by: brainstorming ideas, writing lyrics, composing a melody, and gaining personal experience with the creative process. The song is then rehearsed and recorded, and the school receives a CD recording containing the students’ song (as well as an online downloadable Mp3 version to share with parents!) Jack uses live recording “loop” technology to achieve a full band sound by layering percussion, bass, acoustic guitars, harmonica, trumpet, and vocals (He's always adding new instruments and sounds to the mix.
$201- $350
Mischief, Merry Santa & Mrs. Claus Christma Sing-a-Long! Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This is a very fun and different Christmas and Yule Holiday Program! Santa & Mrs. Claus come and do a Musical Program for you and your patron! After a program that features Holiday Favorite Songs (and some silly Elf Jokes)Santa and Mrs. Claus will take some special time to chat with girls and boys about their Christmas wish list! That's right, it's time to bend Santa's ear if you've been GOOD! (and it's never too late to be good if you've been a bit naughty! :) Santa KNOWS.
$351- $500
Steele, Margaret Memoirs of a Magic Queen History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic
Margaret Steele presents the life story and magic of the first great female magician, Adelaide Herrmann (1853-1932) whose long-lost memoir appeared in 2010, seventy-eight years after Madame Herrmann's death. Her amazing story is told through projected photos and posters, period music and costumes and recreations of Adelaide Herrmann's actual magic routines by renowned magician, Margaret Steele.
$351- $500
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