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Company, Hampstead Stage The Secret Garden Performing Arts- Theater
Frances Hodgson Burnett’s, The Secret Garden, is an enchanting story about a young orphan girl, Mary, who comes to live with her uncle in the English countryside. Through her curiosity and determination, Mary finds a garden filled with memories that have been locked for years. Her youth and enthusiasm breathe life into each character she meets, bringing love back into the family. 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
Bromka, Sondra & John DIG THAT CANAL! ‘15 Miles on the Erie Canal' Family Fun Musical Storytelling; With FREE companion options - Folk Instruments of Along the Canal; Introduction to Theatercraft History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
'15 Miles on the Erie Canal' is a colorful and very participatory historic musical storytelling event for the whole family. Enjoy this lively collage of Tall Tales, Costumes, Music and Sing-along Songs as the artists share an unforgettable story of New York’s famous waterway. Presented in 19th century 'folk opera' performance style, it sparkles with canal-era music from cultures along the canal, performed on a rare collection of historic instruments including hammer dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, early squeezeboxes, canal horn, and more. Our story unfolds as Captain Simon Slick and Irish cook Sallie Waters meet up with Sal, a truly amazing mule who makes quite a splash (and also happens to be guest from the audience!). Together they set off on a rollicking journey down The Grand E-ri-e Canal, 8th Wonder of the World! Great characters, great stories, and an unforgettable historic enrichment experience for Summer Reading Programs! NOTE: For a gala event, our “15 Miles” performance may be expanded with your choice of NYS Canal Cultural Heritage workshop activities: expanded singing roles for a children’s/family chorus; lively canal-era children's dances; and even student-written Tall Tale vignettes for the Grand Finale. Custom-designed programs, special events welcome.
$351- $500
Boertzel, Brooke Fair and Square Anti-bullying Theater Workshop Performing Arts- Theater
This interactive anti-bullying performance and workshop for 3rd-5th grades helps students understand and responsibly deal with conflict. Three actor educators visit your library and perform an interactive drama which explores an incident that occurs within a fictional elementary school. Throughout the drama, highly trained actor educators periodically step out of role and facilitate talk-backs with the students, reflecting on the story. Throughout Fair and Square, students will witness important moments in the story where the characters are faced with difficult decisions. Through guided discussions, students will then actively explore the potential dangers of reactionary decision-making, and the consequences of those decisions. Towards the end of the performance, students become actors themselves as they take on roles in the drama, collectively determining the outcome of the story!
$201- $350
Knight, Leonora Mini Math Music Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Children come up to perform original songs with full orchestra sound as they learn to count by 10s, 5's, have a pizza party and divide by 8, brush the little paws of their doggie and add to 4. They will count by 3's dressed as chefs from all over the world. Concert will feature Danny Kaye's "INCHWORM" and "LADYBUG PICNIC" from Sesame Street. Costumes and props and a variety of musical styles make the concert a great way to reinforce the connection of math and music.
$201- $350
Sterns, Michael MAKE A SPLASH INTO READING AUTHOR STORYTELLING SHOW Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
I (the author), perform a high energy, dynamic, interactive, multi-media storytelling show encompassing my book: Kokopelli & the Island of Change. This book's nautical theme (complete with sea creatures, island living, and pirates!) fits perfectly with the MAKE A SPLASH AT YOUR LIBRARY theme! My show utilizes the ancient art of storytelling mixed with vocal sound effects and character voices, projected images of my book's illustrations, a native flute musical interlude that I play personally, as well as tons of audience participation. My show is hilarious most of the time, serious at others... this dynamic really draws the children in! I have performed this identical show at over 700 elementary schools nationally, with over 500,000 children of ALL AGES having loved it to date. I have over 60,000 copies of my books in circulation, so you're getting a best-selling author storytelling as well!
$201- $350
Tobias, Toby Journey From Johannesburg Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
South African-born songwriter and musician, Toby Tobias, is excited to be performing an original show in various venues on the East Coast and in the Midwest called 'Journey from Johannesburg'. It is a performance which tells the story of his journey through 3 continents and takes the form of his original songs interspersed with small narrated vignettes about his life growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa and Jerusalem, Israel and finally New York, USA. The show's message is one of racial equality, understanding of each other's cultures and religions and a strong desire for togetherness in a world which seeks to divide rather than bring together.
$501- $1000
Bierko, Scott Beth & Scott's Party Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Interactive fun for Everyone! “Party Concert" is a forty-five minute interactive, musical presentation for young children. During this delightful show of original stories and songs, the audience gets an opportunity to join in the fun by singing, clapping and using their imaginations to become everything from wolves to washing machines. Many children are also invited on-stage throughout the program to laugh, dance and play instruments with Parents Choice Award winners, Beth and Scott! Of import to teachers and parents, Beth & Scott cover some or all of the following topics in a typical program: • Good Listening • Following Directions • Gross Motor Movement • Sequencing • USA Geography • The Importance of Bedtime • Fear of Monsters • Sharing • On-Stage participation • Echoing/Repeating • Audience Manners The program takes place in front of Beth & Scott’s logo, a 6’ X 12’ rainbow. As with all their shows, the Bierkos use the latest in sound production technology to offer everyone in the house a great seat to a great show!
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Foltkate Superheroes Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
What do China, Africa and South America all have in common? Superheroes!!! Before Spiderman there was Anansi the cunning Spider from Africa. Watch him weave a web to the sky, tricking Nyame the sky god into setting all the stories free. Ninja Turtles have nothing on Jabuti the flute-playing turtle from the Amazon rainforest! He saves the other rainforest animals from a giant monster while teaching the audience how to dance and sing. Princess See-it-all from Hungary had X-ray vision just like Superman, and Tian, the Lord of the Cranes from China, gives to the poor just like Robin Hood. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales sure to delight a varied family audience ages five and up. [Contact us ahead of time to see if we can include a short tale from a particular culture prominent in your town!] Recommended for ages 4 and up. This program was created to complement the theme of Summer Reading 2015: Every Hero has a Story! Diane's Summer Reading Programs have been gaining in popularity all over the Northeast-she has been invited to perform at over 240 libraries in Massachusetts.
$351- $500
Crocker, Keith Edgar Allan Poe - From Literature to the Silver Screen! Literature- Authors,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
Edgar Allan Poe - From Literature to the Silver Screen!: The literary genius who gave us the mystery, horror and sci-fi genres is under our microscope for this presentation. Poe's achievements in literature are well documented. But not many know about how long Poe has been influencing cinema. In this program we will watch some short films based on Poe's work, and we'll also see clips from feature films as well. We'll talk about the actors and directors who made a career off of bringing Poe's stories to life, Vincent Price, Roger Corman and so many more. So get ready for thrills and chills as we dig deep into the legend of Edgar Allan Poe and the cinematic macabre he so cleverly influenced.
$101- $200
Kronzek, Allan Exploring the Magical World of Harry Potter Literature- Other,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Magic
Based on Allan's NY Times bestseller, The Sorcerer's Companion - A guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter, this visiting-author program combines magical performance, audience participation, and a lively exchange with students to explore the roots of Harry's magical universe in legend, literature and real-life events. Discover the ancient origins of wands and wizards, boggarts and broomsticks, hippogriffs and herbology. It is not necessary to have read the Harry Potter books to enjuoy and benefit from this program.
$501- $1000
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