Performers and Programs

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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Schaufler, Alison Shakespeare for the Common Core: Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Julius Caesar Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Shakespeare for the Common Core (Recommended K-8th grade) We meet the Bard as he is working on his plays “Romeo and Juliet”, “Julius Caesar”, and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is the central play of this production. It is a timeless story about two young teens who find love despite the prejudice and hatred of their families. Shakespeare’s words come alive with imagination, swordplay, and romance. Through this production, we hope to introduce the students to more of Shakespeare’s works while encouraging them to overcome prejudices in their own lives.
$351- $500
Cain, Ron The Magic of Dreaming Big Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Introduce young readers to “The Magic of Dreaming Big,” a new magic show inspired by the 2012 summer library reading program theme, “Dream Big – READ!” Appearing as a magical dream-weaver, Ron conjures up illusions using his “Giant Book of Big Dreams (and Little Nightmares).” Children help perform tricks that encourage them to stretch their imaginations and reach for the stars. They even have a chance to picture themselves in a variety of fields, including being a secret agent, movie star, Olympic athlete, and president of the United States. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron performs educational magic shows for libraries and schools throughout the Northeast. Each year, he presents a show highlighting the summer reading program theme. Shows include the Magic of Being Green, Wide World of Magic, Tune In To Magical Idol, Uncle Sam's Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Capt. HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, and The Case of the Missing Bunny.
$201- $350
Rogers, Robert Little Leonardo and the Fantastic Flying Machine. Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Science
Time travel back to 15th Century Italy, where young Leonardo Da Vinci works as an apprentice in the studio of the great Master Antonio del Verrocchio, the foremost painter and sculptor of his day. Inspired by all the books, tools, charts, artwork and maps around him, Leonardo is drawn to the world of science, and uses his sense of invention to build a machine that flies.
$351- $500
Schuman, Sandy Familiar Songs and their Unfamiliar Stories History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Some of the best known songs were written by the least known songwriters. Let's give credit where its due by learning about these songs and the people who wrote them.
$101- $200
Rogers, Robert Just So Stories Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
The mystery of the African jungle, and how the animal kingdom came to be, as imagined by author Rudyard Kipling (of The Jungle Book fame). Four fanciful stories explain How the Elephant got its Trunk, How the Leopard got its Spots, How the Camel got its Hump, and How the Alphabet was Made. Hosted by a friendly Toucan, children will also meet a wily crocodile, a slimy snake among other more modest furry creatures.
$351- $500
Maurer, Jim Jester Jim Show Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Juggling
With nothing more than a truck full of props and his orange t-shirt, Jester Jim takes the stage and starts his show. Young and old are glued to his every sound as he performs his amazing beatbox intro. Kids and parents alike will talk about the show for weeks after and Libraries can’t seem to get enough of Jim and his fast wit. Jim performs over 250 shows a year and was voted best family entertainment by the Boy Scouts of America. Everyone will love ‘The Jester Jim Show’.
$501- $1000
Mischief, Merry Renaissance Revelry History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tales of Kings and Queens, Knights, Dragons, and even Nursery Rhymes to satisfy even the Queen herself! Program encourages books, stories and poetry from the library. A musical program that features songs, stories and poetry reminiscent of the Renaissance and Medieval times. Costumed musicians (Merlyn & Harry)will give history lessons that make history come alive with humor and harmonies! All set in a language that can be understood by the general wee one to the Lord and Lady of the house!
$201- $350
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
Bromka, Sondra & John 'BAWSHOU & the WATER DRAGON' A Traditional Chinese Storytelling Pageant Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Perfect for A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program Theme 2019. Dig deep into a cave of the earth--the Sun has been captured by a Fearsome Dragon and hidden away. The HERO of our tale is Bawshou, a young man who courageously rises to the challenge of freeing the Sun. With the help of a golden phoenix, a small parcel of earth, a magic robe, and a heroic dream, Bawshou travels afar to seek out and rescue the Sun, for the good of his people and all the land. Children actively participate as they portray the flowing river, the sounds of the sea, the playing of the gong, the dancing stars, and much much more! The artists evoke a magical atmosphere in this important Chinese tale, employing authentic oriental techniques and traditions including stylized dramatic forms and movement, mythology, exotic costumes, and unusual musical sounds. Chinese folk instruments (erhu, p’i p’a, guzheng harp, sona, Chinese Theatre drum, flutes & whistles, and gong) are featured, combining to make this unforgettable performance piece a joyous celebration of oriental culture. 'Bawshou' was commissioned by the Springfield MA Museum of Fine Arts in 1994. (see accompanying Chinese Dragon Mask Workshop/Parade).
$351- $500
McIntosh, Story Laurie Get Down, Jump Around & Boogie with Books! (For 2018 SRP Libraries Rock) Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Veteran storyteller and musician Story Laurie is looking forward to rockin’ & groovin’ with your library patrons this summer. Named ‘Best Children’s Performer’ by Hudson Valley Magazine, Story Laurie is renowned for her amazing ability to engage kids of ALL ages with her deliciously creative and fun participatory programs. For the 2018 LIBRARIES ROCK theme, Laurie invites your SRP audience to ‘Get Down, Jump Around, & Boogie with Books!’ This program combines groovin’ musical versions of classic picture books (eg. Five Little Monkeys) with lively story songs (eg. Abiyoyo) and highly original sing-along songs based on much-loved picture book characters (Blueberries for Sal & Pete the Cat) and real life heroes, such as Mama Miti (Wangari Maathai). Laurie's program always serve up a bushel full of fun while also inspiring a lifelong love for reading. Visit Laurie’s website for more details and countless testimonials by librarians and events organizers.
$201- $350
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