Performers and Programs

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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Szydlowski, Mary Web Resources for Writers Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
Discussion of the resources available to writers on the Internet including: information on various writing organizations; how to locate literary agents; finding publisher listings, locating specific markets for your work; using writer's guidelines; identifying writing scams;selling your work on the web to content aggregators and online magazines; and writers' support groups.
$351- $500
Luper, Eric Teen Writing Workshop Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors
Teen Writing Workshop is a program that helps teens who are interested in writing to hone their skills at creating pages that pop. Students will learn about the incredible importance of: - first lines - first pages - sentence structure - cliffhangers - chapter beginnings - chapter endings - word choice Smaller groups work better for a program such as this (20 students or less), but two to three groups per day can be accommodated. This is not a program for reluctant writers. Teen Writing Workshop is geared toward teens who are interested in honing their craft and really making their prose jump off the page.
$501- $1000
Parisi, Rita I am Zelda- a one-act play about MRS. F. Scott Fitzgerald Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald is often known as the insane flapper wife of F.Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby. However, she was more than just the beautiful muse and wife to one of the greatest of the Lost Generation writers. Rita Parisi, in her one-woman original play, will pay tribute to an often misunderstood woman; a woman who was also a mother, an accomplished dancer, an exhibited artist and a published writer in her own right. *appropriate for mature teens and older. *includes some stage lighting
$501- $1000
McKeon-Pierce, Lonna Oral History: Connecting to your Family with Storytelling Genealogy,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This interactive program is ideal for conferences, church groups, clubs, libraries, and retirees. Many techniques are given for gathering and sharing family stories that reveal Aha! moments about who we are and what our family gifts and curses are. Using family photos, artifacts, and songs to get the juices flowing, many workshop participants experience epiphanies and connect with their families and communities in a new and enriched way.
$351- $500
Samarripa, Consuelo Stories with Consuelo/Cuentos Con Consuelo Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Award winning Author with Stories with Consuelo/Cuentos Con Consuelo offers multicultural poetry and storytelling.Consuelo Samarripa shares her Mexican heritage through stories, tales, poetry, and folklore. Unique bilingual blends and noise makers, as well as her use of shawls, add interest to her storytelling style. She also conducts workshops and seminars for children, educators, and adults. Her varied life experiences allow her to relate to audiences through a different perspective-- as a native and a foreigner. The Cuentos Celebration and World Medley programs offer a bilingual blend of folktales and historical stories that may be customized for presenters and their audiences. The Cuentos Celebration consist of various Hispanic tales, folklore, poetry and historical stories. The World Medley program consist of multicultural folktales and folklore, and some Aesop fables. Stories exposing character traits such as loyalty, honesty and integrity are woven into the programs. The repertoire can span through various two hour storytelling concerts. Other programs are available for adult or children's workshops, special holiday events, keynotes, and festivals
$1001- $3000
Lazzarini, James Extra! Extra! Read All About It! (Reading encouragement show.) Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic
Extra! Extra! Read All About It! (Reading encouragement show.) Amore will amaze children 3 to 12 years with a performance that tops all others. Fast paced and original, this one of a kind performance utilizes amazing magic, hilarious side-splitting comedy, live animals, music, and loads of audience participation all intertwined with a message about libraries, the value of books and the importance of reading. Feel the excitement as you witness colorful handkerchiefs turn to magic canes and objects materialize out of thin air. Visual magic combines with the encouragement of reading in this electrifying show. Never seen before illusions and audience participation make this a show you and your students will long remember. Fly like Peter Pan, Pass through Alice’s Looking Glass, perform magic like Harry Potter and even become the Cat in the Hat! From the moment the show begins until the grand finale the children will be mesmerized and mystified by Amore. Perfect choice for the summer reading club kick off, end of the summer party or during the school year vacations!
$351- $500
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
Randall, Mike Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol a solo performance starring Mike Randall Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
In 1867, Charles Dickens visited America! He performed over 70 sold out performances in cites like Boston, New York, and Buffalo! The most popular story he shared on that visit may be the best loved holiday tale ever written: Christmas Carol. the greatest storyteller of all time returns to tell his greatest story. a talented actor and magnetic stage presence...when Randall loses himself in one of those Dickensian bouts of rich description, he’s at the top of his game. Buffalo News as Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol- Randall hit the bullseye...Barbara Tucker Tonawanda News
$1001- $3000
Rogers, Robert Rainbow Fish in the Deep Blue Sea Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Inspired by the award winning books by Marcus Pfister, this is an original adventure that gives a new dimension to Rainbow Fish and all the other sea creatures, especially when they are brought to life as a cast of colorful marionettes. An innocent game of hide and seek draws Rainbow Fish into a stiff current that leads to a new and mysterious territory. The Strange-looking inhabitants, who at first seem threatening, turn out to make very good friends, and teach Rainbow Fish some valuable lessons.
$351- $500
Cobb, Vicki Science and Arts Surprises Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other,
Science
Vicki Cobb's SCIENCE SURPRISES is a highly entertaining fast paced, one woman show that is guaranteed to captivate kids and their teachers. She sets the stage with poetry and a short video of her trip to East Africa when she researched her book This Place is Wild. Then she answers the question, Why science, anyhow? by showing how our senses and experiences limit how much we can learn of the universe and that science is a way of getting past our limitations. Instead of showing the audience the world of science, Vicki invites the audience to discover the science in their world. Everyone in the audience experiences illusions and individuals participate in doing irresistible challenges from her best selling books Bet You Can! and Bet You Can't! Most importantly, Vicki's program gets kids excited and enthusiastic about science, reading and poetry and she gives teachers a list of suggestions for follow-up activities
$1001- $3000
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