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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Van Egmond, Timothy The Sailor's Trade History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Sea Shanties (work songs) and fo’c’sle songs (songs for recreation) from the days of ‘wooden ships and iron men.’ Yankee Notions is Jim Douglas and Tim Van Egmond. Both are accomplished singers, storytellers, and musicians (guitar, hammered dulcimer, English concertina, pennywhistle, Appalachian dulcimer). Performing throughout New England for close to 20 years, Yankee Notions has been featured in hundreds of community concerts and festivals, schools, libraries senior centers, and heritage museums (including Old Sturbridge Village (MA), Historic Deerfield (MA), Mystic Seaport (CT), and Old Bethpage Village Restoration (NY).
$501- $1000
Van Egmond, Timothy The Story Bag Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Following an age-old tradition, listeners choose one by one from an a bag full of intriguing objects that arouse curiosity and spark the imagination, each representing a specific folk tale for the telling. Tim’s dramatic style of voice, movement, and facial expression brings stories to life, and his gift of encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs. He’ll accompany songs and stories with guitar, mountain dulcimer, and conga drum. A program bibliography will be available so that books containing the stories can be on display, and Tim will recommend them in the program to celebrate and encourage reading. Tim has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 30 years. He's 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 Touched by Magic Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The perfect program for the adult, or senior audience, filled with good clean comedy, magic, and ventriloquism. Bob Conrad is a full time entertainer with more than 30 years experience performing for all types of audiences. With a touch of magic and a cast of outrageous ventriloquist puppet characters, Bob Conrad will provide you with a show that will delight your entire audience. Clean enough for children and clever enough for adults, good clean fun. If you are looking for something different and truly unique, call Bob Conrad today.
$101- $200
Storytellers, Beauty & the Beast Author Visits Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss are award winning authors and recording artists and would be happy to visit your school in that capacity. They will tell stories, give tips on telling, and answer any questions students have. Their story collections include world tales that have been rewritten so that they are accessible for telling by children. After seeing Mitch and Martha tell stories, students will be excited about telling tales themselves. Storytelling is a fun activity that is highly educational. All the story books have tips for telling which make it possible for teachers to have each student (second grade and up) choose a different tale, learn it, and share it in front of classmates. Those who choose to do so can tell for other classes as well. Some of the tales are simple and short enough that they can then be retold by first graders and even kindergartners. Mitch and Martha's performances will also serve as catalysts for creative writing.
$1001- $3000
Edgecomb, Diane Tales For The Earth Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
A Celebration of Nature and all the simple things we can do to help. Tales for the Earth is a beloved performance that is both educational and entertaining. It explores topics such as Water Conservation, Recycling and Wildlife Protection. Like all of Diane's programs, the performance is tailored to suit each specific audience. Depending on the age range stories may include: What Now, Cloacina?, Diane's hilarious water conservation story about a water sprite who travels through the sewage system in search of her pond or Boy Who Loved the Swamp, based on the true story of a 5th Grade student who saves his favorite nature spot from development. In addition contemporary tales explore ways to foster a whole Earth ethic. What shines through the entire presentation is a love and respect for our place in nature; with many ideas communicated about how we can create a difference. "Diane- Thank you for adding your magic to our Earth Day celebration this past weekend. We had over 1100 happy visitors that day, which is wonderful. You were so amazing with your messages and your dramatic "art." Thank you for coming!"Bonnie Drexler, New England Wildflower Society
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane New Age Gawain and the Green Knight History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A Mischievous Medieval Romp! Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Margot Chamberlain – Celtic Harp. The stakes are high for Arthur’s men’s group. First, into their midst, comes a bungee-jumping Green Man who delivers an ancient macho challenge. Then a mysterious rider gallops off with his head under his arm, taunting Gawain to follow. But the greatest fun comes when three very different female archetypes use their wiles in an attempt to corrupt Gawain’s new age virtue. Welcome to New Age Gawain and the Green Knight, Edgecomb’s hilarious send up of the men’s movement. Loosely based on the 14th century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Edgecomb’s comedic adaptation has New Age Arthurian knights running for their therapists faster than you can say Litigation! Tom Megan’s score provides a lush atmosphere of sound as we journey along the ‘road less traveled by’ in this fun loving tale.. This 50-minute performance can be combined with other seasonal tales for a longer wintertime program or stand alone as entertainment for any time of year. Appropriate for audiences ages 12 and up. This unusual New Year's tale is available in December and January. Humorous and entertaining parody - Booklist Magazine
$501- $1000
Sullivan, Rory Michelle Dino Sings! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other
Get ready to sing, dance, stomp, and roar with Rory Michelle! 'Dino Sings!' gets kids and families active the whole time through dino-themed sing-and-play-a-longs based on favorite kids' songs. Rory Michelle performs regularly for kids and families throughout the tri-state area. Kids and adults alike respond to her enthusiasm and joy - and you will, too! Testimonials: [Rory is] vivacious, energizing and dynamic with her music. She connects with parents and children alike as she is generally likable, warm and silly! ... Rory... is joyful and full of enthusiasm on a stage, park lawn, synagogue basement, bookstore nook or any other space. She is a natural and it’s clear that she just loves singing ... songs to children and families. It’s a passion and anyone can see it right away. - Leemor Ellman, Director, Empowerment for Families with Young Children, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ Rory does amazing work with the youngest members of our community and is also a master at engaging parents! - Rabbi Ravid Tilles, Merrick Jewish Center
$201- $350
Morse, Andy ROCK THE LIBRARY WITH ANDY THE MUSIC MAN! Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Preschoolers and family's the time is upon us to Rock the Library with songs, stories, play acting and dancing with professional rock star Andy The Music Man! Age appropriate songs will be played in the genres of rock, reggae and folk. Your heart will be beating to the rhythm, your foot stomping to the beat and your creativity blooming through dance. You the audience are an integral part of a successful rock show. Leave the lighters at home as your smile will be plenty bright to light up the room.
$501- $1000
Sardelli, Darren MEET THE AUTHOR! (Children's Book Author, Darren Sardelli) Literature- Authors,
Literature- Poetry,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Come meet award winning poet and children's book author, Darren Sardelli. He makes poetry fun and exciting for everyone. His poems are featured in 20 children’s books in the U.S. and England, and dozens of textbooks (worldwide). Darren has visited more than 600 schools, helping students tap into their creativity, inspiring them to write about what they love, and demonstrating how to paint pictures with words. His powerful poetry assemblies and dynamic writing workshops have turned countless students and educators onto poetry. Darren’s poems have been featured on Radio Disney, in best selling books on the Scholastic Book List, and are being used in lesson plans all around the world. His entertaining and engaging poems delight, excite, and ignite imaginations everywhere!
$501- $1000
McIntosh, Story Laurie We All Sing Together For A Better World! Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
We All Sing Together For A Better World! is an inspiring and uplifting program where audience members young and old delight in joining in the fun and singing along. In her inimitable and magical way, Story Laurie seamlessly weaves together songs and stories about caring for the Earth and for one another. Story Laurie has a knack for making us laugh while also helping us to think deeply about the kind of world we want to live in and how, by working (& singing!) together, we can all achieve that world. Folk tales, myths, songs both new and old, and real life stories of people doing wondrous things -- all come to life in the hands of this world-wise yet home-grown children’s performer. If ever there were a performer for our times, Story Laurie is IT!
$201- $350
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