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Program
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Description
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Bromka, Sondra & John 'The Boy Who Went to Visit the North Wind' Participatory Storytelling + 'Who Has Heard the Wind' Children's Concert History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Sondra and John Bromka bring audiences on a wind-swept journey to 'long ago and far away' with the telling of this fine traditional tale. Look forward to an energetic tandem storytelling performance that is underscored with live music on Celtic harp, enriched with historic authenticity, and alive with abundant participation that is well suited to audiences of all ages. A tale of wonder, magic, and heroism, the story unfolds when a poor boy's meal is unwittingly blown away, taken to the four corners of the earth by the all-powerful North Wind, and cannot be returned. In exchange, a magic tablecloth, magic donkey, and magic stick are three marvelous gifts offered by the Wind. But in the end, the most important gift of all is surely the North Wind's sage advice: 'All you have to do is keep your eyes & ears open.' As in the best of traditional folktales, there is the timeless appeal of a thought provoking theme. Here, justice & fairness are of universal concern to young children. And they will enjoy their favorite storytelling elements: patterns and repetition, personification, and especially, the wondrous and curious ways of 'long ago & far away.'
$351- $500
Schuman, Sandy My Father was a Storyteller History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
My father, Samuel Schuman, was a songwriter, musician, poet, and storyteller who made his living as an electrician. I retell and expand on his stories, a personal and historical saga that stretches from the help wanted ads of the Philadelphia Inquirer to the front page of the New York Times, from the pleasant beaches of Atlantic City to the hectic skyscrapers of Manhattan, and from his longed-for saxophone to my sister’s studio-upright piano. My father didn’t have a very good voice, but he wasn’t afraid to sing.
$101- $200
Golden, Gail SCIENCE IS A BLAST! Multicultural- Other,
Multicultural- Native American,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
SCIENCE IS A BLAST! ties in closely with the summer reading program's Fizz, Boom, Read initiative. The Wondermakers tell 3 folk tales in story theatre style. The stories are from Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Native American culture and they have to do with science topics -- astronomy, health, and the weather. Children from the audience are selected to help The Wondermakers tell the stories by playing roles "on stage." It's fun (and educational) for children ages 3 - 10 and the whole family. Produced and directed by Gail Golden who recently moved back to New York State from Orlando where she was Cinderella's Fairy Godmother at Disney World.
$101- $200
TheatreworksUSA, - Living Voices Productions' NATIVE VISION History,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
Native Vision is the experience of Native Americans in the 1930's and 1940's. A Navajo girl explores her family's past while struggling to keep her culture in a government-run boarding school. Her vision of becoming a modern healer in a changing world is brought to life as her community joins the U.S. in World War Two.
$501- $1000
Handy, Spook America's Story through Folk Songs History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Traces American Folk Music from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger through today. Honoring the great traditions of American roots music, songs inspired by the Dust Bowl, Great Depression, Civil Right Movement, 60's and 70's Peace Movement and more recent issues are presented with a completely contemporary sound and unabashedly positive sensibility. The passion, purpose and spirit of American folk music is alive and well. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
Agostino, Christopher Before Cave Walls...The Transformation Lecture Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Before Cave Walls…the story on our skin A Dynamic Lecture by Christopher Agostino Before we ever painted a cave wall, we painted ourselves. Christopher Agostino,  author of Transformations: The Story Behind the Painted  Faces, presents an interactive performance lecture on this art of transformation.  An exceptional visual artist and fascinating speaker, he delves into the use of masks and makeup in cultural traditions and  world theater, symbols and iconography in tribal body art, and the influence of traditional sources on the early 20th century modern artists and current culture.  This performance challenges audiences to consider the origins of our collective humanity while taking performance art in a new direction — illustrated live on the faces of volunteers. Originally created as an instructive program for theatrical makeup artists and facepainters, Before Cave Walls… has developed into a performance proven fascinating for artists of all fields and general audiences as well, including family audiences, adults and college students. Presentations for theatres, libraries, festivals, and colleges. See the Before Cave Walls… video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-2l0i4Lu0k For additional information see: http://agostinoarts.com/BeforeCaveWalls
$501- $1000
Cain, Ron Magical Workshops Other,
Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Magic
Central New York magician Ron Cain offers workshops that help young people enjoy and explore the magical world around them. Each combines class instruction with hands-on activities. IT'S MAGIC! teaches kids to perform magic with ordinary objects like cards, coins and rope. Ron's SCIENTIFIC SECRETS OF MAGIC teaches scientific principles behind the tricks of his trade. Children learn simple tricks that involve chemistry, physics, biology, psychology and math. CLOWNING AROUND shows them how to have fun with juggling, yo-yos and balloon animals. THE WORLD OF HARRY POTTER gives Hogwarts fans a chance to take magical classes and play wizard games. ENCHANTED CREATURES focuses on the folklore and legends surrounding elves, fairies, leprechauns, trolls, dragons and unicorns. MONSTEROLOGY sheds light on the seven monster families and invites students to use their imagination to create creepy creatures. A GATHERING OF GHOSTS introduces students to classic ghost stories and beliefs. THE WILD, WILD WEST lets children pretend to be cowboys (and girls) and learn about Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull. A native Texan, Ron graduated from Syracuse University and took graduate classes in social studies education. He has taught at Onondaga Community College and Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES.
$201- $350
Morgan, Lynn Traditional Folktales Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
I tell traditional folktales from around the world, including drawing and string stories and fables. Many stories incorporate songs or other audience participation techniques. I will tailor the presentation to meet specific audiences, such as learning stories targeting a specific theme; however adequate notice is required.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John THE HURDY GURDY CHILDREN'S CONCERT History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The artists' extensive early instrument collection features a joyous diversity of historic Medieval, Renaissance, & traditional instruments. Playing upon the intriguing and rare historic hurdy gurdy to enrich our theme and setting, we are pleased to accompany our performance journey with an early music mini-concert specially designed for children, highlighting a diverse collection of early instruments of all shapes, sizes, and materials. Imaginations are courted with the mysterious and evocative sounds. As you enjoy this exploration of historic instruments from bagpipes to 'whittle and dub' you will marvel at the wonderful ways human kind has used wood, animal horn, reed, leather, and ingenuity to invent instruments that create a rainbow of musical sounds. This program is being packaged as a 2-for-1 with 'STONE SOUP WITH THE HURDY GURDY MAN' These two complementary programs unite perfectly to appeal to all the senses, a memorable and meaningful A treasure for the eyes, ears, and imagination!
$351- $500
Lappen, Henry Henry the Juggler Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Juggling
Henry the Juggler (AKA Henry Lappen) is wanted! He is wanted by audiences everywhere for his zany attempts to defy the laws of gravity. He juggles any number of balls, clubs, rings, members of the audience . . . He balances strange items on the tip of his nose. Everything is accomplished wordlessly as Henry uses body language and gesture (and road signs!) to express himself. Caution: Henry is known to use innocent bystanders in his act. Henry the Juggler is a professional. He has been seen by tens of thousands up and down the East Coast - at theaters, schools, libraries and festivals. He has been performing for over thirty years. He studied physical comedy at California's Dell'Arte School and continues to expand his abilities through classes in yoga and tango. He is an active member of the International Jugglers' Association. A workshop follows each show, where Henry teaches some of the skills he has presented.
$351- $500
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