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Bromka, Sondra & John Timeless Tunes, Timeless Tales, and Musical Secrets of Long Ago and Far Away Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Discover the stories and secrets behind some of the most rare, mysterious, and magical musical instruments of history. How were they invented? How do they work? Hear the tales that are told about the person who was said to be the first player of the bagpipes in ancient Rome. Discover the secret behind stories that claim that fiddles actually have magical powers. What is the tallest stringed instruments ever invented? Are there actually wind instruments that you don't blow into? Can a harp ever play itself? What happens when you touch it? Children will be invited to try the harp and find out for themselves! Bells & Motley have discovered that young children (as well as adults) are enthralled by the unusual sounds and stories behind their unique collection of historic instruments, including rommelpot, hurdy gurdy, early bagpipes, harp, hand-made fiddles, and tromba marina. Audiences are especially excited to hear that the Bromkas, in addition to being musicians, historians, and veteran storytellers, are also expert instrument builders. An unforgettable interactive enrichment experience.
$351- $500
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel An Evening at 221 B Baker Street (2015 Summer Reading Program) Performing Arts- Storytelling
An Evening at 221B Baker Street features the telling of “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” by Rachel and Rebecca Oshlag of StoriesGalorious. Like elocutionists of earlier times, these storytellers adhere closely to the written word in their recitation and interpretation of literary works. Their performance enlivens the tale of a damsel in distress, cunning villain, stalwart companion, and hero of reason and action. Audience members unfamiliar with the plot will be engrossed by the story while admirers of Sherlock stories will be enthralled by the telling of one Holmes’ most rousing adventures. Rachel and Rebecca provide an introduction to the story, and they entertain questions and comments afterwards. Created for the 2015 NYS Summer Reading Program, Every Hero Has a Story and year-round.
$101- $200
Jason Reilly, Frogs, Bugs & Animals Frogs, Bugs & Animals Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Enjoy a program dedicated to the learning and loving of animals. Jason will teach about Stickers the tree frog, Tickles the hedgehog and lots of other fun creatures including mice, hissing roaches, lizards, toads, bunnies, crabs, and baby animals. Live Animals! Everyone is encouraged to pet and touch these creatures. All animals are displayed in colorful petting tubs so the children can safely reach and pet them. Jason closes out the show introducing his very opinionated and fluffy friend Feathers; a chicken who helps everyone dance The Chicken Dance.
$351- $500
Field, Barb Hands on Magic Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Clowning
BJ and Company will custom design the right program for your needs. We have worked extensively with children and families and performed hundreds of shows. Participants in this show will learn a few secret tricks ... hopefully sparking their interest to read about and research some more tricks on their own later. First BJ will give a short comedy magic show. Then we will make a few tricks together that the participants may bring home. We will also learn a little about stage presence, presentation, and timing involved in successfully doing any performance. THIS SHOW IS BEST WITH SECOND GRADE TO ADULTS. www.bjandcompany.com
$201- $350
Crocker, Keith Ed Wood - Hollywood's Worst Filmmaker, or Misunderstood Genius? Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
Ed Wood the man who directed the infamous and unintentionally funny Plan 9 From Outer Space has often been accused of being Hollywood's worst filmmaker but is this criticism fair? In this program, we explore the life of Ed Wood, from his days as a marine Corporal during WWII were he served in the battle of Tarawa to his career as a screenwriter in Hollywood, penning such classics as The Bride & The Beast (1958) and later working his way to directing cult classics as Bride of the Monster (1955), Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) and Night of the Ghouls (1959). Woods somewhat autobiographical Glenn or Glenda (1953) explored his passion for dressing like a woman. Writer Jim Morton said of Ed Wood; "Eccentric and individualistic, Edward D. Wood, Jr. was a man born to film. Lesser men, if forced to make movies under the conditions Wood faced, would have thrown up their hands in defeat." As a bonus, we will also explore other filmmakers whose works are so bad it proves that Ed Wood was actually quite ahead of his time.
$101- $200
CLEMENTS, JEHAN Everyone Has a Story To Tell - Creative Writing, Illustrating, and Book Publishing Workshop Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A Creative Writing, Illustrating, and Book Publishing Workshop Introduces the Storytelling Flip-Over Picture Book and the Do-It-Yourself Storytelling Flip-Over Picture Book. Students will write and illustrate a story of their own creation. On the last day of the workshop, the students will read their story from a final bound book. Writing, Illustrating, and then Reading aloud develops all of the Literacy Skills.
$101- $200
TheatreworksUSA, - Living Voices' OUR REVOLUTION History,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
Walk in the footprints of Peter Freeman, a soldier in the Continental Army during the American Revolution as he struggles to find a place for himself during the birth of both a new country and a new people —the first generation of African-Americans in the United States of America.
$501- $1000
Edgecomb, Diane A Celtic Evening Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Irish Culture comes to life with Storytelling, Song and the strains of the Celtic harp. In A Celtic Evening, Diane brings to life Ireland’s storytelling treasures from the humorous Legend of Knockgrafton to the hauntingly beautiful Deirdre of the Sorrows. The most famous of all Irish romances, Deirdre weaves together Druidic prophecies with a forbidden passion so profound it dares to defy the fates. The performance is set against a lush background of harp music: original and traditional melodies played by the versatile Margot Chamberlain on a variety of Celtic folk harps. Enjoy an evening of humor, passion and music with these two inspiring performers. A Celtic Evening is also available as a full musical event with the addition of Michael Punzak on story and fiddle and Tom Megan on accordion, keyboard and pennywhistle. Thoughtfully composed and beautifully presented, A Celtic Evening was a joy for us all. The combination of both your talents made for an inspirational evening that moved the audience to laughter and to tears, and left us with a feeling that magic was in the air. Director of programming, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA
$501- $1000
Del Bianco, Lou Lou Del Bianco as Abraham Lincoln History,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
ENDORSED BY THE LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION! In this 45 minute interactive dramatic program, actor-storyteller Lou Del Bianco portrays Lincoln as Civil War President, frontiersman and storyteller. Lincoln's values… honesty, love of family, thirst for education, sense of justice and perseverance shine through this dynamic new presentation. Authentic historical quotations are used throughout; handout available for teachers. Appropriate for all ages!
$201- $350
Walsh, FARMER TOM WALSH and tiger tom CORN-TASTIC WITH FARMER TOM WALSH SONG STORIES Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Corn-Tastic - We learn about the many uses of Corn in today’s world. We learn the science and benefits, to the world, Corn brings and how we can all be the future, through education, of discovery. Farmer Tom Walsh, during his program, will distribute agriculture and farm related STICKERS to the fair goers. BEE ON THE FARM: Farmer Tom Walsh’s program has an agricultural theme that begins with a fun and educational story and then song on the life of bees. During the show everyone will gain an appreciation for the importance of bees in agriculture production. Bee My Friend: Everyone will gain an appreciation for the importance of bees in agriculture production. Cooperation with and respect for others (Dignity for All Students Act) is available for Elementary grade levels with his original story, The wooly bully bee, is a story of a bee that is misunderstood and everyone helps to tell the tale! Performance Preparation: Activities can include curriculum requirement, cooperation with others, farming, vegetables, recycling, nutrition, safety, history and music.
$351- $500
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