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Lawrence, David FizzBoomRead Library Program Performing Arts- Magic,
This interactive program will feature different aspects of science and experiments, with magical twists. We use music and plenty of laughter to emphasize books that can be borrowed from the library for the children to learn about gases, fireworks and astronauts. The program features books from library collections and a live bunny production, from a test tube!
$351- $500
Field, Barb Clowning Around 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. SUGGESTED PROGRAM … a fun introduction to the art of clowning. Barb will come and gradually change costume to become BJ the Clown. She will apply professional clown make up on three audience volunteers to show the three main clown types (whiteface, hobo, august), and have a fun discussion about the art of clowning. Families/children will have the opportunity to apply face paint to themselves and dress as a clown.
$201- $350
Keeffe Schwartzman, Gigi TRAVELING THE WORLD WITH MUSICAL TALES (GREAT FOR SUMMER 2011) Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
GREAT FOR SUMMER READING 2011! Gigi, Family & Friends from the Lend Me a Hand Band weave their musical magic in a series of multicultural programs incorporating folk tales and music from around the world – all set in an interactive format. The audience participates through chants, actions and song as the tales unfold. The programs contain stories such as: The Caterpillar's Tale (call and response song), The Vinegar Bottle, How Rabbit Got His Ears,and Abiyoyo, to name a few, as well as songs in different languages. – Adjusted to requested age group.
$351- $500
Kahn, Mitch Sail Away - Songs of the Seven Seas History,
Performing Arts- Other
Singer-Pianist-Entertainer and society orchestra leader Mitch Kahn celebrates the Great American Popular Songbook with “Sail Away”, a nautical voyage through the eyes of vintage songwriters Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Noel Coward, Frank Loesser, Hoagy Carmichael, Bart Howard, Jimmy Van Heusen, Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, Sammy Cahn, Kurt Weill and the Gershwins (among others), as well as contemporary notables Ian Hunter, Peter Allen and Dennis Deyoung (of the rock band Styx). Song titles include well known standards “On a Slow Boat to China”, Beyond the Sea”, “Come Fly With Me” and “Skylark”, plus lesser known titles such as “I Go to Rio”, “Ships”, (recorded by Barry Manilow) and title song “Sail Away” (written by Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence). PROGRAMS CURRENTLY OFFERED: Introduction to the Great Songwriters, The Songs that won the Academy Award, Aspects of Love, Sail Away.
$351- $500
Handy, Spook Passing Along the Folk Music Tradition History,
Performing Arts- Other
For generations children grew up singing with the whole family, at large gatherings, at school or in their churches. Before the advent of radio, TV and the internet this was the primary form of entertainment. Today, however, many people are worried that this centuries-old tradition is being deleted from the hard drive of the modern human experience. Along with that, society is losing one of the most powerful tools for building strong families and strong communities. This program is simple. Let’s make sure our kids know some of the treasures of American Folk Music. Singing old favorites like This Land is Your Land, If I had a Hammer, I’ve been Working on the Railroad, She'll be coming Around the Mountain and maybe some newer songs. If the children don’t already know a song we’ll take the time to teach them. Parents are encouraged to sit with their children and help them learn the songs. 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 for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
Fischer, Joe Joe Fischer's The Juggling Club Performing Arts- Juggling
A wonderful HANDS ON program. Children are introduced to the world of juggling in this interactive workshop. The basic techniques of juggling are explained and demonstrated in a clear step by step format. WOW, in just under one hour the children are on their way to a brand new hobby.
$201- $350
Pace, Frank COMEDIAN FRANKIE PACE Performing Arts- Other
A national headliner, performing since the early days of Seinfeld. Frankie's performances have always proven to be a hit never a miss. Joan Rivers dubs him a lovable madman. Bill Boggs calls him Whacky Frankie Bill Ervelino of the New York Post exclaims The room was filled with so much good nature laughter, you wouldn't hear a tractor trailer fall through the roof. With the help of Eddie Murphy Frankie's first national performance was on Saturday Night Live where he met Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Joe Piscopo and Jim Belushi. His other TV credits include FOX TV, A&E, The Sopranos, The Apollo Comedy Hour and Comedy Central's Make Me Laugh. Frankie was also on The Cosby Show and The Joan Rivers Show and hosted his own show on USA's Night Flight called Rick Shaw's Takeout Theatre, playing numerous characters. Whether Frankie performs in Casinos like the Mohegan Sun Arena in front of 6000 or just an intimate country club private party, you'll enjoy the talents of this gifted comedian. More credits include: Saturday Night Live, Flight of the Conchords, Comic Strip Live, Comedy Tonight, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Carolines Comedy Hour, HBO, Cinemax, etc; etc;
$501- $1000
Keeffe Schwartzman, Gigi SPRING IS A-SPRINGING!! (TODDLER PROGRAMS) Music,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Everything grows: plants, animals and us! A joyous program celebrating spring filled with music, puppets, dancing and loads of fun. Songs about farms and animal babies, the colors and changes of the season. We also tie into favorite pre-school books such as by Author Eric Carle as we sing songs about the new animals and insects we see. GIGI AND THE LEND ME A HAND BAND'S CD MOVEMENT & MERRIMENT WAS A 2008 FINALIST IN THE CHILDREN'S MUSIC WEB AWARDS FOR BEST ALBUM & BEST SONG FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS!
$351- $500
DuBois, Betsy POST Comedy Theater Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Dance,
Performing Arts- Mime
Post Comedy Theater performs a series of stories ala Carol Burnett or Sid Ceaser - creating a whole cast of characters to comunicate his stories. Post has performed from Moscow to Mexico - all across the US and from the Lincoln Center to coal mines in West Virginia. All ages are amused and enthralled by his creative performance.
$1001- $3000
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
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