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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Cain, Ron Build a Magical World Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic
Ron Cain conjures up your favorite fictional lands with his new magic show, Build a Magical World! The Central New York magician takes young readers on an imaginary trip to places like Wonderland, Neverland, Hogwarts and Oz. Children help him perform tricks inspired by characters and stories from different fantasy worlds. Cain also helps youngsters use these books to come up with ideas for improving their world. Values stressed include kindness, cooperation, hard work and concern for nature. The 45-minute magic show highlights the 2017 New York state summer reading program theme, Build a Better World.
$201- $350
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel Travel the World with Stories (Build a Better World) Performing Arts- Storytelling
Understanding and appreciating others can be a first step to building a better world. Stories from each continent highlight differences in cultures and circumstances while drawing attention to the commonality of the human experience. This collection features some of Rachel and Rebeca’s best loved stories for adult and teen audiences.
$101- $200
Company, Hampstead Stage Beauty and the Beast Performing Arts- Theater
Beauty and the Beast is a classic French tale that tells the story of a young girl, Belle, who is sent by her father to live in a beautiful palace with an outwardly terrifying beast. The Beast must help Belle to discover his inner beauty and to help her to break the spell that has kept him locked in his beastly state. This story explores themes of family, sacrifice, trust, and love. Our interactive educational tours run year-round and are performed by two professional actors, each playing multiple roles. Our scripts are original adaptations, based directly on literary classics, and include children and adults from the audience. The plays last one hour, with a question and answer session following the performance. We travel to your space and bring our own realistic sets and costumes, designed using extensive historical research, which are flexible enough to fit into any assembly/performance space.
$351- $500
Pelc, Cindy and Jim Let It Snow! Performing Arts- Magic
Comedy magic show embracing the joys of winter - performer creates snow and a snow person along the merry way of learning to LOVE snow. Great audience participation and lots of laughter.
$101- $200
Evans, Carolyn My Spirit Sings Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Histo-Drama-My Spirit Sings draws from a series of'Women Who Could've Sung the Blues but Didn't.' I portray in costume, Harriet Tubman-Prose and songs on the Underground Rail Road and Codes of the Quilt, Sojourner Truth-From Slavery to Rebirth and Freedom, Emmett Till's Mother-A mother's Cry for Justice, Margru-Child of the Amistad (she tells of her fight for survival), Bessie Coleman-Aviatrix pioneer (juvenile-theatre and reading for grade1-4), Zora Neale Hurston-Readings-Their Eyes Were Watching God as well as her folk tale collection, Callie House-Ex. Slave Reparations and Poetry readings by Maya Angelou, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Philiss Wheatly, Sonia Sanchez and others.
$1001- $3000
Schaufler, Alison Hercules and the Heroes: Greek Mythology for Kids Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Hercules and the Heroes (Recommended K-8) Let Epictitus, the mask-maker, and Ovid, the poet, take you on a journey of the imagination, as you explore the ancient Greek heroes! Follow Greece’s greatest hero, Hercules, on his many adventures, as he battles mythological creatures and warriors. Through mask work, poetry, and swordplay, your students will discover the early stories of Greece. This play is designed to bring students closer to early civilizations by appreciating the similarities that we all share. This play stands alone and is the second is our Greek Mythology for Kids series.
$351- $500
Storytellers, The Genesee The Genesee Storytellers Performing Arts- Storytelling
We are a performing company of six storytellers. We usually perform in pairs or individually. We pride ourselves on our large repertoire of folktales from around the world which enables us to tailor programs for any theme and for any audience. We have a special interest in seeking and telling tales of pioneer New York State. We are all children's librarians with rich experience in children's literature and storytelling. We often combine booktalking with storytelling for programs to match the NYS summer reading theme.
$101- $200
Bromka, Sondra & John Of Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers: Historic Music Rare and Rustic History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
A salmagundi of period instruments & styles combine for a delightfully unusual concert. In their crossover program 'Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers,' musicians Sondra & John Bromka begin by unravelling threads of evocative Medieval music... then weave in and out of it rustic folk traditions, still heard even today in the remote corners of France, Germany, and the British Isles. Side by side, these sounds enrich each other to paint vivid living pictures that evoke the boisterous village festivals, the soulful shepherds’ plaints, and the rich, mystical ballads that connected people of all levels of society. Bells & Motley are known for their uncommon instrumentation, and perform on a diverse collection of historic and folk instruments. For this presentation you’ll hear harp, hurdy gurdy, lute, Medieval fiddle, recorders, crumhorns, various French & English bagpipes, and more. The hurdy gurdy, built by Mr. Bromka, is a sort of Medieval keyboard fiddle enhanced with a resonant drone. Join Sondra & John in their Allegorical musical Garden, rich & resounding for all senses.
$351- $500
Theater, Open Hand Grandfather Frost's Stories of Russia Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Open Hand Theater creates original performances based on the performance traditions of cultures around the world. Grandfather Frost weaves his magic through the Russian forest in a tale spun by Baba Yaga and her mischievous cat. Featuring Vladimir Vasyagin, our international artist in residence from Tomsk, Siberia, this traditional story introduces Russian heritage through its folk characters, music and unique style of puppetry.
$501- $1000
Davis, Katie Great Storytelling in Words and Pictures Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Audience learns to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her own mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. Highly interactive program - audience helps write a story; volunteers make different emotional expressions. Katie draws their faces on the characters and together they create a new narrative with emphasis on beginning, middle and end. Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: Katie teaches HOW TO SEE so you’re able to illustrate any story you write. Dear Katie, I'm usually 'ho-hum' when it comes to author visits. You were one to change my mind! You were...the best ever writing session, and I truly mean it! Jayne Pitt, teacher
$1001- $3000
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* Inclusion in this database does not indicate endorsement of any performer or program by the NYS Education Department, the Office of Cultural Education, the NYS Library or the participating library systems, nor does it eliminate the need for reference checks and appropriate standard screening procedures.

 

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