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TheatreworksUSA, - Living Voices' NORTHWEST PASSAGE History,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
When Julia’s family immigrates to the northwestern United States from Sweden, she experiences the diversity of America through interactions with her African, Asian, and Native American neighbors as she becomes a nurse at the height of WWI.
$501- $1000
Cain, Ron Captain HurriCain's Seaside Magic Show History,
Nature- Marine Life,
Performing Arts- Magic
As the seagoing Captain HurriCain, Ron Cain promotes reading while celebrating the state's beaches and bodies of water. While telling tales and showing tricks from his travels, Captain HurriCain demonstrates a wacky way with water. Illusions include a container that causes water to disappear and reappear, faucets that defy the laws of nature, and an umbrella that does card tricks. Young audiences also meet Barnacle the Shark and learn about the legend of Champ the sea serpent. Since 1998, Ron has created magic shows based on the annual summer reading program theme. Each program uses magic and humor to promote reading and help children feel good about themselves. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages include Tune In To Magical Idol, Uncle Sam's Old Time Magic Show, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, and the Case of the Missing Bunny.
$201- $350
North Shore Theatre Group, Greg Oliver Bodine POE, TIMES TWO: Twin tales of mystery, murder...and mortar Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
North Shore Theatre Group presents Greg Oliver Bodine in POE, TIMES TWO -- a double bill of one-man, stage adaptations of 'The Cask of Amontillado' and 'The Black Cat' by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). These two plays are staged back-to-back with minimal set and lighting effects, and are performed without an intermission in an hour. One actor. Two classic horror stories! Suitable for Ages 10 - Adult. A fun evening or afternoon of good old-fashioned thrills, chills and all things spooky -- a must-see for Poe enthusiasts and fans of mystery and horror. Perfect for the Halloween season! 'A scary, stunningly staged, high-fright homage to the creator of the horror story.' –-Ronald Gross, New York Theater Buying Guide. POE, TIMES TWO is being offered as part of NSTG's SOLO CLASSICS Performance Series. The program combines elements of classic literature, drama and storytelling in a solo, narrative performance format, which is designed to give audiences an exciting, live, theatrical experience that is at once immersive, enlightening and educational. Nominated for THREE 2012 New York Innovative Theatre Awards! Available for bookings at tri-state libraries October 1 - November 1, 2015.
$501- $1000
Kruszka, Donald Jack and the Beanstalk Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
A fast-paced, fun story of a boy, his cow, and the beanstalk that changed their lives. Featuring the Giant! Presented as part of the 2011 One World, Many Stories Reading Theme at a number of Western New York libraries.
$101- $200
Conrad, Bob You are Special: The Magic of Believing in Yourself Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
(Self-esteem show) As a motivational program for children, this presentation is aimed at boosting the self-esteem of every student in the audience. Students are brought onstage to assist and help perform the magic themselves. Magic, comedy and puppetry are combined to convey the following points: The uniqueness of each child. It’s not what’s on the “outside” that matters, it’s what’s on the “inside” that counts. Persistence: Never giving up no matter what! Why a positive attitude is important. Program includes a section on the topic of bulling. By the end of this show, your students will feel better about themselves while believing, at the same time, that virtually anything is possible for their lives.
$351- $500
Agostino, Christopher The Bodacious Book Shows: I, II and III Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Our Bodacious Book Shows inspire kids to pick up and read books that are so fun they’ll want to read more. Featuring comic characters like Professor Fineprint and Beatrice the Bookworm, with Bob Bookmark and Rita Digest hosting the “Have You READ It?” Game that involves the entire audience with questions and challenges about great books. These shows celebrate the joy of reading in a way that completely engages both kids and their parents. Three different versions available: I — The Classics Bob and Rita remind students of the fun they’ve had with their favorite books. Featuring a madcap rendition of “Jack and the Beanstalk” starring the audience and a 60’ beanstalk II — World Tour Books from other countries and folktales from around the world show that whenever you open a book it will take you somewhere. Featuring a folktale from Africa: “Who’s In Rabbit’s House?” III — Nature Tales Animal tales, poetry, and books celebrating Nature are the theme for our most colorful Book Show. Including a traditional folktale: “Home in the Sky” in which 13 audience volunteers help create an ocean full of life onstage.
$501- $1000
Crocker, Keith Lon Chaney Sr - Man of a Thousand Faces and More!: History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
Perhaps one of the least spoken about talents from the golden days of silent Hollywood film productions, Lon Chaney's influence on modern Hollywood make-up effects is second to none. Not only was he a fantastic make-up man, he was also one of the best actors of his time, very often choosing to underplay a part rather than go for the typical theatrics that punctuated the bulk of the performances from that era. Chaney had a smooth style all his own, and proved he could play just about any role handed to him which in turn, kept him from being typecast. Join us as we watch clips from some of Chaney's work including classics such as Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Unholy Three (1925), Tell it to the Marines (1926), and many more. This would make a great double booking with my Lon Chaney Jr. presentation. Perfect for the Halloween season!
$101- $200
Handy, Spook Senior Outreach History,
Performing Arts- Other
Seniors Outreach – Many Senior Centers, Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes with limited budgets can still afford top notch musical entertainment. That's because Spook has drastically reduced his fees for such venues as a way of giving back to a generation that has given so much to our nation and world. Beside, whats more soul satisfying than spending an hour sharing Americas favorite songs like Good Night, Irene Shell be Coming Around the Mountain, and Somewhere Over the Rainbow (not to mention a Beetles song or two) with a room full of people who just love to sing?
$101- $200
Encore Performing Arts, Inc. AFRICAN ADVENTURE TALES - by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
AFRICAN ADVENTURE TALES Two funny folktales from Africa come to life with stunning puppetry, spectacular scenery, and infectious music. In Koi and the Kola Nuts, the young son of a chief sets out on a wonderful journey in search of fortune, carrying only a sack of kola nuts. His kindness to the creatures he meets is rewarded when their help saves his life! And in Anansi the Spider, we meet one of the most hilarious trickster characters in world folklore!
$501- $1000
Hartin-Gelardi, Lorraine Be the Hero of Your Own Life…Finding Your Place in Family Stories Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Every family has a collection of stories, sayings, photos, objects, memories and customs that make them unique. Storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi will help children become “story detectives” and search out the answers to questions such as “What was the worst meal you ever cooked?” “What is the best vacation you had as a family?” “How did you get your name?” Children will develop techniques for exploring family history and ways to share their stories with others.
$101- $200
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