Performers and Programs

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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Zalben, Jane Writing and Illustrating Children's Books Literature- Creative Writing,
Museums,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
The writing and art process in creating a children's picture book from the beginning idea to final bound book. Support materials demonstrate the stages: press sheets, sewing a 32-page book dummy, original art, galleys, manuscripts with editorial comments to show the visual / re-writing process. I also do writing workshops on middle-grade or young adult novels besides doing art and writing for the elementary grade level. I have published books for different age groups.
$351- $500
Gillman, Jackson Riot in the Garden Music,
Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Fun-filled science theater celebrating the joys of gardening in interactive song,movement and story. Laugh and learn as we get down and earthy, becoming worms, roots, blossoms and a bountiful harvest in this rollicking romp. Susan Pierce, Special Events Director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association reported: Not only was Riot in the Garden awarded Most Educational at the Common Ground Fair, it was a delightful mix of comedy, music, and stories that delighted people of all ages. It's great to work with someone like Jackson, who can always be depended on to do an outstanding job.
$351- $500
Whitcomb-May, Andrea Dig It! A Greta Garbage Puppet Show Nature- Environment,
Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Greta peeks beneath the surface of dirt and asks- what is dirt and how is it made? Is there “good” dirt and “bad” dirt? Digging into nature’s recycling with worms, the puppets Jasmine & Tessy appear in a simple show about composting. Tessy is shocked & grossed out by the idea of manure & worm poop. Jasmine & the audience do their best to soothe her fears & assure her that worms are busy beneath the surface making new dirt. Worm poop, after all, makes the best soil. Butterfly, ladybug, & worm puppets have guest appearances as they eat, poop, & wander through the flowers. The audience gets to dig in at the finale when Greta opens her compost bin filled with real worms & shares the contents. Hand washing instruction included! Also starring Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. Puppet making workshops available.
$201- $350
Agostino, Christopher Christopher Agostino's StoryFaces Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Visual Arts- Painting
Christopher Agostino’s StoryFaces is a very different kind of a show. Audience volunteers are brought on to the stage and facepainted very quickly to illustrate the stories he tells. The amazing facepainting holds kids attention while they listen to folktales from around the world and his original tales. With his extensive repertoire of stories he can perform successfully for any size audience and any age: kids, teens and adults. In most shows he paints 8 to 12 volunteers while mesmerizing the audience with a theatrical storytelling style and tales that range from the comic adventure of the first time a man met a crocodile to the heroic tale of the boy Punia and the King of the Sharks. Spoken word and painted faces combine in a unique performance art, as author and artist Christopher Agostino illuminates ancient traditions to completely engage modern audiences. It’s surprising and delightful theater for any age. Several themes are available and special shows can be crafted to feature specific cultures and special topics. Discounts available for libraries on certain dates. Go to agostinoarts.com to see the new video: What Is A StoryFace?
$501- $1000
Florez, Karla Tamarindo Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tamarindo is a children's book adapted to be performed as a story telling and dance form. It shows how boys and girls from El Canal del Dique region in the Carribean coast of Colombia love to paint their bodies with black paint as a remembrance of the period in slavery and the freedom from it. A special characteristic in this story is the use of facial gestures. I retell the story by telling of a boy whom is loved throughout the town and enjoy dancing in despite of living in reduced circumstances. Values like rejoice, love and courage are shown in this story while dancing and keeping the contagious rhythm of Danza negra.
$201- $350
., Buffalo and Brandy The Magical Rhythm of Christmas Disability Awareness,
Music,
Performing Arts- Magic
The Holidays are a ‘Magical’ time of year. Using your imagination,Buffalo and Brandy will take you on an ‘Imaginary Rhythm Journey’. Throughout the ‘journey’, there will be magic, music and sing-a-long.At the end of our ‘journey’ – there will be lots of drumming by everyone! There’s plenty of fun and festivity for the whole family!
$351- $500
Keezing, Jonathan Professor Diggins Jurassic Journey! Music,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
An action packed, fact-filled dino fantasy! Prof Diggins show features original songs, fantastic dino puppets a fast paced story and an interactive performance. This show is a sure bet for all lovers of dinosaurs. Libraries are also given a free CD to help build excitement for the show.
$351- $500
Sullivan, Rory Michelle Music and More: LIVE! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Join Rory Michelle and friends for interactive, fun, lively songs and sing-alongs, complete with movement and musical stories. Children will be entertained and engaged with themes such as Dinosaurs and Dear Zoo! Featuring live acoustic guitar and lots and lots of fun movement.
$101- $200
Zupp, Brad FUNance For Kids Life Skills- Finance,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Theater
In one assembly, students learn the importance of math, even if they hate fractions! Far from a boring lecture about what kids “should” do, “FUNance-Where Fun and Finance Collide” keeps kids laughing and amazed with comedy, juggling, magic, circus skills and mini game shows as they learn financial concepts such as: Financial Goal Setting; Living Within Your Means; The Importance of Saving; Needs Vs. Wants; Compound Interest; Where Money Comes From (and Goes); Inflation, Saving Vs. Investing, and much more. Perfect for family audiences (the adults might learn a thing or two as well) and kids grades K-6. Brad Zupp created “FUNance For Kids” from a deep understanding of both entertainment and finance. His years of experience as a financial planner and world-renowned performer make him uniquely qualified to teach kids financial literacy. View reviews, more details and a preview video at: www.FUNanceForKids.com
$501- $1000
Slaw, Jennifer Jen Slaw Interactive Juggling Workshop Performing Arts- Juggling
Participants have fun learning the basics of balancing and juggling with feathers, scarves, balls, spinning plates, diabolos, and devil sticks, while improving hand-eye coordination, focus, teamwork, physical fitness, and self-confidence! The programs are adjusted to the age and ability of group (ideal for ages 7 and up and maximum of 30 participants). Keep in mind that the program is also great for teen, pre-teen, and even adult groups. Jen Slaw's juggling combines grace, humor, skill and beauty with a captivating style which delights all audiences. Jen is an International Jugglers Association 3 Ball Champion, and has performed at countless schools, libraries, museums, festivals, theaters, casinos, corporate events, & private parties. She performs with stars from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Bros. as part of the Nimble Arts Troupe. Jen has taught juggling to children & adults with the Big Apple Circus and more. Jen holds degrees from Swarthmore College in art & engineering .
$351- $500
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