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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Bisker, Ellia Charming Disaster: Songs From Books Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Folk-noir duo Charming Disaster presents original songs inspired by Ancient Greek, Norse, and Egyptian mythology, Grimm's fairy tales, the fables of Aesop and La Fontaine, and works of literature including Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, Flannery O'Connor's short stories, the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Tintin comics, and more. If desired, the musical performance can also incorporate readings excerpted from the works of literature referenced in the songs. Instrumentation is guitar and ukulele with male/female duet vocals and optional foot percussion.
$351- $500
Mankita, Jay Jay's Playful Earth Concert - Build A Better World 2017! Music,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
Designed and constructed from Jay’s most popular songs and stories. Folks are working every day to move this world ever closer to peace, kindness, and a more caring awareness of ourselves, each other, and our natural world. Topics include baseball, dolphins, aliens, rainforests, and dinosaurs, plus time travel, camels, caribou, soap, dreams, and of course, books and libraries! Very playful, with plenty of singing and dancing along!
$351- $500
Schembri, Pamela Author Visit Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Using her storytelling as a springboard for writing, students will see how the plot and characters have developed in the series Second-Grade Friends. Interactive program with slides, suitable for elementary-aged students.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John DIG THAT CANAL! ‘15 Miles on the Erie Canal' Family Fun Musical Storytelling; With FREE companion options - Folk Instruments of Along the Canal; Introduction to Theatercraft History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
'15 Miles on the Erie Canal' is a colorful and very participatory historic musical storytelling event for the whole family. Enjoy this lively collage of Tall Tales, Costumes, Music and Sing-along Songs as the artists share an unforgettable story of New York’s famous waterway. Presented in 19th century 'folk opera' performance style, it sparkles with canal-era music from cultures along the canal, performed on a rare collection of historic instruments including hammer dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, early squeezeboxes, canal horn, and more. Our story unfolds as Captain Simon Slick and Irish cook Sallie Waters meet up with Sal, a truly amazing mule who makes quite a splash (and also happens to be guest from the audience!). Together they set off on a rollicking journey down The Grand E-ri-e Canal, 8th Wonder of the World! Great characters, great stories, and an unforgettable historic enrichment experience for Summer Reading Programs! NOTE: For a gala event, our “15 Miles” performance may be expanded with your choice of NYS Canal Cultural Heritage workshop activities: expanded singing roles for a children’s/family chorus; lively canal-era children's dances; and even student-written Tall Tale vignettes for the Grand Finale. Custom-designed programs, special events welcome.
$351- $500
Zalben, Jane Writing and Illustrating Children's Books Literature- Creative Writing,
Museums,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Creating a children's picture book from the beginning idea to final bound book. Support materials demonstrate the stages: sewing a 32-page book dummy, making original art, galleys, press sheets, manuscripts with editorial comments to show the re-writing process. I also do writing workshops on middle-grade novels besides doing art and writing at the elementary grade level. I have had over 50 books published for different age groups.
$351- $500
Joyce, Liz The Princess, the Frog & the Pea Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
The Princess, the Frog & the Pea 30 minutes, ages 3-8, tabletop puppets Combining three well-loved stories, The Princess, the Frog & the Pea delights audiences. A princess, a witch, an un-enchanted frog, a hoot owl and a neurotic pea are the stars of this mixed-up tale.
$351- $500
Fultz, Dave Learn to Juggle Workshop Performing Arts- Juggling
Western New York Juggler Dave Fultz introduces the age-old circus discipline of juggling in a way that all students can understand, enjoy and embrace. There are many advantages to learning and participating in juggling. Not the least of these is aerobic exercise, confidence building, improved coordination and dexterity and many more. But most of all, juggling is just plain fun! When Dave teaches students the art of juggling, it's not just scarves and balls and repetition. Dave introduces a myriad of different juggling props in the very best tried and true step-by-step learning methods. Students will learn: three-ball cascade juggling, diabolo, devil or flower stick juggling, box manipulation and if time permits - spinning and balancing. Dave has taught countless seminars and workshops on juggling, and has attended a number of juggling conventions and workshops where he has learned from some of the best in the world. This is a humorous, entertaining and memorable approach to exercise and education that students may find helpful for many years to come.
$101- $200
Field, Barb Family Fun Face Painting Performing Arts- Clowning,
Visual Arts- Painting,
Visual Arts- Other
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: (other ideas are available!!!) BJ will give a brief demonstration on how to use face paints. Then the fun begins! Participants may use the mirrors provided and paint their own faces or paint on a willing friend or family member. As they do this, they are learning about blending colors and cooperating with others. The students will be using safe, non-allergenic face paints to create their own designs on themselves or each other. www.bjandcompany.com 607-432-0988
$201- $350
Fischer, Joe Hocus Pocus It's Joe Fischer Performing Arts- Magic
A program that will astound, baffle, delight, thrill and entertain your audience. This fast paced show has the perfect blend of magic, audience participation, comedy and excitement. JOE FISCHER has an outstanding rapport with children. The ability to communicate on their level is what makes this show real magic.
$201- $350
Graham, Michael Puss in Boots Performing Arts- Puppetry
PUSS IN BOOTS This classic fairy tale features beautifully crafted hand puppets, a life-sized Ogre and clever scenic design. In an original adaptation, Puss (in boots) rushes headlong into a series of misadventures, only to discover he is happiest being himself! The Spring Valley Puppet Theater production of “Puss in Boots” mixes merriment and message in a new approach to this feline favorite. This show if followed by a demonstration of some of the puppets, both in schools and public performances.
$351- $500
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