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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Conrad, Bob Touched by Magic Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The perfect program for the adult, or senior audience, filled with good clean comedy, magic, and ventriloquism. Bob Conrad is a full time entertainer with more than 30 years experience performing for all types of audiences. With a touch of magic and a cast of outrageous ventriloquist puppet characters, Bob Conrad will provide you with a show that will delight your entire audience. Clean enough for children and clever enough for adults, good clean fun. If you are looking for something different and truly unique, call Bob Conrad today.
$101- $200
CLEMENTS, JEHAN Original Folk Tales Literature- Authors,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
1 - Alfred The Ant - An ant who lives and has fun in Central Park. 2 - A Long Story About a Short Fish - How we cleaned up the Hudson River. 3 - The Banana That Ate New York - A non-violent story with a tasty ending. 4 - We're Having Fun - A sing-a-long Song
$351- $500
Lappen, Henry Henry the Juggler Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Juggling
Henry the Juggler (AKA Henry Lappen) is wanted! He is wanted by audiences everywhere for his zany attempts to defy the laws of gravity. He juggles any number of balls, clubs, rings, members of the audience . . . He balances strange items on the tip of his nose. Everything is accomplished wordlessly as Henry uses body language and gesture (and road signs!) to express himself. Caution: Henry is known to use innocent bystanders in his act. Henry the Juggler is a professional. He has been seen by tens of thousands up and down the East Coast - at theaters, schools, libraries and festivals. He has been performing for over thirty years. He studied physical comedy at California's Dell'Arte School and continues to expand his abilities through classes in yoga and tango. He is an active member of the International Jugglers' Association. A workshop follows each show, where Henry teaches some of the skills he has presented.
$351- $500
Kahn, Mitch Mitch Kahn Celebrates The Songs that won the Academy Award History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Since 1934 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has given it’s nod to the best original song written for a motion picture. Packed with music, nostalgia and anecdotes about the singers, actors and composers, “The Academy Awards show” is adult programming at it’s finest. Singer-Pianist-Entertainer and society orchestra leader Mitch Kahn has the audience singing along to Oscar winning hits including Lullabye of Broadway, The Way You Look Tonight, Over the Rainbow, Love is a Many Spendored Thing, All the Way, Que Sera Sera, Moon River, The Shadow of Your Smile, The Way We Were and Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head. From Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins and Dorothy Fields to Harry Warren, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and Jimmy Van Heusen, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Marvin Hamlisch and Henry Mancini, The Academy Awards Show features the best of the Great American Popular Songbook, consistently receiving accolades from audiences and programmers alike. PROGRAMS CURRENTLY OFFERED: Introduction to the Great Songwriters, The Songs that won the Academy Award, Aspects of Love, Sail Away.
$351- $500
Storytellers, Beauty & the Beast Author Visits Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss are award winning authors and recording artists and would be happy to visit your school in that capacity. They will tell stories, give tips on telling, and answer any questions students have. Their story collections include world tales that have been rewritten so that they are accessible for telling by children. After seeing Mitch and Martha tell stories, students will be excited about telling tales themselves. Storytelling is a fun activity that is highly educational. All the story books have tips for telling which make it possible for teachers to have each student (second grade and up) choose a different tale, learn it, and share it in front of classmates. Those who choose to do so can tell for other classes as well. Some of the tales are simple and short enough that they can then be retold by first graders and even kindergartners. Mitch and Martha's performances will also serve as catalysts for creative writing.
$1001- $3000
Cain, Ron Band Together with the Wizard of Books Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Magic
Get ready to rock with the Wizard of Books! This summer, magician Ron Cain invites young readers to help him form a wizard rock band. The 45-minute magic show highlights the 2018 New York state summer reading program theme, Libraries Rock! Appearing as the Wizard of Books, Ron uses magical, musical tricks to encourage children to read. Volunteers perform illusions with the offbeat instruments he conjures. Youngsters also learn about literary and historical wizards, including Merlin, Morgan le Fay and Harry Potter. The Harry Potter universe has inspired its own musical genre called wizard rock. Since 2002, bands like Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys have performed songs about J.K. Rowling's wizarding books.
$201- $350
Kronzek, Allan The Art of Fooling History,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Everyone loves magic, but few know its amazing history, or how past societies regarded the art. In this lively and informative presentation, magician and bestselling author Allan Zola Kronzek combines live performance, audience participation, paintings, photographs, and theatrical posters to bring to life The Art of Fooling throughout the ages. Audiences will learn why medieval performers were sometimes feared as sorcerers, why a treatise on witch persecution was also the first book to explain magic tricks, and how the scientific revolution changed people's perception of magic--and the world. The Art of Fooling is more than a magic. It brings together the elements of history, science, theater and art in a presentation that is as educational as it is entertaining. Allan Zola Kronzek is a writer, magician, and longtime teaching artist. He is the author of the NY Times bestseller The Sorcerer's Companion-A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter, and the highly-aclaimed A Book of Magic for Young Magicians - The Secrets of Alkazar.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John THE HURDY GURDY CHILDREN'S CONCERT History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The artists' extensive early instrument collection features a joyous diversity of historic Medieval, Renaissance, & traditional instruments. Playing upon the intriguing and rare historic hurdy gurdy to enrich our theme and setting, we are pleased to accompany our performance journey with an early music mini-concert specially designed for children, highlighting a diverse collection of early instruments of all shapes, sizes, and materials. Imaginations are courted with the mysterious and evocative sounds. As you enjoy this exploration of historic instruments from bagpipes to 'whittle and dub' you will marvel at the wonderful ways human kind has used wood, animal horn, reed, leather, and ingenuity to invent instruments that create a rainbow of musical sounds. This program is being packaged as a 2-for-1 with 'STONE SOUP WITH THE HURDY GURDY MAN' These two complementary programs unite perfectly to appeal to all the senses, a memorable and meaningful A treasure for the eyes, ears, and imagination!
$351- $500
Sullivan, Rory Michelle Dino Sings! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other
Get ready to sing, dance, stomp, and roar with Rory Michelle! 'Dino Sings!' gets kids and families active the whole time through dino-themed sing-and-play-a-longs based on favorite kids' songs. Rory Michelle performs regularly for kids and families throughout the tri-state area. Kids and adults alike respond to her enthusiasm and joy - and you will, too! Testimonials: [Rory is] vivacious, energizing and dynamic with her music. She connects with parents and children alike as she is generally likable, warm and silly! ... Rory... is joyful and full of enthusiasm on a stage, park lawn, synagogue basement, bookstore nook or any other space. She is a natural and it’s clear that she just loves singing ... songs to children and families. It’s a passion and anyone can see it right away. - Leemor Ellman, Director, Empowerment for Families with Young Children, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ Rory does amazing work with the youngest members of our community and is also a master at engaging parents! - Rabbi Ravid Tilles, Merrick Jewish Center
$201- $350
Joyce, Liz The Doubtful Sprout Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Science
Get ready to explore the world under your feet in this underground puppet adventure. Tunnel down with Worm and Sprout as they discover the mysterious life found inside soil. Along the way, kids help figure out the secrets that help Sprout grow. Award-winning puppeteer, Liz Joyce, brings this ecological wonderland to life with multiple puppetry styles, projections and song. The Doubtful Sprout was funded in part by a Family Grant from The Jim Henson Foundation The Doubtful Sprout is a magical and educational show that mesmerizes children and teaches them about ecology and life cycles through art and song. Liz's performance is enchanting and engages children to the very end. As a puppeteer Liz knows how to include her audience while effortlessly working her craft. The quality of her set-up and puppets, in which the influence of classic Henson artistry may be seen, is top-notch. Children joyfully participate throughout the show and are even delighted after the show when Liz buzzes through the audience to meet them. Developmentally and educationally appropriate for a wide age range, the entire family will enjoy the show! —Danielle Carey, Head of Children's Services, Hampton Bays Public Library
$501- $1000
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