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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Morgan, Lynn Traditional Folktales Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
I tell traditional folktales from around the world, including drawing and string stories and fables. Many stories incorporate songs or other audience participation techniques. I will tailor the presentation to meet specific audiences, such as learning stories targeting a specific theme; however adequate notice is required.
$201- $350
Collins, Dawn Mountain Dulcimer Introduction History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
The mountain dulcimer is a "user friendly" instrument that came to this country with our pioneer forefathers. In the first lesson, we’ll sing and play songs, and use a number system to learn (individually and as a group) about rhythm, ‘reading’ music notes for the dulcimer, and in future lessons advance to a few simple chords. Instruments are supplied for use during class. 
 We will use our ear and our voices in this interactive class. Dulcimers are available for use during class and may be rented or purchased for a nominal fee through instructor. If rented, they must be returned in same condition at end of class sessions. More info is available at time of contract negotiation. There is an option for building a dulcimer using a pre-made kit as part of program.
$201- $350
Miller, Paul Read Yourself Silly Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Juggling
Paul tells the story of how a trip to the circus inspired him to visit his library to learn more about juggling which led to balloons, magic, and the history of the circus. Throughout the performance he models how learning through books can be fun and often times you find things you didn't even know you were interested in! It is an engaging show for all ages (adults laugh as much as the kids!) with lots of audience participation.
$351- $500
Parisi, Rita Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight, weird tales by Sarah Orne Jewett Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Sarah Orne Jewett, a native of South Berwick Maine is one of the finest New England regional writers of the 19th century. Her stories mirror the everyday lives and landscapes furing that earlier time. Some of her best know works are The White Heron and The Country of the Pointed Firs. Less known are her weird tales of the mysterious and supernatural. Rita Parisi, in 19th century costume, will present three of these gothic tales in theatrical storytelling fashion using the actual words of Jewett herself while acting out the main characters of each story. *Wonderful for the Halloween Season *10-15 minute talk back is included. *Ages: mature teen and up.
$351- $500
School, Animal Lupinology Nature- Animals,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Lupinology is hosted by our friendly talking wolf, Howler, and teaches audiences about life as a wolf, the wolf pack, the language of wolves, where wolves fit in within their ecosystem, and how they hunt. This is a highly interactive program that also involves a team building activity.
Up to $100
McEntee, Robert Miracles of the Mind! Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Miracles of The Mind! is a wonderful mind-reading & illusion show, which can be as entertaining or as educational as desired. Along with the mentalism effects, it includes a customized combination of mesmerizing magic/illusions, plenty of audience participation hypnosis, clean comedy, an incredible memory feat and a spellbinding story! Practical advice and techniques are shared with the audience on improving one's memory, reading speed, visualizing positive results, intuition and more. If many Seniors attend, I emphasize memory skills which they appreciate. You can see a video sample of Miracles of the Mind! from recent, local library presentations www.MagicBeyondImagination.com/video.html 2nd video down. You can also see what discriminating Corporate event Planners have said on this site. The educational messages I include, concerning improving one's mind power for reading, memory, learning skills, imagination and visualizing positive results, are the exact same ones I used to become a licensed Professional Engineer years ago before becoming a full time performer. Your library also benefits from my lifelong study of personal development which you can read about on my blog, www.BeliefMagic.com. Your patrons will thank you for bringing them this program, and typically ask for it to be booked again!
$351- $500
Pelc, Cindy and Jim Rocking Magic at the Library Performing Arts- Magic
2018 Libraries Rock! program - comedy "Rock Star" magicians perform transformative magic that rocks. This show will have a lot of fun magic and audience participation.
$101- $200
Gormont, Bill The Great American Magic Show History,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
American history comes alive when Bill Gormont brings THE GREAT AMERICAN MAGIC SHOW to your library. This exciting show reinforces our nation's birth and history through entertaining situations filled with magic, illusion and fun. Bill highlights special people and important historical moments that include our first flag, the Declaration of Independence and much, much more. He introduces a modern day Betsy Ross (an audience volunteer) with a hilarious flag routine. Betsy would be proud to see Bill, the stage and accessories decked out in red, white and blue. Audience participation is always a large part of the show. Lucky spectators are invited to have fun on stage as they enjoy learning about our first U.S. Presidents in a magical sort of way. The grand finale is filled with surprise, action and colorful productions. What a wonderful way to close out a fun filled educational experience that celebrates the history of our great nation and stirs the patriotism in our hearts. THE GREAT AMERICAN MAGIC SHOW is suitable for presentation to all ages and is the perfect choice for national holiday celebrations like President’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day.
$201- $350
Cavanaugh, Deb Where in the World Are We? Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program of songs and dances from around the world, often sung in those languages. This program includes a PowerPoint presentation showing children from each country, or can be done with each country being marked on a world map with that country's flag as each song is introduced. Countries may include Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, European countries, Russia, and more. Instruments may include fiddle, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, limberjack, banjo, guitar and vocals.
$201- $350
Schuman, Sandy Lead Belly: Singer, Songwriter, Murderer; King of the 12-String Guitar History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, got a bum deal. Was he justly sentenced to prison for murder? Twice? Was he exploited by the man who discovered him? Did he have to share credit for writing the song that became the number one hit of 1950! This program includes a series of true stories about Lead Belly’s life: why he chose to play the 12-string guitar, the events that led to his two convictions for murder, how his reputation as a prison songster led to his pardon by the governor, how he was discovered by John and Alan Lomax, how he contributed to the folk music revival and the advent of rock and roll, how his signature song—the song he used to both open and close his performances—became the most popular song of 1950, and why it is still sung today at soccer games all across Europe. These stories are interspersed with songs such as The Midnight Special, Easy Rider, John Hardy, We’re in the Same Boat Brother, and Goodnight Irene.
$101- $200
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