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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
TheatreworksUSA, - Up in Arms' HELPING DREW Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Principal Tector needs your help as a member of the Bully Patrol! She fears that one of her students, Drew, is being bullied by another student in school. Lee thinks bullying Drew is fun. Lee’s best friend Victoria doesn’t think so, but what can she do to help Drew? Helping Drew is an interactive musical puppet show with an anti-bullying message perfect for elementary school students. This 30-minute program followed by a 15 minute Q&A helps students recognize bullying and look for solutions within themselves and with the help of others.
$1001- $3000
Kahn, Mitch Mitch Kahn Celebrates the Great American Popular Songbook History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Singer-Pianist-Entertainer and society orchestra leader Mitch Kahn offers a series of programs exploring the vast wealth of the 20th century's Great American Popular Songbook. Whether rollicking through a Cole Porter patter song, poignantly crooning a Henry Mancini ballad or picking up the pace with Sadaka, Manilow or Billy Joel, Mitch's exquisite musical arrangements and superb vocal delivery are guaranteed to keep audiences entranced. Interspersed with history and anecdotes about the songs and their composers, these shows are appropriate for audiences aged young adult through senior (and sing-a-long is part of the fun). PROGRAMS CURRENTLY OFFERED: Introduction to the Great Songwriters, The Songs that won the Academy Award, Aspects of Love, Sail Away.
$351- $500
Schuman, Sandy Stories at Work: How to Create, Tell, and Use Stories with Groups and Organizations Life Skills- Other,
Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
In this workshop for executives, consultants, and educators we explore storytelling and how it can be integrated into professional practices. Building on their own experiences participants enhance their abilities to create and tell their own stories and how to help a group tell its story.
$101- $200
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
TheatreworksUSA, - ALEXANDER WHO'S NOT, NOT, NOT...GOING TO MOVE Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Alexander has just received some really bad news. His dad has taken a job in a city a thousand miles away, which means that he and his family are going to have to move to a whole new city. And even though his mom says, 'Wait, you'll like it,' Alexander already knows that he'll hate it. He can't bear to leave the people and places he loves, so he decides that he won't move. First he tries to live with three different neighbors. Then he tries to build a tent so he can live by himself. Then he decides he'll hide so that his parents'll never find him, but that doesn't work out either. With a little help from his mom and dad and even his bossy older brothers they help him to understand that home is where your family is, where you're with the people who love you best of all.
$1001- $3000
Cain, Ron A Magical Trip to the Titanic History,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Join magician Ron Cain on “A Magical Trip to the Titanic,” a magic show that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking. The luxury liner hit an iceberg the night of April 14, 1912, on its maiden voyage from England to New York. Only one-third of the 2,200 people aboard survived. Cain appears as a magical time traveler who takes young audiences back to the time of the Titanic. Children help perform tricks that depict what life was like on the “jewel of the White Star Line.” Illusions also feature key figures from history and highlight elements of the tragedy that led to improvements in maritime safety. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron performs educational magic shows for libraries and schools throughout the Northeast. Each year, he presents a show highlighting the summer reading program theme. Shows include the Magic of Being Green, Wide World of Magic, Tune In To Magical Idol, Uncle Sam's Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Capt. HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, and The Case of the Missing Bunny.
$201- $350
Liebman, Darren Aussie Funk Jam: Learn to Play the Didgeridoo! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Aussie Funk Jam is a totally interactive and hands-on musical experience. The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1500 years, and is known for its mesmerizing sound. Participants will learn how to play the “didge,” including animal sounds and simple rhythms, with our beginner instruments. The Aussie Funk Jam is cool, funk and unique – perfect for tweens & teens!
$351- $500
Wind, Dee and Frank Barnyard Yarns and Animal Tales Performing Arts- Storytelling
We tell stories about animals that live in the jungle, on a farm, in the woods or the barnyard. The tales are good for a family audience. Many of them have messages that will help the audience better understand themselves and their environment.
$201- $350
Epstein Kravis, Anna A Fall Harvest Song & Puppetry Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Colorful leaves, pumpkins, scarecrows, and harvests abound in songs and stories that include saying Thank You for a bountiful life! Program includes lots of participation, the hilarious antics of LuLu the Singing Llama, synthesizer keyboard, and lots more puppets! Children have a chance to be in the show! A perfect celebration for Fall or Thanksgiving!
$351- $500
Latta, Tim Lattawork/Motion 360 Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Dance
Is it theater? Is it dance? Is it circus? It’s all of these and more. It’s a performance for now- a new way of looking at creative thinking and how we can use it in our daily lives- in schoolwork, interactions with peers, building self esteem, confidence and tolerance. Everything and everyone around us has a story to tell and the potential to teach us something. In Motion 360, Tim Latta (former Pilobolus, Momix, Faustwork) demonstrates how we can, literally, stumble over everyday objects to unlock our creativity and help us discover what those stories can be. He creates dance/theatre pieces using objects that range from the ordinary (rollerblades and chairs) to the extraordinary (stilts, masks and milk cans!). While entertaining the audience, Mr. Latta is also teaching a whole new process of exploration. We learn that everything in the world around us can be used as a tool for creative problem solving. This process can be used in a classroom, a workplace and throughout our lives. Motion360 will leave audiences saying, “I can”. “Tim’s commitment to teaching and nurturing creativity in young people is obvious and infectious.” (All ages)
$501- $1000
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