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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Sommerstad, Patricia All the Little Italys Multicultural- Other,
Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
When it comes to celebrating, don’t we each have a little Italian in us? Why not celebrate your “inner Italian” with a trip to Italy right here in New York! Between 1880 and 1920, over four million Italians entered the United States. Learn how those who settled in New York’s neighborhoods made their cultural imprint on the city. With four Little Italys to visit in New York’s boroughs, there’s plenty to see and do. We’ll take a “tour” through each one, with an in-depth look at attractions, restaurants, markets, bakeries, shops; all that makes them uniquely Italian. Plus, we’ll “tour” another Little Italy in a city only two hours from New York. Complete itineraries, thorough information about each neighborhood and directions for car/public transportation/parking will all be provided. And, of course, prizes for all! Buon viaggio!
$201- $350
Gertsacov, Adam Exploring With Henry Hudson History,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Science
In this exhaustively researched show by actor, director, and performer Adam G. Gertsacov, Henry Hudson comes to life in a thrilling re-telling of his adventures on the high seas. Full information at http://www.henryhudson.info. The show imagines Hudson having just returned from his fateful third voyage and giving a presentation to “investors” (the audience) about his fourth voyage to continue his quest for the Northwest Passage to China. Through the course of the show, audience members will have the opportunity to “join” his crew, learn a sea shanty, learn how to navigate using state of the art sixteenth century instruments, and hear his thrilling tale of landing in the New World and visiting this strange new island named Manna-Hatta. At the end of the performance, audience members are encouraged to ask Henry any questions they like about his rich and varied life as a sea captain, explorer, navigator, and Elizabethan gentleman. Hudson lived during the age of Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, Galileo, El Greco, and Queen Elizabeth. This 40 minute educational performance is suitable for all ages, and is available for extensive touring during the Henry Hudson Quadricentennial (Summer 2009).
$501- $1000
TheatreworksUSA, - CLICK, CLACK, MOO Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
"Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!" Farmer Brown cries. When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declared the farm a "tech-free zone." He confiscates her laptop in the cold barn along with the shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets. "No way," replies Farmer Brown. "No blankets!" So the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No blankets: no milk, no eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals' demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously "mooooo-ving" new musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.
$1001- $3000
Rogers, Robert Rainbow Fish in the Deep Blue Sea Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Inspired by the award winning books by Marcus Pfister, this is an original adventure that gives a new dimension to Rainbow Fish and all the other sea creatures, especially when they are brought to life as a cast of colorful marionettes. An innocent game of hide and seek draws Rainbow Fish into a stiff current that leads to a new and mysterious territory. The Strange-looking inhabitants, who at first seem threatening, turn out to make very good friends, and teach Rainbow Fish some valuable lessons.
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - Page Turner Adventures' BIG TEST SUCCESS Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This multi-media show presents practical, stress-busting techniques, test-taking strategies, and confidence boosting exercises that help kids reduce test-anxiety, develop positive attitudes, and feel prepared for exams that test COMMON CORE STANDARDS. It’s Jim Carrey meets Tony Robbins in a side-splitting show that motivates kids to do their best, then gives them the specific tools they need to succeed. Page Turner Adventures features Riley Roam as the “World Famous Storyologist”, Page Turner, and former Ringling Bros. clown Kenny Mikey, as her slapstick sidekick. This Emmy Award winning duo has wowed countless children all over the country at theaters and festivals. Their antics and one-of-a-kind style of educational entertainment are always a hit with audiences
$1001- $3000
CLEMENTS, JEHAN Everyone Has a Story To Tell - Creative Writing, Illustrating, and Book Publishing Workshop Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A Creative Writing, Illustrating, and Book Publishing Workshop Introduces the Storytelling Flip-Over Picture Book and the Do-It-Yourself Storytelling Flip-Over Picture Book. Students will write and illustrate a story of their own creation. On the last day of the workshop, the students will read their story from a final bound book. Writing, Illustrating, and then Reading aloud develops all of the Literacy Skills.
$101- $200
Cain, Ron A Magical Museum Show Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Visual Arts- Other
What do you get when you mix the art of magic with the magic of art? Ron Cain’s Magical Museum Show, highlighting the 2009 summer reading program theme Be Creative @ Your Library. Appearing as a magical artist, Ron promotes reading while taking children on a tour of his Magical Museum--where the sole price of admission is your imagination. Illusions illustrate pop art, goofy gadgets, incredible inventions, and a puzzling portrait of Mona Lisa. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages include Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show, The Magic of Being Green, Tune In To Magical Idol, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Case of the Missing Bunny, Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Discover Millennium Magic Show and Holiday Hocus Pocus.
$201- $350
Bala, Rich Alexander Hamilton: His Life in Story & Song History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
NEW for 2016-17! The award-winning team of folk singer Rich Bala and storyteller Jonathan Kruk (aka The Hudson River Ramblers)present a NEW program using actual stories and authentic songs to chronicle Hamilton's life and accomplishments. This highly interactive, participatory program uses primary sources to tell the story of "the founding father without a father", from his childhood in Nevis to the infamous duel with Aaron Burr. This program was premiered earlier this year at the NY Historical Society in NYC with great success and to much acclaim.
$501- $1000
Del Bianco, Lou In the Shadow of the Mountain: Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore Genealogy,
History,
Performing Arts- Theater
A graceful balance of humor and heart.- LA TIMES In this 40 minute presentation, storyteller Lou Del Bianco portrays his grandfather Luigi Del Bianco and tells the story of his unique contribution to the carving of our nation's greatest memorial. Connects perfectly to Social Studies curriculum and primary source research.
$201- $350
Van Egmond, Timothy The Wonder Underground Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Have your summer readers “shovel into” an exciting adventure with a lively participatory program of multicultural folk tales and songs about digging, gardening and going underground! Stories include “How Br’er Rabbit Outsmarted the Frogs” (by getting them to dig a deep grave for a seemingly dead Br’er Raccoon), “Talk” (coming very unexpectedly from some yams in a West African garden), and “Todo O Nada – All Or Nothing” (a spooky story about a hidden treasure cave). Songs include “Ground Hog,” “I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground,” and “The Garden Song.” Tim’s dramatic style of voice, movement, and facial expression brings stories to life, and his gift of encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs. He’ll accompany songs with guitar, mountain dulcimer, and conga drum. A program bibliography will be available so that books containing the stories can be on display, and Tim will recommend them in the program to celebrate and encourage reading. Tim Van Egmond has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 25 years. He has been selected for the New England States Touring Program, and the New Hampshire State Library's "Kid, Books, and the Arts" Project.
$351- $500
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