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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Golden, Gail World of Wonders! Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Wondermakers perform 3 interactive folktales from around the world! Libraries can select their 3 folktales by requesting The Wondermakers Top 10. The stories to select from are from Puerto Rico, Kenya, Mexico, the USA, England, Japan, Central Africa, Ireland, Russia, and Italy. Whole audience participation as well as audience volunteers who become characters in the stories are both part of the show! The stories are all from library books. The show encourages reading, creativity, and an interest in many cultures. Mime, humor, and colorful props and costumes are all included!
$201- $350
Kahn, Mitch Sail Away - Songs of the Seven Seas History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Singer-Pianist-Entertainer and society orchestra leader Mitch Kahn celebrates the Great American Popular Songbook with “Sail Away”, a nautical voyage through the eyes of vintage songwriters Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Noel Coward, Frank Loesser, Hoagy Carmichael, Bart Howard, Jimmy Van Heusen, Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, Sammy Cahn, Kurt Weill and the Gershwins (among others), as well as contemporary notables Ian Hunter, Peter Allen and Dennis Deyoung (of the rock band Styx). Song titles include well known standards “On a Slow Boat to China”, Beyond the Sea”, “Come Fly With Me” and “Skylark”, plus lesser known titles such as “I Go to Rio”, “Ships”, (recorded by Barry Manilow) and title song “Sail Away” (written by Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence). PROGRAMS CURRENTLY OFFERED: Introduction to the Great Songwriters, The Songs that won the Academy Award, Aspects of Love, Sail Away.
$351- $500
Brown, Kimberly A VISIT FROM THE REAL D.W. Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
1.I share childhood memories and explain that most of the characters are based on real people from our family or neighborhood. 2.question and answer 3.A power point presentation,sharing everything from family photos to where Marc lives and works.It also includes,Arthur in the Macys Day parade and a review on how marc write a book. 4.I read a D.W. book on power point. 5.I show the stages of his illustrations. 6.We all draw Arthur together. 7.I will stamp their pictures or books with a Marc Brown autographed stamp with a picture of D.W. on it for a special keepsake.
$201- $350
Conrad, Bob Circus of Fun Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
A Magic Circus with magic, ventriloquism, balloon animals, audience participation and lots of fun. A member of the audience becomes a magic clown, meet Fred the Magic talking table and ventriloquist figure Rags the Tramp Clown. It's a Circus of Fun. Bob Conrad is the author/illustrator of several educational children's books including; Bob Conrad's Rainforest Animals, Bob Conrad's Deep Sea Adventure, and Bob Conrad's Great Americans.
$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
Gaulin, Sasha Mermaid Sasha Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other
Mermaid Sasha will share her stories of the bottom of the sea, her favorite storybooks, and let the kids ask her questions about life as a Mermaid. Sasha will sport her realistic, swimmable mermaid tail to share with the kids.
$201- $350
LaRue, Michele Gettysburg: One Woman's War History,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Theater
Three stories from Elsie Singmaster’s 1913 classic GETTYSBURG--STORIES OF THE RED HARVEST AND THE AFTERMATH: =July the First=: War comes to Gettysburg—where are the armies? =The Battleground=: Lincoln comes to Gettysburg—where will it end? =Mary Bowman=: Sightseers come to Gettysburg—where has it led? In Singmaster’s powerful and specific exploration of a Civil War icon’s physical and emotional terrain, fictional townswoman Mary Bowman lives the war and its legacy—from the first shots at Willoughby Run to the consolation of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, to the country’s healing a half century on. REVIEWS INCLUDE: What you have to offer is priceless. There is almost nothing in the whole big 150th celebration that focuses on women. . . . So masterfully, professionally, affectively and effectively presented… Truly a treasure. --Paula Olinger, Associate Professor, Gettysburg College; Member, Historic Gettysburg Adams County “Michèle LaRue gives a moving portrayal of one woman’s devastating loss during the Civil War. This program is a touching, intimate portrait of the personal toll of war during a crucial time in our history.” --Jan Oblinger, Adult Program Coordinator, Fremont Public Library, Illinois
$201- $350
!, Spook Handy Passing Along the Folk Music Tradition History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
For generations children grew up singing with the whole family, at large gatherings, at school or in their churches. Before the advent of radio, TV and the internet this was the primary form of entertainment. Today, however, many people are worried that this centuries-old tradition is being deleted from the hard drive of the modern human experience. Along with that, society is losing one of the most powerful tools for building strong families and strong communities. This program is simple. Let’s make sure our kids know some of the treasures of American Folk Music. Singing old favorites like This Land is Your Land, If I had a Hammer, I’ve been Working on the Railroad, She'll be coming Around the Mountain and maybe some newer songs. If the children don’t already know a song we’ll take the time to teach them. Parents are encouraged to sit with their children and help them learn the songs. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
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
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. 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
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