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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Boertzel, Brooke Fair and Square Anti-bullying Theater Workshop Performing Arts- Theater
This interactive anti-bullying performance and workshop for 3rd-5th grades helps students understand and responsibly deal with conflict. Three actor educators visit your library and perform an interactive drama which explores an incident that occurs within a fictional elementary school. Throughout the drama, highly trained actor educators periodically step out of role and facilitate talk-backs with the students, reflecting on the story. Throughout Fair and Square, students will witness important moments in the story where the characters are faced with difficult decisions. Through guided discussions, students will then actively explore the potential dangers of reactionary decision-making, and the consequences of those decisions. Towards the end of the performance, students become actors themselves as they take on roles in the drama, collectively determining the outcome of the story!
$201- $350
Cain, Ron Fizztastic Science Magic Show Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Watch children erupt into laughter and applause when Doctor VolCaino appears! Magician Ron Cain turns into a silly scientist for his new Fizztastic Science Magic Show, inspired by the summer reading theme, 'Fizz, Boom, Read! He performs illusions that celebrate science and highlight great scientists like Einstein and Edison. Plus, he encourages families to visit the library and read about his lab-coated heroes. Ron also teaches scientific principles behind the tricks of his trade in a Scientific Secrets of Magic workshop. Children learn simple magic tricks that involve chemistry, physics, biology, psychology and math. The former teacher and Syracuse University alum has specialized in educational magic since 1988. Children are active participants in shows related to reading, history, science, geography and ecology. Students also do hands-on activities that foster learning and self-esteem in his one-hour magical workshops. Ron also performs at schools, libraries, festivals, recreation programs and businesses year-round. His family-friendly, 45-minute magic shows are the highlight of special events & holiday celebrations. He even offers entertainment packages that include strolling magic and balloon sculptures.
$201- $350
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
Rowe, Elizabeth Love Stories for Better or for Worse Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Native American,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Stories for adults featuring love in all its aspects - romance, jealousy, generosity, innocence and humor - as related throughout the ages in folklore, literature, myths, poems and song.
$201- $350
Handy, Spook Songs of the Great Depression and Today History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
When the Great Depression hit, a whole new genre of American folk music was born. Songs about the Dust Bowl, the Great Migration, bread lines and soup kitchens, the New Deal and times of triumph and struggle circulated throughout labor camps, churches and family gatherings. These songs depicted down-to-earth everyday realities of the American laborer and farmer, the hungry and the industrious, centuries old traditions and the transition to a new modern society. It can be surprising how many of these old songs speak of challenges we face today and how new songs written about today's America can so resemble the songs of the Great Depression. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places.
$501- $1000
Wayfinder Experience, Inc. More Precious Than Gold: A Literary Treasure Hunt Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
“More Precious Than Gold” A Literary Treasure Hunt Meet all of your favorite characters from your favorite books in one magical day, as they come to your library for a fun and delightful treasure hunt! Participants will work together to find a treasure that supports or enhances reading- library cards, bookmarks, books, etc. Combine your love of reading with your keen wits, and answer riddles brought to you by characters from Alice in Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh, Harry Potter, and many more! The Wayfinder Experience is an organization designed to supply a safe environment in which participants may delve into deeper levels of teambuilding, cooperative play, and improvisational theatre. Wayfinder runs summer camps, arts education programs, birthday parties, literacy enhancement events, corporate training seminars, and special events. For more information, please visit our website: www.wayfinderexperience.com.
$201- $350
Ellison, Emily Gung Hay Fat Choy Chinese New Year! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!  Bang a Gong, Dance Along Chinese New Year 
Celebrate Chinese New Year with real Chinese Lion Dancing, ribbon dancing, instrument play and Chinese Kung Fu.  Play authentic instruments and wear beautiful clothing for this special Chinese New Year Celebration!  Learn real Chinese Kung Fu and Tai Chi forms you can practice at home.   "Please Touch" mini museum of Chinese Culture included.    Additional add ons:  (one hour program) 
Make and Take Chinese Watercolor Painting  for up to 30 people:  $150.00 materials included, everyone takes home a special Chinese New Year Banner.
$201- $350
Harris III, Walter Finding Balance: Eastern Serenity Meets Western Activity Life Skills- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
A Cultural, Philosophical and Artistic presentation about what happens when East and West meet.From the East, The Way of Tao advises going and pausing on one's life-path. In the West, however, we are often told to keep going and going and... Through Zen stories, music, poetry, current events, discussion, and more, this presentation will share ways to help learn about and balance East and West within.
$101- $200
Epstein Kravis, Anna BILINGUAL ENGLISH SPANISH Songs, Puppetry & Fun Family Fiesta Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
This program features songs children and their parents know and love, from American and Latino cultures. English and Spanish are so gracefully interwoven that knowledge of either language is sufficient to make this song & puppet concert great fun for all children and family audiences. Five Little Monkeys, a song familiar to all kids, is hilariousisly acted by volunteers from the audience, with 5 adorable monkey puppets and a funny crocodile, alternating lyrics in English and Spanish. LuLu the Singing Llama makes her appearance adding to the fun. Children have many opportunities to be in the show! INCLUDES SONGS FROM ANNA'S AWARD WINNING SON LOS COLORES BILINUGAL CD!
$351- $500
Stone, Hank Songwriter Hank Stone Literature- Creative Writing,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Hank has been writing songs for over thirty-five years, and after taking a few years off, has been back on the folk music circuit since 2001. He is prepared to speak about the inspiration for his songs, which includes the folk tradition, popular musicians, literary influences, and the life experiences of himself and of others in the community. Song topics touch on nature, romance, grief and loss, creativity, children, poverty and homelessness, politics, and pets.
$101- $200
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