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Program
Category
Description
Fee
TheatreworksUSA, - Patrick Garner's WRIGHT BROTHERS (AND SISTER!) History,
Performing Arts- Theater
Your students learn how Orville & Wilbur Wright turned determination, confidence, calculated risks, self-taught education and a knack for solving problems into the quintessential American success story!
$501- $1000
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
Bromka, Sondra & John Bells & Motley Victorian Musical Celebration of Christmas Past History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Music and customs of a traditional Christmas of Dickens' time included jovial and ceremonial songs with choruses for all to share, ballads steeped history, costumed characters or 'guisers,' tableaux and games, dances, and the presence of holly, ivy, and evergreen. This musical voyage back to the spirit of Christmas Past offers a magical time for family and friends to gather and share the origins of our traditions. Across England, wealthy households would celebrate with great musical feasts and pageants, and folks would go from door to door, singing wassailing songs that ended with the request for 'a toast and a good loaf or cheese, and we’ll be on our way.' Featured will be wassail songs from Cornwall, Somerset, and Gloucestershire. Other traditions will include a special processional bagpipe air from Northumberland to 'pipe your bounds' to insure abundance and well being throughout the new year. This peek behind the history of Christmas celebration uncovers the universal within the season's mirth and merriment, and plants the seeds of ideas for reestablishing some of the old traditional elements for community celebrations - further enriching the meaning and majesty of this important holiday season.
$351- $500
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
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel Days and Knights of King Arthur (Build a Better World) Performing Arts- Storytelling
Adults and teens will enjoy rousing tales of adventure and chivalry from medieval times that describe the ways in which Arthurian knights upheld their values of honor, valor, and duty to build a better world as they knew it. The stories bring to life a time long past complete with its own social commentary and stating of questions that are still being asked today. Rachel and Rebecca’s literary storytelling will enchant and entertain.
$101- $200
Maher, Nora Storytime Stage Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
STORYTIME STAGE is a fun-filled, fast-paced combination of audience participation, performance and lots of pretend. Classic tales and original stories are brought to life by two storytellers and the children in the audience. Featuring award-winning original songs and a big healthy dose of imagination, Storytime Stage will delight both children and adults alike. Typical shows are 45 minutes long and feature three or four stories and several songs and rhymes. Our stories and songs include positive social and educational messages while maintaining a high level of energy, creativity and fun! Storytime Stage is geared to families, with something for big kids, little kids, and their grownups. We also offer special programs such as Madcap Mother Goose and Not-So Spooky Halloween for children under 4.
$351- $500
Mazur, Matt Turtle Dance Music Disability Awareness,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Mr. Matt Mazur is an autism intervention and early childhood music education specialist. He performs a funny, engaging and highly interactive music & movement concert for all children including children on the Autism Spectrum. We regularly work with the New York Public Library and are one of their “best reviewed programs”. Each song is accompanied by tactile, visual, auditory and humorous experiences. The show includes interactive music technology, banjo, didgeridoo, guitar and many more instruments!
$351- $500
Crocker, Keith WILLIAM CASTLE - The Ultimate Showman History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
William Castle was the ultimate film promotion artist of the 1950's. Anyone who's ever seen House on Haunted Hill (1958), The Tingler (1959), 13 Ghosts (1960) will attest to this. Emergo- The skeleton flying over the audiences who paid to see House on Haunted Hill, movie theater seats wired with a minor electrical voltage to give the audience of the Tingler the sensation that the Tingler itself was crawling up on them, or even the special glasses you needed to put on in order to see the ghosts in 13 Ghosts. Castle knew how to sell a picture and keep audiences coming back for more. This program will give you a complete history of William Castles, from his humble beginnings right through his pioneer horror pictures of the 1950's and finally to his acceptance by the art-house crowd for his production of Rosemary's Baby. Includes film memorabilia and a selection of trailers from Castles work via DVD. A perfect show for the Halloween season. NEW 2012
$101- $200
Epstein Kravis, Anna Summer Reading Show 2015 Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Summer Reading 2015 show coordinates with the 2015 Summer Reading theme: Every Hero Has a story. We celebrate well known heroes, Everyday Heroes and the Hero in You, with interactive puppets, songs, colorful props and move along fun that even the youngest children can enjoy. After all, even Kermit the Frog is a hero in his own way! There are many chances for children to be in the show. As always, the beloved LuLu Llama, Anna's most popular puppet friend, provides lots of fun and laughter for all. Program is offered for young family audiences, for school age and also Read To Me Clubs.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John Merry Old English Music & Dances To Welcome in the Spring Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Participatory songs, dances, and magical traditions of Merrie Olde England that help celebrate the arrival of this loveliest season of the year. Seasonal concert/workshop combination. By request, program can be expanded to include traditional maypole dancing (see below)
$351- $500
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