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Levin, Ira and Julia Lighten Up Edgar Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
A presentation of the lighter side of Poe which includes a musical ode to the poet, short stories and humorous adaptations of his poetry set to standards for group sing-a-longs. It is a light-hearted way to celebrate Poe without tearing up the floorboards.
$201- $350
A Barrel of Fun Productions, Art Miller A Barrel of Fun Comedy/Variety Shows Music,
Performing Arts- Clowning
A Barrel of Fun comedy/variety shows may include music, magic, ventriloquism,juggling and lots of audience participation. We have performed over 10,000 shows at a wide variety of venues. We have performed programs in over 250 libraries, including almost 150 libraries in NY State. We have well over 500 repeat library programs to our credit. Our programs are appropriate for preschool through elementary children and families.For the 2014 Fizz, Boom, Read summer reading theme, we are suggesting: Professor Klutzo's Did You Know Show (Comedy/Variety) and Catfish Charlie's The Science of Fishing (Comedy/Music). Comedy shows available are: Professor Klutzo (Comedy/Variety) Music, magic, ventriloquism and juggling. Pete The Pirate (Comedy/Variety) Music, magic and ventriloquism. Bongo Joe (World-wide percussion,stringed instruments and ventriloquism with soft puppet characters.) Catfish Charlie (Comedy/Variety) Camp songs with audience participation, comedy and ventriloquism. Rattlesnake Red (Cowboy character/musical variety) Comedy and ventriloquism. Side Saddle Sue (Cowgirl character/musical variety) Puppet Shows-See our listing under Puppet Shows. Fuzzy The Clown (clown variety) Hanna Banana (clown variety) See website for specific descriptions and photos. Many shows are theme-adaptable.
$201- $350
Studio Art Workshop
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Visual Arts- Crafts
This workshop is especially designed for the elderly and venues who serve older seniors such as assisted living facilities, nursing homes, libraries, and other institutions. During interactive slide shows, participants reminisce as they tell stories about what they see in nostalgic illustrations that portray twentieth century scenes. Optionally, participants create photo-collages to reflect upon and express their legacies.

Workshops taught by Imagine That! certified instructors.

$201- $350
Mahoney, Lisa Mammoth Follies Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Be guided on an entertaining trip through prehistory in this unique full-stage production of live children’s theatre, with an old-fashioned revue of original songs, jokes, and Earth shattering dances performed by lovable giant puppets! This is a truly fun, and educational performance for the whole family. Giving various performances on topics of, science, literature and history, throughout the year that entertain and fit into NY State's school curriculum.
$1001- $3000
Evans, Carolyn My Spirit Sings Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Histo-Drama-My Spirit Sings draws from a series of'Women Who Could've Sung the Blues but Didn't.' I portray in costume, Harriet Tubman-Prose and songs on the Underground Rail Road and Codes of the Quilt, Sojourner Truth-From Slavery to Rebirth and Freedom, Emmett Till's Mother-A mother's Cry for Justice, Margru-Child of the Amistad (she tells of her fight for survival), Bessie Coleman-Aviatrix pioneer (juvenile-theatre and reading for grade1-4), Zora Neale Hurston-Readings-Their Eyes Were Watching God as well as her folk tale collection, Callie House-Ex. Slave Reparations and Poetry readings by Maya Angelou, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Philiss Wheatly, Sonia Sanchez and others.
$501- $1000
Reynolds, Jackie Science & Educational Magic Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
A clown/magician/ventriloquist and a Chemical Engineer? Yes! Bee Bee the Clown and/or Jackie the Magician brings science to summer reading. Just imagine the possibilities! She encourages kids to understand the magic of the world with a science explanation. This interactive magic show is a great example for young people of an unconventional career path.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John 'STONE SOUP & the HURDY GURDY MAN' - FIZZ, BOOM, READ! Summer Program 2014 2-for-1 Special for Children History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This favorite classic tale has been crafted to include lots of singing, movement, and active participation for every audience member, from the youngest, to the most old and wise. The story: When a very clever traveler meets a very stingy lady, an extraordinary soup is created from nothing more than the imaginative man’s ordinary stone, water, and his wits and imagination. Our version highlights this most valuable clue: There is great joy in sharing, and it is important to always “use your noodle,” and your imagination! Young children will love the inclusion of their favorite storytelling elements: singalongs, patterns, repetition, the wondrous ways of 'long ago & far away' and especially, their 'Fizz Boom Pop' Chorus! & 'THE HURDY GURDY CHILDREN'S CONCERT: OLDEN INSTRUMENTS THAT GO FIZZ, BOOM, and POP! Reading Program Special: 2 programs for 1 price: see separate entry For a truly unusual musical experience, songs are accompanied by a real live HURDY GURDY built by the artist. This unforgettable historic stringed instrument doubles as a magic pepper grinder in our telling! Look forward to an energetic, meaningful, & interactive tandem storytelling experience underscored with live music, resonant with historic authenticity, and alive with abundant participation.
$351- $500
Mayes, Tom Clown Classes Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Visual Arts- Other
Learn to Juggle! Did you know that juggling is great mental and physical exercise, can help relieve stress, and improves concentration? It’s also a lot of fun! Macaroni demonstrates his juggling skills using balls, clubs, rings, and spinning plates. Then he teaches participants the basics of juggling using scarves and balls. This program is suitable for ages five and up. It may be taught by Tom Mayes or in costume as “Macaroni the Clown.” Balloon Twisting! Learn about the history and art of balloon sculpting, then learn to twist a few balloon animals during this hands-on program. Balloons are provided. This program is suitable for ages five and older. It may be taught by Tom Mayes or in costume as “Macaroni the Clown.”
$101- $200
Shepard, Mark Mysts & Magick: Drums, Songs & Stories From Ireland Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Celebrate the music and tales of Ireland! From the magical seals called Silkies to the likes of Giants, Finn McCool and Cucullien, to Grace O'Malley - the Irish pirate Queen (a real historical character) to the wee fairy folk, Mark Shepard draws on his Irish heritage and involves the audience on an adventure in music and story.
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Midsummer's Magic Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Experience the beauty of the Summer Solstice in Legends and Songs from Many Lands. Drawn from cultures all over the world, Midsummer’s Magic is a story and music celebration of nature at the time of the Summer Solstice. This delightful and entertaining performance brings alive Celtic, Czech, English, Japanese and Australian legends of tree-spirits, fireflies and magical transformations. Midsummer’s Eve is traditionally a time of magic when the luminous world of fairies can join with our own. In this unforgettable story and music event master storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic Harper Margot Chamberlain take us to the heart of the season on the wings of story and song.
$501- $1000
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