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Program
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Description
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Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea Turtle Island Medicine Show Multicultural- Native American,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Turtle Island Medicine Show is a contemporary fable and cautionary tale inspired by both the Lenape Indian origin story and by current reports from climate studies. The show features whimsical kinetic sculptures, richly painted paper mache masks and puppet figures that range in size from 12 inches to the 16 foot tall Tree of Life. Composer & music director Dean Jones' inventive score loops together gongs, hoop drum, jaw harp and trombone scats in a medley of live sound. He also supplies voices for narrator and characters. Meanwhile four nimble, shape-shifting performers bring to life the mask and puppet multitudes. The Lenape origin story describes a great flood and how various animals try to dive to the bottom and bring up mud. When one of them, Muskrat, finally succeeds and Duck and Frog spread the mud on Turtle's back, this tiny island grows into a mighty continent. Arm-of-the-Sea carries the tale into the fossil-fueled modern moment where climate change threatens to de-stabilize this Turtle Island home. Appropriate for family audiences and grades 1-8. School performances include a study guide and post performance discussion with cast. Photos and video available at www.armofthesea.org
$1001- $3000
Riedel, Cris Stories of the Skies Literature- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
We're all fascinated with the sky. Stars, planets, comets, all have their stories. My program of seven stories from cultures around the world answers some humankind's questions of just what is that up there? This program works in concert with the 2019 Summer Reading Theme A Universe of Stories Tales include: Coyote and the Stars (Navajo); Sun and Moon (Ibibio/Africa); Saving the Moon (Mexico).
$201- $350
Moreland, David 'The Magic of Reading' Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
The Magic of Reading blends magic, puppetry, comedy & audience participation to celebrate the wonderful world of reading and the fun of visiting the library all year long. It's like a goofy, wildly-entertaining 45-minute commercial for YOUR library. Praise for my shows: “Our patrons – kids and adults -- had such a blast! There are very few performers I will hire, due to quality of performance and budgets, but this is one of the best...worth every penny.” -Penny Meskos, Fayetteville Free Library “Loved it… one of the best… you appealed to both children and adults which is rare.” -Sara Knobel, Groton Public Library “Excellent. You easily kept the attention of 100 children and 40 adults. You are definitely a professional.” -Linda Poelma, Cuba Circulating Library
$201- $350
Cavanaugh, Deb Toe Tappin' Tunes Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program of exciting folk music to get you up and moving. Upbeat toe tapping tunes and songs on mandolin, mountain dulcimer, limberjack, banjo, guitar and vocals. Originally designed for the 2005 Summer Reading Program, this program will fit into any theme.
$201- $350
Cremean, Nels Ross ''Possibilities'' Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Based on the principle that every person has value and potential, this fun and inspirational performance focuses on character education. It addresses excellence, respect, responsibility, and life choices. Bullying can be the primary focus upon request. (K-12) Nels Ross’ uplifting programs promote character, wellness, learning, and joy through a unique blend of physical theater, variety arts, and humor. See InJest.com > More > School Programs for the latest info.
$501- $1000
Collins, Dawn Mountain Dulcimer Introduction History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
The mountain dulcimer is a "user friendly" instrument that came to this country with our pioneer forefathers. In the first lesson, we’ll sing and play songs, and use a number system to learn (individually and as a group) about rhythm, ‘reading’ music notes for the dulcimer, and in future lessons advance to a few simple chords. Instruments are supplied for use during class. 
 We will use our ear and our voices in this interactive class. Dulcimers are available for use during class and may be rented or purchased for a nominal fee through instructor. If rented, they must be returned in same condition at end of class sessions. More info is available at time of contract negotiation. There is an option for building a dulcimer using a pre-made kit as part of program.
$201- $350
Keegan, Ed Reading in Rhythm with Dexter: Drumming Through the Jungle Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Ed Keegan of Rhythm Connect facilitates this interactive rhythmic adventure based on his popular book entitled, Drumming with Dexter: Drumming Through the Jungle, which he co-wrote with his 12 year old daughter, Rebekah. The book includes an extensive online parent-teacher guide with downloadable audio files, coloring pages, curriculum enhancements, and much more! For more info. on the book go to: www.rhythmconnect.com/dexter. This fully interactive program will engage and exhilarate participants. Ed provides all of the drums and percussion instruments for participants. No drumming or musical experience is necessary!
$201- $350
Cain, Ron Uncle Sam's Magic of America Show History,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Celebrate the spirit of star-spangled tricks with Ron Cain's Magic of America Show. Dressed as Uncle Sam, Ron takes audiences on a magical tour of the United States. Volunteers help him with illusions, which illustrate the nation's geographic diversity by focusing on different states. 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, Magical Museum Show, Case of the Missing Bunny, Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Discover Millennium Magic Show and Holiday Hocus Pocus.
$201- $350
Field, Barb Mime Fun! Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Theater
BJ and Company will custom design the right program for your needs. We have worked extensively with children and families and performed hundreds of shows. The Mime Workshop is an interactive show! First Barb will show how to apply a traditional mime face and briefly discuss some history of mime. Next the participants will learn some basic mime techniques including: illusion, body isolations, timing, etc. We will work on specific mime activities that interest each group. For instance some groups love to learn how to mime a wall, and others might want to perform a mime skit together. www.bjandcompany.com 607-432-0988
$201- $350
Theater, Open Hand The Chocolate War Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Open Hand Theater’s vibrant puppets of all shapes and sizes, some over 12 feet tall, are taking on the issue of bullying and escalating conflict in a colorful and delightful imaginary land inhabited by juggling dwarfs, stretchy bouncing giants, friendly flowers and other wise musical beings. Springer and Sprong, two seemingly inseparable pals, tumble into a series haphazard events that could lead to a catastrophic quarrel. Will the entire town follow them into battle? … or will a small stream of harmony bring them all back together again?
$501- $1000
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