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Crocker, Keith BILLY GILBERT - Hollywood's Forgotten Comic Genius Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
Billy Gilbert is easily one of the most recognized character actors on screen, yet so few people know anything about him. Born to Metropolitan Opera singers, Billy Gilbert was in Vaudeville since age 12, and upon being spotted by Stan Laurel during a stage show in 1929, was introduced to the world of motion pictures. He ended up working with the major comic talents of the day, including Laurel and Hardy, The Three Stooges, The Little Rascals, The Marx Brothers and W.C. Fields. He also acted along side Charles Chaplin, John Wayne and Frank Sinatra. This program celebrates Billy Gilbert's career in cinema, and utilizing various clips from his decades of work shows you why he was one of the favorite foils of Hollywood funny men.
$101- $200
LaRue, Michele Tales Well Told: a repertoire of stories from America's Gilded Age, inc.: History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
TALES WELL TOLD, a rich repertoire of vibrant short-story performances from America's Gilded Age, illuminates a variety of themes. Modern audiences recognize themselves and their own familiar dilemmas in those of our ancestors—history comes alive. Despite TV and films, the Internet and special effects, we still crave to simply listen to a story well told. With their powerful verbs, evocative adjectives, and rich dialects, these vintage tales were written to be read aloud. TALES authors include: Humorists Mark Twain, O. Henry, H. C. Bunner, Bret Harte; Local colorists Kate Chopin, Elsie Singmaster, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Sarah Orne Jewett, Alice Brown; Midwesterners Elia Peattie, Edith Wyatt, Edna Ferber; New Englanders Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Edith Wharton. The TALES WELL TOLD repertoire appeals to a wide variety of audiences (H.s. to adult)and interests. Sponsors consult with the actress to find the perfect stories to match their events—from Women’s History Month to Halloween, summer vacation to December holidays. =It’s difficult to find the words to describe the wonder of what you do! You transported us totally to another time, another place, and filled our lives with new friends.= -- Livingston Public Library, New Jersey
$201- $350
Franco Feeney, Betsy Giant Book & Song Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
For younger students, it is an eye-popping experience to see an almost 6-foot wide picturebook open before them! The smallest of worlds comes to life in a big way when Mrs. Feeney turns the pages of her giant book. The American Association for the Advancement of Science has praised the book saying, “Amoeba Hop is an innovative approach to introduce young students to the world of microbiology, using song lyrics.” The students will also perform the story of Amoeba Hop right in the classroom using large cutout characters from the book and the little girl’s umbrella & coat!
$201- $350
Crocker, Keith Ed Wood - Hollywood's Worst Filmmaker, or Misunderstood Genius? Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
Ed Wood the man who directed the infamous and unintentionally funny Plan 9 From Outer Space has often been accused of being Hollywood's worst filmmaker but is this criticism fair? In this program, we explore the life of Ed Wood, from his days as a marine Corporal during WWII were he served in the battle of Tarawa to his career as a screenwriter in Hollywood, penning such classics as The Bride & The Beast (1958) and later working his way to directing cult classics as Bride of the Monster (1955), Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) and Night of the Ghouls (1959). Woods somewhat autobiographical Glenn or Glenda (1953) explored his passion for dressing like a woman. Writer Jim Morton said of Ed Wood; "Eccentric and individualistic, Edward D. Wood, Jr. was a man born to film. Lesser men, if forced to make movies under the conditions Wood faced, would have thrown up their hands in defeat." As a bonus, we will also explore other filmmakers whose works are so bad it proves that Ed Wood was actually quite ahead of his time.
$101- $200
Forsyth, Sondra The Great Gatsby Performing Arts- Dance
The Great Gatsby is a residency for middle school or high school students. The ballet has original choreography and a story line by Sondra Forsyth based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Teaching Artists conduct workshops with up to 100 young people, any combination of grades 6-12. The residency culminates in a costumed performance. We have a valid NYC DOE requirements contract and we are eligible for Suffolk County BOCES and P/NW BOCES funding. Private schools and some public schools use PTA funds
$3001+
Field, Barb Hands on Magic Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Clowning
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. Participants in this show will learn a few secret tricks ... hopefully sparking their interest to read about and research some more tricks on their own later. First BJ will give a short comedy magic show. Then we will make a few tricks together that the participants may bring home. We will also learn a little about stage presence, presentation, and timing involved in successfully doing any performance. THIS SHOW IS BEST WITH SECOND GRADE TO ADULTS. www.bjandcompany.com
$201- $350
Cruise, Jim Spoon Man Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Other
The Spoon Man wants to spoon you. He is an interactive musical family comedian. In 1986, he performed to Mikhail Gorbachev while in Russia. He also performed for former U.S. President Gerald Ford and Mr. Rogers. His totally clean act (never uses dirty silverware) with audience participation is ideal for libraries. The first thing your patrons will do after seeing his performance, is run to the kitchen and grab a pair of spoons. He also offers for tweens, teens and adults a BYOS (bring your own spoons) workshop. His book Spoon Boy was published in 2008. Read about his book on his website. COLORED posters are provided for advertising your event. Cruise invites you to join his growing list of the Spooned.
$351- $500
Miller, Paul The Science of Awesome Health & Fitness- Other,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Science
Interactive comedy juggling show exploring science concepts such as spin, balance, and fall, while motivating audiences to set goals and learn awesome skills.
$501- $1000
Cain, Candice The Lovesick Cat Performing Arts- Theater
A cat is in love with her owner and wishes to become a girl so she can marry him. A fairy hears her and grants her wish. She is turned into a girl and the man falls in love with her, and learns that she can change her appearance, but never change her nature. This fun play, based on one of Aesop's fables, will teach elementary-aged students that changing your appearance doesn't change what you are inside. Facepainting afterwards!
$101- $200
Theater, Open Hand The Secret of the Puppet's Book Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Open Hand Theater’s literacy production about the wonderful world of reading. Meet Lewis, a most extraordinary puppet who finds fun, adventure, and some interesting friends in the magical pages of the books he finds. With the delightful music of storyteller Bill Harley and some magical puppetry Lewis takes us on a journey through the imagination.
$501- $1000
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