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Program
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Edgecomb, Diane New Age Gawain and the Green Knight History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A Mischievous Medieval Romp! Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Margot Chamberlain – Celtic Harp. The stakes are high for Arthur’s men’s group. First, into their midst, comes a bungee-jumping Green Man who delivers an ancient macho challenge. Then a mysterious rider gallops off with his head under his arm, taunting Gawain to follow. But the greatest fun comes when three very different female archetypes use their wiles in an attempt to corrupt Gawain’s new age virtue. Welcome to New Age Gawain and the Green Knight, Edgecomb’s hilarious send up of the men’s movement. Loosely based on the 14th century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Edgecomb’s comedic adaptation has New Age Arthurian knights running for their therapists faster than you can say Litigation! Tom Megan’s score provides a lush atmosphere of sound as we journey along the ‘road less traveled by’ in this fun loving tale.. This 50-minute performance can be combined with other seasonal tales for a longer wintertime program or stand alone as entertainment for any time of year. Appropriate for audiences ages 12 and up. This unusual New Year's tale is available in December and January. Humorous and entertaining parody - Booklist Magazine
$501- $1000
Scalise, Jody Motion Man Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Juggling
Motion Man Take a Mechanical Man, Giant Bubbles, A Six Foot Toilet Plunger, Juggling Balls, Juggling Eyeballs, Juggling Clubs, Physical Gyrations, Malleable Dancing, Step Ladders, Gibberish, a Ukulele, Impish Sleight of Hand, Spinning Plates, 8 Foot Streamers, a Parasol, a Floating Hat; Things that Float over the Audience, Heaps of Laughter, and Inspirational Improvisation put them in a blender and you have Jody Scalise as Motion Man”
$351- $500
McEntee, Robert Miracles of the Mind! Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Miracles of The Mind! is a wonderful mind-reading & illusion show, which can be as entertaining or as educational as desired. Along with the mentalism effects, it includes a customized combination of mesmerizing magic/illusions, plenty of audience participation hypnosis, clean comedy, an incredible memory feat and a spellbinding story! Practical advice and techniques are shared with the audience on improving one's memory, reading speed, visualizing positive results, intuition and more. If many Seniors attend, I emphasize memory skills which they appreciate. You can see a video sample of Miracles of the Mind! from recent, local library presentations www.MagicBeyondImagination.com/video.html 2nd video down. You can also see what discriminating Corporate event Planners have said on this site. The educational messages I include, concerning improving one's mind power for reading, memory, learning skills, imagination and visualizing positive results, are the exact same ones I used to become a licensed Professional Engineer years ago before becoming a full time performer. Your library also benefits from my lifelong study of personal development which you can read about on my blog, www.BeliefMagic.com. Your patrons will thank you for bringing them this program, and typically ask for it to be booked again!
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Tales of Enchantment History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Enter the world of fairy tales where magic is only a moment away, and lessons about how to live are expressed through vivid symbols. For younger children, Diane brings to life classic fairy tales like Snow White and Rose Red and Bee, Mouse, Harp and Bum-Clock, an unusual ‘Jack’ tale. When Jack returns home with dancing bugs instead of beans, the fun and magic really begin! For older students, Diane explores the oral tradition through Arthurian legends and ancient Irish tales such as the humorous Sir Gawain and Loathly Lady. Enchant your audiences with the beauty and magic of traditional tales.
$351- $500
Grudko, Marian Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit performed by Marian Grudko and
accompanied by Marian’s original music “...but don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden. Your father had 
an accident there; he was put in a pie, by Mrs. McGregor.” Potter’s beloved story and Marian’s fresh new music create 
a magic that is as lovely as it is wry.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John 'BAWSHOU & the WATER DRAGON' A Traditional Chinese Storytelling Pageant Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Dig deep into a cave of the earth--the Sun has been captured by a Fearsome Dragon and hidden away. The HERO of our tale is Bawshou, a young man who courageously rises to the challenge of freeing the Sun. With the help of a golden phoenix, a small parcel of earth, a magic robe, and a heroic dream, Bawshou travels afar to seek out and rescue the Sun, for the good of his people and all the land. Children actively participate as they portray the flowing river, the sounds of the sea, the playing of the gong, the dancing stars, and much much more! The artists evoke a magical atmosphere in this important Chinese tale, employing authentic oriental techniques and traditions including stylized dramatic forms and movement, mythology, exotic costumes, and unusual musical sounds. Chinese folk instruments (erhu, p’i p’a, guzheng harp, sona, Chinese Theatre drum, flutes & whistles, and gong) are featured, combining to make this unforgettable performance piece a joyous celebration of oriental culture. 'Bawshou' was commissioned by the Springfield MA Museum of Fine Arts in 1994. (see accompanying Chinese Dragon Mask Workshop/Parade).
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - Patrick Garner's THOMAS EDISON: INVENTOR, LECTURER, & PRANKSTER History,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Science
The greatest inventor of all time, live and in-person, at your school! One of America's most remarkable minds, Thomas Alva Edison (as portrayed by Broadway performer Patrick Garner), engages your students in this exciting, hands-on, motivational program. Some audience members will have the chance to help recreate some of his most famous experiments, and along the way, Edison shares several secrets that students can utilize in their day-to-day lives.
$501- $1000
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
Schembri, Pamela Teaching Personal Narratives Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Everyone has a special story to share. Many times the assignment comes as a chore for students. Pamela's personal narrative workshop makes the task fun. She moves students beyond the basics of plot, and gets them to enjoy the emotional impact stories create. Using a humorous yet touching story from her own past, Pamela has motivated teens (and adults!) from all walks of life to share their stories.
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - Up in Arms' WELCOME PARK Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Welcome Park is opening a new visitor center and Bunny and his friends want to get in on the act. They approach Park Ranger Ned with the idea that they could teach visitors about the seasons. Ned is worried because each has a bad habit that could interfere with each one doing their best work: Bunny rushes through things; Dog gets herself so nervous she can barely speak; Bee tries to do too many things at once. What will Ned and the audience decide about their readiness to work in the new visitor center? This crowd pleasing show is for ages 3 through 8. While reinforcing important seasonal concepts, children will learn how to improve listening skills
$1001- $3000
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