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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Encore Performing Arts, Inc. THE OKRA DANCE COMPANY Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
Dance performances of various cultures around the world, with an emphasis on the African American Heritage. Workshops and residencies can also be arranged. Programs available include:

• AMERICAN DANCE FROM AFRICA TO BROADWAY, which takes the audience on a fun-filled journey through the evolution of popular American dance from its African roots and European influences to soft shoe, tap, minstrel, and social dancing, culminating with the Broadway and club dances of today.

• JOURNEY INTO AFRICA takes a fascinating excursion from Senagal to Soweto through the traditional rhythms, songs, instruments, and dances that are an integral part of everyday African life. Two dancers plus a musician offer an authentic presentation of a culture that has profoundly influenced us all.

• DANCE, DANCE, DANCE tours Africa, Poland, Asia, the Caribbean and other nations around the world through the social dances that reflect each culture. Two versatile dancers perform the African Yambala, Chinese Sword Dance, Israeli Dodi-Li, Tango, Polka, Waltz, Jitterbug and more in a fast-paced, colorful production.

• RHYTHM DANCES FROM AROUND THE WORLD continues the journey to different countries around the world, including dances from Mexico, Greece, Hawaii, Italy, Japan, and the Caribbean.

$501- $1000
DuBois, Betsy POST Comedy Theater Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Dance,
Performing Arts- Mime
Post Comedy Theater performs a series of stories ala Carol Burnett or Sid Ceaser - creating a whole cast of characters to comunicate his stories. Post has performed from Moscow to Mexico - all across the US and from the Lincoln Center to coal mines in West Virginia. All ages are amused and enthralled by his creative performance.
$1001- $3000
Carter, Tom The lost German girl Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
How a change in the environment, in this case a volcanic eruption, can effect changes, some good , some bad , in individuals lives and change the course of human history. The lost German girl? Well, was the New Orleans slave really the lost girl? And would Joseph Smith have found the Golden Plates in Palmyra, New York or Mary Shelly have written " Frankenstein",if not?
$101- $200
Bromka, Sondra & John The Tale of Tristan & Iseult: An Arthurian Legend Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This most famous of all classic love stories was originally set in Celtic antiquity, and an important component of the Arthurian legends. In the 12th century, the tale was already 600 years old when it captured the imagination of Medieval France’s famous storyteller-poet-musicians, the troubadours. The powerful story continued its long journey through the ages... inspiring many works in turn, including Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet). Bells & Motley present a telling that is authentic, yet lively, accessible, highly charged, and mysterious - full of all of the original symbolism, intrigue, and purpose. In ancient bardic style, it features a simple setting, rich language, and complex emotions evoked through the power of music. Rare historic instruments include the Medieval keyed fiddle, low-voiced recorders, ancient gut-strung bray harp, and Celtic harp. Musical selections include the same historic pieces that were part of Medieval tellings, as inspired by this enduring tale.
$351- $500
Connolly, Carol PaJama Party (2012 SRP) Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Come on down to the library for a Pajama Party. Wear your favorite pjs and bring your blanket or bear. Get ready to hear songs and stories about wishes and dreams, stars and moonbeams and things that go “squeak” in the night. The award-winning musical storytelling duo, Tales ‘n Tunes, will delight with their sing-along, clap-along, highly interactive program. It is an exciting, lively and fun musical story event that encourages school-age kids, their younger siblings and families to participate both from their seats and on stage. Your young readers will want to search out books that will enable them to Dream Big!
$201- $350
Marchese, Mario Mingle Magic Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Clowning
A fun and unique icebreaker for any event, mingle magic (walk-around performance) is ideal for adult audiences. From table to table or group to group, everyone gets to enjoy their own personal magic show. With striking visual magic performed close-up, Mario's mingle magic is an excellent way to spark conversation and encourage interaction among guests at your event.
$201- $350
Encore Performing Arts, Inc. GERALD FIERST, STORYTELLER Literature- Creative Writing,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
One of America’s foremost storytellers recreates tales from all over the world, bringing life to his characters and painting pictures with his words. His vast repertoire can be focused to any age and any theme—including Stories From Around the World, Legacy of Courage(Tales from the Holocaust, African and Native American Histories), Jewish Tales, Spooks and Ghosts, From Aesop to Zeus, and Various Holiday Themes. Also interactive prgorams Think it Write It bringing stories to life, and Create-A-Tale learn to tell and take stories home. Special programs can sometimes be created upon request. In addition to the performance, Mr. Fierst can conduct Whole Language workshops in storytelling, process writing or creative dramatics. Children will discover the structure of a story, including character, action, conflict and resolution. Gerald Fierst is a storyteller, writer and teacher with a B.A. from Yale University and certification as a Performing Artist in the Schools from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has presented performances and workshops all over the country at festivals, schools, museums, synagogues, theatres and recreation centers. He is a master of his art, and presents a stimulating performance for all ages!
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Fairy Legends of Ireland Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
There is plenty of laughter and delight in this animated retelling of Ireland’s best-loved gems including Irish favorites like Gilly Blackfoot where a young lad’s aversion to washing his feet causes him to fall in with a fairy band. Cloaks of invisibility and magic spells abound as hapless Gilly sets out to help free the Princess of France. Known for her vivid comedic style, Diane brings delight to her interpretations of these classic Irish favorites. This performance is accompanied by Margot Chamberlain on Celtic harp.
$501- $1000
TheatreworksUSA, - Queen Nur's KWANZAA Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Celebrate the African holiday of family, community and culture with Queen Nur and her percussionist partner. A dynamic program of traditional African stories and songs.
$1001- $3000
merwin, chris popular songs of the last 50 years by Chris Merwin Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Oldies and standards performed on electric guitar and vocals. A wonderful mix of old classics including Sinatra, Nat Cole, Temptations, Elvis, Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, and more. Can also include classic reggae and calypso with the steel drum. Realistic sounding backing tracks of bass and drums are used making me sound just like a full band. All tracks are played in the proper style of each song and nothing sounds fake or synthesized.
$351- $500
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