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Program
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Description
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Beekman, Betty It's in the Bag! Disability Awareness,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Choose from 4 Programs: “It’s in the Bag!” What’s in the bag? Discover “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch, a mystery, fables, tangram puzzles, improvisations, and more! “A Show of Hands” Explore Sign Language from behind the curtain--literally! Actors poke their hands out through the curtain to create scenery, tell stories, make jokes, and teach Sign Language. Following, enjoy poems, stories, and audience involved improvisation that is sure to delight! “The Experience of the McWilliamses” Along with “Signing Fun” is “The story of the McWilliamses,” one of several stories Mark Twain wrote of this infamous couple. The audience is regaled with the humor of their experiences, which ring all too true when a simple cough from a child turns the household topsy-turvy. “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” This show features two works by Mark Twain involving Adam & Eve’s reactions to their new world. Catering to all, Mark Twain shares his views on humanity, as only he can. This humorous view of the male/female relationship takes you on a surprisingly sentimental journey from The Beginning to the bittersweet end.
$1001- $3000
Lienhard, Marco Taikoza, Japanese Festival Drums and dance Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Taikoza presents a unique and exciting program using Japanese Taiko drums (that weigh up to 200lb drums) and bamboo flutes. The program will take you on an unforgettable journey through Japan. It will take students to different areas and through the seasons of Japan. Students will be experiencing a new culture in a fun and exciting way, they will get a chance to see and at times touch the ancestral drums. The taiko drum has the power to touch everyone with its thunderous sounds and vibrations. Taikoza hopes to open the students’ eyes to the richness of the Japanese culture and spark an interest. We hope that this will spark an interest in other world cultures. Taiko has been associated with many aspects of Japanese culture since ancient times. It is said that Taiko was used to drive away the plague and evil spirits. In the Shinto religion, it was used to call upon and entertain the gods, or kami, and in Japanese Buddhism, its sound was the manifestation of the voice of the Buddha.
$501- $1000
Koeraus, Sol Flamenco y Sol Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
Our performance is a wonderful blend of entertainment and education. The artists - in full, colorful, traditional Flamenco costumes - perform and explain the intricacies of Flamenco dance, song, and its rhythms. Participation from the audience is essential.  The objectives of this program are: to show the origins of the flamenco dance, song and music; to demonstrate and relate the relationships between Spain and the Latin American cultures; and present a high quality, entertaining multilingual program. This dynamic program highlights the rhythms and emotions of Flamenco.  Flamenco began in Southern Spain, and we bring to our educational programs the essence of the different culture that influenced Flamenco: Andalusian, Gypsy, North African, Arabic and Judaic.  Unlike other art forms, the traditional dances do not tell stories but instead portray feelings.  The program consists of a series of solos, duets and company numbers.
$501- $1000
Stone, Hank Songwriter Hank Stone Literature- Creative Writing,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Hank has been writing songs for over thirty-five years, and after taking a few years off, has been back on the folk music circuit since 2001. He is prepared to speak about the inspiration for his songs, which includes the folk tradition, popular musicians, literary influences, and the life experiences of himself and of others in the community. Song topics touch on nature, romance, grief and loss, creativity, children, poverty and homelessness, politics, and pets.
$101- $200
Grudko, Marian Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher performed by Marian Grudko and
 accompanied by Marian’s original music Mr. Jeremy is a very proper frog who goes fishing, 
only to encounter:a loathsome water beetle a horrible spiny stickleback and then, -- oh, THEN, -- a really frightful experience with a trout! Yet Mr. Jeremy handles it all with such APLOMB.
$201- $350
Max, Steve Simon Sez For Better Listening & Respect Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
The “Simon Sez For Better Listening & Respect” assembly program is seen at over 100 schools each year. Unique, very funny and high energy, this 45 minute show offers 100% audience participation while teaching your students the importance of being a better listener and showing respect to themselves and others. Additional topics in the show include making good choices, not succumbing to peer pressure and it’s OK to make mistakes. Finally, big colorful banners adorn the stage area with messages of ‘Listening,’ ‘Respect’ and the ‘Six Pillars of Character’. This program contains many musical interludes as well as improvisation, putting it in the categories of both Music and Theater and satisfies the NYS Coser Compliance Standard 1: Creating, Performing and Participating in the Arts.
$501- $1000
Conrad, Bob The American History Magic Show History,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Author/illustrator Bob Conrad brings you a Red, White & Blue magic show that is a magical introduction to early American history. Using magic, music, puppets, ventriloquism and trick cartoon drawings your audience will learn about Captain John Smith, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Paul Revere, Betsy Ross and other famous Americans. They will meet Bob Conrad's puppet friends Hound Doggy and Harvey Historian. This program is presented in a fun, light-hearted manner that will give your students a new perspective on American History - one which even the youngest members of your audience will understand. Lot's of interaction and audience participation, and lots of fun for all. Bob Conrad is the author/illustrator of Bob Conrad's Great Americans.
$351- $500
Cain, Ron Ron Cain's Olymp-Trick Games Magic Show Health & Fitness- Sports,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Magic
Central New York magician Ron Cain takes young readers on an imaginary journey to ancient Greece. His Olymp-Trick Games Magic Show highlights the 2016 summer reading program theme, On Your Mark, Get Set. . . READ! The 45-minute program combines an Olympic-style emphasis on sports with Greek myths and legends. Cain tells the audience he needs help finding the ultimate champion of his Olymp-Trick Games. The contenders are Greek gods, goddesses and heroes. Each must perform a magic trick related to an Olympic event. Children volunteer to play the contestants during the show. Will Heracles (Hercules) best everyone in illusions involving feats of strength? Is Artemis faster at sleight-of-hand than her twin brother, Apollo? Can greedy King Midas magically win the gold in any event? Cain is a former history teacher who recently traveled to Greece to visit Panathenaic Stadium, site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The ancient Greeks valued physical fitness and sports, which prompted them to create the Olympic Games more than 2,700 years ago. They also were great thinkers and writers. Cain hopes his show will inspire young people to visit their local library to read about Greek history and mythology.
$201- $350
Crocker, Keith LON CHANEY JR - From Lenny to the Wolfman - Hollywood's Under Appreciated Boogeyman Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
Here's a fantastic program that explores the career of Lon Chaney Jr. Born to Silent film legend Lon Chaney Sr, Chaney Jr's career was seriously sidelined by both his father and the Hollywood studios who felt the need to keep type casting him despite the fact that he was actually a very versatile performer. From his birth all the way to his height of popularity and finally his fall in Hollywood this program will show Chaney's versatility by utilizing various film clips from his horror and non horror pictures, and it will paint the picture of an actor who had so much to offer but was given such a limited space to display it all. Includes a fantastic amount of movie memorabilia and anecdotes about Chaney's career.
$101- $200
McKeon-Pierce, Lonna Folk Tales Around the World Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Includes both humorous and thoughtful tales from around the globe, many of which are participatory. Storytelling workshops are also available. Children will learn to be more expressive with their voices in oral presentation.
$351- $500
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