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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Graham, Michael Michael Graham's Spring Valley Puppet Theater Multicultural- Other,
Museums,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Illusion has triumphed. And so has Michael Graham, who gives life, at least momentarily, to a most improbable cast of characters. The New York Daily News The Spring Valley Puppet Theater has been performing for schools and libraries throughout New England for over 30 years. Each performance combines delightfully original scripts, appealing characters, beautifully hand-crafted hand and rod puppets, lighting, music and humor. The result is highly entertaining puppet theater. A highlight of each library program is an informative and exciting behind-the-scenes look at the technique and artistry used in puppet theater, including a demonstration of favorite characters. In most school assembly performances, the front curtain is removed and students are invited to explore the art of puppetry through an insightful and absorbing question and answer period. A wonderful educational experience! Productions include Jack and the Beanstalk (1994 UNIMA Award recipient.) The Three Wishes, The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, The Lazy Fox/ El Zorro Perezoso (bilingual,) Puss in Boots, A Holiday Fantasy. All shows play to a maximum audience of 350. Recommended for ages 5 and up / K thru 6th grade. Prices range from $335 to $400 plus travel. Please call for pricing information.
$351- $500
Story Theatre, Act!vated Multicultural Folktale Theater Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Non-stop action, physical comedy, audience participation, American Sign Language and imaginative props made from homemade objects. Multicultural Folktales are theatrically staged by professional actors before a gigantic oversized book. Kids are sent to search for books related to the show at the end of each library performance. Each 45 performance includes 2 folktales and a 30 minute rehearsal for up to 12 participants who perform in the show.
$351- $500
edmond, howard Ghost stories and Scary tales Performing Arts- Storytelling
Scary tales from around the world and from my imagination. Program is based on the age of my audience,,,fun tales for the young ones increasing in intensity for older kids and adults. I always end with a laugh.
$351- $500
Barton, Laine Why Read... Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Juggling
“Why Read?” is a circus/magic show that humorously explores our need to read. Lainey tries to perform her skills without the use of books, and her raucous experiment truly shows her that books are not only necessary, but a delight. Families not only experience the joy of watching and participating in her show with bubble tricks, juggling, magic and more, but are introduced to a variety of how-to books to explore together.
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - Page Turner Adventures' STEAM TRUNK CIRCUS Performing Arts- Storytelling
A steamer trunk, a mysterious book, and a hat belonging to Harry Houdini are brought to life in a show that’s filled with fantastic physical feats! Ideal way to introduce elements from the STEAM curriculum to students. Page Turner Adventures features Riley Roam as the “World Famous Storyologist”, Page Turner, and former Ringling Bros. clown Kenny Mikey, as her slapstick sidekick. This Emmy Award winning duo has wowed countless children all over the country at theaters and festivals. Their antics and one-of-a-kind style of educational entertainment are always a hit with audiences.
$1001- $3000
Sobel, Anna Fairies of the Seasons Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Science
In this magical show, set on a handmade dress that twirls as the year turns, each season has its own fairy that takes care of changing the natural world accordingly. That is, until a grumpy gnome decides to rearrange all the season fairies, so things will stay the same all year round. Beautiful handmade fairy puppets and hand-felted animals invite young children to move, sing, and help the fairies of each season as they try to find their way back. Recommended for ages 2-7. More information available at www.talkinghandstheatre.com
$201- $350
Russell, Linda The Good Old Colony Days History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Balladeer Linda Russell brings the 18th century vividly to life through music. Broadsides, ballads, love songs and humorous ditties are accompanied by guitar, penny whistle and hammered and mountain dulcimers as she tells the stories of everyday life in early America. Included are such songs as Johnnie's Gone for a Soldier, Soldier, Soldier, Will You Marry Me and George Washington's favorite dance tune! In children's program - there is hands-on interaction. They get to try instruments and join in the harvest rhythm band.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John French Music, Instruments, & Dance Traditions of the Provinces Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
The Bromkas offer a memorable musical journey through the French Provinces! As traveling musicians who visit France each year to participate in regional music and dance festival, John and Sondra have a large repertoire of songs, instruments, and even lively circle and line dances that will be chosen to appeal to the age level and needs of your group. Rare and distinctive regional instruments in their collection include: Breton and Auvergnat bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, flutet et tambourin, more! There are also French songs especially for dancing. (Artists may present a concert of musical traditions, or a combination program of traditional dances, instruments, and songs. Other possibilities include participatory crepe-making activity, more!)
$351- $500
Schaufler, Alison Pinocchio Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Pinocchio (Recommended K-8th grade) Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio is the timeless tale of an Italian woodcarver, Geppetto, who carves a son out of a block of pine. Join the wooden marionette on his journey to become a real boy! Through Pinocchio’s mischievous adventures, he discovers that to truly be human is to be good-hearted and brave. This is a story of self-discovery, transformation, and redemption. With this play, we hope to teach students the importance of honesty, education, and gratitude.
$351- $500
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
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