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Parisi, Rita Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight, stories by Sarah Orne Jewett Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Sarah Orne Jewett, a native of South Berwick Maine is one of the finest New England regional writers of the 19th century. Her stories mirror the everyday lives and landscapes furing that earlier time. Some of her best know works are The White Heron and The Country of the Pointed Firs. Less known are her weird tales of the mysterious and supernatural. Rita Parisi, in 19th century costume, will present three of these gothic tales in theatrical storytelling fashion using the actual words of Jewett herself while acting out the main characters of each story. *Wonderful for the Halloween Season *10-15 minute talk back is included. *Ages: mature teen and up.
$351- $500
McGovern, Brian The Art of Magic Performing Arts- Magic
Amazing sleight of hand and comedy magic. Great for kids ages 5 and up.
$201- $350
Rosenberg, Paul Homespun Community Dancing with Peter, Paul & George Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Come kick up your heels to live fiddle music! Enjoy a tradition of community dancing and music handed down from generation to generation. Everyone gets involved – from ages 2 to 102 (especially those who have not danced before) -- in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites: circles, squares, contras, as well as folk dances from around the world, like Ireland, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Tahiti, Mexico, France, Scandinavia, China and Africa. The toe-tapping tunes consist of reels, jigs, polkas, hornpipes and waltzes. Instruments may include fiddle, banjo, flute, pennywhistle, clarinet, guitar, piano, recorder, percussion, and more. While participation in the dancing is encouraged -- it's hard to sit still -- it's also fun to just watch and listen to the music. This program helps children develop an awareness of our traditional way of life - when people lived without electricity and had to make their own entertainment - and discusses the origins, sounds and uses of traditional instruments. The Family Dance usually includes a short sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. Here's a video sample of a family dance: http://homespun.biz/interfamilydance.htm
$351- $500
Engel, David Do Not Go Gentle--An Evening With Two Great Wordsmiths: Dylan Thomas & William Shakespeare Literature- Poetry,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Performing Arts- Theater
"Do Not Go Gentle.." is an hour with two great wordsmiths: Dylan Thomas and William Shakespeare. In reader's theatre style, selections of these two poets are presented allowing their work to be savored and juxtaposed.  Whether for the first or the thousandth time, your patrons will enjoy famous and lesser known works of Dylan Thomas ("Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," "And Death Shall Have No Dominion") and select soliloquies and sonnets by Shakespeare in the way they were meant to be experienced: live and direct. This program promises a lively hour of moving, life-affirming contemplation against a background of thematic music, dimmed lights and (electric) candles flickering. Selections will rotate to reflect the changing seasons. Please consider booking a program this April for National Poetry Month or in November or December for a special, full reading of "A Child's Christmas In Wales." 
$351- $500
Smith, Joy Songs and Stories from Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Songs and Stories from Around the World: Join me as we travel through China and Russia on quest for the impossible or perhaps explore Africa and learn of the many cultures and traditions on a single continent. What country? What culture? Through stories and tales ranging from Europe to Asia, North and South America, from Australia and Africa we will look at what is similar to us and what is intriguingly different.
$351- $500
Feldman, Eve Reading for Writing Workshops Literature- Authors,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Using the author's fiction writing as a launch pad, students analyze short readings and then tackle their own short writing projects. In advance, the author shares three short stories which she submitted for inclusion in a short story anthology entitled I FOOLED YOU. Students are invited to select the story they would have chosen before discovering which story was actually selected. Alternately, students are invited to experience at least a few chapters of one of Ms. Feldman's chapter books. Elements of the author's writing are then used to help students create their own writing selections.
$501- $1000
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
Conrad, Bob The Magic of Science Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
What makes this program different from other magic programs is that many of the effects that appear to be be magic are really scientific fact. This is real Magic, The Magic of Science. Covered in this program are the principals of: * Optical illusions. * Audio Illusions. * Electrical conductivity. * Static Electricity. * The accomplishments of such men as : Franklin, Marconi, Bell and Edison. The program is presented in an entertaining fashion and in terms that will be understood by the youngest students in your audience. Bob Conrad is assisted by his playful robot Benjamin. With the help of a 200,000 volt Van de Graff generator Bob Conrad will perform some hair raising magic. Every student in the audience will leave the auditorium totally fascinated, with a new-found knowledge of the Magic of science. Bob Conrad is the author/illustrator of Bob Conrad's Great Americans.
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - HENRY & MUDGE Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Moving from the city to a new house in the country can be tough. Just ask Henry, who can't find a playmate in his new neighborhood! Luckily, he's got Mudge, a great big, 182-pound canine buddy, with whom he can share all kinds of adventures! When Henry's cousin Annie comes for a visit, Mudge is so charmed by her that he finally rolls over at her command! Henry thinks Mudge must love Annie more than him, because the dog only does the trick for her. Very upset, Henry runs away into the cold dark woods to find adventures on his own. Will the two friends be reunited? Find out in this Theatreworks musical, based on the best-selling series of books by Cynthia Rylant.
$1001- $3000
merwin, chris One World Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
An inter-active trip around the world through multi-cultural music and imagination. Audience members will play a ten foot Tibetan trumpet, the steel drum, dance and do the limbo to calypso music played on the electric guitar, and sing a reggae song. They will also learn some hula moves and dance to the Hawaiian steel guitar. Stories from far away lands that teach good moral lessons are told and accompianied by authentic instruments. These include the Turkish saz, Japanese shakuhachi flute, and Hawaiian lap steel guitar. Assorted percussion instruments brought back from my travels can be handed out as well. This program is truly one of a kind and all instruments are authentic and brought back by myself from the country of origin. The music is real and not dumbed down in any way, and I have found that this program always thrills, entertains, and educates audiences. Its perfect for ages 3-11.
$351- $500
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