Performers and Programs

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
DuBois, Betsy Karen Montanaro Health & Fitness- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance,
Performing Arts- Mime
Karen Montanaro blends the arts of mime and dance to create theater with rare physical and emotional power. Karen offers interactive workshops on dance and movement in PE classes as well as general classes and performances. One moment an old gunslinger reminisces about his youth, the next an entire baseball game plays out in front of you. The full evening concert includes original works by Karen Montanaro, by mime master Tony Montanaro, and by renowned dancers and choreographers Louis Gervais and Clay Taliaferro.
$501- $1000
Del Bianco, Lou Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A graceful balance of humor and heart- LA TIMES “Around the World” is an exciting 45 minute multicultural program that combines storytelling, theater, and music. Lou invites children onstage to help him act out stories that reflect the African, South and North American, Asian and European cultures. Each story contains a valuable lesson that can teach us all something about ourselves. Children will discover that we all have a song to sing or a story to tell no matter where we come from …Around the World!
$201- $350
Richter, Chip Chip & The Munks Music,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Chip & The Munks are a high energy, really fun, bluesy folk rock band for family audiences.With original songs and some popular covers (Beatles, James Taylor)they will have kids and parents dancing in the isles. Perfect for festivals, fundraising events, community celebrations.
$501- $1000
Ciaravino, Joseph Prestino's Magic Show Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Other
I provide a classic 'rabbit out of the hat' style magic show that keeps both grownups and kids laughing and fully engaged. The show includes colorful props, a live rabbit, and enormous amounts of audience participation. Balloon twisting is also offered, and a ventriloquist act will soon be offered. A small clip of my show can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvjqcbWilwc
$201- $350
Yacovella, Joanne Mother Goose is on the Loose: Get Fit and Healthy (ages 3-5) Health & Fitness- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Join Mother Goose as she utilized her MusAerobics (c) Program, a unique combination of music, aerobics and dance, to reinforce sound nutrition and exercise.
$201- $350
Theater, Open Hand The Chocolate War Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Open Hand Theater’s vibrant puppets of all shapes and sizes, some over 12 feet tall, are taking on the issue of bullying and escalating conflict in a colorful and delightful imaginary land inhabited by juggling dwarfs, stretchy bouncing giants, friendly flowers and other wise musical beings. Springer and Sprong, two seemingly inseparable pals, tumble into a series haphazard events that could lead to a catastrophic quarrel. Will the entire town follow them into battle? … or will a small stream of harmony bring them all back together again?
$501- $1000
Pitkin, David J. New York State legends, folklore and ghost stories Performing Arts- Storytelling
My most recent book (9/1/10) contains New England Ghost stories, but I have also written two books of Saratoga County tales as well as two books of NY State ghost stories. I speak to students in an intriguing way, not scary, and ask them to think about the issues involved. It is a new way to study history, as some of the people of the past seem to return from time to time. My storytelling has been an enjoyable part of my life for a dozen years.
$201- $350
Talavera, Alex Hieronymus Bogs Literature- Poetry,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Hieronymus Bogs is a one-man troupe whose artistic mission is to create and inspire. Bogs's imaginative approach to musical performance combines elements of poetry, theater, and the visual arts. Garbed in the attire of a traveling pilgrim (a metaphor for the creative journey), Bogs sings his original folk songs accompanied by his banjo, harmonica, bells and foot percussion. He interweaves his performances with short storytelling vignettes and recitations of William Blake, while incorporating simple props like a spool of red ribbon, or a bucket of river rocks to enhance the overall visual experience. His welcoming voice and emotive music are akin to artists like Woody Guthrie and George Harrison who often addressed themes overlooked by many entertainers. With songs like “The Infinite Possibilities of Universal Love” and “The Muse's Welcome,” Bogs's performances are thoughtful and engaging, encouraging viewers to realize the heights of their own creative potential.
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane Insect Comedy Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Insect Comedy takes a delightful look at our Six-legged friends. In Princess Firefly entertaining facts are served up along with plenty of silliness as the Princess ponders, “Who will be the bug I will love?” Kate's Acorn, one of Diane's original stories, teaches about the importance of soil creatures in the life cycle of plants. And in another backyard tale we learn about when to keep or let insects go. Diane's hilarious interpretations of Mr. Mosquito, Mr. Gnat, Old King Lampyradie Beetle keep us laughing as we take a closer look at the world of insects. "From the Academy's point of view, the storytelling could not have worked better as a public program. The stories you told, captivated and fascinated our audience. I was impressed that they would not let you leave the stage without an encore performance. Diane your storytelling is fantastic!" Linda Wolf, Public Programs Coordinator, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
$351- $500
Kruk, Jonathan Sleepy Hollow, the Hudson and New York Spirits History,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Ghost stories are rooted in our local history. A performance based on primary sources enchants audiences with historic fiction featuring Native, Colonial and Revolutionary New York. Topics include; Sleepy Hollow's ghosts, pirates and patriots on the Hudson River, and discovering the origins of the Headless Horseman. Ask too for a special program based on your local history and lore. Shows are performed in impeccable 1775 garb. Ask to have The Hudson River Ramblers and get authentic stories and songs of old New York. Selections include Yankee Doodle, George Washington, and Pete Seeger.
$201- $350
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