Performers and Programs

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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Tom, Copper It's a Wonderful World! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Original music, comedy & storytelling by Copper Tom. This highly interactive show also includes children's songs that pertain to the Summer Reading Program theme- " One World- Many Stories". There is a featured story, "The Sea of Gold", a Japanese folk tale fo human kindness & understanding triumphing over fear & closed-mindedness. Program adjusts to a different theme each year.
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - AESOP: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF AESOP'S FABLES Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Join a young boy who finds himself in a world where Aesop’s famous fables come to life. Animals of all kinds help Elliot on his quest of discovery and his desire to get back before the school day ends. He learns that obstacles can be overcome if you believe in yourself and look at all the possibilities that life holds.
$1001- $3000
Sonny and Perley, Sonny and Perley Selections from the Great American Songbook History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
The Great American Songbook- Music of the great American song writers This Live performance of concert vocalist/percussionist Perley Rousseau and keyboardist Sonny Daye highlights the music of the great American composers such as Berlin, Gershwin, Rogers, Hart, Porter, Mercer and others...Includes stories about the music and the composers.
$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
Handy, Spook American Folk Songs for the Whole Family History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This program is simple. Let’s make sure our kids know some of the treasures of American Folk Music. We’ll sing old favorites like “This Land is Your Land”, “If I had a Hammer”, “I’ve been Working on the Railroad”, “She’ll be coming Around the Mountain” and maybe some newer songs. If the children don’t already know a song we’ll take the time to teach them. Parents are encouraged to sit with their children and help them learn the songs. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
Foreman, Jon The Defibrillators Band Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Aging Baby Boomers now have a band whose music reflects their refusal to grow old gracefully. As pioneers of Senior Citizen Rock and Blue-Haired Blues, The Defibrillators poke good-natured fun at the foils and foibles of aging in their contagious blues-based rock originals. Billing themselves as “the World’s Oldest Boy Band”. Their high caliber of musicianship is offset only by their subtle theatrics during live performances. Their eponymous CD has garnered rave reviews from The New York Times, Newsday, LI Press, Good Times, LI Entertainment, Aural Fix and other local press. All the good fun aside, The Defibrillators have rightfully been called a Super group by the press. The members of the band are all highly accomplished musicians who have made their mark on the music scene.
$501- $1000
Cain, Ron Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Magic
Meet Central New York magician Ron Cain's new character, Professor GreenPockets, the good-natured dean of green and master of eco-magic. In Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show, Cain catches the reading bug and makes him the star of the show! This entertaining, educational revue also features magic with a spelling bee, bookworm, flea circus, counting ladybug & caterpillar-turned-butterfly. As always, Ron uses humor and illusion to promote the value of reading and the importance of visiting your local library. The show highlights the state reading program theme, Catch the Reading Bug. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages include Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show, The Magic of Being Green, Tune In To Magical Idol, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Case of the Missing Bunny, Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Discover Millennium Magic Show and Holiday Hocus Pocus.
$201- $350
Hostak, Mary Ellen A Dragon in the Castle Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Welcome to our Medieval Knight Show in which a mischievous Dragon has stolen a precious mirror and sword from an enchanted castle! Two jesters undertake an exciting quest to retrieve these treasures. But they cannot do it alone. Lots of help will be needed from other members of the audience! What will happen when they match wits with the mysterious Guardian of the Forest? How will they trick the Black Knight into letting them continue their journey? And what will happen when they finally meet up with the fiery Dragon? This lively and funny show consists of 2 costumed performers, a Dragon puppet and lots of audience participation. Ideal for boys and girls ages 5 – 7
$201- $350
LaRue, Michele Gettysburg: One Woman's War History,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Theater
Three stories from Elsie Singmaster’s 1913 classic GETTYSBURG--STORIES OF THE RED HARVEST AND THE AFTERMATH: =July the First=: War comes to Gettysburg—where are the armies? =The Battleground=: Lincoln comes to Gettysburg—where will it end? =Mary Bowman=: Sightseers come to Gettysburg—where has it led? In Singmaster’s powerful and specific exploration of a Civil War icon’s physical and emotional terrain, fictional townswoman Mary Bowman lives the war and its legacy—from the first shots at Willoughby Run to the consolation of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, to the country’s healing a half century on. REVIEWS INCLUDE: What you have to offer is priceless. There is almost nothing in the whole big 150th celebration that focuses on women. . . . So masterfully, professionally, affectively and effectively presented… Truly a treasure. --Paula Olinger, Associate Professor, Gettysburg College; Member, Historic Gettysburg Adams County “Michèle LaRue gives a moving portrayal of one woman’s devastating loss during the Civil War. This program is a touching, intimate portrait of the personal toll of war during a crucial time in our history.” --Jan Oblinger, Adult Program Coordinator, Fremont Public Library, Illinois
$201- $350
Lappen, Henry Henry the Juggler Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Juggling
Henry the Juggler (AKA Henry Lappen) is wanted! He is wanted by audiences everywhere for his zany attempts to defy the laws of gravity. He juggles any number of balls, clubs, rings, members of the audience . . . He balances strange items on the tip of his nose. Everything is accomplished wordlessly as Henry uses body language and gesture (and road signs!) to express himself. Caution: Henry is known to use innocent bystanders in his act. Henry the Juggler is a professional. He has been seen by tens of thousands up and down the East Coast - at theaters, schools, libraries and festivals. He has been performing for over thirty years. He studied physical comedy at California's Dell'Arte School. He is an active member of the International Jugglers' Association. A workshop follows each show, where Henry teaches some of the skills he has presented.
$351- $500
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