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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Ichile-Mckenzie, Ongisa The Gigi Gumspoon Ubuntu Show! Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Gigi Gumspoon is a performance artist for young children. Her songs are catchy, upbeat, and progressive enough to appeal to grownups! Gigi promotes the African philosophy of “Ubuntu”, a sense of community and humanity. Her songs focus on social/emotional skills, such as sharing, listening to elders, and coping with disappointment. But she also sings about the alphabet, colors, and eating healthy foods. In her shows, Gigi fosters a love of literacy with the help of her puppet Dionte, Baba Anansi the spider, and her grumpy friend, King Meanie. She reads didactic tales from the magic griot book, and encourages the audience to have more “Ubuntu.” Fans of Gigi Gumspoon, called “Gumbabies”, will learn to not only love themselves, but each other. Once they hear and see The Gigi Gumspoon Show, kids of all ages are sure to become Gumbabies, too
$351- $500
Rivest, Robert Healthy Choices, Healthy Lives Health & Fitness- Other,
Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Healthy Choices is a high-energy comedy program in which health and humor go hand in hand. Robert Rivest's humorous insights connect deeply with children, teens, and adults, moving them to make mindful choices about food, exercise, entertainment, and safety. Robert Rivest immediately captivates the audience with engaging mime and theater stories of choices we face everyday. •  Eat more whole foods, fruits and vegetables. •  Drink plenty of water. •  Get enough quality sleep •  Enjoy a variety of exercise. •  Feel feelings and express emotions •  Make mindful choices about T.V. / Computer / Games •  Steer clear of unhealthy choices and impulsive behaviors As well as fun effective ways to: Build concentration, calm the body and relieve stress. Inspired by Robert’s artistry, enthusiasm and quick wit , even the older kids eagerly participate in Robert Rivest’s hilarious interactive segments.
$351- $500
Vinyard, Roland The Magic of Handmade Guitars Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Musical demonstrations with discussion about handmade steel string guitars: effect of wood choice upon tonal response, the difference a body size can make, why one finish is different than another, building ideas, sound ports...
$201- $350
O'Carroll, Magician Debbie Celebrate the December Holidays Magic Show Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
This exciting and colorful program captivates children ages 4 to 12 with mystifying stage magic, comic dance and enchanting lore. The audience will actively participate in Debbie's merry celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, The First Day of Winter, Dewali, New Year's Eve, St. Stephen's Day, Three King's Day and more as they learn about the different holidays that light up this special month.
$201- $350
Rivest, Robert Mime Theater Workshops for Teens! Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Mime Theater Workshops for Teens! Master mime artist and comic actor Robert Rivest explores movement and expression in this LOL interactive teen program. Rivest uses his famous comic mime stories and improv scenes as a fun way for teens to explore character and illusion. The program includes a mini, hands-on theater workshop in communication, subtext, facial expression and body language! Teens love Robert's true to life characters, awesome illusionary skills and his playful, down-to-earth sense of humor.
$351- $500
Pelc, Cindy and Jim Teamwork or Patriotic Performing Arts- Magic
Teamwork can made it happen! Comedy magic to demonstrate the theme of teamwork - can be adapted and customized to the year theme of the library system. This show uses many helpers from the audience and is a real self-esteem booster for the children. Option 2: Show is adapted with magic with flags, red/white/blue, and great for Memorial, Independence, and Labor Day.
$101- $200
Henderson, Chelsie Rural Soul African Drumming Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Families are invited to an educational and fun-filled drumming experience with Rural Soul music instructors Chelsie Henderson and Wayne White! Children of all ages and their parents or caregivers can expect to meet and play the African drums (djembes and doundouns), learn a song or two, and play drumming games that are fun for all. We have drums of many different sizes to accommodate participants. Depending on the event, we may bring along members of our Youth Drumming Ensemble to perform!
$201- $350
Company, Hampstead Stage The Secret Garden Performing Arts- Theater
Frances Hodgson Burnett’s, The Secret Garden, is an enchanting story about a young orphan girl, Mary, who comes to live with her uncle in the English countryside. Through her curiosity and determination, Mary finds a garden filled with memories that have been locked for years. Her youth and enthusiasm breathe life into each character she meets, bringing love back into the family. Our interactive educational tours run year-round and are performed by two professional actors, each playing multiple roles. Our scripts are original adaptations, based directly on literary classics, and include children and adults from the audience. The plays last one hour, with a question and answer session following the performance. We travel to your space and bring our own realistic sets and costumes, designed using extensive historical research, which are flexible enough to fit into any assembly/performance space.
$351- $500
Riley, Benjamin From Homeschooling To College: One Young Man's Story Life Skills- Parenting,
Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
In this program, I will discuss my transition from being homeschooled from kindergarten to 12th grade to the more formal learning environment of college, as well as discussing my experience as a homeschooler, why I chose to attend college, benefits and downsides of college for homeschoolers, what I think homeschoolers should consider when making decisions regarding whether or not to attend college and choosing which colleges are a good fit, as well as why I believe that it is important for homeschoolers and people who have pursued alternatives to traditional education to share their story.
$101- $200
Cain, Ron Superhero Hocus Pocus Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Soar with magical caped crusader Ron Cain in his high-flying Superhero Hocus Pocu” show! The Central New York magician celebrates superheroes from film and fiction in new magic show inspired by the summer reading program theme, Every Hero Has a Story. Young readers assist Ron with tricks demonstrating the powers of popular superheroes like Batman and Wonder Woman. One illusion features our favorite heroes battling the villainous Book Beetle, scourge of librarians everywhere. In addition to his 45-minute show, Ron has created a one-hour Super Fun with Superheroes workshop for schools and libraries. The former teacher uses activities illustrating the Superhero Code to help students tap into their super selves and become the heroes of their own life stories.
$201- $350
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