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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Tomecek, Stephen The Science of Sports Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Scientist and award-winning author Steve The Dirtmeister Tomecek takes a slightly serious look at the science behind many of the sports that kids love to play. The program features over a dozen interactive demonstrations which are safe enough for kids to try themselves. We begin with a look at athletes and why reaction time and hand-eye coordination is so important. We then explore the roles played by inertia, leverage, angular momentum, friction and gravity in everything from bowling and basketball to soccer and baseball!
$351- $500
Beekman, Betty It's in the Bag! Disability Awareness,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Choose from 4 Programs: “It’s in the Bag!” What’s in the bag? Discover “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch, a mystery, fables, tangram puzzles, improvisations, and more! “A Show of Hands” Explore Sign Language from behind the curtain--literally! Actors poke their hands out through the curtain to create scenery, tell stories, make jokes, and teach Sign Language. Following, enjoy poems, stories, and audience involved improvisation that is sure to delight! “The Experience of the McWilliamses” Along with “Signing Fun” is “The story of the McWilliamses,” one of several stories Mark Twain wrote of this infamous couple. The audience is regaled with the humor of their experiences, which ring all too true when a simple cough from a child turns the household topsy-turvy. “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” This show features two works by Mark Twain involving Adam & Eve’s reactions to their new world. Catering to all, Mark Twain shares his views on humanity, as only he can. This humorous view of the male/female relationship takes you on a surprisingly sentimental journey from The Beginning to the bittersweet end.
$1001- $3000
Lienhard, Marco Taikoza, Japanese Festival Drums and dance Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Taikoza presents a unique and exciting program using Japanese Taiko drums (that weigh up to 200lb drums) and bamboo flutes. The program will take you on an unforgettable journey through Japan. It will take students to different areas and through the seasons of Japan. Students will be experiencing a new culture in a fun and exciting way, they will get a chance to see and at times touch the ancestral drums. The taiko drum has the power to touch everyone with its thunderous sounds and vibrations. Taikoza hopes to open the students’ eyes to the richness of the Japanese culture and spark an interest. We hope that this will spark an interest in other world cultures. Taiko has been associated with many aspects of Japanese culture since ancient times. It is said that Taiko was used to drive away the plague and evil spirits. In the Shinto religion, it was used to call upon and entertain the gods, or kami, and in Japanese Buddhism, its sound was the manifestation of the voice of the Buddha.
$501- $1000
Sardelli, Darren Family Poetry Night Literature- Authors,
Literature- Poetry,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
FAMILY POETRY NIGHT is a family show that combines poetry, comedy, motivational speaking, interaction, and fun. Darren shares the inspirational story of how he became an author, shows the audience the cool books his poems are featured in, and demonstrates what people can accomplish by working hard and believing in themselves. As he performs his poems, he engages students and their parents in various ways... they might ask and answer questions (related to Darren’s poetry), figure out the endings to his poetry riddles, act out and sing Darren’s poems together, contribute ideas for an On-The-Spot Freestyle Poem, and be floored by his surprise endings. This program brings families together and keeps them laughing the entire time!
$201- $350
Koeraus, Sol Flamenco y Sol Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
Our performance is a wonderful blend of entertainment and education. The artists - in full, colorful, traditional Flamenco costumes - perform and explain the intricacies of Flamenco dance, song, and its rhythms. Participation from the audience is essential.  The objectives of this program are: to show the origins of the flamenco dance, song and music; to demonstrate and relate the relationships between Spain and the Latin American cultures; and present a high quality, entertaining multilingual program. This dynamic program highlights the rhythms and emotions of Flamenco.  Flamenco began in Southern Spain, and we bring to our educational programs the essence of the different culture that influenced Flamenco: Andalusian, Gypsy, North African, Arabic and Judaic.  Unlike other art forms, the traditional dances do not tell stories but instead portray feelings.  The program consists of a series of solos, duets and company numbers.
$501- $1000
Drums of Japan, Ryu Shu Taiko Taiko Drums of Japan Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Drawn from the rich folk heritage of Japan, the Ryu Shu Kan presents: Taiko Drums of Japan. This hour long program introduces the audience to the exciting sounds and sights of a Taiko performance. The Drummers play powerful rhythms as they move around the drums with martial arts choreography. Karate & Samurai Sword Forms/Kata enhance the feeling of the ancient Samurai spirit of the Japanese people and traditional Japanese Folk dance weaves its way throughout the show. The elegant sound of the Japanese harp -Koto- is played as well as the haunting sounds of the Shakuhachi bamboo flute as an interlude between the thunder of the Taiko pieces. The Ryu Shu Kan is sponsored by the Japan Center at Stony Brook University and this program is part of their community outreach program: Introduction to Japanese Culture.
$351- $500
Grudko, Marian Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher performed by Marian Grudko and
 accompanied by Marian’s original music Mr. Jeremy is a very proper frog who goes fishing, 
only to encounter:a loathsome water beetle a horrible spiny stickleback and then, -- oh, THEN, -- a really frightful experience with a trout! Yet Mr. Jeremy handles it all with such APLOMB.
$201- $350
Max, Steve Simon Sez For Better Listening & Respect Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
The “Simon Sez For Better Listening & Respect” assembly program is seen at over 100 schools each year. Unique, very funny and high energy, this 45 minute show offers 100% audience participation while teaching your students the importance of being a better listener and showing respect to themselves and others. Additional topics in the show include making good choices, not succumbing to peer pressure and it’s OK to make mistakes. Finally, big colorful banners adorn the stage area with messages of ‘Listening,’ ‘Respect’ and the ‘Six Pillars of Character’. This program contains many musical interludes as well as improvisation, putting it in the categories of both Music and Theater and satisfies the NYS Coser Compliance Standard 1: Creating, Performing and Participating in the Arts.
$501- $1000
Conrad, Bob Circus of Fun Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
A Magic Circus with magic, ventriloquism, balloon animals, audience participation and lots of fun. A member of the audience becomes a magic clown, meet Fred the Magic talking table and ventriloquist figure Rags the Tramp Clown. It's a Circus of Fun. Bob Conrad is the author/illustrator of several educational children's books including; Bob Conrad's Rainforest Animals, Bob Conrad's Deep Sea Adventure, and Bob Conrad's Great Americans.
$201- $350
Lienhard, Marco Taikoza: Voice of The Earth Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Taikoza: Voice of The Earth concert. Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. Taikoza.com
$501- $1000
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