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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Edgecomb, Diane Native American Nature Tales Multicultural- Native American,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Native American Nature Tales explores tribal myths and legends of the animals and birds of North America. Ranging from the humorous to the heart-felt, these stories celebrate native culture and its strong links to the natural world. We learn an Abenaki canoeing song, explore over seven different animals in the Northwest legend of Loon's Song and discover why America is called Turtle Island. For older audiences the performance features beautiful legends of the spirit like Jumping Mouse. Join one of New England's favorite tellers as these rich stories create a colorful weave of the landscape. Through these how and why legends, students begin to understand how Native American culture clothed their world in story and how this enlivened both imagination and world. "Your stories were wonderful. The teachers and the students agreed that your presentation is one of the best we've ever had. Thank you so much for bringing to life our study of myths and legends." Missy Thomson, teacher and school librarian, Woodville School, Wakefield, MA
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - The Balsters' THE WIZARD'S APPRENTICE Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic
Tim and Robin Balster present an all-new magic spectacular. Join Harriet Peabody as Willard the Wizard of Wisdom teaches her that the greatest secrets to magic and life is to possess good reading skills and to know how to find the books she needs. With its large illusions and innovative masks, this is an audience-participation treat for all!
$1001- $3000
Rowe, Elizabeth Wit, Wisom and Wonder of Folktales Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Ms. Rowe weaves a multicolored tapestry of words designed to enlighten, entertain and inspire. From participatory tales and fables for the very young to the more involved heroics of ancient myths, the wit and wisdom of timeless folktales, the sophistication of classic authors or the haunting chill of an ageless ghost story, her performances and workshops are tailored to audiences of all ages and backgrounds
$201- $350
Levin, Ira and Julia 3 Cheers for Shakespeare! Literature- Authors,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
400 years after the ol' bard shuffled off this mortal coil we are literally still singing his plays and praise. Join The Levins as they weave a garland of stories and sing-along cheer reflecting William's part in ushering a Renaissance into our lives. Interactive, uplifting and inspiring. www.thelevinsmusic.com
$351- $500
Zupp, Brad FUNance For Kids Life Skills- Finance,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Theater
In one assembly, students learn the importance of math, even if they hate fractions! Far from a boring lecture about what kids “should” do, “FUNance-Where Fun and Finance Collide” keeps kids laughing and amazed with comedy, juggling, magic, circus skills and mini game shows as they learn financial concepts such as: Financial Goal Setting; Living Within Your Means; The Importance of Saving; Needs Vs. Wants; Compound Interest; Where Money Comes From (and Goes); Inflation, Saving Vs. Investing, and much more. Perfect for family audiences (the adults might learn a thing or two as well) and kids grades K-6. Brad Zupp created “FUNance For Kids” from a deep understanding of both entertainment and finance. His years of experience as a financial planner and world-renowned performer make him uniquely qualified to teach kids financial literacy. View reviews, more details and a preview video at: www.FUNanceForKids.com
$501- $1000
Kronzek, Allan The Art of Fooling History,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Everyone loves magic, but few know its amazing history, or how past societies regarded the art. In this lively and informative presentation, magician and bestselling author Allan Zola Kronzek combines live performance, audience participation, paintings, photographs, and theatrical posters to bring to life The Art of Fooling throughout the ages. Audiences will learn why medieval performers were sometimes feared as sorcerers, why a treatise on witch persecution was also the first book to explain magic tricks, and how the scientific revolution changed people's perception of magic--and the world. The Art of Fooling is more than a magic. It brings together the elements of history, science, theater and art in a presentation that is as educational as it is entertaining. Allan Zola Kronzek is a writer, magician, and longtime teaching artist. He is the author of the NY Times bestseller The Sorcerer's Companion-A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter, and the highly-aclaimed A Book of Magic for Young Magicians - The Secrets of Alkazar.
$501- $1000
Knight, Leonora PreSchool Interactive Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Preschoolers will engage in singing along to popular songs with movements, expression and sense memory exercises. Children will also participate when some of their favorite books come alive through songs in a variety of musical styles. List of books can be sent ahead of time so children are familiar with stories. Children will be asked to follow directions, recall time sequences, feel temperature changes, count in Spanish and much much more!
$201- $350
Vela, Laurie Story Laurie's Stories Literature- Authors,
Media- Other,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Author/Illustrator/BookTelling Performer Laurie Story Vela, M.A. a.k.a. The Mother Goose Rapper presents Laurie's Stories for family audiences and/or preschool and juvenille groups. The shows blend Laurie's all original stories, rhymes, songs and characters in interactive, child-centered FUN that celebrates language and reading FUNdamentals. The audience participates in Laurie's Stories by reading, singing and moving along with the Mother Goose Rapper, Laurie Story and with the Laurie Story Book pages and characters displayed visually onto a big screen. Laurie's e books and characters are also available for free at www.lauriesstories.com in the Leaping Literacy Online Library featuring Laurie StorEBooks. It's super cyber Laurie Stories! We are also branching out our online library to include your children's eBooks ~ get creative and publish one at your library! See our eBook playshop listing and/or eBook creation page onsite. We have dozens of themes available. Our featured 2013 summer 'Digging' programs incorporating music and multimedia BookTelling with Laurie StorEBooks include Growing Gardens Of Words & Dinosaur Book Lore!
$201- $350
Chambers, Trish Women Soldiers and Spies Of the Civil War History,
Performing Arts- Other
This presentation addresses those women who chose to become soldiers and spies during the Civil War. See how their ingenuity allowed them to perform successfully in both these endeavors. Learn why they selected the path they did and how they were able to function effectively as soldiers and influence history as spies.
$201- $350
Joyce, Liz The Princess, the Frog & the Pea Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
The Princess, the Frog & the Pea 30 minutes, ages 3-8, tabletop puppets Combining three well-loved stories, The Princess, the Frog & the Pea delights audiences. A princess, a witch, an un-enchanted frog, a hoot owl and a neurotic pea are the stars of this mixed-up tale.
$351- $500
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