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Barton, Laine The Brooklyn Bridge - Puppets, Magic, History,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
The Brooklyn Bridge, a circus-magic adventure. While the Brooklyn Bridge was being built, PT Barnum was also building his circus world. The story of the Brooklyn Bridge is told through the eyes of a circus performer, who tells the story using magic, puppets and circus.
$351- $500
Elias, Doren The Traveling Lantern Theatre- Sword in the Stone Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Sword in the Stone A young boy liberates his destiny. Young Wart stumbles upon an unusual friend: a memorable and beloved old sorcerer named Merlin. With Merlin's guidance, he is astonished to discover that he is the only person in the kingdom who can pull an embedded sword from it's massive stone pedestal: The legendary blade, Excalibur. Little does he know that he will grow up to become the just, ethical, and admired King Arthur!
$351- $500
Cain, Ron Magical Workshops Other,
Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Magic
Central New York magician Ron Cain offers workshops that help young people enjoy and explore the magical world around them. Each combines class instruction with hands-on activities. IT'S MAGIC! teaches kids to perform magic with ordinary objects like cards, coins and rope. Ron's SCIENTIFIC SECRETS OF MAGIC teaches scientific principles behind the tricks of his trade. Children learn simple tricks that involve chemistry, physics, biology, psychology and math. CLOWNING AROUND shows them how to have fun with juggling, yo-yos and balloon animals. THE WORLD OF HARRY POTTER gives Hogwarts fans a chance to take magical classes and play wizard games. ENCHANTED CREATURES focuses on the folklore and legends surrounding elves, fairies, leprechauns, trolls, dragons and unicorns. MONSTEROLOGY sheds light on the seven monster families and invites students to use their imagination to create creepy creatures. A GATHERING OF GHOSTS introduces students to classic ghost stories and beliefs. THE WILD, WILD WEST lets children pretend to be cowboys (and girls) and learn about Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull. A native Texan, Ron graduated from Syracuse University and took graduate classes in social studies education. He has taught at Onondaga Community College and Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES.
$201- $350
The Games Man, TREVOR The Outdoor Special Other,
Performing Arts- Other
TREVOR delights young and old on arrival, stiltwalking in at nearly 9' tall. We'll begin with some really High Fives just to get 'em jumping right from the start. Then gather around, everyone, it's time for The Aerial Delights: an up-in-the-air, 100% participatory extravaganza of tricks and skills featuring Wind Whistlers, Ribbon Dancers, the color-changing Chameleon Stick, and loads of laughter. And when he sits down and takes of his stilts, the audience is always interested in seeing how the stilts are constructed and answering their questions. The second half is always the games! Either Parachute Play of Active Running Games depending on the crowd and/or your preference. When everyone grabs ahold of the Rainbow Parachute, it's the thrill and excitement of over, under, around, and through! Or we'll just run 'em ragged with a whole flurry of highly active games that everybody wind and everyone has FUN no matter their ability level... even adults! (Check out Project: Ribbon Dancer for a great add-on craft project, too.)
$351- $500
Rogers, Robert Professor Pennywhistle and the Round the World Story Balloon Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Imagine a magical balloon that knows when and how to touch down in the most exotic places right in the middle of a story, just at the most important moment. This is the invention of Professor Pennywhistle, whose curiosity and enthusiasm about exploring the world takes him - and us - to the most surprising places. It's a celebration of diversity - and more important - the common things that people share all around the globe. We'll visit the arid landscape of Africa, where the animals must remember the name of a tree that will drop its fruit only if they can shout it out loud; the Palace of the Emperor of China, who has lost his best friend - a nightingale - and doesn't know what to do; a little cottage in the woods of France, where an elderly woman learns the secret of a soup made from only a stone. And finally, we'll return to the good old U.S.A. and meet Pecos Bill, America's first cowboy, and help him lasso a wild tornado. We live in a big, wide, wonderful world, and Professor Pennywhistle is more than happy to be our tour guide.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John Bells & Motley Community Revelry- Renaissance Faires, Harvest Festivals, Erie Canal Celebrations, More! History,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Topics include: -Community Heritage Bicentennial and Sesquicentennial Celebrations -Labyrinth Building -Musical Instrument Building -Christmas Pageants -Playwriting & Performance on Historic themes -Renaissance Faires & Festivals -and Much more! One-of-a-kind projects enthusiastically welcome! We often offer water-related themes. Got a River? Erie Canal?
$501- $1000
Cohen, Dan Bananukah Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other
Join Danna Banana and two travelling musicians as they tell the story of the Festival of Lights using original and tradition songs, games and a little help from your audience. A splashy celebration with music, costumes, props and the unstoppable Latke Faries. (appropriate for ages 3-12)
$501- $1000
Crocker, Keith CHARLEY CHASE - From Silent Clown to Creative Cohort History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Clowning
Charley Chase was a popular character actor throughout the teens and 20's, he got his start in cinema when he told legendary producer Hal Roach that he could "play anything" and then proceeded to do an imitation of a lighthouse. But what makes Charley Chase stand out from the other silent comedians of the time was that he ended up writing and directing for some of the biggest acts in the business including the Three Stooges and Andy Clyde. He also acted along side such astonishing acts as Laurell & Hardy, Buster Keaton and "Fatty" Arbuckle. Find out all about this underestimated comic genius in this great 60 minute program. Features a showing of the Charley Chase classic short You Said a Hatful! (1934) in Sound Super 8mm format.
$101- $200
Forman, Carole On the Way to the Heavenly Palace: A Journey of Jewish Story Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
The Jewish mystic path comes alive through story: the spiritual quest, the eternal value of goodness, the fight with the angel of death, the endurance of love. Drawing from the rich repertoire of Jewish story, Carole shapes a program that is deep and enjoyable and sensitive to her audience. Songs and join-in melodies (niggunim) enliven and engage everyone. People of all faiths and none will feel at home at this joyful life-affirming program. Carole Forman has performed story programs around the U.S. and Canada for audiences of all ages. A professional actress, (on Broadway once), she has the ability to engage her audience and get them involved. Wherever Carole tells story she creates community.
$501- $1000
Walsh, FARMER TOM WALSH and tiger tom CORN-TASTIC WITH FARMER TOM WALSH SONG STORIES Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Corn-Tastic - We learn about the many uses of Corn in today’s world. We learn the science and benefits, to the world, Corn brings and how we can all be the future, through education, of discovery. Farmer Tom Walsh, during his program, will distribute agriculture and farm related STICKERS to the fair goers. BEE ON THE FARM: Farmer Tom Walsh’s program has an agricultural theme that begins with a fun and educational story and then song on the life of bees. During the show everyone will gain an appreciation for the importance of bees in agriculture production. Bee My Friend: Everyone will gain an appreciation for the importance of bees in agriculture production. Cooperation with and respect for others (Dignity for All Students Act) is available for Elementary grade levels with his original story, The wooly bully bee, is a story of a bee that is misunderstood and everyone helps to tell the tale! Performance Preparation: Activities can include curriculum requirement, cooperation with others, farming, vegetables, recycling, nutrition, safety, history and music.
$351- $500
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