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Program
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Description
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Epstein Kravis, Anna BILINGUAL ENGLISH SPANISH Songs, Puppetry & Fun Family Fiesta Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
This program features songs children and their parents know and love, from American and Latino cultures. English and Spanish are so gracefully interwoven that knowledge of either language is sufficient to make this song & puppet concert great fun for all children and family audiences. Five Little Monkeys, a song familiar to all kids, is hilariousisly acted by volunteers from the audience, with 5 adorable monkey puppets and a funny crocodile, alternating lyrics in English and Spanish. LuLu the Singing Llama makes her appearance adding to the fun. Children have many opportunities to be in the show! INCLUDES SONGS FROM ANNA'S AWARD WINNING SON LOS COLORES BILINUGAL CD!
$351- $500
Van Egmond, Timothy A Peddler's Pack of Songs History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
An eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary songs sung in two-part harmony, combined with lively Irish and French Canadian tunes. Yankee Notions is Jim Douglas and Tim Van Egmond. Both are accomplished singers, storytellers, and musicians (guitar, hammered dulcimer, English concertina, pennywhistle, Appalachian dulcimer). Performing for close to 25 years, Yankee Notions has been featured in hundreds of community concerts and festivals, schools, libraries senior centers, and heritage museums including Old Sturbridge Village (MA), Historic Deerfield (MA), Mystic Seaport (CT), and Old Bethpage Village Restoration (NY). 'Yankee Notions likes to promise that they will ‘please the ear, enrich the mind, and enchant the heart.’ They’ve been making good on that promise for the last 20 years, all around New England and beyond it as well.' Nicholas Thaw, Director, 1794 Meetinghouse, New Salem, MA
$501- $1000
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
Davis, Katie Great Storytelling in Words and Pictures Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Audience learns to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her own mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. Highly interactive program - audience helps write a story; volunteers make different emotional expressions. Katie draws their faces on the characters and together they create a new narrative with emphasis on beginning, middle and end. Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: Katie teaches HOW TO SEE so you’re able to illustrate any story you write. Dear Katie, I'm usually 'ho-hum' when it comes to author visits. You were one to change my mind! You were...the best ever writing session, and I truly mean it! Jayne Pitt, teacher
$1001- $3000
Crocker, Keith Santa Claus and the Movies - How the mythical elf of merriment has been presented on the silver screen! History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This is an oddball but fun presentation showing the various depictions of the Santa Claus legend throughout the years. From Miracle on 34th Street to such crazy adaptations of the story such as Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, we'll investigate the history of Santa Claus through both legend and literature and its ultimate incarnation on the screen. This program will be a seasonal must. Loaded with clips of some of the strangest presentations of Santa over the past decades. It's a unique program to say the least.
$101- $200
Herscovitch, Lara Music with Meaning: Songs for a Better World Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
“Pure musical poetry” (The Courier), Lara Herscovitch’s music is an original blend of modern folk with blues, jazz & pop influences. With a voice “clear and smooth like expensive liquor” (Northeast Performer), she is “A rising talent who is truly someone to watch for” (Acoustic Live in NYC). Her music is “expertly written prose, songwriting at its best; good for your ears AND your soul” (Sound Waves). Former Connecticut State Troubadour, Lara brings a charm, authenticity, and love of performing that resonates with diverse audiences. She has appeared as a guest on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and tours from Maine to Miami. She also has extensive experience as a policy social worker, and has worked in the US, Latin America and Asia – focusing on education, community development, and juvenile justice. Echoes of these themes resonate throughout her music: “Singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch doesn’t write songs just for the ears, but also for the heart and soul.” (Daily Journal, Tupelo MS).
$351- $500
CLEMENTS, JEHAN Santa Claus - Holiday Storytelling Program Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
1 - The Boy/Girl Who Became Santa's Helper - Original Christmas Story. 2 - The Boy/Girl Who Did Not Believe In Santa Claus - Original Christmas Story. 3 - The Night Before Christmas - Let's Read This Wonderful Poem Together. 4 - We're Having Fun - A Sing-a-Long Song.
$351- $500
Schuman, Sandor My Father was a Storyteller History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
My father, Samuel Schuman, was a songwriter, musician, poet, and storyteller who made his living as an electrician. I retell and expand on his stories, a personal and historical saga that stretches from the help wanted ads of the Philadelphia Inquirer to the front page of the New York Times, from the pleasant beaches of Atlantic City to the hectic skyscrapers of Manhattan, and from his longed-for saxophone to my sister’s studio-upright piano. My father didn’t have a very good voice, but he wasn’t afraid to sing.
$101- $200
Shimeta, Kathleen My Business is to Sing Music,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Performing Arts- Theater
Emily Dickinson’s life comes alive in "My Business is to Sing!" as the poet delves into her home life, her relationships with her family, friends and love interests. Emily reveals her innermost passion for words, acknowledging that writing and poetry are her life. Dialogue melds into song and back to dialogue as Emily reflects on her life from age 9 to 24. Much has happened to mold her into the writer she is and will be. Developed and created by Barbara Dana and Kathleen Shimeta, the dialogue is based on Ms. Dana’s book, "A Voice of Her Own." Song settings of Miss Dickinson’s poems include the works of composers Martin Hennessy, Aaron Copland, Drew Heminger, Michael Conley, Ricky Ian Gordon, Vincent Persichetti and William Roy. My Business is to Sing! is offered as a performance with Barbara Dana and Kathleen Shimeta with Martin Hennessy, pianist. The program may also be presented with two additional professional actors from the area of the performance. These two actors would play multiple characters within the dialogue. Discussion with the presenters would determine the two person or four person show.
$501- $1000
TheatreworksUSA, - Living Voices Productions' THE RIGHT TO DREAM History,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
The story of a young African-American's coming of age in Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s is vividly told in this compelling story.
$501- $1000
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