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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Graham, Michael Michael Graham's Spring Valley Puppet Theater Multicultural- Other,
Museums,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Illusion has triumphed. And so has Michael Graham, who gives life, at least momentarily, to a most improbable cast of characters. The New York Daily News The Spring Valley Puppet Theater has been performing for schools and libraries throughout New England for over 30 years. Each performance combines delightfully original scripts, appealing characters, beautifully hand-crafted hand and rod puppets, lighting, music and humor. The result is highly entertaining puppet theater. A highlight of each library program is an informative and exciting behind-the-scenes look at the technique and artistry used in puppet theater, including a demonstration of favorite characters. In most school assembly performances, the front curtain is removed and students are invited to explore the art of puppetry through an insightful and absorbing question and answer period. A wonderful educational experience! Productions include Jack and the Beanstalk (1994 UNIMA Award recipient.) The Three Wishes, The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, The Lazy Fox/ El Zorro Perezoso (bilingual,) Puss in Boots, A Holiday Fantasy. All shows play to a maximum audience of 350. Recommended for ages 5 and up / K thru 6th grade. Prices range from $335 to $400 plus travel. Please call for pricing information.
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - Living Voices' OUR REVOLUTION History,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
Walk in the footprints of Peter Freeman, a soldier in the Continental Army during the American Revolution as he struggles to find a place for himself during the birth of both a new country and a new people —the first generation of African-Americans in the United States of America.
$501- $1000
Zawaski, Gloria How to open the door to your imagination Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Middletown author Gloria Smith Zawaski has written The Undercover Kids’ Holland Adventure series. The program she introduces to students, with its creative online interactive component and accompanying short story contest, makes this a perfect addition to school programs. Gloria and her characters (as puppets), Katie, Jake and their dog Cooper are available to visit schools. The title of her presentation is “How to open the door to your imagination.” Gloria’s 40-minute presentation is lively, giving the students the opportunity to think about what their Undercover Kids’ Adventure will be all about. The program has been developed for grades 4 through 6. And the books are available for sale at your school and the author will do a book signing. It works great because the program is based on the New York State curriculum guidelines. There is a 40-page Teacher Resource Guide available for download. It is great for cross curriculum programming. According to Gloria, “Children's lives are often too programmed. The Undercover Kids have a chance to lead authentic lives...learn from their own adventures...make their own decisions.”
$501- $1000
Cain, Candice The Lion & The Mouse Performing Arts- Theater
A little mouse befriends a large lion and helps him out of a trap, even though he thinks she isn’t strong enough. This fun play, based on one of Aesop's fables, will teach elementary-aged students the importance of not judging a person’s abilities based on their appearance. Face painting afterwards!
$101- $200
!, Spook Handy Folk Revival! History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Remember the good days of Peter Paul and Mary, early Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger? People sang along and felt a real sense that this generation was going to do something big. This program keeps that spirit alive. We’ll have a great time singing the Folk Revival classics from the 50’s and 60’s and few surprise pop classics from the 60’s. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
Hudert, Christopher Aesop's Fables Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Aesop’s imaginative and informative world of amusing and instructive stories springs to life in these bright and delightful tales. A solo puppeteer/storyteller brings to the stage the tales of “The Ant and The Grasshopper,” “The Country Mouse and The City Mouse,” and “The Tortoise and The Hare.” Each fable has a moral, or lesson, that illustrates different proper behavior and highlights a different style of puppetry. The wit and wisdom of one of the world’s best known storytellers are as relevant today as they were when Aesop first told them nearly three thousand years ago.
$351- $500
Crocker, Keith BILLY GILBERT - Hollywood's Forgotten Comic Genius Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
Billy Gilbert is easily one of the most recognized character actors on screen, yet so few people know anything about him. Born to Metropolitan Opera singers, Billy Gilbert was in Vaudeville since age 12, and upon being spotted by Stan Laurel during a stage show in 1929, was introduced to the world of motion pictures. He ended up working with the major comic talents of the day, including Laurel and Hardy, The Three Stooges, The Little Rascals, The Marx Brothers and W.C. Fields. He also acted along side Charles Chaplin, John Wayne and Frank Sinatra. This program celebrates Billy Gilbert's career in cinema, and utilizing various clips from his decades of work shows you why he was one of the favorite foils of Hollywood funny men.
$101- $200
Boertzel, Brooke If You Really Love Polar Bears... Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Meet Patchy...a little boy who LOVES polar bears and claims to be their biggest fan. While taking a magical journey in search of his favorite ice bear, Patchy learns that polar bears are in trouble due to climate change and humans' wasteful habits! Patchy's big dream is to encourage people to make smart choices, conserve energy and help save the polar bears! Told through music, puppetry and physical comedy, this 45-minute performance educates children about climate change and the impact it's having on animals' habitats. It also encourages children to dream big by letting them know there is a lot kids can do to help their community and the entire planet!
$351- $500
Whitcomb-May, Andrea Greta Garbage Many Stories Many Worlds Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Super star vocabulary words Reduce, Reuse & Recycle open up a world of stories with an entertaining look at the environment & the multifaceted topic of garbage! Stories even include garbage archeology & history. Using storytelling, puppets, and a bit of music Greta begins this journey traveling to Egypt, London, then west across the globe to return home where puppets Jasmine & Tessy present their audience driven show.
$101- $200
Beaugard, Carol The Christmas Carol Trio Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
A wonderful holiday celebration: The Christmas Carol Trio performs 17th and 18th century carols from England, Ireland, , Scotland, France, Germany and America (sung in English, French, Scottish and German), with narrative explaining the origins of the holiday's traditions and decor. We can perform as a duet, trio, quartet or quintet, based on your needs and budget. Instrumentation includes vocals, guitar and mandolin, with the option to additionally book fiddle, bass, penny whistle or bodhran. Dress is formal attire.
$201- $350
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