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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Del Bianco, Lou Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A graceful balance of humor and heart- LA TIMES “Around the World” is an exciting 45 minute multicultural program that combines storytelling, theater, and music. Lou invites children onstage to help him act out stories that reflect the African, South and North American, Asian and European cultures. Each story contains a valuable lesson that can teach us all something about ourselves. Children will discover that we all have a song to sing or a story to tell no matter where we come from …Around the World!
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - JUNIE B.'S ESSENTIAL SURVIVAL GUIDE TO SCHOOL Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Now that JUNIE B. JONES has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years, who better to write the book on EVERYTHING you need to know? From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks and trip-ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and ALWAYS something to sing about! An all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book.
$1001- $3000
Tobias, Toby Journey From Johannesburg Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
South African-born songwriter and musician, Toby Tobias, is excited to be performing an original show in various venues on the East Coast and in the Midwest called 'Journey from Johannesburg'. It is a performance which tells the story of his journey through 3 continents and takes the form of his original songs interspersed with small narrated vignettes about his life growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa and Jerusalem, Israel and finally New York, USA. The show's message is one of racial equality, understanding of each other's cultures and religions and a strong desire for togetherness in a world which seeks to divide rather than bring together.
$501- $1000
TheatreworksUSA, - Up in Arms' MONSTER INTELLIGENCE Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Melvin the monster is another year older but still not old enough for his license to scream. His birthday wish changes that and the Division for Monster Screams grants his wish on the condition of passing his test. Learning this new information can be difficult for Melvin and he sets off on a quest to learn with his friend Red the Rat by his side. Populated by a cast of friendly, colorful monster characters and original songs from a Green Day-style rocker, to classical, jazz, pop, and Broadway standards, makes this a journey never to forget.
$1001- $3000
TheatreworksUSA, - ALEXANDER WHO'S NOT, NOT, NOT...GOING TO MOVE Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Alexander has just received some really bad news. His dad has taken a job in a city a thousand miles away, which means that he and his family are going to have to move to a whole new city. And even though his mom says, 'Wait, you'll like it,' Alexander already knows that he'll hate it. He can't bear to leave the people and places he loves, so he decides that he won't move. First he tries to live with three different neighbors. Then he tries to build a tent so he can live by himself. Then he decides he'll hide so that his parents'll never find him, but that doesn't work out either. With a little help from his mom and dad and even his bossy older brothers they help him to understand that home is where your family is, where you're with the people who love you best of all.
$1001- $3000
Golden, Gail SPLISH SPLASH: Jump into the Story Pool! Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
SPLISH SPLASH: Jump into the Story Pool! ties in closely with the summer reading program for NYS libraries 2010. This 45 minute long show is based on three folktales (from library books) and encourages summer reading. The folktales are from Africa, England, and Puerto Rico and are lots of fun for children ages 3-10 and their families. The program includes a high degree of audience participation including Spanish language content and children from the audience being selected to play characters in the stories! It's a memorable summer reading experience for the whole family!
$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
Henderson, Chelsie Rural Soul African Drumming Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Families are invited to an educational and fun-filled drumming experience with Rural Soul music instructors Chelsie Henderson and Wayne White! Children of all ages and their parents or caregivers can expect to meet and play the African drums (djembes and doundouns), learn a song or two, and play drumming games that are fun for all. We have drums of many different sizes to accommodate participants. Depending on the event, we may bring along members of our Youth Drumming Ensemble to perform!
$201- $350
Knight, Leonora Multiply To Music Life Skills- Finance,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Are your students struggling with their times tables? I wrote these songs for my own son and they really work! If your students respond well to music watch their skills improve after participating in this program. And they DO participate! Each child is given a lyric sheet to sing along. Props and costumes are used as children come up on stage. Music styles include pop, reggae, rock, swing and jazz waltz. There’s even a cheer! CD’s are available to reinforce learning. This educational material will reach out to your students reinforcing the powerful connection of math and music
$201- $350
Heilbrun, Harvey Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Harvey Heilbrun's energetic and imaginative performances engage young and old in the art of the oral tradition. Join him as he spins folktales, sings, plays guitar, and breathes life into the imagination of the listeners. Using his 33 years of teaching experience in the middle and elementary school, including 25 years of singing and storytelling, Harvey presents everything from traditional Appalachian tales to classic legends, from historical songs to old-fashioned ghost stories. Younger grades will appreciate picture book based tales and story-songs. He will work with you to design the ideal program for your group. Multi-day follow-up workshops on storytelling with smaller groups are available. He is an ideal supplement to Balanced Literacy, Character Education, Environmental programs and Library reading programs for school age children. His program supports the Common Core standards. Harvey gathers his stories from a number of different sources, mainly folktale collections, picture books and tales that he’s heard from other tellers. He gets pleasure in telling tales that usually have a twist. He performs a number of curriculum/thematic related songs that he has written and songs of other famous songwriters.
$201- $350
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