Performers and Programs

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Cain, Ron The Magic of Dreaming Big Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Introduce young readers to “The Magic of Dreaming Big,” a new magic show inspired by the 2012 summer library reading program theme, “Dream Big – READ!” Appearing as a magical dream-weaver, Ron conjures up illusions using his “Giant Book of Big Dreams (and Little Nightmares).” Children help perform tricks that encourage them to stretch their imaginations and reach for the stars. They even have a chance to picture themselves in a variety of fields, including being a secret agent, movie star, Olympic athlete, and president of the United States. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron performs educational magic shows for libraries and schools throughout the Northeast. Each year, he presents a show highlighting the summer reading program theme. Shows include the Magic of Being Green, Wide World of Magic, Tune In To Magical Idol, Uncle Sam's Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Capt. HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, and The Case of the Missing Bunny.
$201- $350
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
Lienhard, Marco Taikoza: Voice of The Earth Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Taikoza: Voice of The Earth concert. Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. Taikoza.com
$501- $1000
Schaufler, Alison Oliver Twist Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Performing Arts- Theater
Oliver Twist (Recommended K-8th grade) This Dickens’ classic is about a young orphan, Oliver, who overcomes great hardships in Victorian London. It is a coming of age tale about survival and friendship. Through this play, we hope to encourage the students to rise above insurmountable odds and help those around them. Oliver Twist has humor and pathos that guarantee to both educate and entertain.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John Historic Music and Dance Celebrations of Many Cultures History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Bells & Motley's International Instruments, with International Folk Dances for Families; Special topics include Celebrating NYS Heritage with Dutch Music and French Cultural Heritage Concerts, Performances, Celebrations See www.bellsandmotley.com website for detailed information, photos, and much more.
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Foltkate Superheroes Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
What do China, Africa and South America all have in common? Superheroes!!! Long before the Superheroes of today, people all over the world used their SUPER IMAGINATIONS to create folktales about creatures and people with extraordinary powers. Anansi the entertaining Spider God from Africa has web-spinning adventures just like Spiderman. He captures a leopard, hornets and the 'snake that swallows people' so that all the stories in the world can be set free. Ninja Turtles have nothing on Jabuti the flute-playing tortoise from the Amazon rainforest, he saves the other rainforest animals from a giant monster while teaching the audience how to dance and sing and Tian, the Lord of the Cranes from China, gives to the poor just like Robin Hood. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales sure to delight elementary school children or a varied family audience.
$351- $500
Sardelli, Darren MEET THE AUTHOR! (Children's Book Author, Darren Sardelli) Literature- Authors,
Literature- Poetry,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Come meet award winning poet and children's book author, Darren Sardelli. He makes poetry fun and exciting for everyone. His poems are featured in 20 children’s books in the U.S. and England, and dozens of textbooks (worldwide). Darren has visited more than 600 schools, helping students tap into their creativity, inspiring them to write about what they love, and demonstrating how to paint pictures with words. His powerful poetry assemblies and dynamic writing workshops have turned countless students and educators onto poetry. Darren’s poems have been featured on Radio Disney, in best selling books on the Scholastic Book List, and are being used in lesson plans all around the world. His entertaining and engaging poems delight, excite, and ignite imaginations everywhere!
$501- $1000
Conrad, Bob Books Are Magic Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Bob Conrad takes your audience on a Magical look at reading and all the exciting things that can be found in a book. Meet Bernie the Book Worm, Sam the Talking Book, Bob's puppet friend Junior. Magic from far away lands. Stories about animals , famous people, and How to do it! Loaded with audience participation and side splitting laughter. Your audience will see just how much fun Reading can be. Bob Conrad is the author/illustrator of several educational children's books including, Bob Conrad's Rain Forest Animals, Bob Conrad's Deep Sea Adventure, Bob Conrad's Great Americans and You can do Magic.
$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
Bromka, Sondra & John DIG THAT CANAL! ‘15 Miles on the Erie Canal' Family Fun Musical Storytelling; With FREE companion options - Folk Instruments of Along the Canal; Introduction to Theatercraft History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
'15 Miles on the Erie Canal' is a colorful and very participatory historic musical storytelling event for the whole family. Enjoy this lively collage of Tall Tales, Costumes, Music and Sing-along Songs as the artists share an unforgettable story of New York’s famous waterway. Presented in 19th century 'folk opera' performance style, it sparkles with canal-era music from cultures along the canal, performed on a rare collection of historic instruments including hammer dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, early squeezeboxes, canal horn, and more. Our story unfolds as Captain Simon Slick and Irish cook Sallie Waters meet up with Sal, a truly amazing mule who makes quite a splash (and also happens to be guest from the audience!). Together they set off on a rollicking journey down The Grand E-ri-e Canal, 8th Wonder of the World! Great characters, great stories, and an unforgettable historic enrichment experience for Summer Reading Programs! NOTE: For a gala event, our “15 Miles” performance may be expanded with your choice of NYS Canal Cultural Heritage workshop activities: expanded singing roles for a children’s/family chorus; lively canal-era children's dances; and even student-written Tall Tale vignettes for the Grand Finale. Custom-designed programs, special events welcome.
$351- $500
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