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Program
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Description
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Boyer, Jeff The Science of Magic Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Science
THE SCIENCE OF MAGIC. Arthur C. Clark once wrote that “sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” and today we live in the age of technology. We are surrounded by magic. In the first half of this show “Boyer the Magnificent” entertains and amazes us with several classic magic illusions. Objects change colors, light bulbs blaze to life with no apparent power source, and spheres levitate before us. Is this magic? “Professor Boyer” says “No!” In the second half of the show he performs these same feats using the tools of modern technology. Explaining laws of physics as he goes, the professor teaches the audience the principles that make these astounding demonstrations possible. Throughout the show volunteers are brought up on stage to participate in an event that amuses, amazes, educates and entertains.
$501- $1000
Bernard, Clifford Lil' Cliff & the Cliffhangers History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
International Blues Challenge Finalists Lil’ Cliff & the Cliffhangers are an innovative blues harmonica driven quartet who consistently incorporate a unique sense of energy and life into their sound. The band has over a twenty year history of bringing swinging jump blues and 50's style R & B to New York audiences of all ages and musical tastes. Their newly released CD: The Lovid Kind...has been prominently featured on national and college radio as well as being regularly featured on Sirius/XM Satellite radio. Lil' Cliff and The Cliffhangers have a universal appeal to audiences of various age groups and are well known for their feel-god, upbeat shows. They have extensive experience performing in libraries, community events, fund raisers, and seasonal town concerts. The band maintains a rigorous touring schedule, and is a staple and favorite performing act throughout the New York/New Jersey area. The band has backed national touring blues artists such as: Mitch Woods, Sam Taylor, Little Buster, Ronnie Earl, Bill Perry, Bobby Radcliff, Danny Russo, and Gatemouth Brown to name a few. Check out their website at: www.lilcliff.com or for more info email: mail@lilcliff.com or call 516-639-2339.
$501- $1000
Cain, Ron Captain HurriCain's Magical Underwater Adventure Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other
The show, which uses magic and humor to promote reading, highlights the New York state summer reading program theme, “Make a Splash – Read!” As jolly, seafaring Captain HurriCain, Ron Cain takes children on an imaginary trip to the bottom of the ocean. Together, they explore a Magical Underwater Library. Young readers have fun with water-themed illusions that highlight different types of books they can borrow. During the adventure, they help Ron perform tricks involving pirates, mermaids, and a sea monster or two. Since 1998, Ron has created magic shows based on the annual summer reading program theme. Each program encourages children to visit their library and appreciate the magic of books. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages include Tune In To Magical Idol, Uncle Sam's Old Time Magic Show, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, and the Case of the Missing Bunny.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John Timeless Tunes, Timeless Tales, and Musical Secrets of Long Ago and Far Away Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Discover the stories and secrets behind some of the most rare, mysterious, and magical musical instruments of history. How were they invented? How do they work? Hear the tales that are told about the person who was said to be the first player of the bagpipes in ancient Rome. Discover the secret behind stories that claim that fiddles actually have magical powers. What is the tallest stringed instruments ever invented? Are there actually wind instruments that you don't blow into? Can a harp ever play itself? What happens when you touch it? Children will be invited to try the harp and find out for themselves! Bells & Motley have discovered that young children (as well as adults) are enthralled by the unusual sounds and stories behind their unique collection of historic instruments, including rommelpot, hurdy gurdy, early bagpipes, harp, hand-made fiddles, and tromba marina. Audiences are especially excited to hear that the Bromkas, in addition to being musicians, historians, and veteran storytellers, are also expert instrument builders. An unforgettable interactive enrichment experience.
$351- $500
Powell, Jack Jack Zucchini Songwriting Workshops Media- Video,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
During a 60- to 75-minute session, students explore the craft of songwriting by writing and recording a song that is uniquely their own, based on a theme or curriculum-related topic. They work cooperatively to form a musical composition by: brainstorming ideas, writing lyrics, composing a melody, and gaining personal experience with the creative process. The song is then rehearsed and recorded, and the school receives a CD recording containing the students’ song (as well as an online downloadable Mp3 version to share with parents!) Jack uses live recording “loop” technology to achieve a full band sound by layering percussion, bass, acoustic guitars, harmonica, trumpet, and vocals (He's always adding new instruments and sounds to the mix.
$201- $350
Friedman, Jeffrey StoryPlay InterACTIVE Children's Theater Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Visual Arts- Other
StoryPlay is as limitless and creative as a child's imagination! This program is designed so that children can take personally part in a storytelling activity by creating characters and making up their own lines in an interactive adventure led by Mom's Choice Award Winning storyteller Jason Edwards. It is suitable for any child old enough to talk and interact, because reading skills are not required for participation. Jason begins the story and cues the performers when it is time to deliver their lines. The storyteller’s prompts, such as “And the monster made a noise that sounded like…” or “But my mom didn’t believe me, so she said…” continue until the tale is guided to its ultimate conclusion. It may sound complicated, but children of all ages and levels of ability can successfully take part in this activity due to the clever scripting by Mr. Edwards, author of WILL ALLEN AND THE GREAT MONSTER DETECTIVE, WILL ALLEN AND THE RING OF TERROR, AND WILL ALLEN AND THE HIDEOUS SHROUD.
$101- $200
Edgecomb, Diane The Salmon of Wisdom Literature- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
True tales and original stories of encounters with the wild. This inspiring and entertaining performance is especially for nature lovers. The show starts off with an upbeat rhyming story of a New York cabbie who travels “up North” in search of a loon. Filled with humorous and evocative moments as we travel with the greenhorn cabbie as he reconnects with the wild. This piece is complemented with beautiful Native American legends and Diane’s original story The Salmon of Wisdom ~ a true tale of a mysterious and inspiring journey along California's Pacific Coast ~ a story of the beauty and mystery of nature. A one of a kind performance by one of New England’s favorite storytellers.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John Merry Old English Music & Dances To Welcome in the Spring Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Participatory songs, dances, and magical traditions of Merrie Olde England that help celebrate the arrival of this loveliest season of the year. Seasonal concert/workshop combination. By request, program can be expanded to include traditional maypole dancing (see below)
$351- $500
Fischer, Joe Joe Fischer's The Juggling Club Performing Arts- Juggling
A wonderful HANDS ON program. Children are introduced to the world of juggling in this interactive workshop. The basic techniques of juggling are explained and demonstrated in a clear step by step format. WOW, in just under one hour the children are on their way to a brand new hobby.
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - Queen Nur's SWEET POTATO PIE & SUCH! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Incomparable storyteller Karen Nur El-Amin presents a tasty treat of stories, songs and dance celebrating African-American Heritage accompanied by African instruments. This highly energetic and interactive performance will delight as well as enlighten all ages.
$501- $1000
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