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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Cohen, Dan Bananappeal Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
Danna Banana solo.50 minutes of original music, storytelling and games guaranteed to have everyone on their feet. (appropriate for ages 3-9)
$201- $350
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel Blackmail at Baker Street Performing Arts- Storytelling
Blackmail at Baker Street features the telling of The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton, the riveting story of the “king of all the blackmailers”, robbery, and a life at risk of ruin! Like elocutionists of earlier times, these storytellers adhere closely to the written word in their recitation and interpretation of literary works. Rachel and Rebecca provide an introduction to the story, and they entertain questions and comments afterwards.
$101- $200
Graham, Michael Jack and the Beanstalk Performing Arts- Puppetry
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK This popular classic features beautifully crafted hand and rod puppets, colorful scenic design, special effects and an original script in which Jack, with the help of a clever Chicken, saves the day! The Spring Valley Puppet Theater production of Jack and the Beanstalk holds many surprises in this new approach to this old favorite. Michael Graham's production of Jack and the Beanstalk was awarded in 1994 Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry by UNIMA-USA, the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionette. The show runs 35-40 minutes. An informative and fascinating curtain-down question and answer period can follow school performances! A demonstration of some of the puppets follows public performances.
$351- $500
Schaufler, Alison Pinocchio Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Pinocchio (Recommended K-8th grade) Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio is the timeless tale of an Italian woodcarver, Geppetto, who carves a son out of a block of pine. Join the wooden marionette on his journey to become a real boy! Through Pinocchio’s mischievous adventures, he discovers that to truly be human is to be good-hearted and brave. This is a story of self-discovery, transformation, and redemption. With this play, we hope to teach students the importance of honesty, education, and gratitude.
$351- $500
Mankita, Jay Home Sweet Home - Build A Better World 2017! Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Other
Build a more sustainable world with Jay Mankita's fun, interactive songs on reducing, reusing, recycling, and renewing, plus composting, anti-littering, and groundwater awareness. Serious topics, framed in fun! An exciting mix of material featuring Jay’s guitar and keyboard, After 2,000 performances throughout the Northeast, Jay is ready to rock, enrich, and inspire with his eco-friendly show! This concert is great for all-age audiences, and as in all Playful Earth concerts, there is nothing 'juvenile' here; older kids and parents/caregivers will love the show.
$351- $500
Rogers, Robert Turtle's Big Dream! Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Once upon a time there was a talkative little turtle who had an ambitious dream - to fly! He was so captivated by the idea of seeing the world from way up in the air, that he spoke about it constantly to all the other animals in the forest, wondering how he could accomplish his goal. Based on a Native American legend, this is a play about reaching beyond the every day and striving to do more, even when it seems to be impossible. Puppeteer Robert Rogers has applied all the imagination and skill that he has acquired over a 31 year career.
$351- $500
Joyce, Liz Little Red Ridinghood Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Children squeal with delight throughout this traditional tale with a twist. Find out what happens when Little Red gets mixed up with Porquoi the pig who is in the wrong story. Complete with changing scenery, music and charming hand puppets, this show will have them ratting on the wolf and cheering Little Red to safety.
$351- $500
Schaufler, Alison Robin Hood Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Performing Arts- Theater
Robin Hood (Recommended K-8) Robin Hood is an adventurous tale of a hero who lived during the reign of the greedy and jealous Prince John. Through the creation of new taxes and laws, the poor were unable to survive the economic hardships of everyday living. Good people were forced to hide in Sherwood Forest for fear of dreadful consequences. Robin of Loxley was brave enough to stand up to this cruelty! Through this action-packed story, we hope to educate the students about the importance of perseverance and leadership.
$351- $500
Storytellers, Beauty & the Beast Stories of Wonder, Magic & Mystery Performing Arts- Storytelling
Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton are seasoned presenters who have been winning audiences and critical acclaim throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia since 1980. Renowned for their dynamic presentations of world tales and their work in teaching storytelling, they are available for performances, workshops, author visits and extended residencies. Their twenty-one books and recordings have won numerous awards including Parents’ Choice, National Parenting Publications Awards, Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (from Bank Street College of Education), and the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award.
$501- $1000
Edgecomb, Diane Insect Comedy Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Insect Comedy takes a delightful look at our Six-legged friends. In Princess Firefly entertaining facts are served up along with plenty of silliness as the Princess ponders, “Who will be the bug I will love?” Kate's Acorn, one of Diane's original stories, teaches about the importance of soil creatures in the life cycle of plants. And in another backyard tale we learn about when to keep or let insects go. Diane's hilarious interpretations of Mr. Mosquito, Mr. Gnat, Old King Lampyradie Beetle keep us laughing as we take a closer look at the world of insects. "From the Academy's point of view, the storytelling could not have worked better as a public program. The stories you told, captivated and fascinated our audience. I was impressed that they would not let you leave the stage without an encore performance. Diane your storytelling is fantastic!" Linda Wolf, Public Programs Coordinator, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
$351- $500
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