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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Parisi, Rita I am Zelda- a one-act play about MRS. F. Scott Fitzgerald Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald is often known as the insane flapper wife of F.Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby. However, she was more than just the beautiful muse and wife to one of the greatest of the Lost Generation writers. Rita Parisi, in her one-woman original play, will pay tribute to an often misunderstood woman; a woman who was also a mother, an accomplished dancer, an exhibited artist and a published writer in her own right. *appropriate for mature teens and older. *includes some stage lighting
$501- $1000
Theater, Open Hand Monkey Business Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
With its interactive play stage, Open Hand Theater engages children ages pre-K - 2nd grade in their own performance of the well-loved story, Hats for Sale. In our version each monkey is a vowel sound. With puppets and a stage, sounds and lots of fun with repetition, children participate in acting out the story.
$101- $200
Mitch Weiss, Martha Hamilton Words Take Wing: An Author's Visit with Martha Hamilton & Mitch Weiss Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
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, author visits, workshops, 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. A typical comment after a school visit is: 'Beauty & Beast Storytellers have so much talent wrapped in one package! They are authors, dramatists and educators bursting with energy and enthusiasm. Their books delight all audiences and when they talk their books, it's an unforgettable performance.' Mitch and Martha will get children of all ages excited about reading and inspire them to tell tales in an engaging manner and to write their own stories. Their story collections and picture books appeal to a wide range of ages. Check out their terrific Web site which reflects the quality of their programs and the breadth and depth of their experience.
$501- $1000
Kruszka, Donald Gumshoe McMonocle and the Strange Case of Rumpelsomething Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
The tale of Rumpelstiltskin presented as a 1940s detective story. A desperate queen hires an intrepid but bumbling private eye to find the name of the man who can turn straw into gold and prevent him from taking her first-born child. Offered for consideration for the 2013 Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Series theme. Nominated for Best Family Faire Award by Bitter Lemons Publications as part of the 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
$101- $200
Gillman, Jackson Riot in the Garden Music,
Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Fun-filled science theater celebrating the joys of gardening in interactive song,movement and story. Laugh and learn as we get down and earthy, becoming worms, roots, blossoms and a bountiful harvest in this rollicking romp. Susan Pierce, Special Events Director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association reported: Not only was Riot in the Garden awarded Most Educational at the Common Ground Fair, it was a delightful mix of comedy, music, and stories that delighted people of all ages. It's great to work with someone like Jackson, who can always be depended on to do an outstanding job.
$351- $500
LaRue, Michele The Apple Tree: a celebration of spring and poor housekeeping History,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Theater
Old Sarah Blake—=small and intense=—is a relentless dynamo of obsessive good housekeeping. Her neighbor, Sam Maddox—a gangly giant of a man—has =lived somehow without much work.= When a fall through =one of Mother’s nice cane seat-chairs= puts old Edison Blake out of commission, the Maddox family learns =It’s terrible hard work cleanin’ house.= The collision of these two very different couples on one eventful afternoon reveals the true value of a glorious spring day. New England author Mary E. Wilkins Freeman conjures her story with insight, humor, and affection. Written in 1903, THE APPLE TREE harkens back to a time when literature was written for the ear, and Freeman’s evocative prose gives LaRue ample opportunity to enthrall. In her honest, vibrant performance, the actress embodies four distinct characters, using “Down Eastern” dialect to recreate a lost era. Michele is a member of both actors’ unions: Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA. She has performed vintage American short stories for two decades, touring nationally with a wide-ranging repertoire of TALES WELL TOLD.
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane Water Wizards! Nature- Marine Life,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Let’s go where the wet things are in this entertaining program with master storyteller Diane Edgecomb. We’ll act like CLAMS, JELLYFISH and LOBSTERS in the Native American legend: How Whales got their Spouts and explore the water cycle in Diane’s fun water conservation tale: What Now, Cloacina?!! Check under Diane’s Wizard hat and you may find the secret potion that ends every Water Wizards performance with instant FOG! Recommended for ages 4 and above.
$351- $500
Forsyth, Sondra Dance Around the World Performing Arts- Dance
"Dance Around the World" is a residency for elementary schools. Teaching Artists conduct workshops with up to eight classes, any combination of grades K-5. The residency culminates in two costumed performances of dances from cultures around the globe. See the sample schedule below. We can tailor it to suit your needs. We have a valid NYC DOE requirements contract and we are eligible for Suffolk County BOCES funding. Private schools and some public schools use PTA funds.
$1001- $3000
Pelham, Ruth Under One Sky concerts Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
**Reduced fees available for multiple programs in one day or block booking with multiple libraries for the same day.** Singing, hand-clapping, toe-tapping and sign language are all part of this upbeat and inspirational concert that takes children on a journey to celebrate the Earth and the rich diversity of our global family. At the heart of this program is Ruth Pelham’s longtime experience as a peace advocate and community song leader, as well as her participation in national and international 'peace through music' projects. This program features Ruth singing her original songs that teach participants how to make a positive difference in the world and be actively engaged in caring for our living Earth. Singing out about respect, compassion, understanding and cooperation, the 'Under One Sky' program weaves multiculturalism, environmental awareness, and social responsibility into a tapestry rich in hope and possibility.
$501- $1000
TheatreworksUSA, - The Balsters' DUCK SOUP MAGIC SHOW Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic
You won’t believe your eyes as the Balsters wow audiences of all ages with this fast-paced display of magic featuring Houdini’s mysterious masterpiece Metamorphosis; the amazing, gravity-defying Broomstick Suspension; and the hilarious Duck Soup magic trick... starring a live duck!
$1001- $3000
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