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Crocker, Keith The Golden Age of Rock & Roll - When Music Married Television Media- Video,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This is a program that I can guarantee will have your patrons dancing in the aisles. The program director has their pick of programs as I explore the golden age of Rock & Roll through clips from one of the following programs, The Ed Sullivan Show (aired 1948 through 1971), Hullabaloo (aired 1965 through 1966), Shindig (aired 1964 through 1966) or Shivaree (aired 1965 through 1966) . I will give a concise history on any program of your choosing, and I will show musical clips from my vast library of rare and unreleased performances. Your patrons will delight to hear live performances from the beginning of Rock & Roll (Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis) to the British Invasion (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, The Hollies) and so much more. This is the definitive program on this subject, and you can book more than one presentation or even book all four in consecutive order. This is a great program for baby boomers to introduce their young ones to the music they had grown up with.
$101- $200
Crocker, Keith CHARLEY CHASE - From Silent Clown to Creative Cohort History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Clowning
Charley Chase was a popular character actor throughout the teens and 20's, he got his start in cinema when he told legendary producer Hal Roach that he could "play anything" and then proceeded to do an imitation of a lighthouse. But what makes Charley Chase stand out from the other silent comedians of the time was that he ended up writing and directing for some of the biggest acts in the business including the Three Stooges and Andy Clyde. He also acted along side such astonishing acts as Laurell & Hardy, Buster Keaton and "Fatty" Arbuckle. Find out all about this underestimated comic genius in this great 60 minute program. Features a showing of the Charley Chase classic short You Said a Hatful! (1934) in Sound Super 8mm format.
$101- $200
Crocker, Keith HAL ROACH - Hollywood's Hidden King of Comedy Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Clowning
Hal Roach was certainly a well know producer, but so few realize that this man gave us some of the best comedic acts that Hollywood had to offer. From his humble roots being born to Irish immigrant parents in Elmira NY, to his journey to California to become a successful prospector, Hal Roach himself never envisioned becoming the King of Comedy. But he did, giving us Harold Loyd, Laurel and Hardy, The Little Rascals and so many more. This program focuses on Roach's early career and creative output, and will use 16mm comedy shorts to exemplify Roach's output.
$101- $200
McEntee, Robert Young Adult Miracles of the Mind! Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Miracles of The Mind! is a wonderful mind reading type show which specifically appeals to topics of great interest to teens and tweens. Along with the mentalism effects, it combines visual demonstrations of mesmerizing magic/illusions, audience participation including an hypnotic group induction, clean comedy, an incredible memory feat and a spellbinding story! Practical advice and techniques are shared with the audience on improving memory, reading speed, visualizing positive test results, intuition and even how to do a mind reading effect themselves! Based on my former career as a Professional Engineer, your fun program can include educational and inspirational themes. Young adults (and their parents) love this, and you'll get all the credit… I offer different versions of this program to accommodate most budgets. The longer version includes a breathtaking musical routine finale, including amazing special effects and optional, safe fire eating! We can also add spectacular illusion(s), such as sawing somebody in half with a power buzz saw or floating them in the air! You really need to see the looks of joy and wonder on the faces of your audience to fully realize the positive impact this show has on your program!
$351- $500
Calamari, Helen Preschool Art Workshops Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Visual Arts- Other
Two teachers will teach an art class geared toward preschoolers. In this interactive program, children will explore fairytales, folktales and literature brought to life through the use of puppets, props, felt board games, and music. Famous illustrators will be explored and an art project using a wide variety of materials and techniques will be created. All art materials included in rate.
$201- $350
Graham, Michael Puss in Boots Performing Arts- Puppetry
PUSS IN BOOTS This classic fairy tale features beautifully crafted hand puppets, a life-sized Ogre and clever scenic design. In an original adaptation, Puss (in boots) rushes headlong into a series of misadventures, only to discover he is happiest being himself! The Spring Valley Puppet Theater production of “Puss in Boots” mixes merriment and message in a new approach to this feline favorite. This show if followed by a demonstration of some of the puppets, both in schools and public performances.
$351- $500
Hawkins, Jim A Traditional Irish Christmas Literature- Poetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
A program of Irish stories, songs,hymns, poetry and customs of a traditional Irish Christmas. In the course of the program, along with telling the stories, singing the songs/hymns and reciting the poetry, I will discuss the customs associated with Advent, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, St. Steve's Day (December 26) and "Little Christmas" (January 6). In addition I will encourage the audience to ask questions and discuss their own favorite Christmas traditions. I accompany myself on the Irish drum ("Bodhran") during the performance.
$201- $350
Conrad, Bob Fun with Ventriloquism Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
A very special show that will delight your entire audience. See Bob bring an inanimate object to life and turn it into a living personality, as he creates Tennessee Turtle from a sock. Meet Co Co the Playful Chimp, and Gooney Bird the five foot tall bird puppet. Members of the audience will take part in the Balloon Blowing Contest of the Century. It's laugh a minute fun with one of the best vents around in a program of audience participation, balloons, ventriloquism and fun, fun, fun. Bob Conrad is the author/illustrator of The Puppetry Workshop Manual, Mouth Puppets, Bob Conrad's Rain Forest Animals, Bob Conrad's Deep Sea Adventure, and Bob Conrad's Great Americans.
$201- $350
Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea Turtle Island Medicine Show Multicultural- Native American,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Turtle Island Medicine Show is a contemporary fable and cautionary tale inspired by both the Lenape Indian origin story and by current reports from climate studies. The show features whimsical kinetic sculptures, richly painted paper mache masks and puppet figures that range in size from 12 inches to the 16 foot tall Tree of Life. Composer & music director Dean Jones' inventive score loops together gongs, hoop drum, jaw harp and trombone scats in a medley of live sound. He also supplies voices for narrator and characters. Meanwhile four nimble, shape-shifting performers bring to life the mask and puppet multitudes. The Lenape origin story describes a great flood and how various animals try to dive to the bottom and bring up mud. When one of them, Muskrat, finally succeeds and Duck and Frog spread the mud on Turtle's back, this tiny island grows into a mighty continent. Arm-of-the-Sea carries the tale into the fossil-fueled modern moment where climate change threatens to de-stabilize this Turtle Island home. Appropriate for family audiences and grades 1-8. School performances include a study guide and post performance discussion with cast. Photos and video available at www.armofthesea.org
$1001- $3000
Van Egmond, Timothy Hearing Nature's Voice Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Explore the wonders of nature with a celebration of stories and songs for age 4 and up! Hear how the great, wise King Solomon sought help from a little bee, how watching caterpillars become butterflies as a child changed Tim's life, and more. Tim’s dramatic style of voice, movement, and facial expression brings stories to life, and his gift of encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs. He’ll accompany songs with guitar, mountain dulcimer, and conga drum. A program bibliography will be available so that books containing the stories can be on display, and Tim will recommend them in the program to celebrate and encourage reading. Tim Van Egmond has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 30 years. He has been selected for the New England States Touring Program, the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Education Programs, and the New Hampshire State Library's Kids, Books, and the Arts Project.
$351- $500
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