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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Endres, Eric Eric Herman's Cool Tunes for Kids Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Eric Herman is a multiple award-winning children's music performer. Eric's concerts and assemblies for kids' and families are bursting with comedy, creativity, audience participation and outrageously fun songs. Eric's music videos, including the viral hit, The Elephant Song, have become extremely popular online, with over 50 million views on YouTube, and his songs and videos have been heard and seen nationally on PBS Kids, The Today Show, Fox & Friends, XM Radio and in the Warner Bros. film, Life as We Know It. Eric is a native of Western New York (Buffalo) currently living in the Pacific Northwest. He regularly travels around the country, performing concerts and elementary assembly programs for kids and families, receiving rave responses from kids, parents, teachers and event coordinators wherever he performs. Eric usually visits NY State 2 or 3 times a year.
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane Superheroes Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
What do China, Africa and South America all have in common? Superheroes!!! Before Spiderman there was Anansi the cunning Spider from Africa. Watch him weave a web to the sky, tricking Nyame the sky god into setting all the stories free. Ninja Turtles have nothing on Jabuti the flute-playing turtle from the Amazon rainforest! He saves the other rainforest animals from a giant monster while teaching the audience how to dance and sing. Princess See-it-all from Hungary had X-ray vision just like Superman, 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 sure to delight a varied family audience ages five and up. [Contact us ahead of time to see if we can include a short tale from a particular culture prominent in your town!] Recommended for ages 4 and up. This program was created to complement the theme of Summer Reading 2015: Every Hero has a Story! Diane's Summer Reading Programs have been gaining in popularity all over the Northeast-she has been invited to perform at over 240 libraries in Massachusetts.
$351- $500
Francois, Theresa Go Bananas With Franee the Clown Health & Fitness- Other,
Performing Arts- Clowning
In this exciting and interactive show Franee the Clown introduces the children to the importance of a good diet and exercise. Using puppets, music, and comedy magic, Franee performs a unique fun filled show that helps children discover the five food groups and healthy alternatives to junk food.
$201- $350
Rogers, Robert Professor Pennywhistle and the Round the World Story Balloon Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Imagine a magical balloon that knows when and how to touch down in the most exotic places right in the middle of a story, just at the most important moment. This is the invention of Professor Pennywhistle, whose curiosity and enthusiasm about exploring the world takes him - and us - to the most surprising places. It's a celebration of diversity - and more important - the common things that people share all around the globe. We'll visit the arid landscape of Africa, where the animals must remember the name of a tree that will drop its fruit only if they can shout it out loud; the Palace of the Emperor of China, who has lost his best friend - a nightingale - and doesn't know what to do; a little cottage in the woods of France, where an elderly woman learns the secret of a soup made from only a stone. And finally, we'll return to the good old U.S.A. and meet Pecos Bill, America's first cowboy, and help him lasso a wild tornado. We live in a big, wide, wonderful world, and Professor Pennywhistle is more than happy to be our tour guide.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John 'The Boy Who Went to Visit the North Wind' Participatory Storytelling + 'Who Has Heard the Wind' Children's Concert History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Sondra and John Bromka bring audiences on a wind-swept journey to 'long ago and far away' with the telling of this fine traditional tale. Look forward to an energetic tandem storytelling performance that is underscored with live music on Celtic harp, enriched with historic authenticity, and alive with abundant participation that is well suited to audiences of all ages. A tale of wonder, magic, and heroism, the story unfolds when a poor boy's meal is unwittingly blown away, taken to the four corners of the earth by the all-powerful North Wind, and cannot be returned. In exchange, a magic tablecloth, magic donkey, and magic stick are three marvelous gifts offered by the Wind. But in the end, the most important gift of all is surely the North Wind's sage advice: 'All you have to do is keep your eyes & ears open.' As in the best of traditional folktales, there is the timeless appeal of a thought provoking theme. Here, justice & fairness are of universal concern to young children. And they will enjoy their favorite storytelling elements: patterns and repetition, personification, and especially, the wondrous and curious ways of 'long ago & far away.'
$351- $500
Tranchina, Gabriele It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing/jazz for kids Music,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This program is geared to children ages 4-7 This program will help children explore jazz in an interactive way, so that children can experience this music with their own body. We will use "call and response" to engage the children in singing, help them find the swing and samba feeling and much more. We will explore the famous "Route 66", travel on the "A Train" and learn how to scat on "It don't mean a thing"
$351- $500
Bala, Rich NYS History in Song History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
With his voice, guitar, harmonica, and mountain dulcimer, Rich takes you on a musical journey through New York's vast history. Along the way, you'll hear authentic, traditional songs from the region's homes, farms, mountains, waterways, and communities. Often dressed in period clothing, Rich's programs tell the stories of the people of the "Empire State" from the Colonial Period and Revolutionary War to more recent times.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John A Celtic Mid-Winter Revel: Music for the 12 Days of Christmas Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Celtic Christmas and Mid-Winter celebrations through the centuries were a twelve-day flurry of spirited songs, mythical airs, quaint traditions, and mirthful customs and stories. The duo of John and Sondra Bromka offer an evocative and festive collection of seasonal music on their diverse array of Celtic instruments including harp, hammered dulcimer, 2 kinds of historic bagpipes, button accordeon, Irish cittern, bodhran, and guitar.
$351- $500
Graham, Michael The Three Wishes / The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing Performing Arts- Puppetry
THE THREE WISHES This folktale favorite is flavored with a dash of dialogue, a generous helping of humor and the twists of plot for which the Spring Valley Puppet Theater is known. THE WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING A hungry Wolf tries to outwit the savvy Shepherd and make a meal of the helpless, little Lamb. Helpless? Maybe not! Adapted from the Aesop Fable, this popular story is enlivened with a colorful Mexican setting, a humorous communication gap and a surprise ending! Both productions feature handmade puppets, scenery and lively scripts.
$351- $500
Clive, Young, May The Fan Film Be With You Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
May The Fan Film Be With You presents and discusses 15 of the best Star Wars fan films. In recent years, many movie fans have been inspired to make their own Star Wars films; using video cameras and powerful home computers for editing and special effects, these weekend directors have created a genre that became known as ‘fan films.’ Many of their homespun creations rival the original movies in quality and story, making these unusual films a permanent part of the Star Wars universe.

Most of these films are quite rare and have not been seen anywhere except the internet, but this program will screen them the way they were meant to be seen, in full-quality video. Additionally, the program will discuss the history of the growing fan film movement and explore what compels these budding filmmakers to invest so much effort into their personal visions of the Star Wars mythology. All material screened will be appropriate for the whole family, but discussion will be aimed primarily at adults and young adults.

$201- $350
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