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Keegan, Ed Reading in Rhythm with Dexter: Drumming Through the Jungle Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Ed Keegan of Rhythm Connect facilitates this interactive rhythmic adventure based on his popular book entitled, Drumming with Dexter: Drumming Through the Jungle, which he co-wrote with his 12 year old daughter, Rebekah. The book includes an extensive online parent-teacher guide with downloadable audio files, coloring pages, curriculum enhancements, and much more! For more info. on the book go to: This fully interactive program will engage and exhilarate participants. Ed provides all of the drums and percussion instruments for participants. No drumming or musical experience is necessary!
$201- $350
Theater, Open Hand The Chocolate War Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Open Hand Theater’s vibrant puppets of all shapes and sizes, some over 12 feet tall, are taking on the issue of bullying and escalating conflict in a colorful and delightful imaginary land inhabited by juggling dwarfs, stretchy bouncing giants, friendly flowers and other wise musical beings. Springer and Sprong, two seemingly inseparable pals, tumble into a series haphazard events that could lead to a catastrophic quarrel. Will the entire town follow them into battle? … or will a small stream of harmony bring them all back together again?
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John DIG THAT CANAL! ‘15 Miles on the Erie Canal' Family Fun Musical Storytelling; With FREE companion options - Folk Instruments of Along the Canal; Introduction to Theatercraft History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
'15 Miles on the Erie Canal' is a colorful and very participatory historic musical storytelling event for the whole family. Enjoy this lively collage of Tall Tales, Costumes, Music and Sing-along Songs as the artists share an unforgettable story of New York’s famous waterway. Presented in 19th century 'folk opera' performance style, it sparkles with canal-era music from cultures along the canal, performed on a rare collection of historic instruments including hammer dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, early squeezeboxes, canal horn, and more. Our story unfolds as Captain Simon Slick and Irish cook Sallie Waters meet up with Sal, a truly amazing mule who makes quite a splash (and also happens to be guest from the audience!). Together they set off on a rollicking journey down The Grand E-ri-e Canal, 8th Wonder of the World! Great characters, great stories, and an unforgettable historic enrichment experience for Summer Reading Programs! NOTE: For a gala event, our “15 Miles” performance may be expanded with your choice of NYS Canal Cultural Heritage workshop activities: expanded singing roles for a children’s/family chorus; lively canal-era children's dances; and even student-written Tall Tale vignettes for the Grand Finale. Custom-designed programs, special events welcome.
$351- $500
edmond, howard iroquois tales and legends Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tales and legends of the Iroquois with a wraparound of discussion of life in the longhouse and when the stories were told. Session begins with playing of native american flute to set the mood. Done with reverence and respect for Haudenausaunee (people of the longhouse) tradition.
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Libraries ROCK! Summer Reading 2018- ROCK SOLID! Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater,
A play on the Summer Reading 2018 theme title of “Libraries Rock” Diane's engaging performance of ROCK SOLID! explores the world under our feet with animated tales from Fossils to Soil Creatures. Don’t miss out on the fun as the whole audience helps solve the Mystery of the Missing DuckBill Dinosaur Eggs. In more underground fun, we meet up with Mr. Pillbug, Sir Centipede and a fast talking earthworm.
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane In The Groves Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Celebrate trees and flowering plants with this unique performance. Refreshing, lyrical and provocative In the Grove looks at the many ways different cultures have imagined the living world of trees. From a delicate tale of love celebrating the Cherry trees of Japan, to an old English song that speaks of the hidden language of flowers, to the poignant Cornish legend of One Tree Hill, we'll travel ‘round the world in story celebrating this garden of delights. Each tale is surrounded by music and songs from many lands. The event culminates with the haunting Czech legend The Dancing Spirit of the Birch Grove. “It awakened in all of us there a sense of the spirit in things.” Jay O’Callahan
$501- $1000
McKeon-Pierce, Lonna A Visit with Laura Ingalls Wilder History,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Master storyteller, Lonna Pierce, comes in costume and brings period artifacts of the late 1800s. She re-tells stories from the Little House on the Prairie series, tying in history, geography, cooking, dance, and music. Students will discover what it was to be a child 100 years ago!
$501- $1000
Cremean, Nels Ross ''Possibilities'' Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Based on the principle that every person has value and potential, this fun and inspirational performance focuses on character education. It addresses excellence, respect, responsibility, and life choices. Bullying can be the primary focus upon request. (K-12) Nels Ross’ uplifting programs promote character, wellness, learning, and joy through a unique blend of physical theater, variety arts, and humor. See > More > School Programs for the latest info.
$501- $1000
Jacobs, Beth Telling Stories thru Books Dance and movement Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
modifies stretching thru different dance and acting exercises with song and rhythm for preschoolers or world music and drum beat for older classes. Use of library books for imagery for preschoolers or to create a storyline or theme for older class levels. Older classes will have a few minutes to come up with a move of their own to present at the end of class. I can perform an interpretive ballet variation of The Firebird.
$101- $200
Rogers, Robert The Underground Adventures of Rudy Root, Jr. Nature- Gardening,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
He's one part gardener, one part elf, definitely someone who takes his job seriously and let's his curiosity take him wherever it goes. Rudy Root Jr. is ever vigilant about life underground. The roots of newly planted seeds that travel way down through the dirt; the insects and rodents who make their homes in the dank, dark earth; the mineral treasures that lie hidden from view. It's one adventure after another with Rudy as our guide.
$351- $500
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