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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Carlson, John KidMotivator.com Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
John Carlson is an Educational Entertainment Specialist. John first learned magic at the age of 10 by reading a book from his local library where he grew up in Brooklyn, NY. The magic bug bit him hard and he decided to start his own magic club and would hold monthly meetings at that same library. To show his appreciation John and his magic club members would put on a show every month for the library. He continues today performing his educationally significant programs through out the country. Our programs promise to be engaging and entertaining using magic, ventriloquism, and audience interaction while also maintaining the highest standards of educational significance. Most importantly our programs are structured, written, and delivered to stimulate and motivate the audience members to continue the learning process through self-directed learning. Every program motivates kids to read and learn!
$351- $500
Patterson, Paige Pure Joy With Paige Patterson Performing Arts- Theater
My style is called "Café Society for the New Millenium". It encompasses a wide variety of genre's including standards, broadway, contemporary, classic soul, and singing in Ialian, Spanish, and French. I engage my audience by telling a story through song. My shows are very interactive and I give a high quality of showmanship and musicality.
$501- $1000
Richter, Chip Imagination, Creativity and Inspriation Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Singer-Songwriter Chip Richter’s Family Concert at The Library has become a favorite among librarians and families because it's “more fun than a Kid (or Parent) should be allowed to have!” It’s the kind of high-energy fun and audience participation naturally found in a live performance all in the wonderful learning environment of the public library. This is live music, no accompaniment tracks, so anything can happen! With his guitar, banjo, harmonica, stories and original tunes Chip connects with the kids and adults, creating moments to remember. Also don't forget to check out the Librarians Resource Page where you can download some of Chip's music absolutely free of charge. Librarians are using these mp3s and the Teacher's Tips to compliment story-times with children.
$351- $500
Davis, Katie Great Storytelling in Words and Pictures Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Audience learns to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her own mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. Highly interactive program - audience helps write a story; volunteers make different emotional expressions. Katie draws their faces on the characters and together they create a new narrative with emphasis on beginning, middle and end. Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: Katie teaches HOW TO SEE so you’re able to illustrate any story you write. Dear Katie, I'm usually 'ho-hum' when it comes to author visits. You were one to change my mind! You were...the best ever writing session, and I truly mean it! Jayne Pitt, teacher
$1001- $3000
Latta, Tim Lattawork/Motion 360 Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Dance
Is it theater? Is it dance? Is it circus? It’s all of these and more. It’s a performance for now- a new way of looking at creative thinking and how we can use it in our daily lives- in schoolwork, interactions with peers, building self esteem, confidence and tolerance. Everything and everyone around us has a story to tell and the potential to teach us something. In Motion 360, Tim Latta (former Pilobolus, Momix, Faustwork) demonstrates how we can, literally, stumble over everyday objects to unlock our creativity and help us discover what those stories can be. He creates dance/theatre pieces using objects that range from the ordinary (rollerblades and chairs) to the extraordinary (stilts, masks and milk cans!). While entertaining the audience, Mr. Latta is also teaching a whole new process of exploration. We learn that everything in the world around us can be used as a tool for creative problem solving. This process can be used in a classroom, a workplace and throughout our lives. Motion360 will leave audiences saying, “I can”. “Tim’s commitment to teaching and nurturing creativity in young people is obvious and infectious.” (All ages)
$501- $1000
Handy, Spook American Folk Songs for the Whole Family History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This program is simple. Let’s make sure our kids know some of the treasures of American Folk Music. We’ll sing old favorites like “This Land is Your Land”, “If I had a Hammer”, “I’ve been Working on the Railroad”, “She’ll be coming Around the Mountain” and maybe some newer songs. If the children don’t already know a song we’ll take the time to teach them. Parents are encouraged to sit with their children and help them learn the songs. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
Rivest, Robert Literacy Alive! Lets Celebrate Reading! Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Literacy Alive is a quick moving fun-filled enrichment program that gets students of all ages excited about reading. Robert Rivest reveals the 'hidden treasures' of reading and comically illustrates and the joys of reading everyday. Robert's mastery of mime, theater and improvisation quickly engages children, offering crystal clear examples of: Plot, Character, Setting, Problem, Solution, Beginning, Middle, End, Comedy, and Drama. A fun way to learn!
$351- $500
Boertzel, Brooke Alice's Story, An Anti-bullying Performance and Workshop Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Alice's Story is an interactive theatre performance and workshop exploring the theme of bullying. During this performance and workshop, children function as: *Audience members...as they view short scenes performed by the artists. *Critical thinkers...as they brainstorm effective strategies to counteract bullying. *Actors...as they implement their ideas through role playing. This program promotes the importance of community, friendship, social and personal responsibility and empathy.
$101- $200
Del Bianco, Lou Make a Good Choice! Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Few performers excel as both musician and storyteller, but Lou Del Bianco is one who does.- PARENTS CHOICE Through original songs, stories and audience interaction, this Parents Choice Award winner takes his audience on an exciting journey back through his childhood sharing the daily joys, dreams and blunders that today’s kids can relate to, laugh at, and understand. Children will get the chance to decide what kinds of choices they would make if they were in Lou’s shoes and how those choices reflect on their own lives. The entire assembly is strung together with a cool rap tune that tells students to “Make a Good Choice!”… and what's more, this unique program can touch upon any Character Ed themes that your school or community want to stress and will work them in to the program!
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - Living Voices Productions' ISLAND OF HOPE History,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
A new immigration story created especially for younger audiences.
$501- $1000
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