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Cain, Ron The Magic of Dreaming Big Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Introduce young readers to “The Magic of Dreaming Big,” a new magic show inspired by the 2012 summer library reading program theme, “Dream Big – READ!” Appearing as a magical dream-weaver, Ron conjures up illusions using his “Giant Book of Big Dreams (and Little Nightmares).” Children help perform tricks that encourage them to stretch their imaginations and reach for the stars. They even have a chance to picture themselves in a variety of fields, including being a secret agent, movie star, Olympic athlete, and president of the United States. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron performs educational magic shows for libraries and schools throughout the Northeast. Each year, he presents a show highlighting the summer reading program theme. Shows include the Magic of Being Green, Wide World of Magic, Tune In To Magical Idol, Uncle Sam's Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Capt. HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, and The Case of the Missing Bunny.
$201- $350
Field, Barb Mime Fun! Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Theater
BJ and Company will custom design the right program for your needs. We have worked extensively with children and families and performed hundreds of shows. The Mime Workshop is an interactive show! First Barb will show how to apply a traditional mime face and briefly discuss some history of mime. Next the participants will learn some basic mime techniques including: illusion, body isolations, timing, etc. We will work on specific mime activities that interest each group. For instance some groups love to learn how to mime a wall, and others might want to perform a mime skit together. 607-432-0988
$201- $350
Bala, Rich NYS History in Song History,
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
Schembri, Pamela Pre-K Storytelling: Imagination Soars! Performing Arts- Storytelling
Before there were books, there were stories. In this program, Pamela shares the communicative power of storytelling with listeners who may not yet read. Using a full repertoire of participatory stories, she captures the imaginations of preschoolers with songs and repetition, teaching in the style of our ancestors.
$351- $500
Fultz, Dave Problem Solving and Learning Through Juggling Performing Arts- Juggling
This is a fun, informative and unique program that uses learning to juggle as an example of how to keep negative emotions from getting in the way of the learning process. Western New York juggler, Dave Fultz, discusses how negative emotions such as fear, confusion, and frustration can get in the way when you are trying to learn something that you may find difficult. A step-by-step incremental approach is introduced where each step has a clearly defined objective. Once you reach your goal for each step, you are prepared and confident that you can handle the next step. Kid's will learn the very best tried and true method of learning to juggle while they learn to learn. This is a humorous, entertaining and memorable approach to education that students may find helpful for many years to come.
$101- $200
Handy, Spook Songs of the Great Depression and Today History,
Performing Arts- Other
When the Great Depression hit, a whole new genre of American folk music was born. Songs about the Dust Bowl, the Great Migration, bread lines and soup kitchens, the New Deal and times of triumph and struggle circulated throughout labor camps, churches and family gatherings. These songs depicted down-to-earth everyday realities of the American laborer and farmer, the hungry and the industrious, centuries old traditions and the transition to a new modern society. It can be surprising how many of these old songs speak of challenges we face today and how new songs written about today's America can so resemble the songs of the Great Depression. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places.
$501- $1000
Schaufler, Alison Pinocchio Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Pinocchio (Recommended K-8th grade) Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio is the timeless tale of an Italian woodcarver, Geppetto, who carves a son out of a block of pine. Join the wooden marionette on his journey to become a real boy! Through Pinocchio’s mischievous adventures, he discovers that to truly be human is to be good-hearted and brave. This is a story of self-discovery, transformation, and redemption. With this play, we hope to teach students the importance of honesty, education, and gratitude.
$351- $500
Pelc, Cindy and Jim Ready, Set, Read! 2016 Performing Arts- Magic
Comedy magic show of surprises, challenging children to be avid readers! Jokes, bubblegum, watermelon, bananas ... toilet paper? Yes, all of these will be used in this fun-filled show while we talk about reading, the value of our library, healthy food choices and healthy competition - we all win when we read.
$101- $200
Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea Criss-Crossing Borders/ Cruzando Fronteras Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Jaguars prowl, monkeys howl, and a sea turtle saves a fisherman in this delightful series of tales performed in Spanish and English by two talented performers. Inspired by Arm-of-the-Sea’s travels in Central America. CRISS-CROSSING BORDERS incorporates a handmade style of visual storytelling to portray kinship ties between animals and humans, and between people living on opposite sides of a border. This presentation connects with ONE WORLD-MANY STORIES theme of the 2011 Summer Reading Program
$351- $500
Weaver, Bruce Superfluous Scientific Trivia Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Other,
Superfluous Scientific Trivia A fun look at the world of science. Ventriloquist Bruce Weaver discovers that "Rocket Scientist" Edgar doesn't really know much about science So Bruce and the rest of pals show him some of the Fun Scientific Facts they have learned by reading books in the library. Shasta Petals (The SunFlower) will explain the amazing process of Photosynthesis. Stewart the Dragon will demonstrate what he has learned about meteorology. Audience volunteers will help demonstrate Physical and Chemical Changes in matter as well as the fact that our cells contain lots of Water. Other Cast members will explore ways we use science every day. The show, which includes ventriloquism, music, and magic, will run about 45 minutes and is geared for great family fun.
$351- $500
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