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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Graham, Michael A Holiday Fantasy / The Three Wishes Performing Arts- Puppetry
A HOLIDAY FANTASY Enchanted toys, fairy magic and a clever mouse are just some of the surprises in A Holiday Fantasy, an original puppet production by Michael Graham’s Spring Valley Puppet Theater. The story unfolds to the music of Massenet, Glazunov, Lecocq and others! THE THREE WISHES That’s just what happens to Henry and Gretchen in this puppet production of 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. This program is followed by a curtain down question and answer period in schools and a demonstration for public performances.
$351- $500
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel Blackmail at Baker Street Performing Arts- Storytelling
Blackmail at Baker Street features the telling of The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton, the riveting story of the “king of all the blackmailers”, robbery, and a life at risk of ruin! Like elocutionists of earlier times, these storytellers adhere closely to the written word in their recitation and interpretation of literary works. Rachel and Rebecca provide an introduction to the story, and they entertain questions and comments afterwards.
$101- $200
Graham, Michael The Lazy Fox / The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
THE LAZY FOX/EL ZORRO PEREZOSO Can a very lazy Fox trick an Armadillo? Perhaps...but in this Spring Valley Puppet Theater production of the Argentine folktale, The Lazy Fox, the Armadillo has a few tricks up HIS sleeve! This program features enchanting hand puppet animals and a large rod puppet Sun. This production is also available in a bilingual version: El Zorro Perezoso. 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!
$351- $500
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
Kahn, Mitch Sail Away - Songs of the Seven Seas History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Singer-Pianist-Entertainer and society orchestra leader Mitch Kahn celebrates the Great American Popular Songbook with “Sail Away”, a nautical voyage through the eyes of vintage songwriters Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Noel Coward, Frank Loesser, Hoagy Carmichael, Bart Howard, Jimmy Van Heusen, Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, Sammy Cahn, Kurt Weill and the Gershwins (among others), as well as contemporary notables Ian Hunter, Peter Allen and Dennis Deyoung (of the rock band Styx). Song titles include well known standards “On a Slow Boat to China”, Beyond the Sea”, “Come Fly With Me” and “Skylark”, plus lesser known titles such as “I Go to Rio”, “Ships”, (recorded by Barry Manilow) and title song “Sail Away” (written by Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence). PROGRAMS CURRENTLY OFFERED: Introduction to the Great Songwriters, The Songs that won the Academy Award, Aspects of Love, Sail Away.
$351- $500
Knight, Leonora Books Alive Interactive Concert Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Children join Lee Knight on stage to sing, dance and perform songs written to their favorite stories. Props, puppets and costumes are used to enhance creative, imaginative play. All music is original, multi-cultural and fully orchestrated. All songs are written for children to easily sing along or echo, but are rhythmically stimulating and musically sophisticated. Children will love being part of the show! Shows for all age groups available.
$351- $500
McKeon-Pierce, Lonna Oral History: Connecting to your Family with Storytelling Genealogy,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This interactive program is ideal for conferences, church groups, clubs, libraries, and retirees. Many techniques are given for gathering and sharing family stories that reveal Aha! moments about who we are and what our family gifts and curses are. Using family photos, artifacts, and songs to get the juices flowing, many workshop participants experience epiphanies and connect with their families and communities in a new and enriched way.
$351- $500
Golden, Gail Be Creative at Your Library! Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Be Creative! is a program of multicultural folktales told story theatre style by 2 professional actors. The program is highly interactive -- featuring audience participation, language and cultural information, humor, and mime. The emphasis is on encouraging reading -- the stories were all found in library books! -- and on creativity. Audience volunteers even get to join the actors in acting out the stories! The Wondermakers have been performing in schools and libraries since 1985 with Young Audiences. The Director of The Wondermakers, Gail Golden, is also Mrs. Claus in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC and was Cinderella's Fairy Godmother at Walt Disney World!
$201- $350
Stone, Hank Songwriter Hank Stone Literature- Creative Writing,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Hank has been writing songs for over thirty-five years, and after taking a few years off, has been back on the folk music circuit since 2001. He is prepared to speak about the inspiration for his songs, which includes the folk tradition, popular musicians, literary influences, and the life experiences of himself and of others in the community. Song topics touch on nature, romance, grief and loss, creativity, children, poverty and homelessness, politics, and pets.
$101- $200
Evans, Carolyn My Spirit Sings Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Histo-Drama-My Spirit Sings draws from a series of'Women Who Could've Sung the Blues but Didn't.' I portray in costume, Harriet Tubman-Prose and songs on the Underground Rail Road and Codes of the Quilt, Sojourner Truth-From Slavery to Rebirth and Freedom, Emmett Till's Mother-A mother's Cry for Justice, Margru-Child of the Amistad (she tells of her fight for survival), Bessie Coleman-Aviatrix pioneer (juvenile-theatre and reading for grade1-4), Zora Neale Hurston-Readings-Their Eyes Were Watching God as well as her folk tale collection, Callie House-Ex. Slave Reparations and Poetry readings by Maya Angelou, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Philiss Wheatly, Sonia Sanchez and others.
$1001- $3000
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