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Beekman, Betty It's in the Bag! Disability Awareness,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Choose from 4 Programs: “It’s in the Bag!” What’s in the bag? Discover “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch, a mystery, fables, tangram puzzles, improvisations, and more! “A Show of Hands” Explore Sign Language from behind the curtain--literally! Actors poke their hands out through the curtain to create scenery, tell stories, make jokes, and teach Sign Language. Following, enjoy poems, stories, and audience involved improvisation that is sure to delight! “The Experience of the McWilliamses” Along with “Signing Fun” is “The story of the McWilliamses,” one of several stories Mark Twain wrote of this infamous couple. The audience is regaled with the humor of their experiences, which ring all too true when a simple cough from a child turns the household topsy-turvy. “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” This show features two works by Mark Twain involving Adam & Eve’s reactions to their new world. Catering to all, Mark Twain shares his views on humanity, as only he can. This humorous view of the male/female relationship takes you on a surprisingly sentimental journey from The Beginning to the bittersweet end.
$1001- $3000
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Dancing With Horses Music,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Dance
This program is an introduction to the art of dressage, as performed by the Spanish Riding School and Lippizaner Stallions of Austria. Participants will learn dance moves that mimick the moves of the horses, and can practice them in a simulated dressage arena. They will learn moves such as the side pass, pirouette, flying changes, piaffe and passage. The history of the art will be taught using Margeurite Henry's book: The White Stallion of Lippiza. Students will be allowed to perform a KUR using classical music at the end of the program. Dressage is the art of teaching horses to dance in harmony with themselves. It was originally developed by the Greek General Xenophon, as a means to train horses for war. Today it is performed both as an Olympic sport in the summer games and by those who wish to train their horses in the higher arts. The class will be conducted as a ballet class in a flat open area of the library. This program is suitable for the 2017 summer reading program.
$101- $200
Lewis, Alan I Grew Up On A Farm Literature- Authors,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
I am the author of the children's book, I Grew Up On A Farm. I come dressed as a farmer in overalls, straw hat and red handkerchief. I bring with me farm paraphanalia such as; a wooden chicken crate, chicken hook, egg baskets (with wooden display eggs, different colored eggs, large feed sack, realistic toy chickens, and other farm implements. I share stories of my experiences growing up on a farm using the various farm implements while reading my book to the group. It is on Power Point format, so large audiences are not a problem. The book and presentaion are non-fiction and are aligned to the NYS Standards for Social Studies and language arts, K- 4th grade. Free 4 page teachers guide. Check out www.IGREWUPONAFARM.COM
$351- $500
Forman, Carole On the Way to the Heavenly Palace: A Journey of Jewish Story Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
The Jewish mystic path comes alive through story: the spiritual quest, the eternal value of goodness, the fight with the angel of death, the endurance of love. Drawing from the rich repertoire of Jewish story, Carole shapes a program that is deep and enjoyable and sensitive to her audience. Songs and join-in melodies (niggunim) enliven and engage everyone. People of all faiths and none will feel at home at this joyful life-affirming program. Carole Forman has performed story programs around the U.S. and Canada for audiences of all ages. A professional actress, (on Broadway once), she has the ability to engage her audience and get them involved. Wherever Carole tells story she creates community.
$501- $1000
Productions, Dream Jam Barry G Show Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
MyKaZoo Universal Music recording artist Barry G, a founding member of the critically acclaimed Dream Jam Band will give an interactive concert featuring songs from his new family album, "Huh Uh," as well as some earlier favorites. Barry G's signature style is inspired by traditions ranging from rock and roll, Appalachian ballads, the blues and western swing, compelling all to feel the magic of his show. Barry G’s guitar virtuosity is one of the engines that drive his beloved music and his singing and songwriting are joyous elements in its fabric. He has toured across the country performing at festivals and venues and songs and music videos are popular on children’s music channels. Barry G’s album, “Huh Uh, is praised by critics. Family Man writes, “…the project is polished but nonetheless feels personal. Barry G addresses his young audience with the guidance of an adult who can seamlessly enlighten kids while also urging them to have a good time.” ABCD Diaries, “gives it an A +.”
$351- $500
McKeon-Pierce, Lonna Tales to Chill Your Blood Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Spine tinglers! Of course, I specialize in delicious fear, which is not at all horror, but chills with an ending that will make you laugh.
$351- $500
Agostino, Christopher Before Cave Walls...The Transformation Lecture Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Before Cave Walls…the story on our skin A Dynamic Lecture by Christopher Agostino Before we ever painted a cave wall, we painted ourselves. Christopher Agostino,  author of Transformations: The Story Behind the Painted  Faces, presents an interactive performance lecture on this art of transformation.  An exceptional visual artist and fascinating speaker, he delves into the use of masks and makeup in cultural traditions and  world theater, symbols and iconography in tribal body art, and the influence of traditional sources on the early 20th century modern artists and current culture.  This performance challenges audiences to consider the origins of our collective humanity while taking performance art in a new direction — illustrated live on the faces of volunteers. Originally created as an instructive program for theatrical makeup artists and facepainters, Before Cave Walls… has developed into a performance proven fascinating for artists of all fields and general audiences as well, including family audiences, adults and college students. Presentations for theatres, libraries, festivals, and colleges. See the Before Cave Walls… video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-2l0i4Lu0k For additional information see: http://agostinoarts.com/BeforeCaveWalls
$501- $1000
Edgecomb, Diane Insect Comedy Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Insect Comedy takes a delightful look at our Six-legged friends. In Princess Firefly entertaining facts are served up along with plenty of silliness as the Princess ponders, “Who will be the bug I will love?” Kate's Acorn, one of Diane's original stories, teaches about the importance of soil creatures in the life cycle of plants. And in another backyard tale we learn about when to keep or let insects go. Diane's hilarious interpretations of Mr. Mosquito, Mr. Gnat, Old King Lampyradie Beetle keep us laughing as we take a closer look at the world of insects. "From the Academy's point of view, the storytelling could not have worked better as a public program. The stories you told, captivated and fascinated our audience. I was impressed that they would not let you leave the stage without an encore performance. Diane your storytelling is fantastic!" Linda Wolf, Public Programs Coordinator, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
$351- $500
Elias, Doren The Traveling Lantern Theatre- Sword in the Stone Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Sword in the Stone A young boy liberates his destiny. Young Wart stumbles upon an unusual friend: a memorable and beloved old sorcerer named Merlin. With Merlin's guidance, he is astonished to discover that he is the only person in the kingdom who can pull an embedded sword from it's massive stone pedestal: The legendary blade, Excalibur. Little does he know that he will grow up to become the just, ethical, and admired King Arthur!
$351- $500
Bierko, Scott Beth & Scott's Party Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Interactive fun for Everyone! “Party Concert" is a forty-five minute interactive, musical presentation for young children. During this delightful show of original stories and songs, the audience gets an opportunity to join in the fun by singing, clapping and using their imaginations to become everything from wolves to washing machines. Many children are also invited on-stage throughout the program to laugh, dance and play instruments with Parents Choice Award winners, Beth and Scott! Of import to teachers and parents, Beth & Scott cover some or all of the following topics in a typical program: • Good Listening • Following Directions • Gross Motor Movement • Sequencing • USA Geography • The Importance of Bedtime • Fear of Monsters • Sharing • On-Stage participation • Echoing/Repeating • Audience Manners The program takes place in front of Beth & Scott’s logo, a 6’ X 12’ rainbow. As with all their shows, the Bierkos use the latest in sound production technology to offer everyone in the house a great seat to a great show!
$351- $500
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