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Shimeta, Kathleen Life, Love, Song! A Visit with Gena Branscombe Literature- Poetry,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
This show is a tribute to an inspiring composer whose life and work were well in advance of her time. A one-woman retrospective of Miss Branscombe's life showcases the romantic beauty of her exceptional music. A performance full of family entertainment, enchantment and inspiration! Composer Gena Branscombe was a leading figure in American classical music from 1905 until her death in 1977. Her richly melodic, award-winning body of work includes over 150 art songs, chamber music, choral works and piano compositions. An integral part of New York City and State musical life in her time, Miss Branscombe was also the founder and leader of the Branscombe Choral, with an illustrious career that included performing and conducting for kings, presidents and the celebrated figures of her time.
$501- $1000
Hawkins, Jim A Traditional Irish Christmas Literature- Poetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
A program of Irish stories, songs,hymns, poetry and customs of a traditional Irish Christmas. In the course of the program, along with telling the stories, singing the songs/hymns and reciting the poetry, I will discuss the customs associated with Advent, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, St. Steve's Day (December 26) and "Little Christmas" (January 6). In addition I will encourage the audience to ask questions and discuss their own favorite Christmas traditions. I accompany myself on the Irish drum ("Bodhran") during the performance.
$201- $350
Conrad, Bob Books Are Magic Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Bob Conrad takes your audience on a Magical look at reading and all the exciting things that can be found in a book. Meet Bernie the Book Worm, Sam the Talking Book, Bob's puppet friend Junior. Magic from far away lands. Stories about animals , famous people, and How to do it! Loaded with audience participation and side splitting laughter. Your audience will see just how much fun Reading can be. Bob Conrad is the author/illustrator of several educational children's books including, Bob Conrad's Rain Forest Animals, Bob Conrad's Deep Sea Adventure, Bob Conrad's Great Americans and You can do Magic.
$201- $350
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel Stories: Bridges to Understanding (Build a Better World) Performing Arts- Storytelling
In this celebration of diversity the tellers of StoriesGalorious draw from American folklore and history to deliver a set of tales that highlights the contributions of varied groups to the richness of our culture and to building a better world. Rachel and Rebecca’s many years of experience working with children and other audiences shine through their energetic performances. The StoriesGalorious tellers encourage their young audiences to go forth and read.
$101- $200
Lienhard, Marco Taikoza: Voice of The Earth Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Taikoza: Voice of The Earth concert. Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. Taikoza.com
$501- $1000
O'Carroll, Magician Debbie The Irish Magic Show Performing Arts- Magic
Magician Debbie O’Carroll's IRISH MAGIC SHOW blends mystifying stage magic with lively physical comedy to introduce youngsters to a clan of delightful characters from Irish lore. They will meet the comical, ghostly Pooka, participate in an Irish language poem about the Banshee and discover the secrets of the Gruagach and the Fear Dearg. They will join in the magic of an illusive sea serpent called the Ollphéist, and encounter the mischievous headless Dullahan. This program is sure to charm audiences of all ages with the enchantment of The Emerald Isle.
$201- $350
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
TheatreworksUSA, - MISS NELSON IS MISSING Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
The students in Room 207 were the worst-behaved class in the whole school: spitballs stuck to the ceiling; paper airplanes whizzing through the air – even though they had the sweetest teacher of all, Miss Nelson. But when Miss Nelson unexpectedly does not come to school one day, the class gets the strictest substitute they have ever met: Miss Viola Swamp! The search is on for Miss Nelson, who seems to have vanished. Hopefully the students of Room 207 will find her before it's too late – for them! This lighthearted musical from Two Beans Productions reminds us all to show appreciation to those that we value!
$1001- $3000
TheatreworksUSA, - FREEDOM TRAIN History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Harriet Tubman, the intrepid conductor of the Underground Railroad, comes to life in an extraordinary production, with traditional music of the period. One of Theatreworks' biggest hits!
$1001- $3000
Bromka, Sondra & John 'BAWSHOU & the WATER DRAGON' A Traditional Chinese Storytelling Pageant Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Dig deep into a cave of the earth--the Sun has been captured by a Fearsome Dragon and hidden away. The HERO of our tale is Bawshou, a young man who courageously rises to the challenge of freeing the Sun. With the help of a golden phoenix, a small parcel of earth, a magic robe, and a heroic dream, Bawshou travels afar to seek out and rescue the Sun, for the good of his people and all the land. Children actively participate as they portray the flowing river, the sounds of the sea, the playing of the gong, the dancing stars, and much much more! The artists evoke a magical atmosphere in this important Chinese tale, employing authentic oriental techniques and traditions including stylized dramatic forms and movement, mythology, exotic costumes, and unusual musical sounds. Chinese folk instruments (erhu, p’i p’a, guzheng harp, sona, Chinese Theatre drum, flutes & whistles, and gong) are featured, combining to make this unforgettable performance piece a joyous celebration of oriental culture. 'Bawshou' was commissioned by the Springfield MA Museum of Fine Arts in 1994. (see accompanying Chinese Dragon Mask Workshop/Parade).
$351- $500
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