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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Franco Feeney, Betsy Giant Book & Song Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
For younger students, it is an eye-popping experience to see an almost 6-foot wide picturebook open before them! The smallest of worlds comes to life in a big way when Mrs. Feeney turns the pages of her giant book. The American Association for the Advancement of Science has praised the book saying, “Amoeba Hop is an innovative approach to introduce young students to the world of microbiology, using song lyrics.” The students will also perform the story of Amoeba Hop right in the classroom using large cutout characters from the book and the little girl’s umbrella & coat!
$201- $350
Schotter, Roni You Too Can Be A Writer Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Award-winning author of 28 books, including NOTHING EVER HAPPENS ON 90TH STREET, used by many teachers to model writing, THE BOY WHO LOVED WORDS, winner of the 2006 Parents' Choice Award, and MAMA, I'LL GIVE YOU THE WORLD, winner of Oppenheim Platinum Award. I speak to children as fellow writers and share my passion for the power and pleasure of words and story. I urge children to turn their ideas, events and feelings into stories by observing carefully, using their imagination, and asking, what if? I show my messy notebooks and drafts to emphasize the value and pleasure of rewriting. With fun exercises and writing tips based on my many books, I aim to convince children that writing--whether fiction or nonfiction--is both rewarding and easy.
$1001- $3000
Lazzarini, James GHOST (a recreation of a Victorian era seance for adults) History,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Mentalist Amore brings you unexplained events and demonstrations from the Victorian era. Witness a recreation of a 19th century séance, experience a first hand account of the Spirit Cabinet, your questions will be answered by the “Mystic Oracle” and a special guest from the other side will assist during the performance. Featuring: The Oracle Act a mediumistic question and answer routine The Spirit Cabinet Table tilting and floating
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - Animal Engine's PETUNIA AND CHICKEN History,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Inspired by the works of Midwestern author Willa Cather, “Petunia and Chicken” is an epic story of love and loss as big as the prairie itself. Petunia, an indomitable immigrant girl determined to tame the wild land around her, meets Chicken, a right smart boy with dreams of great adventures. As the joys of their youth give way to the harsh realities of adulthood, they struggle to stay together. Sprawling fields of wheat, bustling train stations, rain-soaked kisses, wind-blown hair, and the rest of Petunia and Chicken's world are all created by two performers with just a hat, a scarf, and song.
$1001- $3000
Handy, Spook America's Ground Breaking Troubadour - Woody Guthrie History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Known as the Dust Bowl Balladeer - Woody Guthrie is America's most prolific folk songwriter of the 20th century. Born in 1912, Woody wrote hundreds, if not thousands, of songs that document the history, culture and concerns of 1930's, 40's and 50's America. His songs are highly educational, extremely fun and very sing-alongable. 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
Bromka, Sondra & John Dreaming, Digging In, and Doing: 'THE ANT & THE GRASSHOPPER, AESOP'S FABLED FIDDLER' Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Bells & Motley's musical storytelling performance is a Greek classic concerning the value of Dreaming, Digging In, and Doing! We all understand how our lives' pressing labors hang in a balance with the wonders of artistry and expression, through colors and sounds and dances. In our telling, we are confident that all will appreciate the carefully drawn moral concerning the value of both work & play. As we weave the tale through Ant and Grasshopper’s year in four episodes, each scene begins with the appropriate movement of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' evocatively performed by the artists on harp, nyckelharpa, tromba marina, and winds. The action and mystique of the tale are further highlighted by the audiences’ contributions on medieval fiddles (researched and built by the artists themselves), percussion, and dancing. At the end of our maiden performance of this show, a young fellow excitedly asked: 'Where will we all be performing this next?' Exploratory Expressions by audience+artists, before the performance: -The Grasshopper's Fiddling Troupe - The Ant's Percussion Troupe - The Butterfly Dancers And now, Dear Audience, Places!! Let the story begin as together we play and sing the 15th c. song of 'El Grillo' the Cricket!
$351- $500
Steele, Margaret Amazing Magical Margo Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Magical Margo is the character of Margaret Steele, one of the world's foremost female magicians. Her illusions, accompanied by beautiful classical music, open audiences to the idea of achieving the impossible. Her programs highlight respect, good manners, history and literacy. A Juilliard graduate, Margaret has designed magical arts-in-education programs for the Queens Symphony Orchestra, The New Jersey Symphony and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. A published author, Margaret adapts her show for featured program themes.
$351- $500
Newcombe, Melody BALLOON, PUPPET & JUGGLING FUN AND GAMES Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Juggling
Melody Newcombe, professional circus arts clown, offers a hands-on tour of the art of balloon twisting, puppetry and ventriloquism and juggling for children ages 3 and up. This is an introductory program. Extend the program to 2 hours for more hands-on opportunities for children ages 8 and up to go beyond the basics to reinforce their newly learned skills, and to allow them to choose a specialty to work and play at such as twisting balloons into more creations, operating puppets while doing read aloud role playing with the puppets or practicing juggling skills with balls, scarves or spinning plates (non breakable).
$201- $350
Encore Performing Arts, Inc. SUPER SCIENTIFIC CIRCUS with Mr. Fish & Lisa Lou Performing Arts- Clowning,
Science
Programs available include:

PHENOMENAL PHYSICS by Mr. Fish proves that science can be fun by showing students amazing tricks involving bubbles, balloons, bull whips, eggs and a table stacked with glasses.

THE ANTI-GRAVITY SHOW shows that the law of gravity, “everything that goes up must come down,” changes when things start spinning. Audience learns how to do many circus skills including balancing, rope spinning, magic, and more.

THE MAGIC OF CHEMISTRY Magic tricks and circus skills help explain atoms, molecules, the elements, compounds, solutions, magnetism, and static electricity.

THE SCIENCE OF MAGIC uses mirrors, magnets, math, air, optical illusions, and more to explore how to use science to perform common magic tricks.

THE AMAZING ACTIVITY ZONE is an interactive workshop, where various stations are set up for children to browse through. Each station has a science-related circus activity.

SUPER CIRCUS STUFF is a PURELY FUN one or two-person circus show with juggling, balancing, plate-spinning, magic, funny stuff, and lots of audience participation. Fun for the whole family!

$501- $1000
Rajeckas, Paul Imagination in Motion Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Imagination in Motion highlights the role of sharing and collaboration in the creative process by teaching students about the Three Cs: Concentration, Cooperation and Commitment. The show draws on various theatrical styles, including mime, modern dance and vaudeville, weaving audience participation into slow motion encounters, a boy's struggle to escape from a video game, and a giant vacuum cleaner that sweeps the performers offstage
$501- $1000
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