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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Clive, Young, May The Fan Film Be With You Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
May The Fan Film Be With You presents and discusses 15 of the best Star Wars fan films. In recent years, many movie fans have been inspired to make their own Star Wars films; using video cameras and powerful home computers for editing and special effects, these weekend directors have created a genre that became known as ‘fan films.’ Many of their homespun creations rival the original movies in quality and story, making these unusual films a permanent part of the Star Wars universe.

Most of these films are quite rare and have not been seen anywhere except the internet, but this program will screen them the way they were meant to be seen, in full-quality video. Additionally, the program will discuss the history of the growing fan film movement and explore what compels these budding filmmakers to invest so much effort into their personal visions of the Star Wars mythology. All material screened will be appropriate for the whole family, but discussion will be aimed primarily at adults and young adults.

$201- $350
Johnson, Steve Magic Variety Show by Steve J Performing Arts- Magic
Steve Johnson has been entertaining family audiences with his Magic Variety Show for over twenty-five years. The show has enjoyed successful reviews at many events throughout the northeastern United States. Steve sets the stage for fine entertainment by initiating an exceptional rapport with the audience. Using innovative adaptations to magic, comedy, & juggling, Steve draws the audience into a memorable entertainment journey. In maintaining a contemporary, upbeat & humorous atmosphere, the show celebrates excellence in entertainment. Steve's program incorporates a tie-in to your library's current reading program that encourages kids to seek out and read books with a subtle approach by using the "magic number".
$351- $500
Latta, Tim ME PLURIBUS UNUM History,
Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
In ME PLURIBUS UNUM, we get a hilarious lecture-demonstration cum stump speech by the wanna-be Queen of the United States of America. In her negative attack campaign, she unwittingly makes the case for democracy as we know it, and shows us how lucky we are! As she argues that an absolute monarchy is so much easier than democracy (no questioning necessary, no thinking involved!) she points up the value of civic participation and involvement in our government. Her ironic criticisms of the American system cover the separation of powers, how laws are passed, taxes, and freedom of speech. At the end of her harangue, she demands a vote to end democracy in America so she can achieve her American Dream: to become queen of the greatest nation on earth. In the end she sees the paradox behind her dream. You can’t be queen of the greatest nation on earth if you take away everything that makes it great. It’s not Me pluribus unum, but E pluribus unum: out of many, one. Felicity Jones
$351- $500
Davis, Katie Novel and picture book Author-Illustrator Visit! Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Drawing
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Kids interactively establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Children edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Kids learn to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. K-3: Highly interactive: children help write a story; volunteers make different emotional expressions. Katie draws their faces on the characters and together they create a new narrative with emphasis on beginning, middle and end. 4-6: Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: teaches kids HOW TO SEE so they’re able to illustrate any story they write. Dear Katie, I'm usually 'ho-hum' when it comes to author visits. You were one to change my mind! You were...the best ever writing session, and I truly mean it! Jayne Pitt, K teacher
$1001- $3000
Ellison, Emily TIGER TOTS! Health & Fitness- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
TIGER TOTS 
3 mos to 70 years of age! 
Children and their caregivers will bend, stretch, kick and jump as they study traditional
Chinese Kung Fu/Yoga exercises set to children's tunes with Chinese Kung Fu Black Belt Emily
Ellison. Participants will enjoy exercising together as they experiment with martial art exercises and the elements of traditional ballet and modern dance. They will increase energy, learn real Kung Fu exercises and stretches to bring home for every day family
exercise  and sing and play instruments at every class as they exercise
$201- $350
Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea Turtle Island Medicine Show Multicultural- Native American,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Turtle Island Medicine Show is a contemporary fable and cautionary tale inspired by both the Lenape Indian origin story and by current reports from climate studies. The show features whimsical kinetic sculptures, richly painted paper mache masks and puppet figures that range in size from 12 inches to the 16 foot tall Tree of Life. Composer & music director Dean Jones' inventive score loops together gongs, hoop drum, jaw harp and trombone scats in a medley of live sound. He also supplies voices for narrator and characters. Meanwhile four nimble, shape-shifting performers bring to life the mask and puppet multitudes. The Lenape origin story describes a great flood and how various animals try to dive to the bottom and bring up mud. When one of them, Muskrat, finally succeeds and Duck and Frog spread the mud on Turtle's back, this tiny island grows into a mighty continent. Arm-of-the-Sea carries the tale into the fossil-fueled modern moment where climate change threatens to de-stabilize this Turtle Island home. Appropriate for family audiences and grades 1-8. School performances include a study guide and post performance discussion with cast. Photos and video available at www.armofthesea.org
$1001- $3000
TheatreworksUSA, - Up in Arms' WELCOME PARK Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Welcome Park is opening a new visitor center and Bunny and his friends want to get in on the act. They approach Park Ranger Ned with the idea that they could teach visitors about the seasons. Ned is worried because each has a bad habit that could interfere with each one doing their best work: Bunny rushes through things; Dog gets herself so nervous she can barely speak; Bee tries to do too many things at once. What will Ned and the audience decide about their readiness to work in the new visitor center? This crowd pleasing show is for ages 3 through 8. While reinforcing important seasonal concepts, children will learn how to improve listening skills
$1001- $3000
Epstein Kravis, Anna BILINGUAL ENGLISH SPANISH Songs, Puppetry & Fun Family Fiesta Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
This program features songs children and their parents know and love, from American and Latino cultures. English and Spanish are so gracefully interwoven that knowledge of either language is sufficient to make this song & puppet concert great fun for all children and family audiences. Five Little Monkeys, a song familiar to all kids, is hilariousisly acted by volunteers from the audience, with 5 adorable monkey puppets and a funny crocodile, alternating lyrics in English and Spanish. LuLu the Singing Llama makes her appearance adding to the fun. Children have many opportunities to be in the show! INCLUDES SONGS FROM ANNA'S AWARD WINNING SON LOS COLORES BILINUGAL CD!
$351- $500
Kruk, Jonathan Sleepy Hollow, the Hudson and New York Spirits History,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Ghost stories are rooted in our local history. A performance based on primary sources enchants audiences with historic fiction featuring Native, Colonial and Revolutionary New York. Topics include; Sleepy Hollow's ghosts, pirates and patriots on the Hudson River, and discovering the origins of the Headless Horseman. Ask too for a special program based on your local history and lore. Shows are performed in impeccable 1775 garb. Ask to have The Hudson River Ramblers and get authentic stories and songs of old New York. Selections include Yankee Doodle, George Washington, and Pete Seeger.
$201- $350
Rivest, Robert Literacy Alive! Lets Celebrate Reading! Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Literacy Alive is a quick moving fun-filled enrichment program that gets students of all ages excited about reading. Robert Rivest reveals the 'hidden treasures' of reading and comically illustrates and the joys of reading everyday. Robert's mastery of mime, theater and improvisation quickly engages children, offering crystal clear examples of: Plot, Character, Setting, Problem, Solution, Beginning, Middle, End, Comedy, and Drama. A fun way to learn!
$351- $500
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