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Program
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Description
Fee
Durst, James JAMES DURST: 'Hue Manatee's Quest' Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Singer-songwriter James Durst presents a 1-man musical adventure, rich in humor, song & story to dramatize themes of environmental sustainability, unity in diversity, friendship & peace. The central characters Hue (as in 'color' or 'cry of alarm') Manatee and Flickati Cricket seek the wisdom of renowned change agent Leon Chameleon, only to be invited along on a journey to his ancestral homeland, the Galápagos. Along the way, they overcome numerous perils while meeting and sharing songs with Shining Eagle (Northern Hemisphere shaman of the Imáji Nation), a trio of dolphins, a whale threatened by a whaling ship, Ella Condor (Southern Hemisphere medicine woman of the Todos tribe), and a popular street-corner quintet known as Acapellago. Cameo appearances are made by Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood & Goldilocks to populate Leon's parable explaining how our protagonists differ from the 'two-legged ones' in a 5-part tour de farce, 'Lost in the Kuda Shuda Woods.' Ideally suited for families with older children, as the humor employs wordplay and the music is sophisticated yet accessible. Imagine 'The Lion King' meets 'Candide.'
$501- $1000
Encore Performing Arts, Inc. JACK & THE BEANSTALK by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Sent to the market to sell his old cow, Jack returns home with a measly handful of beans. Jack is in disgrace until the beans become a beanstalk, the beanstalk leads to adventure,and Jack has a chance at fame and fortune. All he has to do is outwit a very hungry giant! Crabgrass Puppet Theatre's hilarious retelling of the tallest of tales is full of fun and loaded with laughs. Colorful scenery, exciting puppetry and a delightful musical score combine to create a giant-sized entertainment for all ages.
$501- $1000
Feldman, Eve Reading for Writing Workshops Literature- Authors,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Using the author's fiction writing as a launch pad, students analyze short readings and then tackle their own short writing projects. In advance, the author shares three short stories which she submitted for inclusion in a short story anthology entitled I FOOLED YOU. Students are invited to select the story they would have chosen before discovering which story was actually selected. Alternately, students are invited to experience at least a few chapters of one of Ms. Feldman's chapter books. Elements of the author's writing are then used to help students create their own writing selections.
$501- $1000
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
Wind, Dee and Frank Tell It to the Judge Performing Arts- Storytelling
Dee and Frank share stories of situations where villains are outwitted and truth wins out. Some are funny. Some are poignant. All are entertaining.
$201- $350
Willis, Audrey Spontaneous Creativity: Riffing on the Blues Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Children/Teens will learn how to write a blues song with the help of established musicians. Participants will collaborate to create traditional blues tunes and leave with an understanding of how music is created using standard blues formats. This program is good for libraries and senior centers at well as other institutions.
$351- $500
Epstein Kravis, Anna The Money Show-- Saving Spending & Sharing (ENGLISH-SPANISH VERSION AVAILABLE) Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Money Show is a Song & Puppetry program that teaches young children about the value of money in a fun, age-appropriate way. Saving, spending smart and sharing are concepts presented using interactive songs, puppetry, stories and colorful , interactive props. Meet Anna's puppet friends, LuLu the Singing Llama, learn from Macdonald about how he got his farm, meet Bernardo the Banker as he explains what it means to save. This show was created for the Newark Library, presented in several branches, and is under written by the PNC Bank. Anna created a popular BILINGUAL English-Spanish version for this library.
$501- $1000
Desai, Mala Sculpture Comes Alive Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Carved on temple walls and Buddhist caves dating back to 2 B.C. are mythological stories in India. Mala performs Odissi, the oldest Indian classical dance form with rhythmic footwork, elaborate facial expressions, hand-gestures, head, neck and body movements exquisitely choreographed to bring these sculptures to life. A brief slide-show is presented before the performance.
$351- $500
Connolly, Carol Story Safari Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Listen and join in as the award-winning musical storytelling duo, Tales ‘n Tunes, leads us on a journey all around the world and to our own back yard. We’ll meet a curious frog, a barnyard hen who thought she knew best, a clever porcupine who outwitted a lion and hippo, and a mischievous mouse. Designed to encourage children to read, this Tales ‘n Tunes’ presentation, invites all to come to this rollicking romp with our furry and feathered friends.There will be plenty of singing, beginning with Tales ‘n Tunes’ original song, Bunches of Beasts. And there’ll be lots of opportunities to make animal noises, too.
$201- $350
Kitty, Alan Mark Twain's Last Stand Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Twain had been filled with wanderlust from his earliest boyhood. Respiratory ailments kept him housebound until age four, enhancing his dream to travel – anywhere, and any mode of transportation would do, including time travel. Last Stand uses this mode of transportation to bring Twain into the present century to comment on the human condition, and offer a permanent solution to Recession. But he has an agenda: he wants to run for President in 2012. Running Time: Eighty minutes of stories, anecdotes and tall tales to entertain, inform and inspire.
$1001- $3000
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