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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Theater, Open Hand The Secret of the Puppet's Book Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Open Hand Theater’s literacy production about the wonderful world of reading. Meet Lewis, a most extraordinary puppet who finds fun, adventure, and some interesting friends in the magical pages of the books he finds. With the delightful music of storyteller Bill Harley and some magical puppetry Lewis takes us on a journey through the imagination.
$501- $1000
Rogers, Robert Little Leonardo History,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Take a trip back in time to the 1400’s and spend a day in the simple Italian town of Vinci, where a remarkable young boy named Leonardo once lived. Watch as he takes his first few steps toward greatness, by letting his imagination fly and his curiosity take hold of everything around him. An apprentice in the studio of Master Verrocchio, Leonardo is exposed to the wonders of art and science. He paints, he studies, he builds – in short, he lets his dreams come true. The man who would come to be known as the painter of the Mona Lisa had to start somewhere, and this is an imaginary tale of how it happened. The Robert Rogers Puppet Company was founded in 1980, and has since performed thousands of times across the country and around the world. While it is available all year, providing meaningful, artistic productions for summer reading programs is an especially enjoyable pursuit for the troupe.
$351- $500
Storytellers, Beauty & the Beast Author Visits Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss are award winning authors and recording artists and would be happy to visit your school in that capacity. They will tell stories, give tips on telling, and answer any questions students have. Their story collections include world tales that have been rewritten so that they are accessible for telling by children. After seeing Mitch and Martha tell stories, students will be excited about telling tales themselves. Storytelling is a fun activity that is highly educational. All the story books have tips for telling which make it possible for teachers to have each student (second grade and up) choose a different tale, learn it, and share it in front of classmates. Those who choose to do so can tell for other classes as well. Some of the tales are simple and short enough that they can then be retold by first graders and even kindergartners. Mitch and Martha's performances will also serve as catalysts for creative writing.
$1001- $3000
Carpenter, Regi Read to the rhythm! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Read to the rhythm is a high energy program for families that combines stories, music, and dancing.
$351- $500
Handy, Spook American Folk Songs for the Whole Family History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This program is simple. Let’s make sure our kids know some of the treasures of American Folk Music. We’ll sing old favorites like “This Land is Your Land”, “If I had a Hammer”, “I’ve been Working on the Railroad”, “She’ll be coming Around the Mountain” and maybe some newer songs. If the children don’t already know a song we’ll take the time to teach them. Parents are encouraged to sit with their children and help them learn the songs. 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
Henderson, Chelsie Rural Soul African Drumming Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Families are invited to an educational and fun-filled drumming experience with Rural Soul music instructors Chelsie Henderson and Wayne White! Children of all ages and their parents or caregivers can expect to meet and play the African drums (djembes and doundouns), learn a song or two, and play drumming games that are fun for all. We have drums of many different sizes to accommodate participants. Depending on the event, we may bring along members of our Youth Drumming Ensemble to perform!
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane Libraries ROCK! Summer Reading 2018- ROCK SOLID! Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Science
A play on the Summer Reading 2018 theme title of “Libraries Rock” Diane's engaging performance of ROCK SOLID! explores the world under our feet with animated tales from Fossils to Soil Creatures. Don’t miss out on the fun as the whole audience helps solve the Mystery of the Missing DuckBill Dinosaur Eggs. In more underground fun, we meet up with Mr. Pillbug, Sir Centipede and a fast talking earthworm.
$351- $500
Crocker, Keith Santa Claus and the Movies - How the mythical elf of merriment has been presented on the silver screen! History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This is an oddball but fun presentation showing the various depictions of the Santa Claus legend throughout the years. From Miracle on 34th Street to such crazy adaptations of the story such as Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, we'll investigate the history of Santa Claus through both legend and literature and its ultimate incarnation on the screen. This program will be a seasonal must. Loaded with clips of some of the strangest presentations of Santa over the past decades. It's a unique program to say the least.
$101- $200
TheatreworksUSA, - Living Voices Productions' ISLAND OF HOPE History,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
A new immigration story created especially for younger audiences.
$501- $1000
Manning, Jim Star Wars Jedi Knight Training Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
Star Wars Jedi Knight Training is a great program for libraries to offer their younger patrons. We offer Star Wars fans a chance to interact with a real Jedi Knight. Ideal for ages 4 – 9, this interactive performance is great for both boys and girls! We lead the children through a series of challenges including Jedi Force Magic, the Laser Balloon Barrage and Jedi Teamwork culminating in an epic lightsaber duel with the Jedi Master himself.
$351- $500
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