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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Christopher, Dale Life and Times of Matt Christopher, Presented By his son Dale Christopher Health & Fitness- Sports,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Dale’s stories include periods of his Dad’s life and how he started writing. He also talks about the process of writing and his own involvement working with his Dad. Dale talks emphasize his father’s life values and the many joys of reading. He brings precious mementos to share with his audience and wears a vintage 1938 New York Yankee uniform, depicting the era that his Dad played for a semiprofessional New York Yankees team. Dale's stories are exemplified in his book, Behind the Desk With Matt Christopher (Little Brown, 2004)
$501- $1000
schnur, jack Judy Garland, Beyond the rainbow Media- Film,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
The life and career of Judy Garland with video clips from her films and TV shows. Presenter narrrates program
$101- $200
Bromka, Sondra & John 'THE HURDY GURDY CHILDREN'S CONCERT: FIZZ, BOOM, READ! Summer Program 2014 2-for-1 Special History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The artists' extensive early instrument collection features a joyous diversity of historic Medieval, Renaissance, & traditional instruments. Playing upon the intriguing and rare historic hurdy gurdy to enrich our theme and setting, we are pleased to accompany our performance journey with an early music mini-concert specially designed for children, highlighting a diverse collection of early instruments of all shapes, sizes, and materials. Imaginations are courted with the mysterious and evocative sounds. As you enjoy this exploration of historic instruments from bagpipes to 'whittle and dub' you will marvel at the wonderful ways human kind has used wood, animal horn, reed, leather, and ingenuity to invent instruments that create a rainbow of musical sounds. This program is being packaged as a 2-for-1 with 'STONE SOUP WITH THE HURDY GURDY MAN' These two complementary programs unite perfectly to appeal to all the senses, a memorable and meaningful A treasure for the eyes, ears, and imagination!
$351- $500
Friedman, Jeffrey StoryPlay InterACTIVE Children's Theater Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Visual Arts- Other
StoryPlay is as limitless and creative as a child's imagination! This program is designed so that children can take personally part in a storytelling activity by creating characters and making up their own lines in an interactive adventure led by Mom's Choice Award Winning storyteller Jason Edwards. It is suitable for any child old enough to talk and interact, because reading skills are not required for participation. Jason begins the story and cues the performers when it is time to deliver their lines. The storyteller’s prompts, such as “And the monster made a noise that sounded like…” or “But my mom didn’t believe me, so she said…” continue until the tale is guided to its ultimate conclusion. It may sound complicated, but children of all ages and levels of ability can successfully take part in this activity due to the clever scripting by Mr. Edwards, author of WILL ALLEN AND THE GREAT MONSTER DETECTIVE, WILL ALLEN AND THE RING OF TERROR, AND WILL ALLEN AND THE HIDEOUS SHROUD.
$101- $200
O'Keefe, Kevin Circus Yoga for Kids and Families Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Parenting,
Performing Arts- Theater
Workshops & Retreats CircusYoga is an imaginative, fun-filled experience for the whole family designed to strengthen self-confidence, focus, trust, and teamwork. CircusYoga combines the consciousness of yoga with the communal ceremony of circus. Together we create a tribe that embraces balance, joy, courage, agelessness, appropriate risk, and transformation. Parents and kids learn, grow, and experience together as life-long learners, opening new realms of vocabulary for play and communication through: Hatha Yoga Partner Acrobatics Juggling, Diablo, Devil Sticks, Spinning Plate Parent-Kid Clowning & Physical Comedy Flying Partner Yoga Tightwire Group Story-Creation Parent-Kid Thai Massage Creative Movement & Dance Perfect for Family FUN Nights! CircusYoga changed my life! It renewed my desire to be creative and play with my kid. —Bert Bland, parent, Ithaca, NY
$501- $1000
Pelham, Ruth Meet the Artist! workshops and programs Literature- Authors,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
**Reduced fees available for multiple programs in one day or block booking with multiple libraries for the same day.** When children want to know if being an artist is a 'real' way to earn a living, or what it feels like to perform in front of hundreds of people, or what singing songs has to do with making a difference in the world, Ruth Pelham’s responses always serve as an inspiration for children. During this song-filled workshop, Ruth draws from her work as a songwriter, performer, recording artist, public speaker, educator, community organizer, and arts manager and conveys the message that the job of being an artist requires being good at one’s art form as well as in all of the skills that we learn in school--writing, reading, math, communicating, negotiating, problem-solving, and many more. This workshop can be geared to topics such as career development, the arts, writing skills, music and performance, making life choices, and others.
$351- $500
Agostino, Christopher The Ned Show Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Other
Comedy - Juggling - Circus Arts Ned Gelfars is an extremely funny guy. Audiences laugh out loud at his show full of juggling, magic, unicycling, and an incredible amount of hilarious, good-natured audience participation. Ned’s verbal comedy is as sharp as his circus skills, so adults laugh as hard as the kids, making it a great choice for evening programs and family shows. Everybody laughs. It’s also a great way to add fun to festivals, field days and any special event. Not just for little kids: Ned’s stand-up comic style wit, along with his amazing physical skills, make him a hit with the hard to entertain teenagers as well. Any age, any size audience.
$501- $1000
Byers, Kathy YOUR SCHOOL IN SONG CREATE ONE TODAY! Literature- Creative Writing,
Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Co-written with input from all classes participating in the songwriting process. Additional songs are written as students are inspired by the "muse" in the classroom. Forty-five minutes per class works well for brainstorming, creating lyrics and melodies and voicemail recording with an iPod in the classroom. The school is presented with a CD-recording of their own School Song and a printout of lead sheet and lyrics. A celebratory assembly culminates the songwriting experience.
$351- $500
Donohue, Pat Mr. Beau the Clown Performing Arts- Clowning
Clowning that is NOT scary since I transform from a dad to a clown right in front of the audience! My 33rd year of offering a show that is the funniest clown show you'll ever see. Last year alone I clowned at 72 different Libraries (some 2 or 3 times!) I do a pre-show visit as Pat Donohue, then an hour show of juggling, magic, puppetry, pantomime, balloon animals (made ahead of time so there's plenty for everyone!!) plus good, clean humor. After the show I visit with the audience. I am on the advisory board of my neighborhood library and 4 of our 5 sons work or have worked at Libraries so during the show, I encourage people to use and support their Libraries. Plenty of references from Librarians to share with you.
$201- $350
Cain, Ron Tune In To Magical Idol Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Turn off the TV. Shut down the PC. And tune up your imagination. It's time for Magical Idol, the new magic show brought to you by Central New York magician Ron Cain. Inspired by the 2005 NYS Summer Reading Program theme Tune in @ Your Library, the show features a variety of magical, musical illusions. Each represents a different literary character. The show ends with audience members voting for their favorites and looking forward to spending more time at the library. Since 1998, Ron has created magic shows based on the annual summer reading program theme. Each program uses magic and humor to promote reading and help children feel good about themselves. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages include Uncle Sam's Old Time Magic Show, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Case of the Missing Bunny, Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, Discover Millennium Magic Show, and Holiday Hocus Pocus.
$201- $350
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