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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Bromka, Sondra & John The Tale of Tristan & Iseult: An Arthurian Legend Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This most famous of all classic love stories was originally set in Celtic antiquity, and an important component of the Arthurian legends. In the 12th century, the tale was already 600 years old when it captured the imagination of Medieval France’s famous storyteller-poet-musicians, the troubadours. The powerful story continued its long journey through the ages... inspiring many works in turn, including Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet). Bells & Motley present a telling that is authentic, yet lively, accessible, highly charged, and mysterious - full of all of the original symbolism, intrigue, and purpose. In ancient bardic style, it features a simple setting, rich language, and complex emotions evoked through the power of music. Rare historic instruments include the Medieval keyed fiddle, low-voiced recorders, ancient gut-strung bray harp, and Celtic harp. Musical selections include the same historic pieces that were part of Medieval tellings, as inspired by this enduring tale.
$351- $500
Epstein Kravis, Anna Dia De Los Ninos dia De Los Libros BILINGUAL Song & Puppetry Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
This lively, highly interactive children/family show, celebrates children and books, with wonderfully engaging songs, puppetry, stories, indigenous latino rhythm instruments, and movement! The program is presented in English, interwoven with Spanish words, phrases and bilingual songs the entire family will love. VISIT www.annaekravis.com and go to the English-Spanish page to hear song clips from Anna's BILINGUAL Concerts. The show is appropriate for English or Spanish speaking, as well as bilingual audiences of all ages.
$351- $500
McGovern, Brian The Art of Magic Performing Arts- Magic
Amazing sleight of hand and comedy magic. Great for kids ages 5 and up.
$201- $350
Golden, Gail Be Creative at Your Library! Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Be Creative! is a program of multicultural folktales told story theatre style by 2 professional actors. The program is highly interactive -- featuring audience participation, language and cultural information, humor, and mime. The emphasis is on encouraging reading -- the stories were all found in library books! -- and on creativity. Audience volunteers even get to join the actors in acting out the stories! The Wondermakers have been performing in schools and libraries since 1985 with Young Audiences. The Director of The Wondermakers, Gail Golden, is also Mrs. Claus in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC and was Cinderella's Fairy Godmother at Walt Disney World!
$201- $350
Sobel, Anna Fairies of the Seasons Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Science
In this magical show, set on a handmade dress that twirls as the year turns, each season has its own fairy that takes care of changing the natural world accordingly. That is, until a grumpy gnome decides to rearrange all the season fairies, so things will stay the same all year round. Beautiful handmade fairy puppets and hand-felted animals invite young children to move, sing, and help the fairies of each season as they try to find their way back. Recommended for ages 2-7. More information available at www.talkinghandstheatre.com
$201- $350
Marchese, Mario Mario the Magician's Family Performance Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Other
Mario the Magician is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. He is known for his dedication to the Maker Movement and STEAM/STEM initiatives and his clever and refreshing integration of DIY electronics and robotics into his performance. Despite his use of cutting edge technology, he never sacrifices the old-school slapstick vibe that audiences so love. It’s vintage meets the future. Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin for the modern age.
$501- $1000
Del Bianco, Lou In the Shadow of the Mountain: Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore Genealogy,
History,
Performing Arts- Theater
A graceful balance of humor and heart.- LA TIMES In this 40 minute presentation, storyteller Lou Del Bianco portrays his grandfather Luigi Del Bianco and tells the story of his unique contribution to the carving of our nation's greatest memorial. Connects perfectly to Social Studies curriculum and primary source research.
$201- $350
Tranchina, Gabriele It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing/jazz for kids Music,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This program is geared to children ages 4-7 This program will help children explore jazz in an interactive way, so that children can experience this music with their own body. We will use "call and response" to engage the children in singing, help them find the swing and samba feeling and much more. We will explore the famous "Route 66", travel on the "A Train" and learn how to scat on "It don't mean a thing"
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane In The Groves Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Celebrate trees and flowering plants with this unique performance. Refreshing, lyrical and provocative In the Grove looks at the many ways different cultures have imagined the living world of trees. From a delicate tale of love celebrating the Cherry trees of Japan, to an old English song that speaks of the hidden language of flowers, to the poignant Cornish legend of One Tree Hill, we'll travel ‘round the world in story celebrating this garden of delights. Each tale is surrounded by music and songs from many lands. The event culminates with the haunting Czech legend The Dancing Spirit of the Birch Grove. “It awakened in all of us there a sense of the spirit in things.” Jay O’Callahan
$501- $1000
Scalise, Jody Motion Man Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Juggling
Motion Man Take a Mechanical Man, Giant Bubbles, A Six Foot Toilet Plunger, Juggling Balls, Juggling Eyeballs, Juggling Clubs, Physical Gyrations, Malleable Dancing, Step Ladders, Gibberish, a Ukulele, Impish Sleight of Hand, Spinning Plates, 8 Foot Streamers, a Parasol, a Floating Hat; Things that Float over the Audience, Heaps of Laughter, and Inspirational Improvisation put them in a blender and you have Jody Scalise as Motion Man”
$351- $500
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