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Bromka, Sondra & John Bells & Motley Victorian Musical Celebration of Christmas Past History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Music and customs of a traditional Christmas of Dickens' time included jovial and ceremonial songs with choruses for all to share, ballads steeped history, costumed characters or 'guisers,' tableaux and games, dances, and the presence of holly, ivy, and evergreen. This musical voyage back to the spirit of Christmas Past offers a magical time for family and friends to gather and share the origins of our traditions. Across England, wealthy households would celebrate with great musical feasts and pageants, and folks would go from door to door, singing wassailing songs that ended with the request for 'a toast and a good loaf or cheese, and we’ll be on our way.' Featured will be wassail songs from Cornwall, Somerset, and Gloucestershire. Other traditions will include a special processional bagpipe air from Northumberland to 'pipe your bounds' to insure abundance and well being throughout the new year. This peek behind the history of Christmas celebration uncovers the universal within the season's mirth and merriment, and plants the seeds of ideas for reestablishing some of the old traditional elements for community celebrations - further enriching the meaning and majesty of this important holiday season.
$351- $500
Crocker, Keith WILLIAM CASTLE - The Ultimate Showman History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
William Castle was the ultimate film promotion artist of the 1950's. Anyone who's ever seen House on Haunted Hill (1958), The Tingler (1959), 13 Ghosts (1960) will attest to this. Emergo- The skeleton flying over the audiences who paid to see House on Haunted Hill, movie theater seats wired with a minor electrical voltage to give the audience of the Tingler the sensation that the Tingler itself was crawling up on them, or even the special glasses you needed to put on in order to see the ghosts in 13 Ghosts. Castle knew how to sell a picture and keep audiences coming back for more. This program will give you a complete history of William Castles, from his humble beginnings right through his pioneer horror pictures of the 1950's and finally to his acceptance by the art-house crowd for his production of Rosemary's Baby. Includes film memorabilia and a selection of trailers from Castles work via DVD. A perfect show for the Halloween season. NEW 2012
$101- $200
Conrad, Bob The Deep Sea Magic Show Nature- Marine Life,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Bob Conrad takes your students on an imaginary voyage to the bottom of the sea aboard the good ship Conrad. Meet Captain Bob's first mate, Fred the talking table, and his deck hand Gomer. Audience members will travel to the great coral reefs in search of the mysterious Angel Fish. A magical voyage of magic, ventriloquism, fish stories, and an ocean of facts. Bob Conrad is the author/illustrator of Bob Conrad's Deep Sea Adventure, an educational children's book about oceanography and the creatures that live beneath the sea.
$201- $350
Barton, Laine The Brooklyn Bridge - Puppets, Magic, History,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
The Brooklyn Bridge, a circus-magic adventure. While the Brooklyn Bridge was being built, PT Barnum was also building his circus world. The story of the Brooklyn Bridge is told through the eyes of a circus performer, who tells the story using magic, puppets and circus.
$351- $500
Levin, Ira and Julia Poe Show: Lighten Up Edgar! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
A presentation of the lighter side of Poe which includes musical odes to the poet, short stories and humorous adaptations of his poetry set to standards for group sing-a-longs. It is a light-hearted way to celebrate Poe without tearing up the floorboards! Interactive, uplifting and inspiring!
$351- $500
Knight, Leonora Multiply To Music Life Skills- Finance,
Performing Arts- Other
Are your students struggling with their times tables? I wrote these songs for my own son and they really work! If your students respond well to music watch their skills improve after participating in this program. And they DO participate! Each child is given a lyric sheet to sing along. Props and costumes are used as children come up on stage. Music styles include pop, reggae, rock, swing and jazz waltz. There’s even a cheer! CD’s are available to reinforce learning. This educational material will reach out to your students reinforcing the powerful connection of math and music
$201- $350
Miller, Paul Do Something Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Juggling
Do Something is an engaging variety arts performance that challenges middle and high school students to identify their passions, research their options, excel in their efforts, and enjoy their lives.
$351- $500
Rowe, Elizabeth Spooky Stories around the Campfire Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Depending upon the ages of audience, stories range from GENTLY SCARY STORIES, to STORIES TO MAKE YOU SHIVER to CREEPY TALES OF TODAY AND YESTERDAY. They include tales from international folklore, participatory tales, historic accounts and short stories from literature.
$201- $350
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel Blackmail at Baker Street Performing Arts- Storytelling
Blackmail at Baker Street features the telling of The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton, the riveting story of the “king of all the blackmailers”, robbery, and a life at risk of ruin! Like elocutionists of earlier times, these storytellers adhere closely to the written word in their recitation and interpretation of literary works. Rachel and Rebecca provide an introduction to the story, and they entertain questions and comments afterwards.
$101- $200
Adams, Lori Light Writing or Ghastly/Ghostly Photography Media- Photography,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
Invisible ink photography? This playful workshop will have you dancing with light! Participants will help make images that can’t see with human eyes until they have been captured by the camera. Long before digital photography special effects, people were experimenting with multiple exposure and long exposure photography to create mysterious and surreal imagery. Now with digital, we can play the old-fashioned way, but see the results within seconds. Come be part of the impromptu team that will design, perform and create with imagination, collaboration and light toys. No photo or camera experience necessary. Terrific for teenagers, families or all ages. Sample photos at
$201- $350
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