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Bertles, John Sustainable Storytelling Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Increase your students' environmental awareness using literacy! Master storyteller Robin Bady will weave an eco-web of words accompanied by the bewitching music of Skip LaPlante on instruments built from trash. Stories are age-appropriate and science-based, and address the concepts of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as well as Conservation. Whether in auditorium or workshop format, students are encouraged to create and perform their own stories - in which the Big Bad Wolf may be a vital part of our ecosystem!
$501- $1000
Crocker, Keith HOLLYWOOD BALLYHOO - The Selling of Genre Cinema to the General Public History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
Now this is a truly fun program that will delight your audience. We explore the various gimmicks used by film producers to sell their product to the unwary public, gimmicks such as 3-D, Odorama, Smell-O-Vision, Cinerama, CinemaScope, etc... are all explored and shown as examples via a DVD presentation. Memorabilia that includes lobby cards, posters, and various props used to lure in the audience are also shown. Various film genres are discussed, including Horror films, Westerns, Comedies, Holiday Movies, and much, much more. NEW 2012
$101- $200
Field, Barb Zany Science with Prof. Womboggle Performing Arts- Clowning,
BJ and Company will custom design the right program for your needs. We have worked extensively with children and families and performed hundreds of shows. SUGGESTED PROGRAM: (other topics are available!!!) Barb will come as Prof. Womboggle. She will do a fun, hands-on science lesson about the most dangerous chemical compound in the world! First we will discuss how one atom of oxygen (a highly combustible element) combines with two atoms of hydrogen (also highly combustible) to create this compound… DON'T let the students know that it’s water! Then we’ll do several experiments together which demonstrate the unique properties of water. The students love learning about science with Prof. Womboggle.
$201- $350
Epstein Kravis, Anna Song & Puppetry INTERACTIVE Fun for a Winter's Day Show (Non Holiday) Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
This lively song and puppetry concert brightens a winter day with lots of winter time songs, puppetry and participation! Designed with winter school break in mind, this HIGHLY INTERACTIVE program features adorable hand puppets, synthesizer keyboard, LuLu the Singing Lama's silliest antics, move-along fun, and many chances for children to be in the show. This is a bright and sparkly, high-energy time for a winter day! Ages 2-8 (+ -), and family audiences.
$351- $500
Golden, Gail SPLISH SPLASH: Jump into the Story Pool! Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
SPLISH SPLASH: Jump into the Story Pool! ties in closely with the summer reading program for NYS libraries 2010. This 45 minute long show is based on three folktales (from library books) and encourages summer reading. The folktales are from Africa, England, and Puerto Rico and are lots of fun for children ages 3-10 and their families. The program includes a high degree of audience participation including Spanish language content and children from the audience being selected to play characters in the stories! It's a memorable summer reading experience for the whole family!
$101- $200
Knight, Leonora PreSchool Interactive Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Preschoolers will engage in singing along to popular songs with movements, expression and sense memory exercises. Children will also participate when some of their favorite books come alive through songs in a variety of musical styles. List of books can be sent ahead of time so children are familiar with stories. Children will be asked to follow directions, recall time sequences, feel temperature changes, count in Spanish and much much more!
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John Of Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers: Historic Music Rare and Rustic History,
Performing Arts- Other
A salmagundi of period instruments & styles combine for a delightfully unusual concert. In their crossover program 'Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers,' musicians Sondra & John Bromka begin by unravelling threads of evocative Medieval music... then weave in and out of it rustic folk traditions, still heard even today in the remote corners of France, Germany, and the British Isles. Side by side, these sounds enrich each other to paint vivid living pictures that evoke the boisterous village festivals, the soulful shepherds’ plaints, and the rich, mystical ballads that connected people of all levels of society. Bells & Motley are known for their uncommon instrumentation, and perform on a diverse collection of historic and folk instruments. For this presentation you’ll hear harp, hurdy gurdy, lute, Medieval fiddle, recorders, crumhorns, various French & English bagpipes, and more. The hurdy gurdy, built by Mr. Bromka, is a sort of Medieval keyboard fiddle enhanced with a resonant drone. Join Sondra & John in their Allegorical musical Garden, rich & resounding for all senses.
$351- $500
Rivest, Robert Learn, Laugh and Let go! Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Mime
A humorous look at the stresses of modern life and what we can do about it.. Through comedy, insight, and interaction, Robert Rivest shares his tried and true methods of stress reduction. This series of mime, theater and Improv stories offers both comic relief and practical stress relieving techniques. Robert Rivest has the audience entertained and enthralled as he explores how to build concentration, calm the body and quiet the mind. Learn, Laugh, and Let Go. With Robert’s down-to-earth sense of humor and engaging style,audiences of all ages find stress reduction natural and easy. Robert Rivest comically explores: •  Positive and Negative Stress •  Perception & Perfection •  Adjusting to Change •  Positive Self Talk •  Test Taking •  Breathing Deeply •  Humor Perspective Awareness •  Re-energizing Body & Mind
$351- $500
Richter, Chip Cabin Fever Family Concert Chip-solo Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
What is a Cabin Fever Family Concert? If you've been to a Chip Richter Family Concert before you know they are interactive, entertaining and inspiring for kids, parents and even grandparents. It truly is an all age event designed to be something children and adults will enjoy together. In the middle of the cold, snowy, dark days of winter what could be more welcome than a warm and cozy night of music and melody, love and laughter shared with the whole family? Chip's Cabin Fever Concert can be just the thing to get us through to spring. It's a wonderful community outreach event that will entertain, inspire, educate and just be plain fun.
$351- $500
Levin, Ira and Julia Cycling on the Recycle Cycle Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
An interactive environmental extravaganza that gets the audience singing about the Recycle Cycle, helping Captain Tree save the day and realizing that We are All Connected in the Web of Life. Find out how much fun being green can be! Great for Earth Day celebrations or year round!
$351- $500
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