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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Russell, Linda The Good Old Colony Days History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Balladeer Linda Russell brings the 18th century vividly to life through music. Broadsides, ballads, love songs and humorous ditties are accompanied by guitar, penny whistle and hammered and mountain dulcimers as she tells the stories of everyday life in early America. Included are such songs as Johnnie's Gone for a Soldier, Soldier, Soldier, Will You Marry Me and George Washington's favorite dance tune! In children's program - there is hands-on interaction. They get to try instruments and join in the harvest rhythm band.
$351- $500
Schembri, Pamela Middle School Storytelling Performing Arts- Storytelling
UCK! STORIES? At OUR age? - Even the toughest crowds enjoy Pamela's personal stories (i.e., The Cross Bronx Expressway) and her modern-day Greek myths. Mixed with a ghost story or two, you'll see your teenagers spellbound.
$351- $500
Tincknell, Roger Children's Songs and Singing Games Music,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
CHILDREN’S SONGS & SINGING GAMES Interactive Program for Young Children Sing, move, dance and play rhythm instruments while exploring other cultures with traditional, original and contemporary songs and play-parties! This program includes a variety of traditional, multicultural, contemporary and original songs that stimulate the imagination and inspire singing, moving and dancing. Children imitate animals, take imaginary journeys, create song lyrics and learn Spanish and other languages through call and response singing. Quiet songs and lullabies are interspersed with high energy movement songs. The program is performed on a wide variety of instruments including, guitar, banjo, mandolin, drums and harmonica. Children are often invited to play Latin, African and Native American percussion instruments.
$201- $350
McIntosh, Story Laurie Journey to Ellis Island: An Immigration Story Genealogy,
History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
In this touching and powerful performance, Story Laurie portrays her grandmother as an immigrant girl full of hopes and dreams. Listeners travel with the young Carmela on this emotional (and often humorous) journey as she departs her hometown of Potenza, Italy, crosses the Atlantic and arrives in New York Harbor, ready to begin a new life in a strange and magical land. The performance (25-30 mins.) is followed by a discussion/Q&A session about US immigration. Journey to Ellis Island is also available as a residency program where Laurie helps students develop the skills to research their own family stories. The residency culminates in individual or group art projects (eg. a song written by students and which tells of the collective immigrant experience; class “quilt” that depicts each family’s story).
$201- $350
DiLorenzo, Kris Acting Shakespeare in One Easy Lesson Performing Arts- Theater
Open to teens, too, this is a fun way for even non-actors to act: using the original method of the actors in Shakespeare’s troupe: they had no rehearsals and had only their own lines, not the whole script. The secret: Shakespeare's acting instructions are "coded" into the text, through devices like capital letters, strange spellings, odd punctuation, and even passages that make no sense. All you have to do to act the lines is be able to read them, and follow Kris's very simple instructions. No experience or British accents necessary!
$351- $500
Maurer, Jim Beat Box Workshop Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Ever wish you could play the drums, with your mouth???? Well Jester Jim is teaching the art of beatboxing to all young and old. A great introduction for kids to learn about tempo, and the sounds of music. Check out video clips of Jim doing his beatbox show on the website www.jesterjim.com.
$101- $200
DuBois, Betsy Alex The Jester History,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Alexander, King of Jesters, has performed his one-man show across the US, internationally and on TV on Showtime and America's Got talent. He speaks a magical sounding gibberish called Grammelot that transcends language and generational barriers. His dialect, costuming, music, charisma and wildly imaginative spirit transport you back into the era of the Medieval Fool. He brings this historically accurate jester character into school auditoriums. An easy to use study guide ties into Language Arts and Social studies. The humor is not compromised, so you can be sure of the rejuvenating effects of both teachers and students laughing together. Both audiences and fellow artists recognize Alexander's performance as one-of-a-kind. When you book this gem of an artist members of your audience will praise you for discovering such unusual and refreshing talent!
$501- $1000
Newborn, Ph.D., Jud THE WHITE ROSE ANTI-NAZI RESISTANCE--AND HEROES IN THE FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS TODAY. A DRAMATIC, MULTI-MEDIA LECTURE PROGRAM. History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Based on Dr. Newborn's book (*LIBRARY JOURNAL STARRED REVIEW): SOPHIE SCHOLL AND THE WHITE ROSE. Using music, 80 historical images and suspenseful storytelling, Dr. Newborn recounts how Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans - former fanatical Hitler Youth leaders, the latter arrested for a teen same-sex relationship - transformed uniquely to become the greatest heroes of the German anti-Nazi resistance.  It was the only public protest against Nazis ever to be staged. But Dr. Newborn’s program does not remain in the past. Relating the White Rose story to today’s most compelling human rights issues, he presents an array of “White Rosers” today, abroad and at home - who risk themselves for freedom and our shared humanity. SEE SELECT TESTIMONIALS under SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS.
$1001- $3000
Edgecomb, Diane New Age Gawain and the Green Knight History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A Mischievous Medieval Romp! Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Margot Chamberlain – Celtic Harp. The stakes are high for Arthur’s men’s group. First, into their midst, comes a bungee-jumping Green Man who delivers an ancient macho challenge. Then a mysterious rider gallops off with his head under his arm, taunting Gawain to follow. But the greatest fun comes when three very different female archetypes use their wiles in an attempt to corrupt Gawain’s new age virtue. Welcome to New Age Gawain and the Green Knight, Edgecomb’s hilarious send up of the men’s movement. Loosely based on the 14th century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Edgecomb’s comedic adaptation has New Age Arthurian knights running for their therapists faster than you can say Litigation! Tom Megan’s score provides a lush atmosphere of sound as we journey along the ‘road less traveled by’ in this fun loving tale.. This 50-minute performance can be combined with other seasonal tales for a longer wintertime program or stand alone as entertainment for any time of year. Appropriate for audiences ages 12 and up. This unusual New Year's tale is available in December and January. Humorous and entertaining parody - Booklist Magazine
$501- $1000
Yacovella, Joanne Mother Goose is on the Loose: Busy Bodies (ages 1-3) Health & Fitness- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Busy Bodies (Ages 1-3) Join Mother Goose as she uses nursery rhymes and simple tunes presented through music and movement to tap into toddlers innate need to move, jump and dance. It is fast paced and varied to accommodate their age appropriate attention span and very busy bodies.
$201- $350
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