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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
The Games Man, TREVOR The Outdoor Special Other,
Performing Arts- Other
TREVOR delights young and old on arrival, stiltwalking in at nearly 9' tall. We'll begin with some really High Fives just to get 'em jumping right from the start. Then gather around, everyone, it's time for The Aerial Delights: an up-in-the-air, 100% participatory extravaganza of tricks and skills featuring Wind Whistlers, Ribbon Dancers, the color-changing Chameleon Stick, and loads of laughter. And when he sits down and takes of his stilts, the audience is always interested in seeing how the stilts are constructed and answering their questions. The second half is always the games! Either Parachute Play of Active Running Games depending on the crowd and/or your preference. When everyone grabs ahold of the Rainbow Parachute, it's the thrill and excitement of over, under, around, and through! Or we'll just run 'em ragged with a whole flurry of highly active games that everybody wind and everyone has FUN no matter their ability level... even adults! (Check out Project: Ribbon Dancer for a great add-on craft project, too.)
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - HENRY & MUDGE Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Moving from the city to a new house in the country can be tough. Just ask Henry, who can't find a playmate in his new neighborhood! Luckily, he's got Mudge, a great big, 182-pound canine buddy, with whom he can share all kinds of adventures! When Henry's cousin Annie comes for a visit, Mudge is so charmed by her that he finally rolls over at her command! Henry thinks Mudge must love Annie more than him, because the dog only does the trick for her. Very upset, Henry runs away into the cold dark woods to find adventures on his own. Will the two friends be reunited? Find out in this Theatreworks musical, based on the best-selling series of books by Cynthia Rylant.
$1001- $3000
Edgecomb, Diane Game Time! ~ Summer Reading 2016 Health & Fitness- Sports,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Game Time features three topsy-turvy adventures where nobody has their ‘game face’ on and everybody wins! Diane’s jazzy version of the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ encourages going your own pace and coming out great in the end. We learn that no reader is a slow poke when it comes to learning! In ‘Kite’s Tail,’ an afternoon kite-flying game teaches a shy girl how to SINNNGGGG! There’s even more fun in the Hungarian story, ‘The Hide and Seek Princess.’ She has X-ray vision and will only marry the suitor she cannot find. Oracle award-winning teller Diane Edgecomb has crafted these stories to give us the best perspective on how to play the game. Be YOURSELF – First, Last and Foremost! Game-time has never been so much fun! View the program on Diane's website at: http://livingmyth.com/summer-reading-program/
$351- $500
Knight, Leonora Be a Friend, Not a Bully Interactive Concert Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
In this interactive concert students will sing together and take on roles of characters showing empathy, compassion, caring, perseverance, friendship and bullying. Exercises will be used to demonstrate welcoming and unwelcoming body language. The music and performing will add some excitement and levity to a very real and current issue. Children will love being on stage. Singing together is a very powerful uniting force! All music is original and fully orchestrated. Cue cards are used to help students sing along.
$351- $500
Davis, Katie Novel and picture book Author-Illustrator Visit! Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Drawing
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Kids interactively establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Children edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Kids learn to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. K-3: Highly interactive: children help write a story; volunteers make different emotional expressions. Katie draws their faces on the characters and together they create a new narrative with emphasis on beginning, middle and end. 4-6: Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: teaches kids HOW TO SEE so they’re able to illustrate any story they write. Dear Katie, I'm usually 'ho-hum' when it comes to author visits. You were one to change my mind! You were...the best ever writing session, and I truly mean it! Jayne Pitt, K teacher
$1001- $3000
Shimeta, Kathleen America: Poets, Patriotism, Politics and Life in Song Literature- Poetry,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
America: Poets, Patriotism, Politics and Life What better way to celebrate our nation’s creativity than with an art song recital showcasing the talents of our composers and poets. Opening with Edward MacDowell’s beautiful “To a Wild Rose” the recital will features Aaron Copland’s commentary on politics and Gena Branscombe’s haunting World War I song, “Dear Lad O’Mine. Langston Hughes, one of our country’s great poets, collaborated with immigrant composer Jean Berger. Composer and poet never met in person yet via telephone they created a moving song cycle. Emily Dickinson’s poignant words are set to music by Aaron Copland and Martin Hennessy. The performers present four songs that sum up our life from childhood to becoming an adult. Concluding the program Leonard Bernstein’s “Take Care of this House” from his musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue leads to two tributes to our country as world leader and the beauty of our land.
$501- $1000
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
TheatreworksUSA, - The Balsters' THE WIZARD'S APPRENTICE Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic
Tim and Robin Balster present an all-new magic spectacular. Join Harriet Peabody as Willard the Wizard of Wisdom teaches her that the greatest secrets to magic and life is to possess good reading skills and to know how to find the books she needs. With its large illusions and innovative masks, this is an audience-participation treat for all!
$1001- $3000
Kruk, Jonathan HEROES on the HUDSON History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Stories of heroes from along the Hudson, the Catskills and New York, dramatically performed by a master storyteller, featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Selections include: Washington's Spectacles Save the New Nation, The Girl Who Out-rode Paul Revere, Stanton & Anthony Get the Vote, Pete Seeger's Clearwater Dream. Plus, the story of your local hero! Add a folk musician for authentic regional songs; Yankee Doodle, Tenting Tonight, This Land is Your Land and more. Interactive with children stepping into stories, turn and talks, and a Q&A.
$201- $350
Zimmerman, Michelle A BUTTERFLY BLAST! Literature- Authors,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Come along and capture the fun as award-winning author Michelle Zimmerman reads her children's book Can't Catch a Butterfly. The butterfly fun continues as she leads an indoor butterfly hunt, butterfly games, songs and a simple craft.
$201- $350
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