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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Drums of Japan, Ryu Shu Taiko Japanese Dance & Martial Arts Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
The traditional Japanese Folk Dances and the Martial Arts moves known as KATA, provide a glimpse into the unique YAMATO DAMISHI -SAMURAI SPIRIT-. This spirit has pervaded Japanese culture for hundreds of years and still influences the Japanese today as seen in the popularity of Samurai based Anime & Manga; as well as the countless martial arts studios-dojos- throughout the world. Accompanied by the thunder of the Taiko drums and the elegant sounds of the Koto and Shakuhachi; Karate & Kendo Kata are performed with Samurai Swords, and flying fists and feet. This is juxtaposed with the refined movements of classical Japanese dance. The influence of the martial spirit can be seen in these refined dances as well as the energetic movements of traditional local village folk dances. This program is presented by the Ryu Shu Kan and sponsored by the Japan Center at Stony Brook University's Community Outreach programs.
$501- $1000
Reynolds, Jackie Clown Make-Up Demo and Magic Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Visual Arts- Painting
What goes into making a clown? Jackie Reynolds won first place for makeup and costume at 2015 Clowns of America International and has over twenty-five years of sharing the laughter with audiences of all ages. See her transformation from the grease paint to lacing up clown shoes! Attendees can ask questions, and maybe dab on washable clown make-up too. Then, get ready to laugh as she treats you to Bee Bee's Best and Brightest Comedy Magic-Puppet Show!
$201- $350
Zawaski, Gloria How to open the door to your imagination Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Middletown author Gloria Smith Zawaski has written The Undercover Kids’ Holland Adventure series. The program she introduces to students, with its creative online interactive component and accompanying short story contest, makes this a perfect addition to school programs. Gloria and her characters (as puppets), Katie, Jake and their dog Cooper are available to visit schools. The title of her presentation is “How to open the door to your imagination.” Gloria’s 40-minute presentation is lively, giving the students the opportunity to think about what their Undercover Kids’ Adventure will be all about. The program has been developed for grades 4 through 6. And the books are available for sale at your school and the author will do a book signing. It works great because the program is based on the New York State curriculum guidelines. There is a 40-page Teacher Resource Guide available for download. It is great for cross curriculum programming. According to Gloria, “Children's lives are often too programmed. The Undercover Kids have a chance to lead authentic lives...learn from their own adventures...make their own decisions.”
$501- $1000
Beaugard, Carol THE CHRISTMAS CAROL TRIO Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
A wonderful holiday celebration: The Christmas Carol Trio performs 17th and 18th century carols from England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany and America (sung in English, French, Scottish and German), with narrative explaining the origins of the holiday's traditions and decor. We include carols for sing-alongs. We can perform as a duet, trio, quartet or quintet, based on your needs and budget. Instrumentation includes vocals, guitar and mandolin, with the option to additionally book fiddle, bass, penny whistle or bodhran. Dress is formal attire.
$351- $500
Drums of Japan, Ryu Shu Taiko Taiko Drums: An Intro to Japanese Culture Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Performances and workshops allow our performers to share the joy of Taiko with their audiences. “KOKORO” (heart and mind): playing with all our heart and mindful of the long history of Taiko we strive to present an authentic Taiko experience. "KI" (energy and spirit): through Taiko our “Ki” is expressed; and this energy and spirit is shared and received by our audience. “BUNKA” (culture): Taiko is used as an educational tool to teach the music, culture and history of Japan to children in schools and in the community; and to imbue a strong appreciation for cultural tradition and the arts. In our presentation-“The Drums of Noto Hanto”- the audience becomes part of the performance enacting the roles of peasants who drum and dance as demons to scare away invading Samurai. We perform both traditional works and contemporary ones; combining Taiko drumming with Japanese Folk Dance for an exciting presentation that will entertain, enthrall and enrich all that experience the power of the Taiko Drums of Japan!
$351- $500
O'Keefe, Kevin The One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase Performing Arts- Theater
The One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase gives everyone an opportunity to participate in an enthralling, whimsical celebration of the imagination. This show has been performed over 500 times around the globe, for family theater audiences and school assemblies alike. However, the most important performers emerge from the audience. Each performance becomes a dialogue between the characters and the audience–a light-hearted collaboration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDsIhmXRKPs&feature=digest “Our audiences thoroughly enjoyed the lunacy of CIRCUS MINIMUS. Mr. O’Keefe’s gallery of wacky circus characters and antics made this fast paced a show a great deal of fun for both kids and adults.” –Bert Goldstein, Director of Education, Cincinnati Playhouse, OH
$351- $500
Tomecek, Stephen The Science of Sports Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Scientist and award-winning author Steve The Dirtmeister Tomecek takes a slightly serious look at the science behind many of the sports that kids love to play. The program features over a dozen interactive demonstrations which are safe enough for kids to try themselves. We begin with a look at athletes and why reaction time and hand-eye coordination is so important. We then explore the roles played by inertia, leverage, angular momentum, friction and gravity in everything from bowling and basketball to soccer and baseball!
$351- $500
Epstein Kravis, Anna Toddlers and the Arts Workshops for Little Ones & Their Adult Friends Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
This very special offering is targeted to the youngest children, ages 2- 2 1/2, and their significant adults. Favorite songs, developmentally appropriate movement activities, and fun with props, such as shaker eggs, parachute, colorful dinosaur bean bags, and fantasy bubbles, create a special time for very young children and adults to enjoy, together. It includes age and developmentally appropriate material, created and collected from Anna's 30+ years as an educational music consultant and teaching/performing artist. Extensive experience with this age group. This popular program was created in response to special grant funding, and has been back by popular demand, for the past 5 consecutive years.
$351- $500
Rogers, Robert Cinderella in the Wild West Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
The famous fairy tale has been given an updated, All-American treatment. Cindy Lou Rella lives at the homestead of a pioneer woman, Cavalcade Annie, where she works hard at chores and dreams of a better life. Opportunity knocks when she enters a rodeo and competes by riding the mightiest bull around, El Toro. Instead of a fairy godmother, Cindy Lou has a Native American Spirit guide, and there are other surprises, too.
$501- $1000
Crocker, Keith HAMMER HORROR - British horror films of the 1960's History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Hammer films of England produced some of the most exciting and colorful horror films ever made. They also created a star factory that included the likes of Christopher Lee (Lord of the Rings) and Peter Cushing (Star Wars). Known for their lavish production values, splashes of gruesome viscera, and strong sense of sensuality, they redefined the genre in a way that still leaves it's mark on the current horror and sci-fi cinema of today. Join me for this introspective journey through the career of Hammer film studios, all the way through their humble poverty row productions of the 1940's through their shot to international recognition as the masters of horror and science fiction in the 1960's. Comes complete with a vintage memorabilia presentation plus a 16mm showing of a digest version of The Curse of Frankenstein (1957). A must when booking for the Halloween season of September/October.
$101- $200
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