Performers and Programs

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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Bala, Rich Alexander Hamilton: His Life in Story & Song History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
NEW for 2016-17! The award-winning team of folk singer Rich Bala and storyteller Jonathan Kruk (aka The Hudson River Ramblers)present a NEW program using actual stories and authentic songs to chronicle Hamilton's life and accomplishments. This highly interactive, participatory program uses primary sources to tell the story of "the founding father without a father", from his childhood in Nevis to the infamous duel with Aaron Burr. This program was premiered earlier this year at the NY Historical Society in NYC with great success and to much acclaim.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John 'The Boy Who Went to Visit the North Wind' Participatory Storytelling + 'Who Has Heard the Wind' Children's Concert History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Sondra and John Bromka bring audiences on a wind-swept journey to 'long ago and far away' with the telling of this fine traditional tale. Look forward to an energetic tandem storytelling performance that is underscored with live music on Celtic harp, enriched with historic authenticity, and alive with abundant participation that is well suited to audiences of all ages. A tale of wonder, magic, and heroism, the story unfolds when a poor boy's meal is unwittingly blown away, taken to the four corners of the earth by the all-powerful North Wind, and cannot be returned. In exchange, a magic tablecloth, magic donkey, and magic stick are three marvelous gifts offered by the Wind. But in the end, the most important gift of all is surely the North Wind's sage advice: 'All you have to do is keep your eyes & ears open.' As in the best of traditional folktales, there is the timeless appeal of a thought provoking theme. Here, justice & fairness are of universal concern to young children. And they will enjoy their favorite storytelling elements: patterns and repetition, personification, and especially, the wondrous and curious ways of 'long ago & far away.'
$351- $500
Rogers, Robert The Underground Adventures of Rudy Root, Jr. Nature- Gardening,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
He's one part gardener, one part elf, definitely someone who takes his job seriously and let's his curiosity take him wherever it goes. Rudy Root Jr. is ever vigilant about life underground. The roots of newly planted seeds that travel way down through the dirt; the insects and rodents who make their homes in the dank, dark earth; the mineral treasures that lie hidden from view. It's one adventure after another with Rudy as our guide.
$351- $500
Cain, Ron Tune In To Magical Idol Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Turn off the TV. Shut down the PC. And tune up your imagination. It's time for Magical Idol, the new magic show brought to you by Central New York magician Ron Cain. Inspired by the 2005 NYS Summer Reading Program theme Tune in @ Your Library, the show features a variety of magical, musical illusions. Each represents a different literary character. The show ends with audience members voting for their favorites and looking forward to spending more time at the library. Since 1998, Ron has created magic shows based on the annual summer reading program theme. Each program uses magic and humor to promote reading and help children feel good about themselves. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages include Uncle Sam's Old Time Magic Show, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Case of the Missing Bunny, Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, Discover Millennium Magic Show, and Holiday Hocus Pocus.
$201- $350
Fultz, Dave Learn to Juggle Workshop Performing Arts- Juggling
Western New York Juggler Dave Fultz introduces the age-old circus discipline of juggling in a way that all students can understand, enjoy and embrace. There are many advantages to learning and participating in juggling. Not the least of these is aerobic exercise, confidence building, improved coordination and dexterity and many more. But most of all, juggling is just plain fun! When Dave teaches students the art of juggling, it's not just scarves and balls and repetition. Dave introduces a myriad of different juggling props in the very best tried and true step-by-step learning methods. Students will learn: three-ball cascade juggling, diabolo, devil or flower stick juggling, box manipulation and if time permits - spinning and balancing. Dave has taught countless seminars and workshops on juggling, and has attended a number of juggling conventions and workshops where he has learned from some of the best in the world. This is a humorous, entertaining and memorable approach to exercise and education that students may find helpful for many years to come.
$101- $200
Jacobs, Beth Telling Stories thru Books Dance and movement Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
modifies stretching thru different dance and acting exercises with song and rhythm for preschoolers or world music and drum beat for older classes. Use of library books for imagery for preschoolers or to create a storyline or theme for older class levels. Older classes will have a few minutes to come up with a move of their own to present at the end of class. I can perform an interpretive ballet variation of The Firebird.
$101- $200
Cremean, Nels Ross ''Possibilities'' Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Based on the principle that every person has value and potential, this fun and inspirational performance focuses on character education. It addresses excellence, respect, responsibility, and life choices. Bullying can be the primary focus upon request. (K-12) Nels Ross’ uplifting programs promote character, wellness, learning, and joy through a unique blend of physical theater, variety arts, and humor. See InJest.com > More > School Programs for the latest info.
$501- $1000
Cain, Ron Martian Magic Show Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Prepare for takeoff as Central New York magician Ron Cain launches his new “Martian Magic Show” this summer! Ron appears as Cosmo the Conjuror, a Martian magician who travels the galaxy performing tricks and collecting stories. Naturally, he loves libraries and admires the 2019 New York state library summer reading program theme, “A Universe of Stories.” Throughout the 45-minute show, Cosmo demonstrates Martian powers like telepathy and psychokinesis. He tells tales and shares illusions picked up from visits to various planets. Volunteers help him rescue the Man in the Moon and have fun playing characters from Mercury, Venus & Pluto. Cosmo also teaches children facts about space travel and encourages them to explore the library’s “universe of stories." A former teacher and Syracuse University graduate, Ron specializes in educational magic for schools and libraries. Children participate in shows promoting reading, history, science and the environment. He also teaches magical workshops and classes on everything from Magic to Monsterology.
$201- $350
Cain, Ron Build a Magical World Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic
Ron Cain conjures up your favorite fictional lands with his new magic show, Build a Magical World! The Central New York magician takes young readers on an imaginary trip to places like Wonderland, Neverland, Hogwarts and Oz. Children help him perform tricks inspired by characters and stories from different fantasy worlds. Cain also helps youngsters use these books to come up with ideas for improving their world. Values stressed include kindness, cooperation, hard work and concern for nature. The 45-minute magic show highlights the 2017 New York state summer reading program theme, Build a Better World.
$201- $350
Rogers, Robert Little Leonardo and the Fantastic Flying Machine. Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Science
Time travel back to 15th Century Italy, where young Leonardo Da Vinci works as an apprentice in the studio of the great Master Antonio del Verrocchio, the foremost painter and sculptor of his day. Inspired by all the books, tools, charts, artwork and maps around him, Leonardo is drawn to the world of science, and uses his sense of invention to build a machine that flies.
$351- $500
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* Inclusion in this database does not indicate endorsement of any performer or program by the NYS Education Department, the Office of Cultural Education, the NYS Library or the participating library systems, nor does it eliminate the need for reference checks and appropriate standard screening procedures.

 

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