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Program
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Description
Fee
Payne, Tereasa A Tour of World Flutes Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
A Tour of World Flutes with Tereasa Payne Tereasa Payne, flutist, world-flutist, and woodwinds player, from NYC presents a program of 15 flutes from around the world. Audiences learn about and hear flutes from around the world while also learning a message about diversity and acceptance. Flutes included are from India, Romania, South America, Africa, Hawaii, Japan, China, Cambodia, and more! Tereasa is a regular performer with Disney’s “The Lion King” where she performs on 13 of these flutes from around the world.
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Midsummer's Magic Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Experience the beauty of the Summer Solstice in Legends and Songs from Many Lands. Drawn from cultures all over the world, Midsummer’s Magic is a story and music celebration of nature at the time of the Summer Solstice. This delightful and entertaining performance brings alive Celtic, Czech, English, Japanese and Australian legends of tree-spirits, fireflies and magical transformations. Midsummer’s Eve is traditionally a time of magic when the luminous world of fairies can join with our own. In this unforgettable story and music event master storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic Harper Margot Chamberlain take us to the heart of the season on the wings of story and song.
$501- $1000
Handy, Spook Passing Along the Folk Music Tradition History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
For generations children grew up singing with the whole family, at large gatherings, at school or in their churches. Before the advent of radio, TV and the internet this was the primary form of entertainment. Today, however, many people are worried that this centuries-old tradition is being deleted from the hard drive of the modern human experience. Along with that, society is losing one of the most powerful tools for building strong families and strong communities. This program is simple. Let’s make sure our kids know some of the treasures of American Folk Music. Singing old favorites like This Land is Your Land, If I had a Hammer, I’ve been Working on the Railroad, She'll be coming Around the Mountain and maybe some newer songs. If the children don’t already know a song we’ll take the time to teach them. Parents are encouraged to sit with their children and help them learn the songs. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
Rivest, Robert 2016 On Your Mark, Get Set, Read - Move, Laugh & Play Health & Fitness- Other,
Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Theater
On your mark, Get Set, Read, Move, Laugh & Play! Comic mime Robert Rivest entertains audiences of all ages while joyfully motivating them to get up, get moving and keep reading. Using mime, comedy, and interactive playfulness, Robert shares fun ways to move, laugh and relieve stress, allowing children and their families to feel healthier and happier. This family show is full of audience participation! In addition to Robert’s hilarious mime stories, everyone will learn cool mime movements, awesome laughter exercises and calming mindfulness activities. Together, we will act out exciting characters and stories highlighting favorite Sports/ Health/ Fitness exercises and a comic mime “poem” about the joys of reading and having fun at the library. Pure fun! Pure joy! http://www.robertrivest.com/libraries/2016onyourmarkgets/
$351- $500
Herscovitch, Lara …And Justice For All: Advocacy for Reform through a Music Lens Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Decades of misguided policy and practice have created a human and civil rights crisis in the U.S. The massive, unequal and unethical overreach of our criminal justice system creates more problems than it solves. Though there is widespread, bipartisan, well-researched agreement on the need to shrink and reform the justice system, federal leadership is now repeating many of the same costly mistakes. This unique, multi-media program is educational and entertaining, part presentation and part concert. It covers themes including the over-criminalization of human behavior, implicit and system bias, impacts on children, mass incarceration, for-profit prisons, impacts on children and the role of schools, and alternative approaches that set us up to succeed instead of to fail.
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Night Lights Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
In Night Lights, unusual star myths take us on a multi-cultural voyage across the heavens. The collection Diane has gathered teach about easily observed celestial phenomena like the origin of prominent constellations, and significant 'night lights' like Morning Star and North Star. Complemented by a humorous legend of the origin of fireflies, this program is well-rounded entertainment. Enjoy it in any indoors venue or bring it to an outdoor or nighttime setting as a special treat. Listen in wonder as tales from Greece, Estonia, Native America, Kurdistan and Korea celebrate the magic of the night sky. 'Thank you for a wonderful program last Saturday. It couldn't have been better. You really know how to act out great stories and myths. We all enjoyed your program immensely.' Sandy Pierson, Myles Standish State Forest, Carver, MA
$351- $500
North Shore Theatre Group, Greg Oliver Bodine DARK SOUNDINGS: Two ghostly tales of ship & shore Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
North Shore Theatre Group presents Greg Oliver Bodine in DARK SOUNDINGS -- a double bill of one-man, stage adaptations of two classic ghost stories: 'The Screaming Skull' and 'The Upper Berth' by F. Marion Crawford (1854-1909). These two plays are staged back-to-back with minimal set and lighting effects, and are performed with a short intermission in 80 minutes. One actor. Two classic ghost stories! Suitable for Ages 12 - Adult. Perfect for the Hallowwen season! 'Reminiscent of Masterpiece Theatre -- very turn of the century, very warm, but somehow unsettling, because in its richness hides something sinister.' --Oyster Bay Guardian. DARK SOUNDINGS is being offered as part of NSTG's SOLO CLASSICS Performance Series. The program combines elements of classic literature, drama and storytelling in a solo, narrative performance format, which is designed to give audiences an exciting, live, theatrical experience that is at once immersive, enlightening and educational. Available for bookings at tri-state libraries. NOT AVAILABLE IN 2017.
$501- $1000
Herscovitch, Lara In Concert: Modern Troubadour Singer-Songwriter-Poet Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Original music performance. Lara Herscovitch is a modern American songwriter-poet-performer, creating masterful contemporary folk with blues, pop and jazz influences. Former Connecticut State Troubadour, she writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, delivering performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain. Sound Waves Magazine described her music as “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best... good for your ears AND your soul.” All with a voice Performer Magazine called “clear and smooth like expensive liquor.” www.LaraHerscovitch.com
$351- $500
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
Alive!, Poetry Poetry Alive! K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Poetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Poetry Alive! provides a high energy interactive show with separate shows for K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Two actors perform and bring students on stage with a wide variety of poems. Shows change every year and you can find the most recent shows at the Poetry Alive! website. The Poetry Alive! show serves as a role model for an approach to poetry that teachers and students can use in the classroom. We also offer workshops for students and teachers.
$501- $1000
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