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Drums of Japan, Ryu Shu Taiko Taiko Drums of Japan Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Drawn from the rich folk heritage of Japan, the Ryu Shu Kan presents: Taiko Drums of Japan. This hour long program introduces the audience to the exciting sounds and sights of a Taiko performance. The Drummers play powerful rhythms as they move around the drums with martial arts choreography. Karate & Samurai Sword Forms/Kata enhance the feeling of the ancient Samurai spirit of the Japanese people and traditional Japanese Folk dance weaves its way throughout the show. The elegant sound of the Japanese harp -Koto- is played as well as the haunting sounds of the Shakuhachi bamboo flute as an interlude between the thunder of the Taiko pieces. The Ryu Shu Kan is sponsored by the Japan Center at Stony Brook University and this program is part of their community outreach program: Introduction to Japanese Culture.
$351- $500
North Shore Theatre Group, Greg Oliver Bodine A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A solo performance of Dickens' classic holiday tale Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
North Shore Theatre Group presents Greg Oliver Bodine in A CHRISTMAS CAROL -- a solo, stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale. This published, critically acclaimed one-man play is enacted by Dickens himself and is based on the condensed version of the novel he used on his historic reading tours of the United States. Adapted here to offer a unique theatrical experience. One actor. One hour! Suitable for Ages 8 - Adult. Perfect for the Holiday season! 'Charming...Children will be captivated!' --The New York Times. A CHRISTMAS CAROL 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 November 29 - December 22, 2016.
$501- $1000
Sommerstad, Patricia In the Footsteps of Ruth Life Skills- Food,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Come with me on a unique adventure that's part of New York City's culinary history! Ruth Reichl was the NY Times food critic from 1993-1999, famous for her “populist” reviews of restaurants that everyone could enjoy and afford. Previous Times reviewers had focused on the stuffy, expensive high-end restaurants, but Ruth changed all that! Of the almost 400 restaurants that she reviewed, over 75 are still in business almost twenty years later! In this workshop, with foreknowledge of her (often very funny) reviews, we will walk in Ruth's footsteps to “visit” seven of them. We'll examine what has changed and what remains the same. Then we'll explore the neighborhoods of each, visiting familiar landmarks and discovering off-the-beaten-path attractions, such as rooftop bars and unusual museums, special interest tours and more. You will leave with seven all-day itineraries, seven Ruth Reichl restaurant reviews, and most likely, several prizes! 1 ½ hours. 21 prizes. Handouts
$201- $350
Knight, Leonora Author's Interactive Concerts Literature- Authors,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Picture children on stage, in costumes, singing and dancing as their favorite songs come alive through music. Eric Carle, Tomie DePaola, Dr. Seuss, Laura Numeroff, Doreen Cronin, Jan Brett and Marcus Pfister shows feature a wide variety of musical styles with full orchestra sound. These concerts were created for the Long Island Children's Museum and were a huge success. Tap dancing chefs, high kicking dancers, aprons and pasta utensils, hungry caterpillars and grouchy ladybugs and Indians will adorn the stage. Children will learn 5 senses, days of the week, follow directions and have a great time!
$201- $350
Crocker, Keith Ed Wood - Hollywood's Worst Filmmaker, or Misunderstood Genius? Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
Ed Wood the man who directed the infamous and unintentionally funny Plan 9 From Outer Space has often been accused of being Hollywood's worst filmmaker but is this criticism fair? In this program, we explore the life of Ed Wood, from his days as a marine Corporal during WWII were he served in the battle of Tarawa to his career as a screenwriter in Hollywood, penning such classics as The Bride & The Beast (1958) and later working his way to directing cult classics as Bride of the Monster (1955), Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) and Night of the Ghouls (1959). Woods somewhat autobiographical Glenn or Glenda (1953) explored his passion for dressing like a woman. Writer Jim Morton said of Ed Wood; "Eccentric and individualistic, Edward D. Wood, Jr. was a man born to film. Lesser men, if forced to make movies under the conditions Wood faced, would have thrown up their hands in defeat." As a bonus, we will also explore other filmmakers whose works are so bad it proves that Ed Wood was actually quite ahead of his time.
$101- $200
Kallevig, Christine Discover Storigami Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Storytelling and origami together as one, two arts combined, doubles the fun! Discover Storigami with the award-winning author of ten books, including NATURE FOLD-ALONG STORIES and the new picture storybook, THE SUN, THE MOON, AND THE ORIGAMI GRAMMIE. A novelist and performing artist since 1991, Christine Kallevig folds giant-sized paper as she tells stories. Each fold represents an action, setting, or character, so by the time the story is over, a surprise origami figure is magically created. Included are audience fold-along activities, original material from her books, and origami adaptations of traditional folk tales. Christine uses music, humor, and large origami puppetry to dramatize the stories, and always finishes with an easy fold-along tale so that everyone has an origami souvenir to take home.
$351- $500
Field, Barb Clowning Around Other,
Performing Arts- Clowning
BJ and Company will custom design the right program for your needs. We have worked extensively with children and families and performed hundreds of shows. SUGGESTED PROGRAM … a fun introduction to the art of clowning. Barb will come and gradually change costume to become BJ the Clown. She will apply professional clown make up on three audience volunteers to show the three main clown types (whiteface, hobo, august), and have a fun discussion about the art of clowning. Families/children will have the opportunity to apply face paint to themselves and dress as a clown. www.bjandcompany.com 607-432-0988
$201- $350
Company, Hampstead Stage Beauty and the Beast Performing Arts- Theater
Beauty and the Beast is a classic French tale that tells the story of a young girl, Belle, who is sent by her father to live in a beautiful palace with an outwardly terrifying beast. The Beast must help Belle to discover his inner beauty and to help her to break the spell that has kept him locked in his beastly state. This story explores themes of family, sacrifice, trust, and love. Our interactive educational tours run year-round and are performed by two professional actors, each playing multiple roles. Our scripts are original adaptations, based directly on literary classics, and include children and adults from the audience. The plays last one hour, with a question and answer session following the performance. We travel to your space and bring our own realistic sets and costumes, designed using extensive historical research, which are flexible enough to fit into any assembly/performance space.
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - Page Turner Adventures' THE MIXED UP FAIRY TALE Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
In this musical show, the audience must convince Red Riding Hood to give up her cape, discover the secret under grandma’s bed, climb a beanstalk and meet a REAL GIANT! Page Turner Adventures features Riley Roam as the “World Famous Storyologist”, Page Turner, and former Ringling Bros. clown Kenny Mikey, as her slapstick sidekick. This Emmy Award winning duo has wowed countless children all over the country at theaters and festivals. Their antics and one-of-a-kind style of educational entertainment are always a hit with audiences.
$1001- $3000
Boertzel, Brooke Fair and Square Anti-bullying Theater Workshop Performing Arts- Theater
This interactive anti-bullying performance and workshop for 3rd-5th grades helps students understand and responsibly deal with conflict. Three actor educators visit your library and perform an interactive drama which explores an incident that occurs within a fictional elementary school. Throughout the drama, highly trained actor educators periodically step out of role and facilitate talk-backs with the students, reflecting on the story. Throughout Fair and Square, students will witness important moments in the story where the characters are faced with difficult decisions. Through guided discussions, students will then actively explore the potential dangers of reactionary decision-making, and the consequences of those decisions. Towards the end of the performance, students become actors themselves as they take on roles in the drama, collectively determining the outcome of the story!
$201- $350
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