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Program
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Description
Fee
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
Cavanaugh, Deb Building a Better World Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program using songs and movement to promote community building and working together to improve everyone's lives. Songs such as Ruth Pelham's We're All a Family Under One Sky and Malvina Reynolds' We Live in the City celebrate diversity and unity. We will also sing songs in other languages and incorporate folk dance into this unique program for children from preschool up through middle school. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend. This program can be adapted for a variety of ages.
$201- $350
Del Bianco, Lou Lou Del Bianco as Abraham Lincoln History,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
ENDORSED BY THE LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION! In this 45 minute interactive dramatic program, actor-storyteller Lou Del Bianco portrays Lincoln as Civil War President, frontiersman and storyteller. Lincoln's values… honesty, love of family, thirst for education, sense of justice and perseverance shine through this dynamic new presentation. Authentic historical quotations are used throughout; handout available for teachers. Appropriate for all ages!
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane A Celtic Evening Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Irish Culture comes to life with Storytelling, Song and the strains of the Celtic harp. In A Celtic Evening, Diane brings to life Ireland’s storytelling treasures from the humorous Legend of Knockgrafton to the hauntingly beautiful Deirdre of the Sorrows. The most famous of all Irish romances, Deirdre weaves together Druidic prophecies with a forbidden passion so profound it dares to defy the fates. The performance is set against a lush background of harp music: original and traditional melodies played by the versatile Margot Chamberlain on a variety of Celtic folk harps. Enjoy an evening of humor, passion and music with these two inspiring performers. A Celtic Evening is also available as a full musical event with the addition of Michael Punzak on story and fiddle and Tom Megan on accordion, keyboard and pennywhistle. Thoughtfully composed and beautifully presented, A Celtic Evening was a joy for us all. The combination of both your talents made for an inspirational evening that moved the audience to laughter and to tears, and left us with a feeling that magic was in the air. Director of programming, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA
$501- $1000
Herscovitch, Lara Music with Meaning: Songs for a Better World Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
“Pure musical poetry” (The Courier), Lara Herscovitch’s music is an original blend of modern folk with blues, jazz & pop influences. With a voice “clear and smooth like expensive liquor” (Northeast Performer), she is “A rising talent who is truly someone to watch for” (Acoustic Live in NYC). Her music is “expertly written prose, songwriting at its best; good for your ears AND your soul” (Sound Waves). Former Connecticut State Troubadour, Lara brings a charm, authenticity, and love of performing that resonates with diverse audiences. She has appeared as a guest on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and tours from Maine to Miami. She also has extensive experience as a policy social worker, and has worked in the US, Latin America and Asia – focusing on education, community development, and juvenile justice. Echoes of these themes resonate throughout her music: “Singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch doesn’t write songs just for the ears, but also for the heart and soul.” (Daily Journal, Tupelo MS).
$351- $500
Levin, Ira and Julia 3 Cheers for Shakespeare! Literature- Authors,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
400 years after the ol' bard shuffled off this mortal coil we are literally still singing his plays and praise. Join The Levins as they weave a garland of stories and sing-along cheer reflecting William's part in ushering a Renaissance into our lives. Interactive, uplifting and inspiring. www.thelevinsmusic.com
$351- $500
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel It’s Your World, Help Make it Better! (Build a Better World) Performing Arts- Storytelling
This collection of stories about good deeds, good intentions, and the occasional unexpected consequence will elicit both laughter and thought from children. Rachel and Rebecca, the engaging storytellers of StoriesGalorious, draw from folklore, modern stories, and their imaginations to provide a dynamic and inspiring performance that stresses the many joys of reading.
$101- $200
Chan, Daniel The Magic of Reading - Reading is fun Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Other
Dan Chan the Magic Man and Kat the Acrobat present a high-energy variety show. It's the only show that has it all! And there is no other show like it, weaving magic, comedy, pick-pocketing, juggling, escapes and acrobatics to create the ultimate variety show. His show includes appearance of live doves in a Las Vegas style manipulation act, magic to poetry, a fast paced juggling routine, one and two diabolos, and ends with amazing handstand push-ups while a yo-yo spins in his mouth!
$501- $1000
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel An Evening at 221 B Baker Street Performing Arts- Storytelling
An Evening at 221B Baker Street features the telling of “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” by Rachel and Rebecca Oshlag of StoriesGalorious. Like elocutionists of earlier times, these storytellers adhere closely to the written word in their recitation and interpretation of literary works. Their performance enlivens the tale of a damsel in distress, cunning villain, stalwart companion, and hero of reason and action. Audience members unfamiliar with the plot will be engrossed by the story while admirers of Sherlock stories will be enthralled by the telling of one Holmes’ most rousing adventures. Rachel and Rebecca provide an introduction to the story, and they entertain questions and comments afterwards.
$101- $200
Beaugard, Carol COUNTRY HOEDOWN Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This is one of our popular programs: COUNTRY HOEDOWN - Suitable for any time of the year - we perform a variety of songs in the world of bluegrass and country music. We can include a narrative explaining the origins of bluegrass and information on the instruments used. We can perform as a quintet, quartet or trio and instrumentation can include: vocals, guitar(s), mandolin, banjo, fiddle, or bass - based on your budget and needs ($175 per musician; + $100 for sound). Adult Presentation - straight concert and information on the history of the music. Children's Presentation - musical selections are geared for a younger audience and we invite them to sing, clap hands and play along with kazoos and basic percussion.
$501- $1000
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