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Description
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Bromka, Sondra & John 'BAWSHOU & the WATER DRAGON' A Traditional Chinese Storytelling Pageant Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Dig deep into a cave of the earth--the Sun has been captured by a Fearsome Dragon and hidden away. The HERO of our tale is Bawshou, a young man who courageously rises to the challenge of freeing the Sun. With the help of a golden phoenix, a small parcel of earth, a magic robe, and a heroic dream, Bawshou travels afar to seek out and rescue the Sun, for the good of his people and all the land. Children actively participate as they portray the flowing river, the sounds of the sea, the playing of the gong, the dancing stars, and much much more! The artists evoke a magical atmosphere in this important Chinese tale, employing authentic oriental techniques and traditions including stylized dramatic forms and movement, mythology, exotic costumes, and unusual musical sounds. Chinese folk instruments (erhu, p’i p’a, guzheng harp, sona, Chinese Theatre drum, flutes & whistles, and gong) are featured, combining to make this unforgettable performance piece a joyous celebration of oriental culture. 'Bawshou' was commissioned by the Springfield MA Museum of Fine Arts in 1994. (see accompanying Chinese Dragon Mask Workshop/Parade).
$351- $500
Cruise, Jim Spoon Man - "Dig Into Reading" Literature- Authors,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
With the theme "Dig Into Reading", I'm thinking of a cereal bowl with books inside and 2 spoons digging in. I am a family musical interactive comedian and I'm also a published author. My book is called "Spoon Boy". I also offer a workshop for teens and adults called BYOS (Bring Your Own Silverware). My web site is www.SpoonMan.biz . I have my library brochure, video clips and info about my book on my web site. My program is around 45 minutes. With multiple bookings (on the same day), I can be as inexpensive as $300 per show. I don't mind driving an hour or more between libraries.
$351- $500
Schaufler, Alison Hercules and the Heroes: Greek Mythology for Kids Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Hercules and the Heroes (Recommended K-8) Let Epictitus, the mask-maker, and Ovid, the poet, take you on a journey of the imagination, as you explore the ancient Greek heroes! Follow Greece’s greatest hero, Hercules, on his many adventures, as he battles mythological creatures and warriors. Through mask work, poetry, and swordplay, your students will discover the early stories of Greece. This play is designed to bring students closer to early civilizations by appreciating the similarities that we all share. This play stands alone and is the second is our Greek Mythology for Kids series.
$351- $500
Forman, Carole On the Way to the Heavenly Palace: A Journey of Jewish Story Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
The Jewish mystic path comes alive through story: the spiritual quest, the eternal value of goodness, the fight with the angel of death, the endurance of love. Drawing from the rich repertoire of Jewish story, Carole shapes a program that is deep and enjoyable and sensitive to her audience. Songs and join-in melodies (niggunim) enliven and engage everyone. People of all faiths and none will feel at home at this joyful life-affirming program. Carole Forman has performed story programs around the U.S. and Canada for audiences of all ages. A professional actress, (on Broadway once), she has the ability to engage her audience and get them involved. Wherever Carole tells story she creates community.
$501- $1000
O'Carroll, Magician Debbie Magician Debbie O'Carroll Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Other
Magician Debbie O'Carroll is a one of a kind performer. she combines stage magic with lots of active audience participation. Her appealing props, delightful costumes, enchanting magic, and physical comedy both educate and entertain.
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane Once Upon A Halloween Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
What would Halloween be without some chillin' tales for the spookiest time of the year? Once Upon A Halloween is a fun-filled, Halloween event - complete with a huge cauldron bubbling over with fog for the last dramatic story! This family program contains some old chestnuts as well as great new Halloween stories full of surprises. All tales are appropriate for family audiences and contain a well-rounded blend of suspense and humor. "Thank you again for a wonderful Halloween performance. The children were engaged whether laughing or quivering! As everyone was leaving I heard nothing but praise and positive comments. You are a master of your craft!" Anne Vantram Children's Librarian, East Bridgewater Public Library, East Bridgewater, MA
$351- $500
Morse, Andy SING AND DANCE WITH ANDY THE MUSIC MAN Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Children will be encouraged to explore their imagination through music and movement. Children will be invited to sing, dance and engage their dramatic side. The goal of this program is to provide a safe and supportive place for children to express themselves. Everyone, children and adults alike, are invited to participate as much or as little as they are comfortable with. This program can be tailored to fit the needs of the audience and the space available.
$501- $1000
Schuman, Sandor Song of the Century History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Some of the best known songs were written by the least known songwriters. Let's give credit where its due by learning about these songs and the people who wrote them.
$101- $200
Agostino, Christopher Before Cave Walls...The Transformation Lecture Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Before Cave Walls…the story on our skin A Dynamic Lecture by Christopher Agostino Before we ever painted a cave wall, we painted ourselves. Christopher Agostino,  author of Transformations: The Story Behind the Painted  Faces, presents an interactive performance lecture on this art of transformation.  An exceptional visual artist and fascinating speaker, he delves into the use of masks and makeup in cultural traditions and  world theater, symbols and iconography in tribal body art, and the influence of traditional sources on the early 20th century modern artists and current culture.  This performance challenges audiences to consider the origins of our collective humanity while taking performance art in a new direction — illustrated live on the faces of volunteers. Originally created as an instructive program for theatrical makeup artists and facepainters, Before Cave Walls… has developed into a performance proven fascinating for artists of all fields and general audiences as well, including family audiences, adults and college students. Presentations for theatres, libraries, festivals, and colleges. See the Before Cave Walls… video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-2l0i4Lu0k For additional information see: http://agostinoarts.com/BeforeCaveWalls
$501- $1000
Ellison, Emily WORLD DANCE PARTY! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
CALLING ALL KIDS! OLE AND Hooray for dancing. Dance a folk dance from Ghana, the Raspa from Mexico, a stick dance from India and a Snake dance from Native America with music and movement specialist Emily Ellison. Play authentic instruments and learn more about the cultures of the world around you!
$201- $350
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