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Program
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Description
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Connolly, Carol Just Dig It! (Summer Reading 2013) Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tales ‘n Tunes, award-winning musical storytelling duo, will be digging deep with a lively and entertaining Summer Reading performance which will cultivate kids’ imaginations with tunes and tales about gardens and gardening. Sprouting ideas through books is the perfect way to propagate a crop of budding readers, and summer is the perfect growing season. Watch children bloom as they listen to and take part in stories and songs which celebrate reading. Tales ‘n Tunes perennially provides a fun and enriching musical story event that will encourage participants to “Dig into Reading.”
$201- $350
Shimeta, Kathleen My Business is to Sing Music,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Performing Arts- Theater
Emily Dickinson’s life comes alive in "My Business is to Sing!" as the poet delves into her home life, her relationships with her family, friends and love interests. Emily reveals her innermost passion for words, acknowledging that writing and poetry are her life. Dialogue melds into song and back to dialogue as Emily reflects on her life from age 9 to 24. Much has happened to mold her into the writer she is and will be. Developed and created by Barbara Dana and Kathleen Shimeta, the dialogue is based on Ms. Dana’s book, "A Voice of Her Own." Song settings of Miss Dickinson’s poems include the works of composers Martin Hennessy, Aaron Copland, Drew Heminger, Michael Conley, Ricky Ian Gordon, Vincent Persichetti and William Roy. My Business is to Sing! is offered as a performance with Barbara Dana and Kathleen Shimeta with Martin Hennessy, pianist. The program may also be presented with two additional professional actors from the area of the performance. These two actors would play multiple characters within the dialogue. Discussion with the presenters would determine the two person or four person show.
$501- $1000
Gertsacov, Adam Exploring With Henry Hudson History,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Science
In this exhaustively researched show by actor, director, and performer Adam G. Gertsacov, Henry Hudson comes to life in a thrilling re-telling of his adventures on the high seas. Full information at http://www.henryhudson.info. The show imagines Hudson having just returned from his fateful third voyage and giving a presentation to “investors” (the audience) about his fourth voyage to continue his quest for the Northwest Passage to China. Through the course of the show, audience members will have the opportunity to “join” his crew, learn a sea shanty, learn how to navigate using state of the art sixteenth century instruments, and hear his thrilling tale of landing in the New World and visiting this strange new island named Manna-Hatta. At the end of the performance, audience members are encouraged to ask Henry any questions they like about his rich and varied life as a sea captain, explorer, navigator, and Elizabethan gentleman. Hudson lived during the age of Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, Galileo, El Greco, and Queen Elizabeth. This 40 minute educational performance is suitable for all ages, and is available for extensive touring during the Henry Hudson Quadricentennial (Summer 2009).
$501- $1000
Nager, Stuart Instant Shakespeare (Improvised) Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
(Intermediate to Advance) Shakespeare is nothing to be afraid of. In an improvisational and interactive class, the group will journey into one of Shakespeare's famous plays. Using actual text and student’s own words, the play will be the thing to come alive for you. Join us in this fun exploration of classic theater. That is the long and the short of it. Get a deeper understanding of Shakespeare, his times, and the play examined. Whether it is exploring the streets of fair Verona in “Romeo and Juliet,” the enchanted forest of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the storm tossed isle of “The Tempest, or the battlements of Elsinore in “Hamlet,” the students will be transported into the play, for it is the thing.
$351- $500
Alexander, Neil 100 Years Of Spring History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
100 years of Spring celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Igor Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring with an intimate solo piano performance and a discussion of the work. Also included is music by Gershwin and original compositions.
$351- $500
Encore Performing Arts, Inc. RICHARD STILLMAN'S MUSIC & DANCE PROGRAMS Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
RICHARD STILLMAN is a master showman—singer, dancer, musician, storyteller. Shows are filled with audience participation. Available in 1 or 2 man formats.

• THE WORLD MOSAIC OF MUSIC AND DANCE explores the musical instruments and dance styles from many cultures around the world, including Africa, Asia, Spain, South America, Ireland, America and more.

• TAP DANCING TROUBADOURS OF VAUDEVILLE explores how music is created with the feet, fingers and voice, by recapturing the liveliness of old-time vaudeville.

• THE IRISH MINSTREL takes a musical trip to the Emerald Isle with bagpipes, stories, jigs and reels, using authentic Irish instruments and traditional Irish dances.

• HOLIDAY TROUBADOURS takes a musical journey around the world to the winter celebrations of all cultures—Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, and other winter holidays.

. PECOS BILL RIDES THE OREGON TRAIL stories and songs of the Wild West and Oregon Trail are woven together with cowboy hat tricks, western rope spinning and more.

. COUNTRY HOEDOWN Enjoy banjo playing, square dancing, clog dancing, cowboy rope tricks, and more in this exciting western program filled with fun and participation.

. Additional program availalbe

$351- $500
Austin, Robert A Concert In Magic by Robert Austin Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Other
Our Concert in Magic show is a large illusion show full of colorful magic, audience participation, wonderful music and beautiful costumes and of course spectacular illusions. It's a three person show that will keep people in awe. It's like watching a magical Broadway show live! It is now one of our most popular shows for libraries and parks. This show has a total of FOUR illusions including someone floating, dividing a person in three, the sword basket and sawing someone from the audience in half! And now includes LIVE SMALL ANIMALS!!! Robert is a full time professional and a long time member of SAG/AFTRA,ACTOR'S EQUITY and AGVA. He has appeared on television on LAW and ORDER, LAW and ORDER:Trial by Jury, The Jury, USA Up All Night, NBC's ED and Zero Hour. In movies he was in Spider-man II, Taking of Pelham 123, TAXI, The Interpreter, Louder than Words and Just My Luck.
$1001- $3000
Handy, Spook Senior Outreach History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Seniors Outreach – Many Senior Centers, Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes with limited budgets can still afford top notch musical entertainment. That's because Spook has drastically reduced his fees for such venues as a way of giving back to a generation that has given so much to our nation and world. Beside, whats more soul satisfying than spending an hour sharing Americas favorite songs like Good Night, Irene Shell be Coming Around the Mountain, and Somewhere Over the Rainbow (not to mention a Beetles song or two) with a room full of people who just love to sing?
$101- $200
Parisi, Rita Victorian Courtship Tea History,
Museums,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
How did young ladies and gentlemen become acquainted back in the 1890's? COURTSHIP of course! Courtship was a ritual in which romance, etiquette, and socializing played an essential part. Mrs. Gordon will recount how her husband courted her during the 1890's during afternoon tea. Appropriate for Teens & up; Great for Valentine's Day and Mother/Daughter Teas
$351- $500
Durst, James Work o' the Weavers/Celebrating America's Pioneering Folk Quartet History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Beginning in 1950 with their 2-sided hit single, Tzena Tzena & Goodnight Irene, the Weavers ignited popular interest in folk music. With a freshness and exuberance never before heard, they enjoyed surprising success until they were caught up in the hysteria of the Cold War anti-communist witch-hunts of McCarthism and HUAC, blacklisted and driven from the stage in 1952 at the height of their popularity. Their triumphant 1955 Carnegie Hall reunion concert and the Vanguard recording of the event gave heart to a generation and served to kindle the 'folk boom' of the '50s & '60s, providing a foundation upon which virtually every subsequent folk performer would build. WORK O' THE WEAVERS recalls their timely story and timeless songs. Adhering faithfully to the Weavers' original arrangements, WORK O' THE WEAVERS' (James Durst, David Bernz, Marthat Sandefer & Mark Murphy) repertoire includes the beloved familiar songs--as well as some the Weavers never sang, but might be singing were they still active today. Rousing, refreshing and relevant.
$1001- $3000
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