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Bromka, Sondra & John THE HURDY GURDY CHILDREN'S CONCERT History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The artists' extensive early instrument collection features a joyous diversity of historic Medieval, Renaissance, & traditional instruments. Playing upon the intriguing and rare historic hurdy gurdy to enrich our theme and setting, we are pleased to accompany our performance journey with an early music mini-concert specially designed for children, highlighting a diverse collection of early instruments of all shapes, sizes, and materials. Imaginations are courted with the mysterious and evocative sounds. As you enjoy this exploration of historic instruments from bagpipes to 'whittle and dub' you will marvel at the wonderful ways human kind has used wood, animal horn, reed, leather, and ingenuity to invent instruments that create a rainbow of musical sounds. This program is being packaged as a 2-for-1 with 'STONE SOUP WITH THE HURDY GURDY MAN' These two complementary programs unite perfectly to appeal to all the senses, a memorable and meaningful A treasure for the eyes, ears, and imagination!
$351- $500
Conrad, Bob Dragons, Dreams and Magic Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
A Magical journey to a time long ago, a time of Knights and Dragons, Wizards and Magic, Meet Merlin the Magical Mouse, Nogard the Dragon, see a member of the audience become a magical wizard and perform amazing magic. Magic, Puppets, Ventriloquism and just plain fun. Bob Conrad is the author/illustrator of several educational books for children including; Bob Conrad's Rainforest Animals and You Can do Magic.
$201- $350
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
Van Egmond, Timothy The Wonder Underground Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Have your summer readers “shovel into” an exciting adventure with a lively participatory program of multicultural folk tales and songs about digging, gardening and going underground! Stories include “How Br’er Rabbit Outsmarted the Frogs” (by getting them to dig a deep grave for a seemingly dead Br’er Raccoon), “Talk” (coming very unexpectedly from some yams in a West African garden), and “Todo O Nada – All Or Nothing” (a spooky story about a hidden treasure cave). Songs include “Ground Hog,” “I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground,” and “The Garden Song.” Tim’s dramatic style of voice, movement, and facial expression brings stories to life, and his gift of encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs. He’ll accompany songs with guitar, mountain dulcimer, and conga drum. A program bibliography will be available so that books containing the stories can be on display, and Tim will recommend them in the program to celebrate and encourage reading. Tim Van Egmond has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 25 years. He has been selected for the New England States Touring Program, and the New Hampshire State Library's "Kid, Books, and the Arts" Project.
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - Patrick Garner's HOUDINI: THE MAGIC OF THINKING BIG History,
Performing Arts- Theater
The son of poor immigrants is inspired by a borrowed book and becomes the world’s greatest illusionist! Broadway theatre veteran Patrick Garner presents an interactive program with a little bit of magic, a heap of motivation, and a whole lot of fun.
$501- $1000
TheatreworksUSA, - Living Voices Productions' ISLAND OF HOPE History,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
A new immigration story created especially for younger audiences.
$501- $1000
Francois, Theresa Go Bananas With Franee the Clown Health & Fitness- Other,
Performing Arts- Clowning
In this exciting and interactive show Franee the Clown introduces the children to the importance of a good diet and exercise. Using puppets, music, and comedy magic, Franee performs a unique fun filled show that helps children discover the five food groups and healthy alternatives to junk food.
$201- $350
Rivest, Robert Mime Theater Workshops for Teens! Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Mime Theater Workshops for Teens! Master mime artist and comic actor Robert Rivest explores movement and expression in this LOL interactive teen program. Rivest uses his famous comic mime stories and improv scenes as a fun way for teens to explore character and illusion. The program includes a mini, hands-on theater workshop in communication, subtext, facial expression and body language! Teens love Robert's true to life characters, awesome illusionary skills and his playful, down-to-earth sense of humor.
$351- $500
Crocker, Keith LAUREL & HARDY: THE SILENT YEARS Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Clowning
This is an excellent addition to my "Lost in Laughter with Laurel & Hardy" program which covers their sound work. In this program we examine how the classic comedy team got paired together by Producer Hal Roach, and we look at the silent short comedies produced in the late 1920's. We will watch one of their classic silent short comedies, Do Detectives Think from 1927. It was this short that solidified the classic persona they would adapt and in term would make them the most recognizable comedy teams in history. This program uses DVD.
$101- $200
Golden, Gail The Wondermakers Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
THE WONDERMAKERS perform folktales from around the world using story theatre, humor, mime, imagination, and comedy improv techniques. Our programs can be customized around any topic and are always highly interactive. Children even get selected to play characters in the stories! Shows include STORY SOUP, GARDENS OF THE EARTH, and CATCH THE READING BUG. We also offer programs for teenagers, parents, and librarians including interview techniques, customer service, team building, communication, parents as leaders, change in the workplace, diversity, violence prevention, and sexual harassment.
$201- $350
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