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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Durst, James JAMES DURST: 'Hue Manatee's Quest' Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Singer-songwriter James Durst presents a 1-man musical adventure, rich in humor, song & story to dramatize themes of environmental sustainability, unity in diversity, friendship & peace. The central characters Hue (as in 'color' or 'cry of alarm') Manatee and Flickati Cricket seek the wisdom of renowned change agent Leon Chameleon, only to be invited along on a journey to his ancestral homeland, the Galápagos. Along the way, they overcome numerous perils while meeting and sharing songs with Shining Eagle (Northern Hemisphere shaman of the Imáji Nation), a trio of dolphins, a whale threatened by a whaling ship, Ella Condor (Southern Hemisphere medicine woman of the Todos tribe), and a popular street-corner quintet known as Acapellago. Cameo appearances are made by Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood & Goldilocks to populate Leon's parable explaining how our protagonists differ from the 'two-legged ones' in a 5-part tour de farce, 'Lost in the Kuda Shuda Woods.' Ideally suited for families with older children, as the humor employs wordplay and the music is sophisticated yet accessible. Imagine 'The Lion King' meets 'Candide.'
$501- $1000
Levin, Ira and Julia Dig into Reading- Bookworms Unite! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Dig into Reading: Bookworms Unite! Come join us as we unearth adventures And legends, sing and dance to songs of magic plants, dinosaurs, rubber chickens and so much more! Help act out the stories and discover the hidden treasures worth digging for within BOOKS that connect us all.
$201- $350
McGovern, Brian The Art of Magic Performing Arts- Magic
Amazing sleight of hand and comedy magic. Great for kids ages 5 and up.
$201- $350
LaRue, Michele Women Breaking Loose: stories by Kate Chopin & Edna Ferber History,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Theater
This pairing of stories by Louisianan Kate Chopin and Ohioan Edna Ferber explores in fiction two dilemmas that women still face daily: Who comes first—my family or me? Where do I belong—at home or at work? In Chopin’s poignant A PAIR OF SILK STOCKINGS (1894), widowed Mrs. Sommers takes an impromptu holiday from home. In Ferber’s REPRESENTING T. A. BUCK (1913), divorced =lady salesman= Emma McChesney longs for life off the road. In both women—our ancestors—we see ourselves. Michele LaRue is a professional actress (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) who has specialized in performances from America's Gilded Age for two decades. WOMEN BREAKING LOOSE is recommended for HS - adult audiences. It is especially popular during March, Women's History Month. =I wish you could come into every literature classroom, perform at every library, be on the stage in a theater in every town, helping people connect with that wonderful literature, teaching people to listen to the sounds of wonderful sentences. Do the humanities and arts commissions of every state know about you?= --Susan Koppelman, editor, multiple volumes of 19th-century American women’s short stories
$201- $350
Knight, Leonora PreSchool Interactive Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Preschoolers will engage in singing along to popular songs with movements, expression and sense memory exercises. Children will also participate when some of their favorite books come alive through songs in a variety of musical styles. List of books can be sent ahead of time so children are familiar with stories. Children will be asked to follow directions, recall time sequences, feel temperature changes, count in Spanish and much much more!
$201- $350
Smith, Joy Songs and Stories from Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Songs and Stories from Around the World: Join me as we travel through China and Russia on quest for the impossible or perhaps explore Africa and learn of the many cultures and traditions on a single continent. What country? What culture? Through stories and tales ranging from Europe to Asia, North and South America, from Australia and Africa we will look at what is similar to us and what is intriguingly different.
$351- $500
Hartin-Gelardi, Lorraine Be the Hero of Your Own Life…Finding Your Place in Family Stories Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Every family has a collection of stories, sayings, photos, objects, memories and customs that make them unique. Storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi will help children become “story detectives” and search out the answers to questions such as “What was the worst meal you ever cooked?” “What is the best vacation you had as a family?” “How did you get your name?” Children will develop techniques for exploring family history and ways to share their stories with others.
$101- $200
Goldstein, Dana The Road to Freedom: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Join Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on The Road to Freedom. Incorporating the spiritual music that became the underscore of the civil rights movement, this production helps young people to recognize that they can change their world peacefully. Geared for students in grades 3-8, this presentational theater piece is ideal for Black History Month and is a perfect addition to any American History curriculum. From his first encounter with racism to his immortal speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King walks students through the experience of the civil rights movement. Students make discoveries with Dr. King as he encounters some of the great minds who fought for freedom before him: Henry David Thoreau, who introduced him to the concept of civil disobedience, and Mahatma Gandhi, who showed him that nonviolent resistance was the most powerful weapon in the fight for equality. This educational and inspiring production is available in January and February. The Road to Freedom is authorized by The King Center in Atlanta, GA.
$1001- $3000
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
Paul, LoriAnn Zinnia Presents The Whirligiggles! Original Puppet Show Series Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Zinnia Presents The Whirligiggles! Original Puppet Show Series For Kids (& Adults) of All Ages! www.GrowWithZinnia.com
$351- $500
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