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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Cain, Ron Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Magic
Meet Central New York magician Ron Cain's new character, Professor GreenPockets, the good-natured dean of green and master of eco-magic. In Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show, Cain catches the reading bug and makes him the star of the show! This entertaining, educational revue also features magic with a spelling bee, bookworm, flea circus, counting ladybug & caterpillar-turned-butterfly. As always, Ron uses humor and illusion to promote the value of reading and the importance of visiting your local library. The show highlights the state reading program theme, Catch the Reading Bug. 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 Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show, The Magic of Being Green, Tune In To Magical Idol, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Case of the Missing Bunny, Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Discover Millennium Magic Show and Holiday Hocus Pocus.
$201- $350
McEntee, Robert Magic Beyond Imagination! Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Magic Beyond Imagination! Is a wonderful family show which adults enjoy as much as children. It combines amazing magic, lots of audience participation, age appropriate humor, storytelling with reading promotion, a magical game and typically a breathtaking musical routine with mesmerizing special effects! For slightly larger budgets, the magician can add spectacular illusion(s), such as, floating a child in the air, sawing somebody in half or making them magically appear to introduce the show. Children also go crazy for an incredible animated talking picture! As you know, today’s audiences require lots of imagination stimuli to keep their attention for a length of time. An effective way to do that is to use lots of props, music, participation, comedy, storytelling, AND great magic. Blending all of these elements into a single program requires lots of set up time... Lots of magicians ignore this! They walk in and start with a few juvenile props! To ensure this show captivates the attention of children AND adults, it takes as long to set up & then take down, as it does to perform. Therefore, you get the highest quality family show at a tremendous value, to build your program's reputation!
$351- $500
Grudko, Marian Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher performed by Marian Grudko and
 accompanied by Marian’s original music Mr. Jeremy is a very proper frog who goes fishing, 
only to encounter:a loathsome water beetle a horrible spiny stickleback and then, -- oh, THEN, -- a really frightful experience with a trout! Yet Mr. Jeremy handles it all with such APLOMB.
$201- $350
Handy, Spook The Power of Song in the Civil Rights Movement History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This “Stand Up and Sing Out” program (see above) focuses on the songs of the Civil Rights Movement. It traces the sound track of the movement from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to the March on Washington in 1963 to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968 and beyond. Learn about the songs’ roots in era of slavery, the black churches of the south and the labor movement of the early 20th century and discover how the lessons of the civil rights movement have influenced and are reflected in “movement songs” of today. Be prepared to sing along and feel the power of the music that breathed the soul of the civil rights movement. This engaging, educational, entertaining and empowering program is particularly excellent for college audiences and can be supplemented with in-class lectures/concerts, Q&A and workshops to address the specific questions and interests of students today. It is also excellent for schools, arts centers, festivals, conferences, libraries, churches and anywhere else people want to experience the power of song.
$501- $1000
O'Keefe, Kevin The One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase Performing Arts- Theater
The One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase gives everyone an opportunity to participate in an enthralling, whimsical celebration of the imagination. This show has been performed over 500 times around the globe, for family theater audiences and school assemblies alike. However, the most important performers emerge from the audience. Each performance becomes a dialogue between the characters and the audience–a light-hearted collaboration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDsIhmXRKPs&feature=digest “Our audiences thoroughly enjoyed the lunacy of CIRCUS MINIMUS. Mr. O’Keefe’s gallery of wacky circus characters and antics made this fast paced a show a great deal of fun for both kids and adults.” –Bert Goldstein, Director of Education, Cincinnati Playhouse, OH
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Night Lights Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
In Night Lights, unusual star myths take us on a multi-cultural voyage across the heavens. The collection Diane has gathered teach about easily observed celestial phenomena like the origin of prominent constellations, and significant 'night lights' like Morning Star and North Star. Complemented by a humorous legend of the origin of fireflies, this program is well-rounded entertainment. Enjoy it in any indoors venue or bring it to an outdoor or nighttime setting as a special treat. Listen in wonder as tales from Greece, Estonia, Native America, Kurdistan and Korea celebrate the magic of the night sky. 'Thank you for a wonderful program last Saturday. It couldn't have been better. You really know how to act out great stories and myths. We all enjoyed your program immensely.' Sandy Pierson, Myles Standish State Forest, Carver, MA
$351- $500
Clive, Young, May The Fan Film Be With You Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
May The Fan Film Be With You presents and discusses 15 of the best Star Wars fan films. In recent years, many movie fans have been inspired to make their own Star Wars films; using video cameras and powerful home computers for editing and special effects, these weekend directors have created a genre that became known as ‘fan films.’ Many of their homespun creations rival the original movies in quality and story, making these unusual films a permanent part of the Star Wars universe.

Most of these films are quite rare and have not been seen anywhere except the internet, but this program will screen them the way they were meant to be seen, in full-quality video. Additionally, the program will discuss the history of the growing fan film movement and explore what compels these budding filmmakers to invest so much effort into their personal visions of the Star Wars mythology. All material screened will be appropriate for the whole family, but discussion will be aimed primarily at adults and young adults.

$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - Page Turner Adventures' STEAM TRUNK CIRCUS Performing Arts- Storytelling
A steamer trunk, a mysterious book, and a hat belonging to Harry Houdini are brought to life in a show that’s filled with fantastic physical feats! Ideal way to introduce elements from the STEAM curriculum to students. Page Turner Adventures features Riley Roam as the “World Famous Storyologist”, Page Turner, and former Ringling Bros. clown Kenny Mikey, as her slapstick sidekick. This Emmy Award winning duo has wowed countless children all over the country at theaters and festivals. Their antics and one-of-a-kind style of educational entertainment are always a hit with audiences.
$1001- $3000
Cavanaugh, Deb Toe Tappin' Tunes Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program of exciting folk music to get you up and moving. Upbeat toe tapping tunes and songs on mandolin, mountain dulcimer, limberjack, banjo, guitar and vocals. Originally designed for the 2005 Summer Reading Program, this program will fit into any theme.
$201- $350
Rivest, Robert The Alphabet of Imagination Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Performing Arts- Magic
The Alphabet of Imagination! is an amazing synthesis of movement, imagery, characters and illusion. With a different mime piece for each letter of the alphabet, Robert Rivest highlights the endless joys of our creative imaginations and the awesome art of mime.
$351- $500
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