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Description
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Crocker, Keith Lon Chaney Sr - Man of a Thousand Faces and More!: History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
Perhaps one of the least spoken about talents from the golden days of silent Hollywood film productions, Lon Chaney's influence on modern Hollywood make-up effects is second to none. Not only was he a fantastic make-up man, he was also one of the best actors of his time, very often choosing to underplay a part rather than go for the typical theatrics that punctuated the bulk of the performances from that era. Chaney had a smooth style all his own, and proved he could play just about any role handed to him which in turn, kept him from being typecast. Join us as we watch clips from some of Chaney's work including classics such as Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Unholy Three (1925), Tell it to the Marines (1926), and many more. This would make a great double booking with my Lon Chaney Jr. presentation. Perfect for the Halloween season!
$101- $200
Goldin, Amy Performing Arts Careers Performing Arts- Other
This is an interactive presentation for high school students who have loved participating in the performing arts in high school, and who are considering majoring in performing arts studies in college or other arts training programs after high school. In this career-focused presentation, I offer case studies about some performers who have made lifelong careers in the arts, as well as those who have gone on to different career paths, some related, some unrelated to the arts. We look at the emotional, life-cycle and financial rewards and challenges of arts careers, and the transferable skills related to studying the arts throughout a lifetime. I provide a wealth of unbiased resources and information about a range of performing arts training programs, colleges and universities, and careers. It is possible to arrange a multi-day workshop during which I will work with students in small groups and/or individually on developing their college lists and selecting audition material.
$501- $1000
Jacobs, Beth Telling Stories thru Books Dance and movement Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
modifies stretching thru different dance and acting exercises with song and rhythm for preschoolers or world music and drum beat for older classes. Use of library books for imagery for preschoolers or to create a storyline or theme for older class levels. Older classes will have a few minutes to come up with a move of their own to present at the end of class. I can perform an interpretive ballet variation of The Firebird.
$101- $200
Endres, Eric Eric Herman's Cool Tunes for Kids Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Eric Herman is a multiple award-winning children's music performer. Eric's concerts and assemblies for kids' and families are bursting with comedy, creativity, audience participation and outrageously fun songs. Eric's music videos, including the viral hit, The Elephant Song, have become extremely popular online, with over 50 million views on YouTube, and his songs and videos have been heard and seen nationally on PBS Kids, The Today Show, Fox & Friends, XM Radio and in the Warner Bros. film, Life as We Know It. Eric is a native of Western New York (Buffalo) currently living in the Pacific Northwest. He regularly travels around the country, performing concerts and elementary assembly programs for kids and families, receiving rave responses from kids, parents, teachers and event coordinators wherever he performs. Eric usually visits NY State 2 or 3 times a year.
$201- $350
Crocker, Keith I LOVE LUCY - Lucille Ball - From Hollywood to Television History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Clowning
This program is a delightful examination of the career of comedic actress Lucille Ball, from her humble beginnings in Jamestown, NY to her rise to stardom in Hollywood and her later television career, Lucille Ball was one of the most beloved and trend setting female comic in the history of motion pictures and television. And while her whole output as an actress is explored, we give special attention to her television career, I Love Lucy in particular. In fact the highlight of this program is a 16mm showing of a rare I Love Lucy episode title Paris At Last. For years programers and audiences alike have been asking for this, and here it finally is...
$101- $200
Story Theatre, Act!vated Multicultural Folktale Theater Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Non-stop action, physical comedy, audience participation, American Sign Language and imaginative props made from homemade objects. Multicultural Folktales are theatrically staged by professional actors before a gigantic oversized book. Kids are sent to search for books related to the show at the end of each library performance. Each 45 performance includes 2 folktales and a 30 minute rehearsal for up to 12 participants who perform in the show.
$351- $500
Knight, Leonora Books Alive Interactive Concert Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Children join Lee Knight on stage to sing, dance and perform songs written to their favorite stories. Props, puppets and costumes are used to enhance creative, imaginative play. All music is original, multi-cultural and fully orchestrated. All songs are written for children to easily sing along or echo, but are rhythmically stimulating and musically sophisticated. Children will love being part of the show! Shows for all age groups available.
$351- $500
Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea Turtle Island Medicine Show Multicultural- Native American,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Turtle Island Medicine Show is a contemporary fable and cautionary tale inspired by both the Lenape Indian origin story and by current reports from climate studies. The show features whimsical kinetic sculptures, richly painted paper mache masks and puppet figures that range in size from 12 inches to the 16 foot tall Tree of Life. Composer & music director Dean Jones' inventive score loops together gongs, hoop drum, jaw harp and trombone scats in a medley of live sound. He also supplies voices for narrator and characters. Meanwhile four nimble, shape-shifting performers bring to life the mask and puppet multitudes. The Lenape origin story describes a great flood and how various animals try to dive to the bottom and bring up mud. When one of them, Muskrat, finally succeeds and Duck and Frog spread the mud on Turtle's back, this tiny island grows into a mighty continent. Arm-of-the-Sea carries the tale into the fossil-fueled modern moment where climate change threatens to de-stabilize this Turtle Island home. Appropriate for family audiences and grades 1-8. School performances include a study guide and post performance discussion with cast. Photos and video available at www.armofthesea.org
$1001- $3000
Van Egmond, Timothy Mystery Mastery Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A sleuth's case file of stories and songs about solving the crime, catching the thief, and guessing the riddle! 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 stories and songs with guitar, mountain dulcimer, limberjack, mouth bow, 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 has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 30 years. He has been selected for the New England States Touring Program, the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Education Programs, and the New Hampshire State Library's Kids, Books, and the Arts Project.
$351- $500
Grudko, Marian Lucinda Snowdrop Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Lucinda Snowdrop a musical tale for families and adults
 by composer and storyteller Marian Grudko Lucinda is only a toy bunny,
 yet it’s up to her to save Emmie’s grandma. Will Lucinda make the right choice? Will she do the right thing? Marian will perform this poignant story, accompanied 
by her enchanting music.
$201- $350
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