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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
$1001- $3000
Zupp, Brad FUNance For Kids Life Skills- Finance,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Theater
In one assembly, students learn the importance of math, even if they hate fractions! Far from a boring lecture about what kids “should” do, “FUNance-Where Fun and Finance Collide” keeps kids laughing and amazed with comedy, juggling, magic, circus skills and mini game shows as they learn financial concepts such as: Financial Goal Setting; Living Within Your Means; The Importance of Saving; Needs Vs. Wants; Compound Interest; Where Money Comes From (and Goes); Inflation, Saving Vs. Investing, and much more. Perfect for family audiences (the adults might learn a thing or two as well) and kids grades K-6. Brad Zupp created “FUNance For Kids” from a deep understanding of both entertainment and finance. His years of experience as a financial planner and world-renowned performer make him uniquely qualified to teach kids financial literacy. View reviews, more details and a preview video at:
$501- $1000
Cain, Ron Ron Cain's Olymp-Trick Games Magic Show Health & Fitness- Sports,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Central New York magician Ron Cain takes young readers on an imaginary journey to ancient Greece. His Olymp-Trick Games Magic Show highlights the 2016 summer reading program theme, On Your Mark, Get Set. . . READ! The 45-minute program combines an Olympic-style emphasis on sports with Greek myths and legends. Cain tells the audience he needs help finding the ultimate champion of his Olymp-Trick Games. The contenders are Greek gods, goddesses and heroes. Each must perform a magic trick related to an Olympic event. Children volunteer to play the contestants during the show. Will Heracles (Hercules) best everyone in illusions involving feats of strength? Is Artemis faster at sleight-of-hand than her twin brother, Apollo? Can greedy King Midas magically win the gold in any event? Cain is a former history teacher who recently traveled to Greece to visit Panathenaic Stadium, site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The ancient Greeks valued physical fitness and sports, which prompted them to create the Olympic Games more than 2,700 years ago. They also were great thinkers and writers. Cain hopes his show will inspire young people to visit their local library to read about Greek history and mythology.
$201- $350
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel A World of Stories (Build a Better World) Performing Arts- Storytelling
Folktales from each continent are featured in this lively array. Rachel and Rebecca of StoriesGalorious select stories to emphasize the shared humanity and varied cultures of the peoples of the earth. An appreciation of others is part of building a better world. The tellers enchant, explain, and entertain, and they encourage their listeners to read and tell stories.
$101- $200
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Children will be encouraged to explore their imagination through music and movement. Children will be invited to sing, dance and engage their dramatic side. The goal of this program is to provide a safe and supportive place for children to express themselves. Everyone, children and adults alike, are invited to participate as much or as little as they are comfortable with. This program can be tailored to fit the needs of the audience and the space available.
$501- $1000
Wind, Dee and Frank Tell It to the Judge Performing Arts- Storytelling
Dee and Frank share stories of situations where villains are outwitted and truth wins out. Some are funny. Some are poignant. All are entertaining.
$201- $350
Field, Barb Zany Science with Prof. Womboggle Performing Arts- Clowning,
BJ and Company will custom design the right program for your needs. We have worked extensively with children and families and performed hundreds of shows. SUGGESTED PROGRAM: (other topics are available!!!) Barb will come as Prof. Womboggle. She will do a fun, hands-on science lesson about the most dangerous chemical compound in the world! First we will discuss how one atom of oxygen (a highly combustible element) combines with two atoms of hydrogen (also highly combustible) to create this compound… DON'T let the students know that it’s water! Then we’ll do several experiments together which demonstrate the unique properties of water. The students love learning about science with Prof. Womboggle. 607-432-0988
$201- $350
Golden, Gail Be Creative at Your Library! Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Be Creative! is a program of multicultural folktales told story theatre style by 2 professional actors. The program is highly interactive -- featuring audience participation, language and cultural information, humor, and mime. The emphasis is on encouraging reading -- the stories were all found in library books! -- and on creativity. Audience volunteers even get to join the actors in acting out the stories! The Wondermakers have been performing in schools and libraries since 1985 with Young Audiences. The Director of The Wondermakers, Gail Golden, is also Mrs. Claus in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC and was Cinderella's Fairy Godmother at Walt Disney World!
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane A Thousand Doorways: Journey Among the Kurds of Turkey Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A chance meeting with a young Kurdish refugee sets an American storyteller on a quest of danger and discovery to bring to the world the ancient legends of this oppressed culture. This is the deeply moving, richly humorous story of one woman’s journey through the remote mountains of Turkey and of the extraordinary people who shared their lives and stories with her.
$501- $1000
Pelc, Cindy and Jim Rocking Magic at the Library Performing Arts- Magic
2018 Libraries Rock! program - comedy "Rock Star" magicians perform transformative magic that rocks. This show will have a lot of fun magic and audience participation.
$101- $200
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