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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Bromka, Sondra & John Bells & Motley Victorian Musical Celebration of Christmas Past History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Music and customs of a traditional Christmas of Dickens' time included jovial and ceremonial songs with choruses for all to share, ballads steeped history, costumed characters or 'guisers,' tableaux and games, dances, and the presence of holly, ivy, and evergreen. This musical voyage back to the spirit of Christmas Past offers a magical time for family and friends to gather and share the origins of our traditions. Across England, wealthy households would celebrate with great musical feasts and pageants, and folks would go from door to door, singing wassailing songs that ended with the request for 'a toast and a good loaf or cheese, and we’ll be on our way.' Featured will be wassail songs from Cornwall, Somerset, and Gloucestershire. Other traditions will include a special processional bagpipe air from Northumberland to 'pipe your bounds' to insure abundance and well being throughout the new year. This peek behind the history of Christmas celebration uncovers the universal within the season's mirth and merriment, and plants the seeds of ideas for reestablishing some of the old traditional elements for community celebrations - further enriching the meaning and majesty of this important holiday season.
$351- $500
Conrad, Bob You are Special: The Magic of Believing in Yourself Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
(Self-esteem show) As a motivational program for children, this presentation is aimed at boosting the self-esteem of every student in the audience. Students are brought onstage to assist and help perform the magic themselves. Magic, comedy and puppetry are combined to convey the following points: The uniqueness of each child. It’s not what’s on the “outside” that matters, it’s what’s on the “inside” that counts. Persistence: Never giving up no matter what! Why a positive attitude is important. Program includes a section on the topic of bulling. By the end of this show, your students will feel better about themselves while believing, at the same time, that virtually anything is possible for their lives.
$351- $500
Van Egmond, Timothy The Story Bag Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Following an age-old tradition, listeners choose one by one from an a bag full of intriguing objects that arouse curiosity and spark the imagination, each representing a specific folk tale for the telling. 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 and stories 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 has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 30 years. He's 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
Kahn, Mitch Mitch Kahn Celebrates the Great American Popular Songbook History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Singer-Pianist-Entertainer and society orchestra leader Mitch Kahn offers a series of programs exploring the vast wealth of the 20th century's Great American Popular Songbook. Whether rollicking through a Cole Porter patter song, poignantly crooning a Henry Mancini ballad or picking up the pace with Sadaka, Manilow or Billy Joel, Mitch's exquisite musical arrangements and superb vocal delivery are guaranteed to keep audiences entranced. Interspersed with history and anecdotes about the songs and their composers, these shows are appropriate for audiences aged young adult through senior (and sing-a-long is part of the fun). PROGRAMS CURRENTLY OFFERED: Introduction to the Great Songwriters, The Songs that won the Academy Award, Aspects of Love, Sail Away.
$351- $500
Morse, Andy ROCK THE LIBRARY WITH ANDY THE MUSIC MAN! Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Preschoolers and family's the time is upon us to Rock the Library with songs, stories, play acting and dancing with professional rock star Andy The Music Man! Age appropriate songs will be played in the genres of rock, reggae and folk. Your heart will be beating to the rhythm, your foot stomping to the beat and your creativity blooming through dance. You the audience are an integral part of a successful rock show. Leave the lighters at home as your smile will be plenty bright to light up the room.
$501- $1000
McIntosh, Story Laurie We All Sing Together For A Better World! Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
We All Sing Together For A Better World! is an inspiring and uplifting program where audience members young and old delight in joining in the fun and singing along. In her inimitable and magical way, Story Laurie seamlessly weaves together songs and stories about caring for the Earth and for one another. Story Laurie has a knack for making us laugh while also helping us to think deeply about the kind of world we want to live in and how, by working (& singing!) together, we can all achieve that world. Folk tales, myths, songs both new and old, and real life stories of people doing wondrous things -- all come to life in the hands of this world-wise yet home-grown children’s performer. If ever there were a performer for our times, Story Laurie is IT!
$201- $350
Field, Barb Zany Science with Prof. Womboggle Performing Arts- Clowning,
Science
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. www.bjandcompany.com 607-432-0988
$201- $350
Japanese Arts Center, Ryu Shu Kan Taiko Drums Workshop Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Workshops allow our performers to share the joy of Taiko with their audiences. Taiko is used as an educational tool to teach the music, culture and history of Japan to the community; and to imbue a strong appreciation for cultural tradition and the arts. Our Taiko workshop begins with a warm-up routine to prepare to strike the Taiko in a safe and controlled manner so there will be no injuries during the class. We then proceed to teach the basic swings involved with the various traditional pieces to be taught. After learning a few basic rhythms, the participants will learn two pieces that require not only striking the Taiko; but also movement around the Taiko which incorporate Martial Arts movements & traditional Folk Dance movements.
$351- $500
Sardelli, Darren MEET THE AUTHOR! (Children's Book Author, Darren Sardelli) Literature- Authors,
Literature- Poetry,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Come meet award winning poet and children's book author, Darren Sardelli. He makes poetry fun and exciting for everyone. His poems are featured in 20 children’s books in the U.S. and England, and dozens of textbooks (worldwide). Darren has visited more than 600 schools, helping students tap into their creativity, inspiring them to write about what they love, and demonstrating how to paint pictures with words. His powerful poetry assemblies and dynamic writing workshops have turned countless students and educators onto poetry. Darren’s poems have been featured on Radio Disney, in best selling books on the Scholastic Book List, and are being used in lesson plans all around the world. His entertaining and engaging poems delight, excite, and ignite imaginations everywhere!
$501- $1000
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel Stories: Bridges to Understanding (Build a Better World) Performing Arts- Storytelling
In this celebration of diversity the tellers of StoriesGalorious draw from American folklore and history to deliver a set of tales that highlights the contributions of varied groups to the richness of our culture and to building a better world. Rachel and Rebecca’s many years of experience working with children and other audiences shine through their energetic performances. The StoriesGalorious tellers encourage their young audiences to go forth and read.
$101- $200
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