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Program
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Description
Fee
Ellison, Emily Children Sing and Celebrate Around the World! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
“CHILDREN SING AND CELEBRATE AROUND THE WORLD!” ($450.00 per program) For Children and their Caregivers, Ages 0 - 100! Children will learn about the great variety of ways that people sing and celebrate around the world in this 45 minute to one hour long interactive program. Participants will sing folk songs from America around the world and play djembes, shakeres, balaphon, and other percussion instruments from America, Africa, China, Latin America, and Native America. They will explore the these five elements of music rhythm,tempo, timbre, dynamics and melody as they sing and make music from all corners of the Earth. Children will also enjoy the musical instrument meet and greet after the program where they can spend time strumming and banging and really getting to know more about the instruments from Ms. Ellison’s personal collection.
$351- $500
Vela, Laurie Story E Book Publishing PlayShop: YOUR StorEBooks! Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Drawing
This is our young authors eBook publishing playshop! Send ripples of local literacy through your community with eBooks of creativity from your library! Participants will create a simple page of illustration and writing for the group book either with our templates or from scratch. It is recommended that these be started ahead especially if not working with our templates, but pages can be done in the workshop. We take digital images/scans of their work, record their voice reading their page and put it all together for YOUR EBook! You will receive a CD with their creation in 3 formats: a pdf, video book, and an mp3 audio book. You can publish their book to your library's website! And with your permission, we will publish it in our Kids Branch of the Laurie's Stories Leaping Literacy Online Library. Works great in conjunction with our BookTelling performances & with your local schools; book with us during our fall or spring tours! Our featured 2012 summer program is Laurie's Bedtime Stories incorporating music and multimedia BookTelling with Laurie StorEBooks like Armadillo On My Pillow & Red Fred's Red Bread Bedspread!
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - Felix Pitre's MEXICAN LEGENDS & SONG Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Historical characters Pancho Villa, Dona Marina, Cortes and Montezuma are brought to life with wit and charm by this versatile performer. Be prepared to sing along with La Cucaracha, Cu cu ru cu cu Paloma and others.
$501- $1000
Rogers, Robert Cinderella in the Wild West Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
The famous fairy tale has been given an updated, All-American treatment. Cindy Lou Rella lives at the homestead of a pioneer woman, Cavalcade Annie, where she works hard at chores and dreams of a better life. Opportunity knocks when she enters a rodeo and competes by riding the mightiest bull around, El Toro. Instead of a fairy godmother, Cindy Lou has a Native American Spirit guide, and there are other surprises, too.
$501- $1000
Edgecomb, Diane Summer Escapades Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Summer Escapades celebrates family fun with participatory stories chosen from Diane's best-loved family tales. Original fables, folktales and songs give us a look at exiting summertime adventures including the aquatic antics of a curious monkey who goes for a wild ride on the back of a shark! Summer Escapades is also available with Celtic harp accompaniment by Margot Chamberlain. Either way it's the perfect summertime treat.
$351- $500
Sobel, Anna Fairies of the Seasons Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Science
In this magical show, set on a handmade dress that twirls as the year turns, each season has its own fairy that takes care of changing the natural world accordingly. That is, until a grumpy gnome decides to rearrange all the season fairies, so things will stay the same all year round. Beautiful handmade fairy puppets and hand-felted animals invite young children to move, sing, and help the fairies of each season as they try to find their way back. Recommended for ages 2-7. More information available at www.talkinghandstheatre.com
$201- $350
Clive, Young, Yikes: The History of Movie Stunts History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
Yikes: The History of Movie Stunts is a fast-paced sequel to my popular Kaboom: The History of Special Effects program, tracing the action-packed evolution of stunt work in movies.

From car chases, explosions and leaping off bridges, to sword fights, motorboat jumps and hanging from helicopters, Hollywood stuntmen and women risk their lives daily to bring excitement to the silver screen.

Starting in the early 1900s, the program follows a timeline of movie stunts throughout the ages, presenting some of the most spectacular acts ever put to celluloid while explaining the advancements in technology, training and safety that made them possible.

Amazing stories and profiles reveal how and why stuntmen do what they do. What feats are they most afraid of? How do they focus when they know their next move could be their last?

Illustrating the program are legendary stunts throughout film history, from the work of pioneers like Harold Lloyd, to clips from The French Connection, The Bourne Identity, The Road Warrior, Smokey and the Bandit, the James Bond series and more. Presented with plenty of “don’t try this at home” reminders, Yikes is an exciting program for all ages.

$201- $350
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
Crocker, Keith SPAGHETTI WESTERNS - How Europe Changed the Face of Western Cinema Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
This seminar explores how Italian filmmakers took an American genre of film-making and completely reshaped it giving the world a very different view of the old west. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly blurred the definition of good and evil. We will cover the work of Sergio Leone as well as explore the countless spin-offs as done by the Spanish, Germans, Mexicans and others. A delicious selection of DVD clips punctuate the footage used to draw examples. The casual cinema viewer will broaden their outlook and appreciate other film genres via this presentation. *NOTE* Due to the nature of the subject matter, I do insist this seminar be classified for "Adults". Westerns by nature can be violent, so don't aim this program at children or pre-teens. It is meant for "Adults". Thank you!
$101- $200
Rogers, Robert Skyscraper Acres History,
Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Celebrating Building a better world: What's way up there on the top of that gleaming new skyscraper? that surprising fringe of green that overlooks the hustle and bustle of the busy city below? It's an old fashioned farm, tended by Hank Bluejeans, whose family has grown fruits and vegetables season after season, as far back as anyone can remember. Well, it wasn't always so way up high. How did it get there? And why? This is a story about embracing the future while cherishing the past - or roots, as Hank Blujeans might say.
$351- $500
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