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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
merwin, chris popular songs of the last 50 years by Chris Merwin Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Oldies and standards performed on electric guitar and vocals. A wonderful mix of old classics including Sinatra, Nat Cole, Temptations, Elvis, Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, and more. Can also include classic reggae and calypso with the steel drum. Realistic sounding backing tracks of bass and drums are used making me sound just like a full band. All tracks are played in the proper style of each song and nothing sounds fake or synthesized.
$351- $500
Towle, Michael Hampstead Stage Company -Performances Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Theater
We perform literature-based plays for young audiences across all 48 contiguous United States. We have tour 3 seasons out of the year: Spring (Mid-March to Mid-May), Summer (June to Early-August), Fall (November-December). We have two shows available each season and we rotate them season-to-season. Please see our website for season selections. Shows include: A Christmas Carol; Aladdin; Alice in Wonderland; Greek Mythology for Kids: Gods and Legends; Greek Mythology for Kids: Hercules and the Heroes; Greek Mythology for Kids: Myths of Ancient Greece; The Legend of King Arthur; The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe; Return to Narnia: Prince Caspian; Nicholas Nickleby; Oliver Twist; Pinocchio; Robin Hood; Shakespeare for Kids: Life and Times; Shakespeare for Kids: For the Common Core; Shakespeare for Kids: Macbeth; The Prince & The Pauper; The Secret Garden; Treasure Island; Wizard of Oz. Theater Workshops Available ($100 rate): Animal Physicality; Creating a Character; Stage Combat.
$351- $500
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
WELDEN, CARL Introducing The THEREMIN, the touchless electronic instrument Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Imagine an instrument that the user plays without touching! As futuristic as it may sound, the Theremin has been around since the 1920’s, its haunting tones have been heard everywhere from Carnegie Hall to science fiction film scores. The Theremin is a simple-looking box with two antennae and unlike conventional instruments, it has no keys, strings, valves or buttons. Its volume and pitch are governed by proximity through an electromagnetic field. The experience is part music, part science and part story-telling. Hear the sound and history behind the first electronic instrument with performance artist Carl Welden, who will give a 'hands-off' demonstration, followed by Q & A. Audience members will then be given a rare opportunity to try this unique instrument for themselves, heralding quirky fun and loads of smiles!
$101- $200
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
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
Kruszka, Donald Gumshoe McMonocle and the Strange Case of Rumpelsomething Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
The tale of Rumpelstiltskin presented as a 1940s detective story. A desperate queen hires an intrepid but bumbling private eye to find the name of the man who can turn straw into gold and prevent him from taking her first-born child. Offered for consideration for the 2013 Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Series theme. Nominated for Best Family Faire Award by Bitter Lemons Publications as part of the 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
$101- $200
MacGregor, Grian The Ivy Vine Players Puppet Theater Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Visual Arts- Other
The Ivy Vine Players Puppet Theater is a one-woman show with a cast of over 75 handmade puppets. Each one has been individually crafted from recycled materials, so that Uncle Walter's bathrobe appears suitably well-worn, and Nana's muddy garden boots have a familiar feel. The show is a blend of song and story,; you'll leave humming the tunes, and remembering tales of being kind to the earth and each other. Puppet-making workshops are available to follow the show ($175). We provide most materials and teach puppetry skills. NEW! Autobiographical shadow puppet workshop for kids 8 years and up.
$351- $500
Oliveira, Nelson Domino's Creative Reading Show Performing Arts- Magic
Magical Storyteller, author and entertainer Domino the Great’s creative reading show will leave children enthused to read at your library. Domino’s creative reading show is customize for each library and guarantees that children will read many books at your library. The show lets children see how much fun reading is. Just imagine the look on everyone’s face when Domino makes hundreds of your library books magically appear right before the children’s eyes.
$201- $350
Boertzel, Brooke Fair and Square Anti-bullying Theater Workshop Performing Arts- Theater
This interactive anti-bullying performance and workshop for 3rd-5th grades helps students understand and responsibly deal with conflict. Three actor educators visit your library and perform an interactive drama which explores an incident that occurs within a fictional elementary school. Throughout the drama, highly trained actor educators periodically step out of role and facilitate talk-backs with the students, reflecting on the story. Throughout Fair and Square, students will witness important moments in the story where the characters are faced with difficult decisions. Through guided discussions, students will then actively explore the potential dangers of reactionary decision-making, and the consequences of those decisions. Towards the end of the performance, students become actors themselves as they take on roles in the drama, collectively determining the outcome of the story!
$201- $350
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