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Encore Performing Arts, Inc. THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS by the Crabgrass Puppet Theatre Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Thrown off their farms because they are too old to work, a donkey, a dog and a rooster form a singing group and set off for the big city to make it in show biz. Along the way they meet a nasty bunch of robbers, and it’s up to the animals to get rid of them. In doing so, they discover that everyone has a special talent and that only by working together can they achieve their dreams. Crabgrass Puppet Theatre presents this classic Brothers Grimm folktale with enchanting and whimsical puppets, and a hilarious musical score!
$501- $1000
Encore Performing Arts, Inc. Double V History,
Performing Arts- Theater
Flying Ship Productions brings the Holocaust and the American Civil Rights movement together in this inspiring Broadway-style musical. Follow the parallel lives of a Jewish Family in Poland and a Black family in America during the turbulent years from 1939-1964. Though living in different parts of the world, their lives are amazingly alike. When the Black soldier helps liberate the Jewish youth from the concentration camp, a connection is made that resonates years later during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Four actor/singer/dancers bring to life this uplifting story of hope, healing, and gratitude.
$1001- $3000
Davis, Katie Novel and picture book Author-Illustrator Visit! Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Drawing
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Kids interactively establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Children edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Kids learn to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. K-3: Highly interactive: children help write a story; volunteers make different emotional expressions. Katie draws their faces on the characters and together they create a new narrative with emphasis on beginning, middle and end. 4-6: Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: teaches kids HOW TO SEE so they’re able to illustrate any story they write. Dear Katie, I'm usually 'ho-hum' when it comes to author visits. You were one to change my mind! You were...the best ever writing session, and I truly mean it! Jayne Pitt, K teacher
$1001- $3000
Rivest, Robert The Alphabet of Imagination Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Performing Arts- Magic
The Alphabet of Imagination! is an amazing synthesis of movement, imagery, characters and illusion. With a different mime piece for each letter of the alphabet, Robert Rivest highlights the endless joys of our creative imaginations and the awesome art of mime.
$351- $500
Gardner, Tom Reading Rocks! Tommy & The Uncle Brothers Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A fun, interactive concert where the kids, dance, sing and clap along, and use their imagination. Includes, It's All There At The Library, Reading Rocks, Witch Doctor (Library Version), The Unicorn, Ice Cream Sundae, Lion Sleeps Tonight, and many others. Perfect for library summer reading programs!
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John Bells & Motley Victorian Musical Celebration of Christmas Past History,
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
Knight, Leonora Toddlers/Babies in Motion Life Skills- Parenting,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Here is a chance for you and your child to dance and sing together in a group. We dance the tarantella, country style and a lot of Latin beats! There is a circus with costumes, jumping, balancing, throwing and catching. Circle time includes finger play, rhythm repeating, how to encourage proper speech with your child, stories, and more singing and dancing together! It's a great time for you and your toddler.
$201- $350
Crocker, Keith CHARLEY CHASE - From Silent Clown to Creative Cohort History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Clowning
Charley Chase was a popular character actor throughout the teens and 20's, he got his start in cinema when he told legendary producer Hal Roach that he could "play anything" and then proceeded to do an imitation of a lighthouse. But what makes Charley Chase stand out from the other silent comedians of the time was that he ended up writing and directing for some of the biggest acts in the business including the Three Stooges and Andy Clyde. He also acted along side such astonishing acts as Laurell & Hardy, Buster Keaton and "Fatty" Arbuckle. Find out all about this underestimated comic genius in this great 60 minute program. Features a showing of the Charley Chase classic short You Said a Hatful! (1934) in Sound Super 8mm format.
$101- $200
Martin, Rafe Rafe Martin, Author & Storyteller Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Rafe Martin is the 2008 recipient of the NYLA Empire State Award for the contribution of the body of his work to children's literature. His author programs encompass the power of both written and oral performance. They create lasting excitement about reading, writing & stories. Martin demonstrates the power of words as a creative technology allowing us each to see what our own minds create. In each session he performs one of his award winning stories, teaches about language, reading & the writing process & engages in a lively Q&A with his audience.
$501- $1000
Encore Performing Arts, Inc. Rick Adam's ONE-MAN PARADE Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Rick Adam presents a fun variety show with juggling, hat tricks, hand shadows, audience participation, and the most incredible one-man band you ever saw! This show can be adapted for stage performances, fun fest, and walk-around events. A special holiday version is also available.
$501- $1000
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