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Program
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Description
Fee
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel An Evening at 221 B Baker Street (2014 Summer Reading Program) Performing Arts- Storytelling
Treat your adult readers with this program about detection fiction’s most beloved literary character, Sherlock Holmes. Rebecca and Rachel Oshlag present a lively mix of stories and facts on this famous forensic scientist. They perform a selection of Sherlock Holmes short stories against a backdrop of an absorbing discussion about the character of Holmes, the impact of the fictional detective on the development of criminal investigative techniques, and the remarkable life and works of Sherlock’s creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
$101- $200
Epstein Kravis, Anna Springtime Song and Puppetry Celebration & Springtime Holiday Concerts Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Songs of baby animals, how things grow, changing weather and the joys of spring come alive! Adorable hand puppets, LuLu the Singing Lama, lots of participation, basic sign language and more offer children many opportunities to be in the show! Versions for Easter and Passover available. For ages 2-8 (+ -), and family audiences. Anna has performed over 500 library concerts for chidlren and family audiences, and over 3500 children and family programs to date internationally, in varied venues.
$501- $1000
Levin, Ira and Julia Cycling on the Recycle Cycle Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
An interactive environmental extravaganza that gets the audience singing about the Recycle Cycle, helping Captain Tree save the day and realizing that We are All Connected in the Web of Life. Find out how much fun being green can be! Great for Earth Day celebrations or year round!
$351- $500
Newcombe, Melody The Magical World of Bugs and Things That Go Bump in the Night Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Science
With the help of puppets and storytelling, Luna the Fairy Godmother of the Enchanted Forest brings science and nature to her audiences. Topics of camouflague, metamorphosis and animal behavior help to explain survival. Kids will see first hand some of the wonders of the natural world. Luna, Melody Norsgaard Newcombe, was featured on the National Geographic Society CBS-TV special "The Hidden World of Insects" among many other TV specials about nature. She will tell astounding tales of wonder and intrigue from "The Enchanted Forest"
$351- $500
Durst, James JAMES DURST: 'Hue Manatee's Quest' Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Singer-songwriter James Durst presents a 1-man musical adventure, rich in humor, song & story to dramatize themes of environmental sustainability, unity in diversity, friendship & peace. The central characters Hue (as in 'color' or 'cry of alarm') Manatee and Flickati Cricket seek the wisdom of renowned change agent Leon Chameleon, only to be invited along on a journey to his ancestral homeland, the Galápagos. Along the way, they overcome numerous perils while meeting and sharing songs with Shining Eagle (Northern Hemisphere shaman of the Imáji Nation), a trio of dolphins, a whale threatened by a whaling ship, Ella Condor (Southern Hemisphere medicine woman of the Todos tribe), and a popular street-corner quintet known as Acapellago. Cameo appearances are made by Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood & Goldilocks to populate Leon's parable explaining how our protagonists differ from the 'two-legged ones' in a 5-part tour de farce, 'Lost in the Kuda Shuda Woods.' Ideally suited for families with older children, as the humor employs wordplay and the music is sophisticated yet accessible. Imagine 'The Lion King' meets 'Candide.'
$501- $1000
Warren, Kenneth Comedy Ventriloquist and Vocal Illusionist/lecturer Kenny Warren Performing Arts- Puppetry
Comedy Ventriloquist and Vocal Illusionist Kenny Warren & "Joey O'Leary" presents a fascinating and highly entertaining comedy stage performance along with his lecture based on his book "The Revival of Ventriloquism in America" dealing with the actual history of this unusual art form. Children of all ages will appreciate and be captivated by this highly specialized art form!
$501- $1000
Zawaski, Gloria How to open the door to your imagination Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Middletown author Gloria Smith Zawaski has written The Undercover Kids’ Holland Adventure series. The program she introduces to students, with its creative online interactive component and accompanying short story contest, makes this a perfect addition to school programs. Gloria and her characters (as puppets), Katie, Jake and their dog Cooper are available to visit schools. The title of her presentation is “How to open the door to your imagination.” Gloria’s 40-minute presentation is lively, giving the students the opportunity to think about what their Undercover Kids’ Adventure will be all about. The program has been developed for grades 4 through 6. And the books are available for sale at your school and the author will do a book signing. It works great because the program is based on the New York State curriculum guidelines. There is a 40-page Teacher Resource Guide available for download. It is great for cross curriculum programming. According to Gloria, “Children's lives are often too programmed. The Undercover Kids have a chance to lead authentic lives...learn from their own adventures...make their own decisions.”
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John Merry Old English Music & Dances To Welcome in the Spring Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Participatory songs, dances, and magical traditions of Merrie Olde England that help celebrate the arrival of this loveliest season of the year. Seasonal concert/workshop combination. By request, program can be expanded to include traditional maypole dancing (see below)
$351- $500
Productions, Dream Jam Dream Jam Productions presents: The World of Nickhoo Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
The World of Nickhoo, from Dream Jam Productions, is inhabited by fun-loving characters, each with their own story to tell. Together they solve problems, while exhibiting the true meaning of love and friendship. Professional actors and musicians, along with puppet characters perform a dynamic participatory musical adventure. The original music, soon to be released on children's radio stations across the country, will have you dancing in the aisles.
$501- $1000
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel Sherlock: Scientist and Savant (2014 Summer Reading Program) Performing Arts- Storytelling
Spark a reaction from your teens with this program about Sherlock. An enduring character in detection fiction, Sherlock has become popular with teens due to recent portrayals in films and television series. This StoriesGalorious program will enable teens to identify the considerable contributions to forensic science made by Sherlock and explore the complex personality of this brilliant detective. Sherlock’s creator, the extraordinary Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is fascinating in his own right. A discussion of his remarkable life will permit teens to determine aspects that influenced the development of the characters of Sherlock and Watson. The rendition of several of Doyle’s favorite Sherlock stories by Rebecca and Rachel will further spark interest in reading modern and original versions of Holmes’ adventures, seeking additional information about his author, and learning more about forensic science.
$101- $200
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