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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Cain, Ron Uncle Sam's Magic of America Show History,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Celebrate the spirit of star-spangled tricks with Ron Cain's Magic of America Show. Dressed as Uncle Sam, Ron takes audiences on a magical tour of the United States. Volunteers help him with illusions, which illustrate the nation's geographic diversity by focusing on different states. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages include Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show, The Magic of Being Green, Tune In To Magical Idol, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Case of the Missing Bunny, Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Discover Millennium Magic Show and Holiday Hocus Pocus.
$201- $350
Slaw, Jennifer Jen Slaw Interactive Juggling Performance Performing Arts- Juggling
Juggling Sensation Jen Slaw entertains children & families with a 45 minute show full of professional, fun; interactive juggling that includes music, dance, comedy, audience participation, and a wide variety of different juggling props. The show features highly skilled juggling routines including up to 5 ball juggling, flashy club swinging & juggling, and a funky hip-hop act with cigar boxes. A shiny red ball takes on a life of its own, moving magically around silver boxes in a beautifully unique dance, plates spin, scarves fly, ribbons twirl, 3 diminutive members of the audience create their own 3 ring circus, and more! The show is fun and appropriate for all ages, can be tailored to mesh with summer reading themes. Great for summer reading program finale celebrations. Jen Slaw's juggling combines grace, humor, skill and beauty with a captivating style which delights all audiences. Jen is an International Jugglers Association 3 Ball Champion, and has performed with stars from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Bros and taught with the Big Apple Circus. Jen holds degrees from Swarthmore College in art & engineering.
$501- $1000
Conrad, Bob Fun with Ventriloquism Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
A very special show that will delight your entire audience. See Bob bring an inanimate object to life and turn it into a living personality, as he creates Tennessee Turtle from a sock. Meet Co Co the Playful Chimp, and Gooney Bird the five foot tall bird puppet. Members of the audience will take part in the Balloon Blowing Contest of the Century. It's laugh a minute fun with one of the best vents around in a program of audience participation, balloons, ventriloquism and fun, fun, fun. Bob Conrad is the author/illustrator of The Puppetry Workshop Manual, Mouth Puppets, Bob Conrad's Rain Forest Animals, Bob Conrad's Deep Sea Adventure, and Bob Conrad's Great Americans.
$201- $350
Tranchina, Gabriele Female Composers and Lyricists of Tin Pan Alley Music,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Meet the courageous and well-respected ladies who wrote and/or composed for Tin Pan Alley, being among the few women in a man’s world. Enjoy songs such as Carolyn Leigh’s “Witchcraft, specifically written for Frank Sinatra. Learn about the two women who dated George Gershwin. One of them, Ann Ronell even dedicated “Willow weep for me” to him. Explore the life of Dorothy Fields who inspired artists like Barbra Streisand with songs like “I’m in the mood for love” and whose “The way you look tonight” received great fame through the movie “Sing Time” by receiving an Oscar. Help us celebrate the talents of these woman and dive into their world of beautiful music.
$201- $350
Byers, Kathy YOUR SCHOOL IN SONG CREATE ONE TODAY! Literature- Creative Writing,
Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Co-written with input from all classes participating in the songwriting process. Additional songs are written as students are inspired by the "muse" in the classroom. Forty-five minutes per class works well for brainstorming, creating lyrics and melodies and voicemail recording with an iPod in the classroom. The school is presented with a CD-recording of their own School Song and a printout of lead sheet and lyrics. A celebratory assembly culminates the songwriting experience.
$351- $500
Gillman, Jackson Nature in Action, Story and Song Music,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A romp on the wild and crazy side of natural science. The presentation is a delight for all ages, especially children. Jackson's presentation is gentle, accurate in wildlife information, and nicely varied with a mixture of participatory songs, movement and stories. The North Shore Arts Council reviewer reports: The children were engaged and eager to participate. I really thought the program was genius.
$351- $500
BRIER, MARK SENIOR LAUGHTER Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other
Mark Brier a stand up comedian doesn't just perform for people, he performs with people. Everyone can get in the act if they wish or just relax and enjoy. Jokes, Stories Impressions and Audience Interaction. Mark a Comedian for over 38 Years, BRINGS LAUGHS. Mark has been the opening act for Jon Warden, Major League Baseballs Funniest Man. Jon was a pitcher on the World Champion 1968 Detroit Tigers.
$201- $350
Conrad, Bob Music of the World Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Author/illustrator, musician Bob Conrad will take your students on an imaginary voyage around using Music, Dances, and Hats of over 20 different cultures. Every member of the audience will become involved as they sing, clap, and participate in the fun. For the finale of the program, the stage is filled with a Latin Rhythm Band composed of members of the audience, each playing a different instrument. Bob Conrad will perform on a wide variety of common instruments such as the guitar and banjo, as well as Rosita the Brazilian Talking Drum, the Steel Drum, The African Kalimba, and a host of rhythm instruments, he will also explain the origin and historical development of them in a light-hearted way, This program will introduce your students to the world of music, Dixieland, jazz, Country, Folk, Flemenco, Rock and Music from Around the World. This program will leave your audience with a new found love and appreciation for music of all types. Bob Conrad is the author/illustrator of several educational books for children.
$351- $500
Lawrence, David Escape the Ordinary - Adults Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Other
David Lawrence's 'ESCAPE THE ORDINARY' MIND READING program amazes adult and senior patrons when David demonstrates some unique and amazing mind reading ability. David uses participants from the audience in a fast paced and funny program, reaching into the audiences mind to tell them words that they only looked at seconds before, places that they desire to visit, significant dates, names and other thoughts that they thought only they knew.
$351- $500
Chambers, Trish Rosie the Riveter and Her Sisters – The Women of World War II History,
Performing Arts- Other
Rosie the Riveter is the story of the women who sustained our nation and her troops during WWII. Rosie and her sisters changed America forever, not only by their work during the war by also by expanding the presence of women in the workplace, the arts and professions. The presentation explores how they proved their capabilities by stepping into the places of the men who went to war, what they accomplished in jobs and situations that were considered outside the sphere of women, and how they paved the way for the feminist revolution of the 60’s.
$201- $350
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