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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
BRIER, MARK LAUGHS AT THE LIBRARY Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
A HUMOROUS AFTERNOON OR EVENING FILLED WITH JOKES, STORIES, ANECDOTES AND IMPRESSIONS. MARK BRIER,, A STAND UP COMEDIAN FOR OVER 38 YEARS HOSTS LAUGHS AT THE LIBRARY. THE AUDIENCE IS INVITED TO SHARE THEIR FAVORITE JOKE OR TOPIC OR JUST COME TO ENJOY MARK'S WHOLESOME HUMOR. YOU ARE GUARANTEED TO HAVE A GREAT TIME ENJOYING THIS PROGRAM DESIGNED TO MAKE EVERYONE FEEL GOOD. For Years Mark has been the opening act for Major League Baseball's funniest Man, Former Detroit Tiger Pitcher and member of the World Champion 1968 Detroit Tigers JON WARDEN
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane Once Upon A Wintertime Literature- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Once Upon A Wintertime: Warm your hearts and your imaginations with this performance of tales from long ago. These stories of wintertime magic and fun are drawn from many cultures ranging from the lyrical Grimms tale of Snow White and Rose Red to tales of folksy New England escapades. Transform a winter's day or evening into a time of delight. Choose Once Upon A Wintertime as a non-denominational way to celebrate the December holiday season Thank you so much for that lively performance of Once Upon A Wintertime, you had the audience eating out of the palm of your hand! You are so good at judging the audience and tweaking your program to fit the group, even so far as the sound system! You are a true professional and we just love you here in Duxbury. Marty O'Meara, Duxbury Free Library, Duxbury, MA
$351- $500
Agostino, Christopher The Bodacious Book Shows: I, II and III Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Our Bodacious Book Shows inspire kids to pick up and read books that are so fun they’ll want to read more. Featuring comic characters like Professor Fineprint and Beatrice the Bookworm, with Bob Bookmark and Rita Digest hosting the “Have You READ It?” Game that involves the entire audience with questions and challenges about great books. These shows celebrate the joy of reading in a way that completely engages both kids and their parents. Three different versions available: I — The Classics Bob and Rita remind students of the fun they’ve had with their favorite books. Featuring a madcap rendition of “Jack and the Beanstalk” starring the audience and a 60’ beanstalk II — World Tour Books from other countries and folktales from around the world show that whenever you open a book it will take you somewhere. Featuring a folktale from Africa: “Who’s In Rabbit’s House?” III — Nature Tales Animal tales, poetry, and books celebrating Nature are the theme for our most colorful Book Show. Including a traditional folktale: “Home in the Sky” in which 13 audience volunteers help create an ocean full of life onstage.
$501- $1000
Vinyard, Roland Great Hits of the 1600's History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Accompanied by stringed instruments, The Bard Rocks will present, with commentary and anecdotes, songs that were popular in the 1600's. Some of them are versions which originated in Great Britain and others are from the US. Songs such as these are part of our deep musical heritage and formed the basis for more "modern" music that would come after.
$101- $200
Chambers, Trish Jane Austen – Her Life and Times History,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
The presentation will cover the realities of English Society at the time of Jane Austen’s life and literary career. It will discuss what a woman’s life was like at the time, what was expected of her and what options were open to her. The performance will explore how Jane Austen portrayed society in her 6 major works, how the personalities of her heroines developed over the span of her novels and how events and experiences of her personal life are reflected in her writing. Some opinions on why her work is still so popular today.
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane A Fire In My Heart: Kurdish Folktales Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Folktales: Based around Diane's new book of Kurdish folktales, this program introduces students and families to this pivotal Middle Eastern culture. Diane will present Kurdish stories she collected firsthand including The Lie a humorous story about a tall tale contest between an Uncle and his nephew, Fatima, the Kurdish Cinderella story and tales of how the moon and the Milky Way came to be. A map, anecdotes of her collecting experience and traditional dress and dance round out our exploration of this little known culture. Notice in the Salem News-2007 'How fun and exciting to have you visit Pine Point School! And, I have to tell you that I have heard such wonderful comments since the assembly. You inspired questions and comments all over campus and you were a hit with both students and faculty alike. Diane, I am in awe of your courage, and can't thank you enough for sharing your stories with us. With fond regard, Sandy Pereira, Cultural Enrichment, Pine Point School, CT'
$351- $500
The Games Man, TREVOR Giants & Giraffes * Dragons & Detectives Other,
Performing Arts- Other
A UNIQUE PARTICIPATORY STAGE SHOW FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TREVOR starts out on stilts nearly 9' tall! The first half is his Aerial Delights: an up-in-the-air extravaganza of tricks and skills featuring Wind Whistlers, Ribbon Dancers, the color-changing Chameleon Stick, volunteers from the audience, lots of call and response, and loads of laughter! When he sits down and takes of the stilts, the group is always interested in how the stilts are made and having their questions answered. Then it's game time! First, large group games for the entire audience together. Who's the Leader? and Hula Hoop Basketball are perennial favorites. Next is brainteasers, guessing games, and minute mysteries. For the 7th inning stretch, we'll all stand up for a whole series of quick partner games, switching partners between each one (they're mixers, too!) Then we'll sit back down for one more large group game to pull everyone back together. And for the crowd-stopping closer, it's the fastest game in the world: it's all of 1 second long! All in all, an hour of sheer FUN for all ages. (Check out Project: Ribbon Dancer for a great add-on craft project, too.)
$351- $500
Bala, Rich NYS History in Song History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
With his voice, guitar, harmonica, and mountain dulcimer, Rich takes you on a musical journey through New York's vast history. Along the way, you'll hear authentic, traditional songs from the region's homes, farms, mountains, waterways, and communities. Often dressed in period clothing, Rich's programs tell the stories of the people of the "Empire State" from the Colonial Period and Revolutionary War to more recent times.
$351- $500
Rivest, Robert Learn, Laugh and Let go! Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Mime
A humorous look at the stresses of modern life and what we can do about it.. Through comedy, insight, and interaction, Robert Rivest shares his tried and true methods of stress reduction. This series of mime, theater and Improv stories offers both comic relief and practical stress relieving techniques. Robert Rivest has the audience entertained and enthralled as he explores how to build concentration, calm the body and quiet the mind. Learn, Laugh, and Let Go. With Robert’s down-to-earth sense of humor and engaging style,audiences of all ages find stress reduction natural and easy. Robert Rivest comically explores: •  Positive and Negative Stress •  Perception & Perfection •  Adjusting to Change •  Positive Self Talk •  Test Taking •  Breathing Deeply •  Humor Perspective Awareness •  Re-energizing Body & Mind
$351- $500
Levin, Ira and Julia The Library: A Palace of Wonders! Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
An interactive program of original stories and songs sthat celebrates why we love the library! We will introduce you to Pollo Elastico, the Rubber Chicken of Freedom and Ruby the Rescue Cow, while reinforcing the fun of reading and the beauty of being a part of community.
$351- $500
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