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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Tom, Copper It's a Wonderful World! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Original music, comedy & storytelling by Copper Tom. This highly interactive show also includes children's songs that pertain to the Summer Reading Program theme- " One World- Many Stories". There is a featured story, "The Sea of Gold", a Japanese folk tale fo human kindness & understanding triumphing over fear & closed-mindedness. Program adjusts to a different theme each year.
$201- $350
Carpenter, Margot Were They Equal? - an African story as told by Dr. Arnold Perey Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
"Were They Equal?" is a delightful story from Africa, about Tortoise, Elephant, Hippo, & You! Arnold Perey, anthropologist, in this illustrated children's book, has retold the story for children today, and illustrated it with lively pictures. He is joined by flutist Barbara Allen, and actor Anne Fielding in the telling of the story. You'll hear about Tortoise, who is small. The big animals, Elephant and Hippo, feel important because they think they are better than Tortoise. But Tortoise plays an amazing trick on them which helps them see the truth: "We are different, but our feelings inside are the same. I deserve the same respect that you do."
$101- $200
LaRue, Michele The Apple Tree: a celebration of spring and poor housekeeping History,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Theater
Old Sarah Blake—=small and intense=—is a relentless dynamo of obsessive good housekeeping. Her neighbor, Sam Maddox—a gangly giant of a man—has =lived somehow without much work.= When a fall through =one of Mother’s nice cane seat-chairs= puts old Edison Blake out of commission, the Maddox family learns =It’s terrible hard work cleanin’ house.= The collision of these two very different couples on one eventful afternoon reveals the true value of a glorious spring day. New England author Mary E. Wilkins Freeman conjures her story with insight, humor, and affection. Written in 1903, THE APPLE TREE harkens back to a time when literature was written for the ear, and Freeman’s evocative prose gives LaRue ample opportunity to enthrall. In her honest, vibrant performance, the actress embodies four distinct characters, using “Down Eastern” dialect to recreate a lost era. Michele is a member of both actors’ unions: Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA. She has performed vintage American short stories for two decades, touring nationally with a wide-ranging repertoire of TALES WELL TOLD.
$201- $350
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
Epstein Kravis, Anna MULTI-CULTURAL Winter Holiday Song & Puppetry Concerts Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Celebrate the Holiday(s) of your choice with this joyous song and puppet program! Include non-religious Holiday and seasonal favorites (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwaanza, Eid-- any or all, your choice) and/or well loved, fun songs of the winter season. Lots of participation, synthesizer keyboard, LuLu the Singing Lama, Huggy the Holiday Bear, adorable hand puppets and many opportunities for children to be in the show! Ages 2-8 (+ -) and family audiences. Great Holiday & winter time fun for all!
$351- $500
Beaugard, Carol "Bluegrass/Folkgrass Jamboree" Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This is one of our popular programs: "Bluegrass/Folkgrass Jamboree" - Suitable for any time of the year - we perform a variety of songs in the world of bluegrass and country music. We can include a narrative explaining the origins of bluegrass and information on the instruments used. We can perform as a quintet, quartet, trio or duet and instrumentation can include: vocals, guitar(s), mandolin, banjo, fiddle, or bass - based on your budget and needs. Adult Presentation - straight concert and information on the history of the music. Children's Presentation - musical selections are geared for a younger audience and we invite them to sing, clap hands and play along with kazoos and basic percussion.
$201- $350
DuBois, Betsy Alex The Jester History,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Alexander, King of Jesters, has performed his one-man show across the US, internationally and on TV on Showtime and America's Got talent. He speaks a magical sounding gibberish called Grammelot that transcends language and generational barriers. His dialect, costuming, music, charisma and wildly imaginative spirit transport you back into the era of the Medieval Fool. He brings this historically accurate jester character into school auditoriums. An easy to use study guide ties into Language Arts and Social studies. The humor is not compromised, so you can be sure of the rejuvenating effects of both teachers and students laughing together. Both audiences and fellow artists recognize Alexander's performance as one-of-a-kind. When you book this gem of an artist members of your audience will praise you for discovering such unusual and refreshing talent!
$501- $1000
Grudko, Marian Beatrix Potter’s “The Tailor of Gloucester” Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Beatrix Potter’s “The Tailor of Gloucester” a magical tale read by Marian Grudko One day near Christmas time, an elderly tailor 
began to make a coat -- of cherry colored corded silk
-- for the Mayor of Gloucester. In the bitter cold, the tailor became ill, 
and unable to finish the coat. Yet it WAS finished. But by whom? This classic Christmas story is said to have been 
Beatrix Potter’s personal favorite. Marian’s reading has become a new holiday tradition!
$201- $350
Lazzarini, James Magic of Amore (magic & comedy for all ages) Performing Arts- Magic
Experience edge of your seat fun! Whether your program has 10 people or 100 Amore’s show will amaze and astound. Colorful handkerchiefs turn to magic canes and objects materialize out of thin air. Spectacular visual magic combined with music captures the audience’s attention and brings them to a realm of wonderment. Audience participation is the main portion of Amore’s performance. Audience members become the magician’s assistant during the show. Amore utilizes costumes and other props for some hilarious comical routines. Balancing amazing magic and side-splitting comedy, Amore presents an unforgettable show for your event. From the moment the show begins until the grand finale children and adults will be mesmerized and mystified. This performance takes up a small amount of space and you will find it is just right for most locations. Not too big, not too small and perfect for any location. Catering to all ages, this show tops all others. Fast paced and original, this one of a kind performance will make audience members shine in the spotlight. Have your camera ready for memorable moments
$351- $500
Gillman, Jackson The Magic of Rudyard Kipling - Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
The Magic of Rudyard Kipling: Just So - The classic Just So Stories are brought to life through Jackson's intimate theatrical style and a score of lively characterizations. School Library Journal review: Jackson's enthusiasm and delight infuses these stories from beginning to end. He is very entertaining while remaining true to the stories as Kipling wrote them -- further testimony to the timeless quality of these tales.
$351- $500
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