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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Eisenberg, Jeff Sing and Sign Disability Awareness,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
Teaches basic sign language to normal hearing toddlers and preschoolers through music and songs. It's a thematic 3-4 session program. A great introduction to sign language. Educational, interactive and fun.
$201- $350
Epstein Kravis, Anna Fiesta Latina-Americana & Cinco de Mayo BILINGUAL Song & Puppetry Concerts Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Celebrate Hispanic cultures with this lively, fun and interactive song & puppet concert featuring bi-lingual songs, indigenous rhythm instruments, and stories from a variety of Latin American lands. If space permits, perhaps even an interactive circle dance! Program is appropraite year-round, & for Cinco de Mayo Holiday celebrations. Colorful musical and cultural insights come alive through participation with song, movement, puppets and instruments! Traditional and original songs, adorable hand puppets, LuLu the Singing Lama, songs remembered from Anna's childhood, and colorful costume enhance the event. Celebrate appreciation of Hispanic cultures and contributions, so present in our everyday lives!
$501- $1000
Livinston, Laura TheatreSports Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
In this interactive introduction to the excitement of live theatre, two teams of professional improvisers challenge each other to spontaneously create scenes inspired by audience suggestions. Audience members help create characters, settings and stories – often participating on stage. Collaboration (actor/actor and actor/audience) is clearly essential. Challenges include using language creatively, scenes resembling books, and scenes inspired by curriculum subjects. Recipient of Young Audiences of New Jersey’s first Artists of the Year Award. Video at www.freestylerep.org.
$501- $1000
Lienhard, Marco Taikoza, Japanese Festival Drums and dance Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Taikoza presents a unique and exciting program using Japanese Taiko drums (that weigh up to 200lb drums) and bamboo flutes. The program will take you on an unforgettable journey through Japan. It will take students to different areas and through the seasons of Japan. Students will be experiencing a new culture in a fun and exciting way, they will get a chance to see and at times touch the ancestral drums. The taiko drum has the power to touch everyone with its thunderous sounds and vibrations. Taikoza hopes to open the students’ eyes to the richness of the Japanese culture and spark an interest. We hope that this will spark an interest in other world cultures. Taiko has been associated with many aspects of Japanese culture since ancient times. It is said that Taiko was used to drive away the plague and evil spirits. In the Shinto religion, it was used to call upon and entertain the gods, or kami, and in Japanese Buddhism, its sound was the manifestation of the voice of the Buddha.
$501- $1000
Koeraus, Sol Flamenco y Sol Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
Our performance is a wonderful blend of entertainment and education. The artists - in full, colorful, traditional Flamenco costumes - perform and explain the intricacies of Flamenco dance, song, and its rhythms. Participation from the audience is essential.  The objectives of this program are: to show the origins of the flamenco dance, song and music; to demonstrate and relate the relationships between Spain and the Latin American cultures; and present a high quality, entertaining multilingual program. This dynamic program highlights the rhythms and emotions of Flamenco.  Flamenco began in Southern Spain, and we bring to our educational programs the essence of the different culture that influenced Flamenco: Andalusian, Gypsy, North African, Arabic and Judaic.  Unlike other art forms, the traditional dances do not tell stories but instead portray feelings.  The program consists of a series of solos, duets and company numbers.
$501- $1000
O'Carroll, Tom Tom O'Carroll Irish Folksinger and Humourist Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tom O'Carroll is an Irish folksinger and humourist from Dublin. His quick wit, scholarship and virtuosity on a variety of musical instruments have made him popular with audiences in libraries, cultural events, colleges and high schools throughout the U.S. He offers the following performances: From Tribe to Nation: A Musical Journey through the History of Ireland, Irish Travellers: Our Domestic Nomads, Songs and Stories from Dublin, Irish Comic Songs, The Irish Diaspora, and A Concert of Irish Songs and Music. Tom has been singing the songs and playing the tunes of his native Ireland for over 30 years. He enlivens these programs with his trademark humor and incredible stock of stories and anecdotes.
$351- $500
Hawkins, Jim Irish Stories and Songs Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A program of Irish Stories and Songs taken from a variety of themes in Irish history, folklore, culture and tradition. Most of the stories and songs are humorous, though serious pieces in relation to the above themes can be performed. The program is crafted towards adults, but I have found that children of all ages have enjoyed the stories and songs. Some of the stories ("God and the Devil Dividing the People") are personal and others such as "The White Doe," "The Boy who Had No Story" and "Robert Emmet's 'Speech from the Dock'" are taken from Irish folklore and history. I also include the stories of Eamon Kelly in my performances. In the course of the performance, I discuss aspects of Irish history, cultiure and tradition and encourage the audience to speak of their own Irish roots.
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane Superheroes Around the World~ for Summer Reading 2015! Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
What do China, the Middle East, Europe and South America all have in common? The people there tell folktales about young superheroes with amazing powers! Sometimes the heroes fly or have the power to make everyone laugh and sometimes they just use their wits to defeat a strong giant. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales sure to delight a varied family audience ages four and up. [Contact us ahead of time to see if we can include a short tale from a particular culture prominent in your town!] Recommended for ages 4 and up. This program was created to complement the theme of Summer Reading 2015: Every Hero has a Story! Diane's Summer Reading Programs have been gaining in popularity all over the Northeast-she has been invited to perform at over 240 libraries in Massachusetts.
$351- $500
Van Egmond, Timothy The Wonder Underground Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Have your summer readers “shovel into” an exciting adventure with a lively participatory program of multicultural folk tales and songs about digging, gardening and going underground! Stories include “How Br’er Rabbit Outsmarted the Frogs” (by getting them to dig a deep grave for a seemingly dead Br’er Raccoon), “Talk” (coming very unexpectedly from some yams in a West African garden), and “Todo O Nada – All Or Nothing” (a spooky story about a hidden treasure cave). Songs include “Ground Hog,” “I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground,” and “The Garden Song.” Tim’s dramatic style of voice, movement, and facial expression brings stories to life, and his gift of encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs. He’ll accompany songs with guitar, mountain dulcimer, and conga drum. A program bibliography will be available so that books containing the stories can be on display, and Tim will recommend them in the program to celebrate and encourage reading. Tim Van Egmond has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 25 years. He has been selected for the New England States Touring Program, and the New Hampshire State Library's "Kid, Books, and the Arts" Project.
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Tales For The Earth Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
A Celebration of Nature and all the simple things we can do to help. Tales for the Earth is a beloved performance that is both educational and entertaining. It explores topics such as Water Conservation, Recycling and Wildlife Protection. Like all of Diane's programs, the performance is tailored to suit each specific audience. Depending on the age range stories may include: What Now, Cloacina?, Diane's hilarious water conservation story about a water sprite who travels through the sewage system in search of her pond or Boy Who Loved the Swamp, based on the true story of a 5th Grade student who saves his favorite nature spot from development. In addition contemporary tales explore ways to foster a whole Earth ethic. What shines through the entire presentation is a love and respect for our place in nature; with many ideas communicated about how we can create a difference. "Diane- Thank you for adding your magic to our Earth Day celebration this past weekend. We had over 1100 happy visitors that day, which is wonderful. You were so amazing with your messages and your dramatic "art." Thank you for coming!"Bonnie Drexler, New England Wildflower Society
$351- $500
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