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Description
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Lawrence, Arwen The Tree and the Donkey Who Loved to Sing Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Mexican Music, Dance and Storytelling For 14 years the music ensemble Cascada de Flores has served as ambassadors of Mexican and Caribbean music and dance. Their family programming uses traditional music, storytelling and dance to weave together cultural lessons into bilingual and highly participatory programs. They reach over 75,000 youth in schools, libraries, and cultural centers throughout the West, and are featured in Californian venues such as Montalvo Arts Center and the Lobero Theater. El Árbol explores Mexican folk music, exploding with rhyme, fun musical instruments and sweet characters. In a bilingual weave that entices participation, the duet tells the story of a lonely tree and a donkey who loves to sing. Their communication is the percussive dance of the tree and the rhythms of the donkey jaw bone. Their music attracts the birds, the animals and one human: abuelito. The life cycle turns and with the donkey’s jaw bone and the wood of the tree abuelito makes musical instruments; the dance of his townsfolk becomes the heartbeat of the tree. Children and their families are invited to sing, dance and play. Program loved by ages. Duet or Trío (larger venues) “Now I’m glad I’m Mexican.” -Elementary Student, Richmond, CA
$501- $1000
Encore Performing Arts, Inc. RICHARD STILLMAN'S MUSIC & DANCE PROGRAMS Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
RICHARD STILLMAN is a master showman—singer, dancer, musician, storyteller. Shows are filled with audience participation. Available in 1 or 2 man formats.

• THE WORLD MOSAIC OF MUSIC AND DANCE explores the musical instruments and dance styles from many cultures around the world, including Africa, Asia, Spain, South America, Ireland, America and more.

• TAP DANCING TROUBADOURS OF VAUDEVILLE explores how music is created with the feet, fingers and voice, by recapturing the liveliness of old-time vaudeville.

• THE IRISH MINSTREL takes a musical trip to the Emerald Isle with bagpipes, stories, jigs and reels, using authentic Irish instruments and traditional Irish dances.

• HOLIDAY TROUBADOURS takes a musical journey around the world to the winter celebrations of all cultures—Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, and other winter holidays.

. PECOS BILL RIDES THE OREGON TRAIL stories and songs of the Wild West and Oregon Trail are woven together with cowboy hat tricks, western rope spinning and more.

. COUNTRY HOEDOWN Enjoy banjo playing, square dancing, clog dancing, cowboy rope tricks, and more in this exciting western program filled with fun and participation.

. Additional program availalbe

$351- $500
Cain, Ron Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Magic
Meet Central New York magician Ron Cain's new character, Professor GreenPockets, the good-natured dean of green and master of eco-magic. In Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show, Cain catches the reading bug and makes him the star of the show! This entertaining, educational revue also features magic with a spelling bee, bookworm, flea circus, counting ladybug & caterpillar-turned-butterfly. As always, Ron uses humor and illusion to promote the value of reading and the importance of visiting your local library. The show highlights the state reading program theme, Catch the Reading Bug. 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
O'Carroll, Magician Debbie The Small World Magic Show Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Magician Debbie O'Carroll's magic hat is on the fritz! Where in the world can she find a new one? Will she choose a wizard's hat from England, a sorcerer's turban from India, a conjurer's cap from China, a genie's fez from Turkey, a fairy godmother's hood from France, a seanachie's tam from Ireland, or a sprite's headdress from Ghana? Ages 4 to 11 will delight in this magical quest around the globe.
$201- $350
DuBois, Betsy ShaeLaurel Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
ShaeLaurel ia a family show band consisting of Mom, Dad and 4 teenage performers. Whether playing comtemporary, Celtic or Bluegrass fiddle music, they are sure to energize and crowd. dancing, singing and performing a fiddle chain of 4 you will be amazed at their broad talent and skills
$1001- $3000
Encore Performing Arts, Inc. HAIKU, HIPHOP AND HOTDOGS - by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre Literature- Poetry,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
HAIKU, HIPHOP AND HOTDOGS:Poetry Comes Alive Imagine a symphony composed entirely by goldfish! Thrill to the adventures of “Fearless Flying Hotdogs!” Dance with the “Funky Snowman!” This exciting new fusion of poetry and puppetry includes Jack Prelutsky’s “The Goblin”(thes goblins just want to have fun!) as well as poems by Nikki Giovanni, David McCord, Calef Brown and others. Remember to “Keep a Poem in Your Pocket,” and – above all – “Do Not Approach an Emu!”
$501- $1000
Keeffe Schwartzman, Gigi LEND ME A HAND BAND CELEBRATION JAM!! Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Visual Arts- Drawing
LET’S CREATE AND CELEBRATE!! 2009 SUMMER READING GIGI AND THE LEND ME A HAND BAND'S MOVEMENT & MERRIMENT ALBUM WAS A FINALIST IN THE 2008 CHILDREN'S MUSIC WEB AWARDS FOR BOTH BEST ALBUM & BEST SONG CATEGORIES!! Gigi and Family & Friends add interactive musical adventures combining aspects of music, art and lots of imagination for a wonderful Summer Reading Program. Highlights will include: • We’ll bring tubs of our famous LEND ME A HAND BAND decorated wooden spoons for the audience to play along with us to create an accompaniment to our music and also use as props in songs and stories. We’ll create our own band and play and learn about different rhythms and styles. • WE'LL LEAD A MUSICAL ADVENTURE and include the song, “AIKEN DRUM”, with an audience member (older grade) drawing the “man made of food” from audience suggestions, and we’ll all sing along at the end. • We’ll also CREATE our own VERSES to certain songs selected age appropriately to target audience and sing them along. **Can also be adjusted to pre-school age.
$351- $500
Barton, Laine Why Read... Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Juggling
“Why Read?” is a circus/magic show that humorously explores our need to read. Lainey tries to perform her skills without the use of books, and her raucous experiment truly shows her that books are not only necessary, but a delight. Families not only experience the joy of watching and participating in her show with bubble tricks, juggling, magic and more, but are introduced to a variety of how-to books to explore together.
$201- $350
Connolly, Carol PaJama Party (2012 SRP) Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Come on down to the library for a Pajama Party. Wear your favorite pjs and bring your blanket or bear. Get ready to hear songs and stories about wishes and dreams, stars and moonbeams and things that go “squeak” in the night. The award-winning musical storytelling duo, Tales ‘n Tunes, will delight with their sing-along, clap-along, highly interactive program. It is an exciting, lively and fun musical story event that encourages school-age kids, their younger siblings and families to participate both from their seats and on stage. Your young readers will want to search out books that will enable them to Dream Big!
$201- $350
!, Spook Handy Folk Revival! History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Remember the good days of Peter Paul and Mary, early Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger? People sang along and felt a real sense that this generation was going to do something big. This program keeps that spirit alive. We’ll have a great time singing the Folk Revival classics from the 50’s and 60’s and few surprise pop classics from the 60’s. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
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