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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Conrad, Bob The Great American Frontier History,
Multicultural- Native American,
Performing Arts- Theater
Bob Conrad takes your students back in time to the early 1800's when America was beginning to grow, and to meet the people that helped settle the great frontier. Your students will learn about: Davy Crockett, President Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Sacagawea, Life on the American Frontier. Using Magic, Puppets, Music, and large visual props, your students will experience life in the Great American Frontier. This is a fun filled interactive highly educational program that will be long remembered.
$351- $500
Haynes, Jeff The Rhythm & Your Words Literature- Poetry,
Music,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Sometimes the key to self expression is to listen. Percussionist Jeff Haynes creates an array of percussive landscapes, to help writers heighten their awareness and sensitivity to the rhythm and the range of their inner voice. Over the course of this two day writing and performance workshop, participants will be engaged in various exercises and discussions to help them connect Jeff’s percussive textures with their inner voice. They will see first hand how percussion can bring out different inflections in their writing and delivery. The workshop invites participants to bring their poems to perform with Jeff and/or come with an open mind, ready to write and perform something inspired by the sessions. As participants listen to Jeff play, they will become in-tune with the “voice” of the rhythm. Participants will be challenged to allow their writing and performances to reflect on: how the rhythm makes them feel; where does it take them; and what their inner voice will say in return. Each participant will perform with Jeff.
$1001- $3000
Agostino, Christopher Christopher Agostino's StoryFaces - Transformations Storytelling Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Christopher Agostino’s StoryFaces is a very different kind of a show. Audience volunteers are brought on to the stage and facepainted very quickly to illustrate the stories he tells. The amazing facepainting holds kids attention while they listen to folktales from around the world and his original tales. With his extensive repertoire of stories he can perform successfully for any size audience and any age: kids, teens and adults. In most shows he paints 8 to 12 volunteers while mesmerizing the audience with a theatrical storytelling style and tales that range from the comic adventure of the first time a man met a crocodile to the heroic tale of the boy Punia and the King of the Sharks. Spoken word and painted faces combine in a unique performance art, as author and artist Christopher Agostino illuminates ancient traditions to completely engage modern audiences. It’s surprising and delightful theater for any age. Several themes are available and special shows can be crafted to feature specific cultures and special topics. Discounts available for libraries on certain dates. Learn more at: http://agostinoarts.com/StoryFaces See video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Snc0ndU-LBk
$501- $1000
Newborn, Ph.D., Jud THE WHITE ROSE ANTI-NAZI RESISTANCE--AND HEROES IN THE FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS TODAY. A DRAMATIC, MULTI-MEDIA LECTURE PROGRAM. History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Based on Dr. Newborn's book (*LIBRARY JOURNAL STARRED REVIEW): SOPHIE SCHOLL AND THE WHITE ROSE. Using music, 80 historical images and suspenseful storytelling, Dr. Newborn recounts how Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans - former fanatical Hitler Youth leaders, the latter arrested for a teen same-sex relationship - transformed uniquely to become the greatest heroes of the German anti-Nazi resistance.  It was the only public protest against Nazis ever to be staged. But Dr. Newborn’s program does not remain in the past. Relating the White Rose story to today’s most compelling human rights issues, he presents an array of “White Rosers” today, abroad and at home - who risk themselves for freedom and our shared humanity. SEE SELECT TESTIMONIALS under SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS.
$1001- $3000
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
Encore Performing Arts, Inc. JABBERWOCKY by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre Literature- Poetry,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
One of the best-known poems in children's literature springs to life with wit and whimsy, stunning puppets, and fantastical scenery. Explore the magical world of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, where you'll meet wondrous creatures like the mimsy borogrove and the frumious bandersnatch. This celebration of the imagination is a marvelous introduction to the world of poetry and a fabulous and funny adventure!
$501- $1000
Maurer, James The Jester Jim Show Performing Arts- Juggling
With nothing more than a truck full of props and his non-laced Adidas, Jester Jim takes the stage and starts his show. Young and old are glued to his every sound as he performs his amazing beat box intro. Kids and parents alike will talk about the show for weeks after and Libraries can’t seem to get enough of Jim and his plungers. Jim performs over 200 shows a year and was voted best family entertainment by the Boy Scouts of America. Everyone will love ‘The Jester Jim Show’.
$351- $500
McKnight, Andrew Library Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Andrew's solo performances are a bit like one man theatre; the songs are woven together with humorous stories and poetic drama, and the musical soundscape traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and even a little fancy flatpicking on a Carter Family tune. He delivers his masterfully crafted cinematic vignettes of rural Americans and their struggles in memorable melodies and compelling twists of phrase. With his epic Civil War ballad 'The Road to Appomattox', the uplifting messages of 'Good Things Matter' (Great American Song Contest Winner), and his haunting anti-mountaintop mining song 'Made by Hand', audiences are spellbound from the first to the final note.
$351- $500
Beekman, Betty Stories In My Pocket Too Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Little Theatre of the Deaf performs for everyone in Sign Language and the spoken word. You SEE and HEAR every word. STORIES IN MY POCKET TOO, a 50-minute program filled with stories, fables, signing fun and interactive improvisation. We begin with a sign language warm-up that actually uses ropes to teach sign language! For those who know sign language, it is fun to guess what we'll come up with next. For those who do not, it is a fun and memorable way to learn. We have six large, colorful pockets on stage. Each pocket contains a theme. And we ask the audience to choose a pocket and we perform what they've picked. What will be in the orange pocket? Will it be signing fun, or fables? Whichever pocket is chosen, we will entertain, educate and enrapture. Included in our educational/outreach partnership, our LEARN AND STUDY TOGETHER GUIDE provides teachers with material about the performance, exercises and activities to do in the classroom pre and post-performance.
$1001- $3000
Cain, Ron A Magical Trip to the Titanic History,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Join magician Ron Cain on “A Magical Trip to the Titanic,” a magic show that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking. The luxury liner hit an iceberg the night of April 14, 1912, on its maiden voyage from England to New York. Only one-third of the 2,200 people aboard survived. Cain appears as a magical time traveler who takes young audiences back to the time of the Titanic. Children help perform tricks that depict what life was like on the “jewel of the White Star Line.” Illusions also feature key figures from history and highlight elements of the tragedy that led to improvements in maritime safety. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron performs educational magic shows for libraries and schools throughout the Northeast. Each year, he presents a show highlighting the summer reading program theme. Shows include the Magic of Being Green, Wide World of Magic, Tune In To Magical Idol, Uncle Sam's Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Capt. HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, and The Case of the Missing Bunny.
$201- $350
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