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Program
Category
Description
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Boertzel, Brooke The Storyteller's Candle Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
In 1929, a warm and dynamic woman named Pura Belpré became the first Latina librarian in New York City. At a time when non-English speakers didn’t always feel welcome in the library, Pura helped many immigrants to feel at home there, and inspired a love of reading in generations of young people. In The Storyteller’s Candle, a skilled bilingual storyteller plays Pura, greeting audiences in their own school or public library, and showing them the wonders that can take place there. Through a blend of storytelling, music and puppetry, young audiences will learn about Puerto Rican folklore and the library’s important role in the community. Kids sing along and become puppeteers as Pura’s stories unfold. Based on the bilingual book, The Storyteller’s Candle By Lucia González with illustrations by Lulu Delacre.
$101- $200
Crocker, Keith VINCENT PRICE - Hollywood's Handsome Master of Menace Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
Vincent Price was a box office draw with his horror films of the 1950's, 60's and 70's. But many never realized that Price was being groomed for more romantic leading parts in such films as The Song of Bernadette and Laura. This program focuses on the career of Vincent Price, from his early years in Hollywood to his later years working with the notorious American International Pictures and finally his rediscovery at the hands of filmmaker Tim Burton. A combination of DVD and film presentation, we also get a look at some rare pressbooks and posters used to advertise Price's pictures, this program is the ultimate testament to one of Hollywood's greatest talents.
$101- $200
Zupp, Brad FUNance For Kids Life Skills- Finance,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Theater
In one assembly, students learn the importance of math, even if they hate fractions! Far from a boring lecture about what kids “should” do, “FUNance-Where Fun and Finance Collide” keeps kids laughing and amazed with comedy, juggling, magic, circus skills and mini game shows as they learn financial concepts such as: Financial Goal Setting; Living Within Your Means; The Importance of Saving; Needs Vs. Wants; Compound Interest; Where Money Comes From (and Goes); Inflation, Saving Vs. Investing, and much more. Perfect for family audiences (the adults might learn a thing or two as well) and kids grades K-6. Brad Zupp created “FUNance For Kids” from a deep understanding of both entertainment and finance. His years of experience as a financial planner and world-renowned performer make him uniquely qualified to teach kids financial literacy. View reviews, more details and a preview video at: www.FUNanceForKids.com
$501- $1000
LaRue, Michele Women Breaking Loose: stories by Kate Chopin & Edna Ferber History,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Theater
This pairing of stories by Louisianan Kate Chopin and Ohioan Edna Ferber explores in fiction two dilemmas that women still face daily: Who comes first—my family or me? Where do I belong—at home or at work? In Chopin’s poignant A PAIR OF SILK STOCKINGS (1894), widowed Mrs. Sommers takes an impromptu holiday from home. In Ferber’s REPRESENTING T. A. BUCK (1913), divorced =lady salesman= Emma McChesney longs for life off the road. In both women—our ancestors—we see ourselves. Michele LaRue is a professional actress (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) who has specialized in performances from America's Gilded Age for two decades. WOMEN BREAKING LOOSE is recommended for HS - adult audiences. It is especially popular during March, Women's History Month. =I wish you could come into every literature classroom, perform at every library, be on the stage in a theater in every town, helping people connect with that wonderful literature, teaching people to listen to the sounds of wonderful sentences. Do the humanities and arts commissions of every state know about you?= --Susan Koppelman, editor, multiple volumes of 19th-century American women’s short stories
$201- $350
Austin, Robert The Spectacular Magic of Robert Austin Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Other
This two person show starts off fast paced with live doves that magically appear and disappear and then are put into a beautiful cage, the cage falls apart and they change into an adorable live Bunny Rabbit! There's plenty of audience participation, lots of comedy and music accompanies some of the acts. Robert also SAWS SOMEONE FROM THE AUDIENCE IN HALF! For his finale, Robert SUSPENDS SOMEONE FROM THE AUDIENCE IN MID-AIR! Robert has been performing his magic for over 20 years and has appeared on television on such shows as LAW AND ORDER,LAW AND ORDER:TRIAL BY JURY, THE JURY, NBC's ED,ZERO HOUR and USA UP ALL NIGHT. In the movies he has been in SPIDER-MAN II, THE INTERPRETER, TAXI, THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123, LOUDER THAN WORDS and JUST MY LUCK. He is a true professional and a long time member of SAG/AFTRA, ACTOR's EQUITY and AGVA.
$501- $1000
Kruszka, Donald Sleeping Beauty Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
A humorous re-telling of the classic story of the sleeping princess, her dog, the prince who saves her, the dragon he has to fight, and the evil fairy who put the princess to sleep. Playing at 32 Western New York venues as part of the 2012 Dream Big Summer Reading Series.
$101- $200
Cain, Candice The Lovesick Cat Performing Arts- Theater
A cat is in love with her owner and wishes to become a girl so she can marry him. A fairy hears her and grants her wish. She is turned into a girl and the man falls in love with her, and learns that she can change her appearance, but never change her nature. This fun play, based on one of Aesop's fables, will teach elementary-aged students that changing your appearance doesn't change what you are inside. Facepainting afterwards!
$101- $200
Boyer, Jeff The Attainable Sustainable Energy Show Performing Arts- Theater,
Science,
Visual Arts- Other
The Attainable Sustainable Energy Show Kids discover the power of earth, wind and sun! Jeff Boyer engages and "wows" while inspiring excitement in renewable energy. Gripping experiments and visual effects transform wind, solar, bio-fuel and geothermal energy into usable “green” power. A mild-mannered scientist turns “eco-man” as kids help him generate the fun. It’s educational energy! Jeff's science shows and web study guides effectively supplement and boost your science curriculum. Prepare students for the energy sources of the future.
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - Living Voices' NORTHWEST PASSAGE History,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
When Julia’s family immigrates to the northwestern United States from Sweden, she experiences the diversity of America through interactions with her African, Asian, and Native American neighbors as she becomes a nurse at the height of WWI.
$501- $1000
The Games Man, TREVOR Project: Ribbon Dancer Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Craft project, Party favor, and really cool toy all swirled into one! It's that classic ribbon-on-a-stick toy. When TREVOR opens up his Big Red Ribbon Suitcase, ooh and ahhs go through the crowd as they catch sight of all the different colors of ribbon Everyone gets their favorite attached to a wooden handle. And then the creativity begins! First, the kids decorate their handle with a wide variety of tapes. There's no limits to the amount of tape they can use, so the results are fabulous! And when the kids are done with their art project, they all begin waving them around in the air in one big Ribbon Dance! It really adds to the festiveness of your event. And the looks of joy on the children's faces are priceless. Plus, everyone has a personalized souvenir to take home, and will remember your event each time they pull out their Ribbon Dancer for more FUN later on.
Up to $100
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