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Program
Category
Description
Fee
DiDonna, Joseph Amazing Magic by Joey D Performing Arts- Magic
I will make you look like a hero with this fun blend of magic and comedy that is designed to amaze and amuse school kids and families. You can use the show as a fundraiser, or for fun nights for schools/libraries. A number of schools have used this as a reward for reading programs (PARP, etc)
$351- $500
Handy, Spook Passing Along the Folk Music Tradition History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
For generations children grew up singing with the whole family, at large gatherings, at school or in their churches. Before the advent of radio, TV and the internet this was the primary form of entertainment. Today, however, many people are worried that this centuries-old tradition is being deleted from the hard drive of the modern human experience. Along with that, society is losing one of the most powerful tools for building strong families and strong communities. This program is simple. Let’s make sure our kids know some of the treasures of American Folk Music. Singing old favorites like This Land is Your Land, If I had a Hammer, I’ve been Working on the Railroad, She'll be coming Around the Mountain and maybe some newer songs. If the children don’t already know a song we’ll take the time to teach them. Parents are encouraged to sit with their children and help them learn the songs. 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
Mahoney, Daniel Writing with Pictures Workshop Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Drawing
In my program the students learn the nuts and bolts of picture book making, from what the jacket's job is to how and why I choose the illustrations for a particular manuscript I'm working on. I share with the children everything I utilize while creating a picture book : rough sketches, story board, dummy book, and final artwork that actually goes in the book, as well the art I created that didn't make it in. Then the students become the authors as I illustrate the story they conjour up in a round robin storytelling session. I sketch it all out on a large pad of paper, then the students get to keep my art to make up stories of their own!
$501- $1000
Rosenberg, Paul Homespun Community Dancing with Peter, Paul & George Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Come kick up your heels to live fiddle music! Enjoy a tradition of community dancing and music handed down from generation to generation. Everyone gets involved – from ages 2 to 102 (especially those who have not danced before) -- in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites: circles, squares, contras, as well as folk dances from around the world, like Ireland, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Tahiti, Mexico, France, Scandinavia, China and Africa. The toe-tapping tunes consist of reels, jigs, polkas, hornpipes and waltzes. Instruments may include fiddle, banjo, flute, pennywhistle, clarinet, guitar, piano, recorder, percussion, and more. While participation in the dancing is encouraged -- it's hard to sit still -- it's also fun to just watch and listen to the music. This program helps children develop an awareness of our traditional way of life - when people lived without electricity and had to make their own entertainment - and discusses the origins, sounds and uses of traditional instruments. The Family Dance usually includes a short sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. Here's a video sample of a family dance: http://homespun.biz/interfamilydance.htm
$351- $500
Ekblom, Christopher Tunes and Tales Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A fun and entertaining program for all ages that combines humorous stories with original folk-style music. Chris’s unique performance is very animated and is sure to spark the imagination of children and adults alike. With a guitar in hand and a flat top hat, Chris captivates his listeners with finger picking melodies , colorful language , and funny story twists that include accents and vocal variety. This lively program is appropriate for all ages and can be customized to fit any age group or setting.
$201- $350
BRIER, MARK COMEDY EXTRAVAGANZA Performing Arts- Other
A COMEDY SHOWCASE FEATURING FIVE OR 6 COMEDIANS HOSTED BY COMEDIAN MARK BRIER THE HOST OF LAUGHS AT THE LIBRARy mark has been a comedian and comedy writer for over 38 years BRING LAUGHS TO YOUR LIBRARY Mark has brought Laughs to over 100 NYS LIBRARIES
$351- $500
Miller, Paul Just Paul Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Vaudeville style show that incorporates juggling, magic, physical comedy, and improvisation. Highly interactive and sure to keep audiences engaged from start to finish.
$351- $500
Encore Performing Arts, Inc. Red's Recycle-O-Rama Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Other
Rick Adam, assisted by Rusty the recycling dog, Red uses audience participation, storytelling, magic, juggling, hand shadows, original songs, and Red’s Original One-Man Junk Band to offer fun-loving tips on how and why to recycle, reuse, and reduce. Through this ingenious, high energy performance, discover creative and concrete ways that your home and community can become more planet-friendly.
$501- $1000
TheatreworksUSA, - The Balsters' DUCK SOUP MAGIC SHOW Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic
You won’t believe your eyes as the Balsters wow audiences of all ages with this fast-paced display of magic featuring Houdini’s mysterious masterpiece Metamorphosis; the amazing, gravity-defying Broomstick Suspension; and the hilarious Duck Soup magic trick... starring a live duck!
$1001- $3000
Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea Turtle Island Medicine Show Multicultural- Native American,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Turtle Island Medicine Show is a contemporary fable and cautionary tale inspired by both the Lenape Indian origin story and by current reports from climate studies. The show features whimsical kinetic sculptures, richly painted paper mache masks and puppet figures that range in size from 12 inches to the 16 foot tall Tree of Life. Composer & music director Dean Jones' inventive score loops together gongs, hoop drum, jaw harp and trombone scats in a medley of live sound. He also supplies voices for narrator and characters. Meanwhile four nimble, shape-shifting performers bring to life the mask and puppet multitudes. The Lenape origin story describes a great flood and how various animals try to dive to the bottom and bring up mud. When one of them, Muskrat, finally succeeds and Duck and Frog spread the mud on Turtle's back, this tiny island grows into a mighty continent. Arm-of-the-Sea carries the tale into the fossil-fueled modern moment where climate change threatens to de-stabilize this Turtle Island home. Appropriate for family audiences and grades 1-8. School performances include a study guide and post performance discussion with cast. Photos and video available at www.armofthesea.org
$1001- $3000
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