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Description
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Edgecomb, Diane The Winter Solstice in Story and Song Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Celebrate the Winter Solstice with classic evergreen lore, haunting legends of light and entertaining tales surrounded by traditional and original music and song. Master storyteller Diane Edgecomb brings to life ancient tales of the longest nights including the Scandinavian Legend of the Mistletoe and Apple Tree Man a humorous Wassail story from England. Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Tom Megan this performance offers a fascinating look at the stories behind wintertime traditions including songs evocative of the season and lovely instrumental melodies to round out the event. Edgecomb is a virtuoso of the spoken word. Publisher’s Weekly
$501- $1000
Manning, Jim Star Wars Jedi Knight Training Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
Star Wars Jedi Knight Training is a great program for libraries to offer their younger patrons. We offer Star Wars fans a chance to interact with a real Jedi Knight. Ideal for ages 4 – 9, this interactive performance is great for both boys and girls! We lead the children through a series of challenges including Jedi Force Magic, the Laser Balloon Barrage and Jedi Teamwork culminating in an epic lightsaber duel with the Jedi Master himself.
$351- $500
Maurer, Jim Beat Box Workshop Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Ever wish you could play the drums, with your mouth???? Well Jester Jim is teaching the art of beatboxing to all young and old. A great introduction for kids to learn about tempo, and the sounds of music. Check out video clips of Jim doing his beatbox show on the website www.jesterjim.com.
$101- $200
Parisi, Rita Gothic Ghost Tales by Candlelight, supernatural stories from the 20th century Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
A presentation of three ghost stories spanning from early 20th century through mid century from Irish author, Rose MacCaulay, British Author, Agatha Christie and American author, Virginia Layefsky. This is not a reading. This is theatrical storytelling where the stories have been adapted faithfully using the author's own words. Includes lighting, props and costumes.
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Summer Escapades Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Summer Escapades celebrates family fun with participatory stories chosen from Diane's best-loved family tales. Original fables, folktales and songs give us a look at exiting summertime adventures including the aquatic antics of a curious monkey who goes for a wild ride on the back of a shark! Summer Escapades is also available with Celtic harp accompaniment by Margot Chamberlain. Either way it's the perfect summertime treat.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John DIG THAT CANAL! ‘15 Miles on the Erie Canal' Family Fun Musical Storytelling; With FREE companion options - Folk Instruments of Along the Canal; Introduction to Theatercraft History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
'15 Miles on the Erie Canal' is a colorful and very participatory historic musical storytelling event for the whole family. Enjoy this lively collage of Tall Tales, Costumes, Music and Sing-along Songs as the artists share an unforgettable story of New York’s famous waterway. Presented in 19th century 'folk opera' performance style, it sparkles with canal-era music from cultures along the canal, performed on a rare collection of historic instruments including hammer dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, early squeezeboxes, canal horn, and more. Our story unfolds as Captain Simon Slick and Irish cook Sallie Waters meet up with Sal, a truly amazing mule who makes quite a splash (and also happens to be guest from the audience!). Together they set off on a rollicking journey down The Grand E-ri-e Canal, 8th Wonder of the World! Great characters, great stories, and an unforgettable historic enrichment experience for Summer Reading Programs! NOTE: For a gala event, our “15 Miles” performance may be expanded with your choice of NYS Canal Cultural Heritage workshop activities: expanded singing roles for a children’s/family chorus; lively canal-era children's dances; and even student-written Tall Tale vignettes for the Grand Finale. Custom-designed programs, special events welcome.
$351- $500
Morse, Andy DREAM BIG! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other
DREAM BIG! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be anything you wanted to be? Maybe an astronaut, an animal, a ballet dancer. We will explore the possibilities through song, dance and drama.
$501- $1000
Schuman, Sandy Lead Belly: Singer, Songwriter, Murderer; King of the 12-String Guitar History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, got a bum deal. Was he justly sentenced to prison for murder? Twice? Was he exploited by the man who discovered him? Did he have to share credit for writing the song that became the number one hit of 1950! This program includes a series of true stories about Lead Belly’s life: why he chose to play the 12-string guitar, the events that led to his two convictions for murder, how his reputation as a prison songster led to his pardon by the governor, how he was discovered by John and Alan Lomax, how he contributed to the folk music revival and the advent of rock and roll, how his signature song—the song he used to both open and close his performances—became the most popular song of 1950, and why it is still sung today at soccer games all across Europe. These stories are interspersed with songs such as The Midnight Special, Easy Rider, John Hardy, We’re in the Same Boat Brother, and Goodnight Irene.
$101- $200
Bromka, Sondra & John 'THE ANT & THE GRASSHOPPER, AESOP'S FABLED FIDDLER' - Dreamers & Doers, It Takes Both! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Bells & Motley's musical storytelling performance is a Greek classic concerning the value of Dreaming, Digging In, and Doing! We all understand how our lives' pressing labors hang in a balance with the wonders of artistry and expression, through colors and sounds and dances. In our telling, we are confident that all will appreciate the carefully drawn moral concerning the value of both work & play. As we weave the tale through Ant and Grasshopper’s year in four episodes, each scene begins with the appropriate movement of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' evocatively performed by the artists on harp, nyckelharpa, tromba marina, and winds. The action and mystique of the tale are further highlighted by the audiences’ contributions on medieval fiddles (researched and built by the artists themselves), percussion, and dancing. At the end of our maiden performance of this show, a young fellow excitedly asked: 'Where will we all be performing this next?' Exploratory Expressions by audience+artists, before the performance: -The Grasshopper's Fiddling Troupe - The Ant's Percussion Troupe - The Butterfly Dancers And now, Dear Audience, Places!! Let the story begin as together we play and sing the 15th c. song of 'El Grillo' the Cricket!
$351- $500
Cremean, Nels Ross ''High on Life'' Health & Fitness- Other,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Theater
With an emphasis on wellness, this dynamic program promotes healthy choices that develop body, mind, and character. It incorporates age-appropriate messages on alcohol, drugs, substance abuse, and “joy-full” living. (K-12) Nels Ross’ uplifting programs promote character, wellness, learning, and joy through a unique blend of physical theater, variety arts, and humor. See InJest.com > More > School Programs for the latest info.
$501- $1000
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