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Kruk, Jonathan Finger Fables Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Young children are enchanted into listening with hands-on fables. Little fingers become animals from Aesop or Anansi. Using varied voices, creative movement, gesture, chants, and silly word plays, even the squiggle squirmer gets engaged. Selections include; Rabbit & Turtle, Mouse & Lion, Fox & Crow, Big Fish Small Pond, Barkface & Rootnose, and many more fables are available. Links are made to library collections. Have a master storyteller turn your youngest patrons into active listeners and readers.
$201- $350
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Farmer Tom Walsh creates A CELEBRATION OF READING! STICKER GIVE-A-WAY DURING THE PROGRAM! FARMER TOM has brought reading excitement to student with assemblies for schools, PARP and libraries for over 25 years! Within his unique and engaging program, involving Action and Silly Songs, Storytelling, Movement, Laughter, Learning, Sing-a-long, Props, Audience Participation and Hand Clapping, Farmer Tom Walsh inspires the students to pick up a book or use the internet(with guidance) and see how enriching, educating and entertaining reading can be! Farmer Tom Walsh educates by bringing a understanding of farm culture, safety, farm animals, history of farming, the first green industry, recycling, science, nutritional value of fresh vegetables, cooperation, working together and the fun of physical activities through music and songs from down on the farm. We really get moving!
$351- $500
Rivest, Robert Literacy Alive! Lets Celebrate Reading! Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Literacy Alive is a quick moving fun-filled enrichment program that gets students of all ages excited about reading. Robert Rivest reveals the 'hidden treasures' of reading and comically illustrates and the joys of reading everyday. Robert's mastery of mime, theater and improvisation quickly engages children, offering crystal clear examples of: Plot, Character, Setting, Problem, Solution, Beginning, Middle, End, Comedy, and Drama. A fun way to learn!
$351- $500
Cain, Ron Scientific Secrets of Magic Workshop Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Scientific Secrets of Magic reveals the scientific principles behind the tricks of magician Ron Cain’s trade. Children learn simple magic involving chemistry, physics, biology, psychology and math. The Syracuse University graduate and former teacher also offers other workshops that combine class instruction with hands-on activities: IT'S MAGIC! teaches kids to perform magic with ordinary objects like cards, coins and rope. Children learn simple tricks that involve chemistry, physics, biology, psychology and math. CLOWNING AROUND shows them how to have fun with juggling, yo-yos and balloon animals. THE WORLD OF HARRY POTTER gives Hogwarts fans a chance to take magical classes and play wizard games. ENCHANTED CREATURES focuses on the folklore and legends surrounding elves, fairies, leprechauns, trolls, dragons and unicorns. MONSTEROLOGY sheds light on the seven monster families and invites students to use their imagination to create creepy creatures. A GATHERING OF GHOSTS introduces students to classic ghost stories and beliefs. THE WILD, WILD WEST lets children pretend to be cowboys (and girls) and learn about Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull.
$201- $350
Tolliver, Lisa You've Got a Face For Radio Media- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
YOU'VE GOT A FACE FOR RADIO! teaches participants to produce and host radio shows to be aired on the radio and/or online. Episodes will be recorded as podcasts and available on demand via the Internet. Modules - which may be selected and customized according to school budgets, schedules and available equipment - include: 1. Defining show topics and identifying interview subjects, 2. Working with sponsors and stakeholders, 3. Conducting interviews, 4. Marketing and promoting radio shows, 5. Hosting online shows, 6. Researching subjects online and in the library, 7. Photographing subjects (digital or analog cameras are required; cameras may be disposable), 8. Videotaping subjects - Part I (analog or digital camcorders are required), 9. Videotaping subjects - Part II (analog or digital camcorders are required), 10. (10) Podsafe music, 11. Editing and archiving podcasts. CATEGORIES: Literature, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, Professional Development. NYS STANDARDS: I, II, III, IV.
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
$1001- $3000
Edgecomb, Diane Native American Nature Tales Multicultural- Native American,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Native American Nature Tales explores tribal myths and legends of the animals and birds of North America. Ranging from the humorous to the heart-felt, these stories celebrate native culture and its strong links to the natural world. We learn an Abenaki canoeing song, explore over seven different animals in the Northwest legend of Loon's Song and discover why America is called Turtle Island. For older audiences the performance features beautiful legends of the spirit like Jumping Mouse. Join one of New England's favorite tellers as these rich stories create a colorful weave of the landscape. Through these how and why legends, students begin to understand how Native American culture clothed their world in story and how this enlivened both imagination and world. "Your stories were wonderful. The teachers and the students agreed that your presentation is one of the best we've ever had. Thank you so much for bringing to life our study of myths and legends." Missy Thomson, teacher and school librarian, Woodville School, Wakefield, MA
$351- $500
Schuman, Sandy Song of the Century History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Some of the best known songs were written by the least known songwriters. Let's give credit where its due by learning about these songs and the people who wrote them.
$101- $200
Vinyard, Roland Others Have Christmas Too Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
Christmas songs from many cultures, including various parts of the US, played on a variety of stringed instruments: guitar, 12 string guitar, 5 string banjo, tenor banjo, mandolin, autoharp... Short introductions are given to each song to promote understanding without inducing boredom.
$101- $200
Hawkins, Jim A Traditional Irish Christmas Literature- Poetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
A program of Irish stories, songs,hymns, poetry and customs of a traditional Irish Christmas. In the course of the program, along with telling the stories, singing the songs/hymns and reciting the poetry, I will discuss the customs associated with Advent, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, St. Steve's Day (December 26) and "Little Christmas" (January 6). In addition I will encourage the audience to ask questions and discuss their own favorite Christmas traditions. I accompany myself on the Irish drum ("Bodhran") during the performance.
$201- $350
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