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Cain, Ron Fizztastic Science Magic Show Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Watch children erupt into laughter and applause when Doctor VolCaino appears! Magician Ron Cain turns into a silly scientist for his new Fizztastic Science Magic Show, inspired by the summer reading theme, 'Fizz, Boom, Read! He performs illusions that celebrate science and highlight great scientists like Einstein and Edison. Plus, he encourages families to visit the library and read about his lab-coated heroes. Ron also teaches scientific principles behind the tricks of his trade in a Scientific Secrets of Magic workshop. Children learn simple magic tricks that involve chemistry, physics, biology, psychology and math. The former teacher and Syracuse University alum has specialized in educational magic since 1988. Children are active participants in shows related to reading, history, science, geography and ecology. Students also do hands-on activities that foster learning and self-esteem in his one-hour magical workshops. Ron also performs at schools, libraries, festivals, recreation programs and businesses year-round. His family-friendly, 45-minute magic shows are the highlight of special events & holiday celebrations. He even offers entertainment packages that include strolling magic and balloon sculptures.
$201- $350
Richter, Chip Chip & The Munks Music,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Chip & The Munks are a high energy, really fun, bluesy folk rock band for family audiences.With original songs and some popular covers (Beatles, James Taylor)they will have kids and parents dancing in the isles. Perfect for festivals, fundraising events, community celebrations.
$501- $1000
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel Days and Knights of King Arthur (Build a Better World) Performing Arts- Storytelling
Adults and teens will enjoy rousing tales of adventure and chivalry from medieval times that describe the ways in which Arthurian knights upheld their values of honor, valor, and duty to build a better world as they knew it. The stories bring to life a time long past complete with its own social commentary and stating of questions that are still being asked today. Rachel and Rebecca’s literary storytelling will enchant and entertain.
$101- $200
Edgecomb, Diane The Salmon of Wisdom Literature- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
True tales and original stories of encounters with the wild. This inspiring and entertaining performance is especially for nature lovers. The show starts off with an upbeat rhyming story of a New York cabbie who travels “up North” in search of a loon. Filled with humorous and evocative moments as we travel with the greenhorn cabbie as he reconnects with the wild. This piece is complemented with beautiful Native American legends and Diane’s original story The Salmon of Wisdom ~ a true tale of a mysterious and inspiring journey along California's Pacific Coast ~ a story of the beauty and mystery of nature. A one of a kind performance by one of New England’s favorite storytellers.
$501- $1000
Didgeridoo, Down Under Aussie Funk Jam: Learn to Play the Didgeridoo! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Aussie Funk Jam is a totally interactive and hands-on musical experience. The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1500 years, and is known for its mesmerizing sound. Participants will learn how to play the “didge,” including animal sounds and simple rhythms, with our beginner instruments. The Aussie Funk Jam is cool, funk and unique – perfect for tweens & teens!
$351- $500
Sardelli, Darren LAUGH-A-LOT POETRY Literature- Poetry,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Award winning poet and children’s book author, Darren Sardelli, shows children and young adults the cool side of poetry. Come watch Darren act out his hilarious and witty poetry, find out where he gets his ideas from, and learn how to paint pictures with words. Many will leave this program with a new appreciation for reading and writing. Giggles guaranteed! * Darren's poems are featured in 20 children’s books in the U.S. and England, and dozens of textbooks (worldwide). He's visited more than 600 schools & libraries and his poems have been showcased on Radio Disney, in best selling books on the Scholastic Book List, and are being used in lesson plans all around the world.
$501- $1000
Cain, Ron Captain HurriCain's Magical Underwater Adventure Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other
The show, which uses magic and humor to promote reading, highlights the New York state summer reading program theme, “Make a Splash – Read!” As jolly, seafaring Captain HurriCain, Ron Cain takes children on an imaginary trip to the bottom of the ocean. Together, they explore a Magical Underwater Library. Young readers have fun with water-themed illusions that highlight different types of books they can borrow. During the adventure, they help Ron perform tricks involving pirates, mermaids, and a sea monster or two. Since 1998, Ron has created magic shows based on the annual summer reading program theme. Each program encourages children to visit their library and appreciate the magic of books. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages include Tune In To Magical Idol, Uncle Sam's Old Time Magic Show, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, and the Case of the Missing Bunny.
$201- $350
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
Ellison, Emily AAKWAABA, HU JAMBO, AFRICA HURRAH! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
AAKWAABA,HUJAMBO,AFRICA HURRAH ($450.00) Ages 0 - 100! Take a music and dance Pan African Safari through the rich and varied continent of Africa with Mama Ellison. Learn real dances, sing African songs and play beautiful hand made instruments from all corners of the continent. Wear beautiful clothing and celebrate the culture of our cradle of civilization. Additional add ons: ( additional one hour programs each) ($200.00) Please Touch Mini Museum of African masks, textiles and art included. ($200.00 Make and Take African Animal Masks for up to 30 people ages 4- 100, materials included, everyone takes home a collaged African Animal Mask made from observation. ($300.00) Make and take African Kente Weavings from Ghana for up to 30 people, ages 10 - adult or younger with adult assistance. materials included. Everyone takes home an African Kente sample in a “frame” to hang at home.
$351- $500
Gato, Nego Nego Gato Afro-Brazilian Music and Dance Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
The Nego Gato Afro-Brazilian Music and Dance Ensemble bring to their audiences the rich African influenced rhythms and dances of Salvador, Bahia, Brazi--areas known for customs deeply rooted in the traditions and spirituality of ancestral Africa. The ensemble was formed by the Artistic Director, Jose Sena, known professionally as Nego Gato, to share his experience of growing up on the streets of Salvador immersed in the magical sounds of street music, Carnaval and Candomble ceremonies. We present Living History and are accompanied by live percussion.
$1001- $3000
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