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Description
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Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea Tales from the Odyssey Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Visual Arts- Other
With a cast of colorful characters and deft sleight-of-hand, master puppeteer Patrick Wadden brings to life Homer's ancient epic of Odysseus and his trouble-fraught journey home from the Trojan War. A voyage of two-weeks turns into ten years as capricious gods and wayward mortals thwart the Hero’s passage across the 'wine-dark sea'. The infamous one-eyed Cyclops, the alluring Sirens, six-headed Skylla, and the terrible whirlpool of Charybdis are but a few of the legendary monsters in this timeless adventure story. Through courage, cleverness and determination Odysseus triumphs over these trials and eventually is reunited with his family. Tales From the Odyssey is designed to introduce young audiences (ages 7 & up) and their families to one of the foundational stories of western literature. The visual elements in this poetic presentation are inspired by ancient Greek painted ceramics. Available June -December 2015, the show is well-suited for public libraries and small community venues. In fact, it's a perfect fit for the 2015 Summer Reading Theme: Every Hero Has A Story.
$351- $500
Warren, James The Magic Of Reading! Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic
Get your students excited to read! Using magic and illusion, James takes kids on the adventure of reading, introducing them to fiction classics, the rewards of non-fiction, and letting them know that between the covers of books there is pure magic to be found! They'll journey, literally, through a looking glass, as a mirror is penetrated, and once in Wonderland they'll see Pinocchio's nose grow, see Merlin or Harry Potter do amazing magic...and more!
$351- $500
Fires, Karin Story Book Friends Literature- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Nature- Animals
You pick the story and read it to your audience. We come in with one of the animals featured in the story and tell about that individual animal, the species in general, native habitat and funny stories. We have several animals who have appeared or regularly appear in Dora the Explorer stories, for example. We have the tortoise and the hare and many others. If you are interested, please contact me for a complete list of available animals.
$101- $200
Davis, Katie Great Storytelling in Words and Pictures Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Audience learns to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her own mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. Highly interactive program - audience helps write a story; volunteers make different emotional expressions. Katie draws their faces on the characters and together they create a new narrative with emphasis on beginning, middle and end. Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: Katie teaches HOW TO SEE so you’re able to illustrate any story you write. Dear Katie, I'm usually 'ho-hum' when it comes to author visits. You were one to change my mind! You were...the best ever writing session, and I truly mean it! Jayne Pitt, teacher
$1001- $3000
Mischief, Merry A Victorian Christmas Holiday! History,
Literature- Poetry,
Music
Merry Merry! Celebrate the holidays with music and poetry from Merry Olde England to get your community into the Holiday Spirit! A 45-minute Christmas season show with sing a longs of holiday music from Victorian Christmas to the favorites of the present, wrapped up with some fun poetry and silly holiday puns! Sing alongs and humor will be a great addition to your community event! Musicians come dressed in Victorian Christmas costuming or in festive holiday apparel to set the mood for your event!
$201- $350
Maichack, Mary Jo (and Gregory) Mother Goose in Person! Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
I come in a pretty costume with a large basket holding Tillie, my rod-puppet goose whose head turns and looks real. ("Is it real?" "Yes, it's a real...puppet.") With a bag of finger puppets, Mother Goose leads all in the famous rhymes, also adding movement, gestures, dance and song (ukulele accompaniment), laughs and playfulness. It's really sweet, from Hickory Dickory, to the Cow who jumped over the MOOOOOn, Jack & Jill, even a tune on recorder for Old King Cole. There are moments that feel like Shakespeare for 4-year-olds, but ever accessible and loving kind, gentle. Fun, great oral language play; adults enjoy along.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John THE ART of the BALLAD: Oral Literature, Musical Poetry, Mystery and Legend History,
Literature- Other,
Music
The ballad was a powerful and mystical form of early literature that was enriched and carried through time by the elements of rhyme, rhythm, and music. This collection of compelling short musical tales represents different cultures, and is presented in original form - as songs rich in symbolism, surprising storylines, archetypal characters, and the familiar motifs they share with their close cousins, folk and fairy tales. This intriguing program features early music and instruments from the times of Beowulf to Shakespeare, including medieval bray harp, hurdy gurdy, recorders and other historic instruments. Adaptable for different ages and seasons.
$351- $500
Unkel, Rich The Write Life Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
Workshops can be custom designed to fit the needs of your establishment. One size does not fit all. These workshops can bridge the gap between child and parent in an interactive presentation that ALL will love and participate in. All creative writing topics can be presented by children's author, Rich Unkel.
Up to $100
CLEMENTS, JEHAN Everyone Has a Story To Tell - Creative Writing, Illustrating, and Book Publishing Workshop Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A Creative Writing, Illustrating, and Book Publishing Workshop Introduces the Storytelling Flip-Over Picture Book and the Do-It-Yourself Storytelling Flip-Over Picture Book. Students will write and illustrate a story of their own creation. On the last day of the workshop, the students will read their story from a final bound book. Writing, Illustrating, and then Reading aloud develops all of the Literacy Skills.
Up to $100
Carpenter, Margot Poetry Shows: We Can Honestly Like the World! Literature- Poetry
Children Learn what poetry truly is and how it shows what the world is and how they want to be! Through poems by such poets as Ruben Dario, Po Chu-I, Lewis Carroll, and more, children learn that poetic music comes from a person's seeing the world honestly, as the oneness of opposites. These are the same opposites that are in them, in their family, in classmates--like soft and hard, slow and fast, high and low. Poetry will be closer to chidlren, as they see that it has beauty & power! The music of a true poem makes for a big feeling of honestly liking the world!
Up to $100
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