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Bromka, Sondra & John Erie Canal Tall Tale Writing Residency and Performance Event History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Workshop participants will learn about the tradition of the 'Tall Tale,' and then work together to create their own original tale. This program draws upon the Erie Canal for theme and inspiration, and includes songs and dances that reflect our multicultural heritage. We conclude with a joint artist/student performance for the community, wherein participants perform their tale, songs, and dances as an integral part of the artists’ musical theatre performance piece '15 Years on the Erie Canal.' (see related program listings.) The finale performance will be geared towards family audiences, and includes participation for all who attend. It will feature music on the artists’ unusual collection of authentic historical instruments, including squeezeboxes, hurdy gurdy, hammered dulcimer, and more. All participating children will gain hands-on experience in a range of artistic disciplines, including writing, poetry, dance, music, and storytelling/theatre. Children will be exposed to actual Tall Tales of the Erie Canal Era; they will learn factual information about our county’s famous canal; about the era’s multicultural heritage.
$501- $1000
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
Theater, Open Hand Monkey Business Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
With its interactive play stage, Open Hand Theater engages children ages pre-K - 2nd grade in their own performance of the well-loved story, Hats for Sale. In our version each monkey is a vowel sound. With puppets and a stage, sounds and lots of fun with repetition, children participate in acting out the story.
$101- $200
Sunderlin, Stephen Flight School The musical Literature- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Theater
It’s the first day of Flight School, where they teach birds to fly. Penguin has the soul of an eagle and is ready to live on the wind. But he wasn’t built to soar, as the other birds constantly remind him. Penguin’s spirit won’t be grounded. With some friends of a feather, and a little help on the technical parts, Penguin follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly! With book by Cara Lustik, music by David Mallamud, and lyrics by Joshua H. Cohen, Flight School The Musical is based on the book Flight School from best-selling author Lita Judge.
$501- $1000
Hoffman, Nan Make Space in YOUR Universe for Books & Music! Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
Using a variety of songs and instruments, and her collection of BOOKS THAT SING, Nan's presentations are fun and informative and encourage audience participation. Complementing the 2019 SRP theme of A UNIVERSE OF STORIES!, programs will focus on making space in our lives for reading and music and how they are intertwined! Both can carry us to faraway and unexplored places, arousing our imaginations and enriching our knowledge of many topics, including our history, family and community,and nature and the environment.
$201- $350
Schaufler, Alison Hercules and the Heroes: Greek Mythology for Kids Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Hercules and the Heroes (Recommended K-8) Let Epictitus, the mask-maker, and Ovid, the poet, take you on a journey of the imagination, as you explore the ancient Greek heroes! Follow Greece’s greatest hero, Hercules, on his many adventures, as he battles mythological creatures and warriors. Through mask work, poetry, and swordplay, your students will discover the early stories of Greece. This play is designed to bring students closer to early civilizations by appreciating the similarities that we all share. This play stands alone and is the second is our Greek Mythology for Kids series.
$351- $500
McIntosh, Ira Rockin' the World...One Library at a Time! (For 2018 Libraries Rock SRP & more!) Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
Ira McIntosh is a stellar performer who gets kids excited about reading - and marveling at the magic & beauty of the wonderful world in which we live - with his rockin’, fun, participatory programs. Ira’s environmentally-conscious rollickin’ good sing-alongs and stories are so infectious, he manages to get everyone to join in the fun. In the words of one librarian: 'Ira was WONDERFUL! He was even able to get a group of 12 year old boys to participate, which is an amazing feat!'
$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
Walsh, FARMER TOM WALSH and tiger tom GUITAR WORKSHOP WITH FARMER TOM WALSH OPEN TUNING History,
Literature- Other,
Music
Tiger Tom performs his songs and stories gathered from Masters he has studied and performed with including folklorist John Lomax and Mike Seeger of the Smithsonian institute of America, Legendary Traditional American musicians Doc Watson, Norm Blake, Joe Pass, Fiddling Mark Hamilton and others. Tiger Tom is a Master Flat picker and of the open tunings in early roots music; passed to him by Mike Seeger. Workshops are available. American songs of the Miner – include: Dark as a mine, the miner daughters dream, the miner (original) American songs of Praise – A collection of Gospel, Bluegrass, Roots and original songs. American songs for Children – A collection of children’s music and storytelling.
$351- $500
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
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