The New England School Performing Artist Directory


PERFORMING ARTIST INDEX


This is an alphabetical listing of all the performing artists in The New England School Performing Artist Directory. You can browse by simply scrolling down the list, or, if you have a particular name in mind, select a letter to go directly to that section of the list.

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photo of Rick Adam Rick Adam
Encore Performing Arts, Inc
Roberta Wolinsky
PO Box 630
Melville, NY 11747
(800) 669-9850
Fax: (631) 423-1795
Email: rickadam@encoreperforming.com
Website: http://encoreperforming.com/ra.htm

Rick Adam presents entertaining and effective performances dealing with social issues for all ages.

"Sound Choices" (for grades K-6) With a unique combination of songs, circus arts and audience participation, this up-lifting, entertaining program teaches children how to build a foundation for healthy living. Grades K-3 focuses on developing healthy choices around food, exercise, emotions and having fun. Grades 4-6 expands on how to make positive choices, grow up substance-free and create a balanced lifestyle.

“Be Cool, Be Safe” (for grades K-6) creates a fun jam of original music, mime, circus stuff, and audience participation that will help empower children to make positive choices regarding bullying, taming tempers, preventing abuse and violence, resisting peer pressure, and celebrating differences. It is an educational, enchanting, and highly entertaining performance designed to leave the audience with plenty of creative tools to build and maintain harmony in our world.

"A Journey Through Addiction" (for grades 5-12) is a compelling theatrical production, using original music, drama, mime and vaudeville, to explore alcoholism, drug dependency, eating disorders, teen suicide, and self-destructive attitudes, encouraging students to make healthy choices and build self-esteem.

"Resolving Rage" (for grades 6-12): This mesmerizing, autobiographical program teaches easy-to-remember tools to control tempers, address bullying, channel aggression, avoid conflicts, and simple tips on how to be smart and safe in cyber-space. Rick delivers his message using music, mime, storytelling, and a variety of stage skills to discover how to tap into student’s creative energy, appreciate differences, and instill a positive outlook on life.

"Red's Recycle-O-Rama" (for grades K-6) uses audience participation, storytelling, magic, juggling, hand shadows, original songs, and Red's Original One-Man Junk Band to offer fun-loving tips on how and why to recycle, reuse, and reduce.

“Shaking’ Up Shakespeare” (for grades 6-12) Equipped with an electric guitar and his arsenal of stage skills, Rick translates into modern times, the works and world of Shakespeare. Rick shares his personal story, of how at 18 he went from the streets to the stage. Students will get to examine ageless teen issues and discover that the “Old Bard” still rocks, raps, and rules!

Program Titles: Sound Choices; A Journey Through Addiction; Be Cool, Be Safe; Resolving Rage; Red's Recycle-O-Rama; Shaking Up Shakespeare.

Audience Limits: none

Special Requirements: 90 minute set-up time; electricity; clear stage.

Fee: $650-750 for 1 show; $950-1050 for 2 back-to-back; public performances may be higher

Funding Sources: New England Touring Roster, New England Foundation for the Arts

Health: Self-esteem, Drug Prevention, Conflict Resolution
Science: Ecology, Environment
Language Arts: Shakespeare



photo of Art of Black Music & Dance Art of Black Music & Dance, Inc.
De Ama Battle, Director
32 Cameron Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 666-1859
E Mail: deamabattle@yahoo.com
Website: www.abdm.net

ABDM's 35 year history continues to support its mission to preserve African-rooted heritage through instruction and performance, and to bring to the classroom the diverse cultures of the African Diaspora. The dynamic ensemble of professional educators and performing artists deliver works from a rich repertoire to audiences of all ages. ABDM's success is its artistic and educational flexibility, its high powered performances and its unique audience participation. ABDM's Founder/Director De Ama Battle has studied, taught and/or performed throughout West Africa, New England, Jamaica, and Brazil.

Program Titles: Our African Heritage

Fee: $600 - $900

Special Requirements: 30 minute set-up required

Social Studies: Countries and Regions (Africa, Caribbean), Geography


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photo of Mallory Bagwell Mallory Bagwell, Ph.D.
The Movement Company, Inc.
P.O. Box 854
Storrs, CT 06268-0854
(860) 794-0554
E-mail: mallorybagwell@mac.com
Website: mallorybagwell.com

Dr. Mallory Bagwell presents workshops nationally in the areas of creative movement, play, creativity, arts education, and gifted education. His programs include performances, keynote presentations, and intensive hands-on workshops for K-8 students and education practitioners K-12. For the past 20 years he has presented regional workshops in New England and mid-Atlantic states that focus on mathematical problem-solving, critical thinking, geometry, the science of flight, and the history of games. The workshops are movement-oriented and full of practical hands on activities that have cross-curricular relevance to educators and students alike.

Current programs include:

It's All In How You Say It! (performance) has students ACTively exploring the roots of communication not only through words but gesture, intonation, facial expression and body language.

Workshop Series

Geodesic Dome Project
Math, science, architecture, and team work all converge as teams of students work together to study and build a variety of geometric structures. Students participate in the construction of a 2 story geo-structure that seats 30 people! By using lightweight pvc pipe to erect large scale geo-structures (from regular Platonic solids to irregular Archimedean solids) students can study the principles, relationships, terminology, classification, and real world relevance of their constructions. An immensely rich source of ideas for integrating across the curriculum and for staff development. (up to 75 students/workshop).

Math Through Movement
Explore problem solving through a series of original and progressively challenging movement tasks. Partners and groups discover the effects of perception, process and behavior (cooperative, competitive, independent) upon the outcomes of specific problems. Packed with activities that expand mathematical thinking, computation, and number learning. Develop rules of anthropomorphic measurement. Form group shapes and patterns to make larger than life tangrams. Graph tableaux shapes from a game of 3-dimensional Twister. Examine topology, critical thinking, problem solving, logic, and hypothesis formation. Enter the Gamesman
Follow the rich history of games from five continents spanning 5000 years. Pick an era and conduct a comparative study across the continents or scrutinize a specific culture and follow the evolution of games over the centuries. Hot Air Balloon Hype
Students construct and launch 4' tall scale hot air balloons from tissue paper within a two tome frame that includes discussion of principles and history of flight and the science of weather.

Program Titles: It's All In How You Say It!

Workshops: Math Through Movement; Enter the Gamesman; Geodesic Dome Project, Hot Air Balloon Hype.

Audience Limit: 325/performance; 30/workshops ; 65/Geo Dome and Hot Air Hype

Fee: $525/one performance; $775/two performances; $825/day workshops; $450/evening. $425 libraries. Travel and materials inclusive.

Health: Communication
Language Arts: Creative Writing
Math



photo of Mark Binder Mark Binder, Author - Storyteller
Pembroke Villa
PO Box 2462
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 272-8707
Email: mark@markbinder.com
Website: www.markbinder.com

Mark Binder is the author of the Everything Bedtime Story Book and It Ate My Sister. and has had hundreds of short stories published in newspapers and magazines like The Family, Hadassah, and Cricket. He is a professional storyteller and recording artist, with five storytelling CDs, including the hits, A Holiday Present!, It was a Dark and Stormy Night... and the award-winning Classic Stories for Boys and Girls. Mark graduated from the Trinity Rep Theater Conservatory, earned a BA from Columbia University, an MA from Rhode Island College, and has taught as an adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a Rhode Island Artist Educator, and on the New England Foundation for the Arts Touring Roster. He is a founder of the American Story Theater and has served on the board of the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling. His programs have received grant funding from the United States Department of Education, the Rhode Island Department of Education, the City of Providence, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Storytelling Network, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Program Title: Tales for Peace, Eureka! Science and Math Stories; Tall Tales and Whoppers; The Instant Short Story; Silly Stories; Tales of Chelm; Holiday Stories and Songs; Spooky Stories; Tales from the Outdoors; Telling and Reading Stories with Children...

Audience Limit: 250/assembly

Fee: $750 half day, $1000 full day

Possible Funding Sources: RI State Council on the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, B.O.C.E.S. (New York)

Language: Folk Tales, Creative Writing
Social Studies: American History, Countries and Regions of the World, Holidays
Science: Ecology, Environment
Math
Health: Conflict Resolution



photo of Judith Black Judith Black
Ellen Weiner
Professional Artists Management
2411 Bay Road
Sharon, MA 02067
(781) 784-6394
E Mail: elweiner@comcast.net
Website: www.elweiner.com

With a degree in education and twenty years of experience, Judith uses storytelling in both performance and workshop with all grade levels. Her original performance material has been featured at festivals and conferences throughout the continent from the Montreal Comedy Festival to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee. She has keynoted conferences on the uses of storytelling in education and received commissions to create original works for organizations as wide ranging as the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Program Titles: History Alive - America's Unsung Heroes and Heroines; The Long Journey - Stories of Immigration; Pinching the Giants - Tricksters of the World; Glad to Be Who I Am - Tales To Bolster Self-Image; Rainbow Race - World Folk Tales; many more.

Audience Limit: 25/class; 200/assembly

Fee: Begin at $500 for the first performance, $300 for each thereafter same day/same location.

Funding Sources: Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, B.O.C.E.S. (New York), New Hampshire Humanities Council

Language Arts: Folk Tales,Trickster Tales
Social Studies: Countries and Regions of the World, American History, Women's History, Immigration; Health (Self-Esteem)



photo of Bob Bloom Bob Bloom, Master Teaching Artist
Bob Bloom
PO Box 436
Storrs, CT 06268
(860) 429-9280
E Mail: bb@drumming-about-you.com
Web Site: www.drumming-about-you.com

Interactive, Arts-Integration Drumming

The catchy music of Bob’s programs gives rise to curiosity and imagination. Kids are inspired by the joys of hands-on participation in performances that feature them, and in assemblies, classroom sessions, residencies, and out-of-school-time activities.

     “Bob creates an encouraging atmosphere where everyone is engaged in impromptu music making and social bonding. He is a thoughtful and caring teacher, eager to share his love of music and education.” --- Brenda Lopez / Program Manager, Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Partners In Education

DRUMMING ABOUT YOU (Grades Pre-Kindergarten to Twelve) Assemblies; Classroom Sessions; Residencies with Culminating Performances; Out-Of-School-Time Activities; Family / Caregiver Events; Recreation

Interactive, arts-integration drumming connects students with their peers and their educators. Everyone plays.

DAY engages students with energetic rhythms that they enjoy hands-on with colorful drums. Bob sparks kids to play along with the catchy beats, cool melodies, and great lyrics of high-octane songs. They learn language skills through the mirroring and repetition of spoken patterns.

     “Thank you for two wonderful assemblies. The kids and teachers were all very enthusiastic. It’s amazing how you kept all the kids involved for the entire time.” --- Sarah Holden / Teacher, Major Edwards School, West Boylston, MA

DRUM DOGS (Grades Four to Six) One-Day and Multiple-Day Residency Programs with Culminating Performances

Creative writing meets drumming. Kids work together as members of a DRUM DOG TEAM.

The teams imagine and write a short story that depicts a problem and how it’s solved by a DOG’S POWER. The students learn language-based drumming skills to play repetitive patterns, “BB’s Common Doghouse Rhythms”. Each team also creates its’ own, unique DRUM DOG RHYTHM. To shed light on the values of collaboration and of setting goals, Bob rehearses the kids to perform in school assemblies for their peers and in shows for their families and caregivers. In the performances, the kids read their stories aloud, play hand drums to launch the beats of catchy songs, and spotlight the DRUM DOG RHYTHM that they’ve created.

     “You are doing incredibly creative programs that truly make a difference in the lives of our future generation.” --- Dr. Mary Ellen Junda / Professor of Music, University of Connecticut

TAKE A DRUM RIDE (Grades Four to Twelve) Assemblies; Classroom Sessions; One-Day and Multiple-Day Residency Programs with Culminating Performances
The kids become members of a band, THE DRUM RIDERS. They learn how to play "BB’s Common Household Rhythms" on an array of hand drums to drive the uplifting beats and cool melodies of rock & roll, funk, world, and boogie tunes. THE DRUM RIDERS collaborate with Bob to create assembly programs and concerts that they perform for their peers, families, and caregivers. They think critically, work hard, and make democratic decisions about the performances. To acquire leadership skills, band members take turns as DRUM CAPTAINS of the music.

     “Thanks for your presentation today. I knew the intermediate school kids were going to love it. I was pleasantly surprised to see middle and high school kids enjoy it even more.” --- Steven Barker / Chase Collegiate School Parents Association

THAT FUNKY DRUMMING Professional Development and In-Service Workshops
Educators take away ideas and skills to partner interactive, arts-integration drumming with academic units, specials, choral and instrumental music, drama productions, physical education, sports, and out-of-school-time activities. No prior musical experience is necessary. The instruments are provided for the sessions, and handouts are given. In addition to individual schools and school districts, professional organizations and learning centers that have presented “That Funky Drumming” include: The New England League of Middle Schools; The National Association for Music Education; The Connecticut Office of the Arts; The American Music Therapy Association; The Percussive Arts Society; The Connecticut After School Network; Southern Connecticut State University; Hartt College of Music; Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development; The University of Connecticut School of Music.

     “Thank you for helping me to help the students understand the power of rhythm and the joy that music can bring.” --- Julius Prescod / Teacher, Sports and Medical Sciences Academy Hartford, CT

ABOUT BOB BLOOM

In 1997, BOB BLOOM received certification as a “Master Teaching Artist” by The Connecticut Office of the Arts. He served from 2007 to 2010 as chair of the Interactive Drumming Committee of The Percussive Arts Society, the largest percussion organization in the world.

For over a decade, Bob performed as a member of Dr. Babatunde Olatunji’s internationally renowned troupe, Drums of Passion, and he was a faculty assistant to Dr. Olatunji for his Language of the Drums courses at The Omega Institute.

Program Titles: Drumming About You; Take A Drum Ride; That Funky Drumming

Fee: For a custom program quote, please call or write Bob to discuss your ideas and goals.

Funding Sources: Connecticut Office of the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts

English Language Arts: Creative Writing, Reading, Literacy
Music



photo of Bubble-Mania Bubble-Mania!
Casey Carle
Booking Manager: Todd Little, 860-632-9049
E Mail: bubblemaniabooking@gmail.com
Web site: www.bubblemania.com

How do you earn the position of bubble consultant to Cirque du Soleil? How do gain the title “Bubble Artist Champion” at an international contest on Japanese TV? How do you get to be the guy who explains bubble science to millions on The Discovery Channel? Comic bubble-ologist Casey Carle does it by being really, really good at...... well, bubbling. Which explains why his stage show BubbleMania!! has been in high demand throughout New England and beyond since 1989 - performing 350+ shows a year. Other credits include The Ringling Bros Circus, The Smithsonian Institute, Lincoln Center, The CT Public TV Science Expo (5 years), plus science centers and theaters coast to coast and in 8 countries.

BubbleMania! is available in two formats:

  1. Comedy With A Drip! — A BubbleManiac since 1987, Mr. Carle creates an event loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and amazing soap bubble manipulations - from intricate and inspiring bubble art forms (including fog-filled bubbles) to trapping people inside giant bubbles! It's a unique combination of soap and showmanship that will amaze and amuse ages 5-95!

  2. Science, Art & Comedy! — Since 1992 Mr. Carle has combined his eye-popping bubbling skills with engaging, fun and age appropriate science for schools. From super solutions and surface tension to cube-shaped bubbles and human-sized bubbles, this high energy show guarantees that jaws will drop, laughter will explode and brains will be whirling as he connects the dots between scientific know-how and artistic achievement in a way that captivates grades K-6.for grades K-6. A study guide co-authored by The Smithsonian Institute is available at www.bubblemania.com.

More thorough descriptions, news articles, recommendations, photos and booking guidelines are at www.bubblemania.com.

Program Titles: Bubble-Mania: Comedy With A Drip! (Family shows); Bubble-Mania: Science, Art and Comedy (School assembly).

Audience Limit: Assembly: 250 with a stage, 200 without a stage. Family Show: 350-400. Theaters: 600-800 seats. (For larger theaters, check out www.Bubble-Time.com, Casey's much bigger, two-man bubbling show.)

Current Fees: One show : $595-$795, Two back-to-back shows: $945-$1195. (Additional travel expenses apply beyond 2 hours from Central CT. Different rate ffes apply to the bigger show intended for Performing Arts Centers, Resorts and Corporate Events.)

Funding Sources: BOCES (NY State), CT Commision on Culture and Tourism (cultureandtourism.org), New England Foundation for the Arts (nefa.org)

Special Requirements: Indoor only. No worries, any mess is self-contained. (This is a VERY clean show.)

Science: Physics, Chemistry, Nature



photo of John Tierney Burt the Raccoon - The World's Funniest Puppet Show!
John L. Tierney, Ed. D.
169 Browning Street
Wakefield, RI 02879
(401) 789-1749
E Mail: Burttheraccoon@aol.com
Website: www.Burttheraccoon.com

John Tierney is a teacher and a professional puppeteer with a background in early childhood education. He has performed the Burt Show at schools, libraries and festivals since 1985.

Exciting, entertaining and educational, this program explains many facts about raccoons as well as "demonstrating" a typical forest food chain. Ideal for children in preschool, kindergarten, first, second and third grade.

Program Titles: Burt the Raccoon - The World's Funniest Puppet Show

Audience Limit: 25 to 30

Fee: $165; $250 for 2 shows

Science: Environment, Nature, Forest/Trees, Animals (Raccoon)); American Sign Language
Health: Safety (Seat)


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photo of Tom Callinan and Ann Shapiro Tom Callinan and Ann Shapiro
c/o Crackerbarrel Entertainments
55 East Town Street
Norwich, CT 06360-2345
Phone and Fax: (860) 889-6648
E-Mail: tom.c@crackerbarrel-ents.com
Website: http://www.crackerbarrel-ents.com/tomann01.htm

For over 30 years, the husband and wife team of Tom Callinan and Ann Shapiro has toured an assortment of informative and entertaining participatory programs throughout the Eastern Seaboard of the United States for audiences as diverse as nursery schools through nursing homes. Whether appearing as solo artists or as their duo, they blend their extensive repertoire of songs, which span many centuries, with an impressive array of instruments from the wind, string, and percussion families. As storytellers, they were among the Featured Tellers at the National Storytelling Festival (1999), and "Tellers-In-Residence" at the International Storytelling Center (2003). Their stories are told in-tandem or individually, embellished with humor, music, sound effects, and audience involvement. Each has been designated a Master Teaching Artist by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

Tom, a former junior high school teacher with a B.S. in Secondary Education from Central Connecticut State University, and a M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University, has written over 100 songs about Connecticut – more than anyone in history. Via legislation passed by the Connecticut General Assembly, and signed by then-Governor Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., Tom was designated Connecticut's first "Official State Troubadour" in 1991. His credits include: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; "Good Morning America"; "Shining Time Station"; among many others. Honors include: composing songs included in Emmy Award-winning documentaries and co-writing songs on Parents Choice Gold Award recordings, among others.

In addition to her work as a creative and performing artist, Ann also serves as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Storytelling Center, in-residence at Connecticut College. Ann is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including: The National Storytelling Network’s 2005 ORACLE Leadership and Service Award For The Northeastern United States; the 2008 Brother Blue and Ruth Hill Award from LANES (The League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling); and the 2009 Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship Recipient from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

Tom and Ann have produced over a dozen recordings on CD and cassette (see website: www.Crackerbarrel-Ents.com). A downloadable order form is available at www.crackerbarrel-ents.com/Catalog/Order%20Form.htm, and printed study-guides pertaining to their Arts-In-Education programs are available on request. Information about teacher-training, consulting services, and custom songwriting are available as well.

Program Titles: Environmental Hootenanny; From Sea to Shining Sea; Brother Against Brother; Young America; Come On & Sing-Along; I'm Gonna Write a Song; Home Fires; Imagine Menagerie; Thumbs-Up for Connecticut; Sea Songs, Chanteys, and Nautical Lore; Irish and Irish-American Songs, Tunes, and Tales; Getting Along; Holiday Hodge-Podge, and more.

Audience Limit: 30/class; 300/assembly

Fees: Assembly- $500/solo [1st show. 2nd show @ $300]; $750/duo [1st show. 2nd show @ $450]; Classroom- $500 per day/4 classes-solo. Travel is included within Connecticut. Out of state: 55¢ per mile, round-trip from Norwich, CT.

Funding Sources: Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, New England Foundation for the Arts, BOCES (New York).

Special Requirements: Access to performance space 45 minutes before first show

Science: Environment, Ecology, Sea, Animals (Whales)
Language Arts: Creative Writing
Social Studies: American History (Colonial, Revolutionary War, Immigration, Westward Expansion, Civil War) , Country (Ireland), Holidays, Regions (New England), State (Connecticut), Occupation (Sailor, Whalemen, Railroad, Farmer, Mill Worker, Miner, Cowboy)
Health: Conflict Resolution



photo of Tom Callinan and Don Sineti Tom Callinan and Don Sineti
c/o Crackerbarrel Entertainments
55 East Town Street
Norwich, CT 06360-2345
Phone and Fax: (860) 889-6648
E-Mail: tom.c@crackerbarrel-ents.com
Website: http://www.crackerbarrel-ents.com/don_and_tom.htm

With banjo, concertina, guitar, spoons, bodhran, ocarina, penny whistles, bones, and limberjack, Tom and Don are masters of generating audience participation. Their infectious performing style blends sea songs and traditional folksongs with folk-revival and original compositions. Sea chanteys (work songs), done in powerful harmony, recall the days of wooden ships and iron men. Ballads and songs about the environment and the plight of the world's endangered whales bring out their more sensitive side. Effortlessly, the duo shifts gears from ballads, to toe-tapping instrumentals, to silly ditties. They are ideal for inter-generational/family audiences and fund-raisers.

Their programs can be specific or eclectic in theme, depending on the needs of the sponsoring organization (school, library, museum, etc.). Some feature the implementation of "home-made" apparatus to simulate the experience of working on a ship for volunteers selected from the audience. Rhythm instruments are often distributed to volunteers selected from the audience to form a "foo-foo" band, reminiscent of those found in immigrant communities, or on ship-board in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th Centuries. Music, songs, Don's award-winning illustrations, slides, and an assortment of hands-on artifacts raise the lecture/demo format to a multi-media experience.

Program Titles: Songs & Tales of Ships & Whales; Folksongs - Old & New; Songs For the Earth; Instruments & Instrumentals; Drawn By the Song of the Sea (Illustrations/Slides & Music).

Audience Limit: 30/class; 300/assembly

Fees: Assembly- $500/solo [1st show. 2nd show @ $300]; $750/duo [1st show. 2nd show @ $450]; Classroom- $500 per day/4 classes-solo. Travel is included within Connecticut. Out of state: 35¢ per mile, round-trip from Clinton, CT.

Funding Sources: Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, New England Foundation for the Arts, BOCES (in New York)

Special Requirements: Access to performance space 45 minites before first show

Science: Environment, Ecology, Sea, Animals (Whales)
Language Arts: Creative Writing
Social Studies :American History (Colonial, Revolutionary War, Immigration, Westward Expansion, Civil War) , Country (Ireland), Holidays, Regions (New England), State (Connecticut), Occupation (Sailor, Whalemen, Railroad, Farmer, Mill Worker, Miner, Cowboy)
Health: Conflict Resolution



photo of Kate Carney Kate Carney's Heroic Women You Can Talk To
Kate Carney
51 Pettee Street
Newton, MA 02464
(617) 244-0209
Fax: (617) 926-7273
E Mail: carneyk@earthlink.net
Web site: www.katecarney.net

Travel back in time with Kate in costume and character, as she tells stories drawn from the lives of some American women who did extraordinary things. Each woman talks about the issues of her day and the ideas of that time; listeners come to understand what it would be like to live back then.

These interactive historical programs sweep students into the past for thought-provoking and exciting chances to explore history as if they were there. Kate brings each woman alive from childhood through adulthood – listeners can see and understand what these women went through and why they did what they did. A couple were feisty rebels who challenged ideas about what a woman can do; others struggled for their rights in a male dominated world.

Kate’s story programs tie in with on-going classroom studies in social studies and language arts; she offers residencies and workshops in Role-playing, Storytelling and Creative Drama. She combines performing with interactive exercises and gives students a chance to explore events in the stories they just heard.

She covers major landmarks in American history: An eyewitness’ account of the Revolutionary War, Struggles and survival at the Lowell Mills: Pioneering the Oregon Trail and frontier, Daring Higher Education for Young Ladies, An Immigrant’s American Dream, “The Miracle Worker” and Helen Keller, Daisy Low and The Girl Scouts.

Kate is a seasoned, dynamic storyteller, all-round entertaining performer and experienced teacher. Her work is carefully researched and historically accurate. Visuals enhance the programs and help kids to see what life was like ‘back then’. She will send you a curriculum packet with ideas and questions for social studies, English, art, drama, and debate projects.

Kate is a multi-faceted Performer, Educator, Coach and Speaker. She is a member of the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling, has written articles for the LANES Museletter and is a regular presenter at the Sharing the Fire North East Regional Storytelling Conference. She is available for touring performances, Workshops and Residencies, Teacher in-Service Trainings and Coaching.

HEROIC WOMEN YOU CAN TALK TO programs for classrooms and residencies. Grade 5-up Titles

1789: Paul Revere's Mother-in-law
1843: Lowell Mills Boardinghouse Keeper
1849: Mary Lyon of Mount Holyoke
1895: First Woman Doctor in the West
1911: Annie Sullivan, Teacher
1912: Mary Antin, Russian Immigrant
1920: Juliette Low, Girl Scout Founder

Also: Living History Stories for Younger Children Interactive programs with songs and dramatizations on the American Revolution, the Frontier, the Lowell Mills, Immigration, Helen Keller’s World and the Girl Scouts. (Grades 2-4)

Program Titles: Paul Revere's Mother-in-law; Lowell Mills Boardinghouse Keeper; Annie Sullivan, Teacher; First Woman Doctor in the West; Juliette Low, Girl Scout Founder; Mary Antin, Russian Immigrant; Mary Lyon of Mount Holyoke.

Audience Limits: Prefer groups of 60 or less

Fees: $280 plus mileage for groups up to 60. Negotiable for larger groups. Discounts available for Residencies, Workshops, Co-Sponsorship and Block Bookings.

Funding Sources: NE States Touring Program (New England Foundation for the Arts) (www.nefa.org)

Requirements: Room free of distractions. Music/speaker's stands or easils (for visual aids)

Social Studies: American History (American Revolution, Lowell Mills/Industrial Revolution, Westward Movement, Immigration, 1900-1928), Regions (New England, West), Famous People (Annie Sullivan, Mary Lyon, Mary Antin), Women's History



photo of Lon Cerel Lon Cerel
18 Pinewood Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919
(401) 946-3183
E Mail: magicguy@cox.net
Website: loncerel.com/magicofreading.html

"The Magic of Reading" is a curriculum-based program incorporating popular children's books. Lon Cerel has been entertaining children and their families for over 20 years and has twice been voted "RI's Best Family Entertainment" by the RI Parents' Paper.

Lon's goal is to aid in your efforts to motivate your children, by promoting the Fun of recreational reading, and the use of the library. Instead of turning on the TV, children learn to turn on their minds and their imaginations. The program is a perfect companion to the Books & Beyond and Feinstein Good Deeds programs. In addition, by utilizing the techniques of stage magic, each illusion reinforces moral values such as sharing, cooperation, giving respect to get respect, "paying it forward", and consequences (cause and effect).

The program is specirfically geared to grades K-5.

Program Title: The Magic of Reading

Audience Limit: 250/assembly

Fee: $450-$550; second show, same day: $200 additional

Language Arts: Reading, Children's Literature, Folk Tales
Health: Self-Esteem
Social Studies: Famous People - Betsy Ross



photo of Karen Chace Karen Chace
97 Chipaway Road
East Freetown, MA 02717
(508) 763-8565
E Mail: storybug@aol.com
Website: www.storybug.net

Since 2000 Karen has presented her enthusiastic, interactive, and participatory programs at libraries, conferences and schools around the country. She is also the founder and director of a student storytelling program and since 2002 she has mentored over 200 student storytellers. She is a contributing author to the National Storytelling Network's recent publications, A Beginner’s Guide to Storytelling and Telling Stories to Children and writes a regular column for Storytelling Magazine and offers a free bi-monthly storytelling/education newsletter at http://storybugnewsletter.blogspot.com. Her conference presentations include the National Storytelling Conference, Youth, Educators and Storytelling (YES), Sharing the Fire, and the Northland’s Storytelling Network.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, she combines her passion for literacy and storytelling in delightful programs of stories from around the world. Karen believes that storytelling inspires students, offering them opportunities to succeed in ways they never imagined!

“Karen catches the children and never lets them go.” Karen Allen, New Bedford Whaling Museum, MA

Residencies
Story by Story - Building A Student Storytelling Troupe
An experienced educator, Karen combines her teaching skills with her vast knowledge of storytelling to create a School Storytelling Club. During school hours or after school, Karen will work with your students on the dynamics of storytelling. From the page to the stage, students will learn the anatomy of a story, research skills, story selection, and story presentation. The residency culminates in a student Story Festival. In addition, Karen can tailor the residency to include individual student coaching.

Program Titles: Jaws, Claws and Paws: Animal Stories From Around the World; Tales With Scales: Fish Stories From Around the World; The Trickster Tour; The Treasure Chest; Book A Trip Around the World; Winter Wonderland; Spooktacular Stories; The Spirit of the Season; Pathways to Peace; Dragon Tales

Workshop/Residencies: Storytelling With Ease; Story by Story – Building a School Storytelling Club; S.T.A.R. (Stories Teach and Reach); Researching Stories on the Internet

Audience Limit: 25/class; 200/assembly

Fee: $250 plus travel; Block Booking rates available. Residencies, Teacher's In-services and Conferences vary and are negotiable

Possible Funding Sources: Massachusetts Cultural Council

Language Arts: Folk Tales (General, Trickster Tales)
Health: Self-Esteem, Conflict Resolution
Social Studies: Countries and Regions of the World, Geography, Holidays
Science: Animals, Nature, Sea, Seasons



photo of Children's Voices Theater Children’s Voices Theater
Ellen Weiner
Professional Artists Management
2411 Bay Road
Sharon, MA 02067
(781) 784-6394
E Mail: elweiner@comcast.net
Website: www.elweiner.com

Promote Literacy and Celebrate the Imagination With ‘Children’s Voices Theater

Children’s Voices transforms stories and poems written by students K-6, into a magical theatrical experience that combines acting, mime, comedy,masks,puppetry,jugglling, and audience participation.

Throughout the performance, Michael Zerphy and Marv Klassen-Landis, creators of Children’s Voices, weave themes of trusting one’s inner voice, overcoming fear, and getting started when ‘I don’t know what to write’ . Students get so excited after seeing this performance that they can’t wait to write their own poems and stories. This production is a high energy high student motivator. Workshops and residencies are also available. A Teacher Guide is provided.

Audience Limit: 250/300 for schools; Public Presentations: No limit

Fee: $800 for one, $1,300 for two -block booking rates available -public performances may be somewhat higher

Funding Sources: New England Foundation for the Arts, Vermont Arts Council, New Hampshire Council on the Arts

Special Requirements: None- a stage is not required –set up time approximately one hour

Language Arts: Reading, Writing
Health: Self-esteem



photo of David Coffin David Coffin, M.Ed
38 Haskell
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 282-4680
Fax: same, call first
E Mail: david@davidcoffin.com
Web site: www.davidcoffin.com

Since 1980, David has performed every year with the Christmas Revels, and since 1991, as Master of Ceremonies, teaching and leading Revels audiences in song. He has appeared at numerous festivals including the Newport Folk Festival, Mystic Sea Music Festival, and the Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Folk Festival. He has several recordings of his own and has been featured on many more. His music has also been featured on NBC.

Music for the King's Court: Exploring the Early Winds With characteristic panache, David Coffin has been delighting audiences both young and old in demonstrating his collection of Early Wind Instruments. His engaging presentation covers the history of the recorder from the primitive ocarina through the medieval gemshorns and the recorders of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. With complete sets of beautifully crafted instruments, David demonstrates each one proficiently with period examples of music written for that particular instrument. He illustrates with humor and vitality the evolution of the Early Instruments and the reasons they either evolved or became extinct. (Grades K-12)

From Boston Harbor: Take a virtual tour around Boston Harbor and hear historical anecdotes and songs that illustrate Boston's role in shaping a great nation. This is the 'land based' version of his popular summer boat tour Boston By Sea. (Grades 4-and up)

Life At Sea: Get the whole group singing the sea shanties as we 'hoist the sails,' leave Nantucket to go a-whaling, across the line and around the Horn. And just why did we do that anyway? (Grades K-12)

Brochures with full descriptions are available upon request. Video CD-ROM also available for the King's Court program.

Program Titles: Music for the King's Court; From Boston Harbor; Life At Sea

Audience Limits: Music for the King's Court: 150; Maritime Programs: 300

Fees (including travel): $700 and up; block booking discounts available and encouraged. Cultural Council, (www.massculturalcouncil.org) and local cultural councils. Private subsidy is available.

Requirements: Music for the King's Court: power supply, access to space 45 minutes prior.

Science: sound, transportation
Social Studies: American history, Occupations (sailors/whalermen), Geography, Regions (New England)



photo of Deborah Costine Deborah Costine, Puppeteer!
6 Wood Street
Southborough, MA 01772
508-481-6837
E Mail: deborahcostine@verizon.net
Website:www.deborahcostinenaturepuppets.com

Longtime puppeteer Deborah Costine is the recipient of the 2009 "UNIMA Citation of Excellence" - the highest award for puppetry in the U. S. After many years with the well-known Gerwick Puppets she has also created "Small Shows for Small Groups of Small Children," for children ages 3 and up. Audience size is limited!

The Twig Family in The Oak Tree
This happy gentle, original story by Debbie is about a family of imaginary “twig” people who live in harmony with nature. There are Leaf and Fern and their daughter Mossy. Their Oak Tree home provides them with everything they need to be happy. What a surprise when they receive a visit from “cousin Lawn” who tells them they should leave their home! Audience size limited to 35 people!

The Three Pigs and other Classics
Using mesmerizing and unique Shadow Puppetry, Deborah presents “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”, “The Three Pigs”, “Stone Soup” and “The Shoemaker and The Elves”.

The Woodland Cinderella
Debbie’s own version in which being the most beautiful and having the most “stuff” does not make one the best. The Prince is looking for someone with “goodness” in her eyes. The UNIMA USA review panel called it “A Total Delight.”

Turtle's New Home
“Blanding” the turtle is in search of a new, safe wetland habitat. The little pond where she has lived for forty years is no longer safe! A road has been built between her pond and the sandy hill where she goes every spring to lay her eggs. Blanding knows what happens when a turtle tries to cross a road! When she meets young Castor the Beaver, who is eager to build a dam and create a new pond, she sees that her problems might be solved! We also meet her friend the Blue Spotted Salamander as well as a little boy named Edward and his nature-loving babysitter Rachel, who teaches him how to look closely at nature for signs of animals and their activities. Teacher study guide is available.

Special Requirements: Audience Limit: Turtle's New Home: 250; Woodland Cinderella 150; Three Pigs and Other Tales: 100; The Twig Family in the Oak Tree: 40 (unless there is a stage or raised platform)

Fees: $275 - $325 plus a travel fee.

Funding Sources: New England Foundation for the Arts and N.E.S.T.

Language Arts: Fairy Tales, Children's Literature
Science: Ecology, Environment, Nature, Animals


photo of Crabgrass Puppet Theatre Crabgrass Puppet Theatre
Encore Performing Arts, Inc
Roberta Wolinsky
PO Box 630
Melville, NY 11747
(800) 669-9850
Fax: (631) 423-1795
E Mail: puppets@encoreperforming.com
Website: crabgrasspuppets.com

Crabgrass Puppet Theatre presents quality puppet theatre featuring a variety of intricate and unusual puppets, colorful scenery, music, and expert manipulation. Programs available include:

“Jack and the Beanstalk” is a hilarious retelling of the tallest of tales. Sent to the market to sell his old cow, Jack returns home with a measly handful of beans. Jack is in disgrace until. . . the beans become a beanstalk, the beanstalk leads to adventure, and Jack has a chance at fame and fortune. All he has to do is outwit a very hungry giant! Crabgrass Puppet Theatre presents the tallest of tales full of fun and loaded with laughs. This innovative and exciting solo performance is a feast of visuals and sound, with a stunning stage, big and beautiful puppets, a rhyme-spouting giant, a marvelous growing beanstalk, and a delightful musical score.

"Anansi, Spiderman of Africa" is a side-splitting selection of famous folktales from Africa starring Anansi the spider, whose appetite always overrules his intellect. The show is a dynamic blend of traditional African design, infectious music and fabulous puppetry.

"Mr. Punch's Christmas Carol" is a lighthearted adaptation of Dickens' holiday classic, starring Mr. Punch as Scrooge.

“Haiku Hiphop and Hotdogs”: Puppets Do Poetry Imagine a symphony composed entirely by goldfish! Thrill to the adventures of “Fearless Flying Hotdogs!” Dance with the “Funky Snowman!” This exciting new fusion of poetry and puppetry includes Jack Prelutsky’s “The Goblin” (these goblins just want to have fun!) as well as poems by Nikki Giovanni, David McCord, Calef Brown and others. Remember to “Keep a Poem in Your Pocket,” and – above all – “Do Not Approach an Emu!”

“The Day It Snowed Tortillas” Creative thinking is the key ingredient that helps a poor couple outwit a gang of bullies in this delightful folktale from Mexico about luck, love and lunch. A woodcutter and his wife have the chance to become rich. All they have to do is make it snow – in July – in Mexico! Perfect for Hispanic Heritage Month and Cinco de Mayo!

CRABGRASS SPROUTS PRODUCTIONS: Sprouts productions are smaller, one-person shows especially designed for smaller spaces and smaller audiences. They are most appropriate for venues like libraries, camps, preschools and small schools.

“The Lion and the Mouse and Other Tales” Can a tortoise win a tug of war with a mighty elephant? Can a tiny mouse help an enormous lion? Can a jackal outwit a terrifying tiger twice his size? Find out as Crabgrass Puppet Theatre travels around the globe to tell stories that show even the small and weak can have a big impact on the world. With beautiful puppets and their signature hilarious style, the award-winning Crabgrass Puppet Theatre presents tales from Africa, Asia and Europe that will inspire and enthrall children of all sizes.

Program Titles: Jack and the Beanstalk; Anansi, Spiderman of Africa; Mr. Punch's Christmas Carol; Haiku Hiphop and Hotdogs; The Day It Snowed Tortillas; Crabgrass Sprouts: The Lion and the Mouse and Other Tales

Special Requirements: 9 ft. ceiling clearance

Fee: $875-1000 for 1; $1150-1300 for 2 back-to-back

Funding Sources: New England Foundation for the Arts, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, VT Council on the Arts

Language Arts: Reading, Children's Lit., Folk Tales, Poetry
Science: Animals
Social Studies: Countries and Regions of the World (Africa), Holidays (Christmas)



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photo of Debbie O'Carroll Debbie O'Carroll Magical Theatre for Children
Debbie O'Carroll
51 Olive Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
(978) 462-9954
Fax: (978) 462-9954
Email: debbie@debbieocarroll.com
Website: www.debbieocarroll.com

Debbie O'Carroll is a 'one of a kind' performer. She combines stage magic, theatre, and dance with lots of audience participation. Her appealing props, delightful costumes, enchanting magic and lively stage movement both educate and entertain.

Program Titles: Addacadabra (math): The Flower Power Magic Show (science and social Studies): Celebrate the December Holidays (diversity); The Irish Magic Show (children's literature); The Amazing America Animals Magic Show (history): The Railroad Magic Show (geography of the U.S.); The Magic of Exercise (physical fitness); Tall Tales from a Small World (world geography); The Planets Magic Show (science)

Grade Level Suitability: Pre-K through 6

Audience Size Limit: None.

Fee: $300 - $400; Block Booking rates for two or more performances. Discounts for after school programs.

Funding Source: NEST, New England Foundation for the Arts, BOCES, Massachusetts Cultural Council, local cultural councils.

Language Arts: Reading, Children's Literature
Social Studies: American History, Holidays, Geography, Countries (Ireland),Transportation
Health: Physical Fitness
Science: Solar System, Nature
Math



photo of Sara DeBeer Sara deBeer
51 Randal Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06110
(860) 561-5905
E Mail: sdebeer@comcast.net
Website: http://sdebeer.home.comcast.net/~sdebeer/

Need a riveting entertainer who can delight audiences of all ages? Need an artist-in-residence who can partner effectively with your school's staff? Need a versatile, experienced performer? Storyteller Sara deBeer can meet all these needs and more!

Since 1978, Sara deBeer has told stories to young and old, drawing from her broad repertoire of international folktales. She can frequently be found presenting assembly programs to elementary, middle, and high school students. An experienced classroom teacher with degrees from Yale and Bank Street, Sara designs programs which tie in with on-going classroom studies. A fellow of the Connecticut Writing Project, Storrs, CT, Sara often combines performing with writing or storytelling exercises which permit students to explore the events and characters of the stories they just heard. Sara also offers workshops for teachers.

Another specialty of Sara's are programs for senior citizens: holiday/seasonal themes or “Tales of Wit and Wisdom,” which celebrates the struggles, challenges, and triumphs of everyday life.

Program Titles: Tales of Deep-Rooted Magic; Folktales from the Many Cultures of Africa; Tales of Women Wise and Wondrous; Jewish Tales for Young and Old; Legends of King Arthur; Hand- Collected Irish Yarns

Fee: $250-$500

Language Arts: Writing, Folktales (Irish, African, Native American, Jewish, Asian), Classical Stories (King Arthur)
Health: Self-Esteem
Social Studies: Countries and Regions of the World, Women's History



photo of Leeny Del Seamonds Leeny Del Seamonds
Master Story Performer

PO Box 1268
Westford, MA 01886
Phone/Fax: 978-692-3961
E-mail: leeny@LeenyDelSeamonds.com
Website: www.LeenyDelSeamonds.com

With a face and voice that launched a thousand characters, Leeny Del Seamonds, Master Story Performer™, is a multi award-winning, internationally acclaimed master performer of Hispanic/Latino, original and multicultural stories spiced with exquisite mime, a cornucopia of voices, and love of people. With a twinkle in her eye and fire in her heart, Leeny breathes life into her stories, as she masterfully and effortlessly springs from one story character to another. A dedicated Teaching Artist, Leeny encourages listeners to feel positive about themselves and rejoice in human and cultural diversity, inviting them to share in her Latin/Cuban-American sense of humor and love of performing.

Leeny Del Seamonds has over 30 years of stage, film and directing experience in Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Leeny graduated magna cum laude from Rowan University and holds a BA in Speech & Theatre/Performing Arts (with a minor in Stage Directing). In New York City, she was trained by and has performed with The Richard Morse Mime Theatre, The Herbert Bergdorf Studio, The Purple Craft Theatre and The Mercer Ballet Company.

Since moving to New England in 1978, Leeny has worked as an actor, director, coach, teacher, and Master Story Performer™. Although she loves all aspects of theatre, Leeny's happiest when performing a tale, for she is best able to utilize mime, acting, singing, writing and teaching talents. From 1991 to present, Leeny has devoted all of her passion and energies to full-time, professional story performing.

Awarded the title 2002 National Storyteller of the Year®, Leeny is on the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Creative Schools Program roster, the MA Touring Program, the New England Foundation for the Arts roster, Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist roster, BOCES NY arts-in-education roster, the Connecticut Storytelling Center’s School Programs roster, is a member of the National Storytelling Network and is a past Board Member of the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling (LANES) and is a frequent contributor to their Museletter. Leeny has also been published in Storytelling Magazine; Tale Trader; Ahhhh! A Tribute to Brother Blue; Holy Headshots!; Hearsay and on the web site of Parents' Choice Foundation.

Leeny is a regular presenter at the Sharing the Fire Northeast Storytelling Conference, and in March 1996, was their featured Opening Keynote performer. Leeny is a former Board Member of Three Apples Storytelling Festival, a Charter Member of The Sky's The Unlimited, Ltd., a Boston theatrical production company, and a member of Theatre Unlimited Stage Company. She holds memberships with the International Order of E.A.R.S., Inc.; Boston Cultural Network; Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education; Massachusetts Business Association; Connecticut Storytelling Center; and Folk Arts Network. She has taught numerous courses in acting, improvisation, storytelling, voice, mime and movement in community theatres, community centers, national conferences, festivals, schools, universities, and privately. Additionally, Leeny has performed and presented workshops/residencies in hundreds of school systems and libraries internationally. Leeny is a Department of Education Professional Development Provider for New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Leeny was Keynote and workshop presenter for “¡Hola! Heading Out to Latin America” at Foxcroft School in Virginia, at the 7th Annual Conference on Storytelling for Children, Keene State, NH, and at the 2004 Conference for the Massachusetts Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. She has performed and presented at National Storytelling Conferences in Philadelphia, Kansas City, Providence, Denver, Bellingham, Pittsburgh, Gatlinburg and L.A. In 2002, Leeny was one of seven national tellers in the NSN Conference General Session "Bienvenidos a la Fiesta: The Latino Experience."

Leeny has twice been headliner at the National Storytelling Festival and Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center, both in Jonesborough, TN, as well as headliner at "Gimistory," The Cayman Islands International Storytelling Festival, BWI; Mesa Storytelling Festival, AZ; Mariposa Storytelling Festival, CA; Weber State U. Festival, UT; St. Louis Festival, MO; Open Hand Theatre, NY; Patchwork Tales Festival, SC; Riverway Storytelling Festival, NY; Multi-Cultural Storytelling Festival in OR; NC Storyfest (twice); Nebraska Storytelling Festival (twice); Kansas City Storytelling Celebration; Virginia Storytelling Alliance Gathering, VA; Tcha Tee Man Wi Storytelling Festival, OR; Three Apples Storytelling Festival, MA (three times); Prairie Center for the Arts Storytelling Festival, IL; and Smoky Hill River Festival in Kansas (twice). She has been featured at dozens of national festivals including Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival, NY; Connecticut Storytelling Festival; Granite State Storytelling Festival, NH; and Corn Island Storytelling Festival, KY. In September 2006, Leeny was a featured delegate and master teller in China as part of the Nu Wa Storytelling and Cultural Exchange tour.

Leeny Del Seamonds has been a featured performer at eight First Night Boston and five First Night Worcester celebrations; and in September 2004 was headliner at the Baltimore Book Festival (sponsored by Parents' Choice Foundation) and the City of Jacksonville's "Celebration of Women." Leeny stars in the international Television and DVD series Ribert & Robert's WonderWorld, a multi award-winning children's program, whose most recent award is the 2006 iParenting Media Award Winner. In the series, Leeny plays ‘Leeny the Story Performer’ and writes and performs her own segments. Her highly acclaimed recording, "¡Ay Caramba! ¡Ay Ay Ay! Cuentos y Canciónes (Latino Stories & Songs)," takes listeners on a journey through Leeny's rich Latino heritage and won a 2003 Parents' Choice Silver Award. Leeny's musical CD, "CelloTales: The Melding of Music, Myth & Memories," created and performed with cellist Gideon Freudmann, won a 2004 Parents' Choice Gold Award and a 2005 Storytelling World Winner Award. Both CD's received favorable endorsements from Booklist and School Library Journal. September 2009 marks the release of two new recordings created, produced and performed by Leeny Del Seamonds geared for seasoned listeners. “It Takes Two to Tango – Ties that Bind Us” is an alluring, witty and insightful look at the triumphs and tribulations of relationships and “Shadows in the Woods – Spine-Tingling Tales” is a compilation of Leeny’s original scary stories guaranteed to shiver and chill all who lend an ear. Her renowned CDs are also featured on www.Tales2Go.com.

Leeny’s celebrated repertoire of nineteen story programs and eight sought-after workshops reflects her desire to embrace life to its fullest. With passion, fire and wit, Leeny’s one-woman performances and renowned workshops headline festivals, concerts and events worldwide. For additional information and schedule of Leeny’s upcoming performances, visit www.LeenyDelSeamonds.com (or call the office at 978-692-3961).

Audience Limit: 200/school performance; 25/ school workshop

Fee: $500/one school daytime performance; $775/two; $925/three. $125/school workshop. For all other performances/workshops, call for quote.

Funding Sources: New England Foundation for the Arts, Connecticut Storytelling Center School Programs

Language Arts: Folktales, Bilingual
Social Studies: Countries and Regions of the World, Holidays
Science: Seasons, Nature, Ecology, Environment
Health:Self-Esteem, Conflict Resolution, Anti-Bullying



photo of Ellen Dodd Elena Dodd - Meet Eleanor Roosevelt
Ellen Weiner, Professional Artists Management
2411 Bay Road
Sharon, MA 02067
(781) 784-6394
E Mail: elweiner@comcast.net
Website: www.elweiner.com

"Meet Eleanor Roosevelt," performed by the actress Elena Dodd, is a four-part personal visit from Mrs. Roosevelt. Part I covers Childhood and Adolescence (and carries a strong self-esteem message), Part II, Mother and First Lady, and Part III, Private Citizen and First Lady of the World, and Part IV, Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These segments may be presented individually, in sequence or in any combination. A dialogue with the audience follows each performance. [Grades 4 and up]

Program Title: Meet Eleanor Roosevelt

Audience Limit: 200 for Grades K - 6, otherwise no limit

Fee: $500 for first show, $300 for each thereafter same day/same location.

Funding Sources: Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Humanities Council, New Hampshire Council on Humanities, New England Foundation for the Arts, B.O.C.E.S. (New York)

Social Studies: American History - Great Depression, Women's History
Health: Self-Esteem



photo of Bill Dougal Bill Dougal
243 Tobacco Street
Lebanon, CT 06249
(860) 456-9041
E Mail: bill@dougalart.com
Website: www.dougalmusic.net

FISH SONG FUN - Bill Dougal's original songs about sea life combine humor and education.

COWBOY BILLY - A colorful cowboy character educating and entertaining through original songs and comedy. The Wild & Witty West Show provides a humorous look into the lifestyle of the cowboy. The OK Corral Show emphasizes character values. Songs teach moral lessons like being nice to your neighbor, and peaceful conflict resolution.

FUN SONGS FROM BILL'S HAT - Bill Dougal's original songs educate young people, and incorporate humor. Songs include; "Fact collection", "Mr. Gravity", "It's My Brain" and "Ooey Gooey". A large cartoon visual accompanies each tune.

CARICATURES - Cartoon-style portraits. Visual interpretation of various head shapes and facial features with exaggeration & humor. Cartooning presentation also. Lecture/demo, workshop or drawing by the hour.

Program Titles: Fish Song Fun, Cowboy Billy, Caricatures, Fun Songs From Bill's Hat

Fee: Start at $275

Social Studies: Geography, Regions (West), Occupations (Cowboys)
Health Conflict Resolution, Safety



photo of Jim Douglas Jim Douglas
53 Whittemore Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
(508) 347-2065
E-Mail: jim.douglas@nichols.edu

Jim Douglas sings history alive! Students love his "In Tune With the Times" programs because they are lively and entertaining. They enjoy hearing and singing great songs, seeing new and interesting folk instruments, and learning about other people and times. Teachers love the programs because they reinforce many classroom lessons. Enrichment providers love the programs because they bring to life a special part of our musical and cultural heritage in a way that is authentic, meaningful, and memorable.

During two decades as a full-time school performer, Jim has shared his love and extensive research of the past and its music with audiences of all ages in well over a thousand schools. Mr. Douglas has a Master's Degree in History (University of Connecticut), has published four books, and released seven recordings of New England songs and stories. His book, Songs of New England: A Sourcebook for Teachers, is being used extensively throughout the region, and his most recent book, Music in Every Classroom : A Resource Guide for Integrating Music Across the Curriculum, Grades K-8 (Libraries Unlimited), is helping teachers across the country enrich their classes. Jim's latest recording, Under A Spell, earned the prestigious American Library Association Notable Award.

Jim's work has been supported by such organizations as the National Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Commission, Young Audiences of Maryland and Connecticut, Connecticut Humanities Council, Old Sturbridge Village, Mystic Seaport, and Plimoth Plantation.

Program Titles: Yankee Doodle and His Cousin (colonial songs); A Peddler's Pack (songs of old New England); (Your State) Songster; Thar She Blows! (songs the whalemen sang); A House Divided (songs of the Civil War); The American Saga (American folk songs); From Farm to Factory; Across the Western Ocean (Irish immigration); Freedom Is A Constant Struggle (the Constitution); Thereby Hangs A Tale (tall tales from New England)

Audience Limit: 40/class; 200/assembly

Fee: $350 - 1 assembly; $250 for each assembly after; $400/day of classes (up to 4/day)

Funding Sources: Massachusetts Cultural Council

Social Studies: American History- Colonial, the Constitution, Westward Expansion, Irish Immigration, Industrial Revolution, Civil War, Regions (New England), States, Occupations (farmers, sailors peddlers), Holidays (Thanksgiving, Halloween)
Science: Sea
Language Arts: Folk Tales (Tall Tale)


photo of Dream Tale Puppets Dream Tale Puppets
Jacek Zuzanski
c/o Falmouth Academy
7 Highfield Drive
Falmouth, MA 02540
(508) 495-1251
FAX: (508) 457-4112
E-Mail: jacezuz@hotmail.com
Website: www.dreamtalepuppets.org

Dream Tale Puppets offers high quality performances featuring a variety of puppetry styles and masterful manipulation. Jacek Zuzanski, the theatre founder and leading performer, was professionally educated in Poland and has 30 years of experience as a stage director, designer, teacher and performer.

Rumpelstilskin follows the well known and enchanting Brothers Grimm fairy tale starring: the bragging Miller and his daughter; a King with empty treasury coffers; an odd and mysterious gnome who spins straw into gold; and a bumbling watchman. The show features five beautifully crafted table-top puppets brought to life by two masterful puppeteers.

Jack and the Beanstalk is a joyous and original adaptation of the classic tale about poor Jack who sold his cow for three magic beans and outwitted a boy-eating giant. The show is created in a Story and Puppet Time format, where one performer provides narration and gives voices to the characters and a second performer operates a variety of puppets and performs in mask.

Also:
'The Seriously Fun Theatre and Puppetry Production Workshop' invites children to participate in a production of the play The Joseph's Boat--an original adaptation of a Cape Cod folktale from Elizabeth Reynard's book: The Narrow Land: Folk Chronicles of Old Cape Cod.

Dream Tale Puppets is available for other residencies.

Program Titles: Rumpelstilskin; Jack and the Beanstalk; Joseph's Boat

Audience Limit: Rumpelstilskin (200); Jack and the Beanstalk (75)

Fee: Shows: $250-$350; Workshop: $600-$1200

Funding Sources: Massachusetts Cultural Council

Language: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales



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photo of Ed the Wizard Ed the Wizard
Ed Cope
192 West Main Street
Orange, MA 01364
(978) 544-8092
E Mail: edthewizard@edthewizard.com
Web Site: www.edthewizard.com

Ed the Wizard delights and entertains his audiences with mystical and comedic routines suitable for all ages. Dressed as a wizard straight out of a fairy tale, complete with curly pointed elf shoes, Ed the Wizard combines a life-long interest in magic with a passion for reading. He delivers a strong positive message about reading as key to teaching yourself anything, and also to having a lot of fun!

At the end of each performance, Ed the Wizard donates a magic book to the hosting school or library. Audience members will be delighted to find that some of the routines Ed the Wizard performs in his show are taught in the book!

Program Titles: Ed the Wizard performs 'Reading is Magic'

Grade Level Suitabiilty: Performances - Pre K and beyond; Workshops - grade 3 and up

Audience Size Limits: Performances - the smaller the better, but from a single class to whole school assemblies; Workshops - 15 - 20 is best.

Fee: Call for prices. Prices for single, multiple, and all day events available.

Funding Sources: Many events have been funded by Local Cultural Councils.

Language Arts: Reading, Literary programs


photo of Diane Edgecomb Diane Edgecomb
PO Box 300016
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-4335
E Mail: dedge@livingmyth.com
Website: www.livingmyth.com

For over twenty years, Diane has been bringing top quality storytelling assemblies to schools and educational institutions. Her gifts as a storyteller, educator and communicator make her as appreciated by teachers as she is by students with many repeat engagements requested. The effortless way Diane's programs bring educational information into an entertaining format inspire the most reluctant learners to open up their imaginations. From Nature and Science programming to performances representing unusual cultures, including Native American Nature Myths and the Kurds of the Middle East, each performance is the result of careful and thorough research. Visit her website or look below through the Seasonal, Cultural, and Nature offerings for programs like Insect Comedy, Digging Dinosaurs, Tales for the Earth, Welcome in the Spring, Rainforest Legends and more to bring an entertaining assembly to your school with Diane Edgecomb one of New England’s favorite storytellers. Different material and stories are told depending on whether the assembly is for K-2 or 3-6th grade. Each performance comes with an extensive curriculum package, which includes both science-based and language-based activities.

Dear Diane: I was just putting away my files for this year's enrichment programs at Steward School and I wanted to mention that you had an overwhelmingly positive response from the teachers here. Their comments included, "She kept 5 classes mesmerized!" "She was masterful at knowing when the students needed a motor break" and "She really engaged them with her stories!" One teacher suggested that you give workshops to teachers on how to tell a story! Should you ever need a reference, please don't hesitate to have someone contact me. We hope to have you back to Steward again in the future!" Julie Sullivan, Enrichment Chair, Topsfield Elementary Schools, MA

"I would like to thank you for your terrific performance this afternoon. The students were completely captivated and thoroughly enjoyed your lively delivery, great expressions, interactive style and story content. Several of the teachers stopped me during the day to add their complements and enthusiasm about your program." Ellen Kassaraba, Wellington School PTO, Belmont, MA

Program Titles: For complete program descriptions, see http://www.livingmyth.com

Celebrate the Season

Tall Fall Tales: brings alive the autumn world of nature with original stories and songs sure to delight. Perfect for just starting out the school year. This performance centers on the star in the apple, fall colors and a young girl who just cannot sit still in class!

Once Upon a Wintertime: Warm your hearts and your imaginations with this performance of tales from long ago. These stories of wintertime magic and fun are drawn from many cultures ranging from the lyrical Grimms’ tale of Snow White and Rose Red to tales of folksy New England escapades.

Welcome in the Spring: Welcome in the spring with talking earthworms, nesting birds and kite flying adventures. The perfect accompaniment to this joyful season.

Summer Escapades: celebrates family fun with participatory stories chosen from Diane's best-loved family tales. Including a favorite story about a monkey who takes a wild ride on the back of a shark!

Once Upon a Halloween: This fun-filled Halloween event has a huge cauldron bubbling over with fog for the last dramatic story. All tales are appropriate for family audiences ages four to forever and contain a well-rounded blend of suspense and humor.

Explore Cultural Riches

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. Diane was given permission to tell these tales by many prominent Native authors.

European Tales of Enchantment: Enter the world of fairy tales where magic is only a moment away, and lessons about how to live are expressed through vivid symbols. Classic fairytales as well as unusual versions of familiar stories.

Fit for a King’s Ear: Diane Edgecomb accompanied by Margot Chamberlain on Celtic harp. This Medieval program is filled with tales of unusual princesses and Arthurian Knights.

A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Folktales: Based on Diane's new book of Kurdish folktales, this program introduces students and families to this pivotal Middle Eastern culture. A map, anecdotes of her collecting experience and traditional dress and dance round out our exploration of this little known culture.

Irish Shenanigans: There is plenty of laughter and delight in this animated retelling of Ireland's best-loved gems. This performance is also available with Margot Chamberlain accompanying the program on Celtic harp.

Enter Nature’s Realm

Digging Dinosaurs: These popular dinosaur adventures complement their scientific facts with a happy dose of humor. Based on current scientific discoveries, this piece educates as it entertains.

Rainforest Legends: From the banks of the Amazon River to the heart of the West African jungle, Rainforest Legends brings to life favorite folktales and songs about the animals and plants of these lands.

Tales for the Earth: A Celebration of Nature and all the simple things we can do to help. What shines through the entire presentation is a love and respect for our place in nature; with many ideas communicated about how we can create a difference.

Insect Comedy: Insect Comedy takes a delightful look at our Six-legged friends. Diane's hilarious interpretations of Mr. Mosquito, Mr. Gnat, Old King Lampyradie Beetle keep us laughing as we take a closer look at the world of insects.

Night Lights: In Night Lights, unusual star myths take us on a multi-cultural voyage across the heavens. Listen in wonder as tales from Greece, Estonia, Native America, Kurdistan and Korea celebrate the magic of the night sky.

Audience Limit: Suggested maximum 250

Fee (including travel): $525 first show, $300 per additional show. Additional block booking rates available. Workshops $65 each when booked with a companion performance.

Funding Sources: Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, Local Massachusetts Cultural Councils

Social Studies: Native American History, European History, Oral History, Countries, Geography, Community, Holidays (Halloween)
Science: Ecology, Nature, Seasons, Animals, Environment, Senses, Water Cycle, Dinosaur, Insects, Sea, Solar System, Weather
Language Arts: Myth, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Children’s Literature


photo of Enchanted Circle Theater Enchanted Circle Theater
Ellen Weiner
Professional Artists Management
2411 Bay Road
Sharon, MA 02067
(781) 784-6394
E Mail: elweiner@comcast.net
Website: www.elweiner.com

Enchanted Circle Theater is one of New England's premier children's theater companies, integrating music, dance, theater, visual arts and literature. The current repertoire includes: Folktales From Japan (K - 6), Roots, Rhythm and Rapture - Caribbean music and dance (all ages), A Bullet Can't Kill A Dream - a multi-media performance about three courageous young people who each, in their own way stand up and speak out against injustice (5-8), Tales From Mother Russia (K - 6), Dance of the Earth (4-8) about the life of our planet Earth, and From Page to Stage (5-12), a dramatic rendering of prose, poetry, and drama aimed at encouraging young people to read.

Program Titles: Folktales from Japan; Tales From Mother Russia; Dance of the Earth; From Page to Stage; Roots, Rhythm and Rapture; A Bullet Can't Kill A Dream.

Audience Limit: approx. 25/class/workshop; 300/assembly

Fee: For Tales From Mother Russia, Folktales From Japan, Latino Voices, Dance of the Earth: $800 for one; reductions for multiples and block booking; workshop fees lower

Funding Sources: Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, B.O.C.E.S.

Special Requirements: space approx. 20' X 20'; electricity; (do not require stage)

Language Arts: Folktales, Reading
Social Studies: Countries and Regions of the World (Japan, Russia, Latin America), Geography
Science: Environment, Ecology
Health: Conflict Resolution


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photo of Foodplay Productions FOODPLAY PRODUCTIONS
Barbara Storper, M.S., R.D.
1 Sunset Avenue
Hatfield, MA 01038
(800) 366-3752
Fax: (800) 366-3752 (please call first)
E-Mail: info@foodplay.com
Web Site: www.foodplay.com and www.foodplaykids.com

"FOODPLAY" -- Captivating theater with essential health messages, this national award-winning nutrition show helps turn today's children on to healthy eating and exercise habits. Featuring fantastic feats of juggling, a cast of colorful characters, motivating messages, audience participation, music, magic and more...FOODPLAY addresses the major health concerns affecting today's schoolchildren. This educational and entertaining program includes a school-wide assembly performance (45 minutes), a comprehensive school resource kit with materials for everyone involved including, a Teacher's Follow-Up Activity Guidebook, a snack guide for parents, handouts for children, packet for school food service, evaluation materials, and press packet. FOODPLAY has been presented to over one million schoolchildren coast to coast and received a host of awards including an Emmy Award for "Best Children and Youth TV Special". (Grades K-5)

"THIS IS YOUR LIFE" -- Help adolescents make their choices healthy ones with this upbeat, thought-provoking, health theatre show that has received the highest ratings from schools throughout the country. Addressing nutrition, fitness, and body image, "THIS IS YOUR LIFE" helps young people see through the messages they receive from the media, family, and peers in order to make healthy choices. Originally sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control, this program features a school-wide assembly performance, Follow-Up Teacher's Activity Guidebook, School Resource Kit, and press packet. (Grades 5-9)

Program Titles: FOODPLAY; This Is Your Life!

Audience Limit: 400/assembly

Fee: Call for prices

Funding Sources: Safe and Drug-Free Schools, TEAM Nutrition, BOCES, and more

Health: Nutrition, Physical Fitness, Self-Esteem, Drug Awareness, Eating Disorder Prevention



photo of Gideon Freudmann Gideon Freudmann
CelloBop Productions
1534 SE 56th Ave.
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 231-7755
E-mail: gideon@cellobop.com
Website: www.cellobop.com

Gideon Freudmann is on the rosters of Young Audiences chapters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon/SW Washington. He has inspired young musicians, future musicians and their teachers across the country with his accessible style and informative presentation. In addition to leading improvisation workshops and conducting his own original string ensembles, he offers two assembly programs: CelloBop and Sound Science.

CelloBop is a whirlwind 500 year history of the cello - it's past present and future. Gideon plays excerpts from various periods of the cello repertoire intermixed with explanations about the cello's construction and tone. He demonstrates how the conventional acoustic instrument is played and also plugs in his futuristic electric cello and shows students how it can be used to create an even wider range of sounds and lends itself to many other styles of music. Gideon's program, CelloBop, includes some classical, blues, swing, jazz, rock and bluegrass as well as spontaneous improvised music.

Sound Science is a fun and enlightening examination of where art and science meet. Demonstrating the tonal qualities of the acoustic and electric cellos, Gideon clearly explains the mathematical aspects of music such as how music is divided into beats, measures and phrases, and the acoustic qualities including sound vibrations, pitch and timbre. Using the electric cello and real-time digital effects, he shows how notes can be echoed, repeated, distorted and augmented in many exciting and unexpected ways.

Program Titles: CelloBop; Sound Science

Audience Limit: 250/performance

Fee: $425/single; $600/double; $450 evening; $400 libraries; Travel - $25.

Science: Sound, Technology



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photo of Galapagos Puppet Theater Galapagos Puppet Theater
Margaret Moody
78 Varnum Street
Arlington, MA 02174
(781) 643-1228
Email: galapagospuppets.com

Galapagos performs folk, history and gentle fantasy stories with expressive hand puppets. Using traditional Chinese puppets and choreography we present three episodes of the Chinese epic Journey to the West. "The Golem" and "Trolls in the Kitchen" offer entertaining introductions to Jewish and Scandinavian folktales. In "Esther's Story," a life-sized puppet shares the Holocaust diaries of the teenaged Esther Cohn. Galapagos has toured the East Coast since 1987, and has extensive experience in schools, libraries and museums.

Program Titles: For large groups: Fire Cloud Cave; The Banana Princess; Esther's Story; The Golwm. For smaller groups: Trolls in the Kitchen; Monkey Wreaks Havoc in Heaven; Badger Meets the Fairies; The Trolls and the Tree.

Audience Limit: 275/assembly; 125 small group

Fee: Most shows: $600 single performance; $900 two performances on same day
Shows by solo puppeteer for audiences of no more than 125; $250

Special Requirements: "Esther's Story" needs a room that can be darkened

Social Studies: Countries and Regions of the World, Geography, Holiday (Halloween, Christmas, Purim), Holocaust
Language Arts: Folk Tales (Chinese, Jewish, Swedish)
Science: Environment


photo of The Gerwick Puppets The Gerwick Puppets
Lenny Gerwick and Deborah Costine
6 Wood Street
Southborough, MA 01772
(508) 481-6260
E Mail: info@gerwickpuppets.com
Website: gerwickpuppets.com

"Classic Quality Puppetry at its Best," The Gerwick Puppets are one of New England's longest running puppet troupes. Founded in 1974 by artist/educators Deborah Costine and Len Gerwick, this company performs in elementary schools around New England and regularly at such venues as Boston's First Night, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, The Mark Twain Museum in Hartford CT and The Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline MA. Eight Productions are available and performed "live" with elaborate theater lighting and artist-painted scenery and high quality sound. Most include some interaction with the audience.

Their DVD "The World of The Gerwick Puppets" documents much of what this company does as well as showing puppet making methods and how children can create their own puppet shows!

Curriculum materials are available for each production.

Productions:
Adventures From Thornton W. Burgess: This much-loved production is adapted from stories by Massachusetts author Thornton Burgess. Children learn about New England animals including skunks, opossums, and woodchucks and their habits and habitats.

Inside the Haunted House: In this original story written by the puppeteers, a boy and girl decide to explore an old mansion that is said to be haunted! Many funny and slightly scary surprises await them in this very exciting production.

Pilgrim Adventure to America: This is an elaborate telling of the Pilgrim story through the eyes of the Brewster family. For maximum dramatic effect, this productions uses masks as well as hand puppets, a miniature Mayflower, a map of Cape Cod, and many interesting visual and audio effects.

Midwinter Magic: This elaborate, winter fantasy takes place as puppet children "Mary Lou" and "Bruce" fall asleep on the longest night of the year. They are guided through a dream of enchanting music and puppets by "Katrinka" the midwinter sprite! Classical music enhances the experience!

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp: This ancient story from "The Arabian Nights" shows the struggle between good and evil. The evil magician, the ominous secret cave, the magic flying carpet and the all-powerful genie of the magic lamp are part of this enchanting classic story!

Rip Van Winkle: This early work of American literature by Washington Irving tells the story of the happy-go-lucky man who slept through the Revolutionary War. The show closely follows the original story and includes historical concepts and ideas from the late 1700's. (appropriate for grades 3 and up)

Aesop’s Fables: In this solo production, puppeteer, Len Gerwick, uses a different performing style, he is visible to the audience. The show's focus is on the morals of the fables: appreciating what you have, learning from the mistakes of others, and falling victim to one's own weaknesses.

The Case of the Missing Woodpile: In this musical mystery performed solo by Len Gerwick, Mary Lou and Bruce are on summer vacation, planting a garden and building a tree house. Suddenly the wood for the tree house disappears and the audience gets to help solve the mystery! Original jazz score written by musician Jonathan Klein.

Other Activities:

Puppets in the Language Arts Curriculum: Students can each make a puppet for use in a puppet show that they write and produce themselves. Instruction is available for how to create a script based on a story they have read, how to practice effective puppet movement and dialogue. This is a very valuable educational project! Creating a script through the Gerwick Puppets’ unique process helps children understand the structure of stories. Custom designed programs are available.

The Gerwick Puppets are available as Artists-in-Residence and are approved by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and are on the New England States Touring roster.

Their DVD "The World of The Gerwick Puppets" by Two Bob's Productions, documents much of what this company does as well as showing puppet making methods and how children can create their own puppet shows!

Program Titles: Adventures from Thornton W. Burgess; Inside the Haunted House; Midwinter Magic; Aladdin and the Magic Lamp; Aesop's Fables; Rip Van Winkle; Pilgrim Adventure to America; The Case of the Missing Woodpile Tales; Mid Winter Magic; The Puppets Teach Fire Safety

Audience Limit: 250

Fee: 1 performance $750.00, 2 performances $1,100 plus travel fee; Residency days are $300/day/artist

Special Requirements: The puppet theater requires a space of 15 ft. width, 10 ft. depth and 8 ft. height. A darkened room is best.

Language Arts: Children's Literature, Folk Tales, Trickster Tales, Fairy Tales, Aesop's Fables, Animal Stories, Creative Writing
Science: Seasons (Winter, Summer), Animals, Nature
Social Studies: American History (Colonial), Countries and Regions of the World



photo of Brian Gillie Brian Gillie
In Massachusetts:
Gail LaRocca, The LaRocca Agency
7 Mt. Pleasant Street,Winchester, MA 01890
(781)729-1537
E-mail: GailALaRocca@cs.com

In Connecticut:
Young Audiences of Connecticut
3074 Whitney Avenue, Bldg 2, 2nd floor
Hamden, CT 06518
(203) 230-8101
Email: lbrown@yaconn.org

Brian Gillie's Website: www.BrianGillie.com

Brian Gillie, 1999 YAC Artist of the Year and CCT Master Teaching Artist, is a rare artist who does it all: singer, dancer, pianist, historian and educator. His interactive performances and workshops showcase the histories, stylings and novelty of America’s social dances and popular songs from 1776 to today, and they empower students with critical thinking skills, encouraging them to believe in their creative genius and improvisational possibilities.

Brian is a Master Teaching Artist with the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and travels New England with the Commission’s Touring Artists program. He has toured the northeast states with the Reel Nutmeg Colonial Dance Company, The Elm City Vintage Dancers and the Mountain Laurel Cloggers. Brian was principal choreographer with the Connecticut Swing Dancers for five years and currently has two nationally available swing dance instructional videos. Brian has been an annual lecturer/performer at Yale and Wesleyan Universities and was recently an adjunct professor of dance at Naugatuck Valley Community College. He has been a teacher-training leader at the National Dance Association’s annual conference in Boston, and is a dance and music historian and consultant to song and dance educators. Brian believes that early movement and dance experiences improve overall academic success and well-being.

Brian currently offers five all-school assembly programs and five residency/workshop choices for both student and teacher in-service training.

Assembly Programs:

Salute to Song in America: An amazing multi-media mix of live and pre-recorded music, biographies and history capture the essence of songs, singers and composers from patriots, Civil War, ragtime, Broadway, swing, rock and everything in-between.

History of Social Dance in America: Seen your students dance lately? History, humor and period music accompany dances from Charleston to Cha Cha, Ragtime to Rumba, and Lindy Hop to Hip Hop. Students participate throughout the presentation of over 35 dances.

Song, Dance and the Possibilities: Try Brian’s “anyone can write a song and anyone can invent a dance” experience. Learn the predictable ingredients of song and dance, then dare to break the rules to create the extraordinary. Sing a ragtime classic in doo-wop style; add rap rhythms to a rap tune; create a hip-hop version of the Charleston. Students learn to trust their own imaginations.

Song Dance and the Possibilities – the Holiday Version: Based on Song, Dance and the Possibilities, Brian and audience explore elements of song and dance, then invent a hip holiday dance to a funky seasonal tune, and all in the house mastermind an original holiday song full of local color and personalities and perhaps some flying reindeer and dancing snowmen. Ho Ho Ho!

The History of Early Rock & Roll: History, humor, costumes, props, original sound bites, stand-up piano playing, radio commercials and impersonations serve to reveal rock’s evolution from blues to doo-wop, Motown to Beatles and more. Sh-BOOM!

It’s a Grand Night for Singing: (for family night, festivals, celebrations) Brian’s original songs and dances require audience participation to help complete cool lyrics and funky moves. Creative, up-lifting fun!

Workshops, Residencies and Teacher Training

Songwriting Workshop: Students are introduced to the elements of song: rhythm, lyrics, melody, theme, harmony and style. Using these elements students build a song from scratch. Students also learn how technology, business and “pop”culture, and the rules of grammar, poetry and music determine a song’s effectiveness, clout and popularity.

Never Too Small to Dance and Boogie (grades K – 2): Research shows that movement exploration and simple dance choreography work to open up the cognitive pathways of our youngest students. These benefits last a lifetime and cross over in to all areas of physical and mental behavior. Brian and students explore the basics and do ‘em large, loose, low, in reverse, in slow motion and “your way.”

Folk Dances: 1700 – 1900 (grades 3 and up): a regular addition for those students studying America’s 18th and 19th centuries. Selections include square, line and circle dances as well as marches, waltzes, polkas and early couple dances, particularly of the Revolutionary and Civil War eras.

Ballroom Dances of the Twentieth Century (grades 3 and up): Starting with ragtime and animal dances at the turn of the century, students participate in the progression of dance from blues to roaring twenties, Latin, swing, country, novelty, rock and additional possibilities for the next generation.

Swing Dance Intensive (grades 4 and up): Swing dance is “in,” so invite Brian for a workshop or residency to learn the hops, spins, jumps, kicks, spins and twirls that made swing dancing famous. Learn some hip combinations or a full swing routine.

Fee: $400/one performance; $700.00/two performances; $450.00/evening and special events; Workshops: $600.00/day. Libraries and camps; $250/one performance

Social Studies: American History, Holidays
Language Arts: Creative Writing



photo of Jackson Gillman Jackson Gillman - "Stand-Up Chameleon"
PO Box 41
Onset, MA 02558
(508) 295-0886
E-Mail: jacksong@jacksongillman.com
Web site: www.jacksongillman.com

Sparkling with energy, wit and whimsy, the "Stand-Up Chameleon" magically transforms into a wide array of colorful characters. Through his many talents as songsmith, comic, mime and storyteller, Jackson engages and delights audiences of all ages with his highly visual and interactive performances. Many different shows to choose from including several educational nature programs. Has been a featured performer at festivals across the country. For 6-12 grades, his two substance abuse awareness presentations have been used annually by schools for their prevention programming. 30+ years experience, easy-going and flexible, references galore.

Program Titles:

Nature in Action, Story and Song - an educational romp on the wild and crazy side of natural science;

Riot in the Garden - fun-filled farm science, awarded Most Educational at the MOFGA Common Ground Fair;

BUGS! - doodlebugs, spiders, ants and other crawlies are featured in this low-life revue;

Once Upon a Tide - fun and fishy repertoire from the sandy beach to the briny deep;

On a Wing and a Song - a birds-eye view of the cycle of seasons;

Moon Crazy - captivating songs and stories to take you far away and pilot you happily home;

Autumn Wonders - a rich tapestry of the colors, sounds and smells in a heartwarming, story and song-filled celebration of the season;

Halloween Silly Willies - songs and stories to tickle your funny-bone without scaring your pants off;

Winter Wonders (or Holiday Huzzah for Christmas and/or Chanukah) - heartwarming celebrations of the seasons, holidays and the human spirit;

Spring Into Action and Song - celebrates spring and in all of its song-filled wonder;

The Man Who Planted Hope - an inspiring account of reforestation in Provence, adapted from the story by Jean Giono;

The Magic of Rudyard Kipling: Just So - the classic Just So Stories brought to life;

Levity in Motion - mime and stories for the family, airborne exploits and other childhood flights of fancy;

A Family Cabaret - an intergenerational look at daily rituals, wake-up to bedtime, from all perspectives;

The Dancing Man (with ASL) - lively, interactive songs and stories to move and groove with;

Harlequin and the Gift of Many Colors - stories of friendship performed with sign language;

Swamp Cake and Cattails - assembly program about anti-bullying and social acceptance, fancifully disguised as a prehistoric comedy with dinosaurs and dragons;

Hard Knocks - an intense one-man drama dealing with substance abuse within a family;

The Perfect High - a lighter-side look at the prevention of substance abuse;

Fee: starts at $375 + travel

Funding Sources: New England Foundation for the Arts

Social Studies: Regions (New England, Maine), Occupations (Farmer, Sailor, Fisherman), Holidays (Chanukah, Christmas, Halloween, Earth Day)
Language Arts: Creative Writing, Folk Tales, "Why" Stories, Children's Lit (Rudyard Kipling), American Sign Language (ASL)
Science: Insects, Environment /Ecology, Seasons, Nature, Sea, Water Cycle, Animals (Birds, Dinosaurs)
Health: Nutrition, Drug Prevention, Self-Esteem, Conflict Resolution, Special Needs



photo of Gould & Stearns Gould & Stearns
Bonnie Stearns, Managing Director
44 Hillcrest Terrace
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-8355 Fax: same
email: stearns@sover.net
Web: www.sover.net/~stearns

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Ellen Weiner
Professional Artists Management
2411 Bay Road
Sharon, MA 02067
(781) 784-6394
E Mail: elweiner@comcast.net
Website: www.elweiner.com

Peter Gould and Stephen Stearns are madcap performers and master teachers who have been offering school programs and residencies for over 20 years. Their performances are clever, often zany, and always heart-warming. In their work as workshop and discussion leaders, often in conjunction with a performance, they give students a can-do message about managing problems and opportunities with the help of humor.

Programs include:

Secrets: Peter and Stephen use stories of their own growing up to look, with humor, at real kid issues - peer pressure, self esteem, and choice-making. (grades 4-6, 7-8)

Fee Fie Fo Fun! involves the audience in re-creating the familiar story of Jack and the Beanstalk with Peter and Stephen - and gives insight into the art forms of mime, theatre and comedy. This new look at an old favorite is a perfect way to introduce young students to storytelling as a living art form. (grades preK-5)

A Peasant of El Salvador - about which teachers have said - "The best social studies lesson my students will have all year... The most moving, meaningful play I have ever seen... Taught more about Latin American culture in one hour than I do in three years teaching." (grades 9-12)

Simple Gifts - a special holiday program for December - highlights stories from a variety of cultures and traditions, and reminds us that the simple gifts of ourselves are the best sources of warmth and comfort we can offer one another.

Laughing Matters teaches students basic illusions and mime techniques and creative use of language while it takes them on a journey of the imagination - from a whaling ship of the 1800s to the vaudeville stage, and into the future! (grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12).

Program Titles: Secrets, Fee Fie Fo Fun!, A Peasant of El Salvador, Simple Gifts, Laughing Matters

Audience limit: 24/class, usually 300-350 /assembly, up to 650 or more in suitable auditorium.

Fee: $500-$800/performance

Funding Source: New England Foundation for the Arts

Language Arts: Folk Tales, Bilingual (Spanish)
Social Studies: Countries and Regions of the World - Latin America, Holidays
Health: Self-Esteem, Drug Prevention, Peer Pressure




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photo of Historical Perspectives for Children Historical Perspectives for Children, Inc.
Joan Schaeffer
1344 East Bailey Road
Naperville, IL 60565
(800) 305-0472
Fax: (630) 305-6042
E Mail: hpcprograms@historicalperspectives.net
Website: www.historicalperspectives.net

For over 20 years, Historical Perspectives for Children has educated and inspired students with compelling full-life portrayals of historical role models whose stories will complement your social studies, science, language arts and character education curricula. These engaging, multi-media and interactive productions dramatize each character's life from their childhood through their adulthood, showing children the process each went through to achieve what they did. At the end of the program, students will say to themselves, “Maybe I can do that someday!”

Program Titles: BEN FRANKLIN: Statesman and Inventor; HELEN KELLER: Champion of the Disabled; HARRIET TUBMAN: Conductor of the Underground Railroad; LAURA INGALLS WILDER: Writer of the Frontier

Audience Limits: Up to 300

Fee: Ranges from $515 - $775, depending on location. Block-booking discounts available.

Funding Source: Massachusetts Cultural Council grants

Historical Characters: Ben Franklin, Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Social Studies: American History (Colonial, Revolution, Civil War, Slavery, Westward Movement), Black, History, Women's History (Helen Keller, Amelia Earhart), Famous People
Health: Disability Awareness, Diversity


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photo of The Improbable Players The Improbable Players
Lynn Bratley, Artistic Director
22 Mt. Auburn Street
Watertown, MA 02472-3955
(617) 926-8124 or (800) 437-4303
Fax: (617) 926-8315
E Mail: players@improbableplayers.org
Website: http://www.improbableplayers.org

Not another lecture about substance abuse! Spotlight tough social issues as they relate to alcohol/drug use with plays that captivate, educate, motivate. All the young actor/educators are in long-term recovery. Participate in drama workshops that weave theater and health lessons so students can give voice to their ideas to help solve community issues.

“Thanks for coming to our school today. The issues you portrayed were realistic. Both the performances and the opportunity to speak with and hear from the actors was invaluable to our students – it stimulated great discussions. The best part of the experience was knowing the actors had real issues: it made the students more willing to listen, and it offered them the hope of having fun without drinking. Your work is amazing and inspirational.”

Program Titles: I'll Never Do That!; Passing It On; Running on E; Hitting Rock Bottom; Stages

Audience Limits: none

Fee: Ranges from $550 to $1,600 (+travel expenses)

Funding Sources: Call us to find out about the many options available for funding. Improbable Players is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Creative Teaching Partner

Health: Drug Prevention, Self-esteem, Conflict Resolution




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photo of Abigail Abigail 'Ifatola' Jefferson
P.O. Box 176
Peacedale, RI 02883
(401) 932-6565 or (401) 783-4982
EMail: abijef@cox.net
Website: www.abigailjefferson.com

Abigail "Ifatola" Jefferson, storyteller, dancer and arts educator, performs and conducts workshops nationally. Through a unique blend of story, dance, song, and rhythm, Abigail brings to life traditional stories from around the globe. Her performance presentations are highly interactive, educational and fun-filled. Audiences of all ages have described her performances and workshops as inspiring, informative, and energizing.

Abigail has conducted workshops and performed in schools, churches, prisons, shelters, theatres, festivals and libraries. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.F.A. in theatre, and holds a M.Ed. from Lesley University. Currently, Abigail is an adjunct professor for Lesley University's Creative Arts and Learning Program, and the co-director of Celebration of Culture, a program designed to increase students' and educators' appreciation of diversity. She has traveled to Ghana, Nigeria, Niger, and Cuba to study cultural traditions.

Program Title: Dance, Drum, Story or Celebration of Culture

Audience Limit: 200

Fee: $500 plus travel

Funding Source: New England Foundation for the Arts, Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, local councils.

Language Arts: Folk Tales (General, African)
Social Studies: Holidays (Kwanzaa), Countries and Regions of the World (General, Africa), Black History


photo of Jennings and Ponder Jennings and Ponder - World Tales and Celtic Music
Ellen Weiner
Professional Artists Management
2411 Bay Road
Sharon, MA 02067
(781) 784-6394
E Mail: elweiner@comcast.net
Website: www.elweiner.com

Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder present their stories in two intertwining and overlapping voices, and, between tales, play music on harp and concertina. Their live-performance storytelling CD, "World Tales," won a 1999 American Library Association Notable Children's Recording award. Their two music recordings have been acquired by the Irish traditional Music Archive in Dublin. Recent performances have included Vermont Public Television, Club Passim, and the Saturday night event of the UK Society for Storytelling Annual Gathering, at the National Folk Life Museum in Wales. "This is the best tandem storytelling I have ever heard"-- 2nd Story Review, Ontario.

"If you don't believe storytelling can be absolutely fascinating, try this duo; they are brilliant!" -- FolkWorld Magazine, Germany.

Audience Limits: up tp 300

Fee: $750 for one performance; $1,350 for a double, same day, same place.

Funding Sources: New England Foundation for the Arts, Vermont Arts Council, B.O.C.E.S. (New York)

Language Arts: Literature, Folk Tales
Social Studies: Countries and Regions of the World



photo of Keith Michael Johnson Keith Michael Johnson
Educational Programs for K-6
45 Ann Mary Brown Drive
Warwick, RI 028888
(401) 781-6676
Fax:(866) 247-7073
Web site: http://keithmichaeljohnson.com
E-Mail: kmjshows@yahoo.com

Keith Michael Johnson uses humor to motivate, educate and entertain students in grades K-5. Thousands of students throughout Southern New England have enjoyed his time-tested and popular assembly programs:

The Secret World of Bubbles brings curriculum concepts of soap films, gasses, liquids, tension and pressure to life in an amazing program featuring soap bullles. (K-5)

Science Isn't Always Pretty challenges students with outrageous questions and demonstrations that brings the K-5 science curriculum alive! (k-5)

Mad About Math is full of things to see, ideas to ponder, and advice to make learning math easier. It's not a math lesson, it's a "here's why mathapulluza!" (k-5)

Amazing Americans is chock full of insightful immigrant stories, antique artifacts from everyday American life and a look at history through the lens of hobbies. A program which touches on culture, science, art, fashion and our diverse culture as ways of exploring our history, Amazing Americans also encourages responsible citizenship. (History and Reading for K-5)

Wild About Weather (k-5) takes a creative and quirky look at clouds, air pressure, forecasts and storms. Kids discover why our weather happens and how it works while experiencing a tornado machine, a hot air balloon and an air cannon.

Program Titles: The Secret World of Bubbles; Science Isn't Always Pretty; Amazing Americans; Mad About Math; Wild About Weather

Audience Limit: 200/assembly in school setting. No audience limit for summer reading, evening family, or fundraising events.

Fees: $625/1 show; $950/ 2 shows, back to back, $975, AM/PM; $1,325/3 shows; $1,625/4 shows.

Possible Funding Sources: Potential funding available from local Massachusetts cultural councils and the Massachusetts Cultural Council; New England Foundation for the Arts - listed as a NEST performer on www.MATCHBOOK.org

Science: General; Weather
Math
Social Studies: American History, Citizenship



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photo of Paul Kaplan Paul Kaplan
203 Heatherstone Road
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-9484
E Mail: phkaplan@yahoo.com
Website: www.paulkaplanmusic.com

Paul Kaplan believes that music is unique in its ability to cross the boundaries of time and place, opening minds and hearts along the way. His programs include "Songs Around the World," adaptable to include music from cultures of your choice, "American Folksong Singalong," "Songs of the Sea," "Immigration Songs," "Songs for the Earth," and three interactive seasonal shows for young people: "Fall Frolic," "Wonders of Winter," and "Sing for Spring." Also, with bagpiper Larry Cole, "Music of the Isles (England, Ireland and Scotland)," and "The World of Bagpipes." All shows feature many opportunities for audience participation.

Program Title: Songs Around the World, Folk Singalong, Songs of the Sea, Songs for the Earth, Music of the Isles (England, Ireland and Scotland), Fall Frolic, Wonders of Winter, Sing for Spring

Audience Size: 350

Fee: $300 for one show; $450 for two; travel negotiable

Funding Sources: Massachusetts Cultural Council (event)

Social Studies: Social Studies: Countries and Regions of the World, American History, Occupation (Sailor), Immigration
Science: Seasons, Sea, Environment, Ecology



photo of Angela Klingler Angela Klingler - The Storyteller
PO Box 530
Salem, NH 03079
(603) 898-0537
E Mail: TheStoryteller@AngelaKlingler.com
Website: www.AngelaKlingler.com

“I've worked with hundreds of artists. It is rare to find one who is as skilled at her craft and also as professional. I would recommend Angela without reservation.” (Jeannie Connoly, Arts Enrichment Coordinator, Con Val School District, NH))

“Angela's artist-in-residency filled our school with a new sense of adventure and wonder about the world.” (Denise Buckman, Grantham Village School, NH).

Nationally recognized and telling professionally since 1989, from museums and arts festivals to educators' conferences, schools and libraries in NH, MA, ME, VT, NY, TX and CA, NAPPA award winning storyteller and education consultant Angela Klingler's animated retellings of traditional world folktales, fable, myths and legends bridges time, culture and curriculum K-8.

(NOTE: An operating room R.N. before beginning her "second career," Angela's programming fosters an increased narrative understanding: engagement, attention, processing, sequencing, memory; the value of and personal investment in curriculum by students and fostering conflict resolution and character development through storytelling.)

Program Titles: World Folktales, Fables, Fairytales, Myth, Legend and Geomythology; Story, Stone, Water, Fire; Fairy, Beasts & Lore; Tricksters, Tall Tales, Traditions, Legends & Lore; The Middle Ages; Colonial America; The Moon & Stars; Stories Around the Camp Fire; Bold Girls, Wise Women. (NOTE: Developing custom designed interdisciplinary and curriculum specific programming since 1989, visit website for sample programming for: Science, Geomythology; Environment, History; Literacy; Seasonal & Storycraft sessions available.)

Audience Grade Level Suitability: K - 8

Audience Size: No limit, however, a distraction-free room/space large enough to accommodate audience is required.

Special Requirements: If telling outside, electricity for portable sound system.

Fee: $400 for a half day of one to three sessions or evening PTA/PTO Book Fair or Family Night performances, $600 for a full day-up to six sessions; $800 for full day with post performance Teacher Inservice. Additional travel fee calculated at federal rate may apply. Residencies, Teacher’s Inservices and Conferences vary and are negotiable. Block scheduling available.

Funding Sources: New England States Touring (NEST) program of the New England Foundation for the Arts

Language Arts: Folktales, Fables, Fairytales, Myth and Legend
Social Studies: Native Americans, American History (Colonial, Western Movement), European History (Middle Ages)
Science: Eatch Science Geomythology: land forms, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami, ocean currents, climate, astronomy, space weather
Health: Conflict Resolution


photo of KLS KLS Magic Castle Puppet Theater
Andrea O'Regan
24 Pearl Street Extension
Beverly, MA 01915
781-424-4864
E Mail: KLSPuppets@aol.com
Website: klspuppets.homestead.com

The KLS Magic Castle Puppet Theater has been performing in schools and libraries for more than 14 years. Providing science enrichment for the lower elementary grades, our puppet theater can be set up in your caf, auditorium, library or classroom. Included are topics from the Curriculum Frameworks. Shows are interactive and include music. Children receive opportunities for growth of imagination and creative expression. (Prior to working in puppetry Andrea O'Regan was an elementary science teacher, graduating from Northeastern University with Graduate level work in the Creative Arts Program at Lesley University.)

Program Title: Oceans Away; Animals in Winter; The Pirate's Missing Pumpkin (Halloween); A Long Winter's Nap; Giorgio's Springtime Soup; Dinosaurs; The Rain Forest; The Amazing Life Cycle of the Butterfly. Animal Hibernation shows appropriate for each grade PreK through 3. Now offering Bullying Prevention Programs for K-4.

Audience Grade Level Suitability: PreK - 4

Audience Size: 250/assembly

Special Requirements: Electricity

Fee: $250 and up.

Science: Seasons, Sea, Dinosaurs, Animals, Nature, Environment, Ecology
Social Studies: Holidays (Halloween) Health: Conflict Resolution


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Diane Kordas
P.O. Box 181
Chester, NH 03036
603-315-3083
Email: diane@romperrhythm.com
Website: http://www.romperrhythm.com

Diane Kordas brings stories to life with puppets and music, either with a staged puppet show production or with songs and short puppet skits. Lots of humor and audience participation are highlights of each program. Great for preschools and day care centers, schools, libraries, birthday parties, recreation centers and more.

*NH Council on the Arts Touring Artist and New England Foundation for the Arts (link) *Winner of Children's Music Web award for her Dinosaur Stomp CD.

Program Titles: Friendly Forest Folktales; Bremen Town Musicians; Pirates, Ahoy!; Elves and the Shoemaker with the Gingerbread Man; Sir George and the Dragon; Outerspace Adventures!. Shadow Puppet show: Chicken Little and other Tales. Residencies, workshops, Teacher Training workshops. See www.romperrhythm.com for new shows and updates

Grade Level Suitability: pre-K - 3 for most programs, workshops and residencies for K-12

Audience Limits: 250

Special Requirements: I supply my own puppet stage, sound, lighting_and need a grounded 3 prong outlet to plug into.

Fee: Starts at $300, discount for block bookings

Funding Sources: New England Touring Roster, New England Foundation for the Arts; New Hampshire State Council for the Arts

Language Arts: Folk Tales (Grimms and Aesop's fables), Children’s Lit., Creative Writing
Science: Seasons, Sea, Animals (Birds, Dinosaurs), Nature, Environment, Ecology, Solar System
Social Studies: Regions (New England), States (New Hampshire)


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photo of Henry Lappen Henry Lappen
120 Pulpit Hill Road, #31
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 549-3722
E mail: wow@HenryLappen.com
Website: www.henrylappen.com

A Passion for Birds (formerly Birds in Their Habitat) is a unique, interpretive program which helps students to understand and connect with birds and other wildlife. Using masks, comedy, and lots of audience participation, Henry Lappen explores how and why birds have adapted to their environment. He explains the science while demonstrating how the birds move and act. Participants get to don the masks and soar as Eagles, stalk as Herons, and swim as Puffins. Covers several state science curriculum standards.

Henry the Juggler Henry the Juggler (AKA Henry Lappen) is wanted! He is wanted by audiences everywhere for his zany attempts to defy the laws of gravity. He juggles any number of balls, clubs, rings, members of the audience . . . He balances strange items on the tip of his nose.

Everything is accomplished wordlessly as Henry uses body language and gesture to express himself. Caution: Henry is known to use innocent bystanders in his act.

Henry the Juggler is a professional. He has been seen by tens of thousands up and down the East Coast - at theaters, schools, libraries and festivals. He has been performing for over twenty five years. He studied physical comedy at California's Dell'Arte School. He is an active member of the International Jugglers' Association.

Program Title: A Passion for Birds; Henry the Juggler

Audience Limit: A Passion for Birds: 250; Henry the Juggler: 500

Fee: $425 for 1 show, $650. for 2. Travel may be extra.

Funding Sources: Massachusetts Cultural Council, your local Massachusetts cultural council, and New England Foundation for the Arts.

Science: Animals (birds), Nature, ecology, environment
Health: Physical Fitness




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photo of Mary Jo Maichack Mary Jo Maichack, Minstrel/Storyteller
Maichack Arts
93 Homestead Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 532-3667
Fax (413) 538-6023
E Mail: EmJay7@aol.com
Website: www.maryjomaichack.com/

Winner of two national awards (NAPPA Gold & Honors) for her CDs of storytelling & music, veteran singer and storyteller Mary Jo Maichack has "got it down to a science," says Pat Pierce of Newington's Lucy Robbins-Welles Library. Mary Jo offers a huge variety of themes for your library, school (prek-8), museum, festival or other venue, from summer reading club shows to school residencies and professional development workshops for teachers and parents in using storytelling as oral literacy skill-building. Fun. Fun. Fun. Aligned with learning standards. Easy, fun and businesslike in making arrangements. Free posters and press releases save you time.

Performer, creative teaching artist, cabaret singer and dynamic teller of folktales, Mary Jo's shows work because they are unusually interactive. In family and children's programs, your audiences sing, (MJ plays guitar) chant, play instruments, make sound effects, dance, act in costumes and have a ball. Vastly experienced (22 years) in any age-group or mix of ages. Using multicultural folktales at the heart of each program, Mary Jo weaves in music, dance & audience play. Please visit Web site for show descriptions from summer reading to preschools to Halloween and beyond. Winner, Julie Andrews Artist-in-Residence Award, Mass. Cultural Council Stars residency, NEFA touring artist can help fund your program. B.A. cum laude, English lit., Middlebury College. Extensive foreign language study.

"Clever and engaging," says School Library Journal, "A perfect choice for the literacy path," says L.A. Parent Magazine

As a cabaret singer interpreting the Great American Songbook, Mary Jo brings top notch professional pianists to accompany her and wow your audience--background or shows. Performed at Pittsfield Mass.'s Colonial Theatre, Cranwell Resort, Berkshire Forum.

Program Titles: Books Are Celebrations—the funniest reading show ever; Everybody Says Hello—Multilingual Fun in Story & Song; The People Could Fly/African-American Folktales and Music; Clever Maidens: Women's History in Folklore and Myth; Greek Myths—ALIVE!, Native American Tales; Skunk Grease & Turpentine (Hilarious Tall Tales & Tunes of American Pioneers); The Minstrel's Revels: A Medieval Romp; Or Would You Rather Be A Fish? Folklore & Songs of the Sea); Howlarious Halloween/Ghost Stories & Songs; Sun, Moon, Stars!; All Together Now/Stories & Songs to Celebrate Diversity; Round the World in Tales & Tunes multicultural show; The Lake of the Croaking Frogs and Other Tales & Tunes of Nature; Preschoolers’ Palooza!; Stinkbug Bugaloo: Stories & Songs of Insects; Meowls & Growls: Animal Tales; After-school programs incorporating performance with teaching kids storytelling skills; Workshops, in-service programs and residencies in storytelling for adults and children; “Oh, Behave! Family Audience Management Essentials for Event Hosts.”

Audience Limit: prefer audiences of 200 and under but will discuss any

Fee: $395 and up

Funding Source: Massachusetts Cultural Council, local councils, CT Humanities Council, other

Language Arts: Folk Tales (including Animal Tales, Tall Tales), Greek Myths, Reading
Social Studies: American History (westward movement), Women's History, Countries and Regions of the World, Native American, African-American, Famous People (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), Holidays (Halloween and Winter Solstice), European (Middle Ages)
Science: Animals, Insects, Nature, Sea, Solar System



photo of Sally Matson Sally Matson - "Susan B. Anthony - The Invincible"
23 William Street
Andover, MA 01810
(978) 749 - 9908
E-Mail: ssmatson@gmail.com
Website: http://www.susanbanthonytheinvincible.com

The feisty activist comes to life- circulating petitions, getting arrested, wearing bloomers, and challenging legislators. The forty-five minute play (roughly 1850-1906) mentions twenty-two of Anthony’s contemporaries as they fight for abolition, women’s rights and woman suffrage. Letters, speeches and diaries reveal her wit and intellect.

A graduate of the Northwestern University School of Communication, actor/educator Sally Matson has been a writer/ interviewer on CT Cable TV, a teacher (5th graders) at the American Textile History Museum, and an actor for over thirty years.

A curriculum packet and portions of the script are sent ahead with suggestions for social studies, English, math, art, drama, debate.

Program Titles: Susan B. Anthony - The Invincible

Grade Level Suitability: 4th-12th - adjusted for age level

Special Requirements: Lavaliere microphone if over 200

Fee: $400 1st performance; $600 2nd performance, same day/location.

Possible Funding Sources: Potential funding available from local Massachusetts cultural councils and the Massachusetts Cultural Council; New England Foundation for the Arts - listed as a NEST performer on www.MATCHBOOK.org; New Hampshire Humanities Council and Vermont Humanities Council.

Social Studies: American History (Civil War), Women's History, Famous People (Susan B. Anthony)
Historical Characters: Susan B. Anthony



photo of Sumner McClain Sumner McClain
Ellen Weiner
Professional Artists Management
2411 Bay Road
Sharon, MA 02067
(617) 784-6394
E Mail: elweiner@comcast.net
Website: www.elweiner.com

A respected and sought-after storyteller, Sumner's message is Yes! You can be anything you want to be. Appreciating differences and self-esteem are two topics close to his heart and ones that are frequently requested. In addition, he has in his repertoire many stories from folk literature as well as the African-American experience. His original story about Martin Luther King, Jr., "Daddy King" is heavily booked each year. Workshops for students and teachers are also available.

Audience Limit: 25/workshop; 200/assembly

Fee: $500 for the first performance, $300 for each thereafter same day/same location.

Funding Sources: Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, B.O.C.E.S. (New York)

Language Arts: Folk Tales (African-American)
Social Studies: Countries and Regions of the World, Famous People (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Health: Self-Esteem, Conflict Resolution



photo of Michael Graham's Spring Valley Puppet Theater Michael Graham's Spring Valley Puppet Theater
26 Howard Ave.
New Haven, CT 06519-2809
(203) 777-4601
E-Mail: svpuppet@aol.com
Website: www.springvalley.com

Michael Graham, Director of the Spring Valley Puppet Theater, has been performing professionally since 1966 for schools and libraries throughout New England. His theatrical productions are drawn from fairy tales, folktales and fables, and feature beautifully crafted hand and rod puppets. A bilingual (English/Spanish) program is also available.

Most school assembly programs can be followed by a curtain down question and answer period.
Public performances are followed by a demonstration of some of the puppets.
Curriculum materials available for each program.

Jack and the Beanstalk
Can beans make wishes come true? They can and do in "Jack and the Beanstalk," the award-winning puppet production of Michael Graham's Spring Valley Puppet Theater. This popular classic features beautifully crafted hand and rod puppets, colorful scenic design, special effects and an original script in which Jack, with the help of a clever Chicken, saves the day! The Spring Valley Puppet Theater production of "Jack and the Beanstalk" holds many surprises in this new approach to this old favorite. Jack and the Beanstalk received the 1994 UNIMA "Citation of Excellence" in the Art of Puppetry.

The Three Wishes
What would you do if a magical Elf gave YOU three wishes? That's just what happens to Henry and Gretchen in this puppet production of “The Three Wishes.” This folktale favorite is flavored with a dash of dialogue, a generous helping of humor and the twists of plot for which the Spring Valley Puppet Theater is known. This folktale favorite is flavored with a dash of dialogue, a generous helping of humor and the twists of plot for which the Spring Valley Puppet Theater is known.

The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
A hungry Wolf tries to outwit the savvy Shepherd and make a meal of the helpless, little Lamb.
Helpless? Maybe not! Adapted from the Aesop Fable, this popular story is enlivened with a colorful Mexican setting, a humorous communication gap and a surprise ending!

The Lazy Fox (El Zorro Perezoso)
Can a very lazy Fox trick an Armadillo? Perhaps, But in this production of the Argentine folktale, the Armadillo has a few tricks up HIS sleeve! This program features enchanting hand puppet animals and a large rod puppet Sun. This production is also available in a bilingual version: "El Zorro Perezoso."

A Holiday Fantasy
Enchanted toys, fairy magic and a clever mouse are just some of the surprises in "A Holiday Fantasy," an original puppet production by Michael Graham's Spring Valley Puppet Theater. The story unfolds to the music of Massenet, Glazunov, Lecocq and others!

Puss in Boots
A walking, talking cat? Impossible! Unless he's wearing the magic boots! This classic fairy tale features beautifully crafted hand puppets, a life-sized Ogre and clever scenic design. In an original adaptation, Puss (in boots) rushes headlong into a series of misadventures, only to discover he is happiest being himself! The Spring Valley Puppet Theater production of “Puss in Boots” mixes merriment and message in a new approach to this feline favorite.

Program Titles: Jack and the Beanstalk; The Three Wishes (combines with The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing or A Holiday Fantasy); The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (combines with The Three Wishes or The Lazy Fox); Puss in Boots; The Lazy Fox/El Zorro Perezoso (bilingual available) (combines with The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing); A Holiday Fantasy (all music, non-verbal program) (combines with The Three Wishes)

Audience Limit: 350/Assembly (Floor seating) 250 Theater seating)

Fee: Libraries: $335 to $355. Reduction for additional shows available. Travel fee: 25 cents per mile, round trip/

Special Requirements: An indoor area 12' to 20' wide X 6' deep, near electricity, with a 10' ceiling height (a 8' 11" ceiling height can be accomodated, sometimes lower); A darkened or dimmed room is preferable. Set up - 2 hours. Take down - 1 hour, 15 minutes. (A difficult load in or load out extends those times.)

Language Arts: Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, Aesop Fables, Bilingual (Spanish)
Social Studies: Holiday (Christmas)



photo of The Mystic Paper Beasts The Mystic Paper Beasts
Marya Ursin
8 Hancox Street
Stonington, CT 06378
(860) 535-3346
Email: mybeasts@aol.com
Website: www.mysticpaperbeasts.org

The Mystic Paper Beasts have gained international renown for their whimsical performance style and for their amazing hand made masks. Performances of new and old myths include dance, mime, narrative, and feature 25 - 30 masks in each show. Appropriate for family audiences, and for pre-K - 6, depending on the show. Shows run 45 minutes and can be followed by a Q & A time.

Repertoire includes: Art Fool (about making art, antic and amusing); Myth Spritz (Greek Myths); Magic Soles (Fairy stories about shoes); Sky Tails (Native American Stories), Asian Mystery Tales (two Japanese and one Chinese story). Plays may be commissioned.

Workshops:
Myth in mask (using the Beasts' masks): using the body and the mask in creating short tales. (15-20 students)
Mask making (requires art supplies and quite a bit of time): 3 hours with paint drying time separate. (Small groups are best)

Program Titles: Myth Spritz; Art Fool; Asian Mystery Tales; Sky Tails.

Audience Limit: 30/class; 500/assembly

Fee: $600 for single performance; $900 for two in same location. Workshops: "Myth in the mask: $100 per instructor per hour; "Mask making": $120 per hour per instructor, most materials supplied. All fees negotiable.

Special Requirements: One hour set up time for programs. If the distance is great, the Beasts ask to be housed locally.

Funding Sources: New England Foundation for the Arts, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism

Language Arts: Folk Tales, Myth
Science: Ecology



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photo of Nappy's Puppets Nappy's Puppets
Jim Napolitano
53 Waterbury Road
North Haven, CT 06473
(203) 824-0615
E-Mail: nappy@nappyspuppets.com
Website: www.nappyspuppets

For thousands of years, man has manipulated puppets for a variety of reasons; religion, education, therapy and entertainment. Of all the forms of puppetry, the most magical and cinematic is shadow puppetry.

Seen on the award-winning PBS show, Between the Lions, Jim Napolitano is available to perform for your audience. Presenting his unique one-man show shadow puppet shows, Jim is sure to delight and amaze your group.

Title: Jack and the Beanstalk, Father Goose's Tales, Sing-a-Long with Nappy's Puppets

Audience Limit: 350/assembly

Special Requirements: Indoors with access to electricity

Fee: Shows start at $400.00.

Language Arts: Children's Literature, Creative Writing, Folktales
Social Studies: Countries and Regions of the World




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photo of Bill Pere Bill Pere
PO Box 511
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 572-9285
E-Mail: bill@billpere.com

Bill Pere is well known for innovative Arts in Education programming. The New York Times calls him "the link between science and music." His interactive, hands-on demonstrations interrelating music, math, science and technology have been presented to thousands of students. He is a recognized expert in modern music technology and has a graduate science degree. Bill is President of the Connecticut Songwriters Association, has been appointed by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism as a Connecticut State Troubadour. He is named one of the "Top 50 Innovators and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry" by Music Connection Magazine, and is a Parents Choice award winner. Bill is the author of the international songwriting reference book "Songcrafters Coloring Book" (Grades 4-8).

Program Titles: Science, Math, Computers and Music; Connecticut History through Song; Songwriting Workshop: Character Education - Constructive Use of Differences; Curriculum Integration through Songwriting; Probability: The Math of Magic and Miracles

Fee: 1 show- $450-$600. Single or multi-day residency available as well.

Funding Source: Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism

Special Requirements: electrical power, extension cord, setup time

Science: Technology (Computers, Physics, Senses)
Language Arts: Creative Writing, Poetry
Social Studies: Regions (New England), States (Connecticut)
Health: Equity Issues
Math



photo of Petticoat Adventures Petticoat Adventures
Ellen Weiner
Professional Artists Management
2411 Bay Road
Sharon, MA 02067
(781) 784-6394
E Mail: elweiner@comcast.net
Website: www.elweiner.com

Storyteller/actress Joan Gatturna presents women from history who have led unique and unusual lives. With the aid of costume and reproduction artifacts, Joan takes children into past centuries where they can meet and converse with women who defied the conventions of their times. Current productions include Petticoat Patriot-The Deborah Sampson Story, which tells of a woman who served as a soldier in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, Petticoats at Sea - which shares the adventures of a girl who lived her life at sea in the era of the Clipper Ships and the China Trade, and Petticoat and the Midnight Ride - which tells the story of Rachel Revere (Paul's wife) and her children. Hear about home life in a time of tumult and how Rachel and the children escaped occupied Boston, and much more. (Grade 3 and up; Assembly, Classrooms and Residencies)

Program Titles: Petticoat Patriot- The Deborah Sampson Story; Petticoats at Sea- The Clipper Ship Girl; Petticoat and the Midnight Ride

Audience Limit: 75 for school programs; none for public presentations

Fee: $500 for the first performance, $300 for each thereafter on same day/same location.

Funding Sources: Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, B.O.C.E.S.(New York); New Hampshire Humanities Council

Special Requirements: Small table and chair

Social Studies: American History (American Revolution), Occupations (Sailors, Whaling), Women's History
Science: Sea



photo of Diane Postoian Diane Postoian - STORYTHEATRE/CREATIVE DRAMATIST
130 Wentworth Ave.
Cranston, RI 02905
(401) 461-1322
E Mail: dianepostoian@gmail.com
Website: www.dianepostoian.com

In 2006, Diane Postoian received an Honorary Doctorate from Rhode Island College for her life-long achievements in theatre and education for young audiences. During her time as director of Looking Glass Theatre, she received grants nationwide for her commitment to educate through performance.

"I didn't choose my profession. It chose me. Once I knew I had a gift for comedy and a love for learning, I knew I could use my performance energy to teach in a way both children and adults would find entertaining and inspiring.”

Diane’s programs include:

Acting Naturally About Reading- Staged stories and classroom workshops helping students to connect the passion and emotion of the spoken word to its written text.

The Olga! Project- a ‘serious’ comedy routine tackling such topics as media-hype, body image, violence in entertainment and bullying.

ParentZING – a playful, informative lecture/workshop for educators and parents on the value of pretend in early childhood education.

Tell Me a Story- professional, exploratory coaching for beginner storytellers.

Program Titles: Acting Naturally About Reading, The Olga! Project, ParentZING, Tell Me a Story

Audience Limit: Shows: 150 students; Workshops - classroom size

Special Requirements: open space

Fee: $425 and up

Possible Funding Sources: New England Foundation for the Arts, State Arts Councils, VSA Arts, Titles One and Four

Language Arts: Reading
Health: Self-esteem, Conflict Resolution



photo of Promised Land Promised Land
In Massachusetts:
Young Audiences of Massachusetts
255 Elm Street, Suite 302
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 629-9269
E Mail: yamass@yamass.org
Website: www.yamass.org

Out of Massachusetts:
Ellen Lawrence Weiner
2411 Bay Rd.
Sharon, MA 02067
(781) 784-6394
E Mail: elweiner@comcast.net
Website: www.elweiner.com

Who Are We In America?

Trace with Promised Land the story of immigrants searching for a better life. Hear the story of the people, from the original native Americans through the European explorers, to the waves of 19th and 20th century immigrants.

Join in, as the members of Promised Land weave their family's stories into the tapestry we all share. Using sing-alongs, a multitude of musical instruments, engaging tales and old photographs, they combine history, music, language studies, and other aspects of the curriculum into an entertaining and educational program.

Program Title: Promised Land (Assembly only)

Audience Limit: 250/assembly

Fee: In Massachusetts: $575/single,$725 for a pair and $990 for a triple. Out of state: $850 for one performance, reductions for multiples and block booking

Special Requirements: 1 microphone with floor stand and PA system, 6 easels or music stands

Social Studies: American History (Colonial, Immigration, Industrial America), Oral History



photo of Pumpernickel Puppets Pumpernickel Puppets
John McDonough
61 Park Ave.
Worcester, Massachusetts 01605
(508) 799-4814
E-mail: Puppets2Go@aol.com
Web site: www.pumpernickelpuppets.com

Pumpernickel Puppet shows are presented with a cast of colorful puppet characters, audience participation, live voices and sound effects and fast paced scripts that educate as well as entertain.

A demonstration period follows every performance giving the audience some insight into what happens behind the scenes. All programs last approximately thirty-five to forty minutes and our portable stage, lights and sound system can be set up in almost any indoor location.

The Pumpernickel Puppets are the creation of John McDonough. John has been a professional puppeteer for over thirty years. Performance locations have included: The Puppet Showcase, Brookline, MA, The Institute of Professional Puppetry at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Centre, Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC, The Center for Puppetry Arts Atlanta, GA and the prestigious International Festival of Puppet Theatre sponsored by the Jim Henson Foundation.

Program Title: Peter Rabbit; The Frog Prince; Sir George and the Dragon; The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Lion and the Mouse

Audience Limit: approx. 150

Grade Level(s): Preschool - 3rd Grade

Fee: $225 and up (depending on location)

Possible Funding Source: Massachusetts Cultural Council

Language Arts: Folk Tales, Children's Literature, Reading


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photo of Robbins=Zust Family Marionettes Robbins-Zust Family Marionettes
Dion Robbins-Zust
20 reservoir Rd
Richmond, MA 01254
(413) 822-0663
E Mail: dionrz@gmail.com
Web site: www.berkshireweb.com/zust

The Robbins-Zust Family has been deighting audiences since their opening on Shakespeare's birthday anniversary, April 23, 1971. Their productions include 17 one-hour-long classic marionette plays that feature live music and their own hand-crafted marionettes.

Program Titles: Androcles and the Lion, Beauty and the Beast, Brementown Musicians, Carnival of the Animals, Emperor's New Clothes, Firebird, Goldilocks and Peter Rabbit, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Peter & the Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumplestiltskin, Punch & Judy and more.

Audience Limit: 500/assembly

Fee: $200-$500

Special Requirements: stage platform or high ceiling, electricity

Language Arts: Folktales (Grimm), Children's Lit.



photo of John Root John Root
155 Farmington Road
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 256-8729
E-Mail: jroot@comcast.net
Website: http://www.johnroot.net/

John’s school programs are a celebration of America’s multicultural diversity during the first half of the twentieth century, and include a delightful variety of musical styles. He plays flute, clarinet, and saxophone; he also sings with a resonant and expressive voice, either a cappella or accompanying himself on the keyboard.

Everyone is invited to participate in an old-fashioned sing-along and to share feelings and images evoked by the music. Audiences also discover how the songs’ lyrics reveal the technology, customs, and values of these bygone days.

John promotes positive social values in his programs and creates rapport with spontaneous humor and sincerity. Each performance is a testimony to the power of music to move the soul. John invites audiences to experience their unique “magical imaginations” and to express themselves creatively in every part of their lives.

“Popular Music of the Gaslight Era (1900-1920)” - features ragtime, gospel, blues, and popular songs enjoyed in Vaudeville performances, theaters, and homes across the country.

Program Titles: Popular Music of the Gaslight Era" (1890-1915)

Fee: $500 (price negotiable; discounts for additional performances and block bookings).

Social Studies: American History (1890-1940)



photo of Nan Rumpf Nan Rumpf
Storytelling Arts
847 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
(781) 237-6318
E Mail: NanRumpf@gmail.com
Website: www.nanrumpf.com

Storytelling Arts: After listening to an international folk tale, children work together in their classroom to develop a variety of artistic creations for dramatic storytelling--puppets, masks, and scenery--representing the characters in the chosen folk tale. Nan Rumpf provides all art materials and tools. Children then experiment with expressive movement, gesture, puppet manipulation, positioning, timing, taking turns, and listening for cues. They work together to present their dramatic interpretation of the tale accompanied by sound effects and live music for an audience of parents and schoolmates. (For Grades K-2.)

There are several workshop stories to choose from. The international folk tales are from Africa, Japan, China, Mexico and Finland. There is also a Native American tale from the Seneca people.

Program Title: Storytelling Arts

Fee: Two day workshops: $400/class; $600/two classes on same project

Special Requirements: Need gym or auditorium or large room for rehearsal of folktale

Language Arts: Folktale, Creative Writing
Social Studies: Geography, Countries and Regions of the World
Masks


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photo of Steve Schuch Steve Schuch
Night Heron Music
267 Center Road
Hillsboro, NH 03244
(800) 785-9678
E Mail: info@nightheron.com
Website: http://www.NightHeron.com

Join award-winning musician, author, and storyteller STEVE SCHUCH on a voyage of discovery. Striking pieces for violin and whales... magical tales of from around the world... lively singing, fun with languages, and the science of sound... all are part of Steve’s wide-ranging repertoire. Music and story selections are grade level appropriate, exemplifying arts education at its best. All programs include a free set of Books, CD’s and Educator Prep Materials. Steve offers encouragement for young writers and musicians as well. Honors include Artist Fellowships, composer awards and five fiddling championships. Steve’s musical story, A Symphony of Whales, received five national book awards, and his children’s recording, Trees of Life, a Parents’ Choice Gold Award. Schools often include an Author Book/CD Signing with a portion of the proceeds going back to the school. Details at: www.NightHeron.com.

"Warmth and storytelling magic." –Los Angeles Times

"Exceptionally fine... Schuch brings as much skill and intelligence to folk music as he does to classical." –The Boston Globe

Sample Program: A Symphony of Whales

Learn about whales, their songs and their encounters with humans. Listen to a true tale of arctic rescue and hear Steve’s unforgettable“Whale Trilogy” –– a solo violin piece played with these mysterious songs of the deep. Weaving together science and performance, this program includes material from Steve’s travels, CD’s and award-winning book, A Symphony of Whales. “Riveting indeed.” –Smithsonian

Program Titles: A Symphony of Whales; The Author’s Story; Songs & Tales Around the World; Music & Tales of Ireland; Songs & Tales of the Earth; Life in a Third World Village (music & slide program); Roots of Rhythm & Harmony; Fiddler on the Loose; Imagination & the Art of Storytelling; The Writer's Workshop; Parent/Educator Workshops; Family Concerts; Artist Residencies.

Audience Limit: 250/assembly; 30/workshop; call to discuss Family Concerts and Artist Residencies

Fee: Contact artist for details.

Funding Sources: Title II Grants, New England Foundation for the Arts, New Hampshire Arts Council, B.O.C.E.S. (New York)

Science: Environment, Ecology, Nature, Rainforests, Seasons, Animals (Whales), Sea
Social Studies: Countries and Regions of the World (Latin America, Ireland), American History (Immigration), Holidays (Earth Day, St. Patrick's Day)
Language Arts: Folk Tales (General, Irish), Writing, Bilingual (Spanish, German, Russian)


photo of Ann Shapiro and Tom Callinan Ann Shapiro and Tom Callinan
c/o Crackerbarrel Entertainments
55 East Town Street
Norwich, CT 06360-2345
Phone: (860) 889-6581
Fax: (860) 889-6648
E-Mail: ann.s@crackerbarrel-ents.com
Website: http://www.crackerbarrel-ents.com/tomann01.htm

For over 30 years, the husband and wife team of Tom Callinan and Ann Shapiro has toured an assortment of informative and entertaining participatory programs throughout the Eastern Seaboard of the United States for audiences as diverse as nursery schools through nursing homes. Whether appearing as solo artists or as their duo, they blend their extensive repertoire of songs, which span many centuries, with an impressive array of instruments from the wind, string, and percussion families. As storytellers, they were among the Featured Tellers at the National Storytelling Festival (1999), and "Tellers-In-Residence" at the International Storytelling Center (2003). Their stories are told in-tandem or individually, embellished with humor, music, sound effects, and audience involvement. Each has been designated a Master Teaching Artist by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

Tom, a former junior high school teacher with a B.S. in Secondary Education from Central Connecticut State University, and a M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University, has written over 100 songs about Connecticut – more than anyone in history. Via legislation passed by the Connecticut General Assembly, and signed by then-Governor Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., Tom was designated Connecticut's first "Official State Troubadour" in 1991. His credits include: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; "Good Morning America"; "Shining Time Station"; among many others. Honors include: composing songs included in Emmy Award-winning documentaries and co-writing songs on Parents Choice Gold Award recordings, among others.

In addition to her work as a creative and performing artist, Ann also serves as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Storytelling Center, in-residence at Connecticut College. Ann is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including: The National Storytelling Network’s 2005 ORACLE Leadership and Service Award For The Northeastern United States; the 2008 Brother Blue and Ruth Hill Award from LANES (The League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling); and the 2009 Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship Recipient from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

Tom and Ann have produced over a dozen recordings on CD and cassette (see website: www.Crackerbarrel-Ents.com). A downloadable order form is available at www.crackerbarrel-ents.com/Catalog/Order%20Form.htm, and printed study-guides pertaining to their Arts-In-Education programs are available on request. Information about teacher-training, consulting services, and custom songwriting are available as well.

Program Titles: Environmental Hootenanny; From Sea to Shining Sea; Brother Against Brother; Young America; Come On & Sing-Along; I'm Gonna Write a Song; Home Fires; Imagine Menagerie; Thumbs-Up for Connecticut; Sea Songs, Chanteys, and Nautical Lore; Irish and Irish-American Songs, Tunes, and Tales; Getting Along; Holiday Hodge-Podge, and more.

Audience Limit: 30/class; 300/assembly

Fees: Assembly- $500/solo [1st show. 2nd show @ $300]; $750/duo [1st show. 2nd show @ $450]; Classroom- $500 per day/4 classes-solo. Travel is included within Connecticut. Out of state: 55¢ per mile, round-trip from Norwich, CT.

Funding Sources: Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, New England Foundation for the Arts, BOCES (New York).

Special Requirements: Access to performance space 45 minutes before first show

Science: Environment, Ecology, Sea, Animals (Whales)
Language Arts: Creative Writing
Social Studies: American History (Colonial, Revolutionary War, Immigration, Westward Expansion, Civil War) , Country (Ireland), Holidays, Regions (New England), State (Connecticut), Occupation (Sailor, Whalemen, Railroad, Farmer, Mill Worker, Miner, Cowboy)
Health: Conflict Resolution



photo of Mark Shepard Mark Shepard - DrumSongStory
589 Chapel Street, #3
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 495-8808
E-Mail: mark@markshepard.com
Website: http://www.DrumSongStory.com

Mark Shepard is a multi-disciplinary performing and teaching artist who uses drums, songs and stories to interactively engage, entertain and educate audiences of all ages in performances, workshops and staff development programs. He is on the roster of the CT Commission on ther Arts as a performer as well as a "Master Teaching Artist". He has released 12 CDs of original songs and stories. In addition to his music and storytelling, he is a board certified master practitioner and trainer of NLP and speaks nationally on learning and communication skills.

Program Titles: DrumSongStory; Breathing Underwater; Funky Monkey! Pumpkin Pie!; Birds; Beyond the Borders; Trickster Tales; Beneath the Northern Star, Mysts & Magick; The Drum of the Elephant King; The Talking Drum; Captured By the Iroquois; Abi Yo Yo; Brothers of the Drum; Shifting Shape

Audience Limit: 350/assembly

Fees: Negotiable

Funding Sources: Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, New England Foundation for the Arts

Science: Environment, Ecology, Sea, Animals (birds)
Social Studies: American History (Colonial), Countries and Regions of the World (Africa, Caribbean, Ireland)
Language Arts: Folk Tales (Inuit, Trickster)
Health: Conflict Resolution



photo of Don Sinetti and Tom Callinan Don Sineti and Tom Callinan
c/o Crackerbarrel Entertainments
55 East Town Street
Norwich, CT 06360-2345
Phone and Fax: (860)889-6648
E-Mail: tom.c@crackerbarrel-ents.com
Website: http://www.crackerbarrel-ents.com/don_and_tom.htm

With banjo, concertina, guitar, spoons, bodhran, ocarina, penny whistles, bones, and limberjack, Tom and Don are masters of generating audience participation. Their infectious performing style blends sea songs and traditional folksongs with folk-revival and original compositions. Sea chanteys (work songs), done in powerful harmony, recall the days of wooden ships and iron men. Ballads and songs about the environment and the plight of the world's endangered whales bring out their more sensitive side. Effortlessly, the duo shifts gears from ballads, to toe-tapping instrumentals, to silly ditties. They are ideal for inter-generational/family audiences and fund-raisers.

Their programs can be specific or eclectic in theme, depending on the needs of the sponsoring organization (school, library, museum, etc.). Some feature the implementation of "home-made" apparatus to simulate the experience of working on a ship for volunteers selected from the audience. Rhythm instruments are often distributed to volunteers selected from the audience to form a "foo-foo" band, reminiscent of those found in immigrant communities, or on ship-board in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th Centuries. Music, songs, Don's award-winning illustrations, slides, and an assortment of hands-on artifacts raise the lecture/demo format to a multi-media experience.

Program Titles: Songs & Tales of Ships & Whales; Folksongs - Old & New; Songs For the Earth; Instruments & Instrumentals; Drawn By the Song of the Sea (Illustrations/Slides & Music).

Audience Limit: 30/class; 300/assembly

Fees: Assembly - $650/duo, $400/solo; Classroom - $400 per day/ 4 classes - solo; Out of state: $.55 per mile, round-trip from Norwich, CT

Funding Sources: Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, New England Foundation for the Arts, BOCES (in New York)

Special Requirements: Access to performance space 45 minites before first show

Social Studies: American History (Colonial, Immigration), World Cultures, Country (Ireland, Scotland), Holidays, Regions (New England), State (Connecticut), Occupation (Sailor, Whalemen, Railroad, Farmer, Mill Worker, Miner, Cowboy)
Language Arts: Creative Writing
Health: Conflict Resolution



photo of chevalier Songspun Productions
Brian Chevalier
62 Lexington Ave.
Glens Falls, NY 12801
(518) 798-2030
E Mail: info@nycap.rr.com
Website: http://www.songspun.com

Brian Chevalier offers in school performances (k - 6) that are highly engaging and interactive. When students are 100% engaged they are having fun and learning at the same time! The program topics include Character Education (including anti-bullying), Health and Nutrition or Reading Encouragement (great for PARP or reading programs). A popular choice is to have Brian facilitate morning workshops, where students write an original song on the topic of your choice, and then an afternoon performance (or two) of your choice, that includes the song written in the morning. This is an experience that kids remember. Block booking is encouraged.

Program Titles: Character Rocks; Reading Rocks; Celebrate Nutrition; Songwriting workshops.

Fee: $500 and up

Health: Nutrition, Conflict Resolution
Language Arts: Reading, Writing



photo of Stephen Stearns Stephen Stearns
Bonnie Stearns, Managing Director
44 Hillcrest Terrace
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-8355
Fax: same
E Mail: stearns@sover.net
Web: www.sover.net/~stearns

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Ellen Weiner
Professional Artists Management
2411 Bay Road
Sharon, MA 02067
(781) 784-6394
E Mail: elweiner@comcast.net
Website: www.elweiner.com

Stephen Stearns, creator of the New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro VT, has been performing and teaching theatre residencies in schools since 1977. "As animated as the Marx Brothers and as commanding as Laurence Olivier." (New England Storytelling Festival)

In Right Under Your Nose, Stephen teaches young people some of the physical tricks of being a clown. But, more important, he demonstrates that determination, empathy, creative thinking and a sense of humor are tools we all can use to turn mistakes and set-backs into opportunities for growth.

Water is Life is a zany, magical and educational trip through the water cycle. With a riotous array of props, Stearns teaches facts about water and why it is so important to value it as our most precious resource.

Library Shelf Stories"- Books from your own library's shelves leap off the page with acting, mime, and audience participation. "By bringing to life stories on our own shelves, Stephen awakened a spirit of fun and adventure in our young readers that lingered all through the summer... No one wanted to leave... They lingered and selected books or talked about the stories. That's what I call a successful library program!" said Jeanne Walsh of Dover Library in Vermont.

Laugh Me to the Moon is a hilarious performance of physical comedy, idiotic illusion, magic, music, wit and wisdom, served on a bed of audience hysterics. Stephen is a master of audience rapport who can make everyone in an audience of a thousand feel like part of his own special family. "It's so great to be silly and laugh... He's wonderful! As animated as the Marx Brothers and as commanding as Laurence Olivier," say audiences.

Program Titles: Right Under Your Nose; Water is Life; Library Shelf Stories; Laugh Me to the Moon

Audience Limit: 250 for Water is Life,for other shows- 300, elementary; 400, middle and high

Workshop Limit: 20

Fee: $300-$500/performance

Funding Source: NEST program of New England Foundation for the Arts

Health
Science: water
Language Arts: Literature


photo of Kate Carney Storytelling for Children (Kate Carney)
Kate Carney
51 Pettee Street
Newton, MA 02464
(617) 244-0209
Fax: (617) 926-7273
E Mail: carneyk@earthlink.net
Web site: www.katecarney.net

Need a riveting, versatile entertainer who can delight all ages and whet their curiosity? Need an artist-in-residence who can work effectively with children and teachers? Storyteller Kate Carney can meet these needs and more.

Since 1989, Kate has been telling stories to audiences young and old, at schools and libraries throughout New England, drawing on her broad repertoire of international folktales, myths and living history stories. Her presentations are highly interactive, educational and fun-filled.

An eclectic teacher/performer, with 25 years of teaching experience, Kate tells stories and gives workshops for all levels. Her programs tie in with on-going classroom studies -- from nature and the environment to living history to disability awareness.

Audiences describe her performances and workshops as inspiring, informative, and energizing, eg: "Kate has a wonderful way of engaging children of all ages -- she understands what interests and amuses them. I am impressed with how she creates a warm, friendly atmosphere in which shy children feel comfortable. She is a fine actor and a warm, pleasant person with many talents to share.” Ed G., Director, Old Schwamb Mill, Arlington, MA

Kate’s storytelling captivates students’ attention, helps them process ideas, follow narrative, develop sequential thinking and improve their memory. They grow personally involved in the subject -- values such as character development and conflict resolution sink in. Her engaging style encourages students to honor themselves, their community and their physical environment.

Her message is Yes! If you keep at it, you can be anything you want to be. She also focuses on appreciating differences and developing self-esteem. By integrating arts into the curriculum, she motivates students to want to read. The result? Inquiring and creative minds, students who find reading exciting and accessible.

In her Residencies and Workshops for Children, Kate humorously and interactively pulls drama and skills from her receptive listeners as they begin to create stories. They start by re-enacting the events and characters they’ve just heard about. They go on to learn how to select a story, sequence its beginning, middle and end -- and present it in a final Story Festival.

In her Teachers’ in-service trainings Kate is committed to helping teachers reach their curricular goals. Her work is based on the progressive educational tradition – she gives exercises which stimulate question-asking, encourage the ‘whole child’ and provide ‘real-world’ experiences for children.

Kate is a multi-faceted Performer, Educator, Coach and Speaker. She is a member of the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling, has written articles for the LANES Museletter and is a regular presenter at the Sharing the Fire North East Regional Storytelling Conference. She is available for touring performances, Workshops and Residencies, Teacher in-Service Trainings and Coaching.

Study Guides are available for these 45-minute programs. Visuals enhance the programs and help kids to see what life was like ‘back then’.

Interactive Living History Stories (Grades 2-4) Kate's creative approach to teaching history and language arts weaves storytelling, song and dramatization into learning. Playing an historical woman, she tells stories, leads kids in period songs and invites them to act out events from that part of America’s history. Inquiring, creative minds and responsible citizenship develop as she and the group focus on culture, science, art, fashion and our diverse culture.

Kate is happy to plan ahead with teachers, and to adjust the program for that group’s goals. Students may want to bring questions to ask Kate's character (History, Reading for 2-5)

The American Revolution: What was it like to be a kid in colonial days? Kate introduces children to the riddles, tales, songs and games of children in Pre-Revolutionary Boston.

The Frontier: Using simple objects, students re-enact events in stories they’ve just heard about the Oregon Trail and the Frontier.

The Lowell Mills: After stories of how the mill workers lived, students imaginatively step into their shoes to learn how to spend their money wisely.

Immigration: After hearing immigrants’ stories, youngsters take a mock exam like the ones immigrants had to take to enter this country.

Helen Keller's World: What would it be like to be deaf, blind and mute? Kids explore the roles of the disabled and their guides, to find out how it would feel to experience that world.

The Girl Scouts: Juliette Low’s childhood led her to found the Girl Scouts. Children hear about what the early Scouts did and try out some of their activities.

Story Programs for younger kids- tailored to your needs

Greek Myths/Aesop's Fables: Kids hear and act out Aesop's fables, and/or talk over the misadventures of some Greek heroes, gods, and goddesses. (K-6)

Mother Nature's Myths: Tales of Nature’s quirks; activities to honor her. (K-4)

Multicultural Tales: folk stories, songs and games to help kids understand other cultures. (K-4).

Audience Limits: Prefer groups of 60 or fewer.

Fees: $280 plus mileage for groups up to 60. Larger groups - Negotiable. Discounts available for Residencies, Day-long Workshops, Co-sponsorship and Block Bookings.

Funding Sources: New England States Touring (NEST) program of the New England Foundation for the Arts

Language Arts: Aesop’s Fables, Myths, and Folktales
Social Studies: American History (Colonial, Lowell Mills, the Frontier, Immigration) Women’s History
Science: Nature; Environment
Health: Special Needs



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photo of TAINO TAINO
Encore Performing Arts, Inc
Roberta Wolinsky
PO Box 630
Melville, NY 11747
(800) 669-9850
Fax: (631) 423-1795
Email: info@encoreperforming.com
Website: http://encoreperforming.com/ta.htm

After a five year journey through Central and South America and the Caribbean, Sana and Papo returned to their homes in New England and Puerto Rico and created TAINO (pronounced tah-ee-noe) and for the past 15 years have toured the Eastern Seaboard enchanting audiences with their unique brand of worldclass, Caribbean-flavored music, with storytelling relating their on-going adventures in both cultures.

TAINO is available in the U.S.A. from mid-May through mid-December; during the remaining 5 months TAINO resides on their mountain farm in Puerto Rico, conducting inter-cultural exchange programs.

TAINO has two recordings of Caribbean World music for all ages. Complimentary copies with all 2001 bookings.

PROGRAMS:
The Journey: TAINO retraces their journey through Latin America & the Caribbean through story & song. Authentic music with student participation. Bilingual adventure.

Calypso Jam-O-Rama: The sparkle of the steel drum adds to TAINO's diverse ensemble of instruments. In a highly participatory performance, Sana & Papo explore Mento, Calypso, and Reggae roots in the Afro-Latin culture of the islands.

Caribbean Holiday: A music journey of the Caribbean celebrating the joyful and festive holiday season in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Trinidad, Guadalupe, and Jamaica.

Discovering Columbus: Through story, song, theater, and audience pariticpation TAINO explores the world that Columbus encountered, and the transformation of that world with the meeting of the Native American, european, and African peoples.

Rainforest: Travel along the equator visitng the endangered tropical forest regions through music & stories inspired by the sounds & flavors of South America, Africa, and Asia.

Caribbean Carnaval: A new end of the school year show; a festive variety of Caribbean music featuring Sana's dazzling keyboard & emphasizing audinece and "on-stage" student participation. Wow!

Gracias A La Vida: Thanksgiving Around the World: Masks, dance, and audience participation combine with songs, ethnic instruments, and stories to celebrate the harvest time in the British Isles, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia.

Program Titles: Calypso Jam-O-Rama; The Journey; Rainforest; Caribbean Holiday; Discovering Columbus; Caribbean Carnaval; Gracias A La Vida: Thanksgiving Around the World

Audience Limit: 300/assembly

Fee: $800/single; $1,050 per double show in same location. Travel fees are variable. Block booking discounts. Residencies available.

Funding Source: Vermont Arts Council

Special Requirements: Tech Rider will be provided with contract

Social Studies: Countries and Regions of the World (Central and South America, Caribbean), Famous People (Columbus)
Science: Ecology, Environment
Language Arts: Bilingual (Spanish)




photo of Trimmings and Trappings Trimmings and Trappings: 17th century fashion of England and New England
Ellen Weiner
Professional Artists Management
2411 Bay Road
Sharon, MA 02067
(781) 784-6394
E Mail: elweiner@comcast.net
Website: www.elweiner.com

‘Trimmings and Trappings’ is an engaging interactive look at the life of our earliest settlers. Through a broad display of children’s’ and adults’ costumes woven around a story line and songs, audiences experience the daily lives of a 17th century family. Discover why the tailor lined his coats with cabbages and toddlers wore puddings on their heads!

Lynne Wilkinson, creator of 'Trimmings and Trappings' has been a costumer for historic Plymouth Plantation as well as the ensemble, Ayriel of which she was a founding member. She made all of the costumes for this production of 'Trimmings and Trappings'. She is a gifted musician, singer and choir director and performs with the Boston Cecila.

'Trimmings and Trappings'is an ideal program for schools, libraries, historical societies and public and private organizations.

Program Titles:Trimmings & Trappings:17th century fashion of England and New England

Audience Limit:75 for school audiences-no restrictions for public library etc.

Fee: $500 for school shows, $300 for each thereafter same day same location, public performances somewhat higher-travel extra

Funding Sources: local Massachusetts cultural councils and the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Special Requirements:sufficient space for display of large array of costumes-standard size table-children may be seated on floor-stage not a requirement

Social Studies: American History (colonial)



photo of Troubadour Troubadour, Inc.
Victor Cockburn or Judith Steinbergh
126 Payson Road
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3272
(617) 327-8965
E Mail: Info@Troubadour.org
Website: www.Troubadour.org

Presenting original and traditional material, Troubadour artists expose students and teachers to a wide range of lively and inspiring poetry and folksongs from diverse cultures. With poems and songs about issues close to their lives and classroom curriculum, the audience is exposed to works from a diverse collection of writers both adult and children. Troubadour recordings and material have received awards such as Entertainer of the Year from the Boston Parents Paper, as well as Parents Choice Silver and Gold, and Early Childhood Awards.

Troubadour artists have 30 years of experience teaching and developing curriculum. Programs directly relate to MA Curriculum Frameworks Guidelines. Curriculum support materials are available. In the classroom, through a combination of multi-visit, writing workshops for students, professional development workshops for teachers, and providing curriculum resources, Troubadour’s Artist Educators emphasize the use of literary arts in the writing process. We provide continued support for teachers and students by establishing personal and professional long-term relationships with schools. In this way, we can better effect a successful and lasting, systemic change in education, while encouraging a love of literature, writing, and music.

Fee: $400.00, $1,000.00

Possible Funding: Massachusetts Cultural Council, local cultural councils, Very Special Arts MA, Troubadour Educational Outreach Grant.

Language Arts: Poetry, Reading, Creative Writing
Social Studies: Countries and Regions of the World
Health: Special Needs


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photo of Tim Van Egmond Tim Van Egmond
Folksinger & Storyteller
118 E. Chestnut Hill Road
Montague, MA 01351-9541
(413) 367-9304
E-mail: timve@rcn.com
Website: www.timvanegmond.com
Blog: timvanegmond.blogspot.com

Tim Van Egmond waves together tales, tunes, and songs -- from the rib- tickling to the spine-tingling to the heart-warming. Music flows in and around his stories through his singing and playing on a wide variety of traditional instruments (including limberjack, hammered and mountain dulcimer, mouth bow, guitar, conga drum, and pennywhistle). His dynamic style incorporates dramatic movement, voice, and facial expression to make stories come alive. His gift of encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs. Each program is tailored to meet special needs and interests of sponsors and participants.

Teacher and Student Workshops also available. Residencies in Massachusetts for special needs classes and inclusion that adapt music and storytelling to build academic, developmental, and social skills can be arranged through VSA Arts of Massachusetts.

Program Titles: Building Bridges - A Celebration of Multicultural Diversity and Understanding; Hearing Nature's Voice; You're (Not) So Different From Me - Disability Awareness; Sun and Moon and Stars; The Story Bag; Sing, Jump, Say, Clap! - Language and Literacy Readiness Activities for Early Childhood; Young Fogies & Old Whippersnappers - intergenerational programs with students and seniors.

Audience Limit: 50/class; 200/assembly (Extra charges for classes over 50 or assemblies over 200)

Fee: 1 show- $400 + travel; 2 shows - $600; 3rd and 4th show, $175 each; Block-booking discount available.

Funding Sources: Massachusetts Cultural Council Creative Teaching Partners Program. For schools in New England states outside of Massachusetts that include a public performance, the New England States Touring Program (NEST)

Language Arts: Folk Tales, Trickster Tales, 'Why' Tales
Science: Environment, Ecology, Seasons, Nature
Social Studies: World Cultures, Holidays, Community
Health: Disabilty Awareness



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photo of The Wayne Martin Puppets The Wayne Martin Puppets
Wayne Martin
134 Beach Street
Boston, MA 02111-2817
(617) 423-3663
Fax: (617) 348-2115
E Mail: wayne.martin@WayneMartinPuppets.com
Web Site: http://www.WayneMartinPuppets.com

The Wayne Martin Puppets school assembly programs showcase a series of sophisticated variety marionette and hand puppet vignettes performed "Open Stage" with dramatic lighting and special effects. Productions stimulate students' imagination onto a path of self-discovery and expression via this most integrated of art forms. Teacher guides and demonstrations included. (Grades K-6)

Since forming his company in 1966, Wayne Martin has worked as a principal puppeteer for the Heiken Puppets, Sid and Marty Krofft Productions and Jim Henson's Muppets.

Martin has been featured in numerous television programs and commercials that have earned him two Emmy Award nominations.

He has toured Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia and presents his one-man variety revue hundreds of times each year across the United States. All of the puppets are designed and built by Martin in an act that has appeared with such established artists as Bob Hope, Dolly Parton, The 5th Dimension and The Temptations.

Program Titles: Art of the Puppet; Spring into Easter; Drac's Back!; Santa's North Pole Express

Audience Limit: 350/assembly

Fee: Starts at $600.00

Special Requirements: Electricity, a performing area whose minimum dimensions are 16' wide X 12' deep, with 8' ceiling clearance, and a room that is preferably darkened.

Possible Funding Source: Massachusetts Cultural Council

Social Studies: Holidays (Halloween, Christmas, Easter)
Language Arts: Creative Writing



photo of Jessa Piaia WOMEN IN HISTORY(Jessa Piaia)
PO Box 390845
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-388-8795
E Mail: jessapiaia@gmail.com
Website: www.womeninhistoryprograms.com

WOMEN IN HISTORY programs celebrate women of the past whose diverse lives span three centuries. In poignant and inspiring dramatic vignettes, Jessa Piaia reveals the accomplishments, struggles, and contributions that women, such as Margaret Fuller, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Mary Dyer, Amelia Earhart, and Rachel Revere have made to American history. Each woman's life is depicted against the events and issues of her day, contrasting her domestic activities with public events. Researched in depth and historically accurate. Curriculum packets available. (Grades 5 and up)

Program Title: Women in History

Audience Limit: 75/class; 150/assembly

Fee: starts at $250.00 plus travel, with block booking discount

Special Requirements: microphone

Social Studies: American History (Colonial, 19th Century, Civil War), Women's History


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Jim Douglas
53 Whittemore Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
(508) 347-2065
Fax: (508) 213-2333
E Mail: jim.douglas@nichols.edu
Website: www.timvanegmond.com

Years ago, friends and neighbors gathered at community and family events to share stories, play tunes and sing songs. Times have changed, but those songs, tunes and stories continue to delight, especially when performed by Yankee Notions.

Yankee Notions is Jim Douglas and Tim Van Egmond. Both are accomplished singers, storytellers, and musicians (guitar, hammered dulcimer, English concertina, pennywhistle, Appalachian dulcimer). Performing throughout New England for close to 20 years, Yankee Notions has been featured in hundreds of community concerts and festivals, schools, libraries, senior centers, and heritage museums (including Old Sturbridge Village (MA), Historic Deerfield (MA), Mystic Seaport (CT), Old Bethpage Village Restoration (NY), and Plimoth Plantation (MA)).

Because of their extensive repertoire and experience in working with audiences of all ages in a wide variety of situations, Yankee Notions can provide a concert program tailored to your audience’s interests and needs. (We also provide indoor/outdoor sound system at no extra cost.)

Sample School Programs Include:
  • A Peddler’s Pack: An eclectic mix from New England and beyond. Lively Irish and French Canadian tunes, traditional and contemporary songs sung in two-part harmony.
  • The Sailor’s Trade: Shanties (work songs) and fo’c’sle songs (songs for recreation) from the days of ‘wooden ships and iron men.’
  • The Jolly Farmer: Perfect for agricultural fairs and the like. Songs and tunes from 18th and 19th century New England, when ‘the farmer was the man’
  • Seasonal/Holiday Samplers: Whether it’s a Harvest Festival, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, First Night, Old Home Day, St. Patrick’s Day or other special day, here’s the entertainment to help celebrate it in style!

Program Titles: A Peddler's Pack; The Sailor's Trade; The Jolly Farmer; Seasonal/Holiday Samplers

Fee: Starts at $650 for 2 assemblies, same day, same school. Block booing discounts available.

Funding Sources: Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts

Social Studies: American History (Colonial, the Constitution, Westward Expansion, Irish Immigration, Industrial Revolution, Civil War ), Regions (New England), States, Occupations (farmers, sailors peddlers), Sea, Holiday (Thanksgiving, Halloween)
Language Arts: Folk Tales (Tall Tale)



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Judith O'Hare
(781) 944-0965
E Mail: jaohare@gmail.com
Website: www.youandmepuppets.com

Judith O'Hare developed the You and Me Puppets in 1977 to provide a way for children to be expressive through the art of puppetry. Her style of participatory puppetry is unique and her work in puppetry in education has been recognized by the Puppeteers of America through a leadership award in 1994, and most recently she has been named a national education consultant. She oversees a yearly "Puppets: Education Magic" teacher training project, speaks at educational conferences and provides on-site teacher training for schools. She also works in partnership with teachers to develop classroom puppet plays from conception to performance. Student workshops are also available in a variety of subject matter.

Program Titles: Memories of a Chinese Grandmother (Grades K - 8); The Selfish Giant (Grades K - 6); Jessica's Friends (preK - 4); Hansel and Gretel (K - 6), Tales from Greek Mythology (Grades 5-8; Petite Puppet Plays (preK-4)

Audience Limit: 25/workshop/class; 200/assembly

Fee: Start at $350, reduction for same performance/same day/same location.

Funding Sources: Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, B.O.C.E.S. (New York)

Special Requirements: assistance for loading and unloading, electricity, space approx. 15X20

Language Arts: Folk Tales, Children's Lit., Myth
Social Studies: Countries and Regions of the World (China)
Health: Special Needs


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Ellen Weiner, Professional Artists Management
2411 Bay Road
Sharon, MA 02067
(781) 784-6394
E Mail: elweiner@comcast.net
Website: www.elweiner.com

Michael Zerphy, with his zany style and participatory humor, has captivated audiences across the United States and Europe.

Michael offers a school performance, "Don't Do That!" for grades K-6 that focuses on problems, conflicts and a peaceful approach to solving them. We all experience problems - how we react to them is what sets us apart, and therein lies the tale. Physical comedy, stories and humor set the stage for a look at personal conflict. "Don't Do That!" encourages students to deal with conflict in a positive, creative way instead of reacting negatively. Study Guide available.

Zany Acts is a show for general audiences - a family concert of clowning and fun for all. Michael creates a world that continually surprises both Zany, the clown, and the audience - a world in which the ordinary becomes magical and failure is turned into success. Music, juggling, a wide variety of props, and even the audience are included in this versatile show which is appropriate for all ages.

Recent appearances, in addition to schools, include the New York International Festival of Clown Theater, the New England Vaudeville Festival and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Program Titles: Don't Do That!; Zany Acts; $600 (1), $950 (2), travel extra

Fee: $525 for a single performance, $800 for a double; reductions for block booking.

Funding Sources: Vermont Arts Council, New Hampshire Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, B.O.C.E.S.(New York)

Health: Self-esteem, Conflict Resolution
Language Arts: Folk Tale (Spanish)




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