Arts for the Schools

Booking Talent

 

If you are interested in booking any of the above please fill out the downloadable application form.

Bookings will be done on first-come, first-serve basis based on the completed application. Schools should be flexible with dates which will depend on artist’s availability.

Please note, we will attempt to accommodate as many school requests as funding allows.

Prices marked with an * are last years. These prices may be subject to change.

Click here to Download the file - 2013-SCHOOL-ARTIST-APPLICATION-FORM.pdf


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Activated Story Theatre

 

Activated Story Theatre - for 24 years they have toured the nation presenting high energy, hilarious - but faithful interpretations of multi-cultural folktales that stimulate the imagination, reinforce positive values and build cultural awareness while tickling the funnybone. They are dramatized with physical comedy, imaginative props, costumes, sign language, music and audience participation. The 2012-2013 stories offers are (note those marked with an (*) offer opportunities for students to perform roles):

Mulan (*) the legend from China about a teenage girl who poses as a man and becomes a soldier in order to save her family honor. Set to music with stylized movement, incorporating singing, pantomime and puppetry.

Follow the Buzz (aka The Bee and the Dream) from Japan deals with a folk belief about dreams, on the classic theme of a man who undertakes a quest to find good fortune, only to learn that it's been under his nose all along. Performed to music in a style that incorporates elements of traditional Japanese theater, including masks and stylized movement.

The Birth of the Ice Cream Cone (*) is based on a possibly true account of how the ice cream cone was invented at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. Presented in the style of a melodrama with audience participation, this humorous story depicts the "little guy" taking on the "big guy" and overcoming the odds through perseverance, ingenuity and insight.

The Hat Seller and the Monkey (aka Caps for Sale) from Africa is a comical and instructive little tale about observation and creative thinking, presented in mime set to music, with lots of physical comedy.

The Knee-High Man (*) is a classic African-American fable about a little man who wants to be big, so he asks his animal friends for advice, and follows it with hilarious results. Incorporates rhythmic rhymed narration.

Cost for 2 performances - $795
School support cost - $400
Classroom workshops offered after performance – School cost - $54 


Check their website at www.activatedstorytheatre.com


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Adam Miller

Storyteller folk singer and autoharp virtuoso

Adam Miller - Storyteller,folk singer & autoharp virtuoso - For over two decades, award-winning folksinger & autoharp virtuoso Adam Miller has captured the imagination of students across the United Stats with his highly entertaining, multi-cultural Singing Through History! Folk music. All programs are designed to encourage group singing and inter-activity and are tailored to be age-appropriate for any combination of grades.. Select from:

Just for Fun Sing-A-Long Songs (grds K-4) Folk songs with easy choruses, musical games and story-songs with an emphasis on having fun & singing together.

Going to the West - (Grds 4-12) - Folk songs of the the westward migration in the United States: the Oregon Trail, the Pioneers, the Indians, and opening of the West. .

Cowboy Songs & Ballads - (Grds 4-12-) An introduction to Western folk songs: the music of real hard-working American cowboys, and the images and legends that have evolved about The West.

Colonial Days - (Grds 4-12) - A musical exploration of life in the English and Dutch colonies in North America - broadsides, ballads, and sing-along folksongs from the days before the American Revolution. .

Songs of the American Labor Movement - (Grds 4-12) The American Labor Movement was a singing movement. This program features folksongs by and about the people who built America, and their struggles to improve the conditions of their labor.

Whaling & Sailing Songs - (Grds 3-12) - 200 years about every lamp that burned was filled with oil made from the carcass of a great whale. Authentic 18 th and 19th century shanties and saltwater sailor's songs from the days of Moby Dick.

The Great American Railroad - Grds 3-12) 100 years ago there were over 250,000 miles of parallel steel rails criss-crossing the USA and one out of every 28 Americans worked for the railroad! No wonder people still sing so many folksongs about trains, hoboes, conductors, engineers, and the days of the steam engine.

Woody Guthrie: American Balladeer (Grds 2-12) In his short life, Woody Guthrie wrote over 1,000 American folksongs - and he didn't use an original melody for any of them! The story of the man who wrote "This Land Is Your Land" one of the most well-known English language folksongs.

Folksongs Lincoln Loved - (Grds 4-12) Favorites from the time of the Civil War, including favorites of President Lincoln: abolitionist anthems, soldier's ditties, campaign songs and folksongs from the 1840's Illinois lawyer's circuit.

The Gold Rush - (grds 4-12) The discovery of gold in California, South Dakota, and Alaska sparked a frenzy that shook the world. People swarmed to the gold fields from as far as China and Australia. Their folksongs give insight into their actual hardships and triumphs

Songs to Grow On - (Grds K-4) Fun, simple and silly sing-along folksongs with lots of hand movements for small children with big imaginations.

Cost for 2 performances - $795
School Support Cost - $400

Check his website at www.folksinging.org


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Awele Makeba

Teller of All Tales

Awele Makeba - Teller of All Tales - Awele is an internationally acclaimed actor, emerging playwright, storyteller & educator. She does not merely tell a tale with words. She sings, dances, gestures through her movement and transports her listeners to a time in history when African Americans where struggling for equality. One of the foremost storytellers, Awele has performed all across the United States as well as Canada, Australia, Russia, Taiwan, France and South Africa. Programs include:

Breaking the Chains: Slavery, Resistance & The Underground Railroad (Grds 8-11)

Oral histories that chronicle slaves' and abolitionists' bravery, endurance and resilience in their struggle for freedom.

The Days When the Animals Talked: (Grades K-4) Fables, Myths, Tall Tales & Tricksters

I'm not Getting Off Until Jim Crow Gets Off: Teens & Women Activists in the Montgomery Bus Boycott Four oral histories presented through a talking timeline that explores the Montgomery Bus Boycott and its significance in the advancing democracy in the United States

Readin' & Writin': Literacy Changed My Life: ( Grades 5-8 & 9-12) Historical African American narratives from slavery to contemporary times that illuminate the importance of reading the word and understanding the world to shape one's destiny

Standing UP for Want's Right (Different stories for Grade 3-5, 6-8 & 9-12)

Young people who shaped history

Trailblazers: African Americans in the California Goldrush (Grades 4-8)

Meet James Beckworth, fur trader and trader; Sylvia Stark, former slave and teen pioneer; Mifflin Gibbs, abolitionist and co-organizer of the Colored Conventions in 1855, 1856 & 1857; and Biddy Mason who was born into slavery, emancipated in 1856 in California & became the wealthiest woman in CA by the end of the century.

Cost for 2 performances - $750 *

School Support Cost -      $375 *

Check her website www.awele.com


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AXIS Dance Company

 

AXIS Dance Company - Dancers with and without disabilities perform innovative choreography

that demonstrates how people with differences can work together. Includes interactive

participation by students, plus candid discussion and Q&A with AXIS dancers. Min. space 20x20

Needs to be wheel chair accessible.

Cost for 2 performances - $800

School Support Cost - $400

Check their website at www.axisdance.org


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Bal du Kor

 

Bal du Kor - a dynamic an captivating trio with one foot in West Africa and the other in an array of improvised traditions including jazz and Middle-Eastern music. The emotional range of the music runs the gamut - from sweet, almost melancholic to exuberant and evocative of the savannas of West-Africa. "Bal du Kor" is a compelling hybrid of traditional West-African

melodies and rhythms with original improvised parts - like no other group in the country !

Students can experience engaging demonstrations and descriptions of such indigenous West-

African instruments as: balafon Imarimba), dun-dun (talking drum) kora (21-string harp) ,

djembe (lead drum) djun-djuns (foundation drums), shekere (beaded gourd), udu (large clay pot) & bronze bells & wood shakers - as well as European instruments such as the:

alto flute (lower pitched silver flute), ukulele (4-stringed folk instrument), melodica (small

keyboard harmonica,& vocals (tradition plus vocal percussion & vocal bass).

Cost for 2 performances - $650

School Support Cost - $325

Visit their website at www.secondsightmusic.com/baldukor.html


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Banana Slug String Band

 

Banana Slug String Band - is a pair of lovable musicians (alias Doug Dirt & Airy Larry), songwriters & educators who blend music, theater, puppetry & audience participation to create a lively learning environment. Their music includes more than 100 original songs ranging from rock to reggae, folk to funk. A common lyrical thread runs throughout their music - the value of taking care of the earth. Program themes are:

Living With the Earth - a discovery of the important relationship between animals, plants & the earth.

The Awesome Ocean - based on the Slugs' award winning tape, "Slugs at Sea" it focuses on the habitats of the West Coast.

A Penguin Parade - from feathers to furs and scales to skin, this journey into the world of ecology raises awareness about the diversity of animals and their habitats.

The Three Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - empowers children to make earth-friendly choices.

Singing In Our Garden - a wildly interactive program focuses on garden and plant science songs. Do the decomposition break-down blues, meet the Plantman (a real super-hero), Ms. Dirt, and boogie down to the 6 Plant Parts dance.

Cost of 2 performances - $895

School Support Cost - $450

Check their website at www.bananaslugstringband.com


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Bellavente Woodwind Quintet

Two very popular programs for schools

Bellavente Woodwind Quintet - has 2 very popular programs for schools:

Meet The Band - A demonstration of the instruments with musical examples

The 4 Elements of Music - The Composer, The Conductor, The Musician & The Audience. There is musical demonstrations of each element

Cost for 2 performances - $ 850 *

School Support Cost - $ 425 *

Check their website www.mcchambermusic.com


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Benny & Bebes Magic Circus

 

Benny & Bebe's Magic Circus - interactive shows with a European flair, utilizing story telling, comedy magic and storytelling. Six shows to choose from:

The Amazing Science Wiz Show - this enchanting, interactive program explores laws of physics, earth science, green environmental education & visual arts color perception. Students learn about true scientific wizards like Archimedes, Newton & Einstein. It aligns with California Science Standards. (K-6)

Tricksters The World Over -Tobacco use prevention education - made up of 3 funny energetic and captivating Trickster stories from around the globe: Monkey Without a Tail from Ethiopia about a monkey fool who brings wisdom to the King of the jungle; Stop That Dumpling! adapted from a Japanese folktale depicts a heroic young boy whose ingenuity saves a starving village & Coyote and the Smoking Monster brings the clever Native American trickster Coyote into combat with a monster threatening to pollute the entire world. The tales present students with lessons about truthfulness, courage, judgment and responsibility. (K-6)

Tricksters, Truth & Consequences - 3 multicultural tales dealing with truthfulness: Anansa And Warhog's Amazing Adventure (Africa), Borreguita - A Sheep and Senior Coyote (Mexico) and Tyl Eulenspiegel's Just Judgment (Germany) (K-6)

The Incredible Magic Hat Show - Benny does an award winning 20 quick-change as historical characters appear - fascinating people with different professions and celebrities from around the world. He delights with mime, chapeaugraphy, comedy and magic accompanied by famous musical scores and sound effects. (K-12)

Cost for 2 performances - $690

School support cost - $345

Check their website at www.MagicCircus.com


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Broceliande

 

Broceliande - a delightful trio that deliver an inviting musical blend of Celtic, Medieval and Renaissance music inspired by or traditionally performed during each of the 4 seasons. The music ranges from upbeat Irish dances to 4 part a capella madrigals to beautiful ballads. Music is played on Celtic harp, cello, guitar, flute, tin whistle, recorders, oboe, percussion and octave mandolin with beautiful vocal harmony. Select from:

Celtic & Early Music of Spring time - a collection of song & dances performed during or inspired by the Spring season.. The music comes from Celtic, Medieval, and Renaissance sources and ranges in feel from upbeat Irish dances to lovely harp tunes to joyous vocal pieces.

Celtic & Early Music of the Fall Season - an upbeat collection of songs and dances performed during and inspired by the Fall season.

Music of Winter/Christmas - a festive collection of songs and dances of Christmas and Wintertime. The music ranges in antiquity from the 13th to the 20 th century and includes both favorite carols and lesser-known selections from England, France, Spain, Ireland and America.

Cost for 2 performances - $900

School Support Cost - $450

Check their website at www.broceliande.org


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Caterpillar Puppets

 

Caterpillar Puppets - Puppeteer Joe Leon presents a variety of programs using puppets. A full list of shows is available on his website. Some include:

"Aztec"Pinocchio". It is the story of Maldo The Magician and how he brings his marionette boy to life using a butterfly for a heart. Lots of Spanish included

The Trolls Cookbook - the recipe calls for one billy-goat. How hard can that be?

The Itty-Bitty Variety Show - this has a lot of audience participation - a very funny show

Cost for 2 performances - $700

School Support Cost - $350

Check the website www.caterpillarpuppets.com


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Cotton Candy Express Music

 

Cotton Candy Express Music - You'll need a seatbelt to keep from bouncing to the Multi Award Winning Music of Lori & RJ. The eclectic style, the interaction, the positive messages for our planet, the professionalism - it's sure to be a musical memory maker at your next assembly, It's all about the singing, dancing, comedy, musical instruments, lots of interactionand giving young audiences an experience filled with the positive vibration of good sounds. Cotton Candy Express has years of being experts in children's music and will inspire your students.

Cost for 2 performances - $ 850

School Support Cost - $ 425

Check their website www.kidsgroove.com


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Dan Chan Magic Man

High-energy variety show

Dan Chan Magic Man - presents a high-energy variety show. Weaving magic, comedy and acrobatics. Dan presents award winning visual magic. It includes live doves, magic to poetry and a fast paced juggling routine, escapes, dog tricks, rapid costume changes & climbing into a 6 ft. tall balloon.

Cost for 2 performances - solo $400

School Support Cost - $200

Cost for 2 performances - duo $600

School Support Cost - $300

Check his website at www.danchanmagic.com


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Dan Sneider is Magic Dan

 

Dan Sneider - Magic Dan - is celebrating 20 years of performing for schools as a professional magician. His fast-paced programs are always educational and combine a great blend of magic with a whole lot of fun. .

Cost for 2 performances- elementary - $500

School Support Cost - $250

Cost for 2 performances - middle school - $600

School Support Cost - $300

Check his website at www.magicdan.com


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Dangerous Dinos

 

Dangerous Dinos /Intermission Productions - Meet the Dangerous Dinos who have thrilled audiences since 1991. They will have you singing their theme song long after they are gone. Intermission Productions has been performing and entertaining since 1985. Join the Dangerous Dinos in their hugely popular and uplifting show with positive messages: Say No to Drugs & Tobacco and Take Care of Our Planet. Meet Rocko Geckp, Ty Rex & Bubba - 3 Aliens. Send the Drug Bug packing & help Andy & Jeff with their self esteem.

Cost for 2 performances - $1,800

School Support Cost - $ 900

Check their website at www.intermissionproductions.com


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David Rainwater

The Gold County Fiddler & Minstrel

David Rainwater - The Gold County Fiddler & Minstrel - folk singer, fancy fiddler, comedic entertainer, folksy mandolinist and multi-instrumentalist all describe Dave Rainwater. He has entertained through the west and across the country with his bluegrass and Appalachian style fiddling. He's performed with the well know New Christy Minstrels, Michael Martin Murphy and black Irish Band. His shows are educational and feature unique insights and historical anecdotes honoring the rich tradition and heritage of America's own folk music legacy

Musical Treasures from the Gold Rush Era & America's Frontier Days

(Includes power point slide show) Dave takes everyone on an exciting musical journey back to the California gold rush era. Using a variety of folk instruments, he includes songs from the mining days, frontier favorites and adds important historical anecdotes bringing the history alive.

Cost of 2 performances - $500

School Support Cost - $250

Artist has workshops available

Check his website www.huckleberryfiddler.com


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Drei Brass

 

Drei Brass - this talented brass trio consists of horn, trombone & tuba performed by Zach Spellman, Dan Kennelly & Alicia Telford. They demonstrate how the instruments work and how music can make you feel.

Cost for 2 performances - $550
School support cost - $225


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The EarPlay Jazzquintet

 

The earPlay Jazzquintet - A groundbreaking electro-acoustic ensemble that will take students on a thoroughly entertaining & unforgettable musical adventure. They will hear the intersection of jazz and the various world cultures of 5 continents, including North India, West-Africa and Brazil. The group provides engaging descriptions of over 30 unusual instruments along with the cultural origins of the music. They also show how modern electronic sounds can bring even more excitement to natural acoustic instruments.

Cost for 2 performances - $800

School Support Cost - $400

Check the website at: www.secondsightmusic.com/earplay.html


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Eric & Suzy Thompson

Rocking Roots Revue

Eric & Suzy Thompson - "Rocking Roots Revue" - Award-winning musicians Eric & Suzy Thompson take audiences on a tour of multi-cultural roots music styles including blues, boogie woogie, bluegrass, zydeco and Latin dance rhythms. Eric and Suzy show how America's rich multi-cultural heritage has shaped today's popular music, with music by some of America's greatest musical innovators: how Bill Monroe's bluegrass led to Elvis Presley's first hit record, how Memphis Minnie's guitar playing is related to rock and roll and the influence of traditional Latin music on today's pop sounds. Instruments used include one-row button accordion, kazoo, banjo, guitar, mandolin fiddle and cuatro.

Cost for 2 performances - $500

School Support Cost - $250

Check their website at www.ericandsuzy.com


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Fintushel

 

Fintushel - Masks & Mime - a 40 minute program of pantomime, mask theater and stage improvisation with audience participation on and off stage. Mask & Mime explores body language - how we understand it and how we covey things without a word!

Cost for 2 performances - $600

School Support Cost - $300

Check his website at www.tinyurl.com/cok4xnc for images & teacher guides


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Gary Lapow

Life Skills, Laughter & Songs

Gary Lapow - Life Skills, Laughter & Songs - For over 20 years, singer/songwriter Gary Lapow has been inspiring young people through music. Gary's programs teach them to respect themselves and their communities, to reach out to others and celebrate the many joys of life. This year he offers 10 programs. Gary has recorded many albums of his own songs for children and has starred in film and TV.

Character Counts ! A lively and playful musical celebration to encourage children's development of integrity, honesty, responsibility, compassion and other positive character traits.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T - A Celebration of Diversity . Through Gary's original fun-filled compositions children are encouraged to examine their attitudes towards others, embrace our cultural differences, and affirm everyone's wonderful uniqueness.

QUIT IT! Tease-proof and Bully-proof Kids! Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can really hurt you. Gary weaves his usual magic, combining fun and depth to encourage kids to stand tall in the face of taunting, teasing and shaming.

All Kinds of People: Respecting Others, Promoting Cooperation.

Using his musical magic, humor, and brand new original songs, Gary guides children to find practical ways of getting along with each other. A fun & inspiring program.

Conflict Resolution: a Musical Solution - simple techniques for preventing violence and teaching peace presented through hands-on fun packed interactive song.

Look In A Book: Celebrate Literacy is a rollicking audience participation program that will inspire your students in the great adventure of reading. Gary will have your children and teachers singing, acting and moving along in this musical celebration of the written word.

Be A Buddy to Your Body - The Nutrition Show. Happy songs to encourage healthy eating. Gary demonstrates that good nutrition, like many a good thing in life, starts with a song.

Light Up The Lights - a multicultural winter song festival. Celebrate Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday with traditional songs from around the world as well as some of Gary's original tunes. ONLY available in November and December.

Lively Tunes for Today's Children - a musical celebration of childhood with a potpourri of Gary's original songs. Lots of fun with hidden positive messages.

Cost for 2 performances - $500

School Support Cost - $250

Check his website at http://www.garylapow.com


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Golden Gate Brass Quintet

 

Golden Gate Brass Quintet - a popular in-school ensemble made up of members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the Fremont Symphony. The group will introduce the brass family through story-telling with music, a brief explanation of basic brass technique, sound production with audience participation. They perform music from and updated "Carmen" they call "Jennifer", West Side Story and a western they call "Hornsmoke".

Cost for 2 performances - $850 *

School Support Cost - $425 *

Visit their website at www.goldengatebrass.com


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Golden Bough

 

Golden Bough specializing in traditional folk music from around the world. Golden Bough presents an educational, entertaining & fun look at the music of other lands. A lot of audience participation. Performing on a variety of unique instruments, children are able to see and hear music that they might otherwise miss. Select from:

From Ireland to America - learn how Irish music influenced and was absorbed into the folk music of America. Margie, Paul & Kathy perform on authentic Irish instruments

International Folk Music - a musical journey around the world. Singing in different languages, Margie, Paul & Kathy expose the students to the diversity of ethnic music.

American Folk Music - performing standards - the group highlights the modes of transportation used by early settlers, and show how the songs reflect those times

A Winter Celebration - students join in on a variety of carols from Celtic lands and elsewhere. Songs cover Christmas, Hanukkah as well as themes for the Winter season.

Cost for 2 performances - $700

School Support Cost - $350

Check their website: www.goldenboughmusic.com


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Gordy The Banjo-ologist

 

Gordy The Banjo-ologist - is a humorous musical historian and international touring artist. He is a recognized musicologist of early American musical forms and the diverse culture which created them. He serves as a resource specialist for several institutions, such as the California Educational System and the California Academy of Sciences, Croker, UCLA Hammer & J. Paul Getty museums and has performed on 4 PBS television program and as a featured performer in the PBHS series "Education Through Music." His "Banjo-ology" video is distributed world wide. All of his shows are fully interactive. Choose from:

Banjo-ology - A humorous history I - a fun-loving look at how America created the banjo from African, Irish, Italian, Spanish, German & Hawaiian instruments. Visit with our ancestors & their favorite songs from th1830 to 1930. Ohliger's moveable museum of rare antique banjos: from an African gourd-a-gut M'banza to a gold-and-pearl inlayed beauty illustrate the multi-cultural & joyous qualities of our nation's instrument. This is a very participatory show that proves anyone can play music without special equipment or lessons. Grades K-12

Little Town -Local history with a soundtrack! With only 3 streets in town, what was it like to live there & how did they party with no electricity? What were the bricklayers humming when they built that old building? Who are the people on the street signs? Grade 4-12

Cost for 2 performances - $875 *

School Support Cost - $438 *

Visit his website at www.banjoman.info


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Harps Plus

 

Harps Plus - Dan Levitan, virtuoso harpist with various Bay Area Symphonies has 3 programs available. Students will experience a live performance that both educates & entertains with familiar & unfamiliar classical & non-classical music. The program includes instrument demonstrations, story telling, game playing and audience participation with the objective to expose the students to the elements of music while creating enjoyment, excitement & enthusiasm as well as an appreciation for music.

Cost harp only - 2 performances - $300 *

School support cost - $150 *

Cost harp & violin - 2 performances - $500 *

School support cost - $250 *

Trio Avant Guarde - Harp, French Horn & Flute

Cost for 2 performances - $700 *

School support cost - $350 *

Visit his website at www.harpmandan.com


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Horse Sense

 

Horse Sense - Justin Bishop & Nancy Bray on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and vocal harmony present not merely a concert of music, but a truly cultural experience - even cross-cultural with Justin's repertoire of Southwestern songs sung in Spanish and Nancy's expertise in New Mexico style fiddling. Material from the Horse Sense stable of time-worn favorites, as well as originals, paints a vivid picture of the West, past and present.

Cost for 2 performances - $600 *

School Support Cost - $300 *

Check their website at www.horsesensemusic.com


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John Weaver Storyteller

 

John Weaver- Storyteller - A World of Stories - lively, interactive storytelling featuring global tales of animals, tricksters, friends & fun. Traditional storytelling gets a jolt of fresh energy as Weaver, a Bay Area performer, parent & early childhood professional shares his energetic versions of stories from around the world. Students will be laughing & learning with storytelling customized to suit each intended audience.

Cost for 2 performances - $400 *

School Support Cost - $200 *

Check his website at www.storytellerjohnweaver.com


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Juan L. Sanchez

Multilingual Singer Songwriter - Educator - Recording Artist

Juan L. Sanchez -Multilingual Singer Songwriter •Educator•Recording Artist - For more than a decade, Spanish born Sanchez has thrilled audiences of all ages with a unique performing style playing instruments such as the guitar, violin, Andean flute and African drum, telling stories and singing songs from around the world in their original languages. His long experience as an educator has helped him design programs that are participatory, educational, inspirational, multicultural with themes that focus on peace-building, tolerance, self esteem and fun.

Sample program Primary Grades (K-5)

Un Arco Iris de Danciones (A Rainbow of Songs) - a celebration of children's songs and stories from Native and African American traditions, Spain, Mexico and Japan among others.

Peace Through Music - songs and stories dealing with peace-building and social skills.

Viva Mexico! - from the Aztecs to the 5 de Mayo this is a musical journey that celebrates the beauty of the Mexican American Heritage

Sample programs for older children ( grades 6-12):

The Juan Sanchez Ensemble - this program presents Latin American New Folk from a songwriter's perspective.

20th Century Spanish Poets - the poetry of Lorca, Machado, Leon Felipe and other notable Spanish poets presented through song.

Cost for 2 performances - $575 *

School support cost - $290 *

Check his website at www.juanlsanchez.com


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Kalaikoil Dancers

 

Kalaikoil Dancers - An engaging and interactive assembly where students are introduced to the classical dance, music, culture, language and geography of South India. Available May - September.

Cost for 2 performances - $375 *

School Support Cost - $190 *

Workshops & classroom visits available - $75

Check their website at www.kalaikoil.com


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The KRIYA Jaxx Octet

 

The KRIYA Jazz Octet - A dynamic jazz octet which captivates audiences everywhere with their exciting compositions, creating vivid and ever changing musical landscapes. Students are guided through a wide range of styles including traditional jazz, modern classical, and world music elements from Latin American and West-Africa. The players are veteran teachers & clinicians and describe what it's like to play some very same instruments that students play, only in a professional jazz ensemble. The members of the group have performed or recorded with world-renowned artists both here and abroad. The stories they share about their music are truly memorable.

Cost for 2 performances - $800

School Support Cost - $400

Check their website at www.secondsightmusic.com/kriya.html


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Laura Benward and William Florian

 

Laura Benward & William Florian provide an experiential workshop involving children in the process from inspiration to discovery to creating their own music ….clapping, stomping, patting the chest, finger snapping, humming, hissing, singing and finding the harmonies. They bring dulcimer, accordion, fiddle, djembe, Celtic harp, auto harp, & didgeridoo for a world folk music experience. They also bring percussion instruments, drums & shakers. They touch on the world influences on music - bringing in the Appalachian sound, Cajun, American Indian & African American.

Both Laura & William have decades of professional musical experience. William was once the lead singer of the famous 60s band "The New Christy Minstrels".

Cost for 2 performances - $875

School support cost - $450

Check their website at www.florianmusic.com


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Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company

 

Lily Cai Chinese Dance Co . - Shanghai native Lily Cai brings the movements of China alive in a captivating, truly unique dance narrated presentation, sharing her enthusiasm for Chinese culture, history & people. Utilizing the traditional costumes of the Tang & Qing Dynasties, colorful folk ribbons & fans, big head mask, plus dangerous swords - students & teachers are invited to experience the elegance & mystery of one of the world's most intriguing cultures.The program utilizes student participation and covers regional & cultural differences.

Cost for 2 performances - $880

School Support Cost - $440

Check their website at www.lilycaidance.org


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Magical Moonshine Theatre

 

Magical Moonshine Theatre - For 28 years California's Magical Moonshine Theatre has been delighting audiences around the world with their puppet, mask & musical performances. Rated "best assembly we ever had" by countless schools, MM Theatre brings the theatrical experience right to your gym or multipurpose room with their full curtains, lights and sound. Their repertoire boasts numerous titles drawing from folktales, literature, history and science such as: Coyote Brings Fire (Native American), The Fox & the Condor (Latin American), The Number 9 Shoes (African American), Does that Scare You? (S.E. Asian).

Cost for 2 performances - $895

School Support Cost - $448

Check their website at www.magicalmoonshine.org


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Men of Worth

 

Men of Worth - Donnie Macdonald & James Keigler bring folk music from Ireland and Scotland in song and playing many instruments. Assemblies include touching on the historical and geographical aspect of the music & language. Students participate in song and learn about the ancient language of the Celts and it relationship to American bluegrass and country music. A display and performance on all of the instruments - they explain their function and a who, when and where they are made. They teach a Gaelic chorus so the students not only participate in song, but also another language. The program introduces songs that highlight the movement of people and their culture to America from Ireland and Scotland and there is time for a question and answer period from the students and teachers.

Note - this group is available based on their national and world-wide touring schedule. They are lots of fun.

Cost for 2 performances - $600

School Support Cost - $300

Visit their website at www.menofworth.com


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The Mirabal Ensemble

 

The Mirabal Ensemble is a ground-breaking 9 person vocal group that features a remarkable range of repertoire and improvisational styles - from singing with the transparent, vibrato-less sound of a European early music group to extended vocal techniques like vocal percussion, instrumental imitation & overtone singing. Students are amazed when they hear voices that sound like a full band, including electric bass, drum set, and lead guitar. The ensemble also includes students in singing live improvised parts along with the group. Members are some of the Bay Area's most accomplished vocalists and teachers and collectively have worked with the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Rhianon, Yo-Yo Ma, Dave Brubeck, the San Francisco and New York City Opera companies and more. The Mirabal Ensemble also includes students in singing live improvised parts along with the ensemble

Cost for 2 performances - $800

School support cost - $400

Check their website www.secondsightmusic.com/mirabai.html


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New American Songbook Project

 

The New American Songbook Project  The ensemble provides a fabulous opportunity to expose students to classic jazz and popular songs in their original form, and then performs daring updated versions. Each song is also is introduced with entertaining anecdotes that highlight cultural and musical trends of the time. Swing, Latin, blues and gospel elements mix together as voice, saxophone, keyboards, bass and drums displays virtuosic playing and vivid storytelling.                                                                                                 

Cost for 2 performances - $700
School support cost - $350

Check their website www.secondsightmusic.com/NASPoutreach.html


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Onye Onyemaechi

 

Onye Onyemaechi - Village Celebration - has more than 20 years experience educating youth. His invigorating rhythm music brings a powerful experience to audiences. Onye's programs for children have earned him a McDonald's Foundation Recognition Award and he has been featured on NBC and the Wisdom Channel. Choose from:

African Village Celebration - Onye is a world renowned master percussionist, educator and performing musician who engages students and teachers in a participatory experience of African Village life, while increasing the awareness of diversity combined with a shared universal bond. His repertoire involves students participating in African drumming, dancing, songs and stories. Onye's captivating music, native dress and instrument are presented in a historical/cultural context of his message. Grades K-8

Growing Up in the Village -using music & stories, questions & answers to communicate sound values that can inspire awaken, share and educate that the world can be a safer, healthier and better place to coexist cross-culturally - to share the wisdom of love, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, reconciliation, transformation and peace-making. . Themes can include learning self-discipline, respecting elders, communing with nature, listening to your conscience and getting along with others. Grade 6-8

Cost for 2 performances - $1000

School Support Cost - $ 500

Check his website: www.villagerhythms.com

 


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Pacific Sticks

 

Pacific Sticks offer a variety of programs using 2-4 musicians and about 2 dozen percussion instruments (set up time is 1-1/2 hrs). The students will thrill with the sounds of an African gourd, xylophones and Japanese temple blocks to tympani, tunable xylophones -drums, finger cymbals, the Brazilian cuica and more. All programs include a segment of direct audience involvement. Each of the programs are available for all levels K-12. Choose from:

Touring a World of Percussion - The language of rhythm is every where !

Their most frequently requested school program - it introduces students to the incredible variety of music and instruments for the contemporary percussion ensemble.

Percussion with Recycled & Found Materials is great fun and clearly the easiest way to get started with percussion. Students learn how to turn "junk" from their recycling bin to easy-to-make instruments and their own body into musical instruments.

Classical Transcriptions for Mallet Percussion - Historically, the earliest keyboard/mallet percussion ensemble repertoire came from compositions originally written for other instruments. Students will be exposed to Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Mozart & more.

Cost for 2 performances - 4 musicians - $900

School Support Cost $450

Cost for 2 performance - 2 musicians - $550

School Support Cost - $275

Visit their website at www.composersforum.org/member_profile.cfm?oid=3729

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www.afm6.org/PacificSticks.htm


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Patrick Ball

Celtic Harp & Story

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Patrick Ball - Celtic Harp & Story - Patrick is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world today and an acclaimed storyteller in the Celtic tradition. As such, he is "a rare artist". For in playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland its crystalline, bell-like voice, and in telling the marvelous old tales of wit and enchantment, he not only carries on two of the richest traditions of Celtic culture, but blends them in concert to create "a warm and magical performance"

Cost for 2 performances - $600

School Support Cost - $300

Check his website at www.patrickball.com


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Quack and Wabbit Puppet Theatre

 

Quack and Wabbit Puppet Theatre - Yumi & Tanya have been bringing their original shows to children for the past 15 years. They use beautiful handmade puppets to teach children positive messages using music, humor and the magic of puppetry. Shows to select::

Froggie & The Ribbits Speak Out - Froggie is enrolled in a school with human children. He is a great dancer and singer, but is "different". He has buggy eyes & teeth, red skin and is the only frog in the school. The children learn about accepting differences in others & ways to deal with bullying, anger management & conflict resolution.

Mr. Gump's Outing - a musical story about cooperation & friendship based on the book by John Burningham. Children have the opportunity to create the characters & perform.

Healthy Smiles - A fun musical designed to teach children proper dental care and the importance of nutrition using beautiful giant puppets.

B.A.R.K. Program - Be Aware Responsible and Kind - is an interactive humorous production showing children how to be safe around dogs and teaches proper pet care.

Stone Soup - An inspirational & musical show based on the book by Marcia Brown. This is a sweet story which teaches children about the importance of caring and sharing and the magical gift of giving.

Cost for 2 performances - $300 *

School Support Cost - $150 *


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Rafael and Ingrid

 

Rafael & Ingrid - present Latin American songs for all ages - 2 voices + 2 guitars, piano, cuatro, charango, quena, zamponas, bombe, cajon and other typical instruments used in Latin American music. This is a fun, educational and participatory performance.

Cost for 2 performances - $500 *

School Support Cost - $250 *

Note - there is an additional $50 fee if they have to provide a sound system.

Check their  website at www.rafaelmanriquez.com


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Red Panda Acrobats

 

Red Panda Acrobats - Chinese acrobats- professionally trained in China. A fast paced show featuring the 2500 year old ancient art. The show exposes students to cultural music & colorful costumes.

Cost for 2 performances- K-6 - $925
School cost - $465
 
Cost for 2 performances Jr. High - $1225
School support cost - $615

Check their website - www.redpanda2000.com


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Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo

 

Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo of Eth-Noh-Tec - Asia Fantasia Theater of Myths. Folktales and music presented by storyteller Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo of Eth-Noh-Tec brings to the stage Pan Asian stories of Wise Fools, Foolish Kings, Magic Salt Grinders and Paint Brushes. Fun for all ages.

Cost for 2 performances - $595 *

School support cost - $300 *

Workshop available - Asian Pacific Playshop - must be in

tandem with assembly Cost: $150

Check the website at www.ethnohtec.org


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Satellite Sports Group

Perfection on Wheels

Satellite Sports Group - Perfection on Wheels - This BMX Bike show is exciting, effective and proven to wow and educate your students. Celebrating over 20 years - Perfection on Wheels has captivated and educated students of all ages on the importance of living a safe, active and drug-free lifestyle with their cool bikes, hip music and extreme sports action. Their high-energy bicycle freestyle program delivers a variety of powerful and positive messages including bicycle safety, drug/alcohol/tobacco awareness, bullying and/or character building. This show can be done inside or outside, on the flat or with ramps.

Cost for 2 flatland performances - $1097

School support cost - $ 549

Cost for 2 ramp performances - $1397

School support cost - $ 699

You need to check their website to get the full effect www.perfectiononwheels.com


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Shabang Steel Drum Band

Caribbean Duo

Shabang Steel Drum Band - Caribbean Duo - This duo will present the history and origin of the steel drum and the craftsmanship in its creation as well as perform the wonderful music produced on this special instrument

Cost for 2 performances - $500 *

School support cost - $250 *

Check their website at www.shabang.us


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SWEET Theatre

 

SWEET Theatre - Lively multi-culltural folk tales as interactive theater performances. Stories are from Africa , China, India, Mexico, the Middle East, Germany and the U.S.. Choose from:

The Guests a folk tale from Persia. A woman living in a tiny house is visited one night by a crowd of unexpected surprise "guests". An ancient tale that brings a message about peace and hospitality.

The Stolen Aroma - an African tale. What happens when Slough Dog asks the wealthy Imo for food? A timely message about greed and sharing.

Into the Eye of Magic! - a Chinese tale. Ai Zhen has a magical night traveling to her mother's house. A story that highlights the gifts of poetry and imagination.

CHAC, The Rain Spirit - a Mayan tale. A boy learns from his mistakes. Or does he? This Pre-Colombian story, carved in hieroglyphics on a pyramid in the Yucatan, tells of forgiveness and understanding.

Hansel & Gretel, - a German tale - The brothers Grimm's famous story is still relevant to students today. This fun and energetic audience adaptation is SWEET's adaptation of the classic children's folk opera.

Antonia & Pedro's Adventure - A Mexican tale Two children whose family recently immigrated to Los Angeles discover their own courage and intelligence..

Your Stories - Improvisations Actors turn words and stories from the audience into live theater on the spot!

Cost for 2 performances - $ 475

School Support Cost - $ 240

Check their website at www.sweettheater.vpweb.com


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Linking Rings Performing Arts Tamaka

Magician - Storyteller

Tamaka - Linking Rings - Magician - Storyteller - Winner of the prestigious Jefferson Award 2012 and 2013 Asian Pacific Heritage Award, Tamaka shares Native American stories & culture of the Choctaw through the art form of magic & storytelling

Cost for 2 performances - $400

School support cost - $200

Check their website at www.tamaka.net


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Wheels of Freestyle

 

Wheels of Freestyle are extreme sports athletes. The Wheels of Freestyle assembly delivers 40 action-packed minutes of amazing bicycle stunts and powerful messages. The athletes share anti-drug, anti-violence, bike safety & motivational messages to youth of all ages.

Ramp cost for 1 performance - $ 899

School support cost - $ 450

Ramp cost for 2 performances - $1299

School support cost - $ 650

Contact LOV for flatland costs

Check their website: www.gobigassembly.com


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Wild Cat Education & Conservation Fund

 

Wild Cat Education & Conservation Fund - brings four selected wild cats right to your school. Each cat is presented on a leash, as it's habits, habitat and survival are explained in a dynamic presentation. While not a circus act, natural behaviors like climbing and leaping are demonstrated. The WCE&CF have the largest collection of wild cats available in Northern California. They include cheetah, rare king cheetah, cougar (mountain lion), serval, Geoffroy's cat, Canada Lynx and Siberian Lynx.

Cost for 2 performances - $700

School Support Cost - $350

Check their web site: www.wildcatfund.org


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William Florian

Singer - Guitar - Songwriter

William Florian - Singer-Guitar-Songwriter - William was once the lead singer of the New Christy Minstrels. He engages children of all ages with music, stories and humor on the history of American folk music and how to be a folk singer. Students will consider what life was like before records & CDs and he explains how songs were heard, learned and passed on throughout American's early years. From songs such as "I've Been Working on the Railroad" to "This Land is Your Land" to "Blowing in the Wind" to his original contemporary folk songs - William will keep children and adults engaged and wanting more.

 

Cost for 2 performances - $600

School Support Cost - $300

Check his website: www.florianmusic.com


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Wildlife Associates

 

Wildlife Associates - Now in their 31st year - this group brings live animals as teachers to allow students to explore the non-human world.

Select from:

This Living Earth - with the Canada Lynx/Snowy Owl/Grey Fox/Kinkajou/ White-Tailed Kit. Learn about endangered species, habitats and the vital role each animal plays in maintaining the natural systems on which all life depends.

Spirit of the Rain Forest - with the Sloth/Anteater/Scarlet Macaw/Rainforest Porcupine. Students will see unusual and awe-inspiring animals, hear the mysterious sounds of the living forest and, on a projection screen, view close-ups of rainforest habitats and the diverse native peoples who inhabit them. A powerful multicultural learning experience.

Creepy Critters - with the Boa/Alligator/Tortoise/Monitor Lizard/Tarantula. Crawling with excitement and the adventure of learning, this program explores the gentler side of the most misunderstood squiggly and squirmy animals of the wild kingdom.

California Wild - with the Red Fox/Great Horned Owl/Porcupine/Opossum/Red-tailed Hawk. These intriguing animals will spark students' curiosity and increase their knowledge of California's wonderful natural history.

Predators and their Prey with the African Porcupine/Arctic Fox/Golden Eagle/ African Serval Cat./Armadillo These incredible animals from around the world offer a fascinating way for students to discover the nature of science. Wild behaviors, intelligence, animal communication and our human impact on natural systems are revealed.

Cost for 2 performances $870

School Support Cost $435

Check their website www.WildlifeAssociates.org


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TheatreWorks

 

 TheatreWorks - this Bay Area renowned theatre company has two programs available for schools:

Oskar and the Big Bully Battle involves a minor school yard mishap which spirals out of control. Three students become embroiled in a tale about bullies, victims, bystanders, and UPstanders. Kids learn to recognize and deal with bullying situations.
 
          Oskar and the Last Straw – Oskar’s backpack is too full. He’s freaking out. How to cope? Ignore it, get mad, or grumble? In this mad-cap escapade -  Oskar learns coping strategies every 21st century kid should have to succeed.  Kids are taught about coping with stressors in today’s busy, over-booked world.

Cost 2 performances    $1,000
School support cost      $   500
 
Check their website www.theatreworks.org/learn/for-schools/touring-assemblies
 


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San Jose Taiko

 

* NEW San Jose Taiko - This talented group's outreach program seeks to celebrate America's cultural diversity by sharing the art of taiko through performance and educational programs. The Elementary School Program features three performers, explanations of the history and philosophy of the art form as well as student participation on the drums! The Middle/High School Program is geared toward older audiences with an emphasis on exciting high energy performances and more in depth historical and philosophical explanations.

Elementary School: Cost for 1 performance $675

School Support Cost $338

Cost for 2 performances $900

School Support Cost $450

Middle/High School: Cost for 1 performance $875

School Support Cost $438

Cost for 2 performance $1100

School Support Cost $550

Check their website: www.taiko.org


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Culture Loops

 

* NEW Culture Loops - Take a fascinating tour of West-Africa, the Middle East and Latin America without leaving the school. "Culture Loops" plays the music from those 3 regions on authentic instruments that students and staff find toe-tappingly informative, Students will be guided by award-winning composer/recording artist/teacher Michael Smolens who single-handedly creates a whole ensemble, playing and 'looping' a half-dozen parts that magically interweave. This is a powerful and inspiring role modeling for students to see a multi-instrumentalist play so many different instruments from different cultures using modern 'looping' technology. Instruments used are: Senegalese balafon (marimba) and djun-djuns (conga-like drums), Turkish dumbek (goblet-shaped hand drum), melodica (small reed keyboard, & voice and Brazilian tamborim (small tambourine) , shaker, alto flute and vocal bass.

Cost for 2 performances $550

School Support Cost $275


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TheaterWorks

 

TheatreWorks this Bay Area renowned theatre company has two programs available for schools:

Oskar and the Big Bully Battle involves a minor school yard mishap which spirals out of control. Three students become embroiled in a tale about bullies, victims, bystanders, and UPstanders. Kids learn to recognize and deal with bullying situations.

Oskar and the Last Straw - Oskar's backpack is too full. He's freaking out. How to cope? Ignore it, get mad, or grumble? In this mad-cap escapade - Oskar learns coping strategies every 21st century kid should have to succeed. Kids are taught about coping with stressors in today's busy, over-booked world.

Cost 2 performances $1,000 *

School support cost $ 500 *

Check their website www.theatreworks.org/learn/for-schools/touring-assemblies


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Soren Bennick Productions

 

Soren Bennick Productions - The Power of One - an anti-bullying show for elementary schools seen by over 5,500 schools - including 500 in California. The show has been performed for over 2 million children throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It educates children about the negative consequences of bullying and they are shown solutions including inappropriate bystander behavior.

* NEW Cyber Busters/Mi Rez Comes to Earth - a two show combination - performed back to back. Cyber Busters is about cyber bulling. It teaches students to think beyond the click and how easy it is to cyber bully someone by mistake and what to do if you are bullied. It is appropriate for grade 4-8. Mi Rez is a play about inclusion. A purple space alien comes to earth and meets a girl at school who has been excluded from the hip-hop club because her clothes are out of fashion. Together, both student and alien learn to "always leave an extra seat at the table", to have sympathy for others and to stand up for yourself.

Cost for 2 performances $785

School support cost $395

Check their website at www.sorenbennick.com


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Roy's Comedy Magic Show

 

Roy's Comedy Magic Show - provides plenty of entertaining magic, mystery and comedy with an emphasis on audience participation. Roy has been performing school assemblies since 1972 throughout the U.S. He has brought his magic to audiences in England, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Holland, Poland and Japan. His fast paced entertaining show is sure to please not only the students, but the teachers and staff as well.

Cost for 2 performances - $ 700

School support cost - $ 350

Check the website at www.magicshows.org


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San Jose Rep on Tour

 

San Jose Rep on Tour - presenting a brand new adaption of Dostoyevsky's classic, Crime and Punishment in an award-winning adaption by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus. This literary masterpiece about the nature of evil is a thrilling journey through a psychological landscape which examines moral dilemmas, unveils hidden dimensions of the human condition. It is a cornerstone of the classic literary canon, and part of the California State curriculum. Through San Jose Rep on Tour, this text will come alive, and provide students with access to the material in a meaningful and memorial way.

Cost $1500

School support cost $ 750

Check their website: www.sjrep.com


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