These multi-faceted performers are gifted in the art forms of singing, composing, acting and dance, and together they are, BOOK OF GAIA. They are the creators of “Chant of Harlem”, an original one-act theatrical work, exploring the 'reason and rhyme' of the Harlem Renaissance, an important era in American history. A unique brand of edutainment, “Chant of Harlem” incorporates music, literature, poetry, historical fiction and movement. The meticulously researched performance is designed to encourage a “circular learning” experience while promoting diversity and educational outreach. The presentation includes visual imagery, suggested reading lists, points for discussion, study guides and can culminate in a Q/A session. “Chant of Harlem” can be offered as a performance solely, or as a “Chant of Harlem” Edutainment Package. This package includes lecture/demonstrations and curriculum-building resources for faculty to intergrate into their classrooms. While this work has been crafted with the classroom in mind, it transcends beautifully into a highly polished cabaret perfomance featuring the music and poetry of the exciting Harlem Renaissance era and can be marketed to a variety of audiences from corporate to community to club settings.
A performance quality keyboard, preferably acoustic, tuned to A440. Additional tech requirements will be submitted on a per venue basis. A one hour advance set-up time preferrable whenever possible.
Dee Ban is a musician, teacher, and historian. She combines all three when she takes her autoharp into classrooms. Dee teaches history and other subjects by way of musical intelligence and primary source music. Lively discussions ensue as students encounter differing points of view passionately expressed in music. History comes alive as students learn that there are many voices of the past and they do not always agree. Her topics include: The American Revolution, Lewis and Clark, the Civil War, Black History: Slavery through Civil Rights, Songs of the Slaves, Immigration, the 1904 World's Fair, 1960's Civil Rights and Peace Movement, American Women's History, Missouri History, Voting and Election Rights, Biography in Song, Reading/Library Week, Earth Day and Ecology and more. For more than a decade Dee sung in many venues including: The Missouri History Museum, schools, educational conferences, folk life festivals, independent living senior centers, historical societies, and churches. With enough lead-time, Dee is happy to research and prepare new programs. Resume and brochure are available upon request.
Dianne Moran an award-winning Storyteller, Living History Performer and Chautauqua Scholar. Heritage Festivals feature her poignant portrayals including: Zerelda James (Frank and Jesse’s Mama), Miep Gies (Anne Frank Family protector), and condemned conspirator in the Lincoln assassination, Mary Surratt. Other recognizable personages include, Calamity Jane, Mother Jones, Lizzie Borden, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Titanic and 1904 World’s Fair characters. Schools augment their curriculums with her programs of Colonial America, Revolutionary War, Lewis & Clark, Civil War, Wagon Train, Ellis Island and The Holocaust. Programs feature a performance in historic dress, a Q and A with the audience and end with the viewing of a relic display.
Microphone and a 6 ft. table
The Rep’s Imaginary Theatre Company, the touring ensemble of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, invites teachers and their students to share all the wonder, poetry, wit, drama and excitement that only live theatre can bring. ITC's high quality stage work will not only nurture love of the arts but will also enhance teachers' educational programs. The literature-based productions honor and value a story well told while supporting the Missouri Show-Me Standards. ITC's specialty is taking audiences into a magic world that will spark the imagination
Jeff Miller's programs are "Laughter Guaranteed!" An award-winning poet, performance artist, and storyteller, he is featured nationally at poetry, storytelling, music, and folk-life festivals. His performances are highly-original, filled with unusual oral histories he has personally collected, jokes and stories embellished and turned into narrative poems, and outrageous and inspirational gems (sometimes within the same story!) birthed from his vivid imagination or adventurous experiences. Workshops include "Tapping Your Creativity", "Writing and Performing Poems", and "Creating Empathy through Storytelling". His three books have been described as "much, much funnier than anything Stephen King has ever written."
Now celebrating our 50th year! Kansas City Young Audiences works with a roster of nearly 200 teaching artists to provide dynamic and educational arts programs to children in schools, libraries, community centers, and hospitals throughout the greater Kansas City area. With performances, residencies, workshops, and after-school programs in nearly every artistic discipline and covering numerous academic subjects KCYA's School & Community programs reinforce core curriculum as well as cultivate artistic expression; unleashing ideas, creativity, and individual problem solving skills.
This energetic husband and wife team presents a wide variety of classical song, arias, and solo piano works alongside light jazz/popular songs and piano pieces. Lyric Duo has toured throughout the U.S. and China and its performances have been broadcast on television stations, including KSCI-TV, Los Angeles, and Nanjing Broadcasting, China. Lyric Duo is deeply committed to the education of young audiences and performers. It offers school programs for all grades as well as master classes for colleges/universities, and music teachers’ organizations.
Tuned piano with bench
Mesner Puppet Theater has been delighting audiences with their compelling and humorous storytelling performances for over 30 years. This award-winning puppet theater's performances include The Cat Came Back, Sing Along the Road Again, Rapunzel, The Stinky Cheese Man, Anansi the Spider, Animal Amigos! Stories from the Tree of Life, and Little Red Riding Hood, among others. Mesner Puppet Theater creates and builds all its puppets in-house, reflecting a diverse and colorful array of puppet characters. Mesner Puppet Theater performs throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as tours around the United States and internationally. Mesner Puppet Theater offers a Puppets in Education program highlighting innovative classes and workshops throughout the year.
Elevated or non-elevated floor space 20'x 12' with a ceiling height of 10'. Additional requirements available on request
Since 1973, nationally-renowned Metro Theater Company has provided exceptional arts experiences to students throughout Missouri. Our touring productions respect the intelligence and emotional wisdom of young people, inviting them into the world of theater and charging their imaginations. The themes of any Metro Theater Company work provide opportunities for meaningful learning in support of Missouri Show-Me Standards. We provide Educator Guides for teachers, as well as take-home pieces for parents. Talk-back sessions are a part of every performance, which often lead to further stimulating conversation at school and at home. Metro Theater Company can also provide classroom residencies where our teaching artists use drama and creative movement to enhance core curriculum and character education. Metro Theater Company honors include the Missouri Arts Award, the Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Production for Young Audiences, and the “What’s Right with the Region” Award from FOCUS St. Louis, among others.
Internationally-known performer, GRAMMY™-nominated recording artist, published poet and writer and respected teacher of her craft, Milbre Burch is a storyteller in every sense of the word. Considered one of the most important voices in the American storytelling revival, she weaves gesture and language into personal, literary and traditional stories and dramatic monologues to create a whole new genre of storytelling. The New York Times praised her “classic wit” and the San Diego Union-Tribune called her “mesmerizing, like a fine solo dancer.” With a Masters Degree in Theater and ongoing graduate studies, Milbre is also an emerging scholar. She offers programs for adults, families and children including performances of fully staged one-woman shows such as "The World is the Storyteller’s Village," a family-oriented show which brings to the ear the wisdom of folktales from around the world. Another option, her “spoken word chamber concerts” require just a space and a microphone. One such family show "Making the Heart Whole Again: Stories of Peace and Justice and Reconciliation" includes stories from her GRAMMY nominated CD. Her educational programs on creating and telling stories include lectures, classes and workshops for adults. For schools she offers assemblies, artist residencies and teacher-in-services. She provides extensive resource materials including study guides and bibliographies. Her work for college campuses includes "Changing Skins: Folktales about Gender, Identity and Humanity," presented with a talkback session for audiences.
Missouri Contemporary Ballet is a professional dance company that creates exciting, edgy, hip entertaining performances to communicate to audiences of all ages through live dance programs of the highest quality. They provide educational and outreach performances to schools, retirement homes, and organizations throughout Missouri. MCB is one of a small number of companies in the US that is exploring the relatively new genre of dance, contemporary ballet, which blends classical training in ballet with modern and jazz movement.
Proper lighting, sound equipment, sprung wood floor with Marley surface (other surfaces require approval), lighting pre-hang provided in advance.
Ronald Radford is the world-renowned master of red-hot flamenco guitar and inspirational Gypsy wisdom. A protégé of the legendary Carlos Montoya and Fulbright Scholar to Spain, Radford's masterful performance and illuminating commentary create an unforgettable experience of the soul-stirring Gypsy music of Spain. Radford's warm and engaging program has met with standing ovations and rave reviews in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and in fifteen countries on four continents. He was proclaimed in Mexico City as "An absolutely extraordinary event!" and in Madrid they wrote, "He has 'duende' the Spanish equivalent of soul." Ron plays from the heart, and so he touches the hearts of others. Read the reviews, listen to his CD and watch a video preview at www.RonaldRadford.com.
Ron is very easy to present in concerts, schools, and workshops. What you don't have, he will provide. Simple technical guidelines available upon request.
Sergei, a native of Ukraine, is a teaching artist with a Master’s degree in Music Education from the Gnessin Institute in Moscow. He presents two programs, Russian Kaleidoscope and Ukrainian Kaleidoscope. His educationally based presentations teach through assemblies and workshops which focus on the native music, dance and folk art. While experiencing the excitement of learning through the arts, the students gain knowledge about the language, geography, history, customs and traditions of the country. Both programs are available in a one-day format or as a residency. Teaching Guides aligned to the Common Core Standards are provided to schools. His powerful combination of lessons set the stage for students to fully appreciate and find success in the world they are inheriting. Sergei knows how to connect with students and deliver a powerful and memorable message that “Culture Matters.”
Available on request
A performance of Shakespeare by our touring ensemble, TourCo, will dazzle your students, inspiring them to read, respond, reflect, discuss, and write. in 2020, we will presents a 90-minute touring production and living study guide of Cymbeline. One of Shakespeare’s final plays – and one of his greatest achievements – Cymbeline is a romantic adventure story on an epic scale. It tells the story of Innogen, the princess of Britain, who embarks on a dangerous journey to find her husband and through courage and ingenuity clears her good name. Combining elements of comedy, tragedy, history and fairy tale, Cymbeline is not only a summation of Shakespeare’s incomparable career but a dazzling piece of showmanship that culminates in one of the most masterful final scenes of revelation and reconciliation in the canon. Featuring an inventive and energetic company of six actors, the Shakespeare Festival TourCo’s production offers a fast-paced, easy-to-understand performance of this underappreciated gem that revels in all the unbridled theatricality of a writer pushing the boundaries of what a play can be.
Students will be greeted first by the actors and led through discussion and activity prior to the start of the show, called the Living Study Guide, to increase performance literacy. How do we decipher, understand, and analyze a performance that you are unfamiliar with? How do we as audience members know which part of the performance is most important to understanding and enjoyment? The Tour Co will walk audiences through skill level appropriate exercises and discussion topics to break down the mystique and foreignness of Shakespeare’s plays and language. The performance of the show that follows will be appropriately set up for the audience in a unique way designed to provide definitions, vocabulary preview, authorial information, and structural patterns.
Springboard has a roster of 132 top professional artists who specialize in the areas of music, dance, theater, storytelling and the visual and literary arts. They present 153 unique 45-minute performances, 60 to 90-minute workshops and multi-day residencies for students PreK-12th grade and professional development for educators. Artists are selected on the basis of educational effectiveness, artistic skill and the ability to communicate with young people.
Saint Louis Ballet is nationally recognized for its high artistic caliber. Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi is a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet and an internationally acclaimed choreographer. Saint Louis Ballet is a classically trained company of twenty-four international artists with a diverse repertoire ranging from great full-length ballets, such as Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, the annual holiday classic The Nutcracker to contemporary works by renowned choreographers George Balanchine, Christopher d’Amboise, Jessica Lang and Michael Uthoff. Saint Louis Ballet is a partner organization with the Blance M. Touhill Performing Arts Center and implements quality dance education programs for young people. Master classes by Horiuchi and company members are also available. Please contact the company for current touring repertoire.
Available on request.
St. Louis Dancing Classrooms (SLDC) is an in-school social and emotional learning program that cultivates essential life skills in fifth grade students through the practice of ballroom dance. SLDC Teaching Artists model, instruct, and guide students in developing important skills and behaviors including civility, respect, teamwork, and self-discipline whilst teaching the basic steps of six different ballroom dances. SLDC residencies consist of 20 lessons, occurring twice a week for 45 minutes each, spanning approximately 10 weeks. All lessons take place during the school day. Each residency culminates with an in-school performance. Additionally, all participating schools have the opportunity to attend and compete in our Fall and Spring Semester Qualifying Event Competitions. Finalists from these competitions move on to compete at the Colors of the Rainbow Team Match Championship held each May.
A clean, well-lit space with optimum dimensions of 30' x 40' cleared of all desks, chairs and objects
Giant bugs! Tiny elephants! Flying birds! Audience interaction! Toe-tapping original music! StoneLion Puppet Theatre is a professional company using multiple styles of puppetry, including marionettes, masks, shadow, mouth and rod puppets, to bring the magic of theater to life. Shows are fresh, original, and educational and can be performed for audiences of 30 to 1,000. For over 18 years StoneLion has toured internationally with literature or their highly acclaimed environmental series such as The Emperor Penguin’s New Clothes, Stellaluna, Backyard Buggin’, Down the Drain or The Lab Rat Science Experiment. Shows match core curriculum. StoneLion is part of Kansas City Young Audiences and for the past five years is a part of The Smithsonian Institute’s Discovery Theatre season. StoneLion's Artistic Director received the Outstand Community Partner award from the Kansas Association of Conservation and Environmental (KACEE) for our excellence in Environmental Arts Education.
Tamara introduces her audiences to the sunny land of Spain. Her educational, interactive program combines dance, music, video and images. The rhythm of Spanish music carries the participants through a presentation filled with Spanish language, castanets, fancy heelwork and hand clapping. This will be Tamara’s 9th year as a faculty member of the Kansas City Ballet School. Dance workshops include basic foot patterns, steps and postures executed in the traditional flamenco style. Suitable for schools, colleges and community groups.
Available on request
Student audiences are invited to laugh as they learn with the award-winning DisAbility Project. This theatre ensemble enhances public awareness about various disabilities through original, high-quality theatre. The program empowers individuals, honors their stories, sparks imaginations, and encourages dialogue about disability issues in our community. Ensemble members, both with and without disabilities, present scenes about the true-life experiences of people with disabilities in a format designed to educate and also entertain. Performances are tailored for students of all ages and also school district personnel. Age-appropriate study guides can assist with preparation or follow up learning. All questions are encouraged in the concluding Q&A session with the DP performers.
Need 16' x 24' performance area and 90 minutes advance access for warm up and sound check. If stage is raised, our wheelchairs need a back wall and guide rails along the ramp for safety. Need 2 clip-on or handheld microphones and a movable podium. Easy access to restrooms with 31-inch clearance for stalls. Three accessible parking spaces near building entrance, with clearance on one side for exit by ramp.
Tom Bonham has worked professionally as a puppeteer since 1972 and has a degree from Saint Louis University. He is known for constructing imaginative puppets and creative use of the puppets. Bonham is responsible for the staging, scripting, and direction. Most shows are solo performances. Tom Bonham’s puppet productions are designed for school assemblies, community festivals, and performing arts series. His shows are suitable for children and family audiences up to 300 as well as intimate settings.
Electrical outlet, hard seamless flooring, wheelchair access, and more detailed technical rider available on website or on request
Emmy® Award winning recording artists and conservationists Jan and George Syrigos capture audiences with a musical adventure exploring wildlife, habitats and natural history. “Ribbit and Roll” to their original upbeat tunes energized with motion, media and the conservation message. Combining 16 years of conservation experience and training with their Parents Choice-recommended music, WildHeart truly brings the heart of the wild, to the heart of the child! Jan and George are deeply committed to sharing their combined passions for nature and music in creative and engaging ways, offering school programs, teacher workshops, and concerts for adults and children. WildHeart’s songs are strongly tied to Missouri grade level expectations.
45 minute set up. Electrical, 2 small tables.
These delightful musicians dazzle their audiences with their entertaining performances of familiar and modern music. From Civil War Flourishes to Vaudeville, Bach to Bernstein, their music ranges from vivacious to soulful. Optional audience participation not only educates, but brings the house down! John and Paula Kasica will captivate audiences with their unique style and blend of virtuoso flute with a myriad of percussion instruments.
10 music stands, 4 timpani (dependent on repertoire)