2014-2016 Arts On Tour Roster

Dance

Dance Alive National Ballet

image of Dance Alive National Ballet
Photo credit: David Johnston

What

Ballet performance

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$8,000 - $10,000, full-length performance; $3,000 - $5,000, school shows

Contact

Jennifer Morris
Siegel Artist Management
18 Amherst Avenue
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Phone and Fax: 570-824-2266
Email: jennifer@siegelartist.com

Website

Artists and Activities

Featuring an international roster of award-winning dancers, Dance Alive National Ballet truly lives up to its name. Elegant and exciting, vitality is at the heart of everything it does. Through the vision of Artistic Director Kim Tuttle and Choreographer-in-Residence Judy Skinner, the company has developed into one of the most original and creative ballet companies in the nation. The company tours the Continental United States extensively and has been selected for the Florida Arts on Tour roster for over three decades.

Dance Alive National Ballet presents a variety of full-length programs ranging from 90 minutes to 2 hours long (including intermission) that are tailored to suite presenter needs and requests. DANB strives to make the presenters’ experience fluid and pleasant in all areas. The company’s innovative educational programming provides residencies, dance curriculum development, and outreach programs for educational institutions including elementary, middle and high schools, community colleges, and universities. Curriculum is available for school systems and is keyed to Sunshine State Standards. School show performances average 45-55 minutes.

Available for Tour

  • Festivo, Passion Flower, and Ballet Spectacular

    are full evening programs of outstanding classical and contemporary ballet.

  • Nutcracker

    is the traditional classical ballet that can be presented as a full-length public performance and/or school show, either performed by only company dancers or as a community performance with children’s roles performed by area students.

  • Lady Bug, Action Hero!

    is a 50-minute ballet set in the rainforest. The positive message is "a hero may be small in size, but is always big of heart"

  • A Mid-Summer’s Night Dream

    a full length work based on the Shakespeare play.

Dance

Augusto Soledade Brazzdance

image of Augusto Soledade Brazzdance
Photo Credit: Mitchell Zachs

What

Afro-Brazilian and contemporary dance

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$6,500 - $10,000

Contact

Augusto Soledade
P.O. Box 655130
Miami, FL 33265

Phone: 786-338-5488
Email: contact@brazzdance.com

Website

Artists and Activities

Augusto Soledade Brazzdance presents the vibrant performance of Afro-Brazilian and contemporary dance. The dances are culturally rooted and universally accessible. Master classes in Afro-Fusion or Afro-Brazilian dance technique are available. K-12 activities help students with dance techniques, Brazilian culture and history, and beginning choreography. Lecture/demonstrations are also available and can be adapted to the audience age group.

Available for Tour

  • Mistura Fina

    a duet that explores the relationship between dancer and percussionist
  • Kayala

    an Afro-Brazilian folktale
  • Dreaming Amazonia

    a dance and video performance that explores the complex realities of the Amazon forest
  • Altars, The Diaries of an Outlaw, and Oxossi

    are other pieces available for tour

Dance

Florida Dance Theatre - New!

image of Florida Dance Theatre
Photo credit: James Kilby

What

Ballet and modern dance

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$5,000 - $10,000

Contact

Carol Erkes / Executive Artistic Director
Florida Dance Theatre
P.O. Box 831
Lakeland, Fl. 33802

Phone: (863) 802-0399
Email: FDTcompanycontact@gmail.com

Website

Artists and Activities

Florida Dance Theatre’s innovative choreography embodies a fresh new movement style. This contemporary ballet and modern dance company captivates its audience with skillfully crafted thought provoking works that leave the drive home memorable. The strength and versatility of the company’s classically trained dancers can be observed through the varied repertoire. From the annual performance of the classical Nutcracker to the Innovations Dance contemporary program, the dynamic dancers show off their technical brilliance and passion for movement.

The goal of the company is to entertain and educate audiences of all ages and stimulate interest and awareness of this beautiful art form. The exciting new works created by Resident Choreographer Ferdinand De Jesus, Executive Artistic Director and Founder Carol Erkes, and the additional artistry of guest choreographers continues to build the company’s reputation for artistic excellence and diverse programming.

Master Classes 1 1/2 hours : Master Classes are taught by the directors of Florida Dance Theatre or company members are available in ballet, pointe, and modern dance for beginning through advanced level students.

Workshops: 1 1/2 to 3 hours (depending on age group and level of dance training) which include class and choreography.

Lecture Demonstrations: 1 to 1 1/2 hours including a question and answer period. These are available for all age groups. Each program is specifically designed and age appropriate for our audience. These can be held in various places if a stage is not available.

Available for Tour

  • Latin Passions

    a performance with a Latin flair in both choreography and music. Includes: De Jesus’ riveting “Bolero “, “Abre” a modern piece based on Flamenco rhythms,” Tango Suite” the dance of passion, and the traditional Bomba et Plena.

  • Innovations Dance

    a full program of inventive and original dance by a variety of choreographers.

    An Evening of Dance featuring a variety of Florida Dance Theatre’s vast repertoire for a program of outstanding contemporary ballet and modern.

  • An Evening of Dance

    featuring a variety of Florida Dance Theatre’s vast repertoire for a program of outstanding contemporary ballet and modern.

  • Nutcracker

    the traditional holiday classic presented with the company of FDT along with children’s roles set on community dance students.

Dance

Moving Current

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Photo credit: J.M. Lennon

What

Modern dance

For Whom

Age 13 and up

Fee Range

$800 - $6,000

Contact

Cynthia Hennessy
5501 N. Branch Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604-7003

Phone: 813-237-0216
Email: info@movingcurrent.com or cindyhennessy6@gmail.com

Website

Artists and Activities

Since 1997, Moving Current dance collective offers the highest level of modern dance and arts education to Florida communities. With a group of athletically elegant dancers, Moving Current has established itself as one of the Southeastern region’s top modern dance companies. The company offers an evening program of eclectic modern, aerial and dance theater works by the artistic directors and renowned choreographers from across the US in a blend of music, lighting, and costumes to create living, breathing art. Each concert is followed by a question and answer session.

The company offers a variety of residency activities that include technique classes in modern, modern jazz, and partnering for modern dance. Classes are also offered in improvisation, Skinner Releasing Technique, and choreography. Community projects and multi-generation classes provide a wide range of activities for all types of communities. Unique, interactive performances for non-traditional spaces for all ages, workshops for teachers, in-classroom “Dancing at Your Desk” activities are also available.

Available for Tour

  • Moving Current in Concert

  • Big Dances for Small Spaces

  • Dancing Verbs, Adverbs and Similes

  • Dancing Your Direction

Dance

Dance NOW! Miami

image of Dance NOW! Miami
Photo credit: Jenny Abreu

What

Modern dance-theatre

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$7,500 - $16,500

Contact

Linda Reznik
River City Artists Management

Phone: 412-335-5293
Email: lreznik@rivercityartists.com

Website

Artists and Activities

“This company is not only elegant and fierce, but is dedicated to its community. Over the course of ten years, the company has informed our beaches, landmarks, institutions, and public spaces and made themselves an artistic treasure in our community and a jewel in our own back yard. This latest presentation is but one more enriching, provoking, and well-crafted offering by a mature, exciting and bounds-breaking company. “ -- Miguel Estefan, Miami Art Guide

Dance NOW! Miami was founded by Diego Salterini and Hannah Baumgarten through a chance encounter at a South Florida dance collective. The two quickly became dance partners and creative collaborators. Described as “...carnal and courageous…… with an impressive range of movement and motion”, (Mia Leonin, Miami Art Guide) the work bridges the directors’ diverse backgrounds in ballet, modern dance and jazz, creating poetic narrative and theatrical artistry filled with fierce athleticism, featuring world-class performers and collaborators.

Presented in 10 States and three continents, Dance Now!’s contemporary style has received critical and popular acclaim both at the local, national and international level. The company’s work has been presented by Ballet Estable del Teatro Colon, Teatro José Francisco Saybe San Pedro Sula, Teatro Municipal, Sao Paulo, the Carefree Music Festival, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Pima Center for the Arts in Tucson, the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Florida Dance Festival, Dance Gallery Festival of New York, Miami International Hispanic Ballet Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Cincinnati Conservatory and Central Florida Community College, among others. The directors have created 14 full-length works and over 50 shorter works, working both individually and collaboratively as well as presenting the work of guest choreographers Michael Uthoff, Tandy Beal, Tauna Hunter, Josée Garant and Colleen Farnum. The company founded the EKPHRASIS Project, creating site-specific work in museums and galleries, and has pioneered cultural initiatives such as the Miami Dance Festival, the Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler and Miami Open Stage. The company has long standing commitment to Arts Education with a 14-year history of residencies and outreach in public and private institutions throughout the U.S and abroad.

Dance NOW! has garnered awards such as: Best Experimental Dance Company, Best Dance Piece, Best Choreographers (Miami Sun Post), Top Ten Dance Events of the Year (Miami Herald) and the 2010 Miami ArtZine Visionary Award.

Available for Tour

  • Additional Solos, duets, and group works available upon request. Visit vimeo.com/dancenowmiami to see sample repertory.

  • Dance NOW! Touring repertory is carefully designed to accommodate the specific needs and of each presenter and is also based on availability and tour readiness.

  • IL MARE: DANCE NOW!’S EVENING OF DANCE DEDICATED TO THE OCEAN

    This work can be booked as one evening or separately with additional repertory

  • OCEANICA (2012)

    rt. 35 min
    Choreography by Diego Salterini /full Company

    Diego Salterini’s “OCEANICA” is an underwater journey through dance. After years as a competitive swimmer, and over a decade living in Florida, Salterini created a magical work inspired by the weightlessness of the underwater experience, the fluidity and swirling of the ocean’s ebbs and flows, and the mysteries of life that lay hidden in its waters; Elizabeth Camargo’s tour-friendly set transforms any stage into a magical and fantastical undersea environment hosting Salterini’s breathtaking dance-imagery.

  • Random Patterns of Falling Leaves (2011)

    rt. 35 min.
    Choreography by Salterini & Baumgarten/full Company
    Music by Arvo Part, Philip Glass, Bartois, Ludovico Einaudi

    Breathtaking visuals accompany Dance NOW!’s stunning dancers and poetic choreography to the haunting music of Arvo Part. With Asian inspired sets of hanging lanterns from Bruce F. Brown and silk costumes from Marylin Skow, Random Patterns brings the audience deep into the dynamic forests of fall. The Dancers shed their costumes as an allegory to autumn, and the piece concludes with a dramatic cascade of falling leaves.

  • Songs of Spring (2013)

    rt. 22 min.
    Choreography by Salterini & Baumgarten/full Company
    Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    This lively, celebration of life will transport your audiences into a world erupting with all things Spring! Quirky, playful and athletic, this dance creates a microcosm where sprouts begin their journey with sparkle and humor.....and follows their transformation from clumsy bundles of energy into glorious blossoms of grace and beauty; seeds becoming vines, pupa becoming butterflies. Danced to Mozart’s Iconic Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Songs of Spring embodies the beauty of the season completely in its subtlety and its boldness and this work can be performed to recorded music or can be accompanied by a local string quartet creating a community collaboration!

  • Water’s Edge, the Long Walk, Stories of the Seashore (2013)

    rt. 37 min
    Choreography by Hannah Baumgarten/full Company

    This Cinematic work captures the imagination of children and adults alike with whimsy, passion, poetry and athleticism. Water’s Edge touches on our common experiences at and nostalgia for the Oceanside through the interconnected stories of seven people whose lives cross while visiting the beach. Are they reliving one life, danced through time, or simply portraying timeless stories familiar to all of us? Architect/set designer Elizabeth Camargo and lighting designer Michael Marrocco created a tour friendly set which can transform any stage into a natural seashore. Evocative costumes from Marlylin Skow and a soundscape from long-time musical collaborator Federico Bonacossa create a magical synergy, bringing the beach into your theater.

Dance

Tango Lovers (Enamorados del Tango) - New!

image of Tango Lovers (Enamorados del Tango)
Photo credit: Marcos Ayala

What

Tango show dance and music performance

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$500 - $28,000

Contact

Pierina Asti-Schulz
5241 SW 154 Place
Miami, FL 33185

Phone: 305-613-1719
Email: production@tangolovers.com

Website

Artists and Activities

Inspired by the rhythms of big cities, Tango Lovers features an award- winning cast with world-class dancers and vocalists accompanied by the rhythms of an orchestra with members of symphonic and philharmonic ensembles. Through the vision of Artistic Director and Choreographer, Marcos Ayala, Tango Lovers has evolved into a tango show with an appeal to all generations with the different sensations of tango displayed through dance, lighting, and stunning costumes. The company tours internationally and in the United States, with programs which share the cultural essence and evolution of tango with the art of tango dance. Tango Lovers has developed into one of the most dynamic, elegant, exciting and sensuous performances in the Americas and has been rated by the press as “a tango show in the best Broadway style.”

Programs can be customized upon presenter’s request aiming to make our presentation the most successful and pleasant in all aspects. Before or after each performance the company will provide interviews with our artists, producers, and technical staff plus a backstage tour.

Available for Tour

  • The SHOW

    $28,000, length 2 hours, including a 15-minute intermission. Upon presenter’s consent, TANGO LOVERS may also include aerial dance in its performance. Master Classes and Workshops are available and can be offered to complement with the SHOW.

  • School Performance

    $18,000-$20,000, length 55 minutes. A Tango Lovers educational program will combine the cultural essence and evolution of tango with the art of tango dance.

  • Master Classes and Workshops

    $500-$1,000, length one hour depending on the number of instructors and students.

  • Tango Beginner

    Workshops designed for students with no experience.

  • Tango Intermediate

    Workshops designed for students with basic dance experience.

  • Tango Silver

    Workshops designed for seniors that would like to learn to dance tango. No previous dance experience is required.

  • Tango for ALL

    Workshops given by specialized teachers and featured artists for physically challenged individuals.

  • Master Tango

    Designed for tango teachers and advanced tango dancers. Tango Lovers can provide an opportunity for the workshop merit students to participate in the SHOW.

Dance

Momentum Dance Company

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Photo credit: Tom Clark

What

Contemporary dance

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$700 - $4,000

Contact

Delma Iles
P. O. Box 331973
Coral Gables, FL 33233-1973

Phone: 305.858.7002
Email: mdanceco@bellsouth.net

Website

Artists and Activities

Momentum works closely with presenters, providing frequent phone and email contact, to create programs that best serve the needs of their audiences. Momentum’s touring programs and menu are the result of over thirty years of touring and performing experience with a wide range of presenters, venues, and special needs. Momentum’s programs are affordable for the small presenter and the company’s extreme flexibility allows for almost any presenter to identify programming that will meet their needs in terms of budget, facilities, age groups, and special circumstances. This touring proposal reflects goals that we know we can achieve!

Available for Tour

  • Momentum Dance Company in Concert

    Momentum provides a touring menu of workshops, master classes, children's programs, and dance works for presenters to choose from. This program is available for touring October 20 through December 20, and January 15 through June 20. Dates falling outside these parameters may be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

  • Family/Children’s Programming

    Momentum offers an extensive menu of programming for families and children that can be booked as an accompaniment to a concert performance or booked as a separate event. Works range from children's classics such as Peter and the Wolf, Hansel and Gretel, Carnival of the Animals, to curriculum-based such as Counting Songs (math), Fish Tales (marine biology), Women of Valor (women's history). All have accompanying study guides and can be accompanied by a movement workshop that utilizes themes presented in the performance.

  • Site Specific Works

    Site Specific works are available year round. They are tailor made to serve the presenter’s target audience and site.

  • An Evening of Water Ballet

    Momentum has created a very popular 45-minute program of experimental water ballet that can be performed in swimming pools of 25’ X 30’ or larger.

  • Educational & Choreographic Residencies

    For organizations that would like an intensive teaching experience or would like to have an original dance work created for their students or community members, Momentum offers Teaching and Choreographic Residencies year-round.

Interdisciplinary

Purnama Sari Balinese Performing Arts Company - New!

image of Purnama Sari Balinese Performing Arts Company
Photo credit: Sam Laudon and Isaac Frazer

What

Balinese dance, theater, and shadow puppetry

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$750 - $2,400

Contact

Kuniko Yamamoto

Phone: 941-468-4049
Email: kunikotheater@gmail.com

Website

Artists and Activities

Purnama Sari Balinese Performing Arts Company brings traditional dance, theater and shadow puppetry from the famed island of Bali, providing authentic cultural experience for general audiences and K-12 students. Founders Surapsari and Indra studied Balinese performing arts with acclaimed masters from Ubud, the arts capital of Bali. Since its inception in 2000, Purnama Sari has been performing, teaching workshops and master classes, and offering lectures internationally.

Purnama Sari serves a wide range of audience with age-appropriate material and entertaining skills. They offer unique arts integrated lessons and teaching artist residencies for K-12th grade, incorporating Balinese dance and theater into core academic subjects such as Social Studies and English Language Arts. Purnama Sari's school programs align with grade appropriate Sunshine State Standards and are offered with a Teacher’s Guide (including lesson plans, supplementary material and resources) and handouts. Purnama Sari also provides master classes and residencies for college students.

Available for Tour

  • Mystical Dances of Bali (general audience)

    This is Purnama Sari's signature program that features ancient mask and classic court dances from the exotic Indonesian island. Through the performance and interactive lecture, Purnama Sari will reveal the mystery behind Balinese dance which is punctuated by otherworldly dance vocabulary and music, as well as dazzling costumes glittering in regal colors. This program offers a rare opportunity to experience authentic Balinese dance right here in Florida.

  • Mask dances of Bali (K-12)

    This program introduces K-12th grade students to the fascinating culture and arts of Bali. Not only being entertained by a presentation of unique dance masks and choreography, the students will have an opportunity to explore character traits through trial of masks and creative movement. This program promotes academic skills and knowledge in English language arts, Social studies, Theater, Music, Dance and Visual arts. Purnama Sari is available for teaching pre and post-performance lessons for additional fees. Please inquire.

  • Ramayana: Balinese Shadow Puppet Theater (K-5)

    In this educational and entertaining program, K-5th grade students are introduced to the cultures of south and southeastern Asia, through the Ramanaya, the great epic from ancient India and shadow puppet theater from Bali. This program promotes academic skills and knowledge in English language arts, Social studies, Science, Theater, Music, and Visual arts. Purnama Sari is available for teaching pre and post-performance lessons for additional fees. Please inquire.

  • Balinese Dance & Theater Master Class and Residency (high school and college level)

    These programs teach students the basics of Balinese dance and theater; stances, postures, eye movements, choreography, vocalization and acting.

Interdisciplinary

Echoes of Nature - Traditional Chinese Art and Music - New!

image of Echoes of Nature - Traditional Chinese Art and Music
Photo credit: Yun Cao

What

Chinese Traditional Art & Music

For Whom

All Ages

Fee Range

$1,500 - $3,000

Contact

Haiqiong Deng
1166 Sandler Ridge Road
Tallahassee, FL 32317

Phone: 850-264-1389
Email: haiqiongd@yahoo.com

Website

Artists and Activities

"Echoes of Nature” introduces traditional Chinese art and music to everyone. Throughout the past decade, award-winning artists Dr. Nan Liu and Haiqiong Deng have given lectures and performances throughout North America for audiences of all ages. Their lively presentations of music, Chinese painting, and calligraphy instantly draw audiences closer to this magnificent traditional culture and inspire many to continue their research into the culture.

“The collaboration which Dr. Liu and Ms. Deng have developed and their approach to presenting Chinese traditional arts together in concerts, recitals, and lectures is memorable, powerful, and sets a standard for such presentations that is world-class in every respect," says Dr. Richard Scruggs.

Residency and educational programs include concerts; lectures; workshops; master classes; Arts-in-residency available for universities, K-12 schools, community groups, cultural centers, museums, arts festivals and cultural events.

Available for Tour

  • Lecture-recital

    Mountain, Water, Sentiments—Traditional Chinese Zheng & Qin Music with Live Chinese Calligraphy and Painting

  • Workshops

    (for children and adults, separate classes, Age 7 & up)
    Experimenting with Chinese Calligraphy and Painting (by Dr. Nan Liu)

  • We can also tailor our program based on the needs and requests from the presenters.

Music

Terry Barber - New!

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PHOTO CREDIT: DENNIS DEAN

What

Music

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$1,500 - $4,500

Contact

Terry Barber
802 SW Lighthouse Drive
Palm City, FL 34990

Phone: 917-338-6319
Email: Terry@Terry-Barber.com

Website

Artists and Activities

Classical for Everyone is an entertainment-driven vocal performance sung in the baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano range by one international, rare countertenor vocalist.  Repertoire has been chosen based on two scenarios: 1) crowd-pleasing familiar repertoire (like "La Donne E Mobile," "Maria," "The Habanera," "Bring Him Home," and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah") and  2) art that anyone can be entertained by on the first listening, such as “Life if Happiness Indeed” by Bernstein, where Barber plays three characters in one song.  A past member of the Grammy winning vocal group, Chanticleer, Barber has entertained audiences internationally at the world’s best venues, has recorded with a variety of artists from Madonna to the London Philharmonic, and was the second most requested artist from a recent national showcase, with almost 50 contracts.

Barber says, "Everyone loves classical music - they just don't know it yet! Let's tear down the walls of classical etiquette and invite the masses in to connect with classically-driven art!  I joke with the audience, share information that will help them get closer to the art, elicit their involvement, and use my vocal range to keep them guessing.  The highest compliments I receive from classical enthusiasts and new "converts" include 'Terry Makes Classical, Fun!' and 'The most entertaining classical performance we've had!'”

Available for Tour

  • Terry Barber Takes You Higher

    the greatest high male singers from Farinelli to Freddie Mercury. Classical for Everyone, an entertaining, accessible classically-driven program includes recognizable melodies and audience favorites. Terry sings works for baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano, in French, German, English, Latin, and Italian.

  • A Sacred Journey

    the history of western sacred music includes something for everyone, including works by many of the greats (Bach, Handel, Mozart, Faure, Bernstein). From Gregorian chant, to spirituals, and modern favorites like “The Prayer,” “You Raise Me Up,” “The Kol Nidre,” and “I Believe.”

  • Also offered are lecture demonstration performances, choir master classes, vocal solo master classes, and artist residencies.

Music

Benjamin Sung - New!

image of Benjamin Sung
PHOTO: GABE HANEY

What

Music - violin

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$250 - $2,000

Contact

Benjamin Sung
913 Lasswade Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Phone: 812-327-8376
Email: bsung@fsu.edu

Website

Artists and Activities

Benjamin Sung presents solo violin performances ranging from Baroque to modern, from classical concert works to bluegrass ballads, from Appalachia to Argentina. The length and repertoire of his unaccompanied violin recitals can be tailored to each audience and venue, with options including a complete survey of the history of the solo violin in a 90-minute formal recital, half-hour presentations on music and technology and popular music, a celebration of music and stories for younger children, and a casual introduction to musical forms that invites audience participation.

Currently Assistant Professor of Violin at The Florida State University, Benjamin has extensive experience as both performer and teacher.  He offers residency options for all grades, masterclasses for the serious violin student, chamber and large ensemble rehearsals for orchestra and band, and workshops for teachers on integrating music and musical performance into classrooms of all subjects.   Benjamin received his Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University, where he was a student of the eminent Russian virtuoso and pedagogue Nelli Shkolnikova.

Available for Tour

  • Recital

    90 minutes
  • Masterclasses and Music Presentations

Music

Kevin Sharpe - New!

image of Kevin Sharpe
PHOTO CREDIT: JOHNSTON PHOTOS

What

Fee Range

$500 - $3,000

Contact

Kevin M. Sharpe
2222 SW 73rd Terrace
Gainesville, FL 32607

Phone: 352-278-8559
Email: Ksharpe31213@gmail.com

Artists and Activities

Kevin Sharpe is a nationally and internationally recognized concert pianist who shares his love of music with all types of audiences.  His extensive knowledge of musical styles ranges from the Baroque through the twentieth century styles, which include the music of Thomas Fats Waller and George Gershwin.
In May of 2006, Sharpe was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Dublin, Ireland where he is currently teaching and performing at the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Sharpe was educated at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Indiana University where he received his Master’s Degree and Doctorate of Music.

Available for Tour

  • The School Show

  • Recital

Music

Donna Wissinger

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What

Music, costumes, and Theater, American and World History

For Whom

K-12 and Adult Audiences

Fee Range

$750 - $2,400

Contact

Donna Wissinger
2199 Astor Street #502
Orange Park, FL 32073

Phone: 407-492-8876
Email: topformdrw@aol.com

Website

Artists and Activities

Internationally acclaimed flutist/storyteller Donna Wissinger performs family-friendly concert programs and residencies that dazzle and educate audiences of all ages. Join communities throughout the US to thrill your K-12 teachers. Conclude a fabulous week of school residency with families coming together for a program featuring virtuosic playing, fabulous costumes, heart-warming video, and enthralling storytelling. One presenter’s comments summarize the Donna experience, “She makes every audience feel a part of the performance. Students and teachers are still talking about and learning from the programs; this was by far the best and most exciting residency we have ever had.”

Choose: Tales of Legendary Florida: 500 Years of History; The Pied Piper and Other Fantastic Tales;
Myths, Legends, and Fables; The World Turned Upside Down: Music and Stories of the American Revolution and Beowulf: A tale of Courage and Honor.  Each program is packed full of Common Core and Sunshine State Standards. Call for more details!

Available for Tour

  • Donna Wissinger in Residency

  • Donna Wissinger’s Young People’s Concert with Symphony Orchestra: Freedom

    A multi-media concert event of music, stories, and art that complements the school residency

  • Tales of Legendary Florida

    A multi-media concert event of music, stories, and art that complements the school residency

  • Tales of Legendary Florida (Viva Florida version)

    A multi-media concert that celebrates 500 years of Florida History. Music, stories, and visual art turn the pages of 500 exciting years of the rich heritage that is Florida. Journey through time with images of unspoiled Florida and the plaintive flute voices of the earliest inhabitants, crest the waves to the landing, conquests, and adventures of Ponce de Leon and De Soto, step into the gentle footsteps of environmentalist William Bartram, and boogie on the 1902 rails of Henry Flagler’s railroad across-the-sea.

    Florida’s history, like America’s, is one of youthful energy. It is one of Spanish explorers and immigrants, of people still seeking the Fountain of Youth, of cowboys, and those seeking frontiers in space. Within the boundaries of the state is the oldest occupied city in North America, as well as the launching site of the first manned trip to the moon. Ponce de Leon named the peninsula La Florida because it reminded him of the Spanish ‘feast of flowers.’ The poet Elizabeth Bishop rhapsodized that Florida is ‘the state with the prettiest name.’ COME!  Journey into the Tales of Legendary Florida with me!

Music

Tammerlin

image of Tammerlin
PHOTO CREDIT: MICHAEL RUTLEDGE

What

American roots music

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$1,200 - $2,500

Contact

Lee Hunter
Phone: 904-955-3692
Email:  tammerlin@tammerlin.com

Website

Artists and Activities

Arvid Smith and Lee Hunter are Tammerlin. These classically trained musicians are musical alchemists. In concert, they present their unique interpretations of traditional Appalachian and European folk songs, as well as their own compositions inspired by these styles, seasoned with background and humor.  With their finely crafted songs and inspired arrangements of traditional tunes from both sides of the Atlantic, their music is a joyous collision of down-home, back-porch simplicity and world beat vibes. The centerpiece is always the story, stories that connect us all to each other, to our past, to our present, and which speak to the future. The Daytona Beach News Journal said of their fourth CD, One Kind Favor, “Tammerlin has done folk and roots music one kind favor with their new work” and Dirty Linen Magazine has described the duo as “captivating” and “one of the best kept secrets in America.”

Tammerlin tours throughout the US and has performed at Piccolo Spoleto, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Smithsonian Institute, Central Pennsylvania Festival for the Arts, the Swallow Hill Music Association, and many other concert series and venues. They are regular performers at Florida music festivals including Suwannee Springfest , the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival, the Greater Good Music and Art Festival, the Will McLean Festival, the Florida Folk Festival, and the prestigious 30A Songwriters Festival. Their six CD releases have received critical acclaim in the US and Europe, and their music is played regularly on radio in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia.

In addition to concerts, Tammerlin offers informative workshops/performances at schools and festivals.  These workshops, presented to groups from pre-K through college, have proven quite successful, appreciated by parents and educators, and enthusiastically received by students. Arvid and Lee emphasize the value of music and stories in helping us to understand and appreciate one another, our history and culture. They encourage participants to express their own stories. In their sixteen years on the Florida Arts on Tour roster, they have performed for over 12,000 elementary and secondary school students in counties around the state. Tammerlin’s presentations are suitable for small settings or for large gatherings, and can address specific areas of the curriculum as needed.

Available for Tour

  • Old Roads/ New Turns

    Folk songs in our culture.

  • Wintersong

    A beautiful and unusual holiday program of ancient and modern carols, poems, readings, and songs to fit the season.

  • Civil War and Seafaring Songs

    A program of songs from the Civil War period, readings and seafaring songs both traditional and contemporary.

Music

Ayako Yonetani

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PHOTO CREDIT: NANA FUSHIMI

What

Violin Performance

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$900 - $1,600

Contact

Ayako Yonetani
19501 Paddock Street
Orlando, FL 32833

Phone: 407-823-6190
Fax: 407-823-3378
Email: ayakoyonetani@gmail.com

Website

Artists and Activities

Ayako Yonetani offers classical music through violin performance. Ayako has appeared extensively both in the U.S. and internationally and strongly believes in the value of live performance. Her repertoire includes Baroque to contemporary western music and contemporary Japanese music. Her 90-minute full violin recital can be performed with a pianist, or computer accompaniment when no piano is available in the venue.

Lecture and residency offerings give her the opportunity to discuss wide aspects of classical music from traditional Japanese music to current music education, or to conduct master classes with violin students, coach chamber music groups, and giving orchestra sectional coaching. Currently a full professor at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Ayako holds three degrees from the Juilliard School where she studied and assisted the late Miss Dorothy DeLay. Ms. DeLay was a legendary pedagogue who taught such artists like Itzhak Perlman and Sarah Chang.

Available for Tour

  • Western Music and Japanese Music: Old and New

    90 minute recital with piano or computer accompaniment.

  • Violin Master Class for High School, Junior High, or College

  • Chamber Music and Orchestra Sectional Coaching for schools and youth orchestra

Music

Chris Kahl

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PHOTO CREDIT: DAN KENYON

What

Folk music

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$600 - $1,050

Contact

Chris Kahl
308 Forest Hill Drive
Cocoa, FL 32926

Phone and Fax: 321-452-1219
Email: chrisjkahl@yahoo.com

Website

Artists and Activities

Chris is a solo musician and songwriter who presents musical performances in a folk style that highlights Florida’s history through songs and storytelling. The hour-long A Musical Journey Through Florida takes the audience on a journey through the state, featuring songs that cover a wealth of history, characters, and folklore including the story of Ponce De Leon's voyage to Florida in 1513. A Power Point slideshow supports the program.

Presentations are also available for K-12 audiences including residencies. Subjects covered include the playing of guitar, harmonica, and mandolin, the process of songwriting; and careers in music. The residency program can be expanded into an interactive, cross-curricular learning experience. Sunshine State Standards and sample lesson plans are included in the material provided.

Available for Tour

  • A Musical Journey Through Florida

    Florida history and folksongs.

  • Rainforest Rhapsody

    School-wide arts program for ½ day.

Music

Jacksonville Symphony Association

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PHOTO CREDIT: PHOTO BY LAIRD

What

Symphony orchestra

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$20,000 - $40,000, full orchestra
$600 - $18,000, educational components

Contact

Richard Naylor
Jacksonville Symphony Association
300 West Water Street, Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Phone: 904-354-5477
Fax: 904-354-9238
Email: rnaylor@jaxsymphony.org

Website

Artists and Activities

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra offers a wide variety of programming “to present classical and other orchestral performances of artistic excellence.” The orchestra is a full-time professional organization with a 35-week season. JSO’s reputation for excellence has allowed it to host some of the most renowned artists of the past century including Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Arthur Fiedler, Ray Charles, Luciano Pavarotti, Kathleen Battle, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Midori.

JSO programming can be offered in a variety of venues from in-door settings such as auditoriums to informal outdoor settings such as parks. Program length can vary from 1.5 hours (primary school settings) to a possible 3 hours (classical music with multiple intermissions).

Educational and residency activities are available.

Available for Tour

  • Masterworks Series

    an evening of classical full symphony performance.

  • Pops Series

    popular music of Broadway, Big Band, and/or movie soundtracks.

  • Family Series

    for families with children under 14.

  • Small Ensemble Programs

    available to neighboring counties

  • Discovery Runouts

    designed for schoolchildren

  • Musical Storybooks

    preK-Kindergarten Literacy Project

  • Master Classes, Words on Music, and Talk Back

    life-long Learning: ages 14 and up

Music

Stephen Robinson

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PHOTO CREDIT: DAVID HANSEN

What

Classical guitar

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$1,200 - $3,900

Contact

Patrece Robinson
1320 Trail by the Lake
DeLand, FL 32724-1024

Phone and Fax: 386-738-5559 and 386-956-2261
Email: probinso@stetson.edu

Website

Artists and Activities

Stephen Robinson will perform an eclectic and educational solo guitar program created to develop and cultivate diverse audiences for the live performing arts.  With his unique ability to communicate with all ages and with a varied multicultural program, Robinson’s performances are perceived not as an elite art form or museum piece, but rather as a vibrant part of today’s world mirroring Florida’s wide range of inhabitants. Included will be folkloric works by the Argentinean  composer Quique Sinesi, works exhibiting rock/jazz influences by French guitarist/composer Roland Dyens, the Brazilian music of Marco Pereira, the Japanese piece Sakura, and Italian composer Carlo Domeniconi’s Koyunbaba with its Turkish regional folk flavor.  Works for guitar and orchestra will include Spaniard Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, Concierto Antillano for guitar and orchestra by Puerto Rican composer, Ernesto Cordero,and Concerto No. 2 “El Alevin” by Mexican composer, Eduardo Angulo.  

Acclaimed by The New York Times for his “effortless virtuosity,” Robinson performs extensively and conducts master classes at leading musical institutions and festivals worldwide. He has appeared as guest soloist with orchestras including the Cincinnati Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras and is an award-winning recording artist. The late renowned guitarist Andrés Segovia described him as “a magnificent guitarist, one of the most brilliant guitarists of our times." Stephen Robinson is Professor of Music at Stetson University in Florida, where he is the founding director of the Guitar Program (since 1983). “Anyone who has not heard [Stephen] Robinson play is missing one of America’s great guitarists, a performer of brilliance, elegance, and lyricism”  Soundboard Magazine.

Residency activities include lecture demonstrations and master classes for college and university students as well as informal mini-performances for community organizations, elementary through high school students, and retirement and assisted-living communities.

Available for Tour

  • Stephen Robinson in Concert

Music

Caribbean Sound/Steel Bamboo/The Conch Fritters

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PHOTO CREDIT: DANIELLE WALKER

What

Steel pan and world music

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$5,000 - $6,000

Contact

Terri D. Lucas
Precision Artist Management
502 E University, APT B
Waxahachie, Texas  75165

Phone:  501-815-4546
Email:  terri.d.lucas@gmail.com

Website

Artists and Activities

Caribbean Sound has been and is currently the only group of its kind touring the US performing on steel pans and presenting the music, vocals, ambiance and excitement that makes the Caribbean such a wonderful destination.  They have enthralled their audiences with traditional Calypso, contemporary classics, and original compositions for the steel pan, striking new territory with an incredible sound leaving audiences thirsting for more. The music of Caribbean Sound is grounded in classical and jazz traditions combined with years of cultural research of Caribbean rhythms to create a marvelous performance for all. This one-of-a-kind ensemble provides students and adults the opportunity to cross cultural barriers and discover the amazing influences from around the world that came together to create the steel pan. They have appeared with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, The Orchestra of Southern Utah, and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra along with recording and TV appearances.

Caribbean Sound has spectacular and exciting performances available to fit your venue's multicultural calendar including concert and artist Series, outdoor concerts, and educational programs with an emphasis on the history and background of steel drums and Caribbean Music, residency programs and Symphony Pops and Family Programs.

Available for Tour

  • Pan By Storm, The Caribbean Sound Educational Program

    gives students an introduction to steel drums and history of the instrument as well as the musical styles from the Caribbean. It is an educational and amusing look at the history behind steel drums beginning with the discovery of Trinidad and Tobago by Christopher Columbus in 1498 to the present. Accompanied by a storyteller, audiences enjoy  the enchanting sound of African drumming and rhythms, bottle and spoon bands of the early 1900s, Tamboo Bamboo bands , metal bands using buckets, tins, and break drums, the Pan Around The Neck steel drums from the 1950s, and finally combining all these historical elements with the modern steel drum, the instrument in use today. The production is designed for school programs K-12 in an auditorium setting but can be performed in a multi-purpose or other large room. Show length 50 minute to 1 hour. www.caribbeansound.net

  • Steel Bamboo

    is a fresh new tropical ensemble that combines a number of authentic tropical instruments that blend genuine island sounds with unique arrangements of audience favorites. Music ranges from the soothing sounds of the ukulele to the fiery rhythms of steel pans. With influences including the sounds of Bob Marley, Bourbon Street, Smooth Jazz, and the Florida Keys, Steel Bamboo conjures the essence of the “Floribbean” lifestyle – relaxing near the ocean by day and dancing barefoot in the sand through the night by blending the amazing talents of Dustin Barber-lead guitarist for The Al Green Orchestra and Barry Olsavsky-lead pannist for Caribbean Sound. www.steelbambooband.com

  • The Conch Fritters

    educational show “Gumbo for Kids” aims to entertain and enlighten children from kindergarten through 8th grade, introducing them to the musical styles and dominant instruments of the tropics. Musical styles covered include Calypso, Polynesian, and Reggae. Featured instruments include steel pans, Spanish guitar, ukulele, and authentic regional percussion. Interactive and entertaining, students will never forget the hands-on experience of playing these unique tropical instruments themselves.  “Gumbo for Kids” promises to be a memorable experience for children, parents, and teachers alike. As we like to say, “Don’t worry ‘bout a ‘ting, ‘cause every little ‘ting gonna be alright!” Available for K-6. www.theconchfritters.com

Music

Jacksonville Children's Chorus - New!

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PHOTO CREDIT: PAUL VARNER

What

Music

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$5,000 - $12,500

Contact

Darren Dailey
Artistic and Executive Director
Jacksonville Children’s Chorus              
225 E. Duval Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Phone: 904-353-1636
FAX: 904-634-8953
Email: tourinfo@jaxchildrenschorus.org

Website

Artists and Activities

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus is a professional choir that is well-known for performing diverse repertoire that highlights music from various cultures and ethnicities, all with a theme of tolerance, peace and unity. Since 1995, the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus has provided children of all ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds with a program of music education and choral performance, while advancing a model of artistic excellence and diversity that enriches the community. Educational activities included in the performance focus on cultural awareness and tolerance. These will include a 30-minute activity, which will be based on grade level and can be customized to meet the needs of the students as expressed by the school administrator or teacher.

Activities in the Celebramos: Songs from Latin American can include those to enrich current lessons and cultural differences through songs and dances. This gives students the opportunity to learn dance movements with a trained choreographer. Handouts will be distributed and teachers will receive practice tracks for their class.

The Holocaust Memorial concert can serve as an introduction to the Holocaust or a supplement to current lessons. Students will learn about Terezin (Theresienstadt) Concentration Camp through the eyes of children imprisoned there. Depending upon grade level, a post-performance discussion can be held. The CD, Journey of the Butterfly, will be distributed to teachers as an enrichment to the performance. Program length: One-hour performance followed by a 30-minute learning activity.
Educational and residency activities are available.

Available for Tour

  • Holocaust Memorial: I Never Saw Another Butterfly

    a concert that highlights musical settings of the poems by children of the Terezin Concentration Ghetto as well as selections of songs from the Jewish faith. The performance also features narration and/or reading by a Holocaust survivor. This can be performed with piano only or with orchestra. Grades 6-12.

  • Celebramos: Songs from Latin America

    features the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus with special guest performers Cuarteto del Sur, an instrumental quartet that performs using traditional South American instruments. A Social Affair Dance Studio presents Latin choreography. Grades 3-12.

Music

Davis and Dow

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PHOTO CREDIT: MICHAEL MURPHY

What

Jazz duo, duo-sextet

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$1,800 - $4,000

Contact

Kelly Dow
3181 SW 50th Terrace
Davie, FL 33314

Phone: 954-815-5831
Email: davisanddow@aol.com

Website

Artists and Activities

The Palm Beach Post called Davis and Dow “a South Florida version of Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass.” This dynamic duo tackles jazz and pop standards with a daring sense of abandon. Their style is deeply rooted in the classic jazz tradition but with a playfulness that keeps the music fresh and fun. “Brazen Excellence! Dow’s guitar is positively orchestral in support. Davis’s scatting suggests she probably learned in her bassinet,” according to Cadence Magazine.  

Davis and Dow also offer an educational program including a workbook for schools called Cooking with Jazz which combines jazz styles, scat singing, jazz history, and lots of interactive participation. The program is 45-minutes long and suitable for K-8.

Available for Tour

  • Great Jazz Divas

    is a tribute to the great female singers from the golden age of jazz featuring masterful performances of well-loved standards made famous by Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, and others. The show includes a multi-media presentation that creates a vibrant way to celebrate women, music, and history. The show is 90 minutes and is suitable for all ages.

  • Play It Again, Sam

    for the classic movie buff and a fan of Casablanca and The Wizard of Oz, or a devotee of the Great American Songbook, you will fall in love with the music that stayed with audiences after the movie ended. This show focuses on the music from Hollywood’s golden age and is delivered with Davis and Dow’s own unique stellar interpretation with a multimedia presentation.

  • I Love Paris

    is Davis and Dow’s premier swing jazz ensemble performing in the style of Django Reinhardt’s Hot Club of France. This concert features Julie singing some selections in French and our full ensemble includes jazz violin.

  • Cool Yule

    is a soulful and swinging interpretations of favorite holiday classics presented with hot rhythm and sweet grace.

  • Favorites by Request

    is a fun way to involve audience participation! The first half of the show is Davis and Dow’s choice and the second half is audience requests and dedications.

Music

The CORE Ensemble

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PHOTO CREDIT: KEVIN SALEMME

What

Chamber music-theatre

For Whom

Age 11 and up

Fee Range

$4,000 - $5,000

Contact

Margot Emery
1320 North Palmway
Lake Worth, FL 33460

Phone: 561-582-0603
Fax: 561-586-5388
Email: margot@core-ensemble.cc

Website

Artists and Activities

Cello, piano, and percussion make up this trio of highly skilled musicians who have traveled nationally to every region in this country and internationally to venues in Australia, Russia, Ukraine, the Caribbean, and England. This award-winning ensemble has produced many theatre works and has toured for eleven years. With the addition of an actor, the CORE Ensemble now performs unique works of chamber music theatre that are distinctly original, educational, and entertaining. Their touring pieces incorporate theatre with both traditional and original music appropriate to the story.

The CORE Ensemble’s programs are suitable for adults and college and high school students, with residencies for middle school students.

Available for Tour

  • Los Valientes

    is a music theatre work that features three renowned Latin American figures: muralist Diego Rivera, slain human rights activist Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, and Mexican-American outlaw Joaquin Murieta (the basis for the Zorro legend).

  • Tres Vidas

    combines theatre, music, and Latin culture in the telling of the lives of three extraordinary women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni, and Salvadorean peasant-activist Rufina Amaya. 

  • Ain't I a Woman!

    celebrates the lives of four powerful African-American women: Zora Neale Hurston, Sojourner Truth, Clementine Hunter, and Fannie Lou Hamer.  Suitable for high school students, college and university students, and adults.

  • Of Ebony Embers

    explores the life and times of the Harlem Renaissance by examining the work of three poets: Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, and Countee Cullen.

  • Harvest of Voice, Cuentos de las Campas

    presents the lives of farm workers come to life in theatre and song: the struggles, challenges and triumphs of those who harvest our nation’s food.

Music

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

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PHOTO CREDIT: VENTURE PHOTOGRAPHY-ORLANDO

What

Symphony orchestra

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$500 - $30,000

Contact

Mark Fischer
812 E. Rollins Street, Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32803

Phone: 407-896-6700 x229
FAX: 407-896-5512

Email: mfischer@orlandophil.org

Website

Artists and Activities

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is ready to visit your community! Featuring the best of full-orchestra classical and pops programming, as well as chamber orchestra concerts and chamber ensembles, the Orlando Philharmonic has the perfect ensemble for any venue. From beloved classical composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky, to big band classics, thrilling blockbuster movie music, fully staged concert musicals and more, the Orlando Philharmonic’s programming has something for everyone!

The Philharmonic’s educational programs will surprise and delight audiences of all ages. Exciting Young People’s Concerts are catered to students in the third, fourth, and fifth grades and correspond to Sunshine State Standards. Tiny Tots is a program that introduces classical music to the tiniest ears (pre-school). The orchestra’s newest educational program, Notes in Your Neighborhood, gets elementary students out of their seats to discover the instruments of the orchestra through hands-on activities. Instrument Petting Zoos give everyone a chance to play an instrument, while master classes and sectionals for more seasoned music students are available with the Philharmonic’s outstanding principal musicians.

For adults, pre-concert conversations provide an in-depth look at Philharmonic performances through interactive interviews between the music director and musicians, and the audience. Finally, Music 101 Courses for Adults will inform and entertain your audiences in a classroom setting, covering a range of topics, including our popular “Everything You Wanted to Know About Music but Were Afraid to Ask.”

Available for Tour

  • Full-Orchestra Classical and Pops Performances

  • Chamber Orchestra Performances

    (12 to 30 performers)
  • Small Ensemble Performances

    (2 to 12 performers)
  • Educational Programs

Storytelling & Theatre

Mary J. Kelly - New!

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Photo Credit: Jack Winberg

What

Storytelling

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$750 - $1,500

Contact

Mary J. Kelly
6357 Mataro Court
North Port, FL 34287

Phone: 520.840.4449, 941.876.4489
Email: storytelling2u@gmail.com

Website

Artists and Activities

Once upon a time there was . . . or was not? Welcome to the world of storytelling. Mary tells personal, historical, and fictional stories from the African-America Diaspora that include Harriet Tubman’s Journey to freedom, stories about familiar friends in near and faraway places; Grandmother Oak tells Woody stories; Brer Rabbit finds trouble; a goat and tiger become best of friends; and many more fascinating characters. These stories play a very real part in our shared journey to explore our world, to discover the story from within, and to just have fun.

Mary’s Arts Integration Residency program is designed as an enhancement to the State Common Core Standards.  Mary aims to cultivate students’ imagination, creativity and confidence, by engaging them in hands-on, activity-based classroom sessions. The sessions consist of many short, energizing activities; interactive theatre games; word and number games; story mapping and journaling to teach students the storytelling process. The program objectives are to enhance the artistic, educational, creative, and social development of students grades PreK through 12.

Available for Tour

School Performances and Residencies: (PreK-12) include An Ordinary Day: Stories from the World around Us and Midnight Train: Harriet Tubman on the Underground Railroad
Family Audiences includes An Ordinary Day: Stories From the World Around us
Community Programs offer The Art of Storytelling Workshops
Teacher Workshops teach Arts Integration and Common Core Standards

Theatre

Atlantic Coast Theatre (A.C.T.) for Youth

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Photo Credit: Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth

What

Children's theatre

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$625 - $1,225

Contact

Don Gruel
8297 Champions Gate Blvd. #188
Champions Gate, FL 33896

Phone: 863-242-8656
FAX: 1-877-565-0828
Email: shows@atlantic-coast-theatre.com

Website

Artists and Activities

The Atlantic Coast Theatre (A.C.T.) For Youth is celebrating 14 Years of bringing quality professional touring theatre to young audiences and families across the United States.  As a member of the Florida State Touring Roster since 2006, A.C.T. For Youth has had the opportunity to perform for presenters throughout Florida who rely upon the mark of quality that the roster signifies.  Since 1999, A.C.T. For Youth has given over 2000 Performances for more than 650,000 audience members in 18 U.S. States.

A.C.T. is a central Florida-based Professional Touring Theatre for Young Audiences & Families.  The  company produces imaginative live theatrical productions that tour to performing arts centers, theatres, schools, libraries, festivals, and museums.  Scripts are creatively adapted from literature, history, and legend, and presented in a way that is both accessible to young children and challenging to older students.  Elementary age students are the primary audience.  Middle School students and families make up the remainder of A.C.T. For Youth’s audience base.  While always entertaining,  A.C.T. For Youth shows are also thought provoking and educational, encouraging students and their families to think about themselves and the world around them.  After a recent performance, a teacher wrote, "Thank you so much for today!  The show was fabulous and my kids were SOOO excited when we returned to the room.  They loved it!"

Shows are performed by the husband and wife team of Don Gruel and Noel Holland .  Each has over 18 years of experience in professional theatre with a large focus of their work being in Theatre for Young Audiences.  Additionally, a wide selection of Hands-On Theatre Workshops and Residency Programs are available.

Available for Tour

  • Our America

    American folktales and folksongs as performed by Tall Tale Characters
  • Alice Rocks Wonderland

    a Rock Musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic book
  • The Wind In The Willows

    the adventures of Mr. Toad and his good friends Ratty and Mole
  • Florida Treasure: A "Viva Florida" History Exploration

    features two tourist who are transported back in time through 500 years of FL history.
  • The Elves And The Shoemaker

    is a new musical adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm story.

Theatre

Steve Carroll - New!

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Photo Credit: STEVE KENDALL OF THE DESIGN WORKS, INC.

What

Theatre solo performance

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$2,500 - $3,500

Contact

Steve Carroll
11198 Aspen Glen Drive
Boynton Beach, FL 33437

Phone and Fax: 561-509-0937 or 443-992-6651
Email: dreamscapeprods@hotmail.com

Website

Artists and Activities

Charles Lindbergh continues to intrigue us decades after his death and Steve Carroll’s riveting one-man play, Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle, has mesmerized audiences all around the country with the fascinating story of this unique American icon. It is a captivating theatrical experience, containing rich insights into the life of this complicated and extraordinary man who forever changed the course of aviation. Steve Carroll has performed his compelling play for professional theatres, colleges, high schools, museums, historical societies, and aviation groups all over the U.S.

Soar with Lucky Lindy in the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis as he battles bad weather, exhaustion, and ghosts to emerge as the first pilot ever to fly nonstop from New York to Paris. Experience the crushing fame and invasive media attention that overwhelms this shy Minnesota country boy after he captures the world's imagination with his accomplishment. Eavesdrop on his awkward and comical courtship of the young and beautiful Anne Morrow, who would blossom into one of aviation’s first female pilots and a world-renowned author. Witness the heartbreak of their son’s kidnapping and murder, and the garish spectacle of the ensuing “Trial of the Century.”

Teacher’s guides and materials are available along with extensive bibliography. Educational and residency activities can include anything from a 1-2 hour discussion to a full workshop on Lindbergh’s role in aviation, heroism, anti-Semitism, and conservation. Also offered are extensive workshops on the process of researching and mounting a one-person show. Reeve Lindbergh, president of the Lindbergh Foundation, praised Mr. Carroll's play following a command performance at the 75th anniversary of the Paris flight and wrote, “I was indeed impressed by your performance, which I found moving and very thoughtful, with a fresh perspective on my father that contained much truth. You did get something of my father that was very real, and it meant a lot to me. It makes people think.”

Available for Tour

  • Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle

    two-act play

Theatre

Kuniko Yamamoto

image of Kuniko Yamamoto
Photo Credit: Jon LeClair

What

Japanese storytelling with origami, mask, and mime

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$750 - $3,000

Contact

Jennifer Morris
Siegel Artist Management
18 Amherst Avenue
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Phone and Fax: 570-824-2266
Email: Jennifer@siegelartist.com

Website

Artists and Activities

Kuniko presents a dramatic Japanese storytelling performance of myths and fables. The combination of Japanese music, handcrafted masks, highly-stylized movement, origami paper folding, and a touch of magic makes this appealing to all grade levels. Kuniko uses folktales and folksongs that describe Japanese traditions. Her origami presentations feature mythological character masks and puppets, flowers, and a bamboo sushi mat.

Reflecting the Sunshine State Standards, Kuniko’s program complements the Multi-Culture Study, Visual Arts, Language Arts, Theatre, and Social Studies components. 45 – 90 minute workshop topics include Math Lessons with Origami, Origami Connection to Visual Arts and Social Studies, Origami for Teachers, and Theater Workshop. Puppetry, story-making, dance, mask-making, and movement are all subject areas that can be covered.

Available for Tour

  • Family Audiences: Japanese Storytelling with Magical Mask, Mime, and Music

  • School Shows (K-12): Origami Tales

Theatre

Fantasy Theatre Factory

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What

Children's theatre

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$1,800 - $2,250

Contact

Larry Fields
7069 SW 47th Street
Miami, FL 33155

Phone: 305-284-8800
Fax: 305-284-8863
Email: larry@ftfshows.com

Website

Artists and Activities

Fantasy Theatre Factory is a touring children’s theatre company. Since 1985, their tours have reached over 1,000,000 teachers, families, and students! Educational outreach is of primary importance to Fantasy Theatre Factory and it uses comedy, theatre, and fun to reach children.

All FTF’s Florida Arts on Tour programs feature shows and workshops designed especially for children and can provide in-service training for teachers. Fantasy Theatre works with educators, writers, directors, choreographers,musicians, and a core group of actors to create exciting programs that address children’s literature, ecology, and more. FTF tours multiple shows yearly, so presenters can always find a show at the right time and with the right theme.

Fantasy Theatre will work with presenters on their fee support grant application to the Division, provide educational guidelines, help with promotional material, and be available by phone or email as needed. The company is known for its ability to work well with presenters’ needs.

Take a look at the description for each show at the website www.ftfshows.com.

Available for Tour

  • Bananas, Books and Pancakes

  • Cinderella, A Fractured Fairy Tale!

  • Comedy with a Twist Of Lemon

  • Fantasy Stew

  • Gordon Gumshoe, Fairy Tale Detective

  • Little Monster Tales

  • Stories From America's Backyard

  • The Three Mess-Keteers

  • The Never Everglades

Theatre

Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre

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What

Children's puppet theatre

For Whom

All ages

Fee Range

$1,500 - $7,500

Contact

Jerry Bickel
12904 Tom Gallagher Road
Dover, FL 33527

Phone: 813-659-0659
Email: info@puppetworld.com

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Artists and Activities

Bits ‘N Pieces’ original musicals travel the world. The theatre troupe is known internationally for their hallmark nine-foot-tall puppets. Millions of children in the United States and around the world have enjoyed their classic folk and fairytale productions presented in the American Musical Theatre style. Writer and creator Jerry Bickel and puppet designer Holli Rubin have presented their work on seventeen international tours and celebrate their 40th national tour this season.

In addition to the musical productions, the company offers arts-in-education puppet making workshops, camps, and residencies for children, teachers, and youth leaders. The Got No Strings puppet exhibition (giant puppets, costumes, and stage settings) is also available. Educational programs and materials are based on Sunshine State Standards and Common Core goals. Workshops and residencies are tailored to make a presenter’s dreams come true.

Available for Tour

  • Rip Van Winkle

    Rip Van Winkle, the story where Rip learns “You must work to make your dreams come true” in Bits N Pieces’ giant puppet production for elementary school students and their families. Nine-foot-tall puppets enchant the child within each of us. Exciting action, fanciful costumes and clever stage sets bring Washington Irving’s classic American folktale “Rip Van Winkle” to life. It wakes up the audience’s imagination to the dreams of colonial Americans.