Performing Arts


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Natalee & Jim Ganyon, utube stories with friends and buds prek – 5th grade 30-40 min storytelling with opt 15- 20 min for paper puppet making 620-899-0642 or 775-742-4091 or we volunteer with gas compensation & motel if necessary and utube stories with friends and buds We do Zoom and in person Storytelling with side kick puppets volunteer with travel compensations PO Box 1726 Hutchinson Ks, 67504 for book orders and business Hoisington Library, several school libraries and events from Dodge city to Onaga Ks. 1/5/2021 11:46:48
Marty Hahne, "The Reading Magician" Pre K to 6th Grade 45 minutes 417-860-9380 Generally $250.00 Not offering virtual programs. My live performance for 2021 is called "Those Amazing Animals," which ties right into the summer theme of Tales and Tails." The 45 minute magic show is themed around animal characters (not live animals). Loads of magic, comedy and audience participation. None 2413 W Bridlewood Trl, Ozark, MO 65721 Average 70 library performances each summer. Mulvane KS 5 years straight, Arkansas City KS, Derby KS, Winfield KS, Andover, KS, every library in the Springfield/Greene Co. Library District (MO) for 17 years, every library in the Columbia/Boone Co. Library District (MO) for multiple years, as well as many others too numerous to mention. Full-time performer for 35 years. 3/11/2021 20:02:42
Buzz (Bryan Snyder-Brown) 5-7+ 30-45 mins 8334642899 EXT 809 Varies (Typically: $250 + Travel) Comedy Magician None 700 Elm, Hays, KS, 67601 9/27/2021 13:11:42
Traveling Lantern Theatre Company Pre-K through 6th grade and their families Approx. 50 mins with Q&A 800 936 4723 Between $395 and $495 depending how many shows are booked per day. No added fees of any kind. Our SRP 2023 show: "Rhonda Appleseed & the Tree that Learned How to Speak" Rhonda is a descendant of Johnny Appleseed, and everyone calls her Ronnie. When she learns about her great great uncle's story, she grows fascinated and then proud. Ronnie decides that she wants to follow in his footsteps. She decides she will protect nature and all the creatures on our planet from climate change. But how? She takes a journey to visit one of the beautiful, kind, wise old apple trees that Johnny planted so long ago to ask how she can help. The tree teaches her that her voice is needed to bring people together to do the right thing. This show complements the CLSP Summer Reading Theme: "All Together Now™" and the iRead Theme "Find Your Voice™" Both LIVE and VIRTUAL performances will be available for this show. None N/A Many. We will be in KS between June 10th and 18th. Please call for references and to look for a date. 1/19/2023 15:39:39
What if Puppets (formerly Mesner Puppet Theater) Pre-K through early elementary (and their families!) 30 – 45 minutes 816-756-3500 $350-$550 plus travel expenses What if Puppets offers live and virtual puppet productions that inspire play and cultivate connections through the art of puppetry. 300 E. 39th Street, Suite LL2D, Kansas City, MO 64111 Derby Public Library, Tulsa City/County Library, Kansas City, KS Public Library, Johnson County Public Library, Rolling Hills Public Library 1/19/2023 16:35:48
Jay & Leslie – Juggling and Other Nonsense Ages 4 and up 45 minutes 913-660-3162 $350 plus travel costs. Discounts for block booking and adding to existing tours. Jay and Leslie tickle funny bones with juggling, stories, and wacky patter. They are available year-round and design a program every year for the summer reading theme. Virtual programs are available. none PO Box 1312, Mission, KS 66222 Baldwin City Public Library (KS), Blair Public Library (NE), Blue Mound Library (KS), Brookings Public Library (SD), Blue Ridge Library (MO), Blue Springs South Library (MO), Bradford Memorial Library (KS), Callaway County Public Library (MO), Christian County Library (MO), Claycomo Library (MO), Coffee County Library (KS), Colbern Road Library (MO), Columbia Public Library (MO), Coralville Public Library (IA), Daniel Boone Regional Library (MO), Derby Public Library (KS), Doniphan County Library (KS), East Lee’s Summit Library (MO), Elmendaro Township Library (KS), Excelsior Springs Library (MO), Garden Plain Community Library (KS), Gibson Memorial Library (IA), Grand Glaize Library (MO), Hays Public Library (KS), Haysville Community Library (KS), Holts Summit Public Library (MO), House Memorial Library (NE), Ida Grove Public Library (IA), Lakin Library and Envisioning Center (IA), Lee’s Summit Library (MO), Lewis and Clark Library (MO), Library Station (MO), Lied Public Library Clarinda (IA), Lone Jack Library (MO), Madison Pubic Library (SD), Meramec Valley Library (MO), Mid-Continent Public Library (MO), Moody County Resource Center (SD), Mound City Public Library (MO), Moundridge Public Library (KS), Natural Bridge Library (MO), North Independence Library (MO), Paola Free Library (KS), Prairie Commons Library (MO), Raytown Library (MO), Republic Library (MO), Riverside Library (MO), Siouxland Libraries (SD), Sisseton Memorial Library (SD), Southern Boone Co. Public Library (MO), Springfield-Greene County Library (MO), St. Louis County Library (MO), Watertown Regional Library (SD), Weber Road Library (MO), Westlink Library (KS), West Liberty Public Library (IA), Wichita Public Library (KS), Winfield Public Library (KS), Withers Library (MO), Yates Center Public Library (KS) 1/19/2023 17:32:33
Dan Dan the Magic Man All ages of kids love our shows (and their parents love us too!} Our show is 42 minutes but we are flexible with the time to fit your needs. 620-786-5576 Our fee is $275 per performance plus .60 per mile to and from Great Bend. Dan Dan the Magic Man is once again creating an all new magic program for libraries. “All Together Now, Alakazam!” is designed to perfectly complement the Summer Reading theme for 2023 “All Together Now.” Performing in front of a custom backdrop designed for this new program, Dan presents a kid-friendly spectacular that is not like other magic shows. This new show is designed specifically for your library. The show consists of live animal friends, impossible magic tricks and off the wall comedy all themed around kindness and friendship. And the show features lots of audience participation, too. Since this is a magic show for libraries, throughout the show Dan will also be referencing various kindness and friendship themed children’s books and promoting your library in a fun and entertaining manner. None. We love to travel the whole state of Kansas. 2100 32nd Street Place/Great Bend, KS 67530 Atwood Public Library Osage City Public Library Meriden-Ozawkie Public Library Hoisington Public Library Cimarron City Library Montezuma Township Library Kismet City Library Plains Community Library Ashland City LIbrary Clearwater Public Library Barnard Library Meade Library Copeland Public LIbrary Stevens County Library Haskell Township Library Luray City Library Greeley County Library Sharon Springs Public Library Yates Center Library Seneca Library Grant County Library Scott County Library Lane County Library Lincoln Library Pratt Public LIbrary Andale District Library Pretty Prairie Public LIbrary Liberal Memorial Library Great Bend Public LIbrary 1/19/2023 23:26:56
Improv Heroes: Monster Invasion 12-18 45 minutes 908-334-2525 $350 Dive into the exciting world of improv theater! We’ll guide teens through fun and interactive theater games that will prepare them to devise their own story about a sci-fi monster invasion! In-person only. Locations within 100 miles of Kansas City only. 601 Rt. 206, Unit 26-505, Hillsborough, NJ 08844 Many library performances! See our reviews at 1/20/2023 9:44:00
Denise Gard all ages 45 minutes 719-229-5061 $375 plus travel expenses and I perform with two highly trained border collies who perform tricks while I tell stories. I create a program based on the Summer Reading theme. Yes none 6835 Monty PL Colorado Springs, CO 80908 Derby public library; Clearwater Library; Pikes Peak Library District; Roswell Public Library; Fayetteville Public Library 1/20/2023 10:11:35
Gary Ray Howell, ventriloquist ages 5 to 12 45 to 60 minutes 405-844-6112 Between $300 and $500 depending on travel distance to location. This price includes both show and travel expenses. Multiple Booking Discount available as well as discount to small libraries (depending on the population the library serves). Ventriloquist Gary Ray Howell show is call "Puppet Magic", because it includes ventriloquisim and magic. Where puppets come alive and children become puppets. Children will be invited up from the audience to help with a trick or take part in a skit. Costumes will be provided and Gary Ray will provide the voices as the children perform. Anywhere in the State of Kansas P.O. Box 5262, Edmond, OK 73083-5262 Ada, Oklahoma Library, 580-436-8125; Mustang, Oklahoma Library, 405-376-2226. 1/20/2023 13:51:30
Dennis Porter-Happy Faces Entertainment various programs for all ages 45 min-2 hours (816) 309-2460 $375 Multiple programs: (Pre K-5th) Super Friends to the Rescue-interactive, improv, storytelling [2023 theme]; Under the Big Top Circus-Music, magic, juggling and audience participation. Workshops: MacGyver Magic (2nd grade-adults), Say What?-Improv (teens-adults) Game Show Party-TV style game shows that you get to play. (teens-adults) Murder Mysteries-You play the suspects and detectives (teens-adults) No virtual programs at this time. none PO Box 34686, Kansas City, MO 64116 Kansas: Colby, Quinter, LaCynge, Valley Center, Haysville, Oakley, Goodland Missouri: St. Louis County Libraries, Little Dixie Regional, Mid-Continent, Kirkwood, North Kansas City, Daniel Boone Regional, Rolla, Dade County Iowa: Carlisle, Cedar Falls, Council Bluffs, Adel, Gutekunst, Polk City, Spencer, Spirit Lake, Arnolds Park, Ames, Clive, Greene County Illinois: Brimfield, Dunlap, Taylorville, Barclay, Blue Mound, South Macon, Forsyth, Rochester, Washington, Pekin, Fondulac 1/20/2023 18:11:33
The Amazing Arthur All Ages All Ages 402-597-2579 $500 All over the midwest! 122 Castle Pine Drive Papillion NE 68133 Phillipsburg, Topeka 1/23/2023 13:00:27
Jo Ho, Storyteller 2-10 stories designed for children, family fun 45 minutes 913-461-4504 $150-175 Available Monday-Friday 5500 W 137th St, Apt 406 Overland Park, KS 66223 Mid-Continent Public Libraries, Wichita Public Libraries, Pioneer Memorial Library (Colby,KS) Mulvane Public Library, Jay Johnson Public Library (Quniter, KS) 1/23/2023 18:10:01
Brett Crandall Studios All Ages 30-50 620-290-3946 500 Interactive Puppet Theatre, Puppetry Workshops, LGBTQIA-Inclusive Storytelling 1110 N 7th St, Garden City, KS 67846 Basehor Community Library, Dodge City Public Library, , WaKeeney Public Library, Finney County Public Library 1/26/2023 10:00:01
Brian Wendling All ages 45-55 minutes 816 810 8910 $250 plus mileage from Kansas City (and appropriate lodging for multi day bookings, if needed) Website is at Sample video montage at I have been a summer reading performer for many library systems in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and a few other states over the years and hope that you keep me in mind when you begin to schedule for summer 2023! My award winning juggling, family humor and audience antics are appropriate for all ages, including the adults! My 2023 summer reading program is: One Big Juggling Family! Brian Wendling reminds himself, and his audiences, that his program takes EVERYONE coming together to have a fun, high energy time with award winning juggling and audience antics! Here's to all of us! My fee for a 45-55 minute program has a $250 base fee, with mileage added on if out of the immediate Kansas City area. Scheduling multiple libraries on consecutive days is one way to lower the cost for all of the libraries involved. Lodging may be added on for multiple day bookings, but many times this is much less than the mileage involved for said bookings. For several libraries scheduled on the same day, I prefer to structure travel so that I can arrive 45 mns before the performance start time for each library, in order to load in and set up before the patrons arrive to settle in. I can accommodate any library setting, but always appreciate having some space to use my bigger props. But any setting can work! I am an International Jugglers Association team champion and have been at the Kansas City and Oklahoma Renaissance Faire for decades. Visiting Artist series through Coffeyville KS community college for decades as well… None 1200 W 48th Street, Kansas City Missouri 64122 Canadian TX, Booker TX, Wellington TX, Pittsburg KS, Eufaula OK, Checotah OK, Valley Center KS, Sallisaw OK, Muldrow OK, Ft. Gibson OK, Western Oklahoma Library System, Ottawa KS, Stockton and El Dorado KS, Baxter Springs KS, Chanute KS, Clay Center KS, St Joseph MO, Junction City KS library police block party, Perkins OK, Emporia KS, Meriden-Ozawkie KS, Linwood KS, Oskaloosa KS, Tahlequah OK. Stilwell OK, Westville OK, Haskell OK, Warner OK, Checotah OK, Hulbert OK, Ft. Gibson OK, Mountain Home AR, Marshfield MO, Rogersville MO, Chanute KS, Weston MO, First Scott KS, Cherryvale KS, Marion KS, Wamego KS, Atchison KS, Edgerton MO, Riverside MO, Pittsburg KS, 1/31/2023 9:16:48
Anna Smith 1st grade – Adult 1 hour 7852218816 $250 +mileage unless Library is less than 50 miles from presenters home I will & have used ZOOM no restrictions 13053 S. Lewelling RD Topeka City Library, Topeka, KS 2/7/2023 10:25:45
Nathan J. Roberts 12 and younger 40 to 45 minutes. Willing to adjust to library needs. 3183410560 $300 / Comedy, magic, and music that promotes reading as well as the current summer reading theme. None 3204 Silver Creek, Joplin, MO 64804 Jackson Parish Libraries, Jonesboro LA / Natchitoches Libraries, Natchitoches, LA / Jackson Parish Libraries, Jonesboro, LA / Franklin Parish Libraries, Winnsboro, LA 7/17/2023 13:25:13
Rosemary (Rosie) Best-Cutrer All ages 45-60 minutes 785-640-8845 $200 plus mileage Live or virtual. New for Summer Reading 2024 theme of Adventure: "Traveling Tales & Tunes" Storyteller Rosie Cutrer tells her favorite tales of unlikely heroes and heroines who encounter adventures on the road. In between stories she'll accompany herself on the banjo singing songs such as: Library Chicken, My Grandpa Likes Sardines & Einstein's Imagination. (Check out her website for other programs she offers.) None 6033 SW 38th St, Topeka, KS 66610 Overland Park Recreation Commission, Mid Continent Public Library System, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Lyndon Kansas Community Library, Carbondale Kansas Library, Paola Public Library, Steve Yoeman-Belinder Elem. Prairie Village Kansas 12/1/2023 14:44:52
Priscilla Howe, Storyteller 2-10 (other programs available for other age ranges) 35-45 minutes 785-331-6181 $300 plus mileage roundtrip from Lawrence. Discount for block booking with other libraries. and Campfire Tales for Adventurous Listeners (All ages) Storyteller Priscilla Howe brings out her best funny campfire stories and songs for all ages, with the help of a handful of silly puppets. Plenty of audience participation, plenty of fun! (Virtual programs also available) This is not a puppet show, but Priscilla's puppets come along for the ride. Many other programs are available on her website. None 415 Elm St., Lawrence KS 66044-1540 Topeka and Shawnee County Library, Johnson County Library, Pomona, Coffeyville, Winfield, Garnett, Fort Scott, Mound City,La Cygne, Dodge City, 1/26/2024 14:36:40