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Performers

American Family Stories

  • Performer: Douglas Coventry
  • Contact: 941-391-1012, douglascoventry@gmail.com
  • Website: Facebook Profile
  • Target Audience: Kids (ages 6-11)
  • Performance Description: Improvised Storytelling and Music, reinforcing positive family values
  • Skills: Musician, Storytelling, Theatre
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Maybe
  • Fee: $297 +/- travel, time
  • Requirements: 8×8 performance space, simple room with performance area and chairs, floor sitting area for kids, easy access to a powered three-prong outlet, air conditioning (Provides own sound equipment)
  • Setup/Tear-down: 20 minutes each
  • Video Link: YouTube Video

Atlantic Coast Theatre (ACT) For Youth

  • Performer: Don Gruel
  • Contact: 863-242-8656, shows@atlantic-coast-theatre.com
  • Website: ACT Website
  • Target Audience: Kids (ages 6-11)
  • Performance Description: Imaginative professional theatre for young audiences & families
  • Skills: Theatre
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: $400 to $850 Per Performance
  • Requirements: Cleared performance area, space for audience seating (Brings own scenery, costumes, and sound equipment)
  • Setup/Tear-down: 60 minutes setup / 45 minutes tear-down
  • Video Link: Vimeo Video

Chris Kahl

  • Performer: Chris Kahl
  • Contact: (321) 452-1219, chrisjkahl@yahoo.com
  • Website: Chris Kahl’s Website
  • Target Audience: Kids (ages 6-11), Teens (ages 12-17), Adults (18 and up)
  • Performance Description: Musical Journey Through Florida with historical storytelling
  • Skills: Musician, Storytelling
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Maybe
  • Fee: $300 performance fee plus Travel expenses (Mileage, Tolls, etc.)
  • Requirements: Projector, screen, and laptop for PowerPoint slideshow
  • Setup/Tear-down: 30 minutes each
  • Video Link: YouTube Video

CirqOvation (The Joshua J. Supershow)

  • Performer: Sora Iriye
  • Contact: 520-370-6605, Sora@CirqOvation.com
  • Website: Joshua J. Supershow
  • Target Audience: Kids (ages 6-11), Teens (ages 12-17), Adults (18 and up)
  • Performance Description: Joshua J. Supershow – Comedy, circus stunts, audience participation
  • Skills: Circus, Comedy
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: $450-$800
  • Requirements: Minimum performing space of 10’W X 10’L X 10’H, adapts to various spaces, provides own audio equipment
  • Setup/Tear-down: 30 minutes preferred, 15 minutes possible

Video Link: YouTube Video

Debra Weller Storyteller

  • Performer: Debra Weller
  • Contact: 949-295-7634, debteller136@gmail.com
  • Website: Debra Weller’s Website
  • Target Audience: Birth to 5, Kids (ages 6-11), Teens (ages 12-17), Adults (18 and up)
  • Performance Description: Folk Tales and Fables, interactive and engaging with guitar accompaniment
  • Skills: Storytelling
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: $300.00
  • Requirements: Microphone for large rooms or audiences over 50 people
  • Setup/Tear-down: 8 minutes for set up and take down
  • Video Link: YouTube Video

Devin Stewart Magic

  • Performer: Devin Stewart
  • Contact: 317-439-1129, devinstewartmagic@gmail.com
  • Website: Devin Stewart Magic Website
  • Target Audience: Kids (ages 6-11), Teens (ages 12-17), Adults (18 and up)
  • Performance Description: Magician, Illusionist, Mentalist, and Escape Artist
  • Skills: Circus, Illusionist, Magician
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: $150-$450
  • Requirements: Minimum of a 10’×10′ area, power for sound systems
  • Setup/Tear-down: Approximately 30 minutes minimum for set-up and 30 minutes for tear-down
  • Video Link: YouTube Video

Didgeridoo Down Under: Awesome Educational Entertainment!

  • Performer: Darren Liebman
  • Contact: 813-833-8856, darren@didgrevolution.com
  • Website: Didgeridoo Down Under Website
  • Target Audience: Birth to 5, Kids (ages 6-11), Teens (ages 12-17), Adults (18 and up)
  • Performance Description: Three unique programs – Australian Musical Adventure, Didgeridoo Workshop, Didgeridoo World Music Concert
  • Skills: Comedy, Musician, Storytelling, Other, Educational Entertainment
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: Prices vary, contact Darren for a quote
  • Requirements: 3 tables
  • Setup/Tear-down: 30 minutes each
  • Video Link: Didgeridoo Down Under Gallery

DoDad's Lab

  • Performer: Darren Casteel
  • Contact: 888-993-6323, darren@dodadslab.com
  • Website: DoDad’s Lab Website
  • Target Audience: Kids (ages 6-11)
  • Performance Description: Electricity with DoDad’s Lab – Science program with thrilling experiments
  • Skills: Science Show
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: $425
  • Requirements: Cleared area for backdrops, access to electrical outlets
  • Setup/Tear-down: 1 hour early for setup, 30 minutes for tear-down
  • Video Link: YouTube Video

Florida Public Archaeology Network

  • Performer: Natalie A. De La Torre Salas
  • Contact: 239-223-6865, ndelatorresalas@fau.edu / southwest@fpan.us
  • Website: FPAN Website
  • Target Audience: Kids (ages 6-11), Teens (ages 12-17), Adults (18 and up)
  • Performance Description: Engaging programs tailored for diverse audiences, featuring archaeological information, lectures, and more
  • Skills: Storytelling, Education (archaeology & history)
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: No
  • Fee: While all programs are offered free of charge, donations are gratefully accepted
  • Requirements: Projector, table, HDMI cable, screen
  • Setup/Tear-down: 30 minutes before the event to set up and 30 minutes afterward to take apart everything
  • Video Link: YouTube Video

GiGi and Friends Entertainment

  • Performer: Gina Alayne
  • Contact: (914)299-6629, GiGiandFriendsEntertainment@gmail.com
  • Website: GiGi and Friends Entertainment Website
  • Target Audience: Birth to 5, Kids (ages 6-11)
  • Performance Description: GiGi and her dog, Super Zeus, celebrate comedy, sing-alongs, circus, and more
  • Skills: Animals/Animal Educator, Circus, Comedy, Dance, Magician, Musician
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: $400 – $600.00
  • Requirements: Access to power
  • Setup/Tear-down: One hour is nice, can be done in 30-45 minutes if necessary
  • Video Link: YouTube Video

Grey Seal Puppets

  • Performer: Drew Allison
  • Contact: 704-589-1304, drew@greysealpuppets.com
  • Website: Grey Seal Puppets Website
  • Target Audience: Birth to 5, Kids (ages 6-11), Teens (ages 12-17), Adults (18 and up)
  • Performance Description: Puppet theatre performances for family audiences
  • Skills: Puppetry, Storytelling, Theatre
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: $400-$650
  • Requirements: Self-contained with own staging, sound system, and lighting
  • Setup/Tear-down: 60-minute set-up and 30-minute tear-down
  • Video Link: On-Stage Sampler

James Songster Emerging Leader Training

  • Performer: James Songster
  • Contact: 407-222-4412, James@BetterLeadershipSkills.com
  • Website: Better Leadership Skills Website
  • Target Audience: Teens (ages 12-17)
  • Performance Description: Workshop focused on promoting and developing Emerging Leader Skills
  • Skills: Leader Skills Development
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: No
  • Fee: $1,500.00
  • Requirements: Minimum 10 participants, meeting space, ability to show PowerPoint presentation
  • Setup/Tear-down: 1 hour before and following the workshop
  • Video Link: Vimeo Video

James Songster Emerging Leader Training (Teen)

  • Performer: James Songster
  • Contact: 407-222-4412, James@BetterLeadershipSkills.com
  • Website: Better Leadership Skills Website
  • Target Audience: Teens (ages 12-17)
  • Performance Description: Workshop focused on promoting and developing Emerging Leader Skills
  • Skills: Leader Skills Development
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: No
  • Fee: $1,500.00
  • Requirements: Minimum 10 participants, meeting space, ability to show PowerPoint presentation
  • Setup/Tear-down: 1 hour before and following the workshop
  • Video Link: Vimeo Video

James Songster Emerging Leader Training (Adult)

  • Performer: James Songster
  • Contact: 407.222.4412, James@BetterLeadershipSkills.com
  • Website: Better Leadership Skills Website
  • Target Audience: Adults (18 and up)
  • Performance Description: Impactful workshop series designed to improve individual skills and knowledge for personal and organizational growth and development
  • Skills: Professional Training & Development
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Maybe
  • Fee: N/A
  • Requirements: Audio and Video, designed for 15 – 80 participants seated at rounds of 8 – 10 people
  • Setup/Tear-down: 1 hour prior and 1 hour following the workshop

Video Link: Vimeo Video

James Songster Magic d/b/a It's Unbelievable Magic

  • Performer: James Songster
  • Contact: 407-222-4412, James@JamesSongster.com
  • Website: James Songster Magic Website
  • Target Audience: Kids (ages 6-11)
  • Performance Description: “Magically Ever After” – 45 min. Magical Family Entertainment focusing on engaging the Imagination, sparking Creativity, and promoting the Joy of Reading
  • Skills: Magician
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: $400.00 (Same Day discount(s) for block booking)
  • Requirements: Power for Sound system
  • Setup/Tear-down: 45 minutes set-up, 30 min tear down. Typically arrives 1 hour before performance to load-in and set up.
  • Video Link: Vimeo Video

Jane Rosenbohm Guitar Extraordinaire

  • Performer: Jane Rosenbohm
  • Contact: 804-300-6004, janeguitar@outlook.com
  • Website: Jane Guitar Website
  • Target Audience: Kids (ages 6-11), Teens (ages 12-17), Adults (18 and up)
  • Performance Description: Music appreciation program directed to the age group
  • Skills: Musician
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: $500
  • Requirements: Quiet area without distractions. Small group – no audio equipment/larger group (elderly) – provides a small Bose PA
  • Setup/Tear-down: 30 minutes
  • Video Link: JaneGuitar.com

Karlus Trapp Music

  • Performer: Chris Tedesco
  • Contact: (917) 825-3360, farmersmarketmusic@gmail.com
  • Website: Karlus Trapp Music Website
  • Target Audience: Kids (ages 6-11), Teens (ages 12-17), Adults (18 and up)
  • Performance Description: “The Roots of Black Music in America” – A journey back through time with songs, stories, and history
  • Skills: Musician
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: $350 – $450
  • Requirements: None specified
  • Setup/Tear-down: 30 minutes
  • Video Link: Vimeo Video

Katie Adams' Make Believe Theater

  • Performer: Katie Adams
  • Contact: 813-546-3364, katesshow@aol.com
  • Website: Katie Adams Theater Website
  • Target Audience: Birth to 5, Kids (ages 6-11)
  • Performance Description: “Save the Rainforest” puppet show – A journey to explore the delicate balance of the Rainforest ecology
  • Skills: Puppetry, Storytelling
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: $300.00 to $550.00
  • Requirements: Fit into most meeting rooms, brings own sound, lighting equipment, and scenery. Room needs to get fairly dark for shadow puppets.
  • Setup/Tear-down: Set-up: 90 minutes, tear-down: 60 minutes
  • Video Link: Rainforest-short-promo

Mad Science of Greater Tampa Bay

  • Performer: Jeff Meister – Director
  • Contact: 727 488-8072, madsciencegreatertampabay@gmail.com
  • Website: Mad Science Website
  • Target Audience: Birth to 5, Kids (ages 6-11), Teens (ages 12-17)
  • Performance Description: Dynamic, science-themed shows full of spectacular experiments designed to spark an interest in science
  • Skills: FUN Science!
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: $425 for 60 min show and $315 for 30 min show
  • Requirements: No
  • Setup/Tear-down: Set up = 20-30 minutes. Tear down = 15-20 minutes
  • Video Link: Mad Science Video

Marc Black

  • Performer: Marc Black
  • Contact: 9147607460, marcblackmusic@gmail.com
  • Website: Marc Black Website
  • Target Audience: Adults (18 and up)
  • Performance Description: Multi-media hour of song, storytelling, and laughter covering two wonderful decades of music
  • Skills: Musician, Storytelling, multimedia
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: $500
  • Requirements: Screen, projector, stool, small table and chair, electricity
  • Setup/Tear-down: One hour set up, 15-20 take down
  • Video Link: Video

Orlando Youth Circus LLC

  • Performer: Grace Brett
  • Contact: 407-616-9947, orlandoyouthcircus@gmail.com
  • Website: Orlando Youth Circus Website
  • Target Audience: Kids (ages 6-11), Teens (ages 12-17), Adults (18 and up)
  • Performance Description: Circus Gracie – A circus-themed show sprinkled with sequins and the science behind the skills
  • Skills: Circus
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: $375-$400
  • Requirements: Approximately 15’ by 10’ cleared floor space for the performance, does not include space for the audience
  • Setup/Tear-down: 45 minutes each for set-up and tear-down
  • Video Link: Video

Out of My Hands

  • Performer: Gerard Tricarico
  • Contact: 239-560-1671, outofmyhands2@AOL.com
  • Website: outofmyhands2.com
  • Target Audience: Teens (ages 12-17), Adults (18 and up)
  • Performance Description: Blending choreographed juggling with illusions, high-energy family show with positive messages
  • Skills: Illusionist, Magician, Juggler
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: $275-$425
  • Requirements: 2-3 six- or eight-foot tables for props
  • Setup/Tear-down: Approximately 75 minutes for each
  • Video Link: Out of My Hands Juggling & Illusion Show

Shana Banana

  • Performer: Shana Smith
  • Contact: 352-215-0000, shana@shanabanana.com
  • Website: Shana Banana Website
  • Target Audience: Birth to 5, Kids (ages 6-11), Teens (ages 12-17)
  • Performance Description: Highly interactive musical concert with customizable themes, including animal-themed shows, beach parties, and more
  • Skills: Musician, Puppetry, Storytelling
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: $350-$550 depending on budget and block versus single bookings
  • Requirements: A table with a small outlet within extension cord reach (I have an extension cord)
  • Setup/Tear-down: Approximately 30-40 minutes set up and break down
  • Video Link: Video

ShowTimeForKids.com

  • Performer: Jim Chartier
  • Contact: 941.475.2566, jamesstfk@gmail.com
  • Website: [ShowTimeForKids.com Website](Showtimeforkids.com / jameschartier.com)
  • Target Audience: Kids (ages 6-11)
  • Performance Description: A reading adventure show with magic, balloons, comedy, audience participation, giveaways, and more
  • Skills: Comedy, Magician, Puppetry
  • Multi-Booking Discounts: Yes
  • Fee: $350 – $400
  • Requirements: No, supplies everything for programs
  • Setup/Tear-down: Approximately 30-40 minutes set up and break down
  • Video Link: Currently not recorded

Grant Opportunities

Florida Humanities – Summer Reading Grant

    Wallace Foundation – Grant RFPs

    Dollar General Literacy Foundation – Youth Literacy Grants

    Dollar General Literacy Foundation – Summer Reading Grant

    Snapdragon Book Foundation – School Libraries Grant

    Believe in Reading – Grant Guidelines

    Beacon Society – Grant for Sherlock Holmes Books

    Awesome Foundation – $1000 Awards for Projects

    Discount Books

    Scholastic Literacy Partners

    First Book Marketplace

    First Book Book Bank

    Baker and Taylor

    Summer Planning Tools and Resources

    Wallace Foundation – Summer Learning Toolkit

    Urban Libraries

    Wallace Foundation – Summer Learning Toolkit

    CSLP Official Summer Reading Programming Group

    School Life

    • Website: Brag Tags
    • Resource: Incentives for reading

    Smokey Bear Reading Challenge

    Camp Book It!

    • Website: BookIt! Programs
    • Resource: Camp Book IT! For parents to track and reward their kids reading with a free one-topping, personal pan pizza (ages 4-12)

    New Worlds Reading

    BookShare

    Scholastic Summer Reading

    ChatGPT Program Ideas

    You: come up with an activity for 20 teenagers that costs less than $150 and lasts one hour

    ChatGPT:
    Sure, here’s a fun and cost-effective activity for 20 teenagers that can be done within a budget of $150 and lasts one hour:

    Outdoor Scavenger Hunt:

    1. Preparation:
      • Create a list of items or tasks for the scavenger hunt.
      • Divide the teenagers into teams of 4-5 people each.
      • Prepare small bags with a map, the scavenger hunt list, and any necessary tools or clues.
    2. Location:
      • Choose a local park or a large outdoor area where the scavenger hunt can take place.
    3. Rules:
      • Each team receives a bag with the scavenger hunt list and starts at a designated point.
      • Set a time limit (e.g., one hour) for the scavenger hunt.
      • Teams must find and collect the items on the list or complete the assigned tasks.
    4. Challenges:
      • Include a variety of challenges, such as taking a group photo at a specific landmark, finding natural items, or solving riddles.
    5. Budget-Friendly:
      • The cost can be kept low by using existing resources in the chosen location.
      • Create DIY clues or markers instead of buying pre-made materials.
    6. Prizes:
      • Consider having small, inexpensive prizes for the winning team (e.g., certificates, snacks, or fun trinkets).

    This activity not only promotes teamwork and problem-solving but also allows teenagers to enjoy the outdoors. It’s a cost-effective way to engage a large group for an hour of fun and excitement.

    You: try again

    DIY Tie-Dye Party:

    1. Materials:
      1. Purchase plain white T-shirts in bulk (considering the number of teenagers).
      2. Get a tie-dye kit with various colors (these kits are usually affordable).
      3. Plastic gloves, rubber bands, and plastic table covers.
    2. Venue: Choose a spacious outdoor area like a backyard or a park for easy cleanup.
    3. Instructions:
      1. Set up tables with the tie-dye materials.
      2. Instruct the teenagers on different tie-dye techniques or let them express their creativity freely.
    4. Tie-Dye Session: Allow the teenagers to tie-dye their T-shirts. This can be a messy but enjoyable activity.
    5. Drying Time: While waiting for the tie-dyed T-shirts to dry, you can organize other activities like simple games or a snack station.
    6. Cleanup: Ensure there’s a cleanup station with water for rinsing hands and disposing of any used materials.
    7. Takeaways: Once the T-shirts are dry, each teenager gets to take home their unique tie-dye creation.
    8. Cost Breakdown:
      1. Bulk T-shirts: $50
      2. Tie-dye kit: $30
      3. Disposable gloves, rubber bands, and table covers: $20
      4. Snacks and refreshments: $50

    This DIY Tie-Dye Party not only allows teenagers to engage in a creative activity but also gives them a personalized takeaway. It’s a hands-on and colorful experience that fits within the budget constraints.

    Can you give me the materials list for this

    ChatGPT
    Certainly! Here’s a detailed materials list for the DIY Tie-Dye Party for 20 teenagers:

    1. Tie-Dye Materials:
      1. Plain white T-shirts (in various sizes, considering the number of teenagers)
      2. Tie-dye kit with multiple color options
      3. Plastic gloves (enough for each participant)
      4. Rubber bands (several per participant for different tying techniques)
    2. Setup and Cleanup:
      1. Plastic table covers (to protect surfaces during tie-dyeing)
      2. Plastic or disposable tableware for snacks and refreshments
      3. Trash bags for easy cleanup
      4. Water source for rinsing hands and cleaning tools
    3. Venue Considerations:
      1. Outdoor venue (backyard or park) with enough space for tables and movement
      2. Optional: Seating arrangements such as blankets or picnic table
    4. Optional Enhancements:
      1. Aprons or old shirts to protect clothing
      2. Additional fabric markers for more detailed designs
      3. Extra plain white items (e.g., bandanas, socks) for variety
    5.  Snacks and Refreshments:
      1. Budget-friendly snacks like chips, popcorn, or pretzels
      2. Refreshments (water, juice, or soda)
      3. Optional: Simple finger foods or fruits
    6. Miscellaneous:
      1. Marker or tape for labeling participants’ T-shirts
      2. Paper towels or napkins for quick cleanups
      3. Small plastic bags for participants to take home their tie-dyed creations
      4. Remember to adapt the quantities based on the number of teenagers participating, and feel free to customize the materials based on your preferences and budget constraints.

    You – do you have purchase links for the materials

    ChatGPT
    I’m sorry, but I don’t have the capability to provide specific purchase links as my browsing capability is currently disabled. However, I can guide you on where you can find these materials:

    1. Plain White T-shirts: Purchase in bulk from local craft stores, online retailers (such as Amazon, Walmart, or Target), or wholesale clothing suppliers.
    2. Tie-Dye Kit: • Look for tie-dye kits at craft stores like Michaels, Joann, or Hobby Lobby. They are also available online on platforms like Amazon.
    3. Plastic Gloves, Rubber Bands, and Table Covers: Local dollar stores, grocery stores, or party supply stores often carry these items at affordable prices.
    4. Snacks and Refreshments: Purchase snacks and refreshments from your local grocery store. Consider budget-friendly options like chips, popcorn, pretzels, and bottled drinks.
    5. Optional Enhancements: Aprons, fabric markers, and extra plain white items can be found at craft stores or online marketplaces.

    Remember to check for any ongoing promotions, discounts, or bulk deals to make the most of your budget. Additionally, consider local stores for a more immediate and budget-friendly option, especially for items like plain white T-shirts.

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