Children's & Youth Services | Performer's Database
This performer listing was created by the South Dakota State Library as a service to public libraries and other organizations that want to hire quality performers for their children's programs. Inclusion in this listing does not constitute an endorsement or promotion of any individual or group listed. Not all performers work well under all circumstances and with every age group. The South Dakota State Library strongly advises all libraries and organizations to carefully check references before hiring anyone.
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Adam Miller — Folksinger, Storyteller, and Autoharp Virtuoso
Program Description: Adam Miller’s award-winning, multi-cultural, sing-along “Singing Through History” library programs help youngsters develop active listening skills — emphasizing the importance of history as a story well told — and foster a lifelong love of literature, reading, and listening to stories.
Contact: Adam Miller
P.O. Box 951, Drain, Oregon 97435
Adventures with Grandpa
Program Description: Mr. Nelsen's repertoire includes original children's stories, stories from the prairie and first person accounts of growing up in the “Thirties.”
Contact: George Nelsen
2212 S. Crestwood Road, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Anthony Clark, The Singing Storyteller
Program Description: The Singing Storyteller, Anthony Clark, combines classic teaching tales with lively original songs and kid-friendly comedy to create fun, unique programs for schools, libraries and festivals.
Contact: 207 Apple Tree Court, Columbia, MO 65203
Program Description: Ms. Kellogg tells a variety of stories with themes relating to the Ozarks, immigrants, Native Americans, healing and sacred stories. The use of hand puppets, surprise endings and “solve the mystery” are included in some programs.
Contact: Uplifting Stories
66 Y Street, Lake Lotawana, MO 64086
Further Details: $95 performance, $50 additional performances in same school district or library system the same day; Will book tours; Lodging and mileage/air fare and meals; Travel Range is Statewide, season and weather pending; For All Ages
Category: Historical and Native American, Puppetry and Ventriloquism, Storytelling
Butterfly Puppet Theatre
Program Description: Butterfly is “people and puppet” musical entertainment. Leonard Running writes songs and stories to fit with Sue Hey's puppet and stage designs.
Contact: Leonard Running
312 North 40th Street, Rapid City, SD 57702
Clowndimonium Fun Family Entertainment
Program Description: Clowndimonium magicians and clowns are available to entertain with magic, comedy and juggling demonstrations.
Contact: Al “Sparky” Jastram
518 16th St. N., Moorhead, Minnesota 56560
Coach and Ronny
Program Description: Coach is a retired school teacher and Ronny is his number one ventriloquist figure. They provide a variety of programs on Reading, Character Traits and Drug Awareness.
Contact: Davis Aldridge
8291 Redcedar Pl., Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
Program Description: Dakota Players has been working in South Dakota for 14 years creating theatre programing for youth. This year we are presenting NASA's Space School Musical. You may choose what works best for you: Performance Residency, Workshop Residency, Musical Review
Contact: Dakota Players
2800 Garfield Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Dallas Chief Eagle II
Program Description: Hoop Dance performance by Dallas Chief Eagle and children. Includes a hands-on people's hoop dance, children's game and storytelling. Audience participants get to hoop dance too.
Contact: HC 1 Box 39, Martin, SD 57551-9503
605-685-1135 or 605-685-4701;
Further Details: $600/ performance (Arts Council matching funds may be available); $100/ Additional Workshop or Dancers; Statewide Travel; For All Ages
Category: Dance, Historical and Native American, Storytelling, Workshops
Program Description: Designs and performs programs for libraries using the current theme of the year. Performs magic, puppetry, ventriloquism, and storytelling in each 45 minute program.
Contact: Dave Tenneboe
Sioux Falls, SD
Program Description: An energetic blend of music and humor in a special concert just for kids (age 4-12) and others who like to have fun! Dennis's show is fast-paced, high energy and full of audience participation.
Contact: Tammy Anhalt
P.O. Box 365, Clearwater, MN 55320
Further Details: Special library/school rate of just $250 if multiple library/school bookings in the area. This is a flat rate with no additional charges for mileage; Statewide/ Nationwide Travel; Requirements include adequate space for audience, an armless chair and a glass of water; For classes Preschool through 5th Grade
Program Description: Diana is an old fashioned troubadour who tells stories based on children's literature. She also has fun puppets and songs.
Contact: 4704 West 13th Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Discovery Mime Theater
Program Description: Discovery Mime Theatre's performances and workshops create fantastical worlds that tickle the funny bone and delight the imagination. Brian Begley and Mary Inman's original pantomime vignettes are filled with magical illusions, juggling, puppetry and dance.
Contact: Brian Begley and Mary Inman
P.O. Box 566, Vermillion, SD 57069
Further Details: Performances vary in price from $550-$750 (Arts Council matching funds may be available); Statewide Travel; For All Ages
Category: Dance, Juggling, Magic, Puppetry and Ventriloquism, Theater
Do Re Let's Play
Program Description: Get ready to dance, sing and clap your hands to “Do Re Let's Play”. Do Re Let's Play mixes the sounds of keyboard, acoustic guitar, electric bass and three part vocals and even some saxophone to create a sound that will cause and the young at heart to get up and grove.
Contact: 7200 W. Harvard Dr. Sioux Falls S.D. 57106
(605) 336-2465; email@example.com
Dragons Are Too Seldom Puppet Productions
Program Description: Shows include: “Alpha Saves the Beticals”, “A Dragon Mystery”, “The Last Dragon”, “Great Water Rescue”, “The Tall Tale of Matty Bow”, “The Quest for the Junkyard Dragon”
Contact: Markie Scholz
1920 Christensen Drive, Spearfish, SD 57783-8037
Further Details: $550 per program, $1000 for two programs in same day, $1,900 for two programs in two days, $3,600 for residency or block booking; Arts Council matching funds may be available; Statewide Travel; For All Ages
Category: Puppetry and Ventriloquism, Storytelling, Theater, Workshops
Elementary, My Dear Watson!
Program Description: Costumed skits, slide shows, interactive discussions and hands-on activities are used to introduce young adults to Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle and his greatest creation, the crime-solving duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Presenter Jeff Falkingham is a Browns Valley, MN native whose published works of historical fiction bring Holmes to Minnesota and the Dakotas in the late 1800s.
Contact: Jeff Falkingham
8585 Braxton Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Flutterby the Clown
Program Description: Flutterby provides an interactive program that can underscore a specific message or theme, or just be funny and filled with laughs and smiles.
Contact: Jean Bakken
Jason Huneke, Juggler
Program Description: Juggling stage show, perfect for summer reading events. Interactive program is about 35-40 minutes in length. The show is choreographed with music, features audience volunteers, and many different forms of juggling, unicycling, and manipulation that showcase Jason's skill level and entertaining ability.
Contact: Jason Huneke
Further Details: Pricing for the 35-40 minute show is $300 including all travel to most Libraries in South Dakota; Multi-Library bookings are almost always $300 per library; No travel expense, and will supply own sound equipment; For All Ages
Category: Comedy, Juggling, Theater
Jay & Leslie's Laughing Matters
Program Description: An energetic and humorous program of juggling, mime, magic, radio plays and audience participation. Jay & Leslie have performed over 5000 shows in 30 states and 8 countries since 1980.
Contact: Jay Cady & Leslie Seifert-Cady
P.O. Box 1312, Mission, KS 66222
Jean L. S. Patrick, author
Program Description: Dressed in a replica of a 1931 baseball uniform, children’s author Jean Patrick dramatizes the true story of The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth. Upon request, she also shows the process of researching and writing a book. Jean’s lively, interactive presentation emphasizes teamwork, encouragement, and perseverance.
For additional workshops and presentations, visit www.jeanpatrick.com.
Contact: Jean L.S. Patrick
204 W. Havens #210, Mitchell, SD 57301
605-996-2110 (please leave message); firstname.lastname@example.org
Further Details: $150 for libraries, plus travel. (A grant from the SD Humanities Council Speakers Bureau can cover the honorarium and travel expenses. Application & grant application fee must be submitted 4-6 weeks in advance. Please contact for more details.)
Category: Historical, Storytelling, Workshops
Jim Two Crows Wallen
Program Description: Stories and programs/workshops include: “Buckskins, Furs & Calico”, “Did Granddad Really Say That?… True Tales and Other Lies”, “Down The Santa Fe Trail”, “Grandma Told Me! Collecting and Sharing Your Family Stories”, “Tipi Days (Tepee Days)”, “Two Crows’ Fur Company”, and “We're Off! To The Gold Fields”.
Contact: Deborah Wallen
608 East Kansas Street, Independence, Missouri 64050-4011
816-245-6510 or 1-888-4-2CROWS;
Further Details: $500 for 1 to 2 performances plus travel expenses, discounts available for multiple performances, tour packages; Mileage, Meal and Travel Reimbursements; Statewide Travel Range; For All Ages
Category: Historical and Native American, Storytelling
Jo Ho, Storyteller
Program Description: Delight all ages with collections of folktales, fairytales, holiday stories, and curriculum enhancement stories. Jo Ho spins tales year round at preschools, elementary and middle schools, libraries, museums, and festivals.
Contact: Overland Park, KS
913-402-9530 or 913-461-4504
Jocko's and the J's
Program Description: Jocko and the Js show incorporates a little magic, in addition to the tricks performed by the monkeys. Concepts such as safety, cooperation, goal setting and learning are stressed during the show.
Contact: Jim Williamson
P.O. Box 890, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
KG & The Ranger
Program Description: Husband and wife duo, specializing in the cowboy songs from the Hollywood cowboys like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, etc. Fun and varied western show which includes rope-tricks, an 8 foot tall cowboy, sing-along cowboy songs and yodeling.
Contact: Karen Gogolick & Rick Roltgen
2517 Waunona Way, Madison WI 53713
Program Description: Margi Coxwell has been a storyteller for well over 25 years. She tells multicultural stories and sings songs that tell stories from all over the world.
Contact: Margaret J. Coxwell, Ed.D.
202K Old Main, Minot State University
500 University Ave. West, Minot, ND 58707
701-838-6942 (H); 701-858-3125 (W)
Further Details: $100/ hour per performance, $400/day for storytelling all day at a school (4.5 hours); Travel Reimbursement; Statewide Travel; For grades Preschool through 6th Grade
Category: Music, Storytelling, Workshops
Margie Reitsma, The Story Connection
Program Description: As a professional storyteller, Margie shares stories with children and adults in libraries, schools and at community events throughout the Midwest. Program options include summer reading programs adapted for specific themes, family shows, school assembly shows, and many more.
Contact: Margie Reitsma
1018 College Ave., Adrian, MN 49221-2516
Further Details: $100 for single performance and reduced prices for sequential bookings (other performances on same day in same area); Mileage and Lodging provided; Statewide Travel, prefering block booking for touring; For All Ages, 4-94
Category: Historical and Native American, Storytelling
Program Description: Tales of Lewis and Clark Come and listen to the wonderful stories of the Lewis and Clark Expedition! This American epic has given us incredible tales of danger, hardships, fortitude and undaunted courage. Just the kind of stories that make history come alive and fun for young audiences. Mark Armato appears as a costumed member of the Corps of Discovery.
Contact: 1009 NE 97th Street, Kansas City, MO 64155
(816) 734-1745; email@example.com
Further Details: $300 for 1-2 performances, additional performances are $100 each; Travel Expenses; Statewide Travel; For classes Kindergarten through 6th Grade
Category: Historical and Native American, Storytelling
Program Description: A professional writer, storyteller, and educator, Max Tell offers a variety of performances catering to young and older children.
Contact: Robert Stelmach
(604) 538-9466; Robert@maxtell.ca
Program Description: Fractured fairy tales using vocal sound imitations. Mr. Williams shows children and teens how to animate their stories, storytelling, journaling, reading and drawing using vocal imitations.
Contact: Charlie Williams
22651 SE 56th Street, Issaquah, WA 98029-5282
425-427-6299 or 866-236-6479
Program Description: If you've ever wondered where stars come from or how turtle cracked his shell, Oneida storyteller, Debra Morningstar has a native legend just for you!! She engages her audiences in a lively and interactive format using an Indian Storybasket, hand drums, flute, and rattles. In culminating her presentation, she invites children, students, and families to join her in a Native American Friendship Dance.
Contact: Debra Morningstar
(920) 836-2971, cell (920) 915-4154
Further Details: Starting at $350, discounts for multiple bookings; Mileage Reimbursement; Requirements include electrical outlet is appreciated; Statewide/National Travel; For All Ages
Category: Historical and Native American
Penny & Pals
Program Description: Penny & Pals writes, records and performs original, award-winning music. Their concerts literally sweep kids off their feet and feature playful costumed characters and tons of kids-participation.
Contact: Penny Andrist
2810 Edgewood Drive, Fargo, ND 58102-1645
Program Description: Phil Baker takes children on a musical adventure that nurtures the imagination and creativity. Conga, limbo, freeze, swim and do the hug songs are featured.
Contact: P.O. Box 88852, Sioux Falls, SD 57109
Pint Size Polkas
Program Description: Participation opportunities abound during Uncle Mike's Pint Size Polkas programs! Your young patrons will be invited to display hats while the audience guesses the corresponding theme-related jobs. The audience will have fun answering age and theme-appropriate trivia questions and will be encouraged to check out books that go with them! Catchy sing-along polka songs and a quick round of "Name that Tune" further complement the program theme, and of course, no one goes home without doing the "Chicken Dance" and a special polka version of "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes." An optional video segment will even teach your patrons how to do the polka in a minute and a half! Plenty of singing, dancing, and education have been making Uncle Mike's Pint Size Polkas show fun for the whole family at nearly 1,000 libraries in 22 states since 2009!
Contact: Mike Schneider
P.O. Box 126, Clinton, WI 53525
Pockets Full of Fun
Program Description: A Pockets Full of Fun program includes ventriloquism, puppetry, magic, stories and lots of audience participation. Lisa writes a new show every year that corresponds with the National Summer Reading program theme, but she also has programs which would work for Children's Book Week, Read Across America Week and other special events you many plan for your library. Lisa has written several children's books and has done author shows for libraries and schools as well. Lisa also does puppetry workshops.
Contact: Lisa Laird
317 7th St. NE Orange City, IA 51041
home: 712-737-2639; cell: 712-737-7760
Further Details: Lisa uses zone pricing so contact her for exact pricing. Program pricing range from $225-$450 depending on zone, no mileage charges for travel across South Dakota. Multiple show discounts are available. Lisa is a rostered artist for the Iowa Arts Council so grants may be available.
Category: Puppetry and Ventriloquism, Magic, Storytelling, Workshops
Randy's Music Jam
Program Description: Singer-Songwriter Randy Sauer’s Library Concert is the kind of high-energy fun and audience participation naturally found in a “live” performance all in the incredible learning environment of the public library. Randy performs with his guitar, ukulele, and fun background tracks that will have the audience dancing, singing, and moving to the music. Randy’s schedule for the summer of 2013 is beginning to fill up and we would love for your library be part of the fun. Randy’s show connects with this year's "Dig Into Reading" theme as he shares original songs like "D.I.G. Dig Into Reading", some familiar favorites and stories that will inspire kids to "dig into" the wonderful adventure of reading.
Contact: Randy Sauer
520 W. 23rd, Hays, KS 67601
Further Details: $175 for 60 minute program, Block booking price breaks given; Mileage and lodging expenses; For All Ages
Reza | Illustionist
Program Description: Reza is recognized as one of America's Top Illusionist's. His innovative and inspirational approach to the art of magic makes his show one-of-a-kind.
Contact: P.O. Box 144, Brookings, S.D. 57006
605-692-7002, Fx 605-697-5050
Further Details: Contact for pricing and availability; Statewide/Nationwide Travel; For All Ages
Program Description: Performances include original children's songs and little stories that capture the essence of childhood. Examples of material include: “The Story of Lonesome Bill;” “Sock Sorting Song;” “Lucky Wins A Ducky;” “Birthday Party Song;” “The M&M Song;” “Build Me A House;” “Jungle Song;” “Would You Like Me To Have Lunch? — The Story of Peanut Butter and Jelly;” “The Thing About Ketchup” and “The Creepy Caterpillar.”
Contact: 835 Brown Ave, St. Paul, MN 55107
Backstage with a Rodeo Clown
Program Description: Duane Reichert transforms himself from street clothes to the unique, outlandish costume, makeup and mannerisms of a professional rodeo clown. With the use of short comedy skits and animals, he shares the dangers, the comic relief, and the suspense surrounding his life.
Contact: Duane Reichert
16398 Hay Draw Road, New Underwood, SD 57761
605-985-5575 or 605-347-5793
Program Description: Rosie's programs are a lively blend of stories and music (autoharp, banjo and ukulele). Some of her programs include: multicultural tales, spooky and spastic tales, “Happy Feet” tales, and pioneer tales which are appropriate for school age children.
Contact: 6033 SW 38th Street, Topeka, KS 66610
Further Details: $100 for 45 minute program, $165 for one Pioneer Program; Block booking and week long residencies price breaks given; Mileage and lodging expenses; Travel range includes Eastern South Dakota; For All Ages
Category: Historical and Native American, Music, Storytelling
Slim McNaught — Cowboy Poet
Program Description: In 2004 Slim McNaught started performing live on stage and since then has entertained at many local gatherings. He is currently Cowboy Poet "Lariat" for CBSI Radio in Spearfish, South Dakota. In 2015 Slim started a program called, "COWBOY POETRY/TEXAS TRAIL HERDS: Origin, History & Development", which is primarily utilized by elementary educational instructors for grades five through eight, but available for all grades and also adult programs.
Contact: Slim McNaught
110 S. Madison Ave.
New Underwood, SD 57761
Stories By Steve
Program Description: Storytelling For Children: Mr. Otto has over 450 stories in his repertoire that appeal to all age groups, from preschoolers to high schoolers.
Contact: Steve Otto
3606 NE 62nd Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64119-1906
816-454-7262 or 888-29-I-Tell (888-294-8355: Toll Free)
Further Details: $175 per show, $325 half day, $600 full day and $2500 for full week; Full day and week performances can be split between libraries; Travel and lodging expenses; Statewide Travel; For All Ages
Category: Storytelling, Workshops
Program Description: Cowboyography is the study of all things Cowboy! We do our best to bring to life the lore and lure of the American Cowboy in photos, song, and demonstrations of the equipment Cowboys use.
Contact: Steve & Cassandra Swanson
27424 482nd Avenue, Canton, SD 57013
Further Details: Fee is determined by program desired; Mileage/Travel Reimbursement; Statewide Travel; For All Ages, focusing towards classes Kindergarten through 6th Grade
Category: Historical and Native American, Music, Storytelling
Program Description: Mr. Twister is a full time chilrdren's entertainment specialist & a regional favorite. His shows are packed full of fancy twisted balloons, magic tricks, stories, audience participation & BIG FUN!
Contact: Bob Anderson
2100 S. Euclid Ave., Sioux Falls, S.D. 57105
T. Wilson King Productions
Program Description: T. Wilson King presents the story of An Ostrich Named Emu. Emu likes to be creative, learn new things and play. King uses sing-a-longs, simple activities and illustrations in the program. Children of all ages are engaged, amused, and entertained while they learn valuable life lessons about diversity and acceptance.
Contact: T. Wilson King
Further Details: $250 per show, discounts for multiple shows, sales tax if applicable, mileage and hotel if needed; Statewide/ Regional Travel; For All Ages
Program Description: The Zoo Man has traveled throughout the United States and Canada performing live animal programs for libraries, afterschool programs, and schools.
Contact: Brent Mielke
Adrian, MN 56110
Further Details: $200/ show; Additional Costs include Mileage for 1 show; State-wide Travel; For All Ages
Category: Animal Shows
Program Description: All ages will enjoy getting a close-up, hands-on opportunity to get nose-to-nose with a variety of creatures as they explore the wonders of the animal kingdom.
Contact: Jamie Edberg, Education Services Manager
Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum
805 S. Kiwanis Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
605-367-8313 ext. 15
Further Details: Cost is Size and Location Pending, Mileage and Sales Tax; Travel Range covers 150 miles from Sioux Falls; For All Ages
Category: Animal Shows
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