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Children's & Youth Services | Performer's Database | Puppetry and Ventriloquism

Performer's Database

theater masksThis 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.

Performers, use this form to submit your contact information. This form can also be used to update your previously listed information as well. Please fill it out as completely as possible and your submission will be reviewed by our content committee before inclusion on the website. Thank you!

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Puppetry and Ventriloquism

Barbara Kellogg

Barbara Kellogg

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
816-578-4825
kellraybarb@att.net Email Link

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 Web Link to Butterfly Puppet Theatre

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
605-348-5345; butterfly@rushmore.com Email Link

Further Details: $150 for “The Buffalo Show”, $250 for the show and a workshop; Statewide Travel; For All Ages
Category: Music, Puppetry and Ventriloquism, Storytelling, Theater


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Coach and Ronny

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
772-879-1964, 772-201-2696;
kcgator@coachandronny.com Email Link

Further Details: $350 for single presentations, Will do co-op bookings, or book tours; Travel Expenses from Florida; Statewide Travel; For All Ages
Category: Puppetry and Ventriloquism, Storytelling


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David Lloyd

David Lloyd

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
MagicDLT@sio.midco.net Email Link

Further Details: $150 per program; Mileage from Sioux Falls
Category: Magic, Puppetry and Ventriloquism, Storytelling

Diana Borgum

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
605-339-2902; borgudia@SF.K12.SD.US Email Link

Further Details: $100/ 45-60 min presentation; Mileage Reimbursement; Statewide Travel; For All Ages
Category: Music, Puppetry and Ventriloquism, Storytelling

Discovery Mime Theater Web Link to Discovery Mime Theater

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
605-624-6718
mbegley@usd.edu Email Link Web Link to Discovey Mime Theater Facebook Page

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

Dragons Are Too Seldom Puppet Productions Web Link to Dragons Are Too Seldom

Dragons Are Too Seldom

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
605-642-4805
mscholz@blackhills.com Email Link Web Link to Dragons are too seldom Facebook Page

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


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Max Tell Web Link to Max Tell

Max Tell

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 Email Link

Further Details: Rates vary based on performance and tour possibilities; Statewide/ National Travel; For All Ages
Category: Puppetry and Ventriloquism, Storytelling, Theater, Workshops


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Pockets Full of Fun Web Link to Pockets Full of Fun

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
email Email Link Web Link to Pockets full of fun Facebook Page Web Link to Pockets full of fun you tube Page

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


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