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Children's & Youth Services | Performer's Database | Storytelling

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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Adam Miller — Folksinger, Storyteller, and Autoharp Virtuoso Web Link to Adam Miller

Adam Miller

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
650-804-2049; Email Link

Further Details: $400 per program, Public Library; Statewide/Nationwide Travel Range; For All Ages
Category: Historical and Native American, Music, Storytelling, Workshops

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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 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; 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; 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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Dallas Chief Eagle IIWeb Link to South Dakota Arts Council: Dallas Chief Eagle II

Dallas Chief Eagle

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; Email Link

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

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 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

Do Re Let's Play Web Link to Do Re Let's Play

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 Link

Further Details: $200-$1,000; Travel Range is Within three hours of Sioux Falls; For ages 0-10 years
Category: Music, Storytelling

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 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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Elementary, My Dear Watson! Web Link to Sherlock Holmes pastiches

Jeff Falkingham

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
952-465-1662; Email Link

Further Details: $300, plus mileage (discount for multiple bookings in a single trip); East River schools and libraries; Grades 5-12
Category: Historical and Native American, Storytelling

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Jay & Leslie's Laughing Matters Web Link to Jay and Leslie's Laughing Matters

Jay and 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
913-432-4555 Email Link Web Link to Jay and Leslie Facebook Page

Further Details: $900 per day-can be split between three libraries; Statewide Travel; For All Ages
Category: Comedy, Juggling, Magic, Storytelling

Jean L. S. Patrick, author Web Link to Jean Patrick's website

Jean 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

Contact: Jean L.S. Patrick
204 W. Havens #210, Mitchell, SD 57301
605-996-2110 (please leave message); Email Link

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 Web Link to jim two crows dot com

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; Email Link Web Link to Two Crows Facebook Page

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 Web Link to Jo Ho, Storyteller

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 Email Link

Further Details: $100.00-150.00 per program (Discounts available for multiple bookings); Mileage/Travel Expenses; Statewide Travel during summer months; For All Ages
Category: Storytelling, Workshops

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Margie Reitsma, The Story Connection

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
712-737-2472 Email Link

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

Margi Coxwell

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) Email Link

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

Mark Armato

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 Link

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

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; 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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Noise Guy Web Link to noise guy dot com

Noise Guy

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 Email Link Web Link to noise guy Facebook Page Web Link to noise guy's You tube Page

Further Details: $350 per show/ $600 multiple events per day; Venues include schools, libraries, outdoors and indoors; Statewide Travel, Nationwide; For All Ages, focused for Preschool and Elementary;
Category: Comedy, Storytelling, 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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Rita Rae

Rita Rae Sings For Kids

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
651-222-7719 Email Link Web Link to Rita Rae Sings 4 Kids Facebook Page

Further Details: $125 per concert; Statewide Travel; For Preschool aged children
Category: Music, Storytelling

Backstage with a Rodeo Clown Web Link to Rodeo Clown

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

Further Details: vary in price between $500-$1000. (Arts Council matching funds may be available); Hotel reimbursement; Statewide Travel; For All Ages
Category: Comedy, Storytelling

Rosie Cutrer Web Link to Rosie Cutrer

Rosie Cutrer

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
785-271-1982; Email Link

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

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Slim McNaught — Cowboy Poet Web Link to Adam Miller

Adam Miller

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
605-754-6103 Email Link Web Link to Slim McNaught Facebook Page

Further Details: $300 per program plus lodging over 100 miles
Category: Historical, Storytelling

Stories By Steve Web Link to Stories By Steve

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) Email Link

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

Swanson Cowboyography Web Link to Swanson Cowboyography

Swanson Cowboyography

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
605-743-5270; Email Link Web Link to Cowboyography Facebook group

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

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Mr. Twister Web Link to Mr. Twister

Mr. Twister

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
605-338-9928/ 605-310-0365; Email Link Web Link to Mr Twister Facebook Page

Further Details: $150-$500; Mileage and Hotel reimbursement; Statewide Travel; For All Ages
Category: Balloons, Comedy, Magic, Storytelling

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