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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

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
Email Link facebook page

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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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
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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Dallas Chief Eagle Jr

Dallas Chief Eagle

Program Description: Pre-performance hoop-dance workshop (200 hoops provided), and Grandpa Rock story telling exercises have become favorites to participants who will join Dallas in the pubic performance.

Contact: P.O. Box 584 Martin, SD 57551
Home: (605) 455-1805 Cell: (605) 407-0677
Email Link

Further Details: $600.00 workshop & performance (Matching funds may become available from the SD Arts Council) Please include mileage, and discounts are available for multi-day skill development before the performance. For audiences of All Ages; Travel Range includes Statewide (South Dakota), and Nationwide; Possible Venues include Schools, Libraries, Outdoors, and Indoors
Category: Dance, Historical and Native American, Music, Storytelling, Workshops

David Lloyd

David Lloyd

Program Description: Performs magic, puppetry and storytelling in each program.

Contact: Dave Tenneboe
5701 W. 45th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57106-1328
Email Link

Further Details: For Preschool and Elementary audiences; performs Statewide (South Dakota) and regional (NE, IA, MN); Venue options include schools, libraries, indoors; Show fee is $750, lodging.
Category: Comedy,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
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

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 link to facebook page

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 Puppets

Dragons Are Too Seldom

Program Description: Dragons Are Too Seldom Puppets with puppeteer Markie Scholz have been entertaining kids of all ages for over well over 40 years. “The Dragons” spreads joy and laughter everywhere they go. Their shows and workshops are interactive as well as fun and educational. There are many shows available. Scholz has performed countless puppet shows, workshops,in-services and residencies for nearly a million people in 45 states and seven countries. Each year the Dragons create a special show for the Summer Reading Program. Check our website for more detail.

Contact: Markie Scholz
1920 Christensen Drive, Spearfish, SD 57783-8037
605-642-4805 or 605-645-8985
Email Link Web Link to Dragons are too seldom Facebook Page Web Link to Dragons are too seldom youtube Page

Further Details: Nationwide/Statewide Travel; Good for School, Library, and indoor venues; For All Ages; Self Contained

Technical requirements: 8 foot rectangular table strong enough to sit on and an electrical outlet

Fee structure: Performance or workshop $600 to $5000; Four-day residency $3,500 to $5,000; Four-day block booking $3,500 to $5,000. South Dakota Arts Council support up to 50%.for nonprofit sponsors.

Category: Puppetry and Ventriloquism, Storytelling, Theater, Workshops

Duke Otherwise

Duke Otherwise

Program Description: Witty Wordplay, Superb Music, Tap Dancing! With his guitar, tap shoes, and distinct baritone, Duke Otherwise performs a hilarious, charming and interactive musical program for all ages. He writes original songs bursting with clever wordplay and fun ideas relatable to both kids and adults. Stefan Shepherd, NPR's children's music reviewer, says of Duke, "Nifty, brainy lyrics...Highly recommended."

Contact: Noah Riemer
2201 Winnebago St. #2; Madison, WI 53704
Email Link Web Link to Duke Otherwise Facebook Page Web Link to Duke Otherwise You tube Page

Further Details: Statewide and Nationwide Travel; For Preschool and Elementary; School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor;
Category: Dance, Music, Storytelling

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Elementary, My Dear Watson!

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
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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Hanson Shows

Hanson Shows

Program Description: Juggling, Unicycling, Magic, Puppets, Storytelling and loads of fun stuff.

Contact: Christa Hanson
206 N Locust St; Kanawha, Iowa 50447
Email Link Web Link to Hanson Shows Facebook Page Web Link to Hanson Shows You tube Page

Further Details: Statewide Travel, Nationwide; For All Ages; School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor
COST: Mileage, Program Fee;
Category: Balloons, Comedy, Juggling, Magic, Storytelling, Theater, Workshops

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Jay & Leslie's Laughing Matters

Jay and Leslie's Laughing Matters

Program Description: "Flights of Fancy" -- Jay & Leslie launch into summer reading with juggling, stories, orbits, and more bits to tickle your funny bone. The fun will be flying, and Goldilocks will be searching for a planet that is "just right." Jay & Leslie are cleared for landing at your library in 2019!

Contact: Jay Cady
P.O. Box 1312, Mission, KS 66222
Email Link Web Link to Jay and Leslie Facebook Page Web Link to Jay and Leslie YouTube Channel

Further Details: All Ages; Nationwide; School, Library; Mileage, Program Fee (detail below), $300 + travel (ask about block booking discounts)
Category: Comedy, Juggling, Storytelling, Theater, Workshops

Jean L. S. Patrick, author

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 Gill

Jim Gill playing banjo

Program Description: An author and musician, Jim Gill's most recent book, A Soup Opera, received an award from the American Library Association in 2010. Jim Gill is unique in his ability to combine his artistry with advocacy for early literacy development. He shares both at each inspiring and joyous event. The goal is to create an event where adults and children experience the joy of reading together in a playful manner in the hopes they will continue to playfully read together at home.

Contact: Jim Gill
PO Box 2263, Oak Park IL 60303-2263
Email Link Web Link to jim gill music play Facebook Page Web Link to TITLE Twitter Page Web Link to jeff quinn magic You tube Page

Further Details: Nationwide Travel; For All Ages, Preschool, Elementary, Adult
COST: Mileage/Travel Reimbursement; Program Fee
Category: Music, 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;
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

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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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

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 link to Facebook page link to Pinterest page link to twitter page link to youtube page

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

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
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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Lisa Laird and Pockets Full of Fun

Pockets Full of Fun

Program Description: ventriloquism, puppetry, variety entertainer

Contact: Lisa Laird
317 7th St. NE Orange City, IA 51041
Email Link Web Link to Pockets full of fun Facebook Page Web Link to Pockets full of fun you tube Page

Further Details: Cost based by zone pricing; program pricing range from $250-$400 zone pending. No additional mileage or lodging fees. Multiple show discounts are available. Lisa is a rostered artist for the Iowa Arts Council so grants may be available.
All Ages; Preschool, Elementary; Midwest; School, Library; Indoor
Category: Magic, Puppetry and Ventriloquism, Storytelling, Workshops

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Backstage with a 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
Email Link

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

The Rockin Rob Show

Rockin Rob Show logo - man with guitar and puppet playing guitar

Program Description: The rockin rob show is a completely interactive & educational musical kids show & rock concert, geared for children ages 2-10 & families, that promotes fun & education, through music & movement.

Contact: Rockin Rob
21232 North Sail Away Dr., Overbrook, KS 66524
Email Link Web Link to Rockin Rob Show Facebook Page

Further Details:Preschool, Elementary; Statewide (South Dakota); School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor;
COST: Lodging and program fee of $300; multiple booking discount available for any additional libraries (surrounding areas) that book same day/same week etc. Requirements include a small performance area and electric outlet.
Category: Comedy, Music, Puppetry & Ventriloquism, Storytelling, Workshops

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

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
Email Link

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

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

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T. Wilson King Productions

Wilson King Productions

Program Description: Story and songs

Contact: T. Wilson King
109 S. Yale Street, Vermillion, SD 57069
Email Link Web Link to T Wilson King Facebook Page

Further Details: Elementary audiences; Statewide (South Dakota); Venues include Schools, Libraries, Outdoor and Indoor; Accomodation includes Mileage and lodging, pending location
Category: Music Storytelling

Traveling Lantern Theatre Company

traveling lantern theater logo

Program Description: For the 2019 SRP Space and Showtime themes, we present "My Mother The Astronaut" To the moon and beyond! Aquarius' mom is an astronaut and today is "Take your Child to Work Day". Aquarius can't wait to go to NASA and find out what it's like to be in space!

Contact: Traveling Lantern
P.O. Box 42288, Portland, OR 97242
Web Link to Traveling Lantern Facebook Page Web Link to Traveling Lantern insta gram Page Web Link to Traveling Lantern Twitter Page

Further Details: Nationwide Travel; For All Ages
COST: Program fees, discounts available for multiple bookings available;
Category: Comedy, Storytelling, Theater

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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