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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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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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Dakota Players, an outreach of the Black Hills Playhouse

Dakota Players

Program Description: Dakota Players makes it possible to share theatre with young people in communities of all sizes throughout our region. Kids get the opportunity to explore their creativity through games, songs, dance and theatre with programs tailored to the needs of each communities. This dynamic program takes high quality theatre education programs to over 1600 kids a year throughout the region.

Contact: Debra Workman, Director of Education
Dakota Players
PO Box 2513, Rapid City, SD 57709
605-255-4910 or toll free 1-855-584-4141
Email Link Web Link to Dakota Players Facebook Page

Further Details: For all Ages; Statewide (South Dakota), Regional (Midwest); Venues include School and Libraries; Fees include lodging, $2,400 for a one-week residency with two actor/directors; Funding opportunities are available
Category: Music, Theater, Workshops

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
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 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

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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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Jason Huneke, Juggler

Jason the 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
Zumbrota, Minnesota
(507) 398-2599
Email Link

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

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

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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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Penny & Pals Web Link to Penny and Pals

Penny and 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
Web Link to Penny and Pals Facebook Page

Further Details: Prices range from $350 to $1,000 and depend on variables; Travel reimbursement; Statewide Travel; For Ages 2-12
Category: Dance, Music, Theater, Workshops

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Traveling Lantern Theatre Company

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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

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