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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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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

Dragons Are Too Seldom Puppet Productions

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
Email Link Web Link to Dragons are too seldom Facebook Page Web Link to Dragons are too seldom youtube 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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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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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

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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Magician Rick Eugene

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Program Description: Comedy Magic With lot's of audience participation. Magic Shows for Special Events -- Mind-Blowing Close-Up Magic Shows -- Learn Magic From Rick Eugene -- Absolute Science: Watch and take part in awesome experiments!

Contact: Rick Eugene Brammer
1653 W George Washington Blvd #5, Davenport, IA 52804
Email Link Web Link to Magician Rick Eugene Facebook Page

Further Details: Nationwide Travel; For All Ages
School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor, I can work anywhere; COST: Mileage/Travel Reimbursement;
Category: Balloons, Comedy, Magic, Workshops

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

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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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
Email Link 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

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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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

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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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