This 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.
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Adam Miller — Folksinger, Storyteller, and Autoharp Virtuoso
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
Dallas Chief Eagle II
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;
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
Penny & 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
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
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
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)
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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