This performer database 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 of any individual or group listed. Not all performers work well under all circumstances and with every age group. The SDSL strongly advises all libraries and organizations to carefully check references before hiring.

Performers - you can update your listing, or submit your act for consideration for this database with the Performer Listing Request Form .

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Alphabetical Order



Annelise and Master Benjamin, teen magic act

Annelise the Magnificent

Sister and brother team of magicians do live-animal magic, comedy, large stage illusions, and close up slight-of-hand magic! Annelise the Magnificent with Master Benjamin entertain kids, families and adults with both classic and original illusions.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Animals, Comedy, Magic
1 (605) 786-5116


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Backstage with a Rodeo Clown

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.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Comedy, Storytelling
Duane Reichert

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Phil Baker

Phil Baker takes children on a musical adventure that nurtures the imagination and creativity. Conga, limbo, freeze, swim and do the hug songs are featured.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Phil Baker

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Bramble Park Zoo: Outreach Programs

What a great way to add hands-on, inquiry-based activities to your curriculum! The Zoo Educator can adapt programs to inform students about the natural history, physical characteristics and adaptations of these chosen animals.

Travel: within 100 miles of Watertown, SD; For ages Preschool to School-Age children.


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Butterfly Puppet Theater

Butterfly is "people and puppet" musical entertainment. Leonard Running writes songs and stories to fit with Sue Hey's puppet and stage designs.

Statewide Travel; For all Ages

Music, Puppetry, Storytelling, Theater
Leonard Running


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Dallas Chief Eagle

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

Statewide Travel; For all Ages

Dance, Historical, Native American, Music, Storytelling, Workshops
1-605-455-1805 or
1-605-407-0677 (Cell)

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Delacina Chief Eagle

Lakota Style Hoop Dancer: Mitakuye Oyasin - We Are All Related. The Hoop Dance is a Native American style of dance which symbolizes balance and unity within all walks of nature.

Statewide Travel; For all Ages

Dance, Historical, Native American, Music, Storytelling, Workshops


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Starr Chief Eagle

Lakota Artist and Hoop Dance Extraordinaire. Explore the language, art and stories fot he Lakota people through a fun and educational way. The Hoop Dance encourages the use of important values including respect, creativity, determination and self-balance.

Statewide Travel; For all Ages

Dance, Historical, Native American, Music, Storytelling, Workshops or

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Anthony Clark: Singing Storyteller

The Singing Storyteller, Anthony Clark, combines classic teaching tales with lively original songs and kid-friendly comedy to create fun, unique programs for schools, libraries and festivals.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Comedy, Music

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Clown-A-Round Inc.

Kids magic and puppet show including a 40 minute comedy magic show. Booking options may include face painting and air brush tattoos.

Statewide Travel; For all Ages including Preschool and Elementary.

Balloons, Clowns, Comedy, Magic, Puppetry, Workshops
Laura Anderson

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Steve Couch

Stand up comedy and animated shows for schools and libraries. Steve brings children's music, comedy music, and makes cartoons and videos to help teach empathy and character development.

For all Ages

Comedy, Music, Workshops
Steve Couch

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Rosie Cutrer

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.

Eastern South Dakota Travel; For all Ages

Animals, Comedy, Magic
Rosie Cutrer


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Dakota Players

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.

Statewide Travel; For all Ages; Venues include Schools and Libraries. Funding opportunities are available.

Music, Theater, Workshops
Debra Workman,
Director of Education

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Do Re Let's Play!

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.

Travels within three hours of Sioux Falls; For ages 0-10

Music, Storytelling
General Manager: Kara Weber

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Discovery Mime and Movement Theatre

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.

Statewide Travel; For all Ages

Dance, Juggling, Magic, Puppetry, Ventriloquism, Theater
Brian Begley and Mary Inman

dragon and fish puppets with Markie Scholz

Dragons are too Seldom

Dragons Are Too Seldom Puppets has been entertaining kids of all ages for over 40 years. Markie Scholz spreads joy and laughter every where she goes. Her shows and workshops are interactive as well as fun and educational. There are many shows available. Each year the Dragons create a special show for the Summer Reading Program. Check our the website for more detail.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Puppetry, Storytelling, Theater, Ventriloquism, Workshops
Markie Scholz

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Duke Otherwise

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.

Nationwide Travel; For Ages Preschool and Elementary

Dance, Music, Storytelling
Noah Riemer


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Jim Gill

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.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Music, Storytelling, Workshops

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Great Plains Zoo ZooMobile

Kids of all ages can meet four ambassador animals in an engaging, interactive presentation from the Great Plains Zoo!

Regional Travel (up to 150 miles from the Zoo (SD, MN, IA, NE); For all Ages

Education Department,
805 S Kiwanis Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57106
1-605-367-8313 Ext. 233


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Hanson Shows

Juggling, Unicycling, Magic, Puppets, Storytelling and loads of fun stuff! Get ready for a unique library show that will dazzle and amaze your library kids with award winning juggling and unicycling and a healthy dose of humor that will have everyone laughing.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Balloons, Comedy, Juggling, Magic, Storytelling, Theater, Workshops

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Hank Harris

Mostly known for his musical talents, Hank Harris is a South Dakota legend. He has played with The Red Willow Band, DD and the Fayrohs and many more bands over a career that has spanned decades. When it comes to musical diversity, Hank Harris has cornered the market.

Statewide Travel; For all Ages


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Jason Huneke

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.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Comedy, Juggling, Theater


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Imagine Your Workshop: Bringing Storytelling to Your Summer Library Program

CSLP has partnered with the National Storytelling Network to identify qualified, experienced storytellers who can deliver high quality professional development for library staff.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages



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Jammin' Randy

Award winning Children's Singer-Songwriter Jammin' Randy's library shows are the kind of high-energy fun and audience participation naturally found in a live performance all in the incredible learning environment of the public library. Randy performs with his guitar, ukulele, and fun background tracks that will have the audience dancing, singing, and moving to the music.

Statewide/Regional Travel; For all Ages

Randy Sauer

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Jay & Leslie

Jay & Leslie feature "Flights of Fancy" launches into 2019 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." All ages enjoy Jay & Leslie, and they will tailor their program to any audience.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages; Venues include Schools and Libraries

Comedy, Juggling, Storytelling, Theater, Workshops
Jay Cady

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Jim "Two Crows" Wallen

National award winner Jim Two Crows Wallen is a freelance oral historian who combines his love of history with a good story keeping you spellbound. Stories and programs/workshops include: "Buckskins, Furs & Calico", "Did Granddad Really Say That? True Tales and Other Lies" and more!

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Comedy, Historical, Music, Native American, Storytelling
Deborah Wallen

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Jo Ho Storyteller

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.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Storytelling, Theater, Workshops


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Kevin and the Infinite Possibilities

Through song and storytelling, Kevin inspires kids to live within their creativity and evolve into a more self-aware generation.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages



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The LEGO Guy

Story time, displays and building challenges revolving around LEGO.

Statewide/Regional Travel; For all Ages; Venues include libraries, indoors.

Storytelling, Workshops

Curtis Mork

parrot puppet with magician David Lloyd

David Lloyd Magic

Performs magic, puppetry and storytelling in each program.

Statewide/Regional Travel; For Preschool and Elementary; Venues include schools, libraries, indoors.

Comedy, Magic, Puppetry, Storytelling

Dave Tenneboe


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Magician Rick Eugene

Comedy Magic With lot's of audience participation. Show is guaranteed or your money back.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Balloons, Comedy, Magic, Workshops
Rick Brammer

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Jonathan May

A full time entertainer specializing in magic and fun, for audiences of all ages and sizes! From balloon animals to family magic, May performs over 300 shows a year.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Balloons, Comedy, Magic
Jonathan May

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Slim McNaught, Cowboy Poet

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.

Statewide Travel; For all Ages

Historical, Storytelling
Slim McNaught
1-605- 754-6103

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Adam Miller: Folksinger, Storyteller and Autoharp Virtuoso

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.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages; Venues include Libraries and Schools

Historical, Music, Storytelling, Workshops


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The Noiseguy

Charlie "The Noiseguy" Williams is a vocal sound impressionist, comedian, illustrator and author who shows how to use onomatopoeia to enhance reading, writing and storytelling.

Imagine the story of the Tortoise and the Hare being told with the sound of cars racing past or Jack chopping down a beanstalk using a chainsaw! Hear the sounds of Lewis and Clark paddling upstream, and practice the ABC's of Onomatopoeia!

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Comedy, Storytelling, Workshops
Charlie Williams


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Oneida Storyteller

If you've ever wondered where stars come from or how turtle cracked his shell, Oneida storyteller, Debra Morningstar has a native legend just for you!! She engages her audiences in a lively and interactive format using an Indian Storybasket, hand drums, flute, and rattles. In culminating her presentation, she invites children, students, and families to join her in a Native American Friendship Dance.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Historical, Music, Native American, Storytelling
Debra Morningstar


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Jean L.S. Patrick, Author

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.

Statewide Travel; For all Ages

Historical, Storytelling, Workshops
Jean L.S. Patrick

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Penny and Pals

Penny and 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.

Statewide/Regional Travel; For Ages 2-12


Penny Andrist

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Jim Perry Magic

Magic is always popular, but how about magic with a little something more. We have just the thing! We take one part humor, one part audience participation, and one part magic to create laughs, wonders and illusions customized for your patrons!

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Comedy, Magic
James Perry

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Pint Size Polkas

Mike Schneider's Pint Size Polkas program rolls magic, comedy, and education into one fluid, high-energy, live musical performance package guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of young and old alike! Audience participation opportunities abound, age-appropriate humor and magic tricks, and special theme specific trivia questions geared towards young readers.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Comedy, Dance, Magic, Music
Mike Schneider

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Pockets Full of Fun

Lisa writes a new Library show based on the Collaborative Summer Library Program theme. Each show features ventriloquism, puppetry, magic and lots of FUN audience participation opportunities.

Statewide/Regional Travel; For all Ages

Magic, Music, Puppetry, Ventriloquist
Lisa Laird


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Jeff Quinn, Magician

Jeff Quinn does a FANTASTIC Summer Reading Program magic show that always fits with the current SRP theme. Shows are usually 40 minutes long and include lots of audience participation, family-friendly humor and (of course) amazing magic.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Comedy, Magic
Jeff Quinn


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Real Beal's One Man Band

Jeff sings, plays bass, rhythmm and lead guitar all the while simultaneously stomping out the beat on his custom designed drum set. Nancy's top notch vocals makes this duo an undeniable crowd pleaser. They have drawn crowds of all ages at fairs and festivals throughout the Midwest featuring Country and Rock & Roll hits from the 1950s to the present.

Statewide Travel; For all Ages

Jeff Beal

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T.J. Regul

Programs filled with the highest energy and most audience participation in your area. A family friendly magic show that will have the children and adults at your library literally rolling on the floor with laughter. This show has more smiles, more laughter, more energy and more results than you have ever had before!

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Balloons, Comedy, Magic
T. J. Regul

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Rock 'N' Rope Warrior

An Interactive, Visually entertaining Jump Rope Show! Perfect for school assemblies, fairs, festivals, half-time shows, libraries, camps and more! The Rope Warrior -professional athlete/entertainer/author - is a lean, mean, jumping machine who executes stunts that most of us can't even imagine-using a jump rope, and is the current Guinness World Record holder for the most "Rump Jumps" in one minute: 56

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Music, Workshops
David Fisher

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Rockin' Red Music

Rockin' Red performs a high-energy show filled with upbeat, original children's music. Kids participate in the show through fun dance moves and actions, percussion instruments, dancing scarves and more! Kids of all ages will be entertained by her catchy songs and infectious energy. Fun for children of all ages!

Statewide/Regional Travel; For Ages in Preschool and Elementary

Leslie Dolby

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The Rockin Rob Show

The Rockin Rob Show is a completely interactive and educational musical kids show and rock concert, geared for children ages 2-10 and their families. Promotes fun and education, through the benefits of music and movement

Statewide Travel; For Preschool and Elementary ages

Comedy, Music, Puppetry, Ventroquilism, Storytelling, Workshops


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Sherlock Holmes: an Elementary Investigation

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.

Eastern South Dakota Travel; for Grades 5-12

Animals, Comedy, Magic
Jeff Falkingham


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T.Wilson King Productions

In the program of An Ostrich Named Emu, King uses sing-a-longs, simple activities and illustrations in the program. Children of all ages are engaged, amused, and entertained while they learn valuable life lessons about diversity and acceptance.

Statewide Travel; For Elementary ages

Music, Storytelling


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Max Tell

A professional writer, storyteller, and educator, Max Tell offers a variety of performances catering to young and older children.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Music, Storytelling
Robert Stelmach

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Dick Termes has a variety of workshops, Termesphere showings and lectures he can do.He can put up an 8 to 24 piece show of Termespheres in the Library or Art Center. Many times that includes a video/lecture on his work. He can do workshops on 1-6 point perspective, drawing workshops, three dimensional model building which can be permanent models for the school or models students can take home or just model building in the classroom. His work and workshops tie in with math and science as well as the arts.

Statewide Travel; For all Ages

Art, Workshops

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Traveling Lantern Theatre

Educating and entertaining children all over the country since 1985. Traveling Lantern Theatre's mission is to bring great stories to children and draw them into an active theater experience, while also providing high quality, low cost arts programming to schools and libraries.

Specializes shows to complement library summer reading themes. 2020: Legends and Myths from Mount Olympus or Sherlock Holmes Takes the Case.

Nationwide Travel; For ages PreK-8th grade, families.

Comedy, Storytelling, Theater

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Mr. Twister

Mr. Twister is a full time children's entertainment specialist and a regional favorite. His shows are packed full of fancy twisted balloons, magic tricks, stories, audience participation and BIG FUN!

Statewide Travel; For all Ages

Balloons, Comedy
Bob Anderson


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Dennis Warner

An energetic blend of music and humor in a special concert just for kids (age 4-12) and others who like to have fun! Dennis's show is fast-paced, high energy and full of audience participation.

Nationwide Travel; For classes preschool through 5th grade

Main Trail Productions
P.O. Box 365
Clearwater, MN 55320


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South Dakota's Favorite Comedy Hypnotist and Magician! Enter the untapped mystery of the brain with mind-blowing mental illusions. Weaving comedy, hypnosis, and showmanship - prepare to not only be astonished but zstonished!

Nationwide Travel; For teens and adults

Comedy, Hypnosis, Magic
Zac Tenneboe

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Zoo Man

The Zoo Man has traveled throughout the United States and Canada performing live animal programs for libraries, afterschool programs, and schools.

Statewide Travel; For all Ages

Brent Mielke

Children and Youth Services Coordinator

Laura Kelly

1-605-773-3131 (Option 5, 1)