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 .

Performers Virtual showcase

Alphabetical Order

Performers or Acts


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Act!vated Story Theatre

Touring the nation since 1988. Multicultural folktales brought to life with physical comedy, audience participation, witty scripts, music, dance, American Sign Language, colorful costumes and imaginative props. Each 45 minute play is staged by professional actors, supplemented by a supporting cast of young guest stars from your community.

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages;
Venues include School, Library, Indoor, Virtual

Storytelling, Theater
Kimberly Goza
Primary: Burbank, CA 91505
East Coast: Providence, RI 02906

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Michael Albert / Modern Pop Art Experience

Pop Artist/Author visit, Short talk/presentation, Hands-On Collage Workshop & Free Poster Giveaway & Signing

Nationwide Travel, Virtual Statewide (South Dakota),; All Ages (Birth to 100+); Venues include School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor, Museum, Art Festivals

Art, Artist, Author, Workshop
Michael Albert
White Plains, NY 10605

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Brent Allan & Friends with

Puppets, interactive games, and magic with a reading theme!

Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

Comedy, Magic, Puppetry


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Allez-OOPS! Virtual Variety Show: An Online Extravaganza!

High Energy Circus Comedy Show! Blending circus thrills, fast pacing, and spontaneous comedy, this high-octane slapstick spectacle excites audiences of all ages with absurd sight gags and visual silliness. ALLEZ-OOPS! is a guaranteed crowd favorite: family-friendly, hilarious, and a whole lot of FUN!

Nationwide Travel; All Ages (Birth to 100+);
Venues include Schools, Libraries, Outdoor or Indoor, Virtual

Clowns, Comedy, Juggling, Magic, Theater
Rob Lok
Woodside, NY 11377

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Andy & Judy - New England Folk in Concert

We play guitars, mandolin, banjo, ukulele and other instruments. During a concert, we perform original songs in many different styles, such as traditional Folk, roots music, country swing or bluegrass. We tell stories through our songs - many of which are based on historical events, times or places.

Nationwide Travel; Adult, Seniors (over 60); School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor

Bridgewater, MA

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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

Rapid City, SD

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Bruce Arant: Picture Book Author/Illustrator

Features three presentations that are available to libraries:

  • Picture Book Presentation (a very audience-interactive program showing how picture book art develops from sketches to final artwork),
  • Illustration Workshop (learn simple and effective techniques to draw 20 different facial expressions), and
  • Picture Book Changes (providing a "behind-the-scenes" view of the many types of changes during the book production).
  • Statewide, Nationwide Travel; For all Ages (birth to 100+);
    Venues include Schools, Libraries, Virtual

    Art, Author, Workshops
    Bruce Arant
    Omaha, NE 68102

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    Architect of the Mind

    The Memory Masterclass - How to Remember Everything, and Never Forget a Thing!

    How good is your memory? Do you often misplace items? Do you have a hard time remembering people's names, facts and figures, or forget items on your to-do list? Do you or your child have a hard time studying for exams? You don't have a bad memory – you just need a better way to use it!

    Mentalist Fred Berthelot will help you discover the true potential of your amazing memory. This interactive workshop will alter your preconceived notions of how your memory works and will open up a whole new world of mental abilities you didn't know you possessed. You will learn skills that you can apply to your everyday life, that will improve your professional life, help you learn a new language, and alter the way you learn and study.

    Statewide, Nationwide Travel; Middle School, High School, Adults, Seniors (60+);
    Venues include Schools, Libraries, Virtual

    Magic, Memory, Workshops
    Fred Berthelot
    New York City, NY

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    Mike Artell

    Cartooning for Kids with Mike Artell! Kids draw along as Mike Artell shows them how to draw people, animals and objects. Basic cartooning for younger children, more advanced cartooning for older kids. Cartooning tips and tricks too. FUN!

    Nationwide Travel; For all Ages;
    Venues include Schools, Libraries, Outdoor/Indoor, Virtual

    Art, Comedy, Storytelling
    Mike Artell
    Covington, LA 70434


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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
    New Underwood, SD 57761

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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.

    The Music Maker in Me! presented by Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society and Phil Baker, has created an online learning music episode series for children aged 3-7. Videos are streamed live on SFJB's Facebook and archived on YouTube . November 2020

    Statewide, Nationwide Travel; For all Ages;
    Venues include Schools, Libraries, Indoor/Outdoor, Virtual


    Phil Baker Music
    Phil Baker
    Sioux Falls, SD 57109

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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.

    Watertown, SD 57201

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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
    Rapid City, SD 57702


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    Angelica Shirley Carpenter

    Presentations on: "How I Became a Writer." Grades 4+: "The Voice of Liberty: Writing a Picture Book" and "L. Frank Baum and Oz." Grades 7-adult: "Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist." Writers and biographers: "Little Bits of a Puzzle: Writing Biographies." All programs have South Dakota content.

    Nationwide; For all Ages;
    Venues include Schools, Libraries, Virtual

    Historical, Native American, Storytelling
    Angelica Shirley Carpenter
    Fresno, CA

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    Checkers Library TV

    This fun and educational program was created as online programming for libraries, originally intended to run this summer, however with the current self-isolation, we have moved up the release date to allow libraries to reach kids and families across America during this crisis period with engaging, maximum impact programming content.

    For all Ages; Virtual

    Animals, Art, Comedy, Magic, Science and Storytelling
    Lancaster, NY

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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
    Martin, SD 57551
    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
    Rapid City, SD

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    Cirque Amongus

    Cirque Amongus offers hands-on programs designed to build self-esteem, develop motor skills, and promote teamwork. Led by our project managers who are professional entertainers and skilled instructors, teachers and volunteers introduce students to the fundamentals of circus arts — juggling, movement and balancing — in a safe, fun-filled, and educational environment.

    Nationwide Travel; For all Ages;
    Venues include libraries, schools, preschool, arena, and Virtual

    Comedy, Juggling, Magic, Workshops
    1-734-525-4335 or 877-938-2324

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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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    QC Clown Around

    Balloon Storyteller, Balloon Artist, Magic and more!

    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
    Coal Valley, IL

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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
    Topeka, KS


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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
    Deb Workman, Director of Education
    Rapid City, SD 57709

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    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
    Sioux Falls, SD

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    Dinosaur O'Dell

    Whether he's fixing spaceships, counting monsters, or swimming in peanut butter, a Dinosaur O'Dell show is always a fun, interactive journey.

    Dino is an award-winning songwriter, storyteller, author and teacher that loves a tall-tale. He is a former elementary and preschool teacher. For 20 years he has performed to the delight of legions of children all over the country.

    Nationwide Travel; For ages Preschool and Elementary; Venues include School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor

    Comedy, Music, Storytelling, Theater, Animations

    Dino O'Dell
    Fairway, KS 66205

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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

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    Dragons are too Seldom

    Live Stream Summer Reading Program! "Quest for the Junkyard Dragon" is available for live streaming to your library! Call for more details!

    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 out their website for more details.

    Nationwide Travel; For all Ages;
    Venues include Indoor, Outdoor, Virtual

    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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    Elsenpeter Marionettes

    The Elsenpeter Marionettes are a professional full-time performing Marionette company who has entertained millions of school children in live shows for over 139 years. Besides performing more than 200 plus programs nationally each year, Mr. Elsenpeter will write, produce, create and carve an entirely new program annually. The Elsenpeter Marionettes specialize in children's classics and adapt stories with which most children are familiar.

    Each program is specially written for the Marionettes theatre. Every detail has been carefully designed to achieve a perfect dramatic production in miniature. Richard's skillful manipulation of the Marionettes transforms the 2-foot tall, hand carved, wooden dolls into living characters with definite personalities.

    The Elsenpeter program delights the young and the young-at-heart while stressing the importance of education and reading. Our goal is to give children an outlet for their fantasies while making a lasting impression on them.

    Nationwide, Travel; For all Ages;
    Venues include School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor, Virtual

    Puppetry, History, Storytelling, Theater, Ventriloquism
    Richard B. Elsenpeter
    New London, MO


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    Funding the Future

    Funding the Future teaches kids the importance of smart financial decisions, through live music, video, and an inspirational message shared by a musical celebrity. Participants learn basic tools to make informed life decisions and gain the discipline and confidence to see their own dreams as possibilities.

    Statewide (South Dakota), Nationwide; For Middle School and High School ages;
    Venues include School, Virtual

    Music, Financial Literacy
    Cheryl Dunakin
    Cheyenne, WY 82003


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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
    Jim Gill
    Oak Park, IL 60303

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    The Great Baldini's Imagine Your Story Magic Show

    An hour long fun filled magic show for everyone.

    All Ages (Birth to 100+);
    Venues include School, Library, Virtual

    Thomas Holmes
    Narragansett, RI 02882

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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,
    Sioux Falls, SD 57106
    1-605-367-8313 Ext. 233

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    Gypsy Cowbelle

    Children of all ages (infants to seniors!) discover their own inner song as they "Join the Band!" with the Gypsy Cowbelle in her signature Homespun Instruments program. This highly interactive workshop inspires participants to play along with classic Americana tunes on a wide array of simple and homemade instruments, as well as covering the basics of rhythm, band dynamics and origins of select pieces.

    Additional performances include: concerts focusing on Homesteading, Women's and Western history; an Amelia Earhart portrayal; and an introduction to leatherwork class.

    All Ages (Birth to 100+); Statewide (South Dakota), Nationwide; Venues include School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor, Museum, festival, parade, remote

    Music, Storytelling, Workshop
    Miss V - The Gypsy Cowbelle
    Thermopolis, WY 82443


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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

    Hank Harris
    Rapid City, SD 57702

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    Bridget Heos

    Bridget Heos is a children's book author who shares the process of writing fiction and nonfiction from idea to publication.

    Nationwide Travel, Virtual; School, Library; Indoor; Preschool, Elementary, Middle School

    Children's Book Author
    Bridget Heos
    Fairway, KS 66205


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    Jammin' Randy

    Fun Interactive Children's Music

    Nationwide Travel; Preschool, Elementary;
    Venues include Virtual, School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor

    Music, Workshops
    Randy Sauer
    Hays, KS 67601

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    Jay & Leslie

    "Jay and Leslie delight audiences with their circus skills, creative stories, and wacky humor. The Kansas City duo have performed over 6000 shows in 36 states and 7 foreign countries.

    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
    Juggling and Other Nonsense
    Mission, KS 66222

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    Jensen Entertainment Inc.

    Interactive Game show and Magic shows. Customized performances for your event or theme including: Interactive Game Shows, Magic shows or Close up Magicians, Photo Booths-Green Screen, Outdoor Movie Nights, Face Painters- Balloon Artists, Holiday Characters, Stilt Walkers-Jugglers and more!

    Nationwide Travel, Virtual; Elementary, Middle School, High School, Adult, Seniors (over 60); School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor

    Balloons, Magic, Game Shows
    James Jensen
    Roselle IL 60172

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    600,000 Silent Voices: Jim "Two Crows" Wallen

    Jim had 17 ancestors who fought in the Civil War. He will tell the stories of his ancestors while sharing artifacts from the conflict.

    Nationwide Travel; Elementary, Middle School, High School, Adult, Seniors (over 60); School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor

    History & Native American, Storytelling, Workshops
    Jim Two Crows 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
    Jo Ho
    Overland Park, KS

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    Joyce Jefferson Creates Stories in Song

    Black Hills Sheroes, tells of pioneer African American women who opened Dakota Territory during and after the Gold Rush Days. This 40-minute program tells the stories of three pioneers of the early days of the Black Hills in Dakota Territory. In period attire, Jefferson sings and tells the stories of Sarah Campbell, the first documented non-Native woman to come to the Black Hills with the Custer Expedition of 1874, Lucretia Marchbanks who came to run boarding houses for the many prospectors of the 1876 Gold Rush, and Mary Kercherval who joined her sons to homestead on Centennial Prairie in Spearfish. Black Hills Sheroes is a South Dakota Touring Artists program.

    Statewide Travel; For all Ages

    Music, Poetry, Storytelling
    Joyce Jefferson
    Rapid City, SD


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    Kayleigh Rodgers, Magician

    Twelve-year-old Kayleigh Rogers, Iowa's youngest magician, will thrill you with magic rabbits, spinning wheels, cards, and many other amazing tricks.

    Regional Travel (includes SD), For all Ages; Virtual; School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor

    Comedy, Magic

    Mary Weideman
    Davenport, IA

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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


    Kevin Farris


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    Cody Landstrom, Magical Entertainment

    Variety Entertainment at it's Best! Cody's interactive comedy magic show features the skills of comedy, magic, astonishing sleight of hand and masterful juggling into a custom tailored performance, designed to fit your program needs.

    Nationwide, Statewide/Regional Travel; For all Ages;
    Venues include School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor, Virtual

    Comedy, Juggling, Magic, Music, Workshops
    Cody Landstrom
    Fort Collins, CO

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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
    Platteville, Colorado

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    Leonardo Music for Kids

    It's time to go ROCKIN' and READING with LEONARDO. He is a Parents' Choice Award winning family musician from Chicago strumming into town with a humorous high energy musical program that inspires little rockers to become big readers!

    Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

    Comedy, Music

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    Julia Lyon: Picture Book Author of "A Dinosaur Named Ruth"

    Julia Lyon will share the story behind the nonfiction picture book "A Dinosaur Named Ruth," based in the Badlands of South Dakota. She will talk about how she discovered, researched and brought to life the story of Ruth Mason, a pioneer girl who found dinosaur bones in her own backyard. This educational, eye-opening and fun presentation is appropriate for elementary age children and can be tailored to different age ranges. Children will learn how books are made and why reading is so important.

    Virtual; Venues include School, Library, Indoor; For ages Preschool, Elementary and Seniors (over 60);

    History & Native American, Storytelling, Author
    Julia Lyon
    Salt Lake City, UT


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    Magician Daniel Lusk

    Online virtual magic show custom themed to the summer reading national theme.

    Nationwide Travel; Preschool and Elementary ages;
    Venues include School, Library, Indoor, Virtual

    Daniel Lusk

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    Magician Rick Eugene

    Comedy Magic With lots of audience participation. Variations also include Absolute Science and the Big Bang Bubble Show! Shows are guaranteed or your money back.

    Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

    Balloons, Comedy, Magic, Science, Workshops
    Rick Brammer
    Davenport, IA

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    Magic Of Travis Nye

    An Interactive Magician for all ages, traveling anywhere in the United States. With 17 years of performing experience, magician Travis Nye can also mix any theme, story, or inspirational message into his show to fit your specific needs.

    Nationwide Travel; Audiences include Elementary, Middle School, High School, Adult, Seniors (over 60); Venues includ School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor

    Magic, Storytelling, Theater, Workshops
    Travis Nye
    Sioux Falls, SD

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    Magic Zac

    Midwest's Funniest Children's Entertainer! Step inside the Magic of Reading with a magic show that's all about the excitement of reading! Each year enjoy special additions to the performance to fit the summer reading program theme.

    Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

    Balloons, Comedy, Magic, Storytelling
    Zak Tenneboe
    Sioux Falls, SD

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    The Martika Show

    Internationally renowned and motivationally captivating, Martika hails from Kansas City, MO. This delightfully dangerous daredevil uses circus arts, fire, escapology, and a slew of sideshow skill sets. Eleven years under her belt she entertains with a wide variety of programs and hands-on workshops.

    Nationwide Travel; For all Ages;
    Venues include Schools, Libraries, Outdoor/Indoor, Virtual

    Dance, Motivational Speaking, Variety Shows, Stunts, Workshops
    Martika Daniels
    Kansas City, MO

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    Jonathan May

    A professional magician with over 400 shows per year! Jonathan specializes in family-friendly fun that makes the audience the stars of the show. Known for his "Happy Magic" and professionalism, Jonathan has become a Midwest favorite for families, churches, schools, and libraries. Every year is a different performance. It is the same quality and professionalism with a unique magic show to keep everyone engaged and entertained.

    Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

    Balloons, Comedy, Magic
    Jonathan May

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    Michael F (MAC) McDonald

    Singer/songwriter/story-teller of South Dakota historical characters

    Statewide and Nationwide Travel; For all Ages; School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor

    History & Native American, Music, Storytelling
    Michael F. McDonald
    Sioux Falls, SD

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    Nina McIntire — Ivory Fantasy

    Nina McIntire's Multimedia Show "Ivory Fantasy" is an innovative, broad listener oriented modern piano music program with accompanying vivid and colorful videos.

    Nationwide Travel; For all Ages; Available in person and virtually


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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
    New Underwood, SD

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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
    Adam Miller
    Drain, OR


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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

    Sound Safari
    Charlie Williams
    Big Butte Junction, WY


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    Overall Buddies

    Children and families alike will be sharing hearts in song with LoriLynn! We will sing, dance, clap, stomp, and hug our way through music! Families and teachers will learn some valuable early literacy tips along the way, with a handout to take home after the event. Your circulation will improve with Lori Lynn's book topic suggestions from your catalog as literary extensions to her songs.

    Nationwide Travel; For Early Childhood,

    Author, Music, Workshops
    Lori Lynn A.


    You are the HERO of the story! Page Turner Adventures

    Page Turner Adventures

    Storytelling, Comedy, and Virtual Programming!

    SuperSized Stage Shows Online: At Page Turner Adventures, we're known for our SuperSized Stage Shows where everyone in the audience becomes the HERO of the story. But…we're also an Emmy, Telly and iParenting Award Winning Video company that's been producing educational and social-emotional content for schools and television for over twenty years, including the Travel Channel, Scholastic, and PBS.

    Nationwide Travel; Preschool, Elementary;
    Venues include Schools, Libraries, Outdoor/Indoor, Virtual

    Comedy, Juggling, Storytelling, Theater, Workshops, Author Interviews, Special Guests
    Riley Roam

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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
    Mitchell, SD

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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. Available in-person and virtually.

    Nationwide Travel; For all Ages;
    Venues include Schools, Libraries, Outdoor/Indoor, Virtual

    Comedy, Dance, Magic, Music
    Mike Schneider
    Clinton, WI

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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.

    Statewide, Nationwide Travel; For all Ages;
    Venues include Libraries, Schools, Fairs/Festivals, Virtual

    Comedy, Magic
    Jeff Quinn
    Omaha, NE


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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 and Nancy 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
    Davenport, IA

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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 is a lean, mean, jumping machine who executes stunts that most of us can't even imagine-using a jump rope!

    Highlights Include:

    • in 2022, released Animated Music Video, "VEGGIE RAP"
    • Three World Records in Rope Jumping
    • In-Person Performances for Over Five Million Students

    Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

    Music, Workshops
    David Fisher


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    Sherlock Holmes, Under 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; Middle School, High School, Adults, Seniors (over 60);
    Venues include schools, libraries, Historical Society, Book/Social clubs

    Animals, Comedy, Magic, Storytelling
    Jeff Falkingham
    Eden Prairie, MN

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    Simply Creative Chef Rob Scott

    Virtual Cooking and Baking Classes with simply Creative Chef Rob for Children, Families and Adults.

    Virtual; For all Ages


    Robert G Scott
    Hampton Bays, NY

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    South Dakota Ballet

    Founded by Madeleine Scott in May 2019, South Dakota Ballet is the state's first professional ballet company. South Dakota Ballet exists to inspire, empower, connect and educate South Dakota's continuously diversifying communities through world class performances and educational outreach programming.

    Statewide Travel; For all Ages and Abilities;
    Venues include Schools, Libraries; Indoor, Outdoor, Virtual

    Dance, Music, Workshops
    Madeleine Scott
    Sioux Falls, SD

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    Will Stuck

    This show's a M.E.S.S. (Music, Education, Stories & Science) and filled with high energy, audience participation and comedy!

    Nationwide Travel; For Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School;
    Venues include School, Library, Indoor, Virtual

    Comedy, Juggling, Magic, Music, Puppetry & Ventriloquism, Storytelling, Workshops
    Will Stuck
    St. Joseph, MO

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    Swords & Roses

    Adventurers must go through all parts of the cavern, solve the puzzles in each cavern within one-hour time in order to escape! Dungeons and Dragons Jr. meets Escape Room puzzles. Swords and Roses is a singing, sword-swinging, all female stunt show, dedicated to entertaining and informing.

    Nationwide Travel; For all Ages

    Specialty, Stunts
    Richard B. Elsenpeter
    New London, MO


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    TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty

    What happens when your husband becomes President -- and you suddenly find yourself in the fishbowl of the White House? A warm, witty behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford, in what Pat called "the hardest unpaid job in the world."

    Nationwide, Virtual,; For High School, Adult, Seniors (over 60)

    Theater, Workshops
    Elaine Bromka

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    Library Lectures on Termespheres

    Termes has been painting on spheres for over 50 years. He would like to do a video lecture with your library on his Termespheres with zoom for you. This program works best with one hour, but can be adjusted to fit your time schedule. Mr. Termes will show examples of his Termespheres, polyhedra paintings and the total photos. He uses short videos in this presentation. It is like a slide presentation but he uses a video program he can control of many of his spheres. Questions can be asked all through the program. He explains why and how he painted these pieces and also has fun stories to tell about his work.

    Statewide (South Dakota), Nationwide; Middle School, High School, Adult, Seniors (over 60);
    Venues include School, Library, Virtual

    Dick Termes
    Spearfish, SD 57783

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    Toby KID

    A lively magical theater experience promoting ecological conservationism

    Statewide (South Dakota), Nationwide; Elementary School;
    Venues include School, Library, Indoor

    Magic, Puppetry & Ventriloquism
    Toby KID or Jennifer
    Ogden, IA 50212

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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. 2022: Camp Ocean.

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

    Comedy, Storytelling, Theater
    Portland OR

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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! (Mr. Twister can also be hired to twist balloons for all the kids at your special events!)

    Up to 2 hours from Sioux Falls; For all Ages (Birth to 100+); Venues including School Library Outdoor, or Indoor.

    Balloons, Comedy
    Bob Anderson
    Sioux Falls, SD


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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. Dennis will also read from his children's book and song lyric, "Beads on One String" and perform the uptempo song with the kids.

    Nationwide Travel; For classes preschool through 5th grade

    Main Trail Productions
    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
    Sioux Falls, SD

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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
    Sleepy Eye, MN

    Youth Services Coordinator

    Amanda Raiche

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