Texas Performers and Speakers
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Does your library, school, church, youth group, club or corporation need an educational, entertaining performer, author or speaker? This list includes over 400 special program presenters for audiences from children to adults, to teachers, clubs and organizations. While inclusion on the list is not an endorsement, we strive for quality talent.
To add or correct this list, contact paul.waak@ctls.net or call 512-583-0704.
This list is maintained by the Central Texas Library System, CTLS, Inc., for the libraries and citizens of Texas, and is available online at www.CTLS.net.
2 toneSee Cindy Horstman
9-1-1 Safety EducationSafety Educationhttp://www.911.state.tx.us/
FreeChildren 9-1-1 for Kids Children's Educational Program. Ask about educational print materials, videos in English and Spanish and a walkaround costume of Red E. Fox, the 9-1-1 mascot. Regional offices serve different counties. Check website for details.
Abdou, Bob PuppetrySee Mr. Puppet
Abilene ZooAnimalsEducation department
(325) 676-6487
http://abilenezoo.org/education-department/zoo-to-you/zoo.education@abilenetx.govChildren Teens Adults
Alanez, Liz Face Painting, Henna210.771.1878, www.wowartistry.com/main/face-body-henna-photos.phpliz@wowartistry.com
All About AnimalsAnimalsCindi Cavallini
PO Box 542171
Grand Prairie, TX 75054
Servicing the D/FW area. Providing interactive and fun, science and nature based live animal programs for all ages. SRP programs adapted yearly to fit CTLS theme & other themes available.
All Tiana's PartiesCostumed Character Storytelling and SongsTiana Hux (512) 924-2665www.alltianasparties.comtianahuxdews@gmail.com-$75/30 minutes, $100/hour in the greater Austin Area+travel, if beyond ChildrenCostumed Character Storytelling and Songs: Pirate, Princess, Reading Owl, Mary Poppins
Allen, TriciaWriting2423 S. Vernon St., Dallas 75224; 214/467-8201www.longhorncreekpress.comtallen99@prodigy.netCallChildren Teens AdultsI have several speeches: 1. How to Write a Book with No Time and No Plan, but a Few Simple Rules: How Stories Write Themselves. For adults, high school and middle school students interested in writing. 2. Writing Historical Fiction. For adults and high school students interested in writing. 3. Storytime. For young listeners, I tell the story from my book, “The Children Under the Playhouse”. 4. Building Suspense. Using examples from popular fiction, I show methods authors use to leave the reader on the edge of their seat.
Amazing AaronJugglingAaron DaMommio; 512-762-4326aaron@damommio.comAround $150 per showAges 4 to 15Balls, clubs, rings fly thorugh the air when the Amazing Aaron takes the stage, and each new prop has a toryt to go with it.
Amazing AttractionsMusic Drama Storytelling JugglingPO Box 543031, Dallas 75354-3031; 214/720-2262
www.amazingattractions.comentertainers@amazingattractions.com$125 per showChildren Teens AdultsAmazing Attractions is a co-op of entertainers based in Dallas and features magicians, illusionists, clowns, jugglers, caricature artists, and mimes. Please see individual entries for a description of the presentations offered by each performer.
Amazing Magic of James WandMagic (Reading/Bullying)www.jameswand.orgjames@jameswand.com$350 and upThe James Wand Secret Agent Magic Show is hilarious fun for schools and libraries and packs powerful educational content into a fast-paced magic show. Super spy magician James Wand's magical show includes clues, secret codes and lots of magic as the children help him on a top secret mission. In addition to performing at hundreds of schools and libraries, James has performed at the International Spy Museum, on NBC and Fox News, on National Geographic TV and has performed at the White House THREE times!
Amber Waves BandMusicJessica Brawner, Agent 888-526-6587https://www.unboundbooking.com/artist/profile/65jessica@unboundbooking.com$300-$600 for public libraries. School fees vary, please call.Children, FamilyTwo programs are available for all ages, one featuring music from the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and one that introduces families to the bluegrass instrument and how they fit together in a band, utilizing popular bluegrass, folk, and country favorites.
American Cancer SocietyHealth EducationAustin Area office, 512-919-1800; Bryan Area office, 979-776-1463; Waco Area office, 254-753-0806www.cancer.orgFreeChildren Teens AdultsPatient/Family Education Programs: I Can Cope, Coping with Breast Cancer, Man to Man, Look Good…Feel Better.
American Chamber BrassMusicJames Sims; 3208 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth 76110; 817/922-9109; jalasims@swbell.netwww.americanchamberbrass.comjalasims@swbell.netCallChildren Teens AdultsThis brass quartet has a wide repertoire, from light classical to pop, patriotic, or Big Band. Also does educational shows for all school ages.
American Red CrossHealth EducationCentral Texas Red Cross, 2218 Pershing Drive, Austin TX 78723; 512-929-1294; mail@centex.redcross.org; http://www.centex.redcross.org; Heart of Texas Area Red Cross, 4224 Cobbs Dr., Waco TX 76710, 254-776-8362, www.redcross.orghttp://www.centex.redcross.orgmail@centex.redcross.orgFreeChildren Teens Adults
Anderson, CarlStorytelling, literacy promotion3701 Highland View, Austin, TX 78731; 512-374-1485; carl@thistlemouse.comwww.thistlemouse.comcarl@thistlemouse.com$80-200Children AdultsAnimated audience participatory storytelling on given themes such as literacy promotion, imagination, etc.
Arjet, JessicaSee Penelope Foolish and Hideout Theater
Artell, MikeCartoons, AuthorP.O. Box 3997, Covington, LA 70434; 877-407-9730; mike@mikeartell.comwww.mikeartell.commike@mikeartell.comChildren Teens AdultsMike travels to Texas to visit family. He comes highly recommended from area libraries.
Artes de la Rosa Theaterwww.rosemarinetheater.comoutreach@rosemarinetheater.com 
Asian Dance and Theatre by SurapsariDance, Theatre, Crafts941-445-0608www.asiandanceandtheatre.cominfo@asiandanceandtheatre.comVaries $250 and upChildren Teens AdultsDance, Drama, Shadow Puppet, Calligraphy & Craftmaking from Japan, India, and Bali.
Surapsari has been performing and teaching internationally and nationally since 2000. She is also a certified teaching artist and is on performing/teaching artist rosters in FL, NY, NC, and TX.
Austin Arachnological ServicesSpiders and ArachnidsDave Moellendorf; PO Box 684305; Austin TX 78768; 512-385-1149; porchgrey@aol.comporchgrey@aol.com$75 for up to 20 kids; $100 flat fee after that in Greater Austin. Travel may increase fee ($25 for 45 miles or more)Children Teens AdultsPresentations involving living spiders and other arachnids, fossil relatives and natural history, importance in various cultures, conservation and identification of harmless and harmful species. Close up, interactive an d hands on. Presentations usually take about an hour or so.
Austin PlanetariumScience, SpaceAustin Planetarium, 3925 W. Braker Lane, Austin, TX 78759, Phone: 512-961-5333http://www.austinplanetarium.org/Mobile @austinplanetarium.orgStarting at $345Children Teens AdultsThe planetarium holds about 45 children (plus two adults) or 30 adults per show. Note that the dome must be set up inside, and needs as space at least 24' x 24' x 12' high. We provide the dome, all visual and audio equipment, and an astronomy educator.
Austin Reptile Service - Tim ColeReptiles and AmphibiansTim Cole512-83-SNAKE or 512-837-6253;
www.AustinReptileService.net, 4500 Williams Drive, Suite 212-113, Georgetown TX 78628;
timcole@austinreptileservice.net$175 per program within 30 miles of Georgetown. Additional travel fees are $25 (30-60 miles) & $50 (60-100 miles)Children Teens AdultsAn interactive educational reptile and amphibian program with live specimens. We educate and entertain at the same time, focusing on snake identification and safety. A variety of indigenous (venomous and non-venomous) and exotics (good pets) are available depending on your needs. We can place emphasis on local snake identification, reptiles and amphibians that make good pets, or a combination. Audience: 5 years to adult. Program length: Usually 1 hour
Austin Reptile Shows - Michael FouxReptiles 512-986-6182www.austinreptileshows.com
info@austinreptileshows.com$150-$250 per program
Discounts for multiple programs
Travel fees may apply outside of Austin area.
All agesExciting, up-close experience with REAL LIVE REPTILES from around the world! Our programs combine teacher-designed content with a high-energy presentation that engages children and adults. With a dozen or more live reptiles we introduce our audiences to reptile characteristics, adaptations, behavior, conservation and more.
Hands-on programs for smaller groups, assemblies for larger groups and event live reptile displays for special events are all offered. We can also tailor a program to fit your needs/theme (example: Reptiles of Texas, Snakes Alive!, Jungle Theme, Turtle-ly Awesome!, etc.).
Austin ZooWildlife512-288-1490www.austinzoo.orginfo@austinzoo.org$295 for up to 100 peopleChildren
Choose from 3 educational outreach programs: Story Safari, Animal Adaptations, or Conservation Success Stories. Each program is facilitated by experienced staff, includes small live animals and touchable biofacts, and is engaging for all ages.
AuthorsAuthors, SpeakersVariesChildren Teens Adultswww.TexasAuthorsSpeak.com; www.TexasAuthors.org; www.TexasAuthorsGroup.com; www.TexasMysteryAuthors.net; http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/lit_resources/authors/texasauth-ill.html; see SCBWI;
Authors and MoreAuthors, Speakers, EntertainersCarole Weitzel, 512 914-2596, 118 Beach Mountain Cove, Georgetown, TX 78633http://www.authorsandmore.comcarole@authorsandmore.comVariesChildren
Barbour, Lou-Lou (aka Miss Lou-Lou)Music2273 Tigerpoint Rd. Brenham, TX. 77833; 979-836-4165mymissloulou.combanjobooklady@yahoo.comVaries.

Miss Lou-Lou is a versatile and captivating children's performer. She has delighted thousands of children at schools, libraries and festivals in her 19 year career as a storyteller. Miss Lou-Lou is available for school events, parties, educational fairs and much more. Visit the programs page to view her wide range of musical and storytelling performances, or let her tailor a custom production to match your curriculum.

Bennett, Mary Frances ChupickAuthor Speaker303 Riverhill Blvd., Kerville TX 78028www.invitationtocatspring.comjbbmfcb@ktc.comVariesChildren Teens AdultsAuthor of Invitation to Cat Spring, a tale of the Moravian/Czech Texans, suitable for grades 7+
Berman, LindaSee The Incredible Bubble Show
Bethel, HaywardStorytellingBethel Hayward; 7202 Boniface Lane, Austin TX; 512-258-3511; www.haywardshumor.com; http://www.logosbaptistchurch.org/haywardhumor.htmlhaywardbethel@sbcglobal.net$200 + mileage @ 40 cents per mileAll agesShows are performed either on a simple stage set, or in a normal setting and are comprised of multicultural tales, inspirational /humorous storytelling and song. Each character has a unique personality and voice. Audience participation is appreciated and encouraged, especially with younger children. Content of shows is directed toward kids but can be equally appealing to adults.
Betsy & George Christian, Ph.DTexas history512-784-3915www.fortheloveoftexas.combetsychristian@mac.com0Elementary
4th, 7th grade Texas history students, teachers and librarians
Bits, Bytes & Bots Computer AdventuresTechnology Education(512)415-4120www.austintx.bitsbytesbots.comsaustin@bitsbytesbots.comCall for feesChildren
Bits, Bytes & Bots offers programs in robotics, LEGO stop motion animation, Minecraft and computer game coding. We bring the instructors and equipment to your location. Programs are flexible and can be customized to meet your time requirements and target audience’s age. This is a great way to expose children and teens to fun, educational technology programs.
Black Bert
MagicBertil Fredstrom, 12316 Indian Mound Drive, Austin, Texas 78758, (512) 423 9810
$300 including travel up to 100 miles from Austin. Discounts for multiple shows in same area - same day.
Ages 5 to 105
The main focus of my library show is to interest the children in the world around them, other nationalities, travel, geography, science, etc. As the Magician Black Bert I have been entertaining people since I was seven, including the King and Queen of Sweden (true). I am a five-time Champion in Magic for Children, a Scandinavian Champion in Close-Up Magic and a member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood since 1984. My magic show can be between 30 and 45 minutes depending on your needs. The program is self-contained with a back drop and all tables etc and takes less than 15 minutes to set up and break down. The show contains no live animals because of increasing awareness of allergies, bird-flu, etc.
Black, Marc MusicJessica Brawner, Agent 888-526-6590https://www.unboundbooking.com/artist/profile/21jessica@unboundbooking.com$300-$600 for public libraries. School fees vary, please call. Available SeasonallyChildren
American Children: Friends & Family Songs: The line between songs for kids and songs for adults disappears in this program. Marc's sense of humor and his ability to make his audience feel good about themselves seems to have no age limits. You’ll experience all kinds of songs.; one about Marc’s love of his dog, another about the importance of picking up the litter. You’ll hear original songs that Marc has sung at peace rallies with Pete Seeger as well as some surprising sing-alongs from the sixties like Wooly Bully and the Beatles’, Help. Marc wrote the lyrics and music to the song, American Children, originally sung by Richie Havens. It was the title track to an album that he produced. It won the American Library Association award for the Best Children’s Album and the title track was featured for several years as the opening song on WBAI radio’s children’s hour. Beside Mr. Havens, Marc rounded up a super-talented crew for this project including Taj Mahal, John Sebastian, Maria Muldaur and many more. Marc’s live presentation of these songs is the core of this program. It’s a great entertainment for kids and grownups alike. “ ‘American Children’ is a beauty,” Peter Seeger Songwriting workshop for adults: This workshop is designed for the beginning songwriter as well as those who are a bit more advanced. We will use techniques that build confidence and keep a personal touch in songwriting. Marc has taught this workshop at libraries, schools and in private settings.
Blanton, SteveSee Turtle Discovery
Blasing, GeorgeSee Dinosaur George
Blue, MaryAnnStoryteller4118 Chiselhurst, San Antonio TX 78247; 210-375-6702;maryannblue@satx.rr.comChildren Teens AdultsMaryAnn is a bilingual Texas storyteller and educator. For over 20 years she has used storytelling as a teaching tool. She has told stories at Texas Storytelling Festival, the National Storytelling Conference, and the George West Storyfest. She also offers workshops for teachers and librarians on using stories to teach oral language skills, teaching across the curriculum with stories, and using rhythm, rhyme, and repetition in language learning. MaryAnn has recorded two biligual story CD's as well as stories in print.
Boitumelo/ Déjà vu Jazz ProjectMusic Multicultural StorytellingRochelle Rabouin - lead artist/manager
Concerts, performance/workshops, master classes, 3 to 5 day residency programs. World Music, South African, Caribbean, World Music, RETRO; Jazz, Folk, Rock-n-Roll, Music, Storytelling, Active Reading, Arts-in-Education. Boitumelo means HAPPINESS in the South African language of Tswana…and it is also one of North Texas’s undisputed TOP OF THE LINE multi-cultural music experiences… BOITUMELO/DÉJÀ VU JAZZ PROJECT is a group of musicians that teach and share as they perform, a solid band with plenty of experience working with all ages. The groups unique relaxed style appeals to any audience.

Bond, TrixieMagic1108 Nicholson, Houston, Texas 77008; 281-242-3020; 713-249-3500www.trixiebond.comtrixie@trixiebond.com$325. Aadditional show, same day, same location, $100), plus travel outside of Houston area. Discounts for library systems and multiple performances.Children Teens AdultsTrixie Bond is a “magical” family entertainer. For the past 25 years she has performed her special magic show full-time, primarily for schools, libraries and family events. Each year she presents a specially designed reading show with magic, comedy, and audience participation. The main focus of her library show is to motivate children to check out books, to develop positive attitudes towards reading, and to attract new users to the library. The program, suitable for ages 3-12, is self-contained with all props, tables, a sound system, and always includes live doves and rabbits!
Bonzo Crunch, Fool at LargeMulitculturalRik Gern; PO Box 151896, Austin, TX 78715-1896; 512/912-0067www.bonzocrunch.combonzocrunch@sbcglobal.net~$250 + travel expenses if applicableChildrenBonzo Crunch brings over thirty years of experience to his library programs, including his most recent stint as "Goodwill Ambassador" for the Ringling Brothers Circus. He begins with a gentle ukulele introduction. As all the children are brought into the fold, Bonzo Crunch escalates the comedy and allows the children to laugh off excess energy before bringing his show to a calm conclusion, leaving the staff with a group of happy, well-behaved children.
In addition to his popular comedy juggling/magic show, he offers a reading program that emphasizes not only the importance of reading, but also the value of the library as a community resource, and the special role of the librarian as a liaison between the community and the wonderful word of books. Workshops are also available.
Brave ComboWorld Dance Music Lori Young, Brave Combo Booking & Band Assistant, lori@brave.com or hosadynagmail.com; www.brave.com/bo; 847-494-1091; PO Box 233, Denton TX Call for pricing. Texas Commission on the Arts grants available.AdultsIf Brave Combo has a credo it is "Do Something Different." From the band's inception more than 25 years ago, they have dared to go musically where few musicians would - or could. From polka-tinged rock, pop, salsa and beyond, the two-time Grammy-winning Brave Combo has created a dizzying repertoire that thrills long-time fans and captivates curious newcomers.
Brazos Valley SCBWISee SCBWI
Brooks, Steve Music(512) 440-7668http://www.stevebrooks.net/kids-shows/steve@stevebrooks.net$300-$600 for public libraries. School fees vary, please call.Children
Music that Made America: American folk music has a rich heritage of songs for kids of all ages, from centuries-old ballads like "Froggie Went a-Courting" to songs of the pioneers and summer camp favorites. Steve entertains and educates at the same time. His shows are multicultural, showing how Irish, Mexican, Cajun, African-American and Native American songs have added their colors to the tapestry of American music. They're multi-instrumental, introducing kids to unusual instruments like the tin whistle, the accordion and the rubboard. And they're interactive. He'll get kids singing along, clapping, tying their ears in knots and throwing them over their shoulders. History was never so much fun. Concert with Steve Brooks: Cross two famous guys named Brooks - Garth and Mel - and you get Austin folksinger Steve Brooks. He's got a song for every occasion, from the sublime to the ridiculous and back. His tunes range from comic commentary and crackerbarrel philosophy to lyrical love ballads and sharp-edged snapshots of Texas and the world. Mardi Gras Gumbo: The music of Louisiana is as tasty a cultural mixture as its food. From his six years in New Orleans, Steve leads a musical tour through Cajun, Zydeco, Country New Orleans Jazz and Blues, and more. He tells the stories behind artists like Gov. Jimmie Davis, Hank Williams, Fats Domino and the Mardi Gras Indians and songs like "Jambalaya," "You Are My Sunshine," "Jolie Blonde" and "Iko Iko."
Brothers GrommPuppetry817-471-2885www.brothersgromm.comchris@brothersgromm.com2012 Library Program; $200.00, plus travel fee outside of DallasFamilies with young children (and the young at heart)Hootybee and company can entertain families with young children at your 2012 library events with this lively, interactive puppet show - sharing the lessons learned in his new enhanced ebook:  "Hootybee's Great Space Adventure"!
Bruton, Mary Beth Author512-633-3110marybethbruton@gmail.com
Buddy and Tina Wright GroupMusicPat Wright; PO Box 3041, Lubbock TX; buddyandtina@earthlink.net; 214-280-8419www.buddyandtina.combuddyandtina@earthlink.net$400 per school plus expenses. Discount for multiple programs. Texas Commission on the Arts grants available.Children AdultsOur program takes students back in time of American music history. Since the early 1500's, people came to this country bringing with them instruments and ballads from their native homeland. We discuss the different styles of music and song as well as the instruments that were used throughout the period of 1500 to 1900 and how it has made an impact on American music to date.
Buffalo FitzMusicFitz Jennings, buffalofitz@hotmail.com, 405-659-7836
www.buffalofitz.combuffalofitz@hotmail.comFunding available through the Mid-American Arts AllianceChildren AdultsIn addition to their grown-up shows, Buffalofitz also dedicates time to performing for children of all ages. Kid's love the foot-stomping energy and interactive nature of a Buffalofitz family show. At dozens of libraries and festivals each year, the band has the honor of teaching thousands of children the value, strength and fun of our collective musical heritage.
Burger, TomStorytelling7415 Navidad Rd., Houston 77083-3811; 281-568-2422; tom@tomtells.comwww.tomtells.comtom@tomtells.com$300 per performance + travel costs. Discounts for multiple bookings.Children Teens Adults"World Folk Tales" is an introduction to the kinds of stories young patrons can find in your 398.2 section. Selections illustrate principles of personal character and judgment. Programs range from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on age of the audience. The selection of stories varies with age group, and I can tailor my shows to what is most appropriate for your community.
Burns, BrianMusic Texas History, Folklore, CultureBrian Burns, 2124 Churchill Downs, Arlington TX 76017; bburns@sbcglobal.net; 214-354-1861; brianburnsmusic.combburns@sbcglobal.netVariesChildrenNothing ignites a student's historical interest more effectively (and infectiously) than songs and stories that bring the past stirringly back to life. Multiple award-winning Texas song stylist and balladeer Brian Burns presents Once Upon A Time In Texas, a live musical presentation for students of Texas History.
Bush Library OutreachHistory, Education, StorytellingGeroge Bush Presidential Library Programshttp://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/education/programs.phpBush.Education@nara.govVaries.Children Teens AdultsThe Winnick Family Foundation Education Program of the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum offers a variety of educational activities for students from pre-K to Grade 12. These programs are designed to reinforce exhibit themes and state curriculum by focusing on the White House, the presidency, U.S. and local government, and U.S. history.
Byrd, JackSee Performance With a Twist!
Caldwell, GwenStorytellingGwen Caldwell
2609 Sherrill Park Drive
Richardson, TX 75082
phone 972/231-4469
fax 972/231-4469
gwenicaldwell@yahoo.compublic performance/concert $250 - $1,000; school performance $250 - $600. Texas Commission on the Arts grants available.Children
Gwen has enjoyed sharing stories with groups of all ages at schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, conferences, museums, and festivals throughout the Southwest. Often using music and audience participation, she enlivens stories from all around the world as well as original tales and personal stories. Whether for young or old, Gwen loves to create programs that leave her listeners wanting more. A large repertoire allows Gwen to create customized programs for each venue. School programs include story sets for each grade level including activities designed to meet specific academic objectives. Most programs include multicultural folktales, legends, and original stories. Gwen's adult program features personal, humorous, inspirational, and seasonal stories. Recently, she developed a series of programs that feature stories for the second half of life.
Camp Cookie ProductionsMusic, StorytellingPO Box 40184, Austin 78704; 512/267-7591; krwood@texannarecords.com
www.texasnnarecords.comkrwood@texannarecords.com$500 Solo; $1,200 Chuck wagon, 3 piece Cowboy Band
Children AdultsThe history of the Texas Revolution in word and song covering all of the heroes from Davy Crockett to the Tejano and African American heroes of the fight for Texas freedom from Mexico. We also do a cowboy heritage program called “Camp Cookie” with 1880s chuck wagon camp that tells the stories of the Texas cattle drive era in song and tales.
Carpenter, DevoSee Devo the Clown and Trouble Puppet Theatre
Carranza Puppetspuppetry281-890-5210www.CarranzaPuppets.comcarranza62@juno.com
Chadwick, Bruce See Magic by Bruce Chadwick
Chemistry Road ShowChemistryJames D. Pennington, Ph.D.Department of Chemistry Texas A&M University P.O. Box 30012 College Station, TX 77842-3012, phone: 979-845-2686 fax: 979-845-4719http://www.chem.tamu.edu/roadshow/pennington@mail.chem.tamu.eduFree, an audience of 50 minimumElementary TeenThe Chemistry Road Show is performed as a public service funded by the Department of Chemistry, the College of Science Outreach Program, The Dow Chemical Company and Shell Oil Company. Office Hours Fall 2011
M 12:30 – 1:30 & 4:00-5:00
T 12:00 – 1:00 & 4:00-5:00
W 10:15 – 11:15 & 4:00 – 5:00
R I will be out most Thursdays doing the Chemistry Road Show
F 10:30 – 11:30 & 4:00 – 5:00
Chesmark, Chad "Magicator" Educational Magician (832) 301-9097 www.TexasSchoolShows.com, www.magician4kids.comChad@magician4kids.com$225 - $750ChildrenAS SEEN ON DISNEY CRUISE LINES! Chad Chesmark brings "Disney-Class" entertainment directly to your school or library and mixes it with a SUPER-FUN educational message. Chad's most popular show is a reading themed magic show called, "Books Create Magic." In this show, your students will actually see the magic inside several books come to life! Chad turns one student into Harry Potter and the student becomes the star of the show! Imagine reading the book, "Matilda" and then actually seeing one of the students levitate in mid air! This is what Chad Chesmark's show will bring. Each show is filled with Positive Lessons, Audience Interaction, Hilarious Comedy, a bit juggling and of course Amazing World Class Magic! All shows comes with a 100% money back guarantee! If this isn't one of the BEST shows that your students have ever seen...then you don't pay...No questions asked. Book your dates early. Chad's schedule fills up fast!
Chicken Doganimals, clowning, drama, juggling, magic, music, puppetry, science, storytellingDarren Peterson; 311 W. Mary St, Austin, TX 78704; 512-771-8836; info@chickendog.net
www.chickendog.netinfo@chickendog.net$175 plus 30 cents per mile from AustinChildren Teens AdultsDog acts, Singing Scarlet Macaw, Juggling, Unicycling, Yo Yo Tricks, Accordion Music, Storytelling, Giant Bubbles and lots more. Past performances: Letterman, Donny & Marie, many libraries, a weekly member of Esther's Follies a wildly successful comedy troupe in Austin.
Choi, Yangsook Authoryangsookchoi@gmail.comhttp://www.yangsookchoi.com/yangsookchoi@gmail.com
Clark, Lawrence J. : The Singing Poet Guy!Music, Storytelling, Writing Workshops, Motivational Speeches713-376-2494http://singingpoetguy.comsingingpoetguy@yahoo.comPlease call--multiple date discounts availableChildren
The Singing Poet Guy provides schools, churches, and libraries with a fun-filled, interactive assembly program that helps kids learn the joys of reading and writing!  Programs are available for all ages, including: Singing Poet Guy poetry/storytelling/musical performance,The Amazing Journey of Cabeza de Vaca, Back From the Edge: motivational speech/performance for at-risk teens, Writing workshops for students/ teacher inservices!
Clauder, MargaretVentriloquism, puppetry, storytelling, magic, and more!(817) 980-1760, margaret@mcpshows.comwww.mcpshows.commargaret@mcpshows.comBase fee: $285 (Mileage charges may apply. Please see website for more information)ChildrenVentriloquist, puppeteer, storyteller, magician. Over 8 programs to choose from. All promote literacy.
Clover-Brown, RobertShakespeareSee Shakespeare Man
ClownsSee the "TALENT or TOPIC" column.
Cole, TimReptiles and AmphibiansSee Austin Reptile Service
Colgrove, DaleSee Greychurch Music Services
Collins, BradCowboy Storyteller310 Adventure Trail, Marble Falls TX 78654; 830-693-2287Children Teens Adults
Commission on State Emergency Communications (The “911” office)Educational SpeakersSee website for regional office closest to you; Robert Gonzalez, Public Education Office, 512-305-6918 or your local regional office; www.911.state.tx.us/browse.php/rpc; Kid's Activities: www.911.state.tx.us/kidshome.htmlChildren Teens AdultsThe 24 regional “911” offices provide educational services to citizens in Texas. While services may differ slightly, each one can provide print materials and sometimes speakers for library programs—from children to adults. Contact your local regional office for more info.
Connie CoyoteStorytelling, Juggling, Comedy/Connie Leaverton, Walkabout Productions, PO Box 685094, Austin, TX 78768, 512-469-7669; connie@walkaboutproductions.comwww.walkaboutproductions.comvideojuggle@gmail.com$200 per 30 minute showChildren AdultsThe Cowgirl Comedy Show related stories of Connie Coyote, a long lanky cowgirl, and her one-wheeled sidekick and unicycle horse, Calamity Jo. She shares stories of wild mustangs, riding horses, Anne Oakley, trick riding in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show and so much more. The show integrates comedy, juggling, acrobatics and volunteer participation. It's quite entertaining for the kids and they learn a bit about the history of the cowboy culture as well as their origins from Morocco, Spain and Mexico.
Connor,Lizza MusicLizza Connor, 615.498.7390, *NEW KIDS' ALBUM IN THE WORKS!*http://lizzaconnor.comlizza@lizzaconnor.com$350 includes travel from DFW to central TX- discount for multiple programs, same day/same areaChildren
Fun, interactive music program that encourages healthy lifestyle for kids. Focus on good nutrition, physical activity, self-esteem and safety basics thru original, whimsical song content. Award-winning singer/songwriter presents uptempo tunes from newly released CD Commander Salamander. “Lizza's live show not only entertains but  educates, engages and inspires kids of all ages.” -Jodi Seyfried, School Librarian, Founder of Nolensville Moms
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Cookie the ClownClown, PuppetryCandy Landers; 806 Timberdale, Grand Prairie 75052; 972/262-1878; clclownaround@yahoo.comclclownaround@yahoo.com$65 per hour; mileage negotiable ChildrenCookie the Clown has 17 years’ experience in entertaining audiences of all ages. Library presentations include a comedy magic show with lots of audience participation. Puppets and twists on familiar stories add to the fun!
Cool School with Ms. MariaMusichttp://coolschoolwithmsmaria.com/cswithmsmaria@aol.com
Cordell, Bobby Magical Entertainment512-303-3298 or cordellmagic@aol.comwww.bobbycordellmagic.comcordellmagic@aol.com: $200.00 for The Eco-Magic Show, $200.00 for The Bobby Cordell Magic Show, $250.00 for The Great American Side Show, travel would be addedFamily entertainmentThe Bobby Cordell Magic Show is a fun family oriented magic show. The Eco-Magic Show takes the audience on a recycling safari to show everyone that recycling can be fun and is not scary. The Great American Side Show is a tongue in cheek side show where all of the side show talent is pulled from the audience and letting the kids know how talented they really are. For more info on any show go to www.bobbycordellmagic.com.
CORE Performance Company DanceMolly Perez; P.O. Box 66008, Houston, TX 77266; 713.-862-.5530; touring@coreperformance.orgwww.severaldancerscore.org touring@coreperformance.org$150-650 depending on services.Children Teens AdultsWeaving the World into Flower: Stories from Chiapas, Mexico. For Children Grades: K-5. This dance is a portal that transports students into the rich mixture of Mayan culture. Contemporary movement invites students to study the rich mixture of Chiapas’ history, art, values, landscape, clothing, traditions, and people. Weaving the World into Flower promotes an awareness of the Chiapas culture through their stories and our stories. It is both an artistic exchange and one about preservation.
Cornish, DeceeMLK & Black Historyhttp://deceecornish.comcornishdecee@aol.com Children Teens AdultsStories are designed to invite children and youth to read more about past events. They also invite them to wonder about how these events are recorded in our own time. De Cee Cornish the Urban Griot will help your students see the inside of historical events and increase their curiosity about history. De Cee can construct his stories around current classroom activities and goals.
Cortez, SarahWriter, Poetwww.poetacortez.com/welcome-to-my-tcacortez.sarah@gmail.comGenerally,  $350- half day minimum (up to three workshops) to $600 full day.  Plus travel expenses.  All fees clearly spelled out on my websiteThird grade through adultPoetry reading suitable to audience; workshops: Aliens, Beasts, Creatures:  The ABCs of Writing Imaginary Critters, Let’s Find a Poem!, The Power and Pizazz of Personal Story, How to Begin Writing My Memoir?
Cortina-Pineda, Courtney See Wild Things Zoofari
County Extension ServiceHorticulture, Home Echttp://texasextension.tamu.edu/Low to no feeChildren Teens AdultsHorticultural and home economics programs.
Courtney CampbellSinging / Songwritinghttp://courtneycampbell.com/ctc@courtneycampbell.comChildrenCourtney Campbell is a singer/songwriter, master storyteller, writer and musician. She travels worldwide performing and giving workshops for young people and their families. She is the creator and co-writer of the award winning PBS children's TV/DVD series Mustard Pancakes.
Covington, Liz
Storytelling2845 London Lane, Flower Mound 75028; 972/724-0157; liztales@hotmail.comliztales@hotmail.com$350 full day + expenses outside DFW area; 1/2 days availableChildren Teens AdultsAvailable anywhere in Texas. Stories of living history in costume and first person. Texas & Oregon Trail; Legends, Myths, Folktales, & Fables; Around the World in Hats: Stories from different countries using hats. Member of The Tarrant Area Guild of Storytellers, Tejas Storytelling and the National Storytelling Network.
Cowboy Bob, The Fun RoperRope Tricks, Cowboy Poetry, Storytelling, Music, Juggling, MagicRobert Duke, 281-467-4239www.CowboyTrickroper.com$200 plus .30/mileChildren Teens AdultsCowboy culture with fun. Comical cowboy doing rope tricks. Very interactive with crowd participation. Kids of all ages make the show! Has performed on Good Morning America and America's Got Talent. World Champion whip cracker!
Cowboy Sunset SerenadeStorytellingLinda Kirkpatrick; PO Box 128, Leakey 78873; 830/232-5308; lbrice@hctcnetlbrice@hctc.net$300 + mileage and lodging; pricing negotiableChildren Teens AdultsHistory of Texas, cowboys, and the West though songs, stories, and cowboy poetry.
Cowgirl SueMusic(512)422-2263 sue@cowgirlsue.com
Creature Teacher - Robin WheelerAnimalscreeturet@aol.com; 903-451-1904 or 972-345-8544www.thecreatureteacher.net$125 for 30 min. show; $145 for 45 min.; $165 for 60 min., plus mileageChildren TeensThe Creature Teacher specializes in fun, educational and interactive programs. We have 7 programs and over 20 live, exotic animals to choose from. We are fully insured and USDA permitted. Audience: Ages 3 and up. Program length: 30, 45 and 60 minutes.
CrittermanAnimals7151 Cedar Lake Rd., Aubrey, Texas 76227; 940-365-9741; critterman@animaled.comwww.critterman.comcritterman@animaled.comDFW Area $310

Austin/San Antonio $310 + Travel
Children Teens AdultsCheck out any of our programs for this year’s theme. We share with your readers our amazing animal ambassadors and inspire them to pick up a book and READ about the amazing animals we share this beautiful planet with, and how they live and survive.
Cruciger, MikeMusic4438 S. FM 1655, Bridgeport 7642; 940/644-2239; 214/629-7524; banjoman53@msn.comwww.thecrucigers.combanjoman53@msn.com$150 per show + .30 per mile outside 50 mile radius (children)ChildrenHey!! What About Music? Sing-along programs personalized with humorous & thought-provoking commentary on social values, changing times & sharing the world. Hey!! What About Music for Grown-Ups? Includes Mike’s signature commentary PLUS many well-known & hardly known folk songs & their histories.
Culmer, Kathy HoodStorytellingP.O. Box 5124, Houston, Texas 77325; 281-360-5950; khculmer@aol.comwww.kathyculmer.comkhculmer@aol.com1 session = $200; 2 sessions = $300; 3 sessions = $400; 4 sessions = $500 plus mileage and accommodations outside the Houston areaChildren Teens AdultsI offer a variety of storytelling programs for a variety of ages and occasions, using stories that entertain, inspire, teach, and touch; stories that make you laugh, make you cry, make you think, and make you feel. On occasion, you are invited to join in with a song, or refrain, or in some other way to help you more fully experience the story. My desire is to leave you with a memorable story experience. These programs are customized especially to suit your occasion.
Cummins, KentMagic, Storytelling, Puppetry105 N Austin Ave #6201, Georgetown, TX 78626; (512) 288-1596www.KentCummins.comkent@kentcummins.com $375 for "The Magic of Books" Show; $500 for Wizard's Workshop (includes magic supplies for up to 100 children, plus Resource Guide for librarian)Children Teens Adults"The Magic of Books" is an exciting, fast-paced magic show appropriate for children and families, in which Kent shares his lifelong love of books in a magical way. Kent also performs an illusion that he learned from a library book while still in school, as well as tying in storytelling, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and The Wizard of Oz. He also tells the kids a motivational story about his famous uncle, Jack Kent, author of more than 70 children's books. The "Wizard's Workshop" starts with the magic show, and then continues by teaching MAGIC to the children attending. Every class is age and developmentally appropriate, and includes magical supplies that the students can take home to entertain their family and friends. For the Wizard's Workshop, the librarian gets a free copy of Kent's Resource Guide to Magic. While teaching, Kent explains how he learned magic from library books when he was growing up, and encourages children to use the many resources available at the library.
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David Cox
Drummer, Interactive Drumming, Music713 Meadow Dr, Burkburnett, TX 76354; 940.867.0646www.RhythmPath.comInfo@rhythmpath.com$500 for Day of Drumming Program (all day) at schools; $250 for two 45min sessions + traveling expenses depending on distance Children
Rhythm Path brings the musical culture of West Africa through hands on drumming. Every participant receives a djembe drum to play and is taught various traditional rhythms, songs, and stories. Children and adults alike have a smile on their face while beating a drum!
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Davis, David - see also Jan PeckAuthor, Texas, Cartoonist, Storyteller, Drama5803 Calloway Dr. South, Fort Worth 76114; 817-735-9307; ddrdavis@gmail.comwww.davidrdavis.comddrdavis@gmail.comPlease call or look at my website. Click on the "Two for One" link for details.Children AdultsAward winning authors and storytellers. You get two authors for the price of one! Programs for all ages. David Davis and Jan Peck give a highly interactive program with a dramatic play of "Jazz Cats," "Rock 'N' Roll Dogs," "Texas Zeke and the Longhorn" and "Texas Mother Goose." Please see Jan Peck's listing for further info.
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