List Members' Theme Programs Regularly Offered(not in response to theme requests):
In this section of the Themes Exchange, list members offer theme programs they have created for Activity Directors' consideration that are NOT in response to theme requests posted to the Themes Exchange by Activity Directors.
Themes Regularly Offered by List Members: Color Code: = Triangle NC market = Ohio & PA markets= Triad NC market = New Jersey/New York markets
From Darren and Kristen Lambert of DarrenLambertMusic.com:
We are a husband-wife musical duo who can tailor a performance to your theme. We both sing and typically play keyboards and guitar, but for themed shows we have been known to play other instruments such as accordion and ukulele, as well as dress up in various costumes. We have a lot of experience doing themed shows, and do everything possible to make every song fit with the theme.
We have performed shows with the following themes before, and are always open to new themes:
-New Year's Eve -Valentine's Day -Presidents' Day -St. Patrick's Day -Easter -Cinco de Mayo -Mother's Day -Memorial Day -Father's Day -Independence Day -Labor Day (we've never been specifically booked to do this theme but we always do some fun songs about work or the avoidance thereof if we have a show on Labor Day!) -Halloween -Thanksgiving -Christmas
-Country music -Sports -Music of particular countries or regions (popular choices include Mexico, Hawaii, Jamaica / tropical, etc)
We'd be happy to talk with you about your unique ideas and how your residents have historically responded to our themed musical performances. Price begins at $125 for a one-hour performance. We are located in northeast Ohio by the border of Pennsylvania but we will travel anywhere if the situation is right - currently we go out by a radius of approximately 200 miles in any direction on a regular basis.
If you would like to contact us by phone, e-mail first and give us your number - we'll call you from there.
~Also be sure to check out the Lamberts under the OH listings!
New Jersey & New York Markets:
From Musicians Dr. Dubious and the Agnostics:
Treat your seniors to a Mardi Gras-themed program featuring the classic jazz of New Orleans at any time of year. We'll transport your community by music to New Orleans with tunes like the Basin Street Blues, Mahogany Hall Stomp, New Orleans, Bourbon Street Parade. Along with second line marches and beads, it will feature the music created by Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and others.
~ Offered by Tom Duncan, aka Doctor Dubious and the Agnostics www.doctordubious.comPO Box 2118 Teaneck, NJ 07666 Tom can be contacted at: P (201) 836-6076 F (201) 353-2321 C (201) 803-6432. Their CD, "Hot Jazz", is available through http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ddta. Be sure to also check out Doctor Dubious and the Agnostics' listing under the New Jersey and New York markets' listings!
Dr. Dubious offers a program particular to "Black History Month" that can be enjoyed at any time of year. We highlight the compositions, performances and contributions of great African-American musicians to early jazz . . . Louis Armstrong, Lil Hardin Armstrong, King Oliver, Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and many others. We'll play a lot and talk a little about the history.
Looking for a themed event? "The survey says" Trivia Party NC is the #1 answer! That's right: we can turn any event into a fantastic themed event for any occassion. Trivia Party NC offers Jeopardy - style, Family Feud -style and Wheel of Fortune - style trivia events. We can even offer our version of trivia style Bingo. So whether you want to focus on the 1950's, 60's or 70's we can take you back with questions from that era. Maybe you want a Beach theme, Art/Wine & Cheese, Cultural themes, The Movies, Music, March Madness, Sports, Travel around the United States, Travel around the World, Local History, and Landmarks and so on. The possibilities are endless and the ideals are grand. Here are a couple of sample themed questions:
Trivia Feud / Music or 1960's Theme
"Survey top 8 answers on the board"
Name a popular song from the 1960's
1. A day in the Life 21 2. Good Vibration 17 3. Suspicious Minds 15 4. Like a Rolling Stone 14 5. Heard Through the Grapevine 11 6. All Along the Watchtower 10 7. Be My Baby 6 8. Leader of the Pack 5
Example of Trivia Pro (Jeopardy - Style Game) / Movie Themed Program
Categories: 70's Movies - Movie Qoutes - Screen Name - Grammys - Actors - Car Movies
~ Offered by Antonio Bryan of Trivia Party NC; Find them listed in the 'Triangle' Area of NC (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill) under Speakers/Comedy and Variety/Other.
For Black History Month:
Black History and American Popular Music
In this program, Billy Ray Stevens describes the historic contributions of African-American musicians as they shaped the evolution of our popular music. American music is a natural outgrowth of our unique culture, with roots in slavery and the fusion of musical traditions brought from Africa and Europe. Billy describes a pattern of contact and conflict between blacks and whites, fueling the creation of every American musical genre. He helps audiences understand the relationship between spirituals and blues, ragtime and jazz, gospel and rock 'n' roll, by using obscure recordings to illustrate each evolutionary stage. Even the first distinctly American music, as performed in blackface minstrel shows, is addressed highlighting its impact on country, blues, and pop musicians to this day. $100 for 1 hr.-long program.
Speaker/Comedienne Jeanne Hillson presents the following themed programs:
Offering an engaging improv show based on historical influences of any month's theme. We play characters, re-enact events, and portray "what if?" scenarios, based on audience suggestions, and often invite audience members to join us "onstage." We incorporate period music and will provide a "playbill" highlighting key events and little-known facts about each theme. For more contemporary years, we will encourage and reenact personal stories of audience members. We are both experienced improvisers who've led popular programs for senior audiences. Offered by Jeanne Hillson, who studied at Improv Boston and DSI. She co-founded New Tricks, Boston's premiere over-50 improv troupe, and has performed with its spinoff female sketch troupe, The Naughty Nanas. Paul Deblinger has studied improv in Prague, at DSI in Carrboro, and with J Chachula in Raleigh. He was a member of the DSI company for five years, and has performed standup comedy in Prague, Washington, DC and locally.
Surprising Stories Behind Everyday Inventions:
Slide show and interactive discussion reviewing often surprising origins of many inventions from the Age of Technology and other periods.
We'll look at how accidents, dreams, and apparent "mistakes" helped spark many wonderful discoveries. We'll even try to think up a few of our own!
As a songwriter, I can prepare custom original songs to honor someone special or change words "to the tune of..." as a fun presentation, and offer the following themes:
· "America, Going Places" – a road trip around the USA in song from "Moonlight In Vermont" to "California, Here I Come" and back again via "Take Me Home, Country Roads". The music varies in style and era with some well-known places and a few surprises. I couple this with a short patriotic set, great for July 4 celebrations (but not limited to them).
· "Famous Songs by Famous Crooners" (Part I) from Rudy Vallee to the Rat Pack. A chronological review of various male singers & their well-known songs (sung by a female – now there's the twist!) These are not all love songs, but it's a fun theme especially during February.
· "Put on a Happy Face" – There are songs that make us happy, songs that make us smile.... Again, a mix of nostalgic eras around the theme from the 20s through the 60s in a variety of styles
· "War and Peace" – Songs from War Eras (America, way back, proceeding through Desert Storm), War Protest, and Peace...includes well-known favorites, songs of the folk eras, and a thoughtful discussion from both sides.
· Rodgers & Hammerstein, prelude to the partnership through the 1940s includes medleys from each of their musicals during that era (Oklahoma, Allegro, State Fair, Carousel, South Pacific)
· "As Time Goes By" – Moments to Infinity! Songs that mention increments of time (like "It Only Takes a Moment" (Hello Dolly), "60-Minute Man", "Twilight Time", "Tonight" (West Side Story), "Yesterday"/"Today"/"Tomorrow", "Time After Time".....etc.)
· "As Time Goes By" – Songs through the Seasons
· December Holidays – Traditional and Popular Christmas AND Chanukah songs (depending on audience focus), songs of good will, peace, and inspiration – I often ask my daughter to join me in harmony for the December holiday performances.
· Love Songs....
Working on these and others:
· "Shall We Dance" – songs that mention dancing ("Cheek To Cheek", "Let's Do the Twist", "Shall We Dance" etc.)
· "I've got the Sun in the Morning and the Moon at Night" – songs about the sun, stars, and moon. Offered by Paula C. Snyder, 'Soulfully Nostalgic Music with a Modern Flair'. For more information, see Paula's listing under 'Singers' among the Triangle, NC listings, visit her website at www.pcsnydermusic.com or call her at (919) 787-7615. Paula C. Snyder, A Division of PC Snyder Creative Enterprises LLC, www.pcsnydercreativeoffices.com