Summer Library Challenge 2017 Performances at your library!
Hooked on Books
Presented by Mark Lohr
Is it possible to learn and laugh at the same time? It sure is! In Hooked on Books, mild-mannered Mr. Jones sits down one day to enjoy a television program. He is interrupted by a public service announcement that makes him aware of the epic battle that is raging between TV and books. Mr. Jones is jolted from the comfort of his easy chair into hilarious escapades that make him realize that reading is an exciting way to gain new skills, see new places, meet new people, and experience more “channels” than TV ever could! Join the fun with master comic, Mark Lohr!
Mark Lohr is an entertainer who has studied the masters of his craft, people like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Bill Irwin. Mark has almost two decades of performing experience entertaining audiences across North America. Mark is at home plying his trade from the streets of Baltimore to the beaches of Los Angeles and all point in between. He has performed on the great stages of The Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Maryland and has performed for libraries, schools, festivals, and other community events across the nation.
The Build It Better Shop
Presented by Rick Waterhouse The Build It Better Shop musical vignette incorporates music, science, puppets, books, and even a broken amusement park merry-go-round.
The audience will be transformed into engineers as they work with the owner of a Fix-it Shop, played by Rick Waterhouse, to fix various and sundry broken items that are brought to the shop by an assortment of characters that are often more interesting than the broken items they bring for repair.
The story line of “The Build It Better Shop” is built around several children’s books and focuses on science concepts and principles. Music is woven throughout the show to make for a fun time that moves the audience from the arts to science without missing a beat!
Rick Waterhouse has taught and entertained children for thirty plus years. He spent thirty years in the classroom as an elementary school teacher, but always found time to create and perform children’s programs that were both educational and entertaining. Rick plays acoustic guitar and percussion instruments that he uses to accompany himself as he performs his family-friendly shows and has performed in libraries and at community events throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. He has been part of the region’s Summer Library Reading Programs for the last twelve years, each year creating a show for the theme.