Janice Spagnola

Janice Spagnola is an entertainer specializing in magic, puppetry, juggling, and other forms of popular entertainment. She has worked in children’s theater and for an international musical mime troupe. Since the mid 1990s, she has performed educational and motivational programs for thousands of children and their families throughout Western New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

Spagnola has taught clown skills, including juggling, for the Williamsville Central School districts adult education program and the Jewish Center of Greater Buffalo. She is also a member of the Society of American Magicians, and she also performs “Air Sculpture”, the art of twisting thousands of balloons into large-scale artworks.

Janice loves using the mediums of magic, juggling and puppetry to teach children skills and life lessons.

Art Forms: Ensemble, Theater


Magic Workshop: Tools for Presenting Yourself Well

This workshop uses the art of magic to introduce students to basic public speaking skills. Presentation in magic is a lot like personal presentation:making the most appropriate choice can change in different situations. Students will watch and learn how to make their own close-up illusion. They will explore how each individual can present this illusion in a completely different way. Students will be asked to consider if their presentation would be different depending on the age of their audience. Would the location of your presentation effect one’s presentation style? Students will have the opportunity to discuss and perform their illusion in small groups. Some students may present their finished work to the class.

Grade Level: 3-12
Workshop cost (90 minutes or less): $196.00

Magic World of Books

“The Magical World of Books” is a fun filled program that stresses the value of books and the importance of reading. Magic, puppets, and audience participation blend together in this 40 minute show. Janice encourages students to begin exploring the many different kinds of books available to read, and the importance of taking good care of them. They’ ll learn about authors, illustrators, and actively participate in creating their own “choose your own adventure” style of story.

Grade Level: Kindergarten-3
Audience Limit: 300
Performance Cost (single): $420.00
Performance cost (back to back): $530.00

Possibilities with Puppets

Students discover that “Even very large goals are possible when separated into many small tasks,” in this laugh-while-you-learn program. The entire audience participates in a step-by-step process, turning an inanimate object into a puppet with personality. Reading is encouraged as a research tool to flesh out the puppet’s character. Students will develop the puppet’s personality by making choices regarding its voice, costume and movement. Includes a discussion of story structure and writing scripts for puppet shows.

This performance may also be booked as a workshop where students may learn to design their own puppet with personality. Each student will create their own puppet based on a character from classroom reading lists.

Grade Level: Kindergarten-5
Audience Limit: 300
Performance Cost (single): $420.00
Workshop Cost (90 minutes or less): $196.00
Performance cost (back to back): $530.00

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