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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

Silly Goose and Val

Silly Goose and Val

Artist Overview

Children from Brussels to California and New York to Texas delight to the artistry and antics of Silly Goose & Val Smalkin. Award-winning artist Valerie Leonhart Smalkin presents a fast-paced, humorous 40-minute musical treat with puppets, ventriloquism, dancing, singing, and 100% audience participation, adults and children’s alike. Her Parents’ Choice award-winning songs and her Maryland State Arts Council award-winning solo performance are guaranteed to delight tots, tweens, and teens...and the timeworn, as well! Val was one of the writers, performers, and co-producers of the Emmy award winning television program It’s Kindertime on Baltimore’s ABC affiliate WMAR-TV 2. She also composed and performed the musical version of Priscilla Cummings’ International Literacy Award winning book, Chadwick the Chesapeake Crab. Val’s CD A Gentle Halloween received a Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff award in 2015. Her CD Sing! Sing! Sing!...and Dance! garnered a Parent’s Choice Approved award in 2016, and her book Springtime Dance took gold in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in 2014.

Complementary Activities:

One-Day Elementary School Residency including the following:

a 40-minute assembly for K - 5 in the morning with a theme selected in consultation with the school;

30 minute “googly eye” puppet making sessions with K to 2 grade students as time allows;

30 minute song-writing session with 3 to 5th grade students as time allows; 

consultation in advance with the school music, art, and library teachers to individualize the program to meet your school's particular curriculum needs;

and, notated copies of the songs composed by the students.

Fees for these programs range from $1,000 to $1,500.

Artist Home County
Baltimore County
Artistic Category
Theater/Storytelling

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