Special Programs

JONATHAN KRUK ENTERTAINS, EDUCATES, AND ENCHANTS

Jonathan’s Signature Performance

A Christmas Carol

A must-view classic for the holidays.

Libraries

Programs tailored to your interest.  Summer reading, Hudson Lore, and more. 

Summer Camps

Give your kids an experience they’ll enjoy, take to heart and glady re-tell at home.

Scout Groups

Educational and entertaining storytelling for boy scouts or girl scouts.  

Libraries

I love performing in libraries! Nestled in the books, at the core of a community, I tell my listeners;  ‘Stories are in the air here! Reach up with your hand and a little imagination. You’ll catch them!’ Serving on the board of the Desmond /Fish Library in Garrison, I understand how quality events draw people to the library.  

Ask to have a program tailored to your theme or interest. I’ll create a lively summer reading program. I have more Hudson River lore to tell than anyone.  Click here for the story of how my hometown library saved me when I was a teenager.

About my Performances
Shows are about fifty engaging minutes for children; interactive, with silly stretches, and skits.

Adults enjoy about one an hour, followed by a Q & A.

Fees:
$400
$600 October shows
$1200 Solo Shows with musical accompaniment.

Includes travel within two hours. Additional costs for further distance.

Please tell me your story if you need some flexibility for these rates. Ask for multiple booking discounts.

Programs

Jonathan Kruk turns New York’s history into stories for students. A master storyteller, selected “Best in the Hudson Valley,” author of two History Press books he performs fifty solo shows annually for Historic Hudson Valley’s “Irving’s Legend.”   Drawing from primary sources, Jonathan’s programs enchants all with drama, skits, and voices from long ago.  Appearing in period garb, colonial to 19th century,  he tailors his work to your curriculum interests and locale.  Scroll down to see how “New York Lore” meets and exceeds state common core requirements.

New York’s unique history offers Native American wisdom, Dutch, British and French influence, and the “Turning Point of the American Revolution.” The “Empire State”  also launched revolutions in industry, art, human rights, and the environment.  A performance of New York’s stories makes memorable our state’s heritage and your social studies curriculum.  Ask to include local lore in the program.

These historic figures often appear in “New York’s  Lore;” Henry Hudson, Peter Stuyvesant, Anne Hutchinson, Mehitabel Prendergast, Alexander Hamilton, Robert Fulton, Washington Irving, Sybil Luddington, Sojourner Truth, the Roosevelts, Pete Seeger, Franny Reese. Ask for a tale of your local hero! 

 

Summer Camps

Jonathan will tailor a program to your camp interests and themes.  Give your kids an experience they’ll enjoy, take to heart and glady re-tell at home.

Video for Summer Camps

About my performances: 
Customized performances for your audience from small children to teens.  

Fees: 
Please call for booking rate.

Hands-on performance for young children, featuring Aesop, animals and Anansi, the tricky spider man.

Children love to step into classic fairy tale adventures with simple costumes. Ask for Beauty and The Beast.

Enthrall older campers with the Bard, demigods, dragons, unicorns, and knights. Period garb, props & backdrops.

Entrance campers with spooky, historic and mysterious stories.

Engross kids with Legends, from the river’s wild past, with buccaneers, imps and local lore.

Scout Groups

Storytelling for Boy & Girl Scouts

On My Honor, I will do my best, as an Eagle Scout and Your Storyteller, to engage and enchant your Pack or Troop.

 

About my performances:  Scouts are close to my heart, so I am able to offer discounted fees for Boy & Girl Scouts

$325 for a 45-50 min. show

Occasionally, I can donate my time and talents. Please let me know what you plan and we will create a performance for your theme and budget.

Tales told showing scout values. Aesop fables turned into skits on how to be helpful, brave and trustworthy. Plus, a true story of savvy scouts.

from a local Native creation tale to river imps, pirates, and patriots. Tales too of heroic young “scouts” during the American Revolution like Sybil Luddington, and Travis Reynolds.

Ghostly tales gleaned from regional sources and your locale.

Ideal for campfires, but not too scary!

Folklore, Food, Native Peoples, Plant-Lore, Dragons?!

Please ask for tales on your theme.

"You performed at our annual Campfire event at the Clear Lake Scout Reservation in Putnam Valley. Our scouts had such a great time, we would like to have you back!"
Neil Figler
Cubmaster Pack 154

Historic Sites

Join Jonathan as he performs at historic sites throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Let folklore teach students about varied cultures. A country’s lore reveals its geography, animals, plants, people, and values. 

They’ll be rapt by tales from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.  Ask for a tale from a country, or culture in your curriculum. 

Jonathan Kruk turns New York’s history into stories for students. A master storyteller, selected “Best in the Hudson Valley,” author of two History Press books he performs fifty solo shows annually for Historic Hudson Valley’s “Irving’s Legend.”   Drawing from primary sources, Jonathan’s programs enchants all with drama, skits, and voices from long ago.  Appearing in period garb, colonial to 19th century,  he tailors his work to your curriculum interests and locale.  Scroll down to see how “New York Lore” meets and exceeds state common core requirements.