For over 30 years, Nicolo Whimsey has been bringing laughter, amazement and wonder to children and families world-wide, with a blend of poetry, music, juggling, comedy, character acting and audience participation.
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Nicolo Whimsey brings a commitment to setting a positive example for children, inspiring them to read and write creatively with a laugh-filled interactive performance for all ages.
The show emphasizes the joy of reading the fun in hard work, the value of perseverance, and the beauty in language, all the while keeping the audience laughing!
Since 1986 Nick Newlin and Joanne Flynn have been bringing their irrestible blend of humor, heart and teaching to children. Focusing on literacy, Nicolo Whimsey brings poems, stories and music to students in a way that inspires them to read, write, and think creatively.
Additionally, Nicolo Whimsey inspires children to be kind to each other, and to persevere in their endeavors with joy and dedication. Nicolo Whimsey does all this while keeping kids and adults laughing! Nicolo Whimsey has performed at The White House, The Kennedy Center, and The National Theatre as well as countless schools, day care centers, libraries, Summer Camps, festivals and corporate events.
Nick Newlin has a BA with Honors from Harvard University and an MA in Theatre from the University of Maryland. He has been a recipient of Maryland State Arts Council Artist-in-Education funding for 30 years, and a teaching artist with Folger Shakespeare Library for 20 years. You will seldom find someone as down to earth and funny with such a fierce intellectual and social dedication to the betterment of children's lives through performance, example and arts education. Nick's performances are for children, but he is also the author of an 18-book series for teachers and older students called The 30-Minute Shakespeare.
He is also an accomplished musician, playing keyboards and accordion with Zydeco Jed and other bands. Nicolo Whimsey has a CD of poems and songs for children entitled My Whole World Grows
The Nicolo the Jester solo show is the centerpiece of Nicolo Whimsey's offerings to children and family audiences. The 45-minute show is perfect for elementary school assemblies (K-5th grades) as well as pre-schools and day care centers, and emphasizes the joy in reading books, the thrill in writing and reading poetry, and the importance of values such as kindness, generosity, and tolerance. The Nicolo the Jester show also carries a strong message of perseverance.
Nicolo keeps the students amazed with his formidable juggling skills, and laughing at his verbal and physical comedy, all the while participating by helping Nicolo finish his poems, and by spinning plates on sticks and balls on their fingers, while wearing funny hats.
By captivating the childrens' attention and sense of wonder, Nicolo shares his belief in generosity and tolerance with his original poem “The Art of Juggling Peace.” Nicolo's “Story of Yimmee Gimme” encourages the enduring value of kindness and generosity, and he emphasizes perseverance at every step, as the audience urges him to “Try again, Nicolo” every time he drops an object.
By the end of the show, the students have memorized the chorus to his poem extolling the joys of reading: “Look in a Book”.
“Not on my iPad
And not on my Xbox
Maybe I'll look in a book
Maybe I'll look in a book!”
The Nicolo the Jester show can accommodate very large crowds in a packed auditorium, as well as smaller intimate audiences. Nicolo adjusts the material for each show to suit any age group from Pre-K to 6th grade. Nicolo has been performing the show for thirty years, and yet every show is fresh. His delight in performing, creating, learning and sharing his skills is palpable.
The show is perfect for Elementary schools, libraries, Pre-schools and day care centers, Summer camps, after-school programs, corporate parties, and any event that calls for an uplifting children's show with a strong message of literacy, tolerance, generosity, perseverance and the joy in learning!
Nicolo Whimsey provides interactive strolling entertainment with colorfully costumed and interactive juggling, plate spinning, and accordion , for any event that needs a big splash of color and joy. Nicolo Whimsey enlivens fairs, festivals, holiday events, corporate parties, and any occasion that calls for joy and jaw-dropping skills that Nicolo and Whimsey happily share with each and every attendee. The happiness and charm that Nicolo Whimsey brings to your event will linger long afterwards: the smiles will stay on faces, and the happy memories will linger!
Nicolo Whimsey believes in the special gifts that all children possess. Nicolo Whimsey keeps it light and funny, because what is life and learning without joy and laughter?