Silly Goose & Val

Why book Silly Goose & Val?

Magical Puppets! Audience Participation! Sing-A-Long Songs! Contagious Dances! Energy-Filled Fun!

"I can not thank you enough. I struggle to find an entertainer that appeals to children and adults and your show was just what I was looking for. The guests were laughing and engaged the whole time. Thank you again for such a wonderful Christmas show!" - Carrie Young, R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, Lancaster, PA - December 9, 2012

For 3 to 12 year old children and their families

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Awesome..awesome...did I say..Awesome!

Val provided the entertainment for my daughter's 1st birthday. I know what your thinking...really...a 12 month old but the kids at the party ranged in ages 3 to 7. My guest are STILL talking about how much fun they had...adults and kids! Val not only put on a great show but she really participated and assisted in every aspect of the party. Thanks so much for helping to make such a memorable day for my family!

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Reviewer: Daneilia P.
Event: Birthday Party in Upper Marlboro, MD
Event Date: Nov 16, 2013
Hired As: Ventriloquist, Children's Party Entertainment, Puppet Show

Response from Silly Goose & Val:

And your family was the best! Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins all ready to have fun. I'm still laughing about the Dino Dance Chorus lead by Granddad! Love meeting you all!

Silly Goose & Val Were a Hit!

We couldn't have asked for a better act to set the tone for Family Entertainment at the 11th Annual Annapolis Book Festival. With their hand-clapping, cheerful songs, Silly Goose & Val had the audience dancing, laughing, and singing from beginning to end!

Consider yourself lucky to have Silly Goose & Val perform at your next event. Val is a gifted entertainer who is sure to please!

Makeba B.
2013 Annapolis Book Festival Entertainment Chair

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Reviewer: Makeba S. B.
Organization: The Key School
Event: Festival in Annapolis, MD
Event Date: Apr 13, 2013
Hired As: Ventriloquist, Children's Music, Puppet Show, Singer/Songwriter

Response from Silly Goose & Val:

Oh! Oh! Thank you...how nice!

Pure Energized Fun and Completely Brilliant!

Silly Goose & Val's performance at our Family Fun Night was pure energized fun and completely brilliant! Parents and children were up to dance, sing, and play along. I received numerous positive comments and will be happy to invite Silly Goose & Val back!

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Reviewer: Lisa D.
Organization: Township of Spring Parks and Recreation Department
Event: Concert Venue in Sinking Spring, PA
Event Date: Jul 11, 2012
Hired As: Ventriloquist, Children's Music

Response from Silly Goose & Val:

Thank you! i enjoyed your families as well!

We LOVE Val!!!

Silly Goose & Val performed as part of our church's concert series last season and it was an OUTSTANDING event! Both Val and Silly Goose brought us outrageous fun, madcap fun, riotous laughter, zany antics, and contagious energy! We were all on our feet, couldn't sit down...couldn't make a frown. Lively songs and smiles galore...we love Val!

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Reviewer: Danny C.
Organization: Grace Episcopal Church
Event: Concert Venue in Silver Spring, MD
Event Date: Jan 29, 2012
Hired As: Ventriloquist, Children's Music, Comedy Show, Musical Comedy Act, Puppet Show, Singer/Songwriter

Response from Silly Goose & Val:

I blush, sir!

Happy kids, Fun music, song and fun silly Goose

Val did a program at library and 2 adults and 2 children stopped by the next day to say how impressed they were with the silly goose program--Raves

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Reviewer: Heidi R.
Event: Public Event in Belcamp, MD
Event Date: Jul 8, 2013
Hired As: Ventriloquist, Children's Music

Response from Silly Goose & Val:

Oooo...raves! Love that!

SPECTACULAR!!!

For our daycare/summer camp, Val kept EVERY child's attention throughout the entire hour she was entertaining us. She was silly, fun, excellent with the kids, and even involved the teachers. The teachers were just as entertained as the children. We HIGHLY recommend silly goose and val to anyone that is looking for great, quality child entertainment!

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Reviewer: Ellen K.
Organization: Calvary Kids Childcare center
Event: Other in Harrisburg, PA
Event Date: Jun 24, 2013
Hired As: Ventriloquist, Children's Music, Puppet Show

Response from Silly Goose & Val:

Aww - thanks! I had a great time with you as well!

Val

Fantastic Show

We booked Val for my son's 10th birthday party. He loves ventriloquism and Val brought a dummy just for him to see and use. She even gave him some tips about using puppets with ventriloquism. Val brought many other puppets too and each child got to participate in a puppet show. It was a great time! The children loved her show and so did the parents. I would definitely recommend Val.

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Reviewer: Celia B.
Event: Birthday Party in Westminster, MD
Event Date: Oct 13, 2012

Response from Silly Goose & Val:

Thank you Celia! Your boys are super!

Spectacular Show!

Not only was the Silly Goose & Val show enjoyed by the children of Antioch Child Care Center, but the staff as well! Vals excitment and genuine love for children was exemplified through her performance and made for a memorable experience! Our children are still raving about the "silly lady with the puppets". THANK YOU VAL!

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Reviewer: Mr. L.
Organization: Antioch Child Care Center
Event: Other in Upper Marlboro, MD
Event Date: Jul 26, 2012

Response from Silly Goose & Val:

You are sooo welcome! I had a great morning with you!

The best entertainment for kids and adults alike

Silly Goose & Val not only held a successful event at our Church, but the quick response in getting questions answered, booking the event and confirming the date went very smoothly. The age range at our Church family event went from birth thru adult and we all had a FABULOUS TIME. Many of the kids would like to see Silly Goose & Val once again.

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Reviewer: Laura G.
Organization: Friendship Baptist Church-Sykesville
Event: Luncheon/Tea in Sykesville, MD
Event Date: May 20, 2012
Hired As: Ventriloquist, Children's Music, Children's Party Entertainment, Puppet Show, Singer/Songwriter

Response from Silly Goose & Val:

Aw! Thank you. I had a great time at your church as well! I'll come back anytime. Oh! I have a great Christmas program!

Great entertainment!

We scheduled Val for several of BCPL branches this spring. She is a delight to work with and presents a very entertaining program. Her original songs get the audience up and moving. Silly Goose, and her other furry and feathered friends, add additional charm to Val's program. This program is a winner!

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Reviewer: Kathy C.
Organization: Baltimore County Public Library
Event: Concert Venue in Rosedale, MD
Event Date: Apr 29, 2011
Hired As: Ventriloquist, Children's Music

Barnyard Dance was Terrific!

On May 16, fifty-eight lucky children and adults had the privilege of watching as Val Smalkin and Silly Goose performed. Ms. Smalkin wowed the audience with her songs, puppets, dances and ventriloquism. This interactive program had the kids on their feet and the adults laughing. An absolutely charming program!

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Reviewer: Cheryl U.
Event: Workshop in Pikesville, MD
Event Date: May 16, 2011

my kid loves val and silly goose.

val is a sincere performer and gives her best irrespective of the number of people in the crowd. she has always been patient with my little girl and indulged her with silly goose antics.

would highly recommend.

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Reviewer: maya n.
Event: Halloween Party in Baltimore, MD
Event Date: Aug 28, 2010

Awesome show!

Val and Silly Goose were loved by all the children at our preschool! They had a great time dancing and singing along. Even our smallest students really enjoyed the entertainment.

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Reviewer: Melissa H.
Organization: Calvert School
Event: Festival in Baltimore, MD
Event Date: Jun 3, 2011
Hired As: Children's Party Entertainment

Silly Goose & The Zoo!

I have had the pleasure to work with Silly Goose & Val on a number of occasions over the past several years, and I would absolutely recommend her show to any organization! She is energetic, great with kids, friendly, easy to work with and knows how to draw a crowd!
My only regret..not having a reason to book her even more often! she's great!! Come see her at the Zoo this fall/spring!
Stephanie Drummond
Events & Community Relations Manager
MD Zoo in Baltimore

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Reviewer: Stephanie D.
Organization: Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Event: Fundraiser in Baltimore, MD
Event Date: Apr 22, 2011
Hired As: Children's Party Entertainment, Puppet Show

Silly Goose and Val were a hit in Gaithersburg

Silly Goose and Val were a joy to work with. Very professional and easy to work with. The show was a delight for children and their families. Hope to have them back in Gaithersburg again.

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Reviewer: N W.
Event: Concert Venue in Gaithersburg, MD
Event Date: Jul 1, 2010

Response from Silly Goose & Val:

Nansie just wrote me: "You are wonderful to work with. I do think your prices are fair. I guess I should have marked them all as above and beyond, but now I don’t know how to change it. I hope it is still a good review. That’s what I was trying to do.
Nansie"

No problem, Nansie, 4.8 is good enough for me!

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 30 - 50 minutes
  • Fee: $300-2000
  • Insurance: $1,000,000 - Commercial General Liability Coverage: Each Occurrence $1,000,000 General Aggregate (Other than Products–Completed Operations) $3,000,000 Products-Completed Operations Aggregate $1,000,000 Legal Liability to Participants $1,000,000 Damage to Premises Rented to You $300,000 Medical Expense (other than participants) $5,000 Medical Payments for Participants $5,000
  • Languages: English, French

Overview

In a children's show audience members will laugh, sing, and dance along with Silly Goose & Val and their assorted friends: Rufus, the Reluctant dragon; the Pink Flamingo Can-Can line; Cyleena, the Sloth; Tingalayo, the Donkey. Val's fresh material, high level of energy, and musicality will delight young and old alike. As one first grade student in Cape May, NJ said, "This was the funnest day!"

In an adult show audience members will laugh, sing, and dance along with Val and her more sophisticated friends: Lola, Katerina Collageenyva, the Pink CanCan Flamingos, and more! As one Rotary Club Member said, "This was the funnest night!"

Additional Booking Notes

Val brings her Bose sound equipment with her which can handle a room of 20 or an amphi-theatre of 600. She asks only that her equipment be shaded because electronics and the hot sun to not get along very well. Thank you.

Silly Goose & Val

Singer, composer, and ventriloquist Valerie Leonhart Smalkin was one of the writers, performers, and co-producers of the Emmy award winning television program "It's Kindertime" on ABC affiliate WMAR-TV 2, in Baltimore. She composed and performed the musical version of Priscilla Cummings' International Literacy Award winning book, "Chadwick the Chesapeake Crab"; published "The Early Childhood Curriculum" with Karen Rupprecht; and composed "Babel: The Oratorio," "Signs: An Epiphany Musical," and "Darrell: The Draggin' Dragon." Current projects include a book/cd packet, "Springtime Dance", and a pilot for a television show entitled "Silly Goose Hotel" with 430 Entertainment Studio.

As the keeper of the Musical Zoo, the Barnyard Farm, and other assorted puppet-filled imaginary locales Val provides energy-filled, comedic, and uplifting programs for children. Every program includes 100% audience participation with sing-along, dance-along, and play-along songs. Her gentle approach is somewhat reminiscent of Shari Lewis. Here is what people are saying:

'I have had the pleasure to work with Silly Goose & Val on a number of occasions over the past several years, and I would absolutely recommend her show to any organization! She is energetic, great with kids, friendly, easy to work with, and knows how to draw a crowd! My only regret is not having a reason to book her even more often. She’s great!" - Stephanie Drummond, Events & Community Relations Manager, Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

"We couldn't have asked for a better act to set the tone for Family Entertainment at the 11th Annual Annapolis Book Festival. With their hand-clapping, cheerful songs, Silly Goose & Val had the audience dancing, laughing, and singing from beginning to end!Consider yourself lucky to have Silly Goose & Val perform at your next event. Val is a gifted entertainer who is sure to please!" - Makeba B., 2013 Annapolis Book Festival Entertainment Chair

The team providing the talent:

Valerie Leonhart Smalkin

Ventriolquist, Singer

Set List

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS MAY INCLUDE
Shakin’ Hands at the Musical Zoo –
Theodore E. Bear & Val learn and teach how to shake hands.
Beautiful Zoo –
Children become the animals in this guessing game song.
Hop Silly Goose -
Val’s signature puppet, Silly Goose, leads an action song hopping, jumping,
nodding, and pecking on Val’s head, ending only when Silly Goose finally
goes to sleep.
Polliwog –
Children become polliwogs, starting like atadpole and then growing legs
and arms to become a frog.
The Slip –
Children and parents dance along - ”Keep your feet on the ground and turn
around and around/ Make a funny face, but don’t you make a sound.”
The Seed Song –
Silly Goose wakes up to sing her version of the Seed Song,mischievously,
as usual.
Birdie –
Children make birds with their hands as they “Shake the Birdie, Wake up
the Birdie.”
Can Can –
Four parent volunteers man the Pink Flamingo Marionettes for the Can-Can
based upon Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld.
Rufus, The Reluctant Dragon –
Rufus, awakened by the noise of the Cancan, stirs, but tries to hide from the children who frighten him, but don’t worry… he gets over it.
Dino Dance –
Parents form the back up singers, and children make a dance line to do
the Dino Dance.
Jack Horner –
Silly Goose butchers this simple song but finally gets the right words.
Cyleena, the Three –Toed Sloth –
Cyleena, who channels Billie Holiday in her bluesie song, laments that she
is the only three-toed sloth, or at least the only one she can see.
Touch the Ground –
Silly Goose & Val say goodbye with this last action song.

ADULT PROGRAMS MAY INCLUDE:
What Ever Lola Wants
Fever
A Good Man is Hard to Find
Big Spender
You Gotta Have Skin
Other Jazz standards...

Influences & Inspiration

Shari Lewis (of course!), Martha Raye, Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Burnett, Oscar Peterson, Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street, Della Reese, Jay Leonhart, and Patti Page!

Setup Requirements

A stage with steps is preferable, but not required.

Water, please!

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