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Thank you for your interest in my educational yet entertaining cultural arts assemblies.
Below you’ll find information about The FUNance Show - Where Fun and Finance Collide:
Frequently asked questions
Information about the show, including the preview video.
Feel free to share the link with others as it’s meant to be a simple way for everyone involved to see all the details.
Please let me know your thoughts and - if the show is a good fit - I hope to entertain and educate your students soon!
Students Learn Personal Finance and the Practicality of Math
Every personal finance concept is made memorable and entertaining by using the performing arts: comedy, storytelling, circus arts, balancing, and magic. It's not just Finance… it’s FUN-ance!
Date: TBD, 2019-2020 School Year
Location: New Jersey
Fee includes all travel and expenses.
Pricing for "The FUNance Show"
You get 2 fun-filled assembly shows customized to fit your schedule (40-60 minutes).
K-2 and 3-5
K-3 and 4-6.
Printable 8.5x11" poster (PDF file) to announce the show
Pre-show handout for teachers (PDF file)
Post-show handout (PDF file and/or link for downloading) for parents
Study guide for teachers (PDF file)
Updates and confirmation emails so you always know what is happening
Optional FREE 5-15 minute Question and Answer session after the show
Optional FREE 5-15 minute "VIP" session after the show for a small group: pictures, a chance to meet the performer, ask more detailed questions or have a discussion about the arts or the assembly subject
Two Shows: $1,300
(First show: $1000, +$300 for each additional show at the same school on the same day)
Pricing includes all travel, tolls, hotel, food, etc. There are no additional fees.
For a preview video and more details about
the assembly, please scroll down past the Frequently Asked Questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do you need (stage requirements, sound system, etc.)?
A: Brad's goal is to be the easiest-to-work-with performer you have ever met! The only items needed for the assembly show are:
An indoor location that is at least 12 feet wide by 6 feet deep, with a power outlet within 50 feet.
Students ready to have fun and learn!
Brad brings his own sound system, backdrop (to be used where needed), extension cord, water bottle, etc. He can carry everything and set it up himself: he strives to be fully self-contained. Setup takes about an hour, and packing up takes about 30 minutes (both can be done with students in the area: band rehearsal before school, lunch or gym class near the performance space after the shows, etc.)
Q: How long are the shows?
A: All the shows are adjustable based on your time constraints, but are ideally 45 minutes.
Keep in mind that if a show is scheduled for 9:30 and needs to finish by 10:15 (45 minutes), but the classes are called to the gym/auditorium at 9:30, the show more than likely will not start until 9:40 or 9:45.
That leaves about 35 minute, which is possible but not recommended. Try to plan for at least 40 minutes from the time Brad starts the performance.
Q: How many students can you accommodate in one performance?
A: Brad can perform for as many people as you can fit in your assembly space.
For The FUNance For Kids Show, Brad does not offer an all-ages show, but offers a "younger" version (usually K-2 or K-3) and an "older" version (usually grades 3-5 or 3-6). Custom versions may be available (contact Brad about your situation), but it's best to keep the grade ranges together if at all possible, both for the education and the enjoyment of the arts.
Q: We are a K-6 school and want The FUNance For Kids Show, but we need to have the groups as: grades K, 3, 4 & 5 first show, and grades 1, 2 and 6 for the second show. Is that okay?
A. It's not practical. Imagine teaching math to these groups and you can see the difficulties. As soon as you explain something to the younger students, the older ones roll their eyes and get bored. When you focus on the older students, the younger ones are lost and get antsy. As in the paragraph above, The FUNance Show works best when the grades are split into younger students for one show and older students for the other. If this is impossible, contact Brad and he may have a solution he's used in other situations.
Q. We are a grade K-2 (or 3-4 or Pk-8 or 5-7 or 6-9 or...) and we would like XYZ. Can you do that?
A. For any requests like this, just send Brad an email or give him a call. With his years of experience, he can work with you to find the perfect fit for your specific situation.
Q. What is the optional Q&A session and how long is it?
A. Students frequently have questions about both the entertainment and educational aspects of the assembly. If time allows at the school, Brad is happy to answer questions in a Q&A session. Students love the individual attention and getting their questions answered. Allow from 5-15 minutes.
Q. What is the optional VIP Workshop and how long is it?
The VIP Workshop is a 15-30 minute informal session following the show, either where the assembly is held or in a classroom. It's recommended for groups who desire customized instruction, putting what they learn during the assembly into practice. Brad takes questions (or works with the teacher(s) via email beforehand) to help the group with examples specific to their needs. It's a great reward for a class or a small group, or extra help for a group in need.
Q. What do you offer for Pre-K?
A. Brad offers a completely free FUNance For Kids mini-assembly for Pre-K (when combined with two other shows for the older students). Brad will go to the Pre-K classroom and perform a funny, 10-15 minute version of the FUNance show specifically designed for the younger students.
Q. Can you offer us a discount for a certain day/month, block booking, time of day, etc?
A. Discounts are offered for block bookings. Call with the number of schools and discuss the situation. Otherwise, unfortunately, discounts are rarely available, but call Brad to discuss ways to get community sponsorship, grants, etc.
Q. Are your shows BOCES registered (New York state)?
A. Yes. The FUNance For Kids Show is BOCES registered (note that "BOCES approved" is a term that many BOCES have requested performers no longer use, which is why it's "BOCES registered"! The pricing should be the same as the quote above. If it's not, notify Brad, he'll figure out what has happened.
Q. How do your assemblies relate/conform/work with the Common Core Standards?
A. The overall theme of The FUNance For Kids Show is the importance of math skills in everyday life, which works well whether the Common Core is being used or not. It also covers some specific math in both the younger and older versions, as well as careers (older version), budgeting (both), what saving money is plus how and why to do it (both) and more that are essential in life, whether it's a part of a school/district/state's curriculum or not.
Watch the short preview video to see The FUNance Show in action.
“Too many laughs to count! My favorite feedback was hearing from parents how their kids came home and talked about spending vs. saving and needs vs wants. The parents hadn’t seen the show but their children understood the lessons well enough to explain them at home.” ~ Mrs. K, Massachusetts
“Mr. Z, besides being a genuine entertainer, had the kids engaged during the entire assembly. They all walked away with a new found appreciation and comprehension of personal finance. Brad was also very organized, providing us with materials pre and post show. It was a wonderful experience start to finish.” ~ Susan G, NY
“I was amazed that you were able to take rather dry material and make it not only accessible but engaging. You had the undivided attention of all the children, and teachers as well. One of the finest assembly programs I have seen and one I highly recommend.” ~ Nancy H, CT
“The enthusiasm and knowledge you reflected in your performance were superb...such a creative way of teaching the children about money and savings. This was the liveliest and most entertaining show I have seen and I would be honored to recommend you to other schools.” ~ Rosalind B, CT
“I think your topic is a tough one to get through to kids, but you manage to do it. My one daughter who spends a dollar as soon as she gets it came home and told me she is going to start being a Savagator instead of a Spendosaurus. So you did great in my book!” ~ Kim L, NJ
“May I say… WOW! Loved the show. Had been nervous booking it because it was about money - not something we usually talk about! But Mr. Z. handled it so equitably and made really sound points... Brilliant really and he made the concepts fun and completely VISUAL. My 9 year old son (not one to gush) said, “Wow, Mom, I really learned a lot!” and has become more aware of what things cost and how adjusting his “wants” can positively impact our family budget. Teachers loved it. Kids loved it. Parents heard about it. ” ~ Mary B, CT
For several years Brad pursued a successful career as a financial planner with A.G. Edwards & Sons and Wachovia Securities, helping families with personal finance issues, investments and estate planning. He held a Series 7 license in addition to earning an Accredited Asset Management Specialist designation from the College for Financial Planning.
With The FUNance For Kids Show, Brad combines his passion for entertaining "children of all ages" and his enthusiasm for helping people (even kids) make sound financial decisions. By using the performing arts, including magic, storytelling, comedy and circus arts, Brad makes learning about math and personal finance both fun and memorable. See About - Business for more details.