The Wondermakers, now in their 29th season, perform interactive story theatre and have given over 3,500 performances in schools, libraries, theatres, festivals, and museums throughout New York, Florida, and Ohio . Their performances celebrate diversity, the arts of theatre and story telling, collaboration, improvisation, and the importance of creativity.

Gail Golden, Artistic Director of The Wondermakers, is a published playwright, award-winning screenwriter and actress. Ms. Golden’s many credits include performances at Walt Disney World as Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother,  Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC as Mrs. Santa Claus, and she was the original voice of Strawberry Shortcake. Wondermakers’ members have performed with every theatre company in Western New York, including  Eclectic Company, Kavinoky Theatre,  Irish Classical Theatre Company, Buffalo United Artists, The Phoenix Theatre,  Subversive, ART/WNY, Torn Space, and ComedySportz. Actors for the 2014-15 season include Joy Scime,  Alisse Sikes, John Kreuzer, Guy Collins, Richie Derwald, Bonnie Jean Taylor, Linda Stein, Kimberly Campbell, Brian Tabak, Richard Satterwhite, and Dale Fischer.

Art Forms:
Ensemble,Theater

Programs

World of Wonders

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Schools get to choose 3 countries to "visit" from The Wondermakers' list of over 20 interactive, multicultural folktales from Europe, Africa, North and South America, and Asia. This is a customized show to tie in specifically with social studies programs at an individual school.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-5
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$230.00

Be Smart, Don' t Start!

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This highly interactive program uses three multicultural folktales to emphasize healthy eating habits and saying "no" to bad ideas.

WILLIE WASSEL -- in this Irish folktale, Willie Wassel meets three ghosts and learns that when you gamble, someone always loses ..... and, sooner or later, that someone is going to be you!

TRAVELLING TO TONDO -- this folktale is from Central Africa and features a jungle cat, a pigeon, and a turtle who learn to say "no" to bad ideas!

THE THREE STRONG WOMEN -- this folktale about healthy habits is from Japan. Forever Mountain thinks he is a pretty good suma wrestler until he meets the Three Strong Women. When they teach him healthy habits (like eating fruits and vegetables, reading books, and getting plenty of exercise outdoors), he becomes so strong that he wins the Emperor's tournament.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-5
Performance cost (single):
$405.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$600.00

Mathemagic!

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Through a variety of folk tales from around the world students will realize that math and numbers are everywhere! Get ready for a hilarious story from Poland that involves multiplying numbers of children and animals crowding into Mama's house! Race against a ticking clock as we travel to Denmark for a folk tale about a troll with too much time on his hands. Our math journey around the world concludes with a talk about a money-hungry gnome who tries to steal the Princess's world renowned coin collection. The gnome learns that money is important, but friends are the biggest treasure of all!
Grade Level:
PreK-2
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$405.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$600.00

Molly Marshmallow

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An interactive, character education theater performance. Children explore the issues of popularity, friendship, cliques, and exclusion. The program includes conflict resolution techniques and encourages students to find commonalities rather than focus on differences.
Grade Level:
PreK-5
Performance cost (single):
$435.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$700.00

Catch the Reading Bug!

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An interactive story theater program focusing on world culture, reading, and bugs! Children from the audience will be invited onstage to help the artists present Russian, Italian and American folk tales.
Grade Level:
PreK-5
Performance cost (single):
$330.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$470.00

Let's Make a Mystery!

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Through audience participation, comedy improv and theater games (similar to "Whose Line is It Anyway?") mystery stories unfold before the audiences' eyes. Detectives, witnesses, suspects and plot twists are created right before your eyes with the help of the audience! This highly interactive program is designed to encourage students to read mystery stories and write mysteries of their own.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-6
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$405.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$600.00

Play in a Day

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Gail Golden, actress, director and writer, will work with up to twelve motivated theater students, to create, rehearse and perform a play based on multi-cultural folk tales. Participants will become a traveling troupe of players which will perform for the rest of the school (from classroom to classroom).

This is a full-day program. Limited to twelve students who then perform before each classroom in the school.
Grade Level:
3-12
Audience Limit:
12
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

Stories from the Pumpkin Patch

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These interactive stories share a common theme: harvest season in New York State. From New York City to the Finger Lakes to an elm bark longhouse in Western New York, agriculture and autumn are explored in an entertaining way. Selections include an Iroquois legend, an African American Halloween story, a Jewish folk tale about being thankful, and a tall tale starring Johnny Appleseed.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-5
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$330.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$470.00

Story Soup

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Provide students with hands-on insight into the world of acting. The presenting actors have been professionally trained in comedy improvisation by Comedysportz, Second City Toronto, LA's The Groundlings, and NYC's City Limits. Designed to encourage students to develop their own stories, poems and plays, activities include theater games, creative dramatics, comedy, improv techniques and audience participation.

For older grades (6-12), scenes and stories are created on-the-spot, based on suggestions from the audience.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-12
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$405.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$600.00

Winter Wonderland

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Celebrate snow with stories of the season! Travel with us to the United States, Romania and Mexico. Wintertime holiday stories may be included upon request.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-5
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$330.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$470.00

Gardens of the Earth

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This program celebrates gardening as a universal pastime, with garden stories from Kenya, Puerto Rico and England.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-5
Audience Limit:
300
Performance cost (single):
$330.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$470.00