The Wondermakers

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.

PROGRAMS

World of Wonders

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): $330.00

Performance cost (back to back): $470.00

Be Smart, Don' t Start!

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

Audience Limit: 300
Performance cost (single): $405.00
Performance cost (back to back): $600.00

Catch the Reading Bug!

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

Audience Limit: 300
Performance cost (single): $330.00
Performance cost (back to back): $470.00

Gardens of the Earth

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: 300
Performance cost (single): $330.00

Performance cost (back to back): $470.00

Stories from the Pumpkin Patch

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

Stars of Wonder

Grade Level: PreK-5
Audience Limit: 300
Performance cost (single): $405.00
Performance cost (back to back): $600.00

Winter Wonderland

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

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