World of Wonder
Leland Faulkner’s World of Wonder stimulates students’ imaginations through shadow-theater, illusion, and characters from around the world. Coming from an international background, Leland has created a multi-cultural theatrical program that is both sophisticated and accessible. Join Leland in exploring the source and properties of shadow, and the myriad possibilities in a single sheet of paper. Laugh at the classic humor of Nasruddin, the wise fool of the Muslim world, as he encounters an invisible chicken. Imagine a hat brim that is impossibly twisted into an infinite number of objects, marvel at paper butterflies that appear to dance and multiply, and explore the possibilities of light and shadow as Leland creates a menagerie of silhouettes with only his hands. Physical theater, classical conjuring, and creative storytelling create a performance that has been hailed internationally as a theatrical feast.
Audience Limit: 300
Curriculum Connection: Shadow Puppet Theatre, Storytelling, Folktales, Science of Shadow
"For the performing artist, literature does not just exist on the page, it exists in the imagination. Reading something fantastic and mentally engaging, can inspire the ability to write well, with clarity, and imagination. Watching a story or character come to life on stage can also instill the desire to express ideas eloquently.
In particular, as an artist I celebrate literacy by researching and reading classic stories, writing original ones, devising original solutions for bringing them to the stage or screen, and finally sharing these live performances and films with others. This requires a good academic tool set.
These tools include not just writing, but play writing, screen writing, poetry, acting, mime, and technical magic to bring the ideas to life. However the process begins, there is always a literary element because the ideas are formalized and recalled by writing down the concepts and then expanding them through performance. It begins with a script."
– Leland Faulkner
Single Show: $625
Travel Fee: $150 per day
Note: Above pricing is for 45-min performances. Pricing increases for 60-min. performances. Pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time.
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts
1 reserved parking space
Private changing area
2 bottles of water
Easy access to electrical outlets
A stage is preferred with safe, easy access to it from the audience.
Audience should be seated as center to the stage as possible, especially in the first few rows.
If they are seated too far out to the sides, they will not be able to see the shadow puppetry during the program.
Arrival time before first performance: 1 hour
Strike time: 30 minutes
Time needed between performances: 15 minutes
Teachers are expected to model appropriate audience behavior for students.
Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.