World of Wonder is live theater, it is fun, and full of meaning. Students will experience the arts of mime, magic and story in a 45 minute program, a program that entertains with a variety of characters from around the world. Character acting, magic, a pantomime story without words, hand shadows, comedy, and drama are all part of the experience. Leland has grown up in Afghanistan, Iran, and Tanzania, East Africa, and as an adult has travelled the world performing his unique brand of theater. This program reflects his adventurous life with characters from around the world. Laugh at a magical fisherman in the North Woods of Maine, be transported by a vision of peace delivered with a Japanese paper crane, giggle at the foolish wisdom of Turkey’s Nasruddin, and watch in awe as a pair of hands becomes a menagerie of shadows. Within this high level of entertainment is a message of tolerance, and a celebration of the great diversity of culture that makes our world wonderful.
Leland Faulkner is a master theatre artist. Acting, mime, and magic are his mediums. Leland has worked around the world headlining events such as the Shanghai Comedy Festival, Masters of Magic, the International Arts Carnival in Hong Kong, a multi-city tour of Japan, showcases at The Kennedy Center, the Village of Tales, in Ojai, CA., and the International Children’s Festival in Calgary, Canada. He has been a featured artist at international circus festivals in Montreal, Canada, Wuqiao, China, and Izhevsk, Russia. He was a consultant on the film The Polar Express, and has numerous awards for his fiction and documentary film projects.