World of Wonder

World of Wonder is a journey around the world that occurs in the most magical of all places, yourself.

World of Wonder is a program designed for the whole family, theatre that charms audiences of all ages with the actor’s imagination, the mime’s skill, and the conjuror’s craft. Beginning with the amazing and lost art of shadowgraphs or hand shadows, Leland conjures up an amazing menagerie of silhouettes using only his hands. He is recognized in conjuring circles as an expert on the history of this antique art. Imagine discovering a felt ring that allows Leland to become twenty four comic characters from around the world in a matter of minutes. Discover classical magic from the Far East as a Japanese magician lets folded paper butterflies fill the air with color in a beautiful homage to Old Japan.

Leland Faulkner doing shadowplay

Live! for $5

Location: Stonington Opera House
Tickets: $5
Ages: All ages!

Leland Faulkner grew up in Africa, Afghanistan and Iran, and has traveled throughout Europe, and the Far East. He studied with a variety of distinguished teachers including master mime artist Tony Montanaro with whom he partnered for three years.

For four years he was the co-owner and director of The Celebration Barn Theatre, in Maine, there he established an international roster of master teachers and innovative workshops that continue to bring top ranked training experiences to the theatre field.

Leland is also an award winning film maker and digital media producer, holding a degree in Motion Picture Studies from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Some of his awards include a national Cine-Eagle Award, The Videographer’s Award, Best Children’s from The NY International Independent Film and Video Festival, and winner of The Maine Short Film Competition.

Leland has been a touring theatre artist for over twenty five years, and has performed and taught at international theatre and circus festivals in Hong Kong, Russia, China, Canada, the U.S., and Japan. For seven years he was on the distinguished roster of Affiliate Artists®, out of New York City, and was sponsored by major corporations to perform in communities around the United States as part of an artist residency program bringing career artists to underserved communities.

Leland lives in Maine, where he develops new projects for stage and screen, while enjoying life with the two lights of his life, his wife and daughter.

About Live! for $5

Live! for $5 is an annual series of live performances, available to all for a ticket price of only $5. The series features a wide variety of performances for intergenerational audiences and participants.

Live! for $5 performances are sponsored in part by the W.F. Whitman Family Foundation, in honor Maia Aprahamian.