WC Gatchel & Friends is a live puppet show that features Master Executive Chef WC Gatchel and his adorable entourage of puppets.   It is a fun show for children and not only makes them laugh but encourages participation ... all the while teaching important nutritional tips. 

There is magic too!

We have seen all children, no matter how shy at first, feel compelled to participate because it's too much fun not to.  After the show, WC continues the fun by encouraging the children to participate in activities such as coloring, drawing, etc, with their parents and other children. 

The show is inspired by the book, "The King Who Had Issues," a best-selling children's book.  The author himself plays the part of WC and reads the book to the children with the help of his puppets and their comic antics and endearing comments.  

Mr. Samuel Formica, the author, has been in the entertainment industry for many years in his role as "Sammy J," an Elvis tribute artist, and is also an accomplished artist with works that adorn the walls of museums and private collections. All of that notwithstanding, his real passion has always been to bring fun and laughter to children and to show them the value of real live social interaction as well as making smart nutritional choices. With this show he has certainly accomplished this.  

Here's what our younger audience members have to say about the WC Gatchel & Friends Show..."

​Pennsylvania State Senator​ Larry Farnese

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​​As a pediatric endocrinologist, I feel very strongly that the message of healthy nutritional choices needs to reach children in many different venues in order to remain for a lifetime. It is imperative to help prevent obesity, and hence, the comorbities associated with obesity.
WC Gatchel brings the book "The King Who Had Issues" to life in a clever and innovative way with an interactive show using puppetry and magic. I have seen it and it's phenomenal!!!

Rita Ann Kubicky, MD
United Savings Bank
Be a
​Thank you to our growing list of sponsors. with their help, children are receiving the message of making healthy nutritional choices.
Childrens drawing

Rita Ann Kubicky, MD

​Pediatric Endocrinologist

Charles Bolno, DO 
Family Practice Physician

Nova Hair Salon
pennsylvannia State Senator Larry Farnese

"Childhood obesity is an even higher risk for children in local schools due to the recent cuts in SNAP-Ed. Nutrition education is very important for children and the WC Gatchel & Friends Show travels to schools, daycares and libraries to spread the message of making healthy nutritional choices to children in a fun and entertaining way."
"I care about my constituent's health and nutrition and that is why I support WC Gatchel & Friends in their pursuit to entertain and inform."

Rosewood Bar
​"He had super cool magic tricks"

"I like that we helped"

"I really liked the magic!"

"The book was good"
Barrel's Fine Food

Rosewood Bar

1417 Shunk St. Philadelphia, PA. 19145

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Five Star Home Foods


Call us today at +215.800.8026  wcgatchel@gmail.com

Call us today at +215.800.8026  wcgatchel@gmail.com

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WC Gatchel live at St Pio Catholic School
thank you for a great show
Cartoon charactor of WC Gatchel
Penrose Dinner
Funding cuts have all but stopped shows like WC Gatchel and Friends from performing in schools. Sponsoring a show is fun, easy, and a rewarding way to give back to the community.
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