Fantastic show, WC Gatchel was wonderful and the kids were all smiles. We will certainly be using again.

Review by Lauren S. from Lawrenceville, NJ on 7/18/2018

Together we can prevent childhood obesity and type2 diabetes with education and laughter.

WC Gatchel and Friends was fantastic! He was professional and left enough time for set-up. The kids loved his magic tricks and he kept their attention throughout the show. Our facility takes care of medically fragile children from birth to 21. WC Gatchel went around to all the non-ambulatory children to include them in the show. He was loud enough for everyone to hear even with ventilators and monitors beeping! We are currently teaching some toddlers about potty training and eating healthy. WC Gatchel included these in his show and the kids learned so much in a fun way! I would highly recommend WC Gatchel!

Review by Holland S. from Philadelphia, PA on 8/31/2018 Pediatric Specialty Care

Roxborough hosted a book-centered program today featuring Samuel Formica as W. C. Gatchel, chef to the king from the book, The King Who Had Issues.  Mr. Formica’s program was a blend of comedy, magic, puppetry, and audience participation.  Our audience consisted of a wide range of ages from babies to fifth graders and all were engaged as Chef Gatchel encouraged healthy eating habits. 
If you want to encourage healthy eating habits in a highly entertaining way then this is the show for you.

Teresa Glover, Children’s Librarian

Roxborough Library


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W.C. Gatchel & Friends show was performed for our Residents at the Birches at Arbour Square on January 24, 2017.  Our Residents were very excited to see his performance because we had never had an interactive Culinary Comedian puppet show at the Birches.

Samuel put on a very engaging show using his wide variety of props and puppets to discuss everything there is in staying healthy.  His show was an hour long and had our Residents laughing and getting involved with his characters. 

At the end of the show they stayed and asked questions and said that it was refreshing to see something so different.  They are still asking if he could come back again.

Thank you very much
Asta Fusco
Activity Director, The Birches at Arbour Square

   I'm terribly sorry that I'm a bit late in writing to you, but I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful presentation at St. Pio School.  The kids loved it!  They learned so much and had a great time...especially with the puppets . They really enjoyed interacting with them while learning about healthy foods and good nutrition.
Thank you again!
Jenn Pyryt, Teacher

Whiteland Montessori School in Exton recently had the delightful experience of a wonderful puppet show presented by WC Gatchel & Friends. In the 20+ years here at our school never have we witnessed such delight in the eyes of our young children. WC wove a wonderful tale based on his own book that not only taught our  young children about the importance of healthy nutrition but kept them laughing and smiling for a full 45 minutes. We would like to encourage anyone who is interested in entertaining and/or educating a group of children to seek out this wonderful puppeteer/magician!

Review by Jaime K. Director Whiteland Montessori School, PA on 11/2/2018

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"I wanted to thank you for entertaining my Kindergarten and First Grade students this past week. The children...were very impressed with your magic tricks. As I walked in the lunchroom the students told me they made healthy choices so they wouldn’t have an upset belly like the king. What a fun and wonderful message you sent to the students."
January Mascino Teti, M.S.
Dean of Students, K-1
Philadelphia Performing Arts:
A String Theory Charter School

Thanks again for coming and presenting to our school. We enjoyed you and the program. I teach Pre K 3 and my students were truly engaged during the entire program. I would highly recommend this program for other schools and audiences.
Thank you again,
Janine Massi

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WC Gatchel came to our center and was amazing!  The children loved the show and were nonstop laughing!  It was definitely a worthwhile summer camp activity!  What was more impressive was how professional, flexible, and punctual W. C Gatchel was.  Not only did I receive all of the required paperwork in a timely fashion but there was also a misunderstanding - on my end - with our start time.  He rearranged his morning to make it work for us!  I was so impressed, thankful, and appreciative.  WC Gatchel will be a forever partner with our center!

Elizabeth Wilson, Assistant Director, Bright Horizons Collegeville

Sam was able to capture all of the children's attention from the beginning of his show. I was very impressed with his overall performance. They laughed and the participated and most importantly it was educational. Thank you so much for the great performance! Adrienne Hampton

Review by Adrienne H. from Philadelphia, PA on 8/14/2018

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Today we had a special guest who helped us learn new things about healthy eating while making us laugh! WC Gatchel, the Culinary Comedian told us a silly story ...about a king who was waiting for his lunch! We learned about different things that we could make for him using nutritional ingredients including fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. In his story he also talked about why fruits and vegetables are important and this is because they keep our bodies healthy, happy, and energized! Thank you for such a fun show.

Congregation Rodeph Shalom Buerger Early Learning Center

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

"The show was fantastic! The children and the staff loved the performance! WC Gatchel is very entertaining and informative! Thank you so much to Dr. Bolno for sponsoring one of our performances. Bravo WC Gatchel!!"

Mimi Porsia
Principal, Christopher Columbus Charter School

Hi WC!
I hope you’re having a great week! I just wanted to follow up and let you know how much we enjoyed having you visit with our children! You were so enthusiastic and accommodating to the special needs of our children. Thank you so much! Here are a few pictures you can use if you’d like.

Mandi Shearer
Recreational Therapist, CTRS
Pediatric Specialty Care at Lancaster