WonderStruck Theatre Co. seeks to theatrically inspire wonder, to wonder about the world with curiosity and experience wonder through the unique storytelling of puppetry.
WonderStruck Theatre Co. is a newly formed theatre company in La Crosse, WI connecting communities to dynamic theatrical arts. It seeks to create new works of theatre and reimagine classic works in new ways. Puppetry is a core element of the storytelling methods used by WonderStruck. Puppetry inspires play, imagination, suggestions of the unknown and audiences being struck by wonder at objects being brought to life.
WonderStruck Theatre Co. was started by Eric Van Wyk. Eric’s designs and puppets have been seen at the Childrens Theatre Co., Open Eye Figure Theatre and the Guthrie in Minneapolis, as well the Washington Ballet, Imagination Stage, the Studio theatre in Washington D.C. and the Cincinnati Ballet. Eric has received 2 Jim Henson Foundation Grants for new works of puppetry and won a 2014 Helen Hayes Award for Scenic Design of the Big Friendly Giant.