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Texas Commission on the Arts
Teaching Artists Guild
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International Ventriloquist Societ
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Society of American Magicians
Brotherhood of Magicians
Clowns of America
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
New! Virtual programs now available
Photograph of Margaret Clauder out of makeup.

Margaret as Herself! Most of the time, she is so well disguised by her character, children do not realize it is the same lady
under the costume! Don't worry, we'll keep the secret

Kids Laugh as they Learn!
Teaching is difficult enough these days. There is so much a child must learn from PK – 5th grade. There are also different kinds of learners. How do you reach all the children including the ones that may have ADHD or other special needs? Through the arts!

All MCP programs use arts in education to stimulate young audience’s minds to hear, see, and REMEMBER information-all done in a creative way. Art forms that are used to achieve these goals are brilliant ventriloquism and puppetry as well as masterful storytelling. A puppet cloud may help teach children about the water cycle. A talking book may teach the children the definition of words or proper book care. A boy puppet may help convey the emotional trauma bullying can cause. Stories told can inform, move us to tears, change our attitudes, and even inspire us. All this can be accomplished with laughter while igniting young audiences imagination.

"Our kids loved the program. I've never seen our K - 5th graders sit sooooo quietly for such a long period of time. They were totally enthralled."
— Director Kathy Kettle of Children's Safari in Mesquite, TX
referring to I Detect A Tale,with Imma Sleuth

Margaret knows kids. She has performed for thousands of children in hundreds of schools and libraries all over Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Now through her virtual programs she can perform all over the USA and abroad! She delights audiences with her interactive storytelling, puppets, ventriloquism, magic and humor. Getting children to remember a message is much easier if they “Laugh as they Learn.”

Selections from the Bookworm, Mother Goose, and Señorita Margarita shows!

Margaret began delivering educational programs for elementary age children in the early 1990’s. She has worked regularly for such notable agencies as Big Thought of Dallas (formerly Young Audiences of North Texas) since 1998. Big Thought is an Arts in Education Agency that sends highly skilled performing artists into schools mostly in the Dallas area. She is also on the roster for Young Audiences of NE Texas as well as Young Audiences of Abilene. Her programs all meet TEKS standards.

She has a wonderful array of educationally significant, engaging children's shows to choose from that have all been tested and refined in front of live audiences. The age range covered varies from pre-school up to 5th grade. Margaret invites you to take a few minutes at the section most relevant to your needs. You'll find characters with educational messages that work with kids!

Margaret is a verified Vendor for the Dallas Independent School District.

"Mother Goose was phenomenal!  My teachers and students cannot stop commenting on her show. If it hadn’t been the end of the year I am sure that my students would be checking out my mother goose books constantly. "
— Deanna O’Mara, Aue Elementary NISD
reviewing Mother Goose