By Emily Rodrick
Marketing/Public Relations Manager
Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater & Academy
Mother’s Day gifts have all been done before. What Huntsville Moms are all a buzz about this year is pixie dust! That’s right, good old fashioned fairy-filled magic pixie dust conjured from none other than Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater & Academy’s (FPCTA) Tinker Bell, performing live on Mother’s Day weekend at Huntsville Botanical Garden. Pirates, Lost Boys, Wendy, and even Peter Pan himself are all along for the ride as Tink finally gets to tell her side of the story!
Back by popular demand, this outdoor production was originally presented back in 2021 when audiences couldn’t gather safely indoors. Through the brave innovation and creative pivot of Magic Makers at FPCTA, (namely Director Kendra Kizer, assisted by partner Kailey Burkhart) they created a special production filled with action, comedy, and heart that the community needed more than ever. Tink (played by Aria Brown) and the entire cast of characters (most returning to reprise their hilarious roles- and they are stellar!) will take over the Gardens in May. So don’t be surprised if you encounter a dramatic sword fight or watch a fairy fly across the sky. Patrons are invited to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy this outdoor production. It’s the perfect setting for an unforgettable Mother’s Day for all Huntsville families. Weather permitting this production will take place at the Four Seasons Garden. Rain date performances are scheduled for Sunday May 21st.
Once you’ve soared through Neverland, make a pit stop at FantasyPlayhouse.org to check out the spectacular offerings of summer programming! Camp season kicks off on May 30th with half-day and full-day options for all levels of creative learners. The FPCTA Summer academy season offers performance showcases of Mary Poppins JR. And Puffs, a parody of all the Harry Potter books squeezed into one hilarious production. Choose an option that fits into your summer schedule. Fun-filled adventures with Bluey, Doc McStuffins, and even a Broadway Bootcamp for students ready to kick-ball-change it up a notch! No matter what makes your little star light up, FPCTA will allow them to take the stage this summer with opportunities for all ages. Camps offered at Bob Jones High School in Madison and at FPCTA’s main office on Long Ave in Huntsville.
For the parents, FPCTA offers a few events a year that may intrigue the adult crowd. This June, adults can play a part in FPCTA’s annual fundraiser Rocket City’s Got Talent;an evening of drinks, entertainment, silent auction bidding, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a live show where local businesses enter their most talented employees to compete in our live talent show. If your company would like to put forth a performer and raise money on their behalf, contestant registration is now open! Play an instrument or sing your best karaoke song while the community votes with their dollars for the 2023 winner of Rocket City’s Got Talent! Contestants should register now and attendees can purchase tickets for this event which will take place on Friday night June 2nd at The Atrium at Redstone Federal Credit Union on Wynn Drive. Information about RCGT can be found online: Fantasyplayhouse.org/RCGT.
Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre and Academy celebrates the upcoming announcement of their 63rd Season as one America’s longest running children’s theaters of the southeast. Keep an eye out for a vibrant upcoming season of world premiere new plays, twisted fairytales, and family friendly memories to be made. Join the hundreds of thousands of Huntsvillian’s who have enjoyed this magical tradition of live family friendly theater since 1961. Let the magic continue!