Fantasy Playhouse Announces 58th Season

Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater (FPCT) will present its 58th season in the Von Braun Center Playhouse in downtown Huntsville. It’s a great idea to go ahead and save the dates so you don’t miss any of these fantastic shows especially for kids and families!

The season begins with a trip to the Big Apple where audiences get to know a tap dancing reptile who teaches us a valuable lesson about neighbors and understanding with Lyle the Crocodile. Next, it’s on to Chicago to learn about hard work, spirit, and the transformative power of education with Akeela and the Bee. Then, take a jaunt to Klickitat Street and time spent with Beverly Cleary’s well-loved, energetic, and dramatically adorable Ramona Quimby. Of course, no Fantasy Playhouse season would be complete without our Season Extra, A Christmas Carol.

Lyle the Crocodile

October 12-14 and 19-21, 2018
Friday performances at 7pm, Saturday and Sunday performances 1:30 & 5pm
VBC Playhouse

A musical Based on the book “Lyle, Lyle the Crocodile” by Bernard Waber and adapted for the stage by Kevin Kling. Directed by Lena Austin, Lyle the Crocodile features the story of the Primms and their new house on East 88th Street, which has a big surprise—a crocodile in the bathtub! Lyle the Crocodile is no ordinary reptile but that doesn’t stop nasty neighbor Mr. Grumps from wanting to banish him to the zoo. This toe-tapping, finger-snapping musical is a delight for all ages as FPCT brings the Big Apple to the Rocket City. Single Tickets are $15 each or $13 as part of our 58th Season Subscription Series. Group Discounts for 10 or more.


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Akeelah and the Bee

February 2019
February 15-17 and 22-24, 2019
Friday performances at 7pm, Saturday and Sunday performances 1:30 & 5pm
VBC Playhouse

Based on the screenplay by Doug Atchison and adapted for the stage by Cheryl L. West and directed by Jacinda Swinehart and Kailey Burkhardt.11 year-old Akeelah spells words because her father taught her to, not because she’s trying to get a reputation as “the Brainiac.” After she wins her school’s bee, she buckles down and studies hard for Nationals against all kinds of odds including bullying, gun violence outside her window, and mourning for her father. Audience members will cheer Akeelah’s triumphant journey about the transformative power of education, adult mentors, and friendship. This show is recommended for ages 9 and up. Single Tickets are $15 each or $13 as part of our 58th Season Subscription Series. Group Discounts for 10 or more.


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Ramona Quimby

April 19-21 and April 26-28, 2019
Friday performances at 7pm, Saturday and Sunday performances 1:30 & 5pm
VBC Playhouse

Romona Quimby is adapted by Len Jenkin from the Ramona Books by Beverly Cleary and directed by Ronda Shickles.Imaginative Ramona Quimby is ready to tackle the third grade, but she’ll need all the help she can get. The new school year brings big surprises and with the Quimby family’s cooperation and creativity, Ramona learns growing up can be as dramatic as anything she pretends. Based on the children’s classics by Beverly Cleary, audiences of all ages are sure to enjoy their time on Klickitat Street. Single Tickets are $15 each or $13 as part of our 58th Season Subscription Series. Group Discounts for 10 or more.


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A Christmas Carol

November 30 – December 2 and December 7-9, 2018
Friday performances at 7pm, Saturday and Sunday performances 1:30 & 5pm
VBC Playhouse

Catch FPCT’s Season Extra–A Christmas Carol adapted byElaine L. Hubbard with original music and arrangements by Mary Ann Bishop and original lyrics by Elaine L. Hubbard. Directed by Alma Hustonthis favorite Huntsville Holiday tradition is back. Audiences follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a ghostly musical journey through his past, present and future, as he learns about the most important Christmas gift of all – redemption through the power of love. This show is recommended for age 6 and up.
Tickets are $20 for Adults and $15 for Children 17 and under. Season Ticket Holders receive a $2 discount per ticket when purchasing ACC tickets with FPCT Season Tickets. Group Discounts for 10 or more.

Since 1961, Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater has brought the magic of theater and arts education to the families in the Tennessee Valley. Through stage productions, year-round Academy classes and summer camps, partnerships with local schools and a hands-on mentoring in theatre arts training, FPCT provides a unique opportunity for arts education, in addition to a cross-generational family volunteer experience. Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater and Academy is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and is supported in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the City of Huntsville Arts and Cultural grant program.

Simple Helix is the 58th Season Sponsor. Tickets and information can be found at FantasyPlayhouse.com.

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