The Power of Being Involved in Theatre as a Youth

At 13 years old, theatre changed my life.

My family moved to a new state just as I started 8th grade. I faced a new school with no friends or any kind of network. Luckily, my mom found a notice in the newspaper (this was a long time ago) advertising a community theatre group for teens. Walking through those doors that first Monday night introduced me to a group that became “my people” through high school. The 15 productions I participated in helped me build self-confidence, learn time management, collaborate with a group, and even laid the groundwork for a professional theatre career.

We at Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre invite your teen to experience the same life-changing theatre magic, whether it’s through an Academy acting showcase, our Lab 87 Teen Actors’ Conservatory, or our upcoming shows Cinderella, A Christmas Carol, and The Hobbit.


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A professional theatre career is not guaranteed, but making new friends and mastering self confidence and skills that will enrich life on and offstage are! Read more to find out ways to get involved. Let the magic continue!

Fantasy Playhouse Showcase 2019


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Upcoming Opportunities for Young Actors

Lab 87 Auditions!

A Teen Actor’s Conservatory
2019/2020 Season | More Info
Lab 87 is FPCTA’s pre-professional training program intended for serious performers ages 13-18. With curriculum designed to increase a young actor’s knowledge of various performance techniques, performers will experience in-depth ensemble work as well as unique performance opportunities throughout the community. Lab 87 meets weekly on Monday from 6:30-8:30 pm throughout the academic year. Admission is by audition only.

  • Audition Dates: Saturday August 3rd & Sunday August 4th @ 2:00 pm
  • Location: Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater & Academy 3312 Long Ave.
  • Actors should prepare a one minute monologue of their choice and plan to move around in a group audition.

Teen Acting Showcase Fall 2019: Game of Tiaras

Class Date & Time: Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 PM
Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater & Academy | More Info

In this fast paced, fully immersive class, students audition, rehearse, and perform a full play. When the aging king of a magical kingdom decides to split his empire between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle, and the Snow Queen, tragedy ensues – hilarious tragedy, that is! Packed with comedy, plot twists, and hilarious despair, this gut-wrenching, knee-slapping adaptation of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” will leave you rolling with laughter. When you play the Game of Tiaras, winning is the only option!


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Fall Early Bird Discount ends July 15th, 2019
Financial Assistance is available, the deadline to submit applications is July 15th, 2019.

Please visit the Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre website for a complete listing of fall classes, summer camps or to view our fall brochure! Questions about Academy Programming? Please contact Candice Cooper or call our office at 256-539-6829.

 

Karen Mockensturm Fantasy PlayhouseABOUT THE AUTHOR: Karen Mockensturm is the Executive Director of Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre & Academy in Huntsville, Alabama. Karen believes in the power of theatre and arts education to serve as a change agent in today’s digital world and is deeply grateful to be in part of a community that values creativity in all its forms. Read more about Karen’s work on the stage and in the community.