SACRAMENTO — Fairytale Town will showcase a diverse selection of theater performances for children and families each weekend in April for the Children’s Theater Festival.
Performing companies include the Fairytale Town Troupers, Shadow Puppet Theatre, Boxtales Theatre Company, Roseville Theatre Arts Academy and more.
“Fairytale Town is home to one of the oldest theaters in Sacramento built for children and used for children’s theater productions,” said Kathy Fleming, executive director of Fairytale Town. “Thousands of children have had their first experience with live theater in the Children’s Theater and we are excited to continue that legacy for today’s children.”
The weekend of April 20 and 21, Boxtales Theatre Company presents “Prince Rama and the Monkey King,” based on “The Ramayana,” one of India’s most important epics and sacred texts.
The Boxtales Theatre Company uses masks, movement, storytelling and live music to present myths and folklore from around the world. The company is based in Santa Barbara, and presents its high energy and interactive theatrical experiences for youth and family audiences throughout the state.
On Saturday, April 27, the Voice of the Wood, an educational performance group based in Davis, tells stories which celebrate diversity and the triumph of good in the human spirit. The Voice of the Wood will present “How the Jackrabbit Got His Very Long Ears,” a Native American creation myth from the great Southwest desert.
Jackrabbit’s job is to escort the new desert animals to their homes and explain to them why they were made special to fit into the desert environment. His inattention, or lack of hearing, leads to some hurt feelings and a new set of super-sized ears. The whole audience gets to join in the fun by hooting, howling, singing and snapping fingers during the performance.
On Sunday, April 28, the Roseville Theatre Arts Academy will wrap up the festival with “The Princess and the Pea” told in the commedia dell’arte form. The slapstick-humor in this retelling of the classic fairytale will have the whole audience laughing.
Arlequin is afraid he will be stuck playing the role of the pea, but he ends up getting to play the prince. The troupe romps through a series of hilarious princess tests with great slapstick humor. A fairy godmother in this story and Rosetta’s playing the role, whether the troupe likes it or not.
All performances take place in Fairytale Town’s indoor Children’s Theater. Performances are offered Saturdays and Sundays in April. Show times are 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $2 for non-members of Fairytale Town in addition to park admission, and $1 for members. Tickets can be purchased at the Fairytale Town main gate or at the entrance to the Children’s Theater 15 minutes prior to show time.
For more information visit fairytaletown.org or call 916-808-7462.