Children's Theatre Program
"...Children's Fairyland does a great job of really teaching kids to take ownership of their roles, not just on stage but in developing the show and being accountable to each other. My kidshave shown growth, not just as actors, but as people." — A dad from Fairyland’s 2019 Children's Theatre program
“I love the shows that we do and spending time with friends.” — 2019 cast member
Fun fact: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf played Raggedy Ann as a Fairyland Personality in the 1970s. We can't promise your child will grow up to be a political figure, but we can promise they will have fun and be rewarded for their hard work.
Do you have a child, aged 8 to 10, who loves to sing, act, and dance?
Fantastic! Fairyland is looking for 30 enthusiastic children to join its year-round Children’s Theatre program.
Fairyland Personalities receive over 50 hours of performing arts training with professional artists and educators, and will portray characters from folklore and children’s literature in stage productions at the park, at community events, parades, and during visits to senior centers and schools.
Cost is just $375 for the year, and scholarships are available. Rehearsals begin in March, and performances run from June through October.
Auditions will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 25-26, 2020
There will be a make-up date in early February if anyone is unable to attend in January.
Auditions for the Children’s Theatre Program are held once a year in late January or early February for children ages 8 through 10. Participants must prepare a two-minute performance for a four-judge panel.
We require at least one minute of oral recitation of a memorized poem or monologue. For the remaining minute, the child may sing, dance, play an instrument, or continue the oral presentation. A tape/CD player and MP3 jack is available if you choose to bring music.
The five-judge panel includes our Children’s Theatre Program director, a Fairyland staff member, a former Fairyland Personality, and a parent. They look for stage presence, vocal quality, ability to focus, and desire to commit to the program, among other attributes.
At least one parent or guardian must accompany each child for an initial interview that precedes the two-minute audition. Parents are asked to leave the room during the audition itself.
Auditions are always a little stressful. We try to remove some of the anxiety with a short period of theatre games and improvisation led by our Children’s Theatre director before the individual auditions. Children let off steam by moving around and making noise. As a result, they go into their auditions feeling more relaxed and confident.
You can register your child for an audition online.
A Fairyland Personality must attend all scheduled rehearsals, performances, and official Fairyland events. Each child in the Children’s Theatre Program must attend all rehearsal weekends in March, April, and May. They will perform every three weekends, including some holidays, from June through October. This amounts to approximately four rehearsal and eight performance weekends.
Parents are also part of the Children’s Theatre Program. As the parent of a Fairyland Personality, you are responsible for:
- Paying a production fee to cover costs including costumes (which belong to your child) and photo documentation of the show.
- Bringing your child to all rehearsals, performances, and events
- Acting as a chaperone at parades or other official events
- Attending regular Children’s Theatre meetings