The most colorful place in the East Bay to enjoy children’s community theater is at Aesop’s Playhouse, Fairyland’s exciting main stage. From June through October, our talented cast brings stories from around the world to life—check the calendar for showtimes.
Fairyland has enabled young people to create live theatre for over 50 years. In 1956, we introduced Fairyland Personalities. In this theatre program, children ages 8 to 10 portray characters from folklore and children’s literature in stage productions, at community events, and during visits to senior centers and schools. Auditions for our Children’s Theatre program are held once a year in January. Find out about the audition process.
Aesop’s Playhouse accommodates over 200 people in festival seating and was funded entirely by Oakland’s Measure DD, a $198.25 million bond measure passed by voters in 2002. Oakland-based Ace Architects designed the structure; Scientific Art Studio of Richmond created the fanciful sculptures of Aesop and his characters.
In addition to our own children’s theater, our playhouse has hosted the Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Oakland School for the Arts, the Pacific Boychoir, the Oakland Ballet Company, popular characters from KQED, and a host of young performers from local schools and community arts groups.
On weekends from June through October, Aesop’s Playhouse presents three plays in rotation—one each weekend. These original productions are written and directed by our Children’s Theatre director and feature our lively Children’s Theatre troupe. Professional designers and other members of the Bay Area theater community create our costumes, sets, and props, with added help from parents, staff, and volunteers.
The world is full of rabbits-- no wonder that there are so many tales about them! Tricky rabbits, clever conejos, bad bunnies, and lovely lapins from all over the world come together in this collection of fuzzy rabbit tales from West Africa, India, and Korea. Bounce along with the bunnies as they search for wisdom, safety, and the perfect salad. Written and directed with original music by Doyle Ott. Costumes by Tonya Marie & Gypsy Cat Studios.
"Ozma of Oz"
Join Dorothy as she returns to Oz for an adventure with a new set of friends (and a few familiar ones). Adapted from one of Frank Baum's famous books, this sequel to the Wizard of Oz is full of wonder and brings Baum's classic American fairytale to Fairyland's stage. Written and directed with original music by Doyle Ott, adapted from the novel by Frank Baum. Costumes by Patti Baugh.
"El Oso Principe (The Bear Prince)"
In this classic Mexican folk tale, a woodcutter's daughter finds herself wrapped up in a wonderful adventure with a magical bear, who is not exactly what he seems. Join her as she follows the bear prince to the goblin queen's palace. Will they have enough magic tricks and transformations to escape the goblins? Written and directed with original music by Doyle Ott. Costumes by Tonya Marie & Gypsy Cat Studios.