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.
In the forests of Russia, a witch named Baba Yaga lived in a hut – that walked on chicken legs!… Join Vasilisa and Ivan as they journey into the forest where they meet Baba Yaga, and escape her spells with the help of new friends they find on the way, including a magical Matryoshka doll and the mystical Firebird. Costumes by Patti Baugh.
"The Voyages of Sinbad"
Join Sinbad as he sails the seas to find fortune and adventure. How can a simple sailor turn misadventures with giants, genies, monkeys, pirates and even a huge whale into fortune and fame? Based on the stories often included in the Arabian Nights, these perennial favorites include stories influenced by myths from ancient sea-going cultures from Greece to India. Costumes by Patti Baugh.
All around the world there are mighty mountains that erupt in smoke and flame, and wherever these mountains are found people have invented stories about how they were created, why they smoke and who might live inside them. Join us for a fiery celebration of volcanos from Iceland to Japan told in an eruption of stories and song.