Children's Theatre

  • We’re pleased to introduce our 2017 Children’s Theatre Performers!

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  • Aesop's fables come to life

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  • Follow the flight of the Mariposas as they migrate from California to Mexico

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  • A Tunisian tale about a curious cat that sets a series of events in motion

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  • Our Children’s Theatre plays for laughs!

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  • Let us entertain you

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  • The casts bring to life stories from around the world.

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  • The view from a seat in Aesop’s Playhouse.

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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 theater for over 50 years. In 1956, we introduced Fairyland Personalities. In this theater 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/February. 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.