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 July through October, our talented cast brings stories from around the world to life.
Coming this summer to Aesop's Playhouse!
Ozma of Oz
Join Dorothy as she returns to Oz for an adventure with a new set of friends (and a few familiar ones). How can Dorothy and Princess Ozma save the people of Oz from the wicked Nome King? How can a chicken and a mechanical man help? Adapted from one of Frank Baum's famous books, this sequel to the Wizard of Oz is full of wonder and brings his classic American fairy-tale to Fairyland's stage.
El Principe Oso (The Bear Prince)
In this Spanish 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. When he is spirited away, to a castle beyond the sun and moon she comes to rescue him, but will they have enough magic tricks and transformations to escape?
Follow Alice to Looking-glass Land to meet Humpty Dumpty, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and a host of other characters in our new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s delightful book. Join her from one adventure to the next as she travels through the upside-down and backwards world behind the mirror.
History of Children's Theatre
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 11 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.
More about Aesop's Playhouse
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.