Fairy Tale Theatre returns

Published 7:25 pm Tuesday, June 12, 2018

This year marks the 33rd season of Fairy Tale Theatre.

Started by former Vicksburg residents, Don and Kathryn Resio, Fairy Tale Theatre is geared for ages 7 through 18.

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“Fairy Tale was established to give children a place to learn how to not only act, but also run lights, build sets, make costumes and everything else that goes into a show. It is completely student-run and adults really just supervise,” Ashleigh Holliday said. Holliday is serving as one of the adult volunteers and will help direct one of the plays for Fairy Tale Theatre.

“One unique fact about fairy tales is that it is youth directed,” said Fairy Tale Theatre producer Jo Beth Britt. “There is an apprentice and student director role where the older more experienced youth actually do the selection of plays and cast and direct,” Britt said.

The plays performed are both selected from a publishing company and locally written.

“Richard Vandenakker wrote one of our plays ‘Alice 912’ this year,” Holliday said.

He has also written other plays performed for Fairy Tale Theatre, as well as plays for the Hawkins Dinner Theater.

This year more than 40 kids are participating in Fairy Tale Theatre, and in addition to “Alice 912,” plays offered will be “Revenge of the Pigs ” and “Little Red and the Riding Hoods.”

Kathryn Goss along with adult director, Celeste Constancio will direct “Little Red and the Riding Hoods,” and Holiday described the paly as a “show within a show.”

“The play features a biker gang, Little Red Riding Hood, a stuffy narrator and a pesky stagehand,” Holliday said.

“Revenge of the Pigs” is directed by Britt and Sarah Dulaney serves as the student director.

“This is a comedy about the three pigs. The pigs are unhappy about the wolf blowing their houses down, so they hatch a revenge plot and find several others willing to help them with the big bad wolf,” Holliday said.

And “Alice 912,” Holliday said, is a very different version/ spin off from “Alice in Wonderland.

“It takes place after Alice grows up. She becomes a police detective, along with her sidekicks Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and together they must figure out who is behind a recent zombie outbreak and some less-than-normal break-ins,” she said, adding, “This is a follow-up to last year’s “Alice 911.”

All plays will be performed at 7 p.m. June 21 through 24 at the Parkside Playhouse Theater, 101 Iowa Ave.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for ages 12 and younger.

“Many of us grew up doing Fairy Tale Theatre,” Holliday said, “And now have come full circle and are directing the plays. I was in my first play, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ when I was 7 years old. That is what gave me the acting bug, and I’ve been at home on the stage ever since.”

Holliday said both Dulaney and Goss, have also grown up doing Fairy Tale Theatre.

The schedule: 

• Thursday, June 21 —  “Revenge of the Pigs” and “Little Red and the Riding Hoods”

• Friday, June 22 — “Alice 912” and “Revenge of the Pigs”

• Saturday, June 23 — “Little Red and the Riding Hoods” and “Revenge of the Pigs”

• Sunday, June 24 — “Alice 912” and “Little Red and the Riding Hoods”

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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