Summer Youth Workshops 2017

Sign up now for Summer Fun at the Playhouse!!!!


Now is the time to sign up for summer workshops!!!!

We offer three exciting workshops during the summer 2017:

  • Puppet Camp, June 26 - 30
  • Pageant on the Plaza, July 10 – 22
  • Summer Youth Workshops from July 24 – 28

Puppet Camp (for ages 6 - 14) consists of a puppet building laboratory during the morning session.  Campers will be guided through a brainstorming, planning, and building process by the teachers.  The lab focuses on building your own puppet characters and puppet stages.  Campers will work with a variety of materials to construct one to three different kids of puppets.  In the afternoon campers will write and create original puppet plays with the puppet characters they build in the morning.  They will perform their plays in their own puppet festival on the last day of camp.  Parent and the community will be invited!

Pageant on the Plaza, is an exciting two-week adventure into outdoor performance and spectacle for kids ages 9 to 14. See the Pageant on the Plaza website.  The two-week workshop begins with a week of skill building during which classes are presented in storytelling, character development, construction of large puppets, music, movement and stilt walking. The second week is dedicated to applying those freshly minted skills to building and rehearsing an original production to be performed at the end of a Saturdays' Farmers Market on July 22rd. 

Summer Youth Workshops are a collection of fun theater classes for kids ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 14. Classes are held Monday through Friday and end with a final presentation on the last day. Classes offered are Clown Town, Creative Movement, Mythic Acting or Mythos in Acting and Theater Improvisation. For more information on the July 2017 workshops go to Summer Youth Workshops

Please email Amy Tetzlaff with questions or for a registration form:

or call the Arcata Playhouse at 822-1575!


Storyteller Diane Ferlatte

Playhouse Family series continues with Award-winning storyteller Diane Ferlatte


Friday, April 7 at 7pm & Saturday, April 8 at 2pm & 7pm 

Tickets $14 adults and $10 kids 12 and under. 

Grammy-nominated storyteller Diane Ferlatte is a multi-award winning performer who has captivated audiences across six continents and throughout the U.S. Diane draws from a deep well of folktales, myths, legends, & fables to inform, entertain, & inspire. While emphasizing African American stories, she loves to tell stories that hold truths touching upon our common humanity, including personal and historical stories. Having a background in music as well as American Sign Language, Diane frequently incorporates both into her performances. Erik Pearson, her musical sidekick, often accompanies Diane on banjo & guitar.

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Gerald Snider Ph.D. Johnson College, Kansas


Diane has wowed audiences across the globe from Europe to Singapore & Malaysia, from Australia & New Zealand to Colombia, Senegal, Kenya, South Africa, Turkey, Jamaica, India and of course all over the United States. She believes that telling and listening to each other's stories not only enables us to learn about each other, but also to understand each other better. She views storytelling as a traditional art form that can promote literacy, imagination, and values in the young.

Tickets at Wildberries Marketpalce, Redwood Yogurt, online or reserve at 822-1575.

2017 Family Series opens with Teatro Pachuco

coup_de_foudre_web_crop.jpgPlayhouse Family Series opens with performances on Friday, March 24 at 7pm and Saturday, March 25 at 2pm & 7pm with Coup de Foudre. Tickets at Wildberries, Redwood Yogurt or call 822-1575 to reserve or

Local physical comedian Rudi Galindo returns to Humboldt with his troupe Teatro Pachuco from Belgium to perform Coup De Foudre, a physical comedy with dance and silent film influences. Galindo was best known as part of the physical comedy troupe Los Payasos Mendigos in the'90s. He has since relocated to Europe where he works with his partner, Italian dancer/actress, Lisa da Boit.

Coup de Foudre is one part Fellini, two parts Charlie Chaplin with a Latin twist of acrobatic dexterity. Uncooperative objects have a life of their own; hats hover in mid-air, newspapers become masks, a small child magically vanishes inside a wooden suitcase. The audience is led into a silent movie world that borders between dream and reality. Nothing is ever what it seems with this clown and a ballerina as they open a suitcase full of dreams. Coup de Foudre is magic without tricks, poetry without words.

This enduring family performance series has consistently brought wonderfully unique touring artist to Humboldt County for shows at the Arcata Playhouse. The series features has quality, affordable family entertainment for children and adults alike and hosts companies from across the U.S. and Canada, England, Scotland and Australia.

In addition to Teatro Pachuco the 2017 series will feature:
Award-winning storyteller Diane Ferlatte from Oakland on April 7 & 8 and Portland puppet troupe Tears of Joy in The Frog Prince on May 5 & 6.

The series is supported by funding from generous local business sponsors Suddenlink Communications, Kokatat Watersports Wear, Holly Yashi Jewelry and Wildberries Marketplace.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 students and members and $10 for children 12 and under or $45 for a family of four or more. They are available at Wildberries Market Place and Redwood Yogurt as well as online at For additional information or reservations call (707) 822-1575. The Arcata Playhouse is located at 1251 9th Street in Arcata.


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