Family Fun Series

The Playhouse Family Fun Series is celebrating it's 11th season for children and families at the Arcata Playhouse with public and school performances of theater, storytelling, puppetry and variety performing arts. Since 2006 the series has brought performers from California, Oregon, Washington, Maine, Canada, Australia, Scotland and England to perform for Humboldt County children and their families. The series strives to bring young people in contact with the performing arts in a safe an intimate setting and host high quality artist in a low cost environment. The 2017 series is generously sponsored by Kokatat Watersports Wear, Holly Yashi Jewelry and Wildberries Marketplace. Tickets are available starting December 1st online this website and February 1st at Wildberries Marketplace & Redwood Yogurt. 

2017 Family Fun Series Season



Coupe de Fourde

Teatro Pachuco (Belgium)
Friday, March 24 at 7pm 
Saturday, March 25 at 2pm & 7pm Tickets

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. Featuring clown and physical performer Rudi Galindo and Italian dancer/actress Lisa Da Boit from Brussels Belgium.

Teatro Pachuco combines the elements of silent film and European clown and distills it with the passion of the Mexican-American culture. The result is a unique style of physical theatre that has entertained more than a million smiling faces on four continents. 


basf.jpgStoryteller Diane Ferlatte

Diane Ferlatte (Oakland, CA)
Friday, April 7 at 7pm 
Saturday, April 8 at 2pm & 7pm   Tickets

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 many of her stories & songs have African and African American roots, she loves to tell any story that holds truths touching upon our common humanity, our history & our culture. Through stories, songs, sign language, humor and audience participation, she brings her tales to life while accompanied by her musical sidekick Erik Pearson on banjo & guitar.




The Frog Prince

Tears of Joy Theater (Portland, OR)
Friday, May 5 at 7pm  
Saturday, May 6 at 2pm & 7pm  Tickets

A ‘Beauty and the Beast’ story set in China. A spectacular puppet performance, The Frog Prince is inspired by a Mandarin Chinese folktale told with frogs, magical dragons and special effects.
The son of a magical water sprite and a prince of toads, Indri must learn to place another’s needs before his own. Inspired by the compassion of a courageous friend, Indri discovers that true beauty is found within the kindness we show and accept from others.

Portland based Tears of Joy Theatre is recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding puppet theaters and known internationally for its innovation and excellence.



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  • commented 2017-10-29 17:12:19 -0700
    I watched The Frog Prince and it was a wonderful show, I would highly recommend it.
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