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 2007 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 2018 series is generously sponsored by Kokatat Watersports Wear, Holly Yashi Jewelry and Wildberries Marketplace. Tickets are available starting January 15 online at this website and February 1st at Wildberries Marketplace & Redwood Yogurt. 

2018 Family Fun Series Season


Japanese Storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto in

Magical Mask, Mime and Music of Japan

Friday, March 16 at 7pm 
Saturday, March 17 at 2pm & 7pm Tickets

Kuniko Yamamoto enchants audiences of every age with dramatic storytelling using myths and fables from ancient and modern Japan, spiced with social revelations to educate and amuse. Kuniko enchants audiences using traditional Japanese music, handcrafted masks, stylized movement and a touch of magic to create an artistic balance of illusion and reality. Every show encourages audience interaction and participation, with each narrative carefully selected for cultural and moral perspectives.

Basquette Quese
Iman Lizarazu 

Friday, April 13 at 7pm 
Saturday, April 14 at 2pm & 7pm   Tickets

Basquette Quese” starring Iman Lizarazu is a poetic tale about a clown trying to fall asleep! In her classic comedic battle Iman cooks up hilarious strategies to exhaust herself. The result is a rollicking whirlwind of bed-time antics – juggling pillow feathers – a Flamenco ballet while juggling seven rings – a pirates adventure atop a rola bola – and even a Tango that brings life to Max, her clothes hanger!

Animalitos (The Little Animals)

Magical Moonshine Puppet Theater (California)

Friday, May 11 at 7pm  
Saturday, May 12 at 2pm & 7pm  Tickets


Animalitos is a collection of Aesop’s fables woven together in  magical puppet dance told with Spanish and English. A rabbit starts a race with a tortoise, but seeing that he has plenty of time, he wanders off, and gets involved with a fox who is trying to court a crane with a romantic dinner for two. With some clever tricks they manage to get some food to serve but things go awry when the fox talks the rabbit into being the waiter for the meal. Meanwhile the tortoise is getting closer to the finish line!



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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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