2nd Annual Fairy Tale Festival Fundraiser!

Where else in Savannah can you dance with pirates, sing with princesses and play in the snow in July?

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The Little Mermaid shares treasures with one of our Little Guests!

     Everyone at SCT is excited for another fabulous Fairytale Festival!
Last year was such a great success that this year we have created two sessions to allow more one-on-one interaction between the characters and the children.  We will have even more characters, including some storybook favorites like Alice in Wonderland and Jack, of Beanstalk fame.  There will be live theatre performances every 30 minutes, and a brand new Royal Boutique!

        Choose tickets for either 10am-12pm OR 2pm-4pm! 

     Upon arrival, guests will receive a Map of Storybook Kingdom, and will begin their journey through Mermaid Lagoon, the Enchanted Forest, Fairy Hollow and more!  They can stop by the Royal Boutique where boys and girls will make crowns and tiaras, or receive a royal makeover by palace artisans!  Along Storybook Lane they will meet Snow White, visit with Cinderella and her Prince in front of her golden carriage, and buy magic beans from Jack. On Wonderland Way they will visit with Alice to ‘pin the grin’ on the Cheshire Cat.  Look below to find the way to your favorite fairy tale spot!

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A few of our 115 guests at Fairy Fest 2014!

A few of our 115 guests at Fairy Fest 2014!

     Last year’s most popular land was The Snow Castle where children played in the *snow,* created necklaces and keychains, made marshmallow snowmen, and visited with the Snow Queen and the Ice Princess. Snow Castle is back again this year with more snow and even more frozen magic!  Another favorite returning this year is Pirate’s Cove, where young buccaneers will join the pirate crew to swab the deck, load the cannon, and dig for buried treasure.  Better follow Captain’s orders, or you’ll have to walk the plank!

    FairyFest 2015 is sure to delight children of all ages but is designed for ages 2-10.  Tickets are available online or you can call our box office at 912-238-9015.  To insure that the children have a special and memorable experience, we are limiting the spaces.  We expect to sell out, so please purchase your tickets early!

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Coming Home, by Laura Keena

     I am so glad to be home!

     I am also glad to say that working here at Savannah Children’s Theatre is one of the reasons why.  I loved growing up here in this enchanting place and, like so many of us, my life was forever changed after auditioning for a Kelie Miley production (Peter Pan, to be specific).  After that summer in **cough cough** it was all over!  The theatre bug had seriously bitten me, and I was forever to be a lost boy.  A theatre kid to the bitter end!

     In high school I knew that I wanted to leave Savannah (isn’t that what everyone wants in high school?), and I did.  I went to college in Washington DC, home to a surprisingly vibrant and thriving theatre community.  I studied in London and New York.  I worked in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, anywhere that would allow me to do what I loved!  For a long time Savannah was behind me.  Not forgotten, but not in focus.

     I think of our recent graduates, some of whom are now in their first year away from home, and I remember that bittersweet time in my own life.  Simultaneously loving being away from home, meeting new people and learning so many new things, but also being surprised by how deeply I missed my home.  I’d go about my days, happy to be out on my own, until a sudden craving for my dad’s homemade spaghetti sauce (affectionately known in my house as “the nectar of the gods”) would hit me in the gut.  I was a strong, independent, career-oriented woman…until I came down with the sniffles.  Nothing says “you’re an adult now” quite like buying your own Kleenex and cold medicine.  Eventually, you find your way and you build your home wherever you are, and a while after I left, Savannah stopped feeling like my absolute home.  Until this year.

     Since I moved back in January, I have had the honor and pleasure of working alongside my best friend, my first director, and countless former cast mates.  Like everyone else who works at Savannah Children’s Theatre, I think it best to say that I wear many hats.  Since starting to work here I have been challenged and inspired daily, and it’s only been nine months!  One day Assistant Music Directing 42nd Street, the next Stage Managing Charlotte’s Web, another day rehearsing Jane in our upcoming production of Tarzan, and starting today, Directing And Then There Were None for our burgeoning Teen Theatre class.  I am so glad to be home, doing what I love with the people I love, and being a part of this wonderful arts community!

     So for those of you recently gone, or for those of you preparing to go, know in advance that it’s going to be hard.  And know in advance that it does get easier.  And know that, sometimes, you can go home again.