Fantasy Fables

Beloved actors ensemble makes magic happen onstage for families with first-time theatregoers.

Courtesy of Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble

Children of all ages are in for a treat this spring, as Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble brings another season of fun to the Lesher Center. Two fairy tale favorites team up in Once Upon a Time: Adventures of Little Red and Goldilocks (March 10–13). Then, May 5–8, Dorothy, Toto, and friends are off to see The Wizard of Oz.

For more than forty years, Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble has entertained
audiences and lived up to its company mission of bringing family-friendly shows to the East Bay. Fantasy Forum’s productions are particularly good as a way to let little ones experience theatre for the first time.

“It’s a great introduction to live theatre,” says Fantasy Forum producer Jennifer Perry. “The shows are 50 minutes long, and the boys and girls are not expected to sit still or be absolutely quiet—we encourage the kids to be a part of the stories. Sometimes, the kids in the audience even come on stage.”

Fantasy Forum always makes sure to schedule performances for Diablo Regional Arts Association’s Arts Access program, which provides transportation and arts programs to low-income students in Contra Costa County.


When: March 10–13; May 5–8     Where: Margaret Lesher Theatre     Info: (925) 943-SHOW (7469), or