There’s always something fun going on at Sandrell Rivers Theater, home to Fantasy Theatre Factory, a nonprofit theater organization that has been presenting programs for children since 1982. The colorful and fun productions include play readings, educational shows, and workshops for magic, slapstick, juggling, miming, clowning and improv comedy.
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Fantasy Theatre Factory’s mission is to cultivate, foster, sponsor and develop appreciation, understanding, taste and love of theater arts among the general public, with a special emphasis on serving children.
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Wizards, Dragons & Books, OH MY! Sensory Inclusive Performance
May 6 at 2 p.m.
$5 per person
The story stars Jojo, a great kid who loves to read… That is until some kids in the lunchroom start calling him names like “bookworm.” To avoid the bullying, Jojo goes to Mendel’s Magical Book Shop, hoping that he can sell his books and use the money to buy video games, so he’ll fit in with the other kids. Once in the Magic Book Shop though, things take an unexpected turn as the stories in his books magically start to jump to life all around him! Now, all of the pages to Jojo’s books are blank and the characters from his books are running wild in real life!
“Sacred Fire” (in-person and online)
Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.
$10.00 in-person; free online.
Presented by in conjunction with New Cannon Chamber Collective, the performance explores a range of Western classical music by composers of African descent by merging engaging visual elements and sound. It is a chronological musical journey from Afro-British to Afro-Brazilian music, narrated with poetic prose and accompanied with elements of movement (ballet) and visual art. The program will culminate in an audience talk-back with the artists and Fantasy Theatre Factory CEO/Executive Artistic Director Larry Fields. Produced by singer Portia Dunkley, directed by singer Angel Refuse, and featuring visual artist Marielle Plaisir; spoken-word artist Dachondra Cason; ballet dancer Emily Ricca; and musicians Chelsea Sharpe (violin), Victoria Joseph (violin), Vishnu Ramankutty (viola), and Kevin Phillip Jones (cello).
“Lift Every Voice – Black Women Speak” (in-person and online)
Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.
The show features the reading of 14 monologues that unleash the thoughts and experiences of Black Women playwrights from across the country. From an unwanted pregnancy to the fear of a traffic stop, the monologues give us a glimpse into the lives of these women. Produced by Marjorie O’Neill-Butler, directed by O’Neill-Butler, Ricky J. Martinez, Rachel Finley, and Karen Stephens, and featuring South Florida actors Carolyn Johnson, Stephon Duncan, Carey Brianna Hart, Daryl Patrice, and Yesenia Ozuna.
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody: A Celebration of Black Icons from the ’80s” (online only)
Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.
Program that will explore the iconic music created by African American artists in the 1980s. A plethora of icons released hit after hit that topped the charts across the US and around the world, including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Billy Ocean, Anita Baker, Patti Labelle, and many more.
Be advised: All in-person shows and workshops will take place with social distancing and facial covering measures.
Also, tune in online every first Tuesday of the month for Random Questions with Larry Fields. The hour-long show is hosted by CEO/Executive Artistic Director Larry Fields who fields just what the title implies, random questions! Visit their Facebook page to watch.
See below for our full Calendar of Events.