Since 2006, Fidgety Fairy Tales - The Mental Health Musicals has been re-imagining familiar fairy tales to raise awareness and reduce the fear and misunderstanding that surround children’s mental health.
For example, in our version Little Red Riding Hood has AD/HD and gets distracted on her way to granny’s house, but it is her ability to pay attention to a bunch of things at the same time that ends up saving the day. Check out this video of a past performance...
Our shows have something for everyone…great music by Marya Hart, a playful and gentle sense of humor, fun colorful costumes, and performances by a cast of incredibly talented young actors.
We are currently rehearsing six stories…Hansel and Gretel (which talks about post traumatic stress), Sleeping Hansome (which covers depression), Beauty and the Beast is about autism, Little Mermaid addresses eating disorders, Rumpelstiltskin is about addiction, and of course Little Red Riding Hood.
All of the actors have been in fidgety fairy tales before, and some of them have been doing it for years. Sam was Sleeping Handsome in our very first production back in 2008. Here he is now, rehearsing the role of the Beast...
That’s why we want lots and lots of people to get a chance to see the show. We have been booked for several performances in outstate Minnesota, but currently don’t have the funding to be able to offer public performances in the Twin Cities.
We are committed to keeping the tickets to our performances free because families of children with mental health disorders often find their resources stretched to the max.
That’s why we need YOU! For every $700, we will be able to offer a performance that is free and open to the public. Our funding goal is set at $1400, which means we would be able to do two performances. If you all pledge more than that, we will just keep scheduling performances around the Twin Cities!
We’ve got some great rewards for you, too! A performance includes three fairy tales. If you pledge $100, you will get to pick one of the stories for one of the performances. Do you have a favorite library, school, church, or community center that would be open to hosting a performance? For $500, we will schedule one of the performances there. And for $1000, Marya Hart, composer extraordinaire, will write you a song about a theme of your choosing.
Just so you know, 75% of the money we raise goes directly to the artists (the creators/directors, Matt and Marya, as well as the actors...we pay them, too!) The rest goes to upgrading or replacing worn out costumes and props, publicity, and a little bit for administrative costs like accounting and office support.
The project has been embraced by both the mental health community and the arts community. The development of all six of our original productions have been supported by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded us grants as well. The past three shows have been workshopped in front of very enthusiastic audiences at Nautilus Theatre's Rough Cuts Series.
Fidgety Fairy Tales is a project of the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH). In addition to Fidgety Fairy Tales, MACMH produces several publications, offers trainings for parents and professionals, and hosts an annual Child and Adolescent Mental Health conference that is the largest of its kind in the nation.
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Risks and challenges
Our teen actors are incredibly talented but also incredibly busy. It is not unusual for one of our actors to be unavailable for a performance. That is why we have an extensive understudy system, and it is amazing how our cast can cover for each other.
Once we have secured the funding, we will contact performance sites that have hosted us before. It has never been an issue to find venues that would like to host a performance.
The performances will either be scheduled for November or January. If we schedule a show in November, we will have to get the word out very quickly. We will get the word out through social media and MACMH's email list of over 25,000 parents and professionals. YOU can help us spread the word, too!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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