Take a Fairy Tale Family Vacation with A2CT’s Junior Theatre

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s Junior Theatre will be presenting the comedy Fairy Tale Family Vacation from May 15-18 at Washtenaw Community College’s College Theater. Shows are at 7:30p on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 1p on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, children, and seniors.

FTFV Group–Front seat: Drew Flattery (L) and Jasmine Xu (R); Passenger seat: Allison Haak (L) and Jeremy Klooster (R); Roof: Lena Schramm (L) and Claire Vaughn (R);Trunk: Sam Klein
Photo by Andrea Klooster

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s Junior Theatre presents the original children’s comedy, Fairy Tale Family Vacation, by Emilio Rodriguez, directed by Katherine Altman. Performances are May 15-17 at 7:30pm, and May 17 and 18 at 1pm, 2014, at WCC’s College Theater. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, children, and seniors. Tickets are available by calling or visiting the A2CT office (734) 971-2228, or at the door of WCC’s College Theater before each performance. The production is suitable for children ages 4 and up. Additional information is available at www.a2ct.org.

FTFV 1–front seat: Astrid Ball, Ali Ahmed; back seat: Savanna Cowley, Claire Vaughn, Solveig Ball (leaning forward from back)
Photo by Tom Steppe

Fairy Tale Family Vacation lampoons not only the road-trip comedies of the silver screen, but the classic fairy tales we’ve all grown up with. A typical American family sets out on a vacation to celebrate “Dad’s” birthday. As the kids grumble and squabble, Dad takes a wrong turn that leads the car into the Disenchanted Forest. There, the family stumbles across The Three Pigs, Rapunzel, and other fairy tale characters on one wild, unforgettable ride!

“The cast of Fairy Tale Family Vacation is so talented and versatile,” says director Kat Altman, “that we are incorporating improvisations into the production. In addition to the scripted cast of characters, students will be showing off their ability to create unscripted characters and stories through a variety of improvisational scenes. With suggestions and help from the audience, students will create these scenes on the spot in several improvs which are character-driven. From guests at a party with unusual characteristics to wacky super heroes, students will explore the limitless possibilities we have when imagination and teamwork are combined.”

The Fairy Tale Family Vacation ensemble features Malcolm Elliott as Dad, Caroline Mull as Mom, with Astrid Ball, Solveig Ball, Savana Crowley, Nikita Datar, Alaina Pellar-Kosbar, Lena Schramm, Sophia Tomasi and Clair Vaughn sharing the roles of the family’s kids. Playing fairy tale characters are Ali Ahmed, Ellie Baden, Amalia Chappell-Lakin, Emma Chen, Drew Flattery, Alison Haak, Julie Johnson, Makayia Klein, Samuel Klein, Jeremy Klooster, Ryan Klooster, Kaeli Sikkenga, Cierra Wollack, and Jasmine Xu.


Fairy Tale Family Vacation is sponsored by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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