I kicked off this year’s festival with A Tairy Fale at the Phoenix Theater. It did not disappoint. For fans of movies like Shrek or musicals like Wicked, this will be right up your alley. You get a backstory and a side story and really everything in between. We meet several players as the show opens, practicing their gifts in a little clearing called “Artists Alley”. We are also introduced to Steve, the fourth little pig. As the runt of the litter, he’s lesser known than his brothers, and he’s still trying to find his place in the world. Within the first few minutes of the show, we know Steve won’t be a painter or a ribbon dancer.

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photo by Dan Axler

As the story unfolds, as you might guess, Steve finds his place. There are appearances of the ugly stepsisters, Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk fame, Beauty from Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas from the Disney film, and Aladdin. The whole story is narrated by the Big Bad Wolf. A Tairy Fale is very family friendly – my eight year old enjoyed it and easily followed the story. There were a few jokes sprinkled in for the adults, but most of the laughs were for everyone. My son even mentioned that the show had a good message- which told me that the storyline is a perfect level for kids. And of course, in the end, everyone lives happily ever after.

There are several performances of A Tairy Fale left- check it out at these times:

Sunday, August 21 at 7:30pm

Wednesday, August 24 at 7:30pm

Saturday, August 27 at 4:30pm

Sunday, August 28 at 6:00pm