Huntsville is known worldwide as a space and rocket center. Now, it is becoming a center for children's fantasy performances. That's thanks to the Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater and Academy.

FPCTA is presenting an original scientific fantasy for kids on February 22 to 25 called "Rapunzel and the Beanstalk."

Those are two familiar names from classic children's fairy tales. The characters are joined in an original fiction written by Stephen Tyler Davis.

The theater describes the play as: "Rapunzel is the only plant scientist in Nysland to never touch the real earth and she's sick of being stuck in that tower. When her friend Willy Nilly Wallywart, the worst witch in town, mistakenly whips up her famous bean dip using the last of the magic beans, Rapunzel's famous ponytail grows to new heights in the form of an enormous beanstalk. Jack, now the biggest social influencer in Nysland must face that beanstalk once again. Who climbs up? What falls down? And why are all of the plants wilting more and more by the day? Join us for our next adventure in the Nysland fairytale forest for a story about bravery, second chances, science, critical thinking, kindness, and using influence for good."

Huntsville area folks are quite used to rocket scientists who live and work there. "Rapunzel" will be a bit of change, featuring a fictional plant scientist.

Details and ticket information are here. 

The performances are directed by Huntsville's Michael Wood and sponsored by Invariant Corporation.

Showtimes are:

Thursday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb 24 at 10 a.m. for ASL and Sensory Friendly Performance.

Saturday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The venue is at 3312 Long Avenue SW, Huntsville.

Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater and Academy gives this description of its work:

FPCTA provides theatre arts access through production, education and outreach, enriching the lives of more than 31,000 residents annually.


To enrich the Lives of Children and Families through Theatre and Arts Education


To be a Center of Excellence for Advancing Theatre and Arts Education 

to Positively Impact Our Local Community and Beyond   


To provide Theatre Arts Access Through Production, Education, and Outreach


We value inclusiveness and diversity. 

We believe in kindness, integrity, and professionalism.

We encourage innovation, open-mindedness, and excellence through teamwork and collaboration.  We provide a safe environment to inspire creativity and foster self-expression.

Information on the playhouse and its 2024 season can be found here.

Children ages three and up can register for classes and camps with the theater here.

"The FPCT Academy reaches thousands of students annually through classes, workshops, camps, after-school partnerships, and in-school touring programs. We offer a full spectrum of theatre arts training, ranging from preschool creative dramatic programs to advanced performing arts skills and technical theatre. "

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at [email protected]

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