Fantasy Folks

Who We Are

Fantasy Folks are a group of dynamic actors/writers who have a special fondness for theatre devoted to the young and the young of heart.   Their goal is to provide audiences  with the opportunity to not only see "Theater" but to actually experience it by being part of the performance.    

What We Do!

Fantasy Folks Children's Entertainment provide audiences with a stimulating and non-threatening participatory theatrical experience.  Our plays and performances encourage audiences of all ages to use their own imaginations to bring literature to life.  We provide a unique opportunity to explore classical literature, ethnic folk tales, and historical eras in a hands-on learning experience.  Many of our scripts are based on familiar stories while others use traditional elements to present new stories.

About Our Plays

Fantasy Folks plays are a great way for teachers to encourage active participation; for community theatre groups to reach the whole community;
for acting students to practice improvisational and interactive skills; and for service groups to entertain children. There are roles for those who are shy or quiet and roles for those who are more boisterous or outgoing - all within the same play.  If a child wants to be on stage with his or her mother, cousin, aunt, best friend, dog, or favorite toy - fine!  There's room for everyone.  If a child wishes to participate, but is too scared to do more than stand in one spot - fine - he or she can be the lion bravely guarding the palace or the biggest tree in the forest."  Even those who choose to remain seated in the audience can be included.  We encourage the audience to participate in sound effects such as blowing wind or villagers cheering.  Sometimes, if a character is mentioned by the narrator, but is not active in the story, the narrator will point to a particular audience member whenever that character is mentioned.  During a season of performances, this can become an interesting running joke among the repeat attendees.  One summer, the friends of a gentleman pointed out as the goat in one story, began to announce their friend as "The Old Goat" at subsequent performances.  Suddenly, many of our stories contained peripheral references to goats much to the glee of those 'in the know'. This is the beauty of Fantasy Folks theatre.  Its flexibility! We try to incorporate a lot of movement into our plays, so there are few boundaries.  Chase scenes or journeys often take place throughout the seated audience.   If a castle is established on one side of the performance area, the rest of the action is not limited to the other side. The area in front of the castle is only part of the castle when the action is specifically taking place at the castle.  At other times, that area can
be forest, field, clouds, whatever is needed.  What makes the plays work with such ease is the use of a narrator.  Dialogue is written to allow for improvisation. This means that rehearsal time can be kept to a minimum.  If the primary actors are familiar with improvisation, then rehearsal may simply be a matter of reading the play 5 minutes before performing it. This means Fantasy Folks plays can be added to a curriculum without significantly increasing out-of-class preparation requirements.  This also means that a play can be staged even if some of the rehearsed performers are unavailable and encore requests are easy to satisfy.  As long as the narrator has a copy of the script, the play can go on. Without a doubt, our plays will have your audiences telling your what a great time they had!

Our History

Fantasy Folks Children’s Entertainment was established in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1991. Out of financial  necessity we developed our own scripts based on classical folk and fairy tales and entertained at a local civic celebration. Audience members were actively encouraged to participate in the plays and our use of guided improvisation made it easy for them to do so. This venue proved so popular, we found ourselves entertaining at both public and private events.   Many of the children took ideas to school with them, so we soon found  ourselves booked for school functions and a library tour. As we became more comfortable with the mechanics of this type of theatre, we realized that we wanted everyone to be welcome and able to participate. Our scripts and methodology were further refined so that any audience member, young or old, with or without disabilities, could become an important part of the story.   When we began, we gathered a trunk of household items such as sheets, tablecloths, hats, and curtains for use as costumes and set decorations. The children choose their own items at the beginning of each play, although sometimes with a bit of help.  A curtain, draped and knotted, can be a cape, a skirt, a robe, or a tree - almost anything.  As we grew, we added aprons, vests, ties, and scarves.  Occasionally, for special events, we added specific props such as baskets.  We have seen slippers used for hats
and rolled up socks used for golden eggs. Our plays require no stage or set pieces.  This makes them highly mobile and perfect for theatre groups on tight budgets.  Children and audience members holding pieces of fabric or each other's hands can be forests, rivers, rocks, bridges, castles, huts, caves, or whatever is needed.  A Fantasy Folks play can be performed in a living room, an auditorium, or a park - almost anywhere.  (The Space Shuttle might be challenging, but not impossible!)