The Not So Scary Fairy Tales: An Evening of Fun at UWG

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Townsend Center for the Performing Arts at UWG invites visitors to take an adventure through a magical maze of fantasy and wonder.

The Townsend Center for the Performing Arts at UWG invites visitors to take an adventure through a magical maze of fantasy and wonder. “The Not So Scary Fairy Tales” is the Townsend Center’s annual community event, a spectacular children's production like no other. Explore a magical kingdom where characters lurk, hop, and giggle around every corner. Cross the mountain pass with the Snow Queen, dodge the fiery dragon, and watch out for the wolf.

“Fairy Tales” runs Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 25, 27-28. Group tours begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 9:00 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 29, tours begin at 4:30 p.m. Tours are sold in blocks by the half hour with limited capacity. Call 678-839-4722 for times.

This is a family event like no other. Designed for children and their families, “Fairy Tales” combines aspects of live theatre with a twisting and turning maze that will delight all ages. Great works from childhood literature come to life in a puzzling tangle of fantasy and theater, creating a mystical journey for the young at heart. Find out what's bothering the Tortoise and why those Ducklings are so riled up. Take a voyage through Scheherazade's Arabian Nights, from Aladdin's desert village to the realm of the grand Sultan, Ali-Baba and the fearless Sinbad.

All tours are approximately 25 minutes long, beginning in the lobby with Aladdin’s tent and winding through the Richard L. Dangle Theatre. Each fairy tale is complete with costumed characters and dazzling sets. Reservations are encouraged to obtain the time slot that best suits your family. Early times sell out in advance.

“The Not So Scary Fairy Tales” is a community effort designed, costumed and built by children, teens and adults from the communities of west Georgia along with UWG students. The result is an exciting labyrinth designed for children, their families and the resident dragon. Unlike other shows in the Townsend Center season, a forty-member cast of local actors, both young and old, performs “Fairy Tales”. The rest of the season performances feature professional artists from around the country and beyond.

Carrollton resident Jenny Lyle, known throughout the community as a theatrical director for youth productions, once again leads the way. Lyle works with the cast for six weeks to prepare them for the acting and physical challenges of working inside a maze for more than three hours each night. Especially for the young actors, such a demanding schedule takes a lot of preparation.

Sponsors Chester and Faye Gibson are thrilled with this service project to the community.

“We are so pleased to support the outreach of the Townsend Center to the communities of West Georgia with programming that is educational and entertaining for families,” Chester Gibson said. “The university is a terrific destination with so many opportunities for everyone.”

David Manuel, technical director at the Townsend, is the lead designer and master carpenter. “We have worked hard to make the event accessible, both physically and visually, for all ages,” Manuel said. “The maze is carefully designed to accommodate all children, including those who need assistance or may be in a wheelchair.”

This year, “Fairy Tales” features giant eggs, magic lamps, hidden passages, magic doors, a beautiful snowfall and so much more. You must experience the maze in person to know how much work the cast and crew have invested.

Each evening features a special activity at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby with prizes for the winners and a costume contest on Saturday at 6 p.m. Other activities are available in the lobby. Carrollton’s Horton’s Bookstore will also be on hand to sell children’s books for the season.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Box office hours are Monday- Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, to purchase tickets or if special assistance is needed contact the box office at 678-839-4722 or visit www.townsendcenter.org.