Fidgety Fairy Tales

Fidgety Fairy Tales

Fidgety Fairy Tales

November/December 2014 Performances

Sensory friendly and hosted by someone from Autism Society of Minnesota, these FREE 50-minute performances are designed to be enjoyed by children with autism and their families. All are welcome!

Tickets are FREE, but seating is limited.  Please reserve your tickets online.

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Monday, November 17 @ 11:30 AM
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Hosmer Library • 347 E 36th St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
School groups welcome!

Sunday, November 23 @ 4:30 PM
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Center for Changing Lives • 2400 Park Ave S, Minneapolis 55404
One day only! A cast of teens on the autism spectrum will perform The Prince and the Pea, a story about autism. The show will also include The Snow Queen and The Emperor’s New Clothes.

 Tuesday, December 2 @ 6:30 PM
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Discovery Elementary – Multiage School • 301 2nd Ave NE, Buffalo, MN 55313
Presented in collaboration with Autism Allies.

Sunday, December 7 @ 1 and 3:30 PM
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MN Children’s Museum’s Great Big Room • 10 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Admission to the museum is not required.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Now Booking Performances of Fidgety Fairy Tales for the 2014-2015 school year!

Fidgety Fairy Tales is now booking shows for schools and organizations that are interested in having us perform at your location! Promote understanding of the children in your school or organization with mental health disorders.

Performance fee is $1000 plus $1/mile if the performance location is outside of the Twin Cities.

To request a performance, please fill out our online form.


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The Fidgety Fairy Tales Series

Once upon a time, familiar fairy tales were re-imagined to show positive portrayals of children with mental health disorders to raise awareness and reduce stigma! These original hour-long musical theatre productions are performed by a talented cast of actors ages 9 – 18 both with and without mental health disorders.

Original Fidgety Fairy Tales – includes Little Red Riding Hood (AD/HD), Sleeping Handsome (depression), and Rapunzel (anxiety)  Check us out in the Minneapolis Star Tribune – “A New Take on Fairy Tales”

More Fidgety Fairy Tales - includes The Prince and the Pea (autism), Hansel and Gretel (post-traumatic stress), and The Frog Prince (collaborative problem solving)

Further Fidgety Fairy Tales – includes Goldilocks (obsessive-compulsive disorder), Boyd, Who Cried Wolf (Tourette Syndrome), and CinderEdward (bipolar disorder)  Check us out on Kare 11 - “Fairy Tales Helping Reduce Mental Illness Stigma”

Beyond Fidgety Fairy Tales - includes Jack and the Beanstalk (brain damage), Snow White (schizophrenia), and Little Mermaid (eating disorders)  Check out this video taken during one of our rehearsals:  The Real You

Forever Fidgety Fairy Tales – includes Beauty and the Beast (autism), Rumpelstiltskin (addiction, and The Pied Piper (reactive attachment disorder)

Fidgety Fairy Tales – Hans Christian Andersen Edition – includes The Snow Queen (depression), The Little Match Girl (autism), and The Emperor’s New Clothes (brain damage)

Fidgety Fairy Tales’ Greatest Hits – includes Little Red Riding Hood (AD/HD), The Prince and the Pea (autism), and Boyd, Who Cried Wolf (Tourette Syndrome)


Raising Awareness

More than 22,000 pe0ple have already seen a production of “Fidgety Fairy Tales” since it first premiered in 2008.

Our St. Paul, MN-based productions have done more than 170 performances throughout Minnesota and toured to Washington, DC.  Find out how to book a performance.

Other organizations have produced their own version of “Fidgety Fairy Tales” in northeast Minnesota, Montana, Milwaukee, and Guam.  Find out how to order the script.

We have performed for:

  • elementary,  middle, and high schools
  • churches
  • community centers
  • libraries
  • malls
  • hospitals
  • early childhood family nights
  • art festivals
  • special Olympics events
  • children’s museums
  • residential treatment centers

We have performed at conferences for professionals:

  • National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
  • National Conference on Advancing School Mental Health
  • Minnesota School Social Workers Fall Conference
  • Education Minnesota
  • CASA MN (Guardian ad Litem Conference)
  • Minnesota Social Services Conference
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Practical Review for Primary Care Providers and Mental Health Professionals
  • MACMH’s annual conference for professionals and parents
  • Anoka School District Paraprofessionals
  • Minnesota Division of Early Childhood

Fidgety in the News

Kare 11 - “Fairy Tales Helping Reduce Mental Illness Stigma”

Psychiatric News – “Kids Learn What Can Follow `Once Upon a Time…'”

Minneapolis Star Tribune – “A New Take on Fairy Tales”

Insight – Lee Valsvik’s radio interview with director Matt Jenson and actor Jared Smith

A blend of education and artistry

Fidgety productions provide accurate and accessible information about mental health.  Scripts have been reviewed by mental health professionals.  Fidgety has been recognized nationally by SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity, and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center).

Fidgety has also been recognized as a program of high artistic quality through grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and the St. Paul Cultural STAR Program.

Matt Jenson – Playwright/Co-Director In addition to being the Director of Arts Programming at MACMH, Matt is also a Teaching Artist at the Childen’s Theatre Company and a faculty member of the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.  Identified as one of the “100 People to Watch” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, his work has been supported by the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Jerome Foundation.

Marya Hart – Composer/Lyricist/Co-Director Marya Hart is a composer, pianist and music director, specializing in vocal and theatrical music.  After many years in blues, jazz and western swing bands and extensive work as a theatre music director and pianist, she began serious composition in 2005 and has since created eight major music theatre pieces in addition to incidental music, religious and secular songs, and a continuous stream of music for students at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, where she is a teaching artist.

For more information about attending a performance, booking a show, or producing your own version of “Fidgety Fairy Tales,” please contact Matt Jenson at or 651-644-7333.

All photos by V. Paul Virtucio

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Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Arts Access grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and an Arts Activities Support grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. The creation of Fidgety Fairy Tales were funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.