Fidgety Fairy Tales

Fidgety Fairy Tales

Fidgety Fairy Tales

Spring 2015 Tour!

Demeter and Persephone TrioOur seventh original production includes three myths and legends that have been reimagined to raise awareness about children’s mental health.  These FREE 45-minute performances feature great music and gentle humor that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Bluebeard (the stigma surrounding mental health disorders)
Robin Hood and His Band of Anxious Men (anxiety)
The Myth of Demeter and Persephone (grief and loss)

Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended.  Reserve tickets online today!


Bluebeard MaddieTuesday, April 14 @ 4 PM
Shakopee W Jr. High
200 10th Ave E, Shakopee

Thursday, April 16 @ 12:30 PM
Rondo Community Outreach Library
461 N Dale St, St. Paul

Sunday, April 19 @ 2 PM
Fergus Falls YMCA
1164 N Friberg Ave
hosted by Otter Tail Community Transition Interagency Committee

Thursday, April 23 @ 6:30 PM
Monticello Covenant Church
8585 Minnesota25, Monticello
hosted by People First

Thursday, April 30 @ 6:30 PM
Sumner Library
611 Van White Memorial Blvd, Minneapolis
To reserve tickets for this performance, please call 612.543.6875 or register at

Saturday, May 2 @ 6:30 PM
Northeast UnitedMethodist Church
2510 Cleveland St. NE, Minneapolis

Sunday, May 3 @ 6 PM
Basilica of St. Mary’s
88 17th St N, Minneapolis

Thursday, May 7 @ Noonchildrens-awareness-day-2015-save-the-date
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

MN Department of Human Services, Andersen Building
540 Cedar Street, St. Paul

Thursday, May 7 @ 6:30 PM
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
Children’s Home Society/Lutheran Social Services
1605 Eustis St, St. Paul

Saturday, May 9 @ 6:30 PM
Center for Changing Lives
2400 Park Ave S, Minneapolis

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and Target Stores


Robin Hood ArcherNow 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 45-minute musical theatre productions are performed by a talented cast of actors ages 9 – 18 both with and without mental health disorders.


Raising Awareness

More than 23,000 pe0ple have already seen a production of “Fidgety Fairy Tales” since it first premiered in 2008.

Our St. Paul, MN-based productions have done over 200 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

MinnPost – “Fidgety Fairy Tales use song and dance to humanize mental disorders for adults and children.”

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, Minnesota State Arts Board, 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 was a faculty member of the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance for fourteen years.  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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