Fidgety Fairy Tales

Fidgety Fairy Tales

Fidgety Fairy Tales

Spring 2016 Tour!

Hercules websiteOur eighth original production includes stories that have been re-imagined 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.

The Sensational Hercules (sensory processing)
Brave Tailor Little (objects of inspiration)
The Princess Who Never Laughed (depression)

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

Princess M website 2

Sunday, May 1 @ 2 PM
Northeast United Methodist Church
2510 Cleveland St. NE • Minneapolis, MN 55418

Monday, May 2 @ 11:30 AM
White Bear Lake Library
2150 2nd St. • White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Thursday, May 5 @ Noon

Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 7th St W • St. Paul, MN
Note:  This performance requires admission to the museum.

Thursday, May 5 @ 6:30 PM
Sumner Library
611 Van White Memorial Blvd • Minneapolis, MN 55411
Reserve your tickets at or 612-543-6875

Friday, May 6 @ 10:30 AM
Hosmer Library
347 E 36th St • Minneapolis, MN 55408

Wednesday, May 11@ 6:30 PM
JJ Hill Montessori School
998 Selby Ave, St. paul
Hosted by the Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative
Reserve tickets at: or email

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 2015-2016 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 28,000 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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