The Florida Chautauqua Theatre will be holding auditions Monday, December 11 at 5:30 pm and Thursday, December 14 (by appointment only), for a small cast non-musical play. Auditions will take place at The Florida Chautauqua Theatre, 840 Baldwin Ave., DeFuniak Springs and are open for performers in grades 8-12, college age and above. The play, “Once Upon A Crime”, is a farcical judicial look at some of the most famous fairy tales and folklore stories. Will justice be served in this hilarious fairy-tale courtroom play packed with characters we all know and love?  It’s up to your audience, which serves as the jury!  Goldilocks is the defendant, on trial for breaking and entering.  The plaintiffs are — you guessed it — the three bears.  As their lawyers Henny Penny and Tom Thumb go toe-to-toe hoping to prove their respective clients’ cases, other fairy tale characters are called to testify as witnesses, including Hansel and Gretel, Jack and Cow, and Granny.  Even the Big Bad Wolf takes the stand, but can any of these witnesses be trusted themselves?  Is Goldilocks guilty or innocent?  With multiple endings to cover each possible outcome, your audience gets to decide her ultimate fate.

For more information please contact director, Mary Beth Murphy, at 850- 333-1234 or email

Introducing NEW Director for Winter 2018

The Florida Chautauqua, Inc. Board of Directors is excited to announce Mary Beth Majors Murphy, as the new director for our winter theatrical production ONCE UPON A CRIME. Mary Beth grew up in DeFuniak Springs participating in our theater at a very young age. You might remember her as Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty, Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast or The Cat in Seussical! She has an extensive background in our theater, as both an actor and vocalist. She is a graduate of Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs, FL and the University of Florida with a degree in Psychology. Mary Beth is employed at Majors Financial Group and resides in DeFuniak Springs with her husband, Brendon Murphy.

Mary Beth will direct, ONCE UPON A CRIME, February 23, 24, and 25, 2018. Auditions will be held on December 11 and 14 at the theatre and are open for performers; grades 8 through adult. More audition information will be posted in the near future. Be sure to watch our Facebook page and website: The Florida Chautauqua, Inc., for updates and additional information.


A Crazy Cranky Christmas

Coming to the Florida Chautauqua stage for ONE NIGHT ONLY, December 9 @ 7:00 PM, starring our Fall Music and More Workshop students. This musical revue, directed by Angela Saltsman, will be performed onstage, moving us into the holiday spirit and frantic traditions of Christmas.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 2-18). The performance takes place at The Florida Chautauqua Theatre, 840 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, FL.   For more information, call The Florida Chautauqua, Inc. @ 850-892-9494.

Fall Music and More Workshop: Opening Day

Our Fall 2017 Music and More Workshops started today at The Florida Chautauqua Theatre in downtown DeFuniak Springs! Students are excited and ready to begin. If you are interested in enrolling your students, we have a few spaces open.  Students are welcome in grades Kindergarten-8th grade.   Please call 850-892-9494 or email us: for more information! Classes are held every Thursday!

Fall MUSIC AND MORE Workshops 2017

The Florida Chautauqua, Inc. Board of Directors is excited to announce that Angela Saltsman will be the instructor for our fall season of Music and More Workshops. Angela grew up in DeFuniak Springs and was in workshops under the direction of Mrs. Beth Campbell-Work for several years of shows before attending Florida State University to study Choral Music Education. She interned at Coral Springs High School in South Florida, and taught piano, chorus and theatre at American Heritage School in Fort Lauderdale for two years before moving back home. Angela has been teaching music at Freeport Elementary School for four years and has a huge heart for young people and the arts. Being in the Chautauqua Theatre inspired her to pursue a career in music, and in her own words, Angela “is looking forward to giving back to my community by sharing my love for theatre with the upcoming generation”.
Enrollment for fall 2017 Music and More Workshops has begun. This year’s workshops are scheduled to begin on Thursday, September 7 with K-3 from 3:45-4:45 and grades 4-8 from 4:45-6:00. All classes will be held on THURSDAYS at the Florida Chautauqua rehearsal hall; 848 Baldwin Ave. DeFuniak Springs, FL. It is anticipated that workshops will conclude with a recital performance on December 9 and 10. If you are interested and would like to participate, please call the office immediately at 850-892-9494 or send a return email request to: for applications and information.

It’s Almost Time…..Alice in Wonderland

The performers are polishing their lines and costumes for the show! Don’t miss this wonderful event May 12, 13 and 14 in the Chautauqua Theatre in historic downtown DeFuniak Springs. Tickets go on sale May 1st.  Call (850) 892-9494 and leave a message to reserve seats with a credit card. We look forward to seeing you!


Alice In Wonderland Coming to the FL Chautauqua Theatre Stage


Follow Alice down a rabbit hole into a delightful, entertaining world of childhood fantasies. Alice journeys into a land of true wonder. You’ll attend the Mad Hatter’s frantic tea party, meet the Red and White Queens, the terrifying Queen of Hearts and her long-suffering husband, the King of Hearts, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, a watch-carrying White Rabbit who is always running late, the psychotic Cheshire Cat, talking flowers and butterflies, a neurotic mocking bird, a sneezing duchess, a baby that turns into a pig, and many other zany Wonderland creatures. The madcap action never stops and culminates with Alice attending the trial of the Jack of Hearts where she is called as the star witness! The play gives new life to an old classic and takes us to a world where nonsense makes quite good sense. The zany dialogue, the eclectic mix of toe-tapping tunes, and the amazing talent of 34 young actors will have you grinning like a Cheshire Cat. This production is guaranteed to thrill audiences of all ages. What a great Mother’s Day treat!

May 12, 13 @ 7:00 PM

May 14 @ 2:30 PM

The Florida Chautauqua Theatre

840 Baldwin Avenue

DeFuniak Springs, Florida

Tickets available May 1st*….Adults $15 Students $12

To purchase a ticket* call 850-892-9494 and leave a message.

MUSIC AND MORE Spring 2017 Workshop Enrollment

Music Workshop

Registration for MUSIC AND MORE 2017 SPRING WORKSHOPS has begun for our ‘veterans’ from 2016. Open registration for new students or students returning from other years will begin after Christmas. If you need information or paperwork, please email us at We’re looking forward to an exciting spring!!!

Babes In Toyland @ The Florida Chautauqua Theatre


Mother Goose Land is all astir over the rivalry between miserly,

mean-hearted Uncle Barnaby and young, handsome, gentle Alan

for the love of Mistress Mary Quite Contrary. Getting in the act

are Jack and Jill, Little Bo Peep, Old Mother Hubbard, and many,

many other favorite Mother Goose characters, along with

Barnaby's clownish hit men, Roderigo and Gonzorgo. Trying to

escape to mystical, magical Toyland, Alan and Mary have to pass

through a dark and dangerous forest where they encounter three

ferocious spiders that are looking for a meal. Even in Toyland

they are not safe since Barnaby and his goons have arrived there,

too. Thankfully, Marmaduke of the Toyland Police Department is

on the job! Babes in Toyland is filled with fast action and

beautiful music and is a treat for the entire family.

You’re invited to attend this production performed by the students of The Florida Chautauqua, Inc. Music and More Workshops.  Local students will be performing November 18th and 19th  @ 7:00 PM and November 20th @ 2:30 PM.  Tickets are $12  for students and $15 for adults. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, call 850-892-9494 and leave a message.

Fall Music and More Workshops

Music Workshop

The Florida Chautauqua, Inc. is proud to announce MUSIC AND MORE FALL 2016 WORKSHOPS! Enrollment for VETERANS from the 2015-2016 season will open this coming Monday, August 15th. Open enrollment for NEW students will start on Monday, August 22nd. For information or paperwork, please contact us at, send us a Facebook message (The Florida Chautauqua, Inc.) or call 850-892-9494. Workshops will begin Monday, September 12th and the musical theatre production will be November 18 – 20. Enrollment is limited and is on a first come, first served basis.