Young Readers Return

Kelly and Khameo invite you to join them as we reintroduce The Florida Chautauqua Young Readers Program at The Florida Chautauqua in downtown DeFuniak Springs.  All young readers, ages 8 and up, are invited to join this exciting program.  Participants will meet twice a month, on Thursday afternoons at 4: OO PM in our rehearsal hall, 840 Baldwin Avenue.  Readers will discuss selected books, participate in a book related activity and enjoy a book themed snack.  Participation fee is $10 per month, March 28-May 23, with each participant providing their own book.   The first book selection will be, “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster.  Pre-registration is required to secure a seat.  Please contact Kelly Powell Goff at:  Deadline for registering is March 25. 


Kelly is a 35 year old graduate of University of Florida with a degree in English and Religious Studies. Her hobbies include baking, painting, and knitting. 

Her daughter, Khameo, is a 9 year old 3rd grader at West DeFuniak Elementary. She loves cats, llamas, arts and crafts, nature walks, and dance. They both, of course, love the theater!  Kelly participated in our theatre as a young child and her children now continue the tradition. 

Chautauqua Bricks/Seats On Sale

Leave Your Mark Downtown at The Florida Chautauqua Theatre! Purchase a commemorative brick or seat for someone you know. Exciting for any occasion but especially for those hard to buy for relatives, friends or neighbors! Has your child been in a production? Buy them a brick! Great for their Christmas stockings! (Shhhh, it’s a surprise!) This Christmas, share the gift that will last a lifetime and beyond.

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Christmas PIGMENT Class

Believe it or not, Christmas is right around the corner and we can help you decorate your door “in style” with our CHRISTMAS DOOR HANGER! Our next PIGMENT class will be held Friday, November 30, 6:00 PM @ The Florida Chautauqua Rehearsal Hall in downtown DeFuniak Springs. All supplies are provided with the $35 class fee. Bring a friend and your favorite beverage! Reserve your place:

PIGMENT Class and All Things Pumpkin Spice

Happy Fall Y’all!  We are excited to announce the project for Pigment this month. Sticking with the theme of all things “pumpkin spice” we will be painting a fall canvas with a pumpkin. This versatile masterpiece can hang on a wall, be layered on a shelf with decorations or hung on your front door with a wreath. Join us October 6th, 9:00-11:00 a.m., at The Florida Chautauqua Theatre in downtown DeFuniak Springs! Bring a friend and your favorite beverage. Class registration is required by Oct 3 to reserve your place and canvas!  Class size is limited!! All supplies provided for $35.  Go to:

 See you soon!

St Joe Community Foundation Awards Grant

EXCITING times at the Florida Chautauqua Theatre!

On Friday, June 29, at 1:00 pm, April Wilkes from the St. Joe Community Foundation presented a very generous foundation check that will enable us to begin Phase 1 of our lighting renovation project.
Our current lighting system is at a point of total system failure. The last show had us flipping breakers and tripping switches- an electrical nightmare! The system was installed when our theater was restored in 1996 – it is OLD! Replacement estimates are running at around $120,000.00. We have to raise a tremendous amount of money and are most appreciative of this St. Joe Community Foundation Grant.

Inspiration Institute Presents …

The FL Chautauqua Theater presents, PIGMENT, Tuesday, June 12, at the theater rehearsal hall in downtown 848 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, FL.  Join us for a fun night painting a wooden door hanger.  All supplies will be included in the registration fee.  Bring your friends AND your favorite beverage.  Space is limited and registration is required by June 3.  Registration is here on our website under the “programs” tab.  Claim your seat TODAY! Click here to register.  Fees must be paid to secure a seat.  For additional information contact: 

The Wizard of Oz Opens This Weekend

Glenda the Good Witch invites you to “Come out, come out, where ever you are and meet the young lady who fell from a star…..” at the Florida Chautauqua Theater in Downtown DeFuniak Springs.  Journey down the yellow brick road when the curtain opens THIS Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, May 20 at 2:30 PM for the “Wizard of Oz”. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for students,18 and under. Call 892-9494 for information. Tickets are available at the box office.  Box office opens 45 minutes prior to curtain.


The FL Chautauqua Theater Proudly Presents, The Wizard of Oz!

The Florida Chautauqua invites you to visit Munchkinville and the Land of Oz as we journey down the Yellow Brick Road for our production, The Wizard of Oz, May 18 and 19 at 7 PM and May 20 at 2:30 PM.  This was the first show ever performed by The Florida Chautauqua Children’s Theatre almost 30 years ago.  This timeless production showcases 25 young performers under the direction of Beth Campbell-Work.  The show is big, beautiful and fun and one you will not want to miss! You can expect to meet the Munchkins, a few witches and of course, Dorothy and her companions, the Tinman, Scarecrow and the Lion.

Productions take place at the Florida Chautauqua Theatre, 840 Baldwin Avenue in DeFuniak Springs. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, 18 and under.  They are available at the door or by calling (850) 892-9494.

It Takes an Army!

The first costume and tech rehearsal for our upcoming production of “The Wizard of Oz” is in the books!  Believe us when we say, ‘it takes an army to produce a show” and we are thankful to have an outstanding “army” of VOLUNTEERS. Connie Jones, our costume/wardrobe mistress, brings the characters to life with her talents as a designer and seamstress.  Dress rehearsal means, fittings, pinning and adjustments.  She and her assistants, help performers dress and make the first round of adjustments towards a final fitting.  In other areas, volunteers are busy applying makeup and determining what will work best for each character. Another team is supervising children, ensuring that they move from the rehearsal hall to the stage at the proper time safely, rain or shine. The backstage, and the  lighting and sound crew, get instructions for moving set pieces and props, as well as cues for lighting and sound.  Roy Dillon has spent countless hours building set pieces and is on hand to lend advice on moving and operating those pieces. Pianist Keitha Bledsole, warms up and prepares for her part in the live music portions of the show. and assistant to the director, Pam Dillon, gives last minute calls and instructions to the volunteers. ALL of this takes place under the watchful eye and instructions of our wonderful director Beth Campbell-Work. The entire process will be repeated four times a week for the next few weeks. Finally, on May 18 at 7:00 PM, the curtain will open for the first performance and our young performers will speak, sing and dance their hearts out for YOU!  Please mark your calendars on May 18 and 19 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, May 20 at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $15.00 for Adults and $12,00 for students 18 and under and will be available closer to opening night.

Spring Production Work



Fun Times at The Florida Chautauqua Theater

Students spend countless hours together in rehearsals for productions at our theater. They memorize lines and blocking for the shows, and practice lyrics and notes for solos, ensembles and choral pieces. Spending time together creates a polished show and allows the participants to form lasting friendships. Please mark your calendars for our upcoming production, “The Wizard of Oz.” Join the cast and crew on May 18-20 at The Florida Chautauqua Theatre in DeFuniak Springs, as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road!