Willy Wonka Jr. Registration Open


Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Join the cast and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination!

Mondays 4:00pm-6:00pm @ Florida Chautauqua Theatre, Defuniak Springs

Performances April 23rd at 7:00 and 24th at 2:00

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Click here to apply for a scholarship.

Announcing Frozen Kids

We are freezing with excitement to announce our fall production in partnership with @ectheatreco will be Frozen Jr./Kids! Applications are being accepted for Kindergarten through 12th grade students. Practices begin the week of August 23rd and will run through November 18th. #thecoldneverbotheredusanyway #doyouwanttobuildasnowman


Madagascar Jr. Performances

Our young students have been working hard to bring you Madagascar Jr.! Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. This hilarious show follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Performed by our fantastic education program students.

April 24th at 7PM
April 25th at 2PM


Book by Kevin Del Aguila Original Music and Lyrics by George Noriega Joel Someillan

May Music On Main


Main Street DeFuniak Springs Hosts “Music on Main” at Historic Florida Chautauqua Theatre
Intimate listening room concerts to be held every Friday in May

Main Street DeFuniak Springs, in partnership with The Florida Chautauqua Theatre, announced today its “Music on Main” concert series. Taking place every Friday in May from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy a listening room experience in the historic theatre located at 840 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, 32435.

The concert series comes on the heels of a successful 2020 holiday season for Main Street DeFuniak Springs.

“By hosting new and exciting events in our Main Street district, we give locals and regional guests the opportunity to discover, or in some cases rediscover, downtown DeFuniak Springs,” said Main Street DeFuniak Springs Executive Director, Chelsea Blaich. “We have a variety of locally owned and operated businesses. We encourage guests to make an evening out of these events. Shop our retail merchants before the concerts and grab a bite to eat at one of our numerous restaurants.”

The lineup of musical acts includes regional artists and bands that will perform hour-long sets.

May 7th – Anthony Peebles Trio
May 14th – Weston T Hine
May 21st – Longleaf Drive
May 28th – The Wortheys

The listening room experience will allow guests the opportunity to hear the stories and inspirations behind each artist’s music.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children and are available at here. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Accommodations have been made to allow for parties to socially distance.

Christmas Movie Matinees

We are so excited to add a little nostalgia to the Christmas season downtown by bringing back Christmas movie matinees sponsored by Main Street DeFuniak Springs!

Each Sunday afternoon we will be showing a Christmas movie at 3:00 p.m. which allows you to see a movie, grab dinner downtown and then view Christmas Reflections around the lake yard!

Seating will be limited for social distancing purposes.


This wouldn’t be possible without generous donations from community leaders and businesses. You are greatly appreciated!

#familytraditions #christmasmovies #22ftscreen #firstmoviein35years

Annie Kids

The Florida Chautauqua, Inc. and Emerald Coast Theatre Co. Present:

Annie Kids

Local students have been working for months to bring you this show based on the iconic film. Annie KIDS is sure to remind you its a hard knock life!

Buy Tickets Here

Saturday November 21 7:00PM
Sunday November 22 2:00PM
General Admission Tickets $10

Music and More Production

Music and More Workshops will present their fall production, Hansel & Gretel, November 16th-18th, at the Florida Chautauqua Theatre, 848 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the office, 850.892.9494, or purchase your tickets online.

Florida Chautauqua Cookbooks

The Florida Chautauqua, Inc., Board of Directors, is happy to announce the production of Florida Chautauqua Cookery, containing 500 fabulous recipes from citizens of DeFuniak Springs and Walton County. The cookbook is currently in production and should arrive the first week of November.

It is a hard back, 3 ring-binder filled with pictures of the rich heritage of The Florida Chautauqua here in DeFuniak Springs. We have included factual information and photos along with the 500 fabulous recipes, delicious and sure to please. Don’t miss your chance to own one or MORE! They will make wonderful gifts for Christmas and other occasions. Please take a moment to reserve yours in advance. The price of each cookbook is $21.95 (sales tax has been included). Shipping is an additional $3.00 per book. Please remember that the profits from this cookbook will enable our organization to continue operating the Florida Chautauqua Theatre and provide a variety of other artistic programs in our schools and community.

Once the cookbook arrives, local orders will be contacted for pickup at the office of The Florida Chautauqua, Inc., 848 Baldwin Avenue, 850-892-9494.

To make a local purchase, click here.

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