Grit and Grace – Finding Home

The Florida Chautauqua is proud to host Grit & Grace, the Official Folklife Production of Walton County! The 2022 Production of Grit and Grace is “Finding Home” by renowned Artist, Poet, and Playwright, Nancy Hasty.

Event dates are July 22-23, 7 pm and July 24, 2 pm at the Chautauqua Ritz Theatre in DeFuniak Springs.

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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