LOVE Letter Cookie Class

Spend some time with The Summer Opossum Bakes at The FL Chautauqua Theatre the weekend before Valentine’s Day creating love letter surprise cookies. Children will love using royal icing and other edible materials to create this adorable edible craft. Kids will assemble 3 cookie-grams that can be shared with friends and family and will have their own hand written message on the inside. Great for giving to a teacher, grandparent, or friend. Image and design ideas courtesy of FoodNetwork.
Class to be held at 3PM on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Cost is $30. Register here:…

Disney’s Aladdin Kids

The Florida Chautauqua Theatre and Emerald Coast Theatre Company invite you to the fall performance of their production, Disney’s Aladdin KIDS! Show dates will be Friday, Nov 22 @ 7:00PM and Saturday, Nov 23 @2:00PM at the FL Chautauqua Theatre in downtown Defuniak Springs. Local students have been working since August to bring you this show based on the iconic animated film. Disney’s Aladdin KIDS is sure to send you soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure. 

When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more are here in Disney’s Aladdin KIDS, a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love.
Purchase tickets ahead online here

or buy at the box office, 45 minutes prior to showtimes.


Tickets are now on sale for the 30 Anniversary Celebration of Steel Magnolias in The Florida Chautauqua Theatre, downtown Defuniak Springs! Don’t miss your chance to watch Truvy, Ouiser, Annelle, Shelby and Clairee as they share their joys, and struggles, walking together through life in a small southern town. Tickets will be sold online and if still available, at the box office window 45 minutes prior to each show opening. Come celebrate with us! $15 Adults $12 Students (18 & under) Click the link below to purchase your tickets. Print your receipt and we will have your name/tickets waiting at the box office prior to the day/night of your show!

Steel Magnolias Cast Announced

“I would rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special” Shelby
We are proud to announce the cast for our upcoming 30th Anniversary Celebration of Steel Magnolias to be performed in The FL Chautauqua Theatre, October 18-20. 


TRUVY Gina Ealum
ANNELLE Chelsea Martin
SHELBY Malinda Locke
M’LYNN Jackie Clemmons
CLAIREE Kim Wennerberg
OUISER Lynne Martin

New Children’s Educational Theater Programing Instructor

Linda Del Grego is a professional Colombian actress who has starred in over 15 television shows and soap operas from 2007 to present. She is also a star in theater in which she appeared in 27 productions to date. You may have seen her most recently on Netflix for the Latin American Productions of “The Queen of South” on Telemundo and “Isa TK+” of Nickelodeon. 
Linda is also a professionally trained clown. Linda was an associate college professor and has a (BFA) in Theater Acting and two Masters degrees, one in Advanced Theater Studies and a Masters in Education. Linda is involved in the Musical Theater program at Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC), in 2018. This year she was part of the Chorus in NWF Symphony Orchestra on La Traviata and the Stars of Tomorrow. She is currently rehearsing for “Faustus” at NWFSC.
Linda will be the lead instructor at the FL Chautauqua Theater for children and youth programing. Classes begin next week, Aug 22. Classes are available in DeFuniak for students in grades K-8. to register.

Volunteers Complete Much Needed Cleaning

So grateful for incredible and devoted volunteers who have descended upon our theatre storage areas and have helped to sort and clean through old wood, set pieces, and general “junk” that has seen it’s last days of usefulness. Kudos to Janet, Julie, Cindy, Raymond and Allen who braved this hot summer morning to do some late “spring cleaning”. We could not exist without our volunteers. THANK YOU!

Unicorn Cookies Cookery Class a Success

The Florida Chautauqua Inc. and The Summer Opossum Bakes make a great team! Another successful cookery class was enjoyed by 25 local students yesterday while their parents shopped the Main Street Farmer’s Market in downtown DeFuniak Springs. The temperatures were soaring along with the enthusiasm of each child. Tables were filled with sugar and spice and all things nice and other magical ingredients. Measuring and mixing were the focus and the result was colorful egg-free cookie dough, aka Unicorn Poop. Students packaged their Unicorn dough to take home for baking, along with the recipe. Another wonderful experience in the books for a “summer to remember”

Unicorns, Rainbows & Sprinkles

UNICORNS, RAINBOWS and SPRINKLES…..Who doesn’t love them?! On the morning of July 6, during Main Street Market, the Florida Chautauqua Inc. and the Summer Opossum Bakes will partner to bring you unicorn poop! 🦄 You heard us right! We are going to have a blast teaching your kids how to make and package their very own unicorn poop sugar cookie dough! Kids will spend the hour learning how to measure ingredients, mix and create egg-free sugar cookie dough that will be majestically packaged along with the recipe and ready to take home and bake! (Or just go ahead and eat it raw…we won’t judge.) Classes are $30 or $25, if registering siblings and will begin at 9:00 AM in the theatre rehearsal hall. Message Kelly Powell-Goff on Facebook or email: [email protected] to register. Ages entering Kindergarten and up.
*Photo Credits to Pinterest

In Memory of Beth

It is with great sadness that we must share the news of the passing of our beloved friend and director, Beth Campbell-Work. The impact Beth has had our theatre is immeasurable and our loss is profound. She fought a very long and difficult fight and now she sings in the heavenly choir. We ask your prayers for her family as they grieve her earthly loss. Please know that each and every one of you were important to Beth. YOU ALL are her kids, her theatre family.
The information for her visitation Tuesday and services Wednesday are in the link below:

Children’s Cupcake Class Offered

Do your kids love cupcakes? Do they like to get messy and do crafts? Do you want a little adult time to wander around downtown DeFuniak and shop the local Mainstreet Farmer’s Market? Do your kids need a quick Father’s Day gift for Dad? If you answered yes to any of these questions then The Florida Chautauqua Inc. and The Summer Opossum are offering you a great opportunity! On Saturday, June 15, we will have two cupcake decorating classes. One for children entering Kindergarten through 2nd grades. The other for 3rd and up. Kids will get a chance to learn some interesting decorating techniques and to decorate 6 cupcakes that they will take home to enjoy with family, or even give to Dad for Father’s Day. After you drop the kids off, you will get the chance to check out some of the sights and sounds at DeFuniak’s local, Mainstreet Market that will be open from 8am-1pm, drop into some of the other cool shops, or just run a few errands. Classes are $30 or $25 a child with multiple siblings. K-2 from 9am-10. 3rd and up from 11am-12. Contact Kelly Powell Goff on FB Messenger or email at [email protected] to register. Limited space so register quickly!