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!

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

RAISE The Roof Event….FL Chautauqua Theatre

The Florida Chautauqua Theatre is currently in desperate need of a new roof and other major repairs. Our historic building was restored almost 25 years ago. We have continuously made needed repairs and we are well beyond the patching phase. We need your HELP! We are going to “Raise the Roof” and have fun doing it by welcoming local musicians, Luke Langford and Matt Miller, as we open the doors for you to see behind the scenes, make a donation and have a good time helping us RAISE THE ROOF! Limited tickets are available for $99. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS Participants will be treated to light hors d’oeuvres, and limited complimentary beverages. This event is by ticket only. ALL monies from ticket sales go directly to repairs! If you are interested in being an EVENT SPONSOR, sponsorship level information is located below….

For sponsorship, please call 850-892-9494 or email us at [email protected] and an event coordinator will personally contact you. TOGETHER WE CAN RAISE THE ROOF!!!!

Spring EDUCATIONAL Classes Begin

Our theatre is abuzz with children once again. Spring educational classes started January 16th, at The Chautauqua Theatre! If your child, in grades K-12, is interested in being a part of an incredible theatre program, it’s not too late to SIGN UP NOW!! Go to the link below and scroll down to FCT Classes in DeFuniak, at the bottom! See you on stage!! 
*NOTE- Older class students will be posted soon!!

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”