Beck Youth Theater Continues 65th Anniversary With Criminally Hilarious Play, "Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit" Parodies Popular Television Show

Beck Center's Youth Theater presents the comedy "Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit" with a cast ranging in ages from 6 to 12.

Beck Center Youth Theater presents "Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit" in the Studio Theater December 13-15 and 20-22, 2013. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Seating in the Studio Theater is limited and tickets for youth theater’s holiday shows sell quickly.

In the fairy tale criminal justice system, the characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes are represented by two separate yet equally ridiculous groups: the fairy tale police who investigate fairy tale crime, and the fairy tale district attorneys who prosecute the fairy tale offenders. These are their stories. This popular play is written by Jonathan Rand and directed by Beck Center’s Associate Director of Outreach Education and theater instructor Rachel Spence.

“It is an absolute blast directing these 31 students,” remarked Spence. “The kids really understand the material and are having fun with the parody style.” Spence has cast a variety of Beck Center students – actors, artists, dancers, and singers – who are currently enrolled in arts education classes. "Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit" features a talented cast of 31 young actors ages 6 to 12 who have all joined together to present this hilarious spoof under Spence’s creative direction. “Even if you’ve never seen any 'Law and Order' episodes, you will still have a great time.”

Beck Center’s Youth Theater program, considered the longest continually-running youth theater program in the country, is celebrating its 65th season. "Law & Order," the second of four productions this season, will be followed by Beck Teen Theater’s "The Children’s Hour," February 21-March 2, 2014, and the popular "The Wizard of Oz," May 9-18, 2014.

Tickets are $10 for children and $12 for adults and may be purchased online at or by calling 216.521.2540 x10. Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. Free onsite parking is available. This production of "Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit" is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council. "Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit" is produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

To celebrate the Youth Theater's 65th Anniversary, Mitchell's Ice Cream is supplying a "Here's the Scoop" voucher, valid for  a free scoop of ice cream, with each Youth Theater ticket sold this season.

Kathleen Caffrey is the director of Marketing & External Affairs, Beck Center for the Arts.

Kathleen Caffrey

Director of Marketing & External Affairs, Beck Center for the Arts

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Volume 9, Issue 25, Posted 2:41 PM, 12.11.2013