Congratulations to the cast of the 16th Annual Jefferson County Children's Shakespeare Festival. A wonderful group of young people auditioned for this show and we are looking forward to a great production. Please follow this link to accept the role/roles that you have been given.


Auditions are just around the corner on September 6th and 7th, so it's time to sign up for an audition space. Please follow this link to sign up for a time.

It's time to see which children's theater group will win the festival this year! The powerhouse theater group, Curtains Up Theater Exchange, is back along with the students from Southern Grove Middle School, but the newcomers from Winchester Academy will also be there ready to strut their stuff on the boards. Come see what goes right and what goes wrong. Will the judges be impressed and excited or questioning why they ever agreed to be involved? You never know what can and will happen at the Jefferson County Children's Shakespeare Festival!

Advance tickets for the spring production of The Princess Who Had No Name are now available for $5 from members of the cast, if you are lucky enough to know one.

They are also available at Edward's Pharmacy in Ayden, and at Body Bliss Salon and Spa and Artisans in Greenville. Tickets will also be available for $7 each at the door on the day of the show.

We are looking for an illustration for our production of The Princess Who Had No Name!
The basic rules:
1. Drawn with black pen or very dark pencil on white unlined paper no larger in size than 8.5 x 11 inches.
2. Do not include the name of the show.
3. Do include the artist's name.
4. All artists must be young people, aged 18 and younger.
5. Deadline: March 5th

Here they are....the cast of Smiles and Frowns Production of The Princess Who Had No Name!!!

Thank you SO much to everyone who auditioned for this show. I am looking forward to working with a very talented group of young people.


The deadline for applications for the Andrea Croskery Memorial Scholarship is January 31st. This annual scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior who has been involved with at least three Smiles and Frowns Playhouse productions as a member of the cast or crew and is planning to attend college. The scholarship is named after Andrea Croskery who served for more than 25 years on the board or as artistic director of Smiles and Frowns Playhouse. Completed packets need to be postmarked by January 31st.

Come join the fun Tuesday, January 25th or Wednesday, January 26th! Please read over the important information about parent responsibilities, policies and expectations and socially-distanced auditions. Also complete the necessary forms and bring them with you to the auditions next week. If you can't print the forms to complete them, don't worry. Copies will be available at the auditions. Here is the link to sign up for auditions:

Advance tickets for the Smiles and Frowns Playhouse production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are available at Edward's Pharmacy in Ayden and Artisans and Body Bliss Salon and Spa in Greenville. They will be on sale until Wednesday November 10th for $5 a ticket. The tickets are good for either performance, Friday, November 12th at 7pm or Saturday, November 13th at 2pm. All patrons, no matter their age, will need a ticket for the show. Masks will be required for all audience members. Tickets will also be available for sale at the door for $7.

We love to have people watching our shows and we also love having lots of information for them to look at in the playbill before the show starts. Consider showcasing your business with our audience by putting an ad in the playbill. Prices start as low as $60. We usually have between 400 and 500 tickets sold for our production and sometimes even more!

The deadline for submission is Friday, October 15th. All the info is on the ad form. All proceeds are used to support our theater productions and our mission of engaging children in all aspects of theater. Thank you for your support!