The Arcata Playhouse Family Fun Series presents a special one-night-only performance of “Aladdin” from the Fratello Marionettes at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Join the exciting adventures with Aladdin, the most popular legend from "The 1001 Arabian Nights." Watch as Aladdin thwarts the evil sorcerer, discovers the magical lamp, befriends the powerful genie and saves the princess.

Traditional music and intricate costumes showcase storytelling from ancient cultures of the Far East. Utilizing dramatic staging, Fratello Marionettes present this magical tale as it has never been seen before.

The Fratello Marionettes have been showcasing the ancient art of marionettes to audiences around the world since 1989. Shows feature their intricately handcrafted marionettes, which range from 1 to 3 feet tall. Kevin Menegus began performing with puppets as a young boy, and since has gone on to study with famous puppeteers Tony Urbano, Bob Baker, Randall Metz and Lewis Mahlmann.

During its eight years, the Playhouse's Family Fun Series has presented performing companies from across the U.S. and Canada and the United Kingdom. With both school and public performances of family theater, storytelling, puppetry and variety performances, the series is known for its intimate setting and for outstanding performers and this year's series is no different.

The series will conclude April 11 and 12 with Boxtales Theater of Santa Barbara performing “The Odyssey, Heroic Tales from Greek Mythology.


The series is supported by funding from the Western States Arts Federation and local business sponsors Kokatat Watersports Wear, Holly Yashi Jewelry and Wildberries Marketplace.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under or $30 for a family of four or more. They are available at Wildberries Marketplace, or by calling 822-1575. For more information, visit

If you go

What: Fratello Marionettes' “Aladdin”

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Arcata Playhouse, 1251 Ninth St.

Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under