Fidgety Fairy Tales

Fidgety Fairy Tales - The Mental Health Musicals re-imagine familiar stories to raise awareness about mental health.  Since 2008, we have created 36 fairy tales that reduce the fear and misunderstanding around a wide variety of mental health disorders and topics. 

Unable to do live performances during the pandemic, we have adapted some of our stories into online puppet shows and storybooks.  We hope you enjoy!

Family Fun Events throughout May 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!  During our FREE hour-long family fun events, we'll watch one of the Fidgety Fairy Tales videos together, meet some of the actors, and do an arts activity together.  Register at least one week in advance, and we'll mail you the art supplies! (Please note that we have reached maximum capacity for art supply requests.  You are still more than welcome to attend, and we will email you a PDF of the puppet making templates as well as a list of supplies.)

Tuesday, May 11 @ 6:30 PM   Chicken Little (anxiety)

Sunday, May 16 @ 2 PM         Chicken Little (anxiety)

Tuesday, May 18 @ 6:30 PM   The Tortoise and the Hare (depression)

Sunday, May 23 @ 2 PM         The Tortoise and the Hare (depression)

Tuesday, May 25 @ 6:30 PM   Old Mother Hubbard (trauma)

Sunday, May 30 @ 2 PM.        Old Mother Hubbard (trauma)

Now available on Youtube

Chicken Little

a story about managing catastrophizing thoughts

added May 2020

duration:  15 minutes

a story about trauma and food insecurity


Sponsored by Rogers Behavioral Health

Old Mother Hubbard

a story about depression

added August 2020

duration:  12 minutes, 30 seconds

The Tortoise and the Hare

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Music, lyrics, and music direction by Marya Hart

Written, directed, and puppets by Matt Organisak Jenson

Sound engineering by Dan Dukich

Illustrations by Gracie Borell

Performed by

Zada Basford-Hammond

Rowan Benz

Chet Davenport

Adam Hartmann

Lillian Hochman

Leona Jones-Anderson

Ruby Mae Karason

Ma'Kyia Robinson

Sasha Winnett

For more COVID-19 mental health resources, please visit


For more information about Fidgety Fairy Tales - The Mental Health Musical, please visit

Fidgety Fairy Tales is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through at grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Special thanks to our 2021 Sponsor

Rogers Behavioral Health is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit provider of highly specialized psychiatric care.  Chicken Little

Rogers offers evidence-based treatment for children, teens, and adults with OCD and anxiety, addiction, depression and other mood disorders, eating disorders, trauma, and PTSD in a growing network of communities across the U.S. Backed by more than a century of experience, Rogers is leading the way on measurement-based care and use of clinical outcomes. Learn more at