1993 Fiddlehead began as a group of theater enthusiasts reading plays by the fireplace. It quickly became much more and we soon produced our first full-fledged production with professional adult performers and children, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We were amazed that on opening night we played to an audience of 700 and the following night to 500. It was clear there was a need for theater. We started offering children’s classes as well. We then performed in a variety of schools, churches and a Masonic Hall. Fiddlehead was at that time the only company in the south suburban area and was heralded for providing quality theater and educational programming. Our dreams were far-reaching from the beginning. We offered unique elements as early as our production of The Wizard of Oz, by having a special guest Margaret Pellegrini, the original flower pot Munchkin from the Judy Garland film. Media from television stations 4, 5 and 7 were live-taping Margaret as she skipped up the yellow brick road to our set. Later, we saluted the legend Shirley Jones who was a special guest in conjunction with a production of The Music Man. Fiddlehead now continues in that tradition of reaching for the stars with success.
1996 Fiddlehead finds a home at the historic Norwood Theatre at 109 Central Street. The company owns the historic theater building and successfully presents live theater and educational programs for the Greater Boston community and beyond. Fiddlehead manages the historic theater, and spearheads the restoration of this 1927 venue back to its vintage elegance. Fiddlehead is responsible for booking the theater’s 514-seat main stage and the 210-seat black box. Fiddlehead brings in programming including movies, fundraisers, arts and dance performances and other live acts. The Company’s last production at 109 Central Street is Funny Girl in 2009.
2000 Fiddlehead produces The Scarlet Letter – A Rock Musical for the Nathanial Hawthorne Society at their bicentennial celebration in Boston. Hawthorne scholars from all over the world, Boston media, educators and the general public applaud this very innovative interpretation of this classic novel.
2011 Fiddlehead presents a staged reading of Spring Fling, a new play based on The Snoball by A.R. Gurney, written by Meg Fofonoff and Ben Bartolone. This play is all about teens and uses ballroom dancing as an art to motivate and inspire their lives. This same year, Fiddlehead presents Judy Moody Books Onstage, a children’s play created by Fiddlehead and based on the popular children’s books by the same name. This production is performed with a cast of children for children.
2013 Fiddlehead transitions to performing at The Strand Theatre with productions of A Little Princess (a 2013 Boston area premier) and the 2014 Boston-area exclusive presentation of Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA. These works boldly address timeless themes of transcending cultural differences, love and hope. Additionally, Fiddlehead presents its premiere all-youth production on the main stage.
Future Fiddlehead looks forward to serving the Boston area by providing quality theater and youth programs that are affordable to all. We are committed to producing theater that consists of classic plays and musicals as well as new work pertaining to current societal issues. Our goal is to uplift and engage audiences so they may leave feeling inspired and hopeful. Fiddlehead will also serve as a resource for the community by offering employment opportunities and career training for youth. Fiddlehead will enhance the community by producing quality theater which involves both youth and adults in performances and behind the scenes, to meld the strengths of the different generations. As an art entity, we must push forward with efforts to change and shape the world into a better place. Our upcoming productions are well suited to accomplishing our goal to “build community through the arts”.