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Get Your Fill of Live Entertainment this Fall

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, a nature-inspired spectacle of acrobatics and athleticism for all ages

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, a nature-inspired spectacle of acrobatics and athleticism for all ages



Don’t let the temps outside fool you! Autumn is on its way, and it’s bringing a whole new season of live entertainment, too. Here’s the round-up of what you can catch on stages around the area, listed in order of opening date. And if there’s anything I’ve missed — from elaborate productions to simple shows — feel free to add them in the comments.

Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage
Where: National Theatre
When: Through September 14
Tickets: $48-93 (find discounted seats here)

Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” Don’t miss your chance to see this live theatre sensation. You’ll have the time of your life!

Boogie Babes
Where: Union Market, Eastern Market, & The Atlas
When: Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays, 10:30am
Tickets: $5/child, free for sibling 6 months and under

Little ones can boogie along with their favorite local musicians at Union Market on Wednesdays, in Eastern Market’s North Hall every Thursday, AND at The Atlas Performing Arts Center on Fridays. Go for the show, then grab lunch in the Markets or hit one of the many eateries on the H Street Corridor. Check the schedule to find out who’s playing when.

Marvel Universe LIVE!
Where: Verizon Center & Patriot Center
When: September 4-7, 12-14, 19-21
Tickets: $20-130 (find discounted seats here)

Marvel Universe LIVE! promises to captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel characters together on one epic quest. The story is framed around the battle over the Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, that has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor’s villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe. To defeat Loki, Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes must band together and trek across the globe to retrieve the Cosmic Cube fragments and unite them. As the Super Heroes track the Cube, they will encounter some of their biggest adversaries on a quest for the very same fragments. These foes have no problem teaming up if it gets them closer to their ultimate goal of world domination.

Cirque Dream – Jungle Fantasy
Where: Wolf Trap
When: September 5-6
Tickets: $25-100 (find discounted seats here)

This wild encounter is inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations that are brought to life by an international cast of soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians. The astounding feats performed in this action packed Cirque Dream are enhanced with spectacular costumes that come to life in a fantastical jungle setting ignited by striking visual effects. From the breathtaking soaring aerial butterflies to the balancing giraffes, gigantic flowers, trees and kings of the jungle, this world-class explosion of athleticism, theatre and imagination will exhilarate and entertain audiences of all ages anywhere in the world.

Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Ongoing daily, 6pm
Admission: Free

The Kennedy Center presents these free, no-tickets-required performances every day at 6pm, and the public is welcome to enjoy them. The acts span the genres — you can see everything from contemporary dance to folk music to puppetry to comedy shows to opera scenes. Millennium Stage showcases everyone from local youth choirs to internationally known bands (They Might Be Giants performed there a few years ago). This is a great series to keep in mind for whenever you’re looking for some free, easy entertainment.

Tot Rock
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Ongoing
Tickets: $5/weekdays, $10/weekends

Tot Rock is Jammin’ Java’s super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC Metro area’s finest music clubs. Local acts perform every Thursday and Friday, and touring performers drop by on many weekends. Check the calendar often to see when your favorite act is performing, and for other calendar updates.

Alice in Wonderland
Where: Workhouse Arts Theatre
When: September 6-28
Tickets: $13/adult, $10/ages 10 and under

An original musical adaptation inspired by the classic Lewis Carroll stories. Poor Alice has found herself lost in strange land filled with wondrous inhabitants! Featuring songs based on the poetry from the original text, the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen, the White Rabbit and the rest of the zany cast will be on hand as Alice adventures through Wonderland. Will she ever find her way home again, or was it all just a dream..?! Recommended for all ages.

Big Apple Circus: Metamorphosis
Where: Big Top, Dulles Town Center
When: September 18 – October 5
Tickets: $25-80 (find discounted seats here)

Fly away to the magical ring of the Big Apple Circus, where an their all-new show, METAMORPHOSIS, thrills with astonishing acts and startling transformations that will transport you to a realm of enchantment under the Big Top! See flyers of the trapeze, an aerial space-age acrobatic adventure, cadenzas of camels and horses, the exuberance of playful pooches, the incredible flexible limbs of the contortionist, the merriment and gentle humor of Francesco the Clown, the glorious Big Apple Circus, the magnificent Ringmaster, and so much more. Read about our past Big Apple Circus experience here.

Stuart Little
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: September 19 – October 26
Tickets: $19

Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Shy and thoughtful, Stuart’s greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life. He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend? Recommended for all ages.

Rapunzel
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: September 19 – October 12
Tickets: $10

A “bewitching” tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses “coloring-book” charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. Recommended for preK – grade 4.

The Night Fairy
Where: Imagination Stage
When: September 24 – October 26
Tickets: $12-25

Flory is a Night Fairy who is attacked by a bat. When her wings are damaged in the struggle, she is forced to learn how to survive in the daylight among the other birds and animals in a typical backyard. During her adventures, Flory makes new friends, and eventually reconciles with her foe. By the time her wings begin to sprout back, Flory has discovered a renewed sense of creativity, diplomacy, and resilience that she never knew she had. Recommended for Ages 4–10.

Under the Canopy
Where: The Antheum
When: September 25 – October 5
Tickets: $5

Imagine a theatrical world designed especially for babies and young toddlers to explore – a world inspired by the wonders of the rainforest! That’s what’s in store when the innovative style of Arts on the Horizon targets our very youngest fans and their caregivers. Using colorful objects and playful sounds, our performers will discover and build a rainforest setting around, within and above the audience. Whistling flowers, a clacking caterpillar, and brightly-colored umbrella birds await! After each performance, children are invited to explore the different props and objects used to create the playscape. Geared toward children ages 0-2.

Driving Miss Daisy
Where: Ford’s Theatre
When: September 26 – October 26
Tickets: $20-54

Acclaimed Washington stage actors Nancy Robinette and Craig Wallace return to Ford’s to perform in this beloved classic. When Daisy Werthan causes a car wreck, her son hires hard-working chauffeur Hoke Colburn to look after her. What begins as a hostile clashing of wills between a stubborn Jewish matriarch and a proud black man evolves into a decades-long friendship as the two navigate Civil Rights-era Atlanta. With humor and heartfelt emotion, Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play poignantly explores the transformative power of true friendship. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Saturday Morning at the National
Where: National Theatre
When: September 27 – December 13
Tickets: Free

The free theatre program runs on select Saturdays with performances at 9:30am and 11:30am. Musicals, plays, storytelling, and comedy shows are all part of the live entertainment line-up. See the complete schedule of performances here. Tickets are distributed day of performances on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone must be in line to receive a ticket.

Tiny Tots
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Most Wednesdays, Saturdays, & Sundays at 10am
Tickets: $5

The series presents puppet shows designed for the youngest theater patrons (ages 0-4). They are shorter, the lights stay on, and the doors stay open. They have an arsenal of shows that they switch up every performance, so be sure to check the schedule to see what’s playing when you go.

Uno, dos, tres…con ANDRES!
Where: Discovery Theater
When: October 1-3
Tickets: $3-8

Counting has never been more fun in English and Spanish. Local kids’ music star Andrés Salguero offers sing-alongs to songs familiar and new, including great music from his debut CD, ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!, creating plenty of bilingual fun. Get set to bailar y aprender (dance and learn) with Andrés!

Doktor Kaboom: LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour
Where: Kennedy Center
When: October 4
Tickets: $20

Grab your lab coats and safety goggles, because this one-man show can be explosive! Doktor Kaboom is bringing an all-new interactive science comedy show focused on the amazing power of electricity. The stand-up scientist with the thick German accent will keep crowds transfixed and rolling on the floor with his increasingly spectacular (and usually successful) experiments. With his hilarious improvisational style, no two shows will be exactly the same–you may even be called on stage to help with one of his zany demonstrations! If you’re ready to get psyched about science, just say “ja!” to Doktor Kaboom. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

The Spencers’ Theatre of Illusion
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts
When: October 5
Tickets: $15-22

The Spencers’ Theatre of Illusion – Not your run-of-the-mill magic show, Spencers’ Theatre of Illusion is a unique fusion of magic and illusion, humor and mystery, and persona and personality that’s presented with theatrical elements of a Broadway-style production and the high energy of a rock concert. The performers have been described as “Modern Day Houdinis” by the critics, have the skills of master showmen, and create a world for audiences of all ages where nothing is impossible and anything can happen. You won’t believe your eyes!

Fabulas Fairytales
Where: Discovery Theater
When: October 15-16
Tickets: $3-8

Start with three bears, three pigs, and three billy goats gruff. Add two languages, and what do you get? The perfect combination for a fresh and fun introduction to Spanish words—and a fabulas new take on a trio of familiar stories in this interactive Discovery Theater original. Kids will find the “found” costumes and set pieces crafted from recycled materials pretty fabulous, too.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: October 16 – November 20
Tickets: $10

In this marionette romp, three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry.

Disney on Ice: Frozen
Where: Patriot Center
When: October 22 – 27
Tickets: $15-105

Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. You’ll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all!

Starry, Starry Night
Where: Air & Space Museum
When: October 23-24
Tickets: Free with reservation

Blast into space with wacky Professor Van Gogo for an incredible celestial voyage! This imaginative introduction to stargazing includes star stories brought to life by StoneLion Puppet Theatre’s hand and rod puppets. After the show, we invite you to visit the Explore the Universe Gallery. You can reserve tickets online, and do so soon because shows are filling up fast! Recommended for ages 3-8

NSO Family Concert: Halloween Whodunit
Where: Kennedy Center
When: October 26
Tickets: $15-18

There’s a mystery in the Concert Hall on All Hallows’ Eve! For this frightfully fun third chapter in the NSO’s popular Spooktacular concert series, don your freaky-deakiest costumes and join all the ghoulishly attired musicians for a wickedly wacky, music-filled whodunit. When the NSO’s Stephen Dumaine alerts the orchestra that his tuba has been stolen, NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl asks the audience to help them rewind time, follow the clues, lure out the “thief,” and crack the case! Get there early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Then take your seats for spine-tingling classics–including Adam Glaser’s March of the Little Goblins, the “Infernal Dance” from Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird, and Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique–plus new favorites like “Let It Go” from the smash animated movie Frozen, and plenty of Halloween surprises!

Fiddler on the Roof
Where: Arena Stage
When: October 31 – January 4
Tickets: $50-99 (find discounted seats here)

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of an American classic! More than just a poor milkman, Tevye is a humble Jewish father who finds his devotion to God severely tested by his headstrong daughters, who want to be their own matchmakers, and the increasingly ruthless government forcing him from his land. With a jubilant and masterful score including “If I Were a Rich Man;” “Sunrise, Sunset;” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “Tradition,” Tony nominee Jonathan Hadary makes his Arena debut as Tevye in this celebration of family, community and life’s unexpected miracles, large and small.

Fancy Nancy The Musical
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts
When: November 1-2
Tickets: $15

Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive (that’s fancy for 100 percent sure) that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted? This 50-minute show manages to entertain both adults and children in a masterful way. A special Fancy Nancy Tea Party will take place the hour before the November 1 show – tickets are available here.

NSO Kinderclassics: Musical Opposites
Where: Kennedy Center
When: November 1
Tickets: $20

Sometimes you’re left with two puzzle pieces that just don’t seem to fit. But then with a little squinting and a lot of imagination, you find that they go together perfectly! The Kennedy String Quartet demonstrates many types of musical contrasts that work together, from the technical to the emotional. The four NSO musicians engage the audience as they explore such simple musical building blocks as high and low, loud and soft, fast and slow, arco and pizzicato. Then, playing excerpts by string quartet masters Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich, the quartet shows how composers use opposites to express a stunning variety of musical moods and emotions. Get there early for the Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Starting one hour before each Kinderkonzert, this hands-on activity in the Kennedy Center Hall of States gives children a chance to get up close with the instruments they’ll see played on stage. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Coyote Mischief Tales
Where: Discovery Theater
When: November 5-6 & 13-20
Tickets: $3-8

Trickster Coyote is a crafty, funny, and fearless fellow and a little too smart for his own good. In this play by Philip Blue Owl Hooser, audiences laugh along with his adventures with his wife Mole, and his spirit guide Hashtali as they learn about making choices, sharing, and giving gifts from the heart. Recommended for ages 5-10.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre
When: November 7-16
Tickets: $12/adult, $10/child

Encore Stage & Studio, theatre by kids for kids, presents their version of a classic. Sleepy Hollow is a little town with more than its fair share of spooky ghost stories. The citizens of Sleepy Hollow know the legend of the Headless Horseman is just make-believe…until the new schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane, arrives. Suddenly, strange things begin to happen and he comes face to face with the famous ghost. Will Ichabod triumph over the mysterious Horseman? Join Encore as the legend unfolds, and see for yourself. Some sequences may be frightening for young children. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Wake Up, Brother Bear
Where: Imagination Stage
When: November 11-30
Tickets: $12

This audience-favorite show is back from hibernation! Watch as Brother and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons. Together we see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish, and skate on an icy pond. Children are invited to join the action with a small bag of props that help create magical moments. Recommended for ages 1-5

Parallel Exit
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts
When: November 15
Tickets: $15-22

Physical comedy: the newest oldest art form! Physical comedy troupe and two-time Drama Desk nominee Parallel Exit offers a very special presentation of Exit Stage Left – a rollicking speed-of-light comedy. Harkening back to the days of vaudeville, Exit Stage Left packs more entertainment in a single show than a three-ring circus. An ensemble of five presents a wide range of old-fashioned family entertainment, from tap dance to live music to slapstick comedy.

Jammin’ at the Smithsonian: Alastair Moock
Where: Discovery Theater
When: November 21
Tickets: $3-8

Meet one of Boston’s premier folk artists, a 2014 Grammy nominee for best children’s album and a Parents’ Choice Gold Medal winner. Time Out New York calls Alastair Moock ”a musical descendant of Woody Guthrie with a zany sense of humor.” His shows, described as “half Appalachian hootenanny, half honky-tonk jam session” are rowdy, rootsy, singin’ and dancin’ fun! Recommended for ages 2-6.

The Gift of Nothing
Where: Kennedy Center
When: November 22
Tickets: $20

Today is a very, very merry special day! Mooch, a charming and curious cat, wants to get the purr-fect holiday gift for his best friend Earl, a loveable pup. But Earl already seems to have all he needs: a bowl, a bed, and a squeaky chew toy. So what do you get someone who has everything? Well, nothing, of course! Based on characters in the beloved internationally syndicated comic strip MUTTS, this world premiere musical adaptation of Patrick McDonnell’s The Gift of Nothing follows Mooch’s frantic and hilarious search to find Earl absolutely nothing–which always turns out to be something! Join the delightful duo, along with their owners Millie and Ozzie, cantankerous Frank, adorable Doozy, and an onstage pianist for this festive and heartwarming adventure. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

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On Stages this Summer

The BFG will run at Imagination Stage June 25 - August 10

The BFG will run at Imagination Stage June 25 – August 10



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As the weather heats up, stay cool and entertained with a varied line-up of live productions around the DC-metro this summer. Here’s where you can catch them.

The 12 Dancing Princesses
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre
When: Through June 8
Tickets: $12/adult, $10/child (look for a discount here)

In Encore Stage & Studio’s latest production, there’s a mystery afoot in King Alfred’s kingdom. Every night the King sends his twelve princesses, each more beautiful than the last, off to bed with brand new shoes in a secure chamber in the castle. However, every morning the King awakes to find the shoes worn as if the girls had been dancing all night. Since no one will confess to what has happened, the King promises his kingdom to any soldier who can discover his daughters’ secret within three days. Join one soldier who is determined to uncover the mystery of the shoes and win his shot at a kingdom and a princess. Recommended for ages 4 and up. There will be special pre-performance music by Prelude Youth Orchestra on June 7 & 8 at the 3pm shows.

Saturday Morning at the National
Where: National Theatre
When: Thru June 28
Tickets: Free

The free theatre program runs on select Saturdays through July with performances at 9:30am and 11:30am. Musicals, plays, storytelling, and comedy shows are all part of the live entertainment line-up. See the complete schedule of performances here. Tickets are distributed day of performances on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone must be in line to receive a ticket.

Pinocchio
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Through June 8
Tickets: $10

On the puppet stage since early May, the production uses half life-size rod puppets, performed in the Italian “Comedia del Arte” style, tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real”. Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds in one adventure after another that the “easy way” isn’t always the right way.

Tiny Tots
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Most Wednesdays, Saturdays, & Sundays at 10am
Tickets: $5

The series presents puppet shows designed for the youngest theater patrons (ages 0-4). They are shorter, the lights stay on, and the doors stay open. They have an arsenal of shows that they switch up every performance, so be sure to check the schedule to see what’s playing when you go.

Tot Rock
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Ongoing
Tickets: $5/weekdays, $10/weekends

Tot Rock is Jammin’ Java’s super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC Metro area’s finest music clubs. Local acts perform every Thursday and Friday, and touring performers drop by on many weekends. Check the calendar often to see when your favorite act is performing, and for other calendar updates.

Beauty and the Beast
Where: Wolf Trap
When: June 6-8
Tickets: $25-80

“Be Our Guest!” Belle and her enchanted entourage prove love conquers all in this family-favorite musical with an Oscar-winning score featuring “Something There” and “If I Can’t Love Her.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Where: Creative Cauldron
When: Through June 22
Tickets: $10-15

Rediscover William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy presented by Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater Ensemble. Journey with them to a world of love, mischief, and magic in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as they follow the adventures of four young lovers through a woodland dreamscape as only our marvelous scenic designer, Margie Jervis, could create!

The Great Adventures of Austin Clark and the Expedition Albatross
Where: Q?rius Education Center, Natural History Museum
When: June 11-13
Tickets: $3-6

A calamitous earthquake…a young bride left behind…a voyage to faraway shores…unknown creatures of the deep…robbery and tragic death. Dashing and adventurous Austin Clark experienced it all—and wrote about it in letters that captured the excitement and danger of the young Smithsonian scientist’s high-seas expedition in 1906. Charismatic actor Josh Sticklin brings Clark to life in an interactive production that uses a sweeping musical score and video by award-winning composer Matt Nielson and Sound Lab to create a world of adventure. After the show, step into the Sant Ocean Hall to explore the museum that Clark called home. Use your map and field journal for a personal discovery of deep-sea specimens, and make your own notes and sketches. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

The Wizard of Oz
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: June 13 – July 20
Tickets: $10

Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the tale follows closely the original story in L. Frank Baum’s first, best known and best-loved of the classic Oz tales:  There are more adventures than included in the film: more of Baum’s original dialogue is included: and, the witch plays only a minor (less scary) role. Recommended for Pre-K – Grade 6.

Disney’s the Lion King
Where: Kennedy Center
When: June 17 – August 17
Admission: $40-195

Winner of six Tonys including Best Musical, Disney’s The Lion King returns! With direction and costumes by Julie Taymor, Elton John and Tim Rice’s score brings the African Pridelands to life with “Circle of Life” and many more great songs. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Pinkalicious
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: June 20 – August 31
Tickets: $19 (look for a discount here)

Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Recommended for all ages.

Pixar in Concert
Where: Wolf Trap
When: June 20
Tickets: $30-58

All your favorite animated Pixar films on the big screen including Finding Nemo, Up, Toy Story, and Monsters, Inc., paired with memorable scores played by the National Symphony Orchestra.

Sing-a-long Grease
Where: Wolf Trap
When: June 21
Tickets: $25-38

Rev up your vocal chords for an ultimate summer night with the Rydell High gang and sing-a-long with the hits you’re hopelessly devoted to as the original 1978 film is projected in-house and on the lawn with lyrics on screen.

Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
Where: Wolf Trap
When: June 24 – August 9
Tickets: $10

From late June through early August, Wolf Trap presents Children’s Theater-in-the-Woods, over 70 family-friendly performances at 10:30am Tuesdays through Saturdays. Amidst 117 rolling wooded acres and nestled in a shady grove, the stage is set for lively adventures in music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and theater. All of the productions are recommended for children between Kindergarten and 6th grade. The full schedule of shows is available of the Wolf Trap website. And you can read a KFDC review of the series from a previous summer here.

The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)
Where: Imagination Stage
When: June 25 – August 10
Tickets: $12-25

Little orphan Sophie can’t sleep. When she peeks out the window, she is surprised to see a giant. He’s surprised to see her too and whisks Sophie away to his home in Giant Country. But this is no ordinary giant; Sophie’s giant is the world’s ONLY friendly giant. He operates in the strictest of secrecy to bring good dreams to the human world. Other giants steal and have a nasty habit of eating children! To save the children of England, Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant (BFG) embark on a magical journey to Buckingham Palace. Recommended for ages 5-10.

Jammin’ at the Smithsonian: Diggity Dudes
Where: Discovery Theatre, Ripley Center
When: June 24-25
Tickets: $3-6

Diggity Dudes rock the summer! Their breakout hit “Presidential Physical Fitness Test” made them the happiest rebels of kindie music, and their ultra-catchy melodies set over funky and danceable grooves have kept young Dudes and Dudettes movin’ ever since. With hip sounds for hip kids, audience participation, and lighthearted comedy, the Diggity Dudes’ show is ideal warm-weather fun for camp groups or a family day at the Smithsonian.

Backyard Theatre for Children
Where: Strathmore
When: June 26 – July 31
Tickets: $8/ages 3 and up

A summertime favorite, Backyard Theater for Children returns with enough music and magic to thrill kids and parents alike – all outdoors under a big tent! Feel free to bring blankets or low beach chairs along with a bag lunch then grab a patch of grass after the applause.

Mouse on the Move
Where: Imagination Stage
When: June 28 – August 10
Tickets: $12

Nellie and Amelia are two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon, since it is cat-free and made entirely of delicious, mouth-watering cheese (so they have heard). In this interactive play, there are many opportunities for audience participation. Join them as we all try to reach beyond the stars.

Once Upon a Mattress
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre
When: July 18-27
Tickets: $15/adult, $10/child

See the prince find his royal wife in Encore Stage & Studio’s hilarious musical adaptation of the classic tale of The Princess and the Pea. Many moons ago, in a far off place, Queen Aggravain decrees that no one in her kingdom can wed until her precious Prince Dauntless is married. But a prince can’t marry any old dairymaid—the Prince’s wife must be a genuine, certified princess. The Queen has concocted a test to prove each candidate’s royal authenticity, which quickly rid the kingdom of the first twelve girls who failed. Then, one stormy night, a princess arrives at the castle gate who is unlike any other. The Prince is immediately smitten, but his mother is harder to convince. Until this girl can prove her royal status, Dauntless and her fairytale ending is doomed. Will this unusual princess pass the Queen’s test and win the hand of her very own prince? Join the musical adventure and find out! Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Little Pigs
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: July 24 – August 31
Tickets: $10

What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf?  At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less.  Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker?  You be the judge!  This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation.

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Start off Spring on an Entertaining Note

Martha Speaks, based on the books & PBS Kids series, will be at BlackRock March 23

Martha Speaks, based on the books & PBS Kids series, will be at BlackRock March 23



Spring is on its way and, with it, a new line-up of live entertainment. Here’s what’s playing in theatres around the area throughout the season. Shows are listed in order by opening date, and most descriptions come straight from the theatres.

Anime Momotaro
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Through March 10
Tickets: $10-25 (look for a deal)
An old couple in ancient Japan long for a child. They have their wish granted when a huge peach floats down the river and breaks open to reveal a baby boy. They name him Momotaro, and he grows up to be the strongest young man in all of Japan. But Momotaro’s village has a tiny problem… GIANT OGRES! Ogres have been bullying the villagers for years, and Momotaro decides he must make a stand. With the help of friends-the dog Inu, the monkey Saru, and the bird Kiki-Momotaro meets his foes face-to-face. Performed in the style of popular anime cartoons with traditional Japanese influences, this action-packed staging of Japan’s most famous folktale teaches powerful lessons about inner strength and how creativity, kindness, and cooperation win out over brute force. Recommended for ages 5-10

Intersections Festival
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: Through March 10
Tickets: Vary by performance

For the second year, the Atlas aims to create connections through innovative as they present the Intersections Festival, and their final weekend will include many family-friendly performances. Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales is wonderful, putting an Appalachian twist on classic fairy tales (we loved it!). There will also be performances and workshops, and activities from Imagination Stage, Boogie Babes, Arts on the Horizon, BodyWise Dance, and more. Be sure to visit the website for the full schedule.

Peter Pan & Wendy
Where: Creative Cauldron
When: Through March 24
Tickets: $15/adults, $12/students & seniors

Rediscover J.M. Barrie’s classic novel in this delightful adaptation brought to life with the magical large puppets of Margie Jervis and the original music of acclaimed composer Matt Conner. When boy extraordinaire Peter Pan flies into the nursery of the Darling home, Wendy is captivated by his promise of adventure in Neverland. With the help of some of Peter’s fairy dust Wendy and her brothers are on their way. Second to the right and then straight on till morning! The magical address that brings them face to face with mermaids, Indians and the notorious Captain Hook and his pirate crew. With exciting adventures and fun like this, it’s no wonder Peter refuses to grow up! Presented by Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater an ensemble of student and professional performers.

Pinot & Augustine
Where: Discovery Theatre
When: March 8
Tickets:
$3-8
Master artists Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell of Happenstance Theater re-create the charm of the golden age of the French circus in this endearing duet for clowns. The sweetly silly show bubbles over with physical comedy and surprises sublime and ridiculous—from lyrical melodies on a musical saw to classic pratfalls to un coussin de whoopee. Recommended for ages 5-10.

Little King Mattias
Where: Kennedy Center
When: March 9-10
Tickets: $18 (look for a deal)

What if an 11-year-old became king? Would he be so bold as to give his ministers the boot and transfer power to the children of his kingdom? He does when Sweden’s Backa Teater tells the tale of Little King Mattias in its US premiere. Performances are part of the Nordic Cool 2013 festival running through March 17.

Tale of a Tiger
Where: Theatre on the Run
When: March 9
Tickets: $8 (look for a deal)

Encore Stage & Studio presents Tale of A Tiger, a vital hybrid of captivating storytelling and physical drama about the journey from childhood to adulthood. Created and performed by Rachel Hynes with an unconventional musical score by Ethan Foote, this fairytale tells the story of a solitary young girl who, abandoned by her mother and raised by her cold, embittered father, goes out into the forest and becomes a tiger. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Jack and the Beanstalk
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: March 14 – April 21
Tickets: $10

What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf?  At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less.  Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker?  You be the judge!  This tongue-in-cheek version of two children’s favorites uses humor  and music to explore our fear of things we don’t understand.  This is one of The Puppet Co.’s most popular and funniest productions, and includes lots of audience participation.

Hello Dolly!
Where: Ford’s Theatre
When: March 15 – May 18
Tickets: $25-90

In this beloved musical classic, the cantankerous half-a-millionaire Horace Vandergelder hires matchmaker Dolly Levi to find him a wife. Dolly soon hatches a plan to woo and win Vandergelder’s hand herself, while simultaneously arranging romantic prospects for his niece, his clerks and two of Manhattan’s most eligible shop girls.“’Hello, Dolly!’ is a delectable treat for the whole family, filled with some of musical theatre’s all-time greatest showstoppers,” says director Eric Schaeffer.

Clifford the Big Red Dog Live
Where: Warner Theatre
When: March 16
Tickets: $35 (look for a deal)

Join Clifford and his friends Emily Elizabeth, Cleo and T-Bone LIVE as they embark on exciting adventures in this all-new musical celebrating Clifford’s 50th anniversary! There will be two performances, at 1pm & 4pm.

Tiny Tots

Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Most Wednesdays, Saturdays, & Sundays at 10am
Tickets: $5
The series presents puppet shows designed for the youngest theater patrons (ages 0-4). They are shorter, the lights stay on, and the doors stay open. They have an arsenal of shows that they switch up every performance, so be sure to check the schedule to see what’s playing when you go.

Tot Rock and More
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Ongoing
Tickets: $5/weekdays, $10/weekends

Tot Rock is Jammin’ Java’s super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC Metro area’s finest music clubs. Local acts perform regularly on Thursday and Friday mornings and afternoons, and touring artists drop by on most weekends. Check the calendar often to see when your favorite act is performing, and for other schedule updates.

Saturday Morning at the National
Where: National Theatre
When: Saturday morning starting in February
Tickets: Free, but required

The free theatre program will run on select Saturdays through the spring. Musicals, plays, storytelling, and comedy shows are all part of the live entertainment line-up. Tickets are distributed the day of performances on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone must be in line to receive a ticket.

Martha Speaks
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts
When: Saturday, March 23 at 1:00 and 3:00 PM
Tickets: $14

BlackRock presents a doggone funny new musical based on the popular books by Susan Meddaugh and the PBS Kids series.  Martha was an ordinary dog until she ate a bowl of alphabet soup.  Something unusual happened: all those letters went up to Martha’s brain instead of down to her stomach.  And she became very outspoken!  Life with a talking dog is very eventful in this Theatreworks USA musical, enjoyed by ages 4 and up. 

Three Little Birds
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: March 15 – April 14
Tickets: $19 (look for a deal here)

Ah…yasso nice!  Three little birds sing their sweet songs to Ziggy, a very shy child who is happy to see the world from the T.V. in his room.  But his tricky friend, Nansi wants him to get out and enjoy the Island of Jamaica.  But, Ziggy is afraid of hurricane, mongoose and evil spirits.   Their worldly adventure is enlivened by the fantastic songs of renowned Reggae artist, Bob Marley.  Roots, Rock, Reggae! Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Cinderella
Where: Kennedy Center
When: March 20-24
Tickets: $25-125

The Washington Ballet presents a spectacle for all ages as Septime Webre’s Cinderella combines magnificent beauty, ravishing costumes and Prokofiev’s ultra-lush score in the retelling of this popular romance of a poor girl whose fairy godmother helps her win the love of a Prince. Storytelling at its finest—magic pumpkins, evil step-sisters and handsome courtiers in a swirling mirrored ballroom scene from Versailles. Crackling with wit, lavish costumes and dazzling dancing, Cinderella will sweep you off your feet.

Professor Wingnut Wants to Fly
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: March 21-22
Tickets: $3-8

Little aviators take off with wacky Professor Wingnut and Seymour the Seagull to find the secrets that make birds—and airplanes—fly. Master arts educator and crazy guy Oran Sandel and puppeteer Dan Mori get everyone singing, dancing, and soaring in this lively interactive musical show in the Air & Space Museum. After the show, zoom down to the How Things Fly exhibit for more facts and fun. Recommended for ages 4-8.

The Big Meow
Where: Woolly Mammoth Theatre & Artisphere
When: March 23 – April 5
Tickets: $15/adults, $10/children (look for a deal)

Specially adapted for young audiences, Jane Franklin Dance offers a family-friendly performance of “The Big Meow!” where Little Cat is taunted by neighborhood felines because his meow is just too darn loud. The dance is adapted from the children’s book by Baltimore author Elizabeth Spires and tells the story of an ever-hopeful orange fluffball who desperately wants to belong to the band of neighborhood cats, but is ostracized for his “loud as a lion’s roar” meow. Kids and parents alike will enjoy the imaginative retelling of this story through dance. The April 6 performance will take place at Artisphere.

Jason Invisible
Where: Kennedy Center
When: March 23 – April 7
Tickets: $18 (look for a deal here)

Based on a novel by National Book Award winner Han Nolan, this interactive world premiere play celebrates the awesome power of friendship and humanizes young people dealing with less than perfect families. The play is about a teenage boy named Jason, who cares for a sick parent. It makes Jason feel like he’s going a little bonkers. What makes things tougher are the “sidekicks” in his head – Dream Girl, Smart Guy, and Crazy Glue – who bear a striking resemblance to the kids in his new support group. But Jason doesn’t want to talk to anyone. He’d rather just be invisible, until his anonymous letter in the school paper leads other students with troubled home lives to seek HIS words of wisdom. Suddenly, Jason’s advice column is helping him face down his own problems – and find new friends in the most unlikely of places. Recommended for ages 11 and up.

From Here to There
Where: Imagination Stage
When: March 6 – April 14
Tickets: $10-12

From Here to There, a play about building bridges, is a highly imaginative, visual, and creative piece of theatre involving puppetry, comedy, live music, and poetry. Using simple boxes, sonic tubes, and construction paper, two actors, who enjoy doing very different things, create a make believe world that bridges together their opposite interests. Performances are followed by a “free play” session, in which the actors invite the children to join them onstage to explore some of the materials and build their own bridges or towers. Appropriate for ages 2-5.

NSO Family Concert: Tchaikovsky Discovers America
Where: Kennedy Center
When:March 24
Tickets: $15-18

Based on the actual historical event, this poignant concert event tells of Tchaikovsky’s arrival in New York for the grand opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891 and his famous trip to Niagara Falls with more than 25 excerpts of his music. Go early for the Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” An hour before each NSO Family Concert, young concertgoers can get up close and hands-on with the instruments they’ll see played on the stage–from violins, trumpets, and oboes to trombones and percussion–in the Kennedy Center Atrium.

James and the Giant Peach
Where: Imagination Stage
When: April 3 – May 26
Tickets: $12-25

aEngland’s Tell Tale Hearts Company travels to Imagination Stage to present the North American premiere of From Here to There, a show all about play! Watch as two friends fashion objects out of construction paper, build bridges from cardboard boxes, and use rhythm and vocal play to create a catchy tune. It’s like jumping inside the world of a child’s imagination! Performances are followed by a “free play” session, giving the children an opportunity to explore some of the materials and create their own stories!

The Magic Finger
Where: Imagination Stage
When: April 12 – May 24
Tickets: $12-25

Lucy is an influential 8-year old with a passion for righting wrongs and a “magic” index finger that doles out justice. When Lucy sees something she thinks is unfair, she points her magic finger at the problem, and it causes all sorts of mischief! One day, when visiting her friend William Gregg on his family’s farm, Lucy discovers the Gregg family enjoys hunting ducks. Horrified, she points her magic finger at the family and oh, boy that little finger makes things topsy turvey! Overnight the tables are turned. The Gregg family is transformed into miniature people with duck wings while the members of the hunted duck family become human sized and sprout arms. The ducks are adjusting to TV, telephones, and even the bathtub while the Greggs must nest in a tree and learn to survive in the air. Can Lucy make things right? Best for ages 5-10.

Cinderella: The True Story
Where: Workhouse Arts
When: March/April
Tickets: $12/adults, $8/kids

Cinderella: The True Story is an adaptation of the original fairy tale Cinderella. Cinderella’s sneaky step-sisters and evil step-mother will do all that they can to stop The Prince from finding Cinderella! This performance is approximately one hour with one intermission and is appropriate for all ages.

Laura Ingalls Wilder
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts
When: April 20
Tickets: $14

Based on the beloved author’s life and writing. Laura and her family travel across America in search of a place they can call home. Facing obstacles such as scarlet fever and eviction from their land, their pioneering spirit, passion for the outdoors and family bonds are tested but never broken. When Laura’s sister Mary contracts scarlet fever, causing her to lose her sight, Laura becomes her eyes to the world, and Mary in turn shows Laura how to face life with strength and courage. This uplifting story is one of ArtsPower’s popular musicals. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Rock Melon Tour
Where: Alden Theatre
When: April 20, 2pm
Tickets: $15 or $10/McLean district residents

Groovy Gustafer Yellowgold is a small, yellow, cone-headed fellow, who came to Earth from the Sun and has a knack for finding himself neck-deep in absurd situations as he explores his new life in the Minnesota woods. Equal parts pop rock concert and animated storybook, Gustafer Yellowgold concerts are a truly different multimedia experience that entrances children and adults alike.

NSO Kinderkonzert: Viva Violins: From Baby Talk to Mozart
Where: Kennedy Center
When: April 28
Tickets: $18

The violin grows up in the spotlight in this new program which tells the tale of three little violins and how their mother teaches them to “sing.” Recommended for ages 4 and up. Go early for the Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” An hour before each NSO Family Concert, young concertgoers can get up close and hands-on with the instruments they’ll see played on the stage–from violins, trumpets, and oboes to trombones and percussion–in the Kennedy Center Atrium.

NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Teddy and the Ten Hats
Where: Kennedy Center
When: May 4
Tickets: $18

What’s a bear to wear when he has 10 hats but only one head? Little kids dress-up alongside playful NSO musicians in this story about a bear whose zany collection of hats represents a variety of music from Haydn to Sousa and beyond. Recommended for ages 3-5.

Peter and the Wolf
Where: THEARC Theatre
When: May 18-19
Tickets: $35-50, $15 for residents of Wards 7 & 8

Based on the Russian children’s tale and set to Prokofiev’s famous score, this family series production showcases The Washington Ballet’s Studio Company.Peter lives on the edge of a vast Russian forest with his Grandfather, who will not let him go outside for fear of the wolves roaming there. One day Peter and his friend Duck rescue a little bird and decide to return him to the forest. Peter has the time of his life playing in the forest with his animal friends. Grandfather awakes and sees Peter is in the forest. Angry, he grabs his gun and rushes to rescue Peter and Fat Cat, who has fallen through the ice. Suddenly, the forest grows quiet and Peter sees the Wolf. Moments later, Wolf grabs Duck, tosses her into the air and swallows her in single gulp. Peter grabs a net and sets out to capture the Wolf. Eventually, after a fierce struggle, Peter catches the Wolf. Later Peter stands triumphantly on top of the Wolf’s cage to the amazement of his Grandfather and the village. As part of The Washington Ballet’s Community Engagement, the company is offering specially-priced $15 tickets to all performances to residents of Wards 7 and 8.

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New Winter Entertainment in the New Year

Encore Stage & Studio's "Honk, Jr." opens January 11

 

With the new year comes a fresh assortment of shows offering on-stage entertainment. Good timing, too, as more indoor options will be welcome as we enter the throes of winter. This list is compiled by opening date with most descriptions coming straight from the theatres. Tickets are already available for just about all of the shows, so go ahead and save your seats!  And you can still catch some holiday and fall entertainment, so be sure to go here and here to see what’s still in theatres. Happy viewing!

A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle
Where: Kennedy Center
When: December 27 – January 6
Tickets: $18
Sometimes the heroes are the storytellers. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, well known for its beautiful portrayal of beloved children’s books, brings its expertise to the colorful tales of Eric Carle. Old favorites join together with new friends in three of Carle’s most treasured tales. The classic picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar is joined by a cast of adventurous animals drawn from the pages of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? The poignant story of a young girl’s unusual request, Papa, please get the moon for me, completes this can’t-miss puppet performance celebrating the work of one of the great writers and illustrators of children’s books. For ages 3 and up.

Cinderella
Where: Olney Theatre Centre
When: Through January 13
Tickets: $44-49 (Look for a deal on Certifikid)

In this musical tale of magical proportions, Cinderella dreams of adventure and romance and unwittingly calls upon her fairy godmother with a wish to attend the Prince’s Ball. Through this enchanting classic fairytale, we learn that the impossible is possible and dreams truly can come true. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Wake Up, Brother Bear!
Where: Imagination Stage
When: January 3 – February 3
Tickets: $10
Watch as Brother and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons. Together we see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish, and skate on an icy pond.Children are invited to join the action with a small bag of props that help create magical moments. Recommended for ages 1-5.

Honk, Jr.
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre
When: January 11-19
Tickets: $12/adults, $10/children & seniors
Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, The Ugly Duckling, is reinvented in Honk! Have you ever felt like you just don’t fit in? Ugly – an awkward, odd-looking duck, separated from family – is desperately searching for his way back home. Through his quest, Ugly overcomes challenging situations, makes unforgettable friends, and finds love in many forms. Be there as Ugly discovers that he is truly beautiful, both inside and out. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

NSO Kinderkonzert: Musical Opposites
Where: Kennedy Center
When: January 12
Tickets: $18

The Kennedy String Quartet demonstrates many types of musical contrasts, from the technical to the emotional, engaging the audience as they explore simple musical building blocks such as high and low, loud and soft, fast and slow and musical opposites like arco and pizzicato. Then, playing excerpts by string quartet masters, the quartet shows how composers use opposites to express a stunning variety of musical moods and emotions. *Arrive early for the Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Starting one hour before each Kinderkonzert, this hands-on activity in the Kennedy Center Hall of States gives children a chance to get up close with the instruments they’ll see played on stage–from violins and trumpets to oboes and flutes. Recommended for age 4 and up.

Angelina Ballerina, The Musical
Where: Alden Theatre
When: January 12
Tickets: $15 or $10/McLean Residents

Angelina and her friends and even her teacher, Ms. Mimi, are all aflutter because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy! Angelina and her friends will perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig, and, of course, ballet. Based on the CG-animated series, Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps on PBS KIDS®, Angelina Ballerina The Musical is a family-friendly show that will have the entire audience dancing in the aisles. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Tot Rock
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Ongoing
Tickets: $5/weekdays, $10/weekends
Tot Rock is Jammin’ Java’s super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC Metro area’s finest music clubs. Local groups perform in the morning every Monday through Friday, and touring performers drop by on many weekends. Check the calendar often to see when your favorite act is performing, and for other calendar updates.

Tiny Tots

Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Most Wednesdays, Saturdays, & Sundays at 10am
Tickets: $5
The series presents puppet shows designed for the youngest theater patrons (ages 0-4). They are shorter, the lights stay on, and the doors stay open. They have an arsenal of shows that they switch up every performance, so be sure to check the schedule to see what’s playing when you go.

Billy Kelly and the Blahblahblahs: Blast Off!
Where: Air & Space Museum
When: January 17-18
Tickets: $3-8

Discovery Theater, in partnership with Jammin’ Java and the Air & Space Museum, present another act in the Tot Rock: Jammin’ at the Smithsonian series. Take a sing-along, dance-along musical journey with Billy Kelly and his band. The Air and Space Museum is the perfect place to hear the quirky, catchy tunes of the kindie rocker who wrote “Dance from Outer Space” and “Why Is the Moon Following Me?”.

Zorro
Where: Source Theatre
When: January 17 – February 17
Tickets: $24-45
Zorro, the masked avenger, is born when quiet, bookish Diego must find a way to fight corruption and injustice in this swashbuckling adventure. This World Premiere from the Constellation Theatre Company reframes the pulp drama as a coming of age story about self-discovery and the courage needed to seek justice for all. It is a world of high romance and adventure, where good vanquishes evil, and wrongs are righted with three signature swipes of a sword. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Pay-What-You-Can Previews will take place on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18 at 8:30pm. Source Theatre is located at 1835 14th Street NW.

Toyland
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: January 18 – February 10
Tickets: $10
Bad ol’ Mr. Barnaby (aka “the crooked man”) is up to no good, and it’s up to Mother Goose, Little Bo Peep and Tom the Piper’s son to sing their way to a happy ending. This adaptation of Victor Herbert’s musical fantasy includes such familiar pieces as “Toyland” and “March of the Toys,” with costume characters and near life-size marionettes. Recommended for Pre-K and up.

Alice in Wonderland
Where: Kennedy Center
When: January 18-27
Tickets: $45-150

The National Ballet of Canada returns to the Kennedy Center with an outrageous, eye-popping theatrical production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll’s perpetually winsome, subversive, cunning, and hilarious children’s classic is given a glorious ballet treatment by British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon that is the very measure of the original, set to an energetic, riveting, original score by Joby Talbot. Bolstered by striking sets and costumes by Bob Crowley, Wheeldon revisits and brings to the stage many of the tale’s beloved characters in brilliant choreographic arrangements that will undoubtedly create fresh impressions of these familiar faces.

Winnie the Pooh
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: January 19 – February 24
Tickets: $19

Winnie the Pooh is Christopher Robin’s fat little bear of Very Little Brain, who would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat “a little something.” Follow Pooh and Piglet on a Heffalump hunt, watch Rabbit scheme to rid the forest of Kanga’s dreaded bathtub, and help Eeyore search for his tail. Pooh’s intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble. Recommended for all ages.

Festival de Teatro para Ninos/Children’s Theatre Festival
Where: Artisphere
When: January 19
Tickets: $15/ages 13+, $10/ages 4-12, free for 3 and under
Enjoy a full day of theater and much more. Artisphere presents six hours of theater and other activities to delight the entire family.  All activities are Bilinghual.

NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Bears, Bears, Everywhere!
Where: Kennedy Center
When: January 19-26
Tickets: $18
It’s a big bear world out there, and every sort of bear has its own look and growl. This Teddy Bear Concert takes a peek at these adorable creatures and the sounds of their homelands, music that is as unique as they are. The performance assembles a wild combination of instruments in order to create music from around the world. Children will also be introduced to an out-of-this-world instrument, the theremin, which is used to create the crazy sounds in a lot of classic films. Recommended for ages 3-5, kids can bring their favorite stuffed animal to these interactive programs and have their teddy bear friend join in all the fun! Lasting approximately 45 minutes, they’re perfect for even the youngest music lovers in your family. *Arrive early for “Musical Playtime” — starting 45 minutes before each Teddy Bear Concert, enjoy music and movement activities especially designed for small children.

The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Where: JCC of Greater Washington
When: January 25 – February 3
Tickets: $19

See the students of Adventure Theatre MTC present their version of the fairytale classic. In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. Featuring students in grades 6-12, the production is recommended for all ages.

Tap Kids
Where: Alden Theatre
When: January 26
Tickets: $20, $15/McLean residents

Eight of the nation’s most talented young tap dancers take to the stage in this rousing, joyous celebration of American youth culture. New York Stage Originals’ “TAP KIDS” takes tap dance to new heights while telling the story of a group of teenagers during their last months at school as they come to terms with teenage love, their first big dance, graduation, and pending adulthood.

Anime Momotaro
Where: Imagination Stage
When: February 2 – March 10
Tickets: $10
An old couple in ancient Japan long for a child. They have their wish granted when a huge peach floats down the river and breaks open to reveal a baby boy. They name him Momotaro, and he grows up to be the strongest young man in all of Japan. But Momotaro’s village has a tiny problem… GIANT OGRES! Ogres have been bullying the villagers for years, and Momotaro decides he must make a stand. With the help of friends-the dog Inu, the monkey Saru, and the bird Kiki-Momotaro meets his foes face-to-face. Performed in the style of popular anime cartoons with traditional Japanese influences, this action-packed staging of Japan’s most famous folktale teaches powerful lessons about inner strength and how creativity, kindness, and cooperation win out over brute force. Recommended for ages 5-10

Sleeping Beauty-The Broken Spell
Where: Workhouse Arts Center
When: February 2- March 2
Tickets: $12/adults, $8/ages 12 and under

Sleeping Beauty—The Broken Spell is the tale of Sleeping Beauty, who is the victim of a terrible spell causing her to constantly fall asleep. Her parents ask the help of a famous magician Magical and his talking cat, Edgar. Magical and Edgar must find a prince who can break the spell with true love; otherwise Sleeping Beauty may fall into an endless sleep forever! This performance has a running time of 55 minutes with one intermission and is appropriate for all ages.

Kim and Reggie Harris: Dream Alive
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts
When: February 9
Tickets: $14

A celebration of African American history ideal for Black History Month. Kim and Reggie Harris are dynamic and superbly talented traditional folk performers who captivate audiences with their songs and storytelling. In Dream Alive, they bring to life an array of educators, artists, scientists, poets, inventors and other key contributors to African American history through an interactive and engaging presentation.

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove
Where: Verizon Center
When: February 13-18
Tickets: $20-80 (on sale 12/31 at 10am)

Hit the ice with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they embark on a treasure hunt for some of the most popular Disney films ever. Audiences will experience a medley of their favorite animated Disney movies throughout the years including the very first full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the 50th Disney film, Tangled. With eight movies and more than 50 Disney characters featured, Feld Entertainment’s Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove has a story for every generation.

Little Red Riding Hood and the 3 Little Pigs
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: February 14 – March 10
Tickets: $10
What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This tongue-in-cheek version of two children’s favorites uses humor and music to explore our fear of things we don’t understand. This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Recommended for Pre-K and up.

LEO: The Anti-Gravity Show
Where: Artisphere’s Spectrum Theatre
When: February 15-16
Tickets: $30/adults, $25/students & children

What would happen if the law of gravity were to suddenly change? The newest creation from innovative Berlin-based production company Circle of Eleven, LEO leaves audiences wondering which way is up and which way is down. Winner of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Fringe Festival Award, LEO is a mind-bending, funny, surreal and surprisingly touching work that challenges the senses and tests perceptions of reality through the clever interplay of live performance and video projection. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Sleeping Beauty Dreams
Where: Kennedy Center
When: February 16-17
Tickets: $18

Sleeping Beauty Dreams reimagines the famous princess as an overprotected daughter looking for a way to break free of her castle walls in order to search for true love…and her true self. A contemporary look at this classic tale, Marionetas de la Esquina’s humorous storytelling and whimsical puppetry awake this sleeping princess as never before. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries
Where: Warner Theatre
When: February 16
Tickets: $25-75
In this exciting new show, Scooby-doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang have been called upon to help solve an epic mystery. A trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theatre and Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Scooby-doo are on their way in the Mystery Machine to help solve it! This rollicking live theatre show brings everyone’s favorite animated series to life in a bright and hilarious way. Filled with wacky new characters and uproarious antics, Scooby-doo Live! Musical Mysteries has young audiences on the edge of their seats in traditional Scooby-doo fashion from the moment the theatre lights go dim and the stage lights go on.

Saturday Morning at the National
Where: National Theatre
When: Saturday morning starting in February
Tickets: Free, but required

The free theatre program will run on select Saturdays starting in February and through the spring. Musicals, plays, storytelling, and comedy shows are all part of the live entertainment line-up. Tickets are distributed day of performances on first-come, first-served basis. Everyone must be in line to receive a ticket.

Big Bad
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre
When: February 22 – March 3
Tickets: $12/adults, $10/children, students, seniors

Breaking news! Encore Stage & Studio brings you live coverage of the trial of the Big Bad Wolf. Have you ever wondered what happened to him after the story ended? Mr. Wolf is in the defendant’s seat, and the plaintiffs, represented by the Fairy Godmother, take the witness stand one by one and tell their traumatizing stories of their encounters with Mr. Wolf. Is he guilty or innocent? Well, that’s up to you! Recommended for ages 4 and up. Running time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The Young Spectaculars and the Front Yard Adventure
Where: Downtown Baptist Church, Alexandria
When: February 22 – March 8
Tickets: $8

Arts on the Horizon is premiering this brand new show: Meet brother and sister Andrew and Emma – aka The Young Spectaculars! Energized by their super-powered imaginations, but stuck creating their own adventures near the front porch, they save a cat and a picnic lunch before stumbling upon more than they bargained for. Recommended for children ages 2-5, intended for the little hero inside all of us!

Stars and Stripes/KIDS
Where: Sydney Harmon Hall
When: February 23, 2:30pm
Tickets: $32 and up, but look for a Certifikid deal here

Artistic Director Septime Webre promises to provide an “exhilarating ride” with this patriotic show, as the Washington Ballet creates a special kid-friendly performance of Stars and Stripes/KIDS. In addition to Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes and audience-favorite excerpts from Don Quixote, and Le Corsaire, the program will feature “Make-a-Ballet,” with audience members, especially children, joining in on the dance.

LUMA
Where: Strathmore
When: February 23
Tickets: $20-40

Flickers. Glowing. Flashes. Sparks. Bursts. Pulsing. The fun happens after the lights go out as Strathmore’s Concert Hall fades to black for the performers of LUMA to create a surreal world using darkness as the canvas and light as a brush. The whimsical spectacle creates artistic depictions of natural, artificial and metaphysical light as black-clad performers roam the stage, manipulating glowing balls, and light-reactive elastic cords, streamers, banners and hi-tech luminous objects to music by composers including Aaron Copland and Rossini. Fireflies dance, shooting stars flash across the darkened stage, projections undulate against massive backdrops, carnival rides spin and EKG monitors pulse to a heartbeat in an expression of humankind’s connection to light.

Mickey’s Music Festival
Where: Patriot Center
When: February 24
Tickets: $22-50
Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Toy Story in their new show. Disney hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country, and more. The irresistible lineup of performers, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy; Ariel, Sebastian and Ursula; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie; and Woody, Buzz and Jessie; are among the more than 25 Disney stars featured. You can’t resist dancing , singing, playing your air-guitar and laughing with this band of characters! Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

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The Late Fall Lineup of Live Entertainment

The Amazing Night Time Adventure of Little Häwelmann coming to Imagination Stage

 

As cooler weather sets in, local stages are heating up with all kinds of shows for kids. Here’s the lineup to help you can stay warm and entertained through fall and into winter, with most descriptions coming straight from from their sources.  (And if you’re looking for holiday shows, there are a few here, but a big guide to holiday fun is coming very soon!)

Kids Euro Festival
Where: Various venues
When:Through November 13
Tickets: Free
The annual festival will present more than 150 FREE children’s performances all around the metro area. Mimes, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers are just a few of the exciting acts on the schedule that take place at a variety of venues, from public libraries to embassies to performing arts centers. Visit the website for details and the complete schedule.

Beauty and the Beast
Where: The Puppet Co. Playhouse
When: Through November 16
Tickets: $10

Out of the misty veil of Russian folklore comes the classic tale of palaces and promises. A beastly prince learns to live outside himself and discover courage, companionship, trust, and love in the heart of a merchant’s daughter. The grandeur of Czarist Russia provides the design style for both the scenery and the elegant half life-size marionettes.

Tot Rock
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Ongoing
Tickets: $5/weekdays, $10/weekends
Tot Rock is Jammin’ Java’s super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC Metro area’s finest music clubs. Local groups perform in the monring every Monday through Friday, and touring performers drop by on many weekends. Check the calendar often to see when your favorite act is performing, and for other calendar updates.

Tiny Tots

Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Most Wednesdays, Saturdays, & Sundays at 10am
Tickets: $5
The series presents puppet shows designed for the youngest theater patrons (ages 0-4). They are shorter, the lights stay on, and the doors stay open. They have an arsenal of shows that they switch up every performance, so be sure to check the schedule to see what’s playing when you go.

Saturday Morning at the National
Where: National Theatre

When: Saturday mornings through December 15

Tickets: Free, but required
The free theatre program began runs on select Saturdays through the spring. Musicals, plays, storytelling, and comedy shows are all part of the live entertainment line-up. See the complete schedule of performances here. Tickets are distributed day of performances on first-come, first-served basis. Everyone must be in line to receive a ticket.

Oliver Twist
Where: Creative Cauldron
When: November 2-18
Tickets: $15/adults, $12/students & seniors

Creative Cauldron celebrates the bicentennial year of Charles Dickens birth with an original adaptation of one of his most vivid and compelling stories. Told through the lens of a contemporary graphic novel, this production will shed new light on the tale that has captured the imaginations and pierced the hearts of audiences for over two centuries. It is presented as part of our Learning Theater Workshop, a program that provides opportunities for student actors to perform with professionals.

Out of the Box
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: November 12-18
Tickets: $8

The Atlas’ Theatre for the Very Young Series brings back this adorable production from Arts on the Horizon. Follow an energetic young girl named PJ, as she discovers the possibilities one box can hold. With the everyday items she finds in the box, PJ transports the audience into her imaginary world filled with new places and sounds to explore. Out of the Box is infused with magic and imagination for little theatre-goers.

The Amazing Night Time Adventure of Little Häwelmann
Where: Imagination Stage
When: November 13-21
Tickets: $10-12
German company Theater der Nacht is crossing the Atlantic to present The Amazing Night Time Adventure of Little Häwelmann at Imagination Stage as part of the My First Imagination Stage season. This production is presented in part with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. Based on the fairy tale by Theodor Storm, the show tells the story of a naughty boy named Häwelmann who won’t fall asleep. His mother, exhausted from rocking him, falls asleep herself. Bored and restless, Häwelmann makes a sail for his bed with his nightshirt and soars into the night upon the invitation of the moon, and then must try to find his way home after traversing the globe. Best for ages 3-6.

Seussical the Musical
Where: Imagination Stage
When: November 14 – January 6
Tickets: $12+

Our story begins in the land of Nool,
where we find Horton the Elephant, alone by the pool.
All of a sudden, a small speck floats on by.
Horton can’t see a thing but hears a small cry.
Upon that small speck is the home of the Whos
and one boy named JoJo who breaks all the rules.
“This speck is a World!” Horton proclaims.
But no one believes him, they all call him names.
Gertrude McFuzz follows behind without fail,
in hopes he’ll notice her and her one feathered tail.
Back on our planet, the size of a bubble,
JoJo’s “thoughts” get him in trouble.
The peak of our tale is when the Whos must be heard!
Their fate lies with JoJo and one brand new word.
This enchanting musical adventure will transport you to a world
where ‘a person’s a person, no matter how small’
and most importantly, anything’s possible.

Jammin’ at the Smithsonian with Rocknocerous
Where: Discovery Theater
When: November 15 & 16
Tickets: $3-8

Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie get the youngest rockers dancin’ in the aisles when they unleash their groovy folk-rock sound. The cosmic tunes will launch you into space—the Air and Space Museum, that is, where we’ll rock out under the rockets! This show is presented in partnership with Jammin Java Music Club & Café and the National Air & Space Museum. This show is funded by the Hilton Early Childhood Initiative.

A Christmas Carol
Where: Ford’s Theatre
When: November 16 – December 30
Tickets: $22-89

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge.

A Little House Christmas
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: November 17 – December 31
Tickets: $19 (Look for a discount here.)

The Ingalls are hosting some of their friends and relatives for a pre-Christmas dinner when a sudden storm threatens to cut off access to the town from which most of the guests have come. Come home for the holidays with this heartwarming adventure that shows that the simple things make living worthwhile as Mary and Laura learn the true meaning of Christmas. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean
Where: Warner Theatre
When: November 17, 1pm & 4pm
Tickets: $35-75 (look for a deal here)

A one-of-a-kind live black-light puppet show, John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean is a magical undersea adventure for kids of all ages. Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel and three best friends who just happen to be fish, and they’re about to set out on a remarkable journey of discovery. And it all starts with a treasure map. As they swim off in search of clues, they’ll sing, they’ll dance, and they’ll make new friends, including everyone in the audience. Ultimately they discover the greatest treasure of all: friendship. Jam-packed with music ranging from swing to R&B to Big Band, John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean is a blast from the first big splash to the last wave goodbye.

Bunnicula
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts
When: November 17
Tickets: $14 (Look for a discount here)

Lock up your lettuce! Protect your parsley! This spine-tingling, funny and tuneful musical is based on the hugely popular book by James & Deborah Howe. There is mystery and hilarity in the Monroe household, as seen through the eyes of Chester the cat and Harold the dog. When a new pet rabbit arrives, all the vegetables in the house are slowly drained of their color. Could the newcomer be “a vampire bunny?!” This Theatreworks USA musical is enjoyed by ages 5+.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
Where: Kennedy Center
When: November 17 – December 9
Tickets: $18

During the Civil War, a small 12-year-old boy who never even owned a pair of shoes steps up to become a hero by saving his older brother at the Battle of Gettysburg. Then he helps lead the Union to victory! Sound too heroic to believe? It’s true. At least mostly true. You see, Homer P. Figg doesn’t always tell the whole truth about, well, anything. But from Maine to Pennsylvania, facing Union soldiers and Confederates, Underground Railroad conductors and circus ring leaders, Homer will tell any tale it takes to save his brother. Rodman Philbrick’s Newbery Honor–winning novella becomes the humorously staged story of Homer’s journey through thieves, spies, and scallywags as he makes his way through history. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

The Laurie Berkner Band
Where: Lisner Auditorium
When: November 18
Tickets: $25-100
Children’s music superstars and Nick Jr. channel favorites The Laurie Berkner Band comes to DC for a very special Holiday Concert. Dubbed “the queen of children’s music” by People Magazine, Laurie Berkner has won over legions of little fans with smart songwriting and infectious melodies. A limited number of VIP Packages will be available for sale. Price includes seating in the first 3 rows of the center section along with an after show meet & greet and photo opportunity with Laurie.

Capital City Symphony Annual Family Concert
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: November 18, 2:30pm & 4:30pm
Admission: $20-25/adults, kids 16 and under are free

Join this fun, interactive concert with a special program book just for the younger set. The experience also includes an instrument petting zoo, where kids can see for themselves how the music is made.

Little Red & the Gingerbread Man
Where: Discovery Theater
When: November 19, 20, & 23
Tickets: $3-6

What do you get when you combine two classic storybook characters, music, a crazy chase through the woods, and an extra-large dash of comedy? The tasty adventures of a saucy redhead and a runaway cookie cook up the perfect pre-Thanksgiving treat. On Friday, November 23, families can decorate their own gingerbread cookies after the show.

Young Robin Hood
Where: Roundhouse Theater
When: November 28 – December 30
Tickets: $26-53

Travel to Sherwood Forest for some swashbuckling fun in this rousing new version of the classic adventure story. King Richard is off on the Crusades and Nottingham is at the mercy of the evil and corrupt Sheriff, who twists the law and persecutes the poor. When his father is falsely accused of a crime and imprisoned, impetuous teenager Robin, already a skilled archer and swordsman, has to grow up fast and devise a rescue. Friendship is tested and new alliances are formed as Robin fights against tyranny and injustice, with the unexpected help of the Sheriff’s feisty daughter Marian. Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

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