Last fall, the Atlas Performing Arts Center launched “Theatre for the Very Young,” a presenting series specifically geared toward children ages 1 – 5. Featuring performances from Washington-based theatre companies and artists experienced in making quality theatre accessible to the youngest audiences, the Atlas aims to engage children in the magic of theatre through song, simple stories, movement and imagination. Performances are interactive, presenting theatre in a playful environment that promotes learning and cognitive development.
I posted about the first offering in the series, Drumming with Dishes, a whimsical, non-verbal, interactive adventure from Arts on the Horizon. I took Sasha to see the show about celebrating friendship and finding new ways to make music in the kitchen, and we both found it delightful (okay, she didn’t use that exact word, but that’s how I would describe her reaction). The setting was cozy and inviting, the actors performed on a level that children could comprehend, and the music was serene but captivating.
Needless to say, we’re really looking forward to another production by Arts on the Horizon coming to the Atlas later this month as the next installment in the Theatre for the Very Young Series. Out of the Box uses music, sounds, and gentle interaction to follow a young girl as she discovers all the possibilities in box can hold. The show will run March 20-25, and tickets are $8. You can win a pair of tickets to see the show – see below for details on how to enter.
Beyond that, there will be one more production in the series this season. Imagination Stage will present Aquarium April 16-22. Young audiences will enter a world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a “let’s pretend” sky. Mild music, beautiful puppets, and imaginative props welcome both children and adults into the magical, interactive realm. Tickets for the show are also $8.
Tickets for all upcoming performances can be purchased online through the Atlas website or at the Box Office. The Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H Street NE.
GIVEAWAY: Want a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Out of the Box at the Atlas? Simple leave a comment on this post. To be eligible, you must like Atlas Performing Arts Center on Facebook and KidFriendly DC on Facebook (let me know that you did). A winner will be drawn at random at the end of this week. Good luck!