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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