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Live Entertainment for Families Around DC this Winter

The set of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Peter Pan and Wendy” is as magical and creative as the classic story


As it gets cold outside, plan to warm up with some entertainment indoors. There are all kinds of shows and performances to enjoy through the season. Here are details on what you can see on area stages, starting with currently running shows, then listed by start date, with most production descriptions coming straight from the sources. (KFDC Tip: Tickets to these could make for great holiday gifts!) . Happy Viewing!

Holidays on the Stage
Where: Around the DMV
When: Through the holiday season
Tickets: Vary by show

If you’re looking for holiday-inspired entertainment to get into the spirit of the season, there’s plenty of it! There are several versions of The Nutcracker, storybook classics like The Velveteen Rabbit at Adventure Theatre and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at Imagination Stage. You can stomp along with Step Akrika!, catch An Irish Carol at Keegan Theatre, and enjoy a Candlelight Christmas at the Kennedy Center. Get details on these shows and many, many more in the 2019 Guide to the Holiday Season.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical)
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through January 5
Tickets: $20

Whatever you do, don’t let the Pigeon star in his own musical production! Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, this world premiere Kennedy Center commission features a script by Mo Willems, creator of the best-selling “Pigeon” picture books, along with Muppet Babies executive producer Mr. Warburton, plus music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, the composer of Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! Recommended for ages 5+.

Singin’ in the Rain
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: Through January 5
Tickets: $54-$99 (find discounts)

The greatest movie musical of all time comes to life on the Mainstage and for once, rain during the holidays is guaranteed to make you smile. Comden and Green’s ingenious tale of Hollywood’s transition from the silent era is buoyed by the thrill of live singing and dancing to some of the greatest songs in the American canon including “Good Mornin’,” “Make ‘em Laugh,” and “Moses Supposes.” Our biggest production of the year is certain to impress Broadway regulars and enchant kids meeting this musical for the first time. If this were a film it would be rated G.

Newsies
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through December 29
Tickets: Start at $66

In the summer of 1899, the newsboys of New York City took on two of the most powerful men in the country — Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst — and won. Inspired by true events, the Broadway smash hit is a testament to the power of standing up and speaking out. The Tony Award-winning musical features fan-favorites like “Carrying the Banner,” “King of New York” and “Seize the Day.” Newsies is “a winning, high-energy musical” (Entertainment Weekly) just in time for the holidays and perfect for the whole family.

Peter Pan and Wendy
Where: Sidney Harman Hall | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through January 11
Tickets: $35-120/adult, $35/14 & under (find discounts)

Bold, budding scientist Wendy Darling dreams of earning a Nobel Prize. When Peter Pan arrives at her bedroom window, she takes a leap and leaves finishing school behind, chasing adventure among the stars. Facing down fairies, mermaids, and the dastardly Captain Hook, Wendy, Peter, and their friends discover the power of standing up together for what’s right. J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan is reimagined for a new generation of theatregoers.
This beloved tale of adventure and wonder is sure to delight adults and children alike this holiday season. Recommended for ages 5+.

Squeakers & Mr. Gumdrop
Where: Lab at Convergence | Alexandria, VA
When: December 5-21
Tickets: $10

Arts on the Horizon’s show is recommended for ages 2-5… One snowy winter morning, Mr. Gumdrop prepares for his annual holiday party! When an unexpected and curious mouse appears, Mr. Gumdrop’s routine is thrown for a loop. Can these two wildly different characters work together to get the holiday preparations done in time? This nonverbal, imaginative production captures the magic of making new friends and sharing ideas to accomplish big goals.​

Jersey Boys
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: December 17 – January 5
Tickets: $39-99 (find discounts)

They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story — a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony and Grammy Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, Jersey Boys. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true. Recommended for ages 12+.

My Fair Lady
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: December 17 – January 19
Tickets: $39-159 (find discounts)

From Lincoln Center Theater comes “a sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly), Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Director Bartlett Sher’s glowing production is “thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was” (The New York Times). Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?

Squeakers & Mr. Gumdrop
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE
When: December 27-31
Tickets: $15

Atlas presents Arts on the Horizon’s show… One snowy winter morning, Mr. Gumdrop prepares for his annual holiday party! When an unexpected and curious mouse appears, Mr. Gumdrop’s routine is thrown for a loop. Can these two wildly different characters work together to get the holiday preparations done in time? This nonverbal, imaginative production captures the magic of making new friends and sharing ideas to accomplish big goals.​ Recommended for ages 2-5.

Pete the Cat
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: January 11-12
Tickets: $20

For Pete the Cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up. So the minute the groovy blue cat meets The Biddles, he gets the whole family rocking. That is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet Earth. But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect pal to help him out. Recommended for K – 5th grade.

Narnia
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre | Arlington, VA
When: January 10-19
Tickets: $15/adult, $12/child (find discounts)

Encore Stage & Studio presents its signature theatre By Kids For Kids… When the four Pevensie children stumble upon an old wardrobe, little do they know they will discover the magical world of Narnia. Full of mystical creatures, talking animals, and great escapes, this action-packed story by C.S. Lewis depicts the triumph of Aslan, the great lion and ruler of Narnia, over the White Witch. Join the adventure as four brave kids, one great lion, and an entire kingdom fight for what is right. We recommend this musical for ages 4 and older.

Mouse on the Move
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: January 11 – February 16
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, the audience becomes part of the story through multi-sensory activities. Join us as we all try to reach beyond the stars. Recommended for ages 1-5.

Step Afrika! Step Xplosion
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: January 12
Tickets: $35-75

Strathmore is proud to welcome back Step Afrika!, the first professional organization dedicated to the African American tradition of stepping. This performance begins with a showcase of the region’s finest step squads featuring lightning-fast footwork, percussive chants, and incredible synchronicity. In addition to Step Xplosion, Step Afrika! showcase a portion of their new work, Drumfolk, commissioned by Strathmore. Drumfolk honors the heritage of step and places the evolution of this vibrant art form in its historical context. Tracing step’s roots to the African American percussive traditions of patting juba, hambone, ring shout, and tap, Drumfolk reflects on the harsh realities of the American South and celebrates the fortitude of enslaved Africans who practiced these transcendent musical forms. Recommended for ages 8+.

The Merry Wives of Windsor (KidFree Suggestion!)
Where: Folger Theatre | Capitol Hill, DC
When: January 14 – March 1
Tickets: $27-85

Some appetites never go out of style. The pursuit of money is bound to backfire when the targets are smarter than their gold-digging schemer. Falstaff’s dubious plan to woo Windsor’s wealthy housewives is met with hilarious retaliation, when the ladies devise a plot to teach him a lesson he won’t soon forget. The comedic comeuppance is an absolute treat in Shakespeare’s delightful comedy on love, money, deception, and the power of women.

Once Upon a Moon at Udvar-Hazy
Where: Udvay-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: January 16-17
Tickets: $3-9

Let’s go to the moon! Celebrate the spirit of the Apollo landing in this exciting, interactive show for our youngest audiences. Performers and exquisite puppets spin new and old stories about the moon’s magic, create a “living exhibit” of its phases, and introduce the amazing science that brought us to its surface. You might even get the chance to be a moonwalking astronaut. Recommended for ages 3-7.

Rapunzel
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: January 17 – February 16
Tickets: $12

A “bewitching” tale by Duane T. Bowers, adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairytale. 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 ages 3.5-9.

The Pied Piper
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: January 18,
Tickets: $32 (find discount)

American Pop Orchestra’s The Pied Piper will add a musical element to the classic story by placing the Piper in a town where music and dancing aren’t allowed. Piper, reimagined as a woman in this production, will have a tricky time convincing the locals that music can solve their rat problem, but if they keep their promise of a hefty reward, things just might work out!

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Where: Warner Theatre | Downtown DC
When: January 19, 2pm & 5:30pm
Tickets:

Daniel Tiger and all his friends from the beloved Emmy Award winning PBS KIDS television series are hopping back aboard Trolley for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Neighbor Day. Daniel Tiger and his family along with O the Owl, Miss Elaina, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday, and more familiar friends will take audiences on an interactive adventure to the Neighborhood of Make Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others and celebrating new experiences. The live show features new songs and fan favorites series, including the beloved Wont You Be My Neighbor? The live theatrical production is filled with music, dancing, and wonderful surprises.

Here We Go, Team!
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: January 22-23
Tickets: $3-9

This Discovery Theater original scores big with a musical play about sharing and taking turns, the importance of personal space, and the awesome power of teamwork. Five-year-old Bobby and Casey are aspiring soccer stars and best friends—but they’ve ended up on separate teams! Through a mishap on the field, they discover that helping people is cool, thanks to another kind of team—their favorite teacher and coach who make it all OK.

Monster Jam
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: January 25-26
Tickets: $29-110

The world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring the biggest names in monster trucks will thunder its way into DC. Alien Invasion, El Toro Loco, Grave Digger, Max-D, Megalodon, Monster Mutt, Soldier Fortune, and Zombie are among the vehicular beasts you’ll see tearing up the indoor terrain this year.

Happy Theater: Five Spoons
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts | Gaithersburg, MD
When: January 25 – February 2
Tickets: $15-20

Interactive community building theater piece for adults and children alike. Five miniature stories are creatively told and woven together into a greater story about our personal connection to the world and to each other. Through physical theater, storytelling, audience interaction and object-based theater we meet five people who live next to us – people who may be living without vision, or hearing, who have movement limitations, or are lonely, angry, sad…. How do they see, hear or feel the world, and how do we see, hear or feel them? Recommended for ages 10+.

Capital City Symphony’s Symphonic Dancing
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: January 26
Tickets: $15-20

This fun, interactive family concert will have every family member on their feet! The program explores the expressive, dance-like melodies of William Grant Still’s Danzas de Panama, and Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag. Come enjoy this energetic concert for all ages! Join 30 minutes before the performance for an Instrument Petting Zoo!

Glimpse
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: January 11-12
Tickets: $20

What do colors sound like? Who can understand the moon? How do you sing a tree? This concert presented by Dutch music company Oorkaan transports young audiences to an enchanted world in which music, artists, images, and technology interact with one another. Jazzy melodies mix with bright visuals, forming a captivating new way to relate to music and sounds. Recommended for ages 2–4.

A Thousand Splendid Suns (KidFree Suggestion!)
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: January 17 – March 1
Tickets: $56+

Adapted from the New York Times bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini (Kite Runner), the lives of two Afghan women are inextricably bound together. In the war-ravaged Kabul, Miriam and Laila become unlikely allies in the face of the insurmountable odds of a brutal and oppressive way of life. Hopes of a new life lead to an unselfish and shocking decision, changing the course of their futures forever. Called “emotionally stirring” (Los Angeles Times), this gripping and heart-rending fight for survival will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Beauty and the Beat
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: January 18-26
Tickets: $20

See NSO principal second violinist Marissa Regni and NSO principal percussionist Eric Shin in an exciting new program exploring the magic created when the violin and percussion join together. Eric may have a vast array of percussion instruments, but Marissa shows how versatile the violin can be. This melodic and rhythmic ride for families proves that no matter how different the instruments are, they can come together to make some beautiful music. Recommended for ages 3+.

The Big Meow
Where: Theatre on the Run | Arlington, VA
When: January 25, February 1 & 8
Tickets: $15/adult, $10/child, $45/family of 4 (find discount)

Presented by the Jane Franklin Dance Company… Little Cat is an ever-hopeful fluff ball who desperately wants to belong to the band of neighborhood cats. The Big Meow is a story of a Little Cat’s hope, disappointment, courage and need for belonging. These simple themes are part of every neighborhood, but in this wonderful tale told through the experiences of Little Cat, a potential weakness is a unique strength. The performance incorporates spoken word, movement, music, and an interactive participatory introduction for young children.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: January 31 – February 1
Tickets: $59-99

This immersive concert-style theater show chronicles the amazing journey shared by folk-rock duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. It tells the story from their humble beginnings as Tom & Jerry to their incredible success as one of the best-selling music groups of the ‘60s to their dramatic split in 1970. It culminates with the famous “The Concert in Central Park” reunion in 1981 with more than half a million fans in attendance. Using huge projection photos and original film footage, the show also features a full live band performing all of their hits, including “Mrs. Robinson,” “Cecilia,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Homeward Bound,” and many more. Recommended for ages 4+.

Tot Rock
Where: Jammin’ Java | Vienna, VA
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 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.

Saturday Morning at the National
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Most Saturdays
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.

Boogie Babes
Where: Miracle Theater | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Thursdays, 10:30am
Tickets: $6/child, free for sibling 6 months and under

This weekly sessions of musical fun were started by two friends of mine back when all our our babes were, well, babes. While it’s changed hands since then, it still brings entertainment especially for little ones to Capitol Hill, and children can boogie along with their favorite local musicians. Plan on grabbing lunch after at one of the many nearby eateries or Eastern Market.

Tiny Tots
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
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.

Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Ongoing daily, 6pm
Tickets: 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.

Rise+Rhyme
Where: BusBoys & Poets | Brookland, DC & Hyattsville/Takoma Park, MD
When: Mondays
Tickets: $5

The weekly series welcomes children 5 and under with their caregivers to enjoy a morning of performances and stories from 9:30-11am. Go to one of three locations: Brookland in DC or Takoma Park or Hyattsville in MD. Plan on breakfast, too — full service is available while the little ones are grooving.

Children’s Arts & Entertainment
Where: BloomBars | Columbia Heights, DC
When: Ongoing
Tickets: Varies by show/activity

The arts center in Columbia Heights offers a variety of enriching, entertaining, and cultural activities and performances for children. From Harambe sessions to puppet shows to musical theatre to sing-a-longs, there’s something going on for little ones just about every day of the week.

Phantom of the Opera
Where: Synetic Theatre | Crystal City, VA
When: February 5 – March 1
Tickets: $35+, $15-25/under 30

Gaston Leroux’s timeless supernatural classic gets a fresh update as Irina Tsikurishvili brings her captivating presence and virtuosic skill sets to the title character of The Phantom of the Opera. When tragedy strikes, a talented but now scarred ballerina takes refuge deep beneath the Paris Opera House. Years later, she becomes enraptured with the ingenue Christine in the corp de ballet. Known only as the Phantom, she terrorizes the opera house and manipulates Christine, cultivating her talent and demanding she be cast in more prominent roles. Synetic’s adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera will honor the pathos and beauty of this classic French tale while examining longing, legacy, and the tragedy of unrealized dreams.

The ABC’s of Percussion with Uncle Devin
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: February 6-7
Tickets: $3-9

Join Uncle Devin on a musical journey through the wide, wonderful, and boisterous world of percussion instruments. From West African agogo bells to a Chinese lithophone (made of stone!) to Brazil’s zabumba drum, learn how each unique instrument brings global beats to vibrant life. Uncle Devin makes the sounds and rhythms of percussion the perfect way to reinforce the alphabet for the youngest learners.

Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: February 8 – March 22
Tickets: $25-35

Zomo — one hip-hoppity rabbit — is taking on Washington, DC. When Zomo is dissed and dismissed by the other tricksters in town, he turns to the Sky God for more power. The Sky God sends him on an impossible quest taking him from the breakdancing fish on the DC Waterfront, to the graffiti artist cow at the National Zoo, and finally to the DJ Leopard in Adams Morgan. Will Zomo find the power he’s seeking? Or will he wise up? This high-energy hip-hop adaptation of a Nigerian folktale, originally commissioned by Imagination Stage in 2009 (Helen Hayes-Nominated Outstanding Production- Theatre for Young Audiences), puts a local spin and lots of silly humor on the global tradition of trickster tales. Recommended for ages 4+.

Into the Great Unknown: African American Adventurers and Explorers
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: February 11-13
Tickets: $3-9

Leadership, courage, and adventure take center stage in this inspiring Discovery Theater original. From Matthew Henson, co-discoverer of the North Pole, to astronaut Mae Jemison, meet a century’s worth of bold men and women who challenged the Western frontier, the highest of mountains, and the vastness of outer space—and triumphed. In the histories and heroism of these explorers and adventurers, young audiences find models to help them reach their own highest goals. Recommended for ages 6-12.

The King’s Speech
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: February 11-16
Tickets: $54-114 (find discounts)

The King’s Speech is based on the true story of King George VI’s struggle with a speech impediment and the friendship he formed with his unconventional speech therapist, Lionel Logue. With the Nazi threat looming and civil unrest at home, royal secrets explode around the King as he’s thrust onto the world stage. David Seidler’s original play – which inspired the 2010 Oscar-winning film starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush – will make its long-awaited U.S. debut in a production The Mail proclaims “A right royal treat.” Recommended for ages 13+.

Disney on Ice: Celebrate Memories
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: February 13-17
Tickets: Start at $15 (find discounts)

Your favorite Disney stories come to life at Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories. Sail along with Moana on her high-seas adventure and dance with Woody, Buzz and all the Toy Story friends. Feel inspired when love wins in Frozen and dreams come true for the Disney Princesses. Share the excitement and make new memories the whole family will treasure forever!

The Snowy Day & Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: February 14 – April 1
Tickets: $23 (find discount)

This beautiful show follows the character of Peter and his friend Archie around the neighborhood in four of Ezra Jack Keats’ beloved tales, The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and A Letter to Amy. Renowned for his tender personality, the character of Peter faces relatable everyday challenges to which children of all ages will find delightfully entertaining. Recommended for all ages.

NSO Family Concert: Girl Power! Celebrating Women in Music
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: February 16
Tickets: $15-18 (find discounts)

Don’t miss a special showcase of female composers, conductors, and performers to mark 100 years since the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. The program is to include works by Florence Price, Joan Tower, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Jessie Montgomery. Recommended for ages 5+.

Going the Distance
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: February 20-21 & 26-28
Tickets: $3-9

Race to the finish line with two black Olympians who changed history! Soaring music and the exhilaration of world-class sorts motivate us to greatness in this vivid portrayal of the lives of Jesse Owens and Wilma Rudolph. Join them as they them overcome childhood illness, infirmity, and poverty to become the world’s fastest man and woman, winning the greatest honor in all athletics: the Olympic gold medal. The John Cornelius II score speaks to the heart and soul of the winner in all of us.

Beauty and the Beast
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, DC
When: February 20 – March 29
Tickets: $12

A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Winner of a Citation of Excellence from the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionette, it has played successfully to children and families nationwide. Recommended for ages 5+.

Imagination Stage’s Mouse on the Move
Where:Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: February 21 – March 1
Tickets: $15

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, the audience becomes part of the story through multi-sensory activities. Join us as we all try to reach beyond the stars.

Mark Nizer 4D
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts | Gaithersburg, MD
When: February 22
Tickets: $20

The only live 3D show in the world! Okay, technically any on-stage performance is a live 3D show, but this world-champion juggler uses lights, music, special effects and his own incredible skill to put on a dazzling performance with thrills and outrageous laughs. Special 3D glasses available to the audience give a surreal sensation of depth that take this family-friendly show beyond anything you’ve ever seen on stage before!

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NSO Music for Young Audiences: Mozart Mash-Up
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: February 22-23
Tickets: $20

Share the magic and music of Mozart in a special family concert! A string quartet featuring members of the National Symphony Orchestra plays its favorites from the prolific composer. At age 3, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart could be found observing his big sister Nannerl at the keyboard. By 4 or 5, he had written his first compositions, and by age 7 his first symphony. Mozart continues to inspire audiences and performers today—some of whom experienced his music when they were just as young as the composer! Recommended for ages 7+.

Celia and Fidel (KidFree Suggestion!)
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: February 28 – April 12
Tickets: $72+

Can one woman change the mind of a man and the fate of a nation? Fidel Castro’s most trusted confidant and political partner, Celia Sánchez, is never far from his side as he grapples with how to move his country forward. It’s 1980 and a failing economy has led 10,000 Cuban citizens to seek asylum at the Peruvian Embassy in Cuba. Castro must decide what kind of a leader he wants to be: merciful or mighty. Imbued with magical realism, Arena Stage’s seventh Power Play imagines a conversation between Cuba’s most influential female revolutionary and its most notorious political leader in a contest between morality and power.

YAO YAO
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: February 29 – March 1
Tickets: $20

Yao is a mischievous little girl who loves to play, but hates when her Daddy picks up his briefcase and goes off to work. One day, Yao grabs Daddy’s overcoat and accidentally pulls a thread that leads to the start of a magical world. South Korea’s Brush Theatre uses interactive screen art technology and live music to capture the whimsical adventure that follows. What Yao finds at the end of the thread playfully blurs reality and imagination. Recommended for ages 3-7.

Laurie Berkner Band
Where: Gordon Center for Performing Arts | Owings Mills, MD
When: March 1, 11am & 3pm
Tickets: $36-65

Best selling children’s music artist Laurie Berkner is returning to the DC area for two shows. A true pioneer in children’s music, beloved by generations of children and parents for over twenty years, she’ll be playing well-loved hits like “Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)” and “We Are the Dinosaurs” along with newer songs. Kids should plan to bring their dancing shoes and a stuffed animal (for their heads). FYI: We took a toddler Owen to one of Laurie’s shows years ago, and it was a blast!

Hot Peas ‘N Butter
Where: Center for the Arts | George Mason University, VA
When: March 1, 1pm & 4pm
Tickets:$15/adult, $10/child

Praised by the Los Angeles Times for their “hot and mellow multicultural groove,” Hot Peas ‘n Butter will have you and your whole family on their feet dancing with their infectiously fun global music celebration. This Parent Choice Award-winning, family music ensemble blends together traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, bluegrass, country, and rock to create a “rainbow of color and sound.” (NY 1 TV). Singing in English, Spanish, French, Korean and Hebrew, Hot Peas ‘n Butter aims to show multi-cultural interconnectedness. Their repertoire of songs like “Number 1” and their signature Latin beat tracks “Somos Familia,” “Amistad,” “Que Llueva,” and “Round the World” enjoy radio play nationwide. Recommended for ages 2-6.

The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!
Where: Center for the Arts | George Mason University, VA
When: March 1, 1pm & 4pm
Tickets: $15/adult, $10/child

Witness the impossible with top illusionist Bill Blagg in his new mind-bending and hilarious magic show The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! “Unbelievable!” raves USA Today, and “Absolutely Incredible!” echoes The Chicago Tribune. The whole family will rub their eyes in disbelief as the “Houdini Times Ten” (NBC), makes objects disappear, teleports across the theater, levitates in mid-air, and so much more. Don’t miss your chance to experience this thrilling, action-packed, and interactive show that will leave you and your family breathless. Bill Blagg is changing reality one city at a time, and Fairfax is next! Recommended ages 8+.

Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: March 4-6
Tickets: $3-9

Meet the grocer, the baker, the pizza-dough maker, and all of the friendly people who make our neighborhoods terrific places to live every day. Recycled crafting, interactive songs, literacy and numeracy elements make this community day the perfect blend of learning and just plain fun.

Story Tapestries: The Fastest Plane
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts | Gaithersburg, MD
When: March 5-7
Tickets: $10-15

Travel the World with Story Tapestries’ Family Artists and The Giggling, Wiggling Bookworm. Dive into the ocean, soar above the mountains and fly through the jungle. Leave the program swinging like a monkey, singing like a bird and eager to celebrate stories from around the world!

NSO Music for Young Audiences: 123 Andrés
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: March 7-8
Tickets: $20

Andrés and Christina are Latin Grammy Award®–winning teaching artists who get kids and families excited about learning and moving together in Spanish and English! Join Andrés on an exciting cultural exploration of Latin America through an introduction of language, music, and dance. Families sing, shake, and sound out. Children can use their imaginations to ride an imaginary airplane and join in singing and dancing while practicing new vocabulary. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Science Tellers: Escape from Earth
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: March 12-13
Tickets: $3-9

Two curious kids venture into the forest to investigate a meteor shower and find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet. They risk everything to rescue their new friends and get them to their spaceship before it’s too late. Audiences get to learn the science behind the show’s out-of-this-world special effects.

Arts on the Horizon’s Drumming with Dishes
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: March 11-15
Tickets: $15

What happens when you invite someone very different from you to come over to play? Such an adventure awaits an energetic child when she introduces her shy imaginary friend to a very special kitchen. But instead of food, they’ll cook up beautiful music! This gentle, whimsical adventure celebrates friendship and turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Join us and discover what wonders can be accomplished through friendship! Recommended for ages 2-5.

Jazz Doodle Jam! Jason Moran & Bandwagon + Mo Willems
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: March 13-14
Tickets: $20

Jazz Doodle Jam! is an intimate jazz concert where you collaborate with the band! Sit down at a table covered with paper, grab a marker or crayon, and join host Mo Willems for a new kind of participatory musical experience. Kids and grown-ups doodle to music played onstage by Jason Moran and The Bandwagon. The band reacts and improvises to the audience’s explorations, jamming together with pictures and music, blurring the lines between artists and audience. All ages welcome!

St. Paddy’s Day with Pete Moss and the Bog Band
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: March 12-13
Tickets: $3-9

Join Pete (aka Mitch Fanning) and his troupe of talented young musicians as they pick up their fiddles and bodhran drums to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. Spirited music, lively step dancing, and a dash of Irish musical history guarantee “a rattlin’ good time!” Recommended for ages 5-12.

Happy Theater: Nest
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts | Gaithersburg, MD
When: March 14, 21, & 28
Tickets: $25-45

An interactive, multi-sensory show about the life cycle of a bird for families with children from 6 months to 4 years old… In a nest in a tree, an egg is kept warm. Then a Baby Bird hatches! The Baby is fed and nurtured by the Tree Fairy, and both the Baby and the Fairy begin to explore what it means to grow up, and to learn how to fly, and what it means to be a parent. They feel sunshine and rain, smell flowers, taste berries, and see butterflies. There are surprises. One day, the Baby learns to spread its wings and fly. Where will it go? Will it leave the Tree Fairy?

Once Upon a Moon
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: March 19-20
Tickets: $3-9

Let’s go to the moon! Celebrate the spirit of the Apollo landing in this exciting, interactive show for our youngest audiences. Performers and exquisite puppets spin new and old stories about the moon’s magic, create a “living exhibit” of its phases, and introduce the amazing science that brought us to its surface. You might even get the chance to be a moonwalking astronaut.

Harlem Globetrotters
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: March 21
Tickets: $25 and up (find discounts)

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are on the road for their action packed tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. There will be new high-flying dunks, hilarious stunts, a new record-breaking attempt and unforgettable family moments.

Is there a great show running soon that you don’t see listed here? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll add it!


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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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