STOMP, the hit musical production of choreographed percussion, is returning to DC April 23-28, and one lucky KFDC reader can win a pair of tickets to see it on opening night!
The explosive, provocative, sophisticated, utterly unique show appeals to audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps — to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. As USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” See what all the noise is about!
STOMP is running at National Theatre April 23-28. Tickets are $55-75 and can be purchased online. (KFDC tip: Look for a deal here.) Run time is approximately 95 minutes with no intermission. Children under the age of four are not permitted to attend the show.
Read a KFDC review of STOMP from a few year’s back, and get a peek at it in the video below.
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Giveaway: For a chance to win a pair of tickets to STOMP at National Theatre on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 7:30pm, simply leave a comment below telling me your family’s favorite spring activity. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway will run through April 14, 2019, then a winner will be drawn at random and announced shortly thereafter. Good luck!
Directed by visionary Tony-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award winning film, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes a monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event.
Finding Neverland is coming to National Theatre February 26 – March 3. Recommended for age 7 and up, run time is approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, including one intermission. Tickets are $54-114 and can be purchased online. You can also look for a deal on select seats and, of course, try to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets through the giveaway below. Learn more about the show in this video!
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Giveaway: For a chance a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see Finding Neverland at National Theatre on February 26, 2019, at 7:30pm, simply leave a comment below telling me your child’s (or your) favorite classic children’s story. You can also get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page. This giveaway will run through Sunday, February 10, 2019, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!
Want to see the wildly popular PBS KIDS® television show, WILD KRATTS, live on stage? Wild Kratts LIVE! is coming to DC for two shows at DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Even better, you have a chance to win a Family 4-Pack to see it!
Animated Kratt Brothers Martin and Chris “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story. The Emmy nominated duo will activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal “wow facts,” the Wild Kratts team rescues their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.
Wild Kratts LIVE! is created for the stage by the imaginative minds of Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt from Zoboomafoo, Kratt’s Creatures, and Be the Creature. Their national tours draw tens of thousands of creature-crazy kids and their families and the not-for-profit Kratt Brothers Creature Hero Society, together with kids, has successfully protected critical wildlife habitats through the creation of nature reserves.
Wild Kratts LIVE! will be performed at DAR Constitution Hall on April 21, 2018, at 1pm and 4:30pm. Tickets are $32-52+ and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. You can also try to win them through the giveaway below.
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Giveaway: Want a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of Tickets to see Wild Kratts LIVE! on April 21, 2018 at 4:30pm? Simply leave a comment below, telling me your what activity you’re most looking forward to this spring. This giveaway will run through Tuesday, March 27, 2018, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!
I’m going to keep this simple: If you have never seen STOMP — or even if you have — go see it a the National Theatre while it’s there through February 9. And bring the kids, because I can practically guarantee you all will love it.
Surely, you’ve heard of the hit show before, but just in case not, it’s a unique musical production of choreographed percussion using the body and ordinary objects as instruments. Energetic beats and groovy rhythms are created with everything from brooms and rubber pipes to matchboxes and Zippo lighters to kitchen sinks and grocery carts to plastic bags and newspapers to clapping hands and, of course, stomping feet.
But it’s not just about the music these everyday items are capable of making when drummed, scratched, or rustled a certain way and blended together. The performers creating the sounds are mesmerizing to watch, their actions perfectly timed and movements synchronized to present a visually enthralling production as well. And even though none of them utter a word, they bring personality to their performances with loads of funny moments that produced a lot of laughter from the audience.
Garage bins, metal signs, and other “junkyard” materials make up the industrial-looking set, and most of the items are actually utilized in the show. At one point, the performers hang on bars from ropes to swing around as they pound on hubcaps and signs.
The entire production lasted about an hour and a half with no intermissions, but Owen and I remained captivated and entertained the entire time. We got to get in on it, too! Audience interaction was encouraged during some parts as performers had us mimic their clapping. And now that we’re experienced STOMPers, I’m sure the improvised music will continue at home. (Hey, where’s my broom?!)