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Ticket Giveaway: InterAct Story Theatre Presents “Bobtail Bong Bong: A Monkey’s Tale”


InterAct Story Theatre is kicking off a new season of family entertainment in Silver Spring with an interactive theater experience — and a chance to win tickets to be a part of it!

Bobtail Bong Bong: A Monkey’s Tale is a world premiere play created especially for early childhood audiences. In this unique, interactive forum theatre experience for children (and the grownups who love them), kids call the shots and make the choices — and the characters try out their ideas to see if they work!

Bob the Monkey is the smartest monkey in the land, and they want everyone to know it! Bob the Monkey wants what they want and they want it NOW! But…why is everyone mad at Bob? Bob didn’t do anything! In this interactive forum theatre experience for kids and families, audiences follow Bob’s madcap misadventures and help Bob figure out where they went wrong and got in trouble monkeying around. Led by InterAct’s Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger, audience members make suggestions about how Bob could do things differently, and watch Bob and friends role play out their ideas. Can Bob flip the script and turn things around? Can Bob make things better by making better choices? Does it work? What happens next?

Bobtail Bong Bong: A Monkey’s Tale runs September 20-28 at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, MD. Tickets are $12.50/adult, $10/age 4-11, free/ages 3 and under. Recommended for ages 4+.

*Go early with your kids for crafts and pre-show activities that opens 30 minute before the performance, and stick around afterwards for a meet-and-greet with the actors — a great time to get autographs, take pictures, and tell them your favorite part of the show! .

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Giveaway: For a chance to win one of TWO Family 4-Packs of tickets to InterAct Story Theatre’s Bobtail Bong Bong: A Monkey’s Tale, simply leave a comment below telling me what activity you’re looking forward to most this fall. To be eligible, follow InterAct Story Theatre on Facebook. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! This giveaway will run through Wednesday, September 11, 2019, then the winners will be picked and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by InterAct Story Theatre, however, I only promote programs, events, and places that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Giveaway! Enter to Win Tickets to InterAct Story Theatre’s VoyttoTech: a scifi fable



InterAct Story Theatre is returning to Silver Spring with a whole new season of family entertainment. They are kicking it all off with a sci-fi adventure and a great ticket giveaway for KFDC readers!

Voytto Tech: a scifi fable combines science and technology with a story exploring the tough topics of bullying and social inequity. Klipp Casey travels from a planet far, far away to study at Voytto Tech, the most famous science magnet school in the galaxy. Right away, Klipp has trouble fitting in at his new school, and becomes a target for bullying. What can Klipp do? Who can he go to for help? And what can anyone do about the huge energy crisis threatening the planet?

This highly interactive play is performed by three actors who become a variety of characters. The entire audience participates from their seats, becoming characters in the story and brainstorming possible solutions for Klipp’s problems. No play can or should offer an easy solution to the complex problem of bullying and social inequity. Voytto Tech offers schools an opportunity to open up dialogue about these complex issues, in an engaging and interactive way.

Voytto Tech: a scifi fable will be on stage at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center every Friday – Sunday, September 14-29. Tickets are $12.50/age 12+, $10/age 4-11, free for ages 3 and under. There are also a few field trip opportunities with discount rates — see the website for details. The production is recommended for ages 4 and up.

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GIVEAWAY: Want a chance to win one of FOUR Family 4-Packs of tickets to InterAct Story Theatre’s Voytto Tech: a scifi fable — your choice of the 11:30am or 1:30pm performance on Saturday, September 15? Simply leave a comment below telling me what activity you’re looking forward to most this fall. To be eligible, follow InterAct Story Theatre on Facebook. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! This giveaway will run through Wednesday, August 29, 2018, then the winners will be picked and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

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Ticket Giveaway! InterAct Story Theatre Presents “The Legend of Pufferfish Pat: A Tall Tale for Mad Times”



InterAct Story Theatre is returning to Silver Spring with a whole new season of family entertainment. First in the line-up this September: The Legend of Pufferfish Pat: A Tall Tale for Mad Times. And you have a chance to win tickets to see it! In fact, I have four Family 4-Packs of tickets to give away to KFDC readers.

So, what’s a cowpoke to do when you’re so mad you could bust a gut? And how do you wrangle those angry feelings before you blow up? Those are the questions at the heart of The Legend of Pufferfish Pat: A Tall Tale for Mad Times, with a rootin’ tootin’ cowboy tale for kids about anger management.

Photo by Steve Wolf, InterAct Story Theatre

In this production we meet Pufferfish Pat, a legendary cowboy hero who can outride, outrope, and outrun just about anything — except his own hair-trigger temper! When Pat gets angry, he blows up like a Pufferfish, which gets him a nickname he hates and bad reputation he doesn’t want. He wants to be a friend to everyone and stay cool as a cucumber…he just doesn’t know how! And with the little town of Gravy Gulch heating up for the annual Great Gravy Cookoff and Fashion Festival, it’s more important than ever that Pat keep his cool! Where can he go to find folks who might understand or help him with this ornery problem? And what happens when black hat cowboy One-Eyed Jack rolls back into town, looking to get Pat run out of town for good? Will Pat be able to get a hold of his mean temper in time, or is it adios, Gravy Gulch?

The play is performed by three actors appearing as many different characters in and around the dusty town of Gravy Gulch, with help from the whole audience, who get to become the cowpokes and townsfolk of Gravy Gulch right from where you sit!

The Legend of Pufferfish Pat: A Tall Tale for Mad Times runs September 8-23 at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring. Tickets are $12.50/ages 12 and up, $10/ages 4-11, and children under 3 are free. Of course, you can also try to win them though the giveaway below!

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GIVEAWAY: Want a chance to win one of the four Family 4-Packs of tickets to InterAct Story Theatre’s The Legend of Pufferfish Pat: A Tall Tale for Mad Times for either the 11:30am or the 1:30pm performance on Saturday, September 9? Simply leave a comment below telling me what activity you enjoyed most this summer that you learned about from KFDC. To be eligible, follow InterAct Story Theatre on Facebook. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! This giveaway will run through Wednesday, August 30, then the winners will be picked and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by InterAct Story Theatre, however, I only promote programs, events, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.

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Review: A Raisin in the Sun at Arena Stage

Photo courtesy of Arena Stage

Photo courtesy of Arena Stage



Whenever I write a review of show for the blog, I always feel like prefacing it with a reminder that I am not a professional theatre critic. I love going to the theatre and the whole experience of it — seeing stories brought to life on stage, admiring the talent and courage of actors, appreciating the set design and stage direction, and just losing myself in a (hopefully) good production for a while.

But when it comes to writing about theatre… I’m no expert. That said, I always hope I can at least convey a good sense of what a show is about, make age recommendations, and give readers an idea of whether it’s something they want to experience with (or without) their kids.

I feel compelled to say this because my lack of expertise may not always do a show justice, especially one as outstanding A Raisin in the Sun, currently running at Arena Stage. There are some productions that nail it on many levels, and to me, this is one of them.

Written by Lorraine Hansberry and first performed on Broadway in 1959, the play follows a 1950’s African American family as they yearn for a better life from their Chicago tenement and have the opportunity to realize it when they receive a windfall from a life insurance policy. The Youngers — Ruth and Walter, their son Travis, Walter’s mother Lena, and his sister Beneatha — all live together, but have differing views on what will make for a better life and how they will attain it.

Their diverging dreams are sources of conflict within the family and, at times, within the characters themselves that are played out brilliantly by the cast. Especially stellar is Lizan Mitchell in the role of Lena. Her emotion is palpable, and you can almost physically feel it watching her tremble with a mix of frustration, yearning, and a deep love for her family. It’s this love, plus a steadfast pride in who they are, that maintain a strong family bond despite their differences.

The show is poignant, hopeful, and thought-provoking as it spotlights struggles and issues that our society still grapples with today. And taking place on the Fichandler Stage, the intimate theatre-in-the-round setting is just right for this production, almost making you feel like a guest in the Younger’s living room.

As for age recommendations, I think kids about middle school ages and up could appreciate the story and performances (my friend who joined me for the show agrees). However, it’s a long production — nearly three hours including a 15-minute intermission — something to keep in mind for young theatre-goers who might get antsy. Of course, this would make for a nice KidFree outing, too.

A Raisin in the Sun is running at Arena Stage through May 7. Tickets are $40-111. And if you love theatre, I highly recommend considering a subscription to Arena Stage, which are now available for the 2017-18 season — more details are available here.

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to A Raisin in the Sun from Arena Stage, however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own, and I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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