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Giveaway: Matilda the Musical is Coming to Olney Theatre this Summer!


Those of you who went and saw Elf this past winter know that Olney Theatre Center has become a real hotspot for high-quality, professional theatre. This summer, they’re mounting a new production, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, directed by Peter Flynn, who earned rave reviews for his recent production of Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre downtown. Matilda is that rare creature: a musical that entertains both kids and adults, in keeping with the spirit of the original book.

From Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, comes another unlikely hero: Matilda Wormwood. Born to parents who prize their own ignorance and disdain books, learning, and any information they can’t get from television, Matilda somehow manages to emerge…a genius. Maybe even a magical one. However, she and the rest of the school are under the tyrannical rule of a deliciously devious villain, principal Agatha Trunchbull. Matilda embraces the fearful and terrifying moments of childhood with humor, hard-earned optimism, and astoundingly witty musical numbers. Songs like “Miracle,” “Naughty,” and “Revolting Children” will ring true to adults, and belong in the survival kit of any child making their way through pre-adolescence and beyond.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical runs at Olney Theatre Center June 21 – July 21. Tickets are $54 – $99 and can be purchased online or through the Box Office. You can also try winning 4 tickets to the performance on Saturday, June 29, at 8pm through the giveaway below.

When you go, bring a new children’s book to donate!
One of the themes in Matilda is how books can change your life, how stories can inspire us to reach for our dreams, and how important it is to have adults in your life who can lift you up. That’s why Olney Theatre is partnering with two area organizations Velocity of Books and Maryland Book Bank to make sure every kid in our region has access to the stories that can help them be their truest selves. Bring a new children’s book with you when you come to see Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical at Olney Theatre. They’ll deliver the books to local organizations that promote literacy and educational opportunity in our region.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical at Olney Theatre Center on Saturday, June 29, at 8pm, simply leave a comment below naming your or your child’s favorite children’s book. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! This giveaway will run through June 23, 2019, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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


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Giveaway: Enter to Win Tickets to Winnie the Pooh at Adventure Theatre!


Get ready for a gang of beloved animals friends to liven up Adventure Theatre this season. Winnie the Pooh will bring fun and antics to the stage from March 30 to May 26, and I’ve got a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see it for one lucky KFDC reader!

Based on the book by A.A. Milne, this production was adapted for the stage by le Clanché du Rand. Winnie the Pooh would spend every day of life humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat “a little something.” But today, Pooh and Piglet have to find the Heffalump, 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.

We actually saw a version of this at Adventure Theatre several years ago, and you can read a review here. (Note that the director and cast are different, but the story is the same.)

Tickets for Winnie the Pooh are $20 and can be purchased online or at the Box Office, though I always recommend getting them in advance because shows often sell out. Of course, you can also try to win them through the giveaway below.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to Winnie the Pooh at Adventure Theatre, simply leave a comment below with your preferred date and time to see the show. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway will run through Thursday, March 28, 2019, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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


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Giveaway: Journey Down Huckleberry Finn’s Big River at Adventure Theatre!



A literary classic is coming to Adventure Theatre’s stage this winter. Huckleberry Finn’s Big River is a world-premiere adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that celebrates the glorious richness of our world by cultivating equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

With the support of over 100 consensus organizers (individuals and organizations serving the black community), this revision of the Tony-winning Broadway musical will lift your spirit. Recommended for all ages, the small-cast, hour-long version of Mark Twain’s novel removes offensive language and expands the role of Jim, now the same age as Huck.

Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Touching and timeless, this tale of friendship against all odds is recreated for young audiences as two best friends demonstrate the power of changing the world.

Huckleberry Finn’s Big River is running at Adventure Theatre February 8 – March 10. Tickets are $20 and available for purchase online. Don’t miss the chance to win a Family 4-Pack through the giveaway below!

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see Huckleberry Finn’s Big River at Adventure Theatre, simply leave a comment below with your preferred date and time to see the show. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway will run through January 28, 2019 then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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


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{Giveaway!} Elf the Musical Brings Holiday Fun & Magic to Olney Theatre



Olney Theatre Center has earned a reputation for pulling out all the stops on its big holiday musicals and this year’s production of Elf the Musical is no exception. Even better, it’s one that the whole family can enjoy. With plenty of sparklejollytwinklejingley singing, dancing, laughter, and theatre magic, you’re all guaranteed to walk out filled with Christmas spirit and smiles on your faces.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf the Musical has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. The warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.

Elf the Musical is now running at Olney Theatre Center through January 6, 2019. Tickets are $54-$99 and can be purchased online or through the Box Office. You can also try winning a Family 4-Pack to the performance on December 30 at 2pm through the giveaway below!



When you go, bring a new pair of pajamas to donate!
We learn pretty quickly that Buddy the Elf started life in an orphanage before accidentally hitching a ride in Santa’s sleigh to the North Pole. While that works well for narrative purposes, the fact is that there are still many children in our community without permanent, loving homes who can’t rely on Santa to whisk them away to be raised by elves. That’s why for the second year in-a-row, Olney Theatre Center is partnering with Comfort Cases, a Rockville-based organization with a mission to provide comfort and support to children entering the foster care system. They have done this by providing kids with their own Comfort Case.

A Comfort Case is a small duffel bag or backpack that holds essential items and a few special things. Its purpose is to provide comfort for children as they enter the foster care system. The case provides the essentials for the first few days in a new place as well as some comfort items to help ease a scary transition. They want these children to know that their community cares about them and wants them to have something of their very own.

You can make a difference in the life of a child in need by donating a new pair of pajamas (they especially need larger sizes) to be included in a Comfort Case. Learn more about this wonderful program on the Olney Theatre Center website.

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GIVEAWAY: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to Elf the Musical at Olney Theatre Center on December 30 at 2pm, simply leave a comment below naming your favorite holiday movie. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! This giveaway will run through December 6, 2018, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

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


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Giveaway: Enter to Win Tickets to “Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas” at Adventure Theatre!



It’s almost the holiday season, and Adventure Theatre is getting into the spirit with a new show that brings an adored children’s book character to life on stage. Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas will be a perfect holiday entertainment for the whole family — and you have a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see it!

What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles-and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Oohlala! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can’t wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?

Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas opens November 16, 2018 and runs through January 6, 2019. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or at the Box Office. You can also try winning them through the giveaway below!

Want to make your theatre outing extra special? On December 8, Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas Festival will include a bunch of fun activities along a performance of the show:
* Make your own extraordinary Tree Topper (just like the heirloom in the book)
* Create the most dazzling holiday-licious headband you’ve ever seen
* Craft a glamorous glitter ornament with your name on it
* Enjoy caroling with friends from Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas
* Decorate delicious Christmas sugar cookies with delectable frosting
* Have your holiday family photo taken

Plus, there will be hor d’oeuvres, a hot chocolate bar, games, music, and plenty of splendiferous holiday cheer. Tickets are $100 dollars, or $350 for a family-four pack.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas at Adventure Theatre, simply leave a comment below with your preferred date and time to see the show. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway will run through Thursday, November 15, 2018, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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


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