School Day Matinees

Literature to Life: The Great Gatsby
Tuesday, October 1 at 10 am

Middle School and High School Audiences

Based on the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Adapted and Directed by Kelvin Grullon
Performed by Bryce Foley

Literature to Life adapts F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic work as their newest title in their Signature Performance series. The Great Gatsby takes place on Long Island and New York City in the early twentieth century, at the height of the Jazz Age and the Prohibition Era. The novel touches on the treatment of different social classes, “old money” versus “new money” ideology, gender, race, environmentalism, and the price of the American Dream.

Unleash the power of a book. Your favorite book comes to life before your eyes: ONE person telling the story, performing ALL of the characters, and transforming an important work of contemporary American literature into a live theatrical experience.

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Mister C Live! When Science Goes Viral
Wednesday, October 30 at 10 am

Grade School and Middle School Audiences

Conceived and performed by Kevin Cornell

Join Mister C in the lab for an amazing day of learning as he attempts the world’s coolest and most popular experiments with YOU, his science crew! Combining Mister C’s love of science and making epic videos is sure to create an amazingly fun learning adventure that encourages exploration, curiosity and even failure! From chemical reactions, kitchen concoctions, and DIY rockets, Mister C uses humor, media and the engineering design process to make the ordinary extraordinary.

Mister C is a regional Emmy Award winning producer for his show “DIY Science Time” which airs on PBS stations across the country! He is a 15-time Telly Award winner for “DIY Science Time” and a 4-time regional Emmy nominated host for “Full STEAM Ahead.”

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The Puppet People’s A Christmas Carol
Tuesday, December 17 at 10 am and 12 pm

All Audiences

Warm your hearts with Charles Dickens’ holiday classic. Watch Mean Ol’ Scrooge as he discovers Christmas is not a HUMBUG! This puppet spectacular features beautiful handcrafted marionettes, shadow puppets, gorgeous masks, lavish costumes, vivid sets, a professional soundtrack that includes many holiday favorites, a giant 9-foot parade puppet and guaranteed smiles! Experience this literary masterpiece that reaches far beyond the holiday season!

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Lightwire’s Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey
Friday, March 21 at 10 am and 12 pm

All Audiences

Marvin the mouse wants to be popular. Constantly bullied and picked on by the “cool” rats, he is labeled as a looser and a geek. As respite from the continuous badgering, Marvin retreats into his science books and a world of fantasy. He longs to have adventures and to be the hero.

Join Marvin on the space adventure of a lifetime: a trip to the surface of the moon on his homemade rocket, where he meets a strange cast of misfit creatures, learns of infinite peril and views awesome beauty. Will Marvin make his dreams come true and experience the glory and acceptance he craves?

Lightwire Theater is a unique entertainment experience that utilizes light, technology, and music to tell captivating stories … a truly innovative theatrical experience with dazzling electroluminescent creatures lighting up a darkened stage.

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Alex & Olmstead MAROONED! A Space Comedy
Thursday, April 10 at 10 am

All Audiences

Directed and Designed by Alex and Olmsted
Performed by Alex Vernon and Sarah Olmsted Thomas (The Great Cosmic Space Peanut is
played by Sylvia Vernon)

Produced by Alex and Olmsted with help from the Jim Henson Foundation

An astronaut traveling 87,000 light years into space crash-lands on an uncharted planet where she must resort to emergency measures to seek rescue. From the award-winning team Alex and Olmsted, MAROONED! A Space Comedy is a show where elegant puppetry design meets joyful, meaningful storytelling. Live performance, shadow puppetry and marionettes shine to delightful effect in a production that is “Achingly beautiful…” (Maryland Theatre Guide) and “ … amusing, charming, delightful and, at times, utterly and completely astonishing” (DC Theatre Scene). This Jim Henson Foundation grant awarded show is puppetry life support of the best kind – at just the right moment.

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Contact Director of Education & Outreach Tara Palen at [email protected] to reserve tickets!