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THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION, DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION, PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS | 2016–2017 SEASON

PUBLICK PLAYHOUSE

PRINCE GEORGE’S


Welcome Welcome to another exciting season of performances at the Prince George’s Publick Playhouse for the Performing Arts. Reaching thousands of people each year, the Publick Playhouse presents performances featuring top regional, national and local talent from dance, music, storytelling, comedy, family programming and more. From the moment you enter the Publick Playhouse, you will be inspired to explore the arts. I am thrilled to invite you to share the 2016-2017 season with us. You will notice several audience favorites returning to the stage such as the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, PRAISE Dance Festival, and the World Dance Showcase. There is something for everyone this season, from dazzling contemporary dance to educational children’s theater to holiday favorites.

“Nothing can reproduce the sonic and emotional power of a live performance.” —LEON BOTSTEIN, President, Bard College and Conductor of the American Symphony Music continues to be a strong theme for us this year. Three-time Grammynominated Afro-Caribbean music group Tiempo Libre is one of the hottest Latin bands today and will be heating up our stage all the way from Miami. Don’t miss R&B balladeer Vivian Green’s debut at the Publick Playhouse. For those of you who were fortunate enough to get tickets last season for Black Violin’s sold out performance, we are sure that you will enjoy Chicago-based Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. We have expanded our Platinum Series for Seniors to include a holiday show, a gospel performance in celebration of Black History Month, and several blues performances. Be sure to join us for artist talks and receptions to celebrate the artists whose work will be on display in the lobby area of the Publick Playhouse. You will have an opportunity to meet and greet the artists and find out firsthand what inspires them. These are just some of the highlights from the upcoming season. Stay connected with us to remain updated on new events and special offers. Visit us at arts.pgparks.com or add your name to our email list by sending an email to publickplayhouse@pgparks.com. See you at the Playhouse!

Sonya Kitchens DIRECTOR, PUBLICK PLAYHOUSE


Table of Contents Weekend Performances.................................................................. 2 Family Funday Matinees................................................................. 10 Midweek Matinees ......................................................................... 14 Tiny Tots Thursdays ....................................................................... 22 Platinum Series .............................................................................. 26 Master Classes .............................................................................. 30 Art Exhibitions................................................................................ 33 Auditions........................................................................................ 36 Information and Directions.............................................................. 37

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Tiempo Libre

WEEKEND PERFORMANCES

The whole family will enjoy the sparkling 2016–17 season of musical theatre, dance performances, music concerts, and festivals. The Publick Playhouse is proud to present performances honoring Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month, along with a full season of concerts featuring some of the most dynamic artists performing today. 2 | 2016-2017 SEASON


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 8 PM

Tiempo Libre

Don’t miss this three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean group of seven classically-trained musicians performing sophisticated tropical music featuring an irresistible, exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities and seductive Latin rhythms. Internationally renowned, their critically acclaimed Latin-fused music was described by The New York Times as “dance music of sophistication and abandon.” Tickets: $25/person; $20/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 8 PM

An Evening with Vivian Green Singing star Vivian Green has been captivating fans since her first hit “Emotional Rollercoaster” debuted in 2002. Her latest album “Vivid,” was released last year and showcases the spirited, sassy, and vibrant side of her performing style. A neo-soul artist whose work embraces elements of R&B and jazz, Green performs heartfelt ballads and upbeat songs in a concert of lyrical, restorative music. Tickets: $40/person; $35/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more

Vivian Green

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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 8 PM

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (also known as The Bad Boys of Jazz) is a seven-piece, Chicago-based brass ensemble consisting of seven sons of the jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran. Their musical style ranges from hip-hop to jazz to funk and rock, with calypso and gypsy influences evident as well. The aptly-named Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will mesmerize you with their unique and memorable sound. Tickets: $25/person; $20/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 8 PM

Holiday Concert featuring Chelsey Green and the Green Project Billboard charting recording artist Chelsey Green performs holiday music and trounces stereotypes of violin divas as she and The Green Project meld classical technique and themes with modern idioms. R&B, pop, soul, funk, jazz, alternative, hip hop and gospel are all part of this evening of unique and appealing arrangements of seasonal pieces. Tickets: $25/person; $20/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more Chelsey Green photo derrel todd

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 4 PM

Cotton Field to Concert Hall All ages will enjoy this multi-media extravaganza of drumming, singing, dancing, music, spoken word, narration, and classical music. Follow a young slave from a plantation to the stages of a great opera house in this invigorating performance that will gladden your heart. Tickets: $20/person

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 8 PM

Luther Re-Lives: A Tribute to the Music of Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross

Re-experience the satiny, magic vocals of Luther Vandross with a Las Vegas style show starring William “Smooth” Wardlaw, backed by an eight-piece band and light show that takes you back to the days of “The Velvet Voice.” Sing and dance to your favorite Luther song at this special Valentine’s Day concert. Tickets: $30/person; $25/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 4 PM

PRAISE Dance Festival Be inspired and uplifted when this popular annual festival returns with outstanding liturgical dance performances by the best studios and dance ministries in the DC area. Audition date 11/12/16. Deadline to apply 11/4/16 at 5 pm. For an audition application, please call 301-277-1710.

PRAISE Dance Festival

Tickets: $25/person; $20/seniors, students, groups of 20 or more

FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 7 PM

Prince George’s Best Dance Crew Competition Join us for the 7th Annual Prince George’s Best Dance Crew Competition where young performers come together to showcase the artistry and technique of dance across genres. Watch as 10 teen crews battle it out for $1300 in prizes and the title of “Prince George’s Best Dance Crew.” Come out and support your favorite crew or enjoy a glimpse of the latest dance trends. For information about registering your crew for competition, call 301-446-3232; for tickets, call 301-277-1710. Tickets: $3/person

Prince George’s Best Dance Crew Competition

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World Dance Showcase

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SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 8 PM

District Comedy District Comedy will have you in stitches when they bring DC’s hottest comedians to the Playhouse stage. Since 2009 District Comedy has kept people laughing through nearly 7,000 performances across the DMV, so don’t miss this chance to see the latest, brightest, and funniest talent. This show contains adult-oriented material and may not be suitable for children under the age of 18. Tickets $15/person

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 8 PM

Frank McComb For 20 years Frank McComb has been beguiling fans with his silky, soulful vocals and splendid keyboard work. His expressive neo-soul songs are backed by instrumentals that embrace contemporary jazz and R&B while staying true to the spirit of soul. “Worldwide fans and followers of Frank McComb say that his sound and style of music is the perfect combination of Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea.” —CDBABY.COM Tickets: $30/person; $25/seniors, students, groups of 20 or more

Frank McComb

SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 8 PM

World Dance Showcase Experience a myriad of fascinating cultures at the World Dance Showcase. Professional dance companies representing a wide range of national and regional traditions bring beguiling dance, exquisite costumes, and intriguing music to the Playhouse stage for an evening of truly global entertainment. Tickets: $15/person; $10/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more

SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 8 PM

Story District presents What Was I Thinking?!?

Story District

Join DC’s most popular storytelling establishment for a night of hilarious and heartfelt true stories about mistakes, missteps, and epic disasters. Story District is the nation’s expert in turning good stories into great performances, offering a platform for diverse perspectives and a training ground for new voices on the storytelling stage. Find out more at StoryDistrict.org or follow them on social media at #storydistrict. This show contains adult-oriented material and may not be suitable for children under the age of 18. Tickets: $15/person

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Dallas Black Dance Theatre

FRIDAY, APRIL 28 & SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 8 PM; SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 4 PM

Dallas Black Dance Theatre Celebrated for a repertory that features innovative modern choreography but also upholds African-American dance traditions, Dallas Black Dance Theatre performs dance pieces that address our collective political, social, and personal experience. Experience the stunning athletic grace of the dancers in works both new and venerable. Tickets: $30/person; $25/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more EARLY BIRD PURCHASE! The first 50 tickets for Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday matinee performances, sold before December 1, 2016 are $20/person, limit 4 per patron.

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 8 PM

Comedy Night: I Can’t Stop Laughing If you love to laugh then don’t miss this comedy night at the Publick Playhouse. “I Can’t Stop Laughing” features comedian SKIBA and Friends. SKIBA has appeared on BET Comic View, Apollo, the Roland Martin Show, and has headlined at major comedy venues around the world. He is bringing some of his funniest friends with him to keep you laughing all night long. This show contains adult-oriented material and may not be suitable for children under the age of 18. 8 | 2016-2017 SEASON

Tickets: $15/person


SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 8 PM

YahZarah: “Purple Reign” A Tribute to the Life & Music of Prince Grammy nominated vocalist YahZarah stars in this performance that recalls the iconic, provocative, and revolutionary music of one of the music industry’s most popular and successful stars. This performance consistently sells out throughout the mid-Atlantic, so don’t wait to buy your tickets. Tickets: $25/person; $20/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more

SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 8 PM

A Tribute to the Soul Divas Relive the hit songs and powerhouse vocals of music’s greatest divas: Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Stephanie Mills, and Chaka Khan. You won’t want to miss this evening of powerhouse performances. Tickets: $30/person; $25/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more

YahZarah

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FAMILY FUNDAY MATINEES Vamos al Carnaval

Come and join us on Saturday afternoons for live performances that are family friendly and outrageously fun for all ages.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2 PM

¡Vamos al Carnaval! Experience the excitement of Carnaval (the Latin American version of Mardi Gras) with joyful rhythms from different Carnaval traditions. Audiences sing, play instruments, and dance to carnavalito from Bovilia, festejo from Peru, plena from Puerto Rico, conga from Cuba, and samba from Brazil. FREE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2 PM

Animal Tales (Animales) Animal Tales

Sing and laugh as Latin American singer-storyteller-musician extraordinaire Felix Pitre presents a collection of wonderful animal stories and songs celebrating the environment. Teaching respect for creatures large and small, this audienceparticipation treat includes stories from Brazil, Mexico, and Peru, with songs such as “Froggie Went a Courtin’,” “Alouette,” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” among others. FREE

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2 PM

Andes Manta

Andes Manta performs the vibrant music of the Andes on more than 35 traditional instruments. From the lyrical sound of the quena, or Andean Flute, to the haunting tones of the six-foot long pan-pipes, the music of Andes Manta is an experience that never fails to bring audiences to their feet. FREE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2 PM

Smithsonian Discovery Associates

Fábulas Fairy Tales

Start with three bears, three pigs, and three billy goats gruff. Add two languages, and what do you get? The perfect combination for a fresh and fun introduction to Spanish, literacy through storytelling, math, music and more—and a fábulas new take on a trio of familiar stories in this interactive Discovery Theater original. Children will find the “found” costumes, puppets, and set pieces crafted from recycled materials pretty fabulous, too. FREE

Andes Manta

Fábulas Fairy Tales

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How Old is a Hero?

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2 PM

Smithsonian Discovery Associates

How Old is a Hero? Young People of the Civil Rights Movement Discovery Theater’s original touring production introduces us to young heroes— and calls us to join them in changing the world. Meet Ernest Green of the Little Rock Nine, the first student to graduate from an integrated high school; Claudette Colvin, the 15-year-old who refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus (nine months before Rosa Parks); and Ruby Bridges, who won equal rights before she could read. Moving archival musical recordings accent these scenes of struggle and hope. Tickets: $5/person

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SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2 PM

Smithsonian Discovery Associates

Mother Earth and Me

The magic of earth science takes center stage in this fun, interactive Discovery Theater original as we explore the origins of our planet, the water cycle, and our important role in the ecosystem, as well as folklore about the “big blue marble” we call home. Kick off Earth Month by pledging to become an Earth Warrior— and find out some great ways to start right away! Tickets: $5/person

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2 PM

An Introduction to Taiko, the Art of Japanese Drumming High energy teacher and engaging performer Mark H. Rooney leads this interactive program that features both traditional and contemporary songs and rhythms. Learn more about the instruments, the use of one’s voice in taiko, as well as a bit of Japanese history and vocabulary. Performances include the chance for volunteers to get up and try their hand at playing these BIG drums!

Introduction to Taiko

Tickets: $5/person

Mother Earth and Me

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Alexander Who is Not Going to Move

MIDWEEK MATINEES

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES The Playhouse presents entertaining, educational performances for the enrichment of area students. Teacher guides are available for most programs, and productions run 45-60 minutes to fit field trip schedules. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged. For reservations, call 301-277-1710; TTY 301-699-2544. 14 | 2016-2017 SEASON


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 10:15 AM & 12 NOON

Andes Manta

This educational program features dozens of traditional instruments, from the lyrical sounds of the Quena (Andean flute) to the haunting tones of the six-foot-long panpipes. The musicians’ signature piece—“Causai Pacha”— weaves music into a trip to the Amazon Rain Forest, complete with chirping frogs and calling birds.

Andes Manta

Recommended for Grades 7–12 Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Social Studies, Music, History

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 10:15 AM & 12 NOON

USA to Z

This election season join Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam as they take you on a journey through the American political process. Learn the differences between the judicial, legislative and executive branches, and what it means to vote while you take part in a live-action game show featuring patriotic prizes and hilarious hosts. From the Constitution to the Declaration of Independence to the swing vote, this show leaves no political stone unturned. USA to Z encourages good citizenship by showing people how they can make a difference in their own communities.

USA to Z

Recommended for Grades 3–8 Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more Curriculum Connections: Character Education, Civics, Government, History, Social Studies

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 10:15 AM & 12 NOON

Alice in Wonderland

The Lewis Carroll literary classic is magically brought to life in this 45-minute adventure. Join Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, and the Mad Hatter in this imaginative rendition of the tale that has been entertaining youngsters since 1865. Recommended for Grades Pre-K–5 Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more Curriculum Connections: Character Education, Language Arts, Literature, Reading

Alice in Wonderland

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PHOTO: CAROL ROSEGG

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 10:15 AM & 12 NOON

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Join the Chicago-based Hypnotic Brass Ensemble for a music education program that will focus on performance elements; history of the band and instrumentation; and the exploration of composition and creativity. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is seven brothers from the south side of Chicago who come from an extraordinary musical family. The band freely mixes the brass band tradition with generous doses of hip hop, soul and funk, creating an intoxicating and boisterous blend. Recommended for Grades 7-12 Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Social Studies, Music

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 10:15 AM & 12 NOON

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe This enchanting musical is based on C.S. Lewis’ adventure story about four children of war-torn England, who accidentally enter the land of Narnia by climbing through a magic wardrobe. This strange and wondrous place is ruled by the cold-hearted White Witch, who makes the winter last year round. Although they seem unlikely saviors, the children fulfill an ancient prophecy by defeating the witch, thus restoring sunshine and peace to the spell-bound Narnia and returning the great Lion King Aslan to his throne. Recommended for Grades 1-5 Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more Curriculum Connections: Literature-Based, Music, Visual Arts

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe PHOTO: CAROL ROSEGG

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 10:15 AM & 12 NOON

Holiday Songs: Music Around the World

Travel the globe and explore some of the many celebrations that happen this time of year in this musical revue. Learn about traditional holiday songs from around the world, including “I Have A Little Dreidel,” “Auld Lang Syne,” “Away in a Manger,” and “Santa Lucia.” Songs and stories come together for a truly magical wintertime show. Holiday Songs

Recommended for Grades Pre-K-5 Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more Curriculum Connections: Cultural Diversity, Foreign Language, Geography, Language Arts, Literature, Music

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 10:15 AM & 12 NOON

Snowday: An A Cappella Musical History Snowday

Young audiences are mesmerized by this dynamic vocal quintet that creates unique music using just their voices. Snowday’s talented singers perform upbeat songs and moving rhythms as they trace the history of a cappella singing (singing without instrumental accompaniment). The performance includes an audience-participation vocal drumming lesson and a demonstration of how to create vocal harmonies. Recommended for all ages. Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Social Studies, Music

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 10:15 AM & 12 NOON

Frosty

The beloved holiday song “Frosty the Snowman” has inspired a brand new musical play filled with enchanting new songs. A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat. When he places the hat on a snowman’s head, the snowman comes to life! But can Frosty the Snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join Billy and Frosty as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills and chills, and the discovery that the real magic of the holidays is love.

Frosty

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Recommended for Grades K-5 Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family.


Building Stories

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 10:15 AM & 12 NOON

Building Stories

Plot, summary, characters and settings can be confusing things to learn about. Join our actor-educators as they get you involved and excited about reading, writing, and making stories. Learn all the different parts of a story as you help create the play onstage in this entertaining presentation. Recommended for Grades 1-6 Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more Curriculum Connections: Character Education, Creative Writing, Reading, Theatre

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 10:15 AM & 12 NOON

Black History Heroes, Soldiers & Spies

Black American heroes are celebrated in this engrossing production that shares the stories of Colonel Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers as they explore and settle the American West, the Tuskegee Airmen as they take flight to help win World War II, and Mary Elizabeth Bowser as she works as a spy for the Union during the Civil War. This exciting and interactive production will captivate audiences as they are drawn into some of the most unique and exciting stories from Black History.

Black History Heroes, Soldiers & Spies

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 10:15 AM & 12 NOON

Black History Hall of Fame Join us in this fast-paced adventure and meet over a dozen important African Americans who have made significant contributions in shaping our nation’s past, present and future. Maya Angelou, Aretha Franklin, the Buffalo Soldiers and Mae Jemison are just a few of the hall-of-famers in this interactive performance that makes black history come alive.

Black History Hall of Fame

Recommended for Grades Pre-K-5 Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more Curriculum Connections: African-American History, American History, Character Education, Language Arts, Literature, Social Studies

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 10:15 AM & 12 NOON

Alexander Who is Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move When Alexander learns his family is moving to a new city, he is sure that he will hate it, so he decides that he won’t move. First he tries to live with three different neighbors. Then he tries to build a tent so he can live by himself. Then he decides he’ll hide so that his parents will never find him, but that doesn’t work out either. With a little help from his mom and dad and even his bossy older brothers, Alexander learns that home is “where your family is, where you’re with the people who love you best of all.”

Alexander Who is Not Going to Move

Recommended for Grades Pre-K-3 Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships and Family

TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 10:15 AM & 12 NOON

Thomas Edison: Inventor, Lecturer, and Prankster Meet the greatest inventor of all time, live and in-person! Help Thomas Edison recreate some of his most famous experiments and learn some secrets that will help you every day: the importance of hard work, the value of mistakes, the ability to turn liabilities into assets, and the necessity of enjoying one’s work. Recommended for Grades K-4 Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more Curriculum Connections: Mathematics, Science, U.S. History

Thomas Edison

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TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 10:15 AM & 12 NOON

Gus Goes Green: A STEM Adventure Wacky Professor Parsnip takes audiences on an adventure through science while teaching young people how to make good choices with diet, exercise and the environment. Exciting science experiments from the lab of Professor Parsnip reinforce healthy habits and good character traits. Interactive and fun, this production features lots of interesting science experiments. Recommended for Grades Pre-K-5 Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more Curriculum Connections: Literature, Mathematics, Reading

MONDAY, APRIL 3, 10:15 AM & 12 NOON

Miss Nelson is Missing Room 207 has the worst behaved students in the whole school, but when their sweet teacher Miss Nelson vanishes, the class is taught by a strict substitute, and the students want to find Miss Nelson. This lighthearted musical based on the popular children’s book reminds us all to appreciate the people we have. Recommended for Grades K-5 Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music

Gus Goes Green: A STEM Adventure

Miss Nelson is Missing

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TINY TOTS THURSDAYS Pete the Cat

Small children ages 1– 6 will enjoy these short programs especially designed for them. Performances are 35– 45 minutes long and feature performers and puppets who know how to make little kids smile while they learn.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM

Pete the Cat

Pete the Cat

When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family - and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking—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 friend to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, setting out on an adventure all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus. Recommended for Grades Pre-K-2 Tickets: $5/person Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships and Family

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM

Uncle Devin Show

Interactive, educational and just plain fun, the Uncle Devin Show is a musical experience for children that takes them on a magical journey through the Land of Percussion where they hear, see and play different percussion instruments. Children will gain an understanding of the history of percussion and why it is the easiest, oldest and most diverse form of musical creativity in this positive, uplifting and entertaining program. Recommended for Grades Pre-K -2 Tickets: $5/person

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM

Bob Brown Puppets: Nutcracker Fantasy

Uncle Devin Show

Master puppeteer Bob Brown returns to the Playhouse with a holiday show packed with fun and adventure. Youngsters travel to the Kingdom of Snow, where they meet the enchanting Margo Polar Bear, and then it’s on to the Kingdom of Sweets, the Kingdom of Flowers, and more. Recommended for Grades Pre-K-2 Tickets: $5/person

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM

RC Dance Company: Stories to Stage

Relive favorite books and stories through dance, music, and creative movement. Children enjoy familiar, timeless tales while exploring how music and dance can help create characters, settings, and plots.

Nutcracker Fantasy

Recommended for Grades Pre-K-2 Tickets: $5/person Stories to Stage

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM

Anansegromma of Ghana: African Drum, Songs, Stories, and Games Anansegromma of Ghana

Anansegromma presents an exhilarating and memorable introduction to West African culture. Audiences become members of a typical Ghanaian village, gathering with “royal elders” and court musicians to experience traditional music, storytelling and dance, enhanced by the vibrant colors of their native attire. Through “call and response” songs, games, mime, dance and drum rhythms, Kofi and Kwame offer an engaging, first-hand exploration of West African culture. Their energetic program includes demonstrations of authentic musical instruments, and an explanation of kente cloth symbolism. Recommended for Grades Pre-K-2 Tickets: $5/person

THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM

Bob Brown Puppets: Jellybean Circus The Jumping Jellybeans are the stars of Bob Brown’s puppet circus, with friendly bears, adorable elephants, wacky goony birds and their hilarious pals entertaining kids with tumbling, tricks, and lots more circus fun. Recommended for Grades Pre-K-2 Tickets: $5/person

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM

Rosalia and Don Gato Jellybean Circus

The fun of Southwest cultural traditions comes to life in this exciting program which is perfect for young audiences. Puppets, pantomime, and instruments create an exciting journey into the cultural traditions of the Southwest. Interactive storytelling engages children as they learn about traditional folk dances, music, and stories in the Hispanic culture. Recommended for Grades Pre-K-2 Tickets: $5/person

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THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM

Billy B. Pre

Billy B. introduces preschoolers to the pride of helping themselves and to the joys of nature in this performance bursting with energetic songs and dances about swamps, estuaries, biodiversity, rainforests, geology and natural wonders. Billy knows that kids love to move and make noise so he creates kinetic learning experiences with original and outlandish melodies that have children dancing, singing, and celebrating life on Earth. Recommended for Grades Pre-K-2 Tickets: $5/person

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 9:30 AM & 11:15 AM

Bob Brown Puppets: Doggy Doodles It’s a dog’s day out when Bob Brown’s puppet canines romp in the snow, do tricks with snowballs, and perform their own rockin’ version of the Elvis Presley hit “Hound Dog.” Recommended for Grades Pre-K-2 Tickets: $5/person

Billy B. Pre

Doggy Doodles

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PLATINUM SERIES

FOR SENIORS AGES 60 AND BETTER Dallas Black Dance Theatre PHOTO: SHAREN BRADFORD

Publick Playhouse offers a range of affordable, high quality entertainment just for Seniors 60 and better. Platinum Live matinees are approximately one hour long, giving seniors the opportunity to experience the Playhouse’s most popular performances in a time frame that is convenient and at a price that is affordable. Platinum Movies present popular, topical films in the comfortable and relaxing setting of the Publick Playhouse. All movies are presented with closed captions, and audio-assist headphones are available, so that everyone can enjoy the films.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 11 AM

Movie: Race (2016) Jesse Owens’ quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. Directed by Stephen Hopkins, and starring Stephan James, Jeremy Irons, and Jason Sudeikis. For seniors 60 and better Tickets: $2/person

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 11 AM

Blues Concert Featuring Memphis Gold International blues star Memphis Gold has been entertaining audiences with his guitar and vocal blues performances for over 50 years. He has shared the stage with such artists as James Brown, Mavis Staples, The Temptations, and many more. Memphis Gold has released four albums and has been featured in numerous blues magazines throughout the world. For seniors 60 and better Tickets: $10/person

Memphis Gold

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 11 AM

Movie: Of Mind and Music (2014) Joaquim de Almeida plays a neuroscientist attempting to help a street singer with Alzheimer’s disease in this poignant film set in New Orleans. “Richie Adams’ Of Mind and Music is a particularly moving entry in the genre, gaining strength through its undeniable authenticity. Featuring outstanding performances and making excellent use of its scenic New Orleans locations, the film handles its delicate subject matter with a deeply affecting emotional restraint.” —THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER For seniors 60 and better Tickets: $2/person

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 11 AM

Movie: Heaven is for Real (2014) A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his young son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Based on the popular book by Pastor Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent, and starring Connor Corum, and Greg Kinnear. For seniors 60 and better Tickets: $2/person

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 11 AM

A Christmas Carol Sing-Along featuring The BRENCORE Allstars Band Celebrate the Christmas season by singing favorite songs including “Silent Night, Holy Night,” “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer,” and more. ’Tis the season to be jolly! So bring your friends to this fun and joyous occasion. For seniors 60 and better Tickets: $10/personn

The BRENCORE Allstars Band

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 11 AM

Movie: Miles Ahead (2015) A critically acclaimed exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis, with director Don Cheadle in the title role and also starring Ewan McGregor. Described by the Chicago Tribune as “a fluid, well-staged, freely inventive response to a man’s life and music,” Miles Ahead shatters the biopic mold with its original and clear-eyed look at one of jazz music’s greatest artists. For seniors 60 and better Tickets: $2/person

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 11 AM

A Black History Month Gospel Celebration featuring Washington, D.C.’s own Pink PaLiSh Pam Ward, Alisha Glover and Shang honor some of the greatest Gospel artists and pay tribute the music of Whitney Houston, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, CeCe Winans, Tramaine Hawkins, The Clark Sisters, and more. For seniors 60 and better Tickets: $10/person

FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 11 AM

Little Margie Clark and Friends Margie Clark, also known as Little Margie, is a powerhouse blues, soul, and R&B vocalist. She is one of the original Jewels, a group that has been performing and recording since the late 1950s and whose hit “Opportunity” stayed on the national charts for 11 weeks. Little Margie performs at the Playhouse with her blues band, so don’t miss this morning of pure blues entertainment. For seniors 60 and better Tickets: $10/person

FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 11 AM

Movie: Risen (2016) In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of an executed Jew rumored to have risen from the dead. Thoughtful acting by star Joseph Fiennes and a script that deftly blends elements of detective yarn, war story, and religious epic make for a film described by Matt Zoller Seitz (rogerebert.com) as “an old-fashioned Biblical spectacular with fresh blood in its veins.” For seniors 60 and better Tickets: $2/person 28 | 2016-2017 SEASON


THURSDAY, APRIL 27 & FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 11 AM

Dallas Black Dance Theatre A perennial favorite, Dallas Black Dance Theatre returns to the Playhouse with a matinee especially designed for seniors. Tickets sell fast, so don’t wait to buy yours. For seniors 60 and better Tickets: $10/seniors; $8/groups of 20 or more

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 11 AM

Live Blues featuring Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark Anthony Clark is a world class musician who has performed his trademark mix of contemporary blues with a funk edge up and down the east coast. He’s recorded with some of the best local and national blues acts, and his CD “RAW” has been featured on many college and internet radio stations. Don’t miss this memorable blues concert that has been specially tailored for a senior audience. For seniors 60 and better

Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark

Tickets: $10/person

FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 11 AM

Movie: The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2013) How does a poor, single, African-American mother from segregated 1950s America wind up as one of the world’s most notorious jewel thieves? A glamorous 81-year-old, Doris Payne is as unapologetic today about the nearly $2 million in jewels she’s stolen over a 60-year career as she was the day she stole her first carat. For seniors 60 and better Tickets: $2/person

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MASTER CLASSES Tiempo Libre

The Publick Playhouse offers special opportunities for aspiring dancers and musicians to take a class with professionals. Master classes are available for a range of ages and experience, call 301-277-1710 for more information and to reserve your space.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 4 PM

Latin Percussion Master Class with Tiempo Libre Serious percussion students have the opportunity to take a class with the professional musicians of Tiempo Libre. The class begins with the basics of rumba/Afro-Cuban drumming, exploring the poly-rhythms that make up the rhythmic foundation of rumba. Tiempo Libre musicians also demonstrate how the essential elements of Afro-Cuban rhythms infuse and function in other forms of Cuban music, including cha-cha-chรก, danzรณn, son, latin jazz and timba. Students are encouraged to bring a percussion instrument and participate in the class. Tickets: $20/person; $10/observer

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DALLAS BLACK DANCE THEATRE Dance students: don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the professionals of Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT). These popular classes include movement, technique, and combinations. Space is limited; call 301-277-1710 to reserve your spot.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 7–9 PM

African Dance

Experience African dance and drumming in an open master class of West African movement. Join the dancers from Dallas Black Dance Theatre in this great adventure. Ages 15 & up Class fee: $20/person; $10/observer

THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 6–7:30 PM

Liturgical Dance for Youth Dance students ages 8-14 will learn praise movements and choreography from the professionals of DBDT. This class sold out last year! Reserve your space now by calling 301-277-1710.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 7:45–9:15 PM

Liturgical Dance for Teens & Adults Dancers ages 15 and up won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn praise dance movements and choreography from the world-class dancers of DBDT. This class sold out last year! Reserve your space now by calling 301-277-1710.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

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ROSLYN CAMBRIDGE

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ART EXHIBITIONS AUGUST 26 – OCTOBER 31, 2016

Luis Peralta

Artist Reception: Thursday, September 15, 7–9 pm Featuring Joe Falero and DC Latin Jazz Allstars Inspired by ballerina Misty Copeland, this exhibition is a reflection on commitment and dedication across generations, “…of our veterans, teachers and community leaders as they exemplify positive behaviors for youth.” Peralta describes his approach, “through vibrant colors that merge graffiti art with surreal and traditional concepts and techniques I connect the viewer to raw emotion.” Celebrate the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month with this noteworthy Latin American artist and outstanding Latin jazz performance. Come and meet the artist on Thursday, September 15, 7– 9 pm. Luis Peralta

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J’nell Jordan

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NOVEMBER 1, 2016 – JANUARY 12, 2017

Roslyn Cambridge

Artist Talk & Reception: Thursday, November 17, 7–9 pm Roslyn Cambridge’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is included in permanent collections in Europe, the West Indies, and North America. She is a Ford Foundation Grant recipient, and was awarded an Excellence in Art Installation by the D.C. Art Content Specialist. Raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Cambridge resides in the D.C. area, where she is a highly regarded teacher. This exhibition reflects her outward focus, “The universality and beauty of God’s nature, the sparkle and joy of life persistently excites me. This consciousness inspires me to observe and create paintings reminiscent of my surroundings.” Come and meet the artist on Thursday, November 17, 7– 9 pm.

JANUARY 13– MARCH 19, 2017

J’nell Jordan

Artist Talk & Reception: Thursday, March 9, 7–9 pm Based in Hyattsville, J’Nell Jordan paints with oil on top of metallic acrylics using a subtractive fashion of painting, where she wipes away, etches into and presses against the top layers of oil paint to layers underneath. Lighting plays big part in her work because it interacts with the metallic colors to reveal different intricacies and patterns from certain angles. Her work often depicts festive environments, capturing people in “feel good” moments—those moments where figures are caught in the vibe of the music, posing, flirting or caught mid-smile. Come and meet the artist on Thursday, March 9, 7– 9 pm.

J’nell Jordan

Roslyn Cambridge

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AUDITIONS The Publick Playhouse offers opportunities for aspiring dancers and actors to participate in the performing arts. All auditions are held at the Publick Playhouse, however, application procedures and deadlines differ, so please check the individual listings carefully.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 10 AM–3 PM

PRAISE Auditions

Liturgical dance companies, studios, ministries, and individual dancers are invited to audition for the annual PRAISE Liturgical Dance Festival. In 2017 the Festival will be presented on Sunday, February 26, at 4 pm. Bring a CD of the music and audition one complete work in costume; the piece presented in the audition should be one you wish to perform at the Festival. Auditions are by appointment only. For an application, please call 301-277-1710 (TTY 301-699-2544). Application deadline: Friday, November 4, 5 pm.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 10 AM–6 PM (SNOW DATE: SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 10 AM–6 PM)

Annual World Dance Showcase Dance companies and individuals are invited to audition traditional work in any culture-specific dance style. Presentation must not exceed 15 minutes in length and must be auditioned in finished form with costumes. Please audition the exact presentation to be performed at the final showcase. Dance groups will be selected to perform in concert on Saturday, March 18, at 8 pm. Selected groups will receive an honorarium of $600. Auditions are by appointment only and open to performers ages 16 years and older. Apply online at art.pgparks.com > Community Arts Services > Get Involved, or call 301-446-3232 (TTY 301-699-2544). Application deadline: Friday, January 13, 5 pm.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 10 AM–6 PM SNOW DATE: SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 10AM–6 PM

Shakespeare in the Park Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Parks brings free, entertaining and accessible productions of works by the greatest playwright of the English language to communities throughout Prince George’s County, and provides opportunities for County-based directors, designers, actors, and musicians to share their creativity and expertise with County residents of all ages. All acting positions are paid. Performances are scheduled from July 12–23, 2017 in open-air locations in Prince George’s County. Auditioning actors must be 18 years or older and should present a monologue from one of Shakespeare’s plays. Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule, send email to Christopher Dwyer, Artistic Director, at dwyer.pgshakes@gmail.com.

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Prince George’s

PUBLICK PLAYHOUSE for the Performing Arts

The Publick Playhouse opened in 1947 as the Cheverly Theatre, the flagship of the Sidney Lust chain of movie houses. Designed in the art deco style by John Everson, it was one of the first public spaces in the area to have air conditioning. In the late 1960s, the theatre fell into decline and closed. In 1975, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission acquired the property and began an extensive restoration, preserving many of the art deco elements of the building. In 1977, the building was re-opened as the Publick Playhouse, and since then has been a superior cultural resource that presents outstanding performances, classes, and art exhibitions for all ages. Theatre Hours: Administrative offices are open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am–5 pm. Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5 pm and two hours before every performance. Box Office Ticket Policies: The Box Office accepts cash, checks, VISA and MasterCard. A flat $3 handling fee is applied to VISA and MasterCard orders, regardless of the number of tickets purchased. A $25 fee will be assessed for returned checks. Everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket; children under age one who sit on parents’ laps will be issued a special ticket at no charge. All ticket sales are final; tickets may not be refunded or exchanged. Accessibility: The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation. Renting the Playhouse: For information about renting the theatre, visit arts.pgparks.com or call 301-277-1710, TTY 301-699-2544. A rental brochure is also available. Location: 5445 Landover Road (Route 202), Cheverly, MD 20784 at the intersection of Route 450. Patrons may take Metro Bus F1, F8, F2, or T18 or Prince George’s The Bus 18 to the theatre. (Connect to F2 Metro Bus from Cheverly Metro Station, or ride T18 Metro Bus from the New Carrollton Metro Station.) Parking is free; there are three lighted parking lots adjacent to the theatre. Driving from Maryland: Take I-495 to the Baltimore/Washington Parkway South, exit at “Cheverly, Route 202” and turn right on Route 202. The theatre is 1/2 mile on the left. Driving from Washington, DC or Virginia: Take New York Avenue or I-295 to the Baltimore/Washington Parkway and exit on Route 202. Turn left on Route 202. The theatre is 1/2 mile on the left. Parking behind and beside the theatre is free. Contact: Phone 301-277-1710; TTY 301-699-2544; Fax 301-277-8816; arts.pgparks.com To receive email updates about special events, programs, and performances, please contact PublickPlayhouse@pgparks.com.


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