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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 5/04/2014 SEUSSICAL JR
ST PATRICKS EPISCOPAL SCHOOL
5/8-5/9/2014
A delight for children to perform, SEUSSICAL is now one of the most-performed shows in America! In this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza, Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (LUCKY STIFF, MY FAVORITE YEAR, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and RAGTIME) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big  imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge--not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!SEUSSICAL JR. is fun for the whole family! Young performers will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables. This musical provides wonderful creative opportunities in terms of set design, lighting, and costuming.Note: for this version, certain
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 5/04/2014 CHILDREN OF EDEN
KENNEDY CENTER
5/10-5/10/2014
From Stephen Schwartz and John Caird comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith... not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! Freely based on the story of Genesis, CHILDREN OF EDEN is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. Adam, Eve, Noah and the "Father" who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that "the hardest part of love... is letting go."A large cast is needed to take on the story of the Old Testament in this moving, foot-stomping musical. CHILDREN OF EDEN is a wonderful show to perform for children and students. 
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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Wakefield High School
5/2-5/10/2014

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CURTAINS
Robinson Secondary School
5/2-5/10/2014

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SLEEPY HOLLOW: A MUSICAL TALE
Association of Roman Catholic Homeschoolers
5/8-5/10/2014

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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Spotsylvania High School
5/8-5/10/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 5/04/2014 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Earle B. Wood Middle School
5/8-5/10/2014
If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.Music by Mary Rodgers; Book by Jay Thompson & Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer; Lyrics by Marshall Barer
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 5/04/2014 THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Park View High School
5/8-5/10/2014
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; Suggested by
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 5/04/2014 DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR
JOHN EATON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
5/8-5/11/2014
Step into the enchanted world of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. Featuring songs from the Academy-Award winning animated feature, this stage version includes music by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.  Your audiences will be transported to the heart of provincial life in a lovely French town. When Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle, but the master of the castle is a horrible beast that takes him captive. Maurice's daughter, Belle, must then give up her freedom to save his life. Belle's taming of the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate transformation back into a handsome prince is a beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love. This "tale as old as time" is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities. Even more simply staged, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. offers students a great introduction to musical theatre, using familiar songs and characters to guide them through their production.
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 5/04/2014 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
FORDS THEATRE
3/14-5/17/2014
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNUM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Ford's Theatre
3/14-5/17/2014
Ford's Theatre:Rebecca Feldman, Jay Reiss, Rachel Schenkin; lyrics: William Finn; music: William Finn; dir: Peter Flynn.
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LIVING OUT / CAMA AFUERA
GALA Hispanic Theatre
4/24-5/18/2014
Lisa Loomer; dir: Abel L
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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Tidewater Players
4/25-5/18/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 5/04/2014 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Fauquier High School
5/9-5/18/2014
The 'G2K' Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that it may not have been the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of beguiling songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are, you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger actors and audiences, but all the magic, hilarity and fun of the original are still in place. G2K? ONCE UPON A MATTRESS is the perfect show to introduce young people to the magic of live theater. Music by Mary Rodgers; Book by Jay Thompson & Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer; Lyrics by Marshall Barer; Adapted by Tom Briggs
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THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
Folger Theatre
4/17-5/25/2014
William Shakespeare.
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CINDERELLA: THE REMIX
Imagination Stage
4/9-5/25/2014
Psalmayene 24 ; music: Nick Hernandez; dir: Psalmayene 24 .World Premiere
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HENRY IV, PARTS 1 AND 2
The Shakespeare Theatre Company
3/25-6/8/2014
Sidney Harman Hall:William Shakespeare; dir: Michael Kahn.
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Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 5/04/2014 SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE - THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER
Arena Stage
4/25-6/8/2014
Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock 'n' roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. In an idealized '50's setting, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE isn't just great pop music - it's compelling musical theatre.Words and Music by Leiber & Stoller
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SMOKEY JOE?S CAF
Arena Stage
4/25-6/8/2014
Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller; dir: Randy Johnson.
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