ATMTC's Declares Show Must Go On Despite Significant Fire Damage

Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC), Sharing in the magic of theatre, stories, and children, Adventure Theatre MTC has repopened its doors to audiences for its current production of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day after an electrical fire on March 2, 2018, suffering over $500,000 in damages. Based on the popular book by Judith Viorst, this production is recommended for all ages and resumed March 8, 2018 for field trips and public performances.

To accommodate patrons that were displaced by the fire, ATMTC has added additional performances on March 11 at 4:30pm, March 16 at 12:30pm, and March 21 at 12:30pm. Tickets are $19.50 each and can be purchased online at or by calling 301-634-2270.

Adventure Theatre MTC and the ATMTC Academy UPDATES: Due to extreme caution, performances of Alexander March 3-4, 2018 are cancelled. Please e-mail the Box Office to exchange your tickets to a future performance.

At approximate 1:30 am on March 2nd, Montgomery County Fire Department was called to the scene of a fire in historic Glen Echo Park where flames were already seeping out of the Turret located above the iconic theatre. Captain Gettig says of the fire began in the Turret/loft area above Adventure Theatre MTC's main offices from an electrical wire. No personnel were on site at the time, and there were no injuries as a result of the fire. The damage to the offices was significant. Office staff are likely to be displaced for a significant period of time while the building is rebuilt both inside and out.

Michael J. Bobbitt says, "March 2nd was a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for Adventure Theatre MTC. The moral of this show really applies to the amazing staff, production team, and actors we have here at ATMTC: Bad things happen. We are navigating the damage as best we can, and we thank everyone for their patience and support. We are overjoyed that we can open our doors to families again. The show must go on!"

"We're excited and nervous," said Leon Seemann, the theater's managing director. "There are a lot issues the audience won't see, like the actor bathrooms are not in service. We are grateful to everyone who is assisting us, and although we must rely on some creative solutions, it will be good. The audience will get to smile and be inspired again. That's worth enduring the difficulties."


Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But then, everybody has bad days, sometimes. Not only does Alexander wake up with gum in his hair, but his mother forgets to pack him dessert, and his best friend decides he's not his best friend anymore. And if that's not bad enough, Alexander's brothers don't have any cavities but-he does. And just when it can't get any worse, there are lima beans for supper and -

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