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Review: ‘The Happy Elf’ at Red Branch Theatre Company

Red Branch Theatre in Columbia has an early present for young audiences this season. On opening night of Harry Connick Jr.’s The Happy Elf, many of those in the next generation of theater-lovers came clad in dress-rehearsal costumes for Christmas morning — footed pajamas, long-sleeved pull-overs, or comfy woolen pants with slippers. Mingling in the […]

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‘Songs for a New World’ at Metropolitan Youth Theatre

Metropolitan Youth Theatre, an entirely student-run theatre company based in Lorton, Virginia, showcased major young adult talents of the DC Metro area with their compelling production of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World, directed by Chad Vann with Assistant Director Usman Ishaq and produced by Sam Cornbrooks, with musical direction by James Woods. […]

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Meet the Cast of The Masqueraders’ ‘Translations’ at The United States Naval Academy–Part 4: Portia Norkaitis

This is the fourth in a series of interviews with the cast of The Masqueraders production of Translations. Meet Portia Norkaitis. Joel: Introduce yourself to our readers and tell them what other shows you have appeared in and some of the roles you have played. Portia:  Good day. This is MIDN 4/C NORKAITIS, from 22nd Company, Brigade of […]

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‘The Carolina Layaway Grail’ at The Welders

Joseph Campbell taught that myth is a mirror for the ego. So it is through myth that protagonist Diana examines her life experience in Allyson Currin’s The Carolina Layaway Grail, the auspicious debut production of The Welders, a promising new DC-based playwrights collective. Diana (Nora Achrati), born a down-on-her-luck Carolina girl, pulls herself up by […]

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‘Miracle on 34th Street’ by Meredith Wilson at Toby’s The Dinner Theatre of Columbia by Amanda Gunther

The age old question that hangs around the holiday season that has been debated, discussed, commercialized, and caused quite the stir over the years: Is there a Santa Claus? Doubt no more, for Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia has the real thing— the proof’s in the pudding— as they bring Meredith Wilson’s  (The Music Man) musical […]

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Tom Piper ferries a load of toys for shipment to good boys and girls in "Toyland," the Puppet Co.'s take on Victor Herbert's operetta, "Babes in Toyland, Photo courtesy of The Puppet Co.

‘Toyland’ at The Puppet Co. by Julia L. Exline

The Puppet Co. presents Toyland, a tale about an adventure that brings together Mother Goose and some favorite characters from her famous tales. This production is performed by Christopher Piper and Tony Strowd, with music from the Victor Herbert Operetta, Babes in Toyland, arranged by Eric Brooks. The set, designed by Allan Stevens (who also […]

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Choral Arts Society of Washington’s ‘Family Christmas Concert’ at The Kennedy Center by Audrey Thornton

An appreciative Washington, D.C. metro audience overflowing with young little people and their parents and grandparents, too, were treated to tales of Christmases’ past, performed in a 60 minute theatrical concert which found Catherine Flye (Grandma) and Dylan Kaufman (Grandson Bobby) rediscovering the spirit of Christmas supported by visits from Frosty, Rudolph, and Santa! To […]

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Today at 2 pm: ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ at Montgomery Playhouse & 11 AM ‘Arkansaw Bear’

                                                     PRESENT TWO FAMILY SHOWS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON:   Adapted by George Seaton. Based on the story by Valentine Davies -DC Metro Theater Arts NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 16 -DC Metro Theater Arts DECEMBER 1 – 23 Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm Sunday, Dec 16th matinee at 2:00pm Sat & Sun matinees only – 11:00am […]

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The Tooth Fairy (Ryan Sellers) and Mrs. Claus (Heather Whitpan).
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‘You Can’t Get a Decent Margarita at the North Pole’ at Grain of Sand Theatre by Jennifer Perry

Around this time of the year, it’s quite possible to experience what I like to call ‘Christmas-themed theatre overload.’ After all there’s a plethora of productions of A Christmas Carol to choose from in our area, plenty of holiday concerts, and Nutcracker productions galore. For something slightly different, and definitely a bit off-kilter, one might […]

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