This Saturday at 11 am, The Wheaton-based educational theatre company InterAct Story Theatre launches the inaugural performance of the Wheaton Family Theatre Series, at the Wheaton Public Library (11701 Georgia Avenue, in Silver Spring, MD). The series will produce a free-of-charge performance, followed by an interactive post-performance workshop for families, once a month through February 2016. The series is made possible by a generous $10,000 Wheaton Cultural Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.
The first performance of the series is a special community performance of InterAct Story Theatre’s popular play The Hero of EVERYTHING this Saturday, October 3 at 11:00 a.m. Local critics referred to The Hero of EVERYTHING as being, “intriguing, thrilling, and inspiring,” and, “a remarkably entertaining and educational hour of quality theatre for young audiences.”
Following the performance, InterAct’s Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger will lead the audience in a Behind the Scenes talkback, during which audience members will have the opportunity to meet the actors and the director/playwright, talk about the play, and see how the special effects magic of live theatre happens.
For Oliver-Krueger, the series launch is especially exciting. ”I’m over the moon to launch the first season of the InterAct Story Theatre Family Theatre Series right here in Wheaton,” says Oliver-Krueger. “I remember growing up as a kid in Wheaton and not having a lot of opportunities to experience theatre and arts here at home. It’s really exciting to be able to take all of these wonderful arts programs that InterAct Story Theatre artists do for kids and families across the country and bring them home to our local Wheaton community that I love. Our hope is that this is just the first season of an annual Wheaton Family Theatre Series so we can keep bringing high-caliber, professionally produced arts experiences geared for children and their families. We’re proud to be here in Wheaton, and we can’t wait to serve our home community!”
When asked about the InterAct Story Theatre Wheaton Family Theatre Series, Suzan Jenkins, CEO of The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, said, “We are thrilled that the Wheaton Cultural Grants have helped to launch this important inaugural season of the InterAct Story Theatre Wheaton Family Theatre Series. This new performing arts series that InterAct Story Theatre has developed for children and families is a vital part of our collective efforts to cultivate the arts and humanities in Wheaton.”
The Wheaton Family Theatre Series is presented in partnership with The Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, and is also made possible by generous funding support from the Montgomery County Government, The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and IHOP Wheaton.
Ari Brooks, Executive Director of Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, said, “Friends of the Library, Montgomery County is delighted to partner with InterAct to bring family programming to the Wheaton community. In doing so, we hope to introduce families to our used bookstore, an amazing community resource, and to share our love of libraries, reading, and books.”
InterAct Story Theatre’s The Hero of EVERYTHING is the inaugural performance of the series, and there will be a monthly performance at the library through February. Each performance will begin at 11am, and include a post-performance workshop to dig deeper into the subject matter and allow audience members young and old to engage further with the artists and their craft. The schedule of performances in the series is as follows: Saturday, November 7, 2015 InterAct Story Theatre Wheaton Family Theatre Series presents Story Tapestries with Diane Macklin; Saturday, December 7, 2015 InterAct Story Theatre Wheaton Family Theatre Series presents Drumming Through Time and Across Cultures with Tom Teasley; Saturday, January 6, 2016 InterAct Story Theatre Wheaton Family Theatre Series presents Story Tapestries with Arianna Ross; Saturday, February 13, 2016 InterAct Story Theatre Wheaton Family Theatre Series presents One Gold Coin–Una moneda de oro.
Review of The Hero of Everything by Lauren Katz on DCMetroTheaterArts.
‘The Hero of Everything’ Plays at Silver Spring Black Box Theatre 9/12-27, 2015.