Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Events and Performances

Geico October - May
The GEICO Gecko Series 2014-2015

Welcome to another season of musical theatre inspired by best-selling children's books, holiday customs, American history, anti-bullying themes, the fun side of math, amazing science, and more!

The GEICO Gecko Series is supported by a grant from the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation. Performances are free to students attending Prince George's Title I schools. Scroll further down this web page for more information about each performance.

Monday, October 20, 2014
10:15 am & 12:00 noon
Arithmetickles

Friday, November 21, 2014
10:15 am & 12:00 noon
We the People

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
10:15 am & 12:00 noon
Holiday Tales

Tuesday, January 22, 2015
10:15 am & 12:00 noon
Classroom Character: The Road to Success

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
10:15 am & 12:00 noon
Coretta Scott King

Friday, March 20, 2015
10:15 am & 12:00 noon
Berenstain Bears Live!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
10:15 am & 12:00 noon
Slim Bodyology: Fantastic You

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
10:15 am & 12:00 noon
Dog Loves Books

 
Weekend Performance
Friday, March 6, 7 pm
Café Groove

Café GrooveHeavy on hip hop, hot teen dance teams compete before a panel of celebrity judges for trophies, cash prizes, and the title of Prince George’s “Best Area Dance Crew.” It’s scorching, fast, and fly, so come out and cheer for your favorite dance team. (Want to compete? To sign up, dancers age 13-18 should contact Chelsea Mitchell-Reynolds at 301-446-3244.)
Tickets: $3


Weekend Performance
Saturday, March 7, 6 pm
Youth 4 PRAISE

Youth 4 PRAISERESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 8PM
We’re pleased to introduce a new Playhouse program featuring talented young dancers inspired by liturgical traditions. Look forward to being charmed and impressed by this showcase of new praise talent.
Tickets: $10; $8/students; $5/children age 6 and under


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, March 12, 9:30am & 11:15 am
Tots Body Percussion Workshop

Tots Body Percussion WorkshopHaving fun combines with enhancing children’s fine and gross motor skills and coordination, led by teachers from the award-winning Cultural Academy for Excellence (CAFÉ Youth). This journey of creativity has kids finding music on themselves, as they express their creativity through improvisation and composition using the sounds that their body can make like stomping, clapping, and snapping fingers. Reserve early, space is limited and fills quickly. Call 301-277-1710 (tty 301-277-0312)
Recommended for pre-K-2
Tickets: $5/students and observers


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, March 17, 11 am
Platinum Movie: Peeples (2013)

Sparks fly when Wade Walker crashes the Peeples’ annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace’s hand in Marriage. Starring Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, with Diahann Carroll as Nana.
For ages 60 and better.
Tickets: Free


Midweek Matinee
Friday, March 20, 10:15 am & 12 noon
GEICO Gecko Series: Berenstain Bears LIVE!

GEICO Gecko Series: Berenstain Bears LIVE!Following their hit off-Broadway run in New York and based on the award-winning book series, everyone's favorite bear family arrives at the Playhouse to sing and dance through a life full of complications. Brother Bear's grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear just can't stop eating junk food. But we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right. “A fantastic experience for kids!” NYTheatre.com

This performance is supported by the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation and is free to Title 1 Schools in Prince George's County. Contact Group Sales at 301-277-1711 for more information.

Curriculum Connections: literature based, theatre arts, language arts, social studies, health and physical education, relationships. Recommended for grades Pre-K-2
Tickets: $8; $6/groups of 20 or more


Weekend Performance
Sunday, March 22, 4 pm
Love 2 Dance Teen Showcase

Love 2 Dance Teen ShowcaseOutstanding young dancers from Prince George’s County high schools and dance studios perform jazz, hip-hop, ballet, modern and world dance. Bring the whole family to see these teens twirl, spin and leap across the stage in a terrific and uplifting program showing the depth of young talent in our community.
Tickets: $10; $5/students, seniors, and groups of 20 or more



Weekend Performance
Saturday, March 28, 8 pm
World Dance Showcase

World Dance ShowcaseOne of the enriching benefits of living in greater Washington, DC is the fabulous diversity of our community. The world beats a path to our doorstep, bringing historic and colorful customs, traditions, and folk arts. This popular annual event showcases wide-ranging dance traditions performed with a swirl of vivid costumes
Tickets: $15; $10/students, seniors, and groups of 20 or more
(Purchase World Dance Showcase together with Maestro Kahn tickets for a $5 adult discount. Two-event ticket: $30)


Weekend Performance
Sunday, March 29, 4 pm
Jeff Majors

Jeff MajorsFormer DC radio and TV gospel host Jeff Majors is a musician of national renown. A dream at age 15 inspired him to start playing the harp and launched a musical career that has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and named him Outstanding Gospel Instrumentalist at the Gospel Truth Magazine Music Awards. He brings his groundbreaking and unique harp sound to the Playhouse for a special Palm Sunday concert. Majors’ mellow style mixes gospel, soul and jazz traditions for an inspirational performance.
Tickets: $25; $20/seniors, students and groups of 20 or more


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, March 31, 10:15 am & 12 noon
GEICO Gecko Series: Slim Bodyology - FANTASTIC YOU

GEICO Gecko Series: Slim Bodyology - FANTASTIC YOUNationally renowned Slim Goodbody performs an amazing health and body musical that introduces children to the Heart-the greatest pump in the world; Brain-body control center; Lungs-the breath of life; Bones & Muscles-the team that hustles; Senses-the sensational five; and Digestive System- the energy factor. Song, dance and lots of audience participation highlight the importance of nutrition, fitness, hygiene, and a positive self-image. “Great program for our curriculum, everything we study in our Body Unit.” Meadowland Elementary, Sandusky, Ohio

This performance is supported by the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation and is free to Title 1 Schools in Prince George's County. Call Group Sales at 301-277-1711 for more information.

Curriculum Connections: science, health, nutrition, fundamentals of anatomy, fitness, hygiene. Recommended for grades K-8
Tickets: $8; $6/groups of 20 or more

Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, April 16, 9:30 & 11:15
Salsa Cinderella

Salsa Cinderella     The classic tale is presented with whimsy, beautiful puppets, and a Latin twist. Grey Seal Puppets goes south of the border to have Cinderella dance to a salsa beat, as the pungent Onion and Garlic Stepsisters try to keep the Pepper Prince from finding his true love. Kids learn about Latin foods and pick up some Spanish words while delighting in this ageless story of dreams coming true.
Recommended for pre-K-2
Tickets: $5/person


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Thursday, April 23, 11 am Friday, April 24, 11 am
Platinum Live: Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Platinum Live: Dallas Black Dance TheatreIncredible Dallas Black is back with a whole new program planned just for Playhouse seniors of modern, jazz, and spiritual dance by celebrated choreographers. “Fully engaged in an extremely athletic series of stomping, jumping, running and leaping, the energy in this ensemble was contagious.” Front Row Blog. “Congratulations for a job well done!” Harlem World “Appealing high energy performance” New York Times Don’t miss it!
Tickets: $10/person; $8/groups of 20 or more


Workshop
Thursday, April 23, 6 pm
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Master Class: Modern Dance

Dallas Black Dance Theatre Master Class: Modern DanceFor advanced dance students, members of the renowned company teach aspects of the modern dance techniques, style and choreography for which Dallas Black Dance is celebrated.
Space is limited and fills up quickly, so reserve early by calling 301-277-1710 (tty301-277-0312).
Tickets: $20; $15/person if purchased with ticket to weekend performance; $10/observers


Workshop
Thursday, April 23, 7:45 pm
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Master Class: Liturgical Dance

Dallas Black Dance Theatre Master Class: Liturgical DanceThursday, April 23, 7:45pm–9:15pm

For advanced students of liturgical dance, professionals from the internationally acclaimed Dallas Black Dance Theatre coach technique and style in this popular annual master class.
Early reservations strongly recommended, space is limited and fills up quickly.
Tickets: $20; $15/person if purchased with ticket to weekend performance; $10/observers


Weekend Performance
Friday, April 24, 8:00pm, Saturday, April 25, 8:00pm, Sunday, April 26, 4:00pm
Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance TheatreThe Playhouse is proud to present the internationally famous Dallas Black Dance Theatre, performing a new repertory for the Playhouse audience with an exciting blend of modern, jazz, ethnic and spiritual works by famous choreographers in a program of incredible energy, flashing color and emotional intensity. “Charismatic stage presence…left the audience hungry for more” Richmond Times Dispatch; “Appealing high energy performance” New York Times; “Toward the end of the evening, even I felt compelled to dance” Front Row Blog
Tickets: $25; $20/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more


Midweek Matinee
Wednesday, May 6, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Our Earth, What a Gas!

Our Earth, What a Gas!The Grand Falloons use their former career with the Big Apple Circus to examine the bubble of our atmosphere, what we need to survive in it, and the carbon/oxygen/hydrogen exchange between plant and animal kingdoms. Circus skills, Vaudeville routines, and song and dance numbers engage the audience in how litter, pollution, and other wasted resources threaten life. The program represents a collaboration with several museums and other non-profit organizations to produce an entertaining program based on earth science curriculum standards for public schools. Dishing up intriguing facts with laughter and fun, the Grand Falloons help start their young audiences on a life-long journey of awareness of our limited resources and the part everyone plays in keeping nature’s balance.
Curriculum Connections: earth science, health, biology, recycling, theatre arts
Recommended for grade K-6 Tickets: $8; $6/groups of 20 or more


Weekend Performance
Saturday, May 9, 8 pm
Maestro Khan and Sistah Mafalda & The Kuumba Performers

Maestro Khan and Sistah Mafalda & The Kuumba PerformersUstad Shafaat Khan may be the only musician who can simultaneously boast a musical legacy dating back to the 16th century, a headline performance at Bonnaroo with Stevie Wonder, and CDs produced by famed wellness guru Deepak Chopra. Acclaimed for his prodigious skills in Indian classical music and fusing East and West grooves, he is a master of sitar, surbahar and tabla. Sista Mafalda adds an energetic blend of African, Caribbean and American dance and drum traditions, and Kuumba Performers from age 5 to 18 showcase their kuumba (“creativity” in Swahili), led by the award-winning teacher and performer Mafalda T. Bouzy.
Tickets: $20 (Purchase World Dance Showcase together with Maestro Kahn tickets for a $5 adult discount. Two-event ticket: $30)


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, May 12, 10:15 am & 12 noon
GEICO Gecko Series: Dog Loves Books

GEICO Gecko Series: Dog Loves BooksBased on The New York Times best-selling children’s book, ArtsPower’s new musical is about the irresistible dog who loves books so much that he decides to open his own bookstore. At first, no customers come to his store, but Dog decides that he’s not alone if he’s surrounded by books, and he begins to read everything in his store. When customers finally arrive, he knows exactly which books to recommend. The delightful performance celebrates the power of imagination, encourages self-expression, and helps ignite the desire to read.

This performance is supported by the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation and is free to Title 1 Schools in Prince George's County. Call Group Sales at 301-277-1711 for more information.

Curriculum Connections: literature-based, language arts, reading, music
Recommended for grades K-2. Tickets: $8; $6/groups of 20 or more

Weekend Performance
Sunday, May 17, 4 pm
Sons of Freedom

Sons of FreedomSons of Freedom Dance Institute in Capitol Heights began in 2011 to make a difference for boys age 7-13 through the arts, life skills, teamwork and self-empowerment. Directed by Brian Harris, the boys train in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop and tap techniques, bridging the gap between arts education and academic achievement to gain the tools necessary to become leaders and performing artists of the future. The company was featured at the International Association for Blacks in Dance Conference.
Tickets: $15; $10/seniors, students and groups of 20 or more; $5/children 10 and under


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, June 19, 2 pm
Platinum Live: Lazy Lester & Sleepy LaBeef

Platinum Live: Lazy Lester & Sleepy LaBeefBlues, Blues, and more Blues! Octogenarian and Hall of Famer Lazy Lester has been performing since he was a teen. His distinctive voice, harmonica and guitar created a long list of hits, and he’s played and toured with most every big name on the blues scene and is featured in Martin Scorsese’s “Lightning in a Bottle” documentary. Guitar blues and rockabilly virtuoso Sleepy is on film too, in the recent Nashville documentary “Sleepy LaBeef Rides Again.” This performance is a rare opportunity to see two seasoned blues artists, and Lazy’s legendary humor sprinkles the program with laughter. Tickets $15/senior, $10 groups of 20 or more



Weekend Performance
Friday, June 19, 8 pm
Lazy Lester and Sleepy LaBeef

Lazy Lester and Sleepy LaBeefBlues, Blues, and more Blues! Octogenarian and Hall of Famer Lazy Lester has been performing since he was a teen. His distinctive voice, harmonica and guitar created a long list of hits on the Excello label, including “I Hear You Knockin’,” “The Same Thing Could Happen to You” and many more. He’s played and toured with most every big name on the blues scene, and played Radio City Music Hall as part of Martin Scorsese’s Year of the Blues super concert, that followed with the “Lightning in a Bottle” documentary featuring him. Guitar blues and rockabilly virtuoso Sleepy LaBeef is on film too, in the recent Nashville documentary “Sleepy LaBeef Rides Again.” This performance is a rare opportunity to see two seasoned pros at their best, and Lazy’s famous humor adds a sprinkle of laughter.
Tickets $25 / $20 seniors / $15 groups of 20 or more


July 1, 2015 - October 13, 2015
Lynda Payton

Lynda Payton is an artist who creates work in her own trademarked medium, trans photo digital artistry.™ Her abstract portraiture and graphic works employ traditional photographic media paired with layered digital files of photograph captures, vector art (or 3D rendered imagery).

Payton feels that an artist’s responsibility is to be a reflection of society. That is why, her work provokes viewers to draw from their memories--a place, time, or moment from which they can connect. A native of Chicago, Payton currently resides in Maryland.

Artist Reception TBA

For information on purchasing or exhibiting art at the Publick Playhouse, contact:

La'Tasha Banks
301-446-3242
LaTasha.Banks@pgparks.com