Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Events and Performances

 
Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, December 12, 10:15 am & 12 noon
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol  Perhaps the best loved holiday story of all time, this adaptation of Dickens’ classic is particularly suited to children. Watch Mr. Scrooge’s stone-cold heart change to gold as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas. All the joy, sentiment and meaning are here, without being too scary for young audiences.
Recommended for grades 3-5
Curriculum Connections: Family Ties, Language Arts (Literature, Reading), Music
Tickets: $8/person; $6/person in groups of 20 or more

Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, December 14, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Bob Brown Puppets: The Magic Toy Shop

Tots’ favorite puppeteer Bob Brown brings some special toys that do astounding things: meet Ted E. Bear, the jolly juggling stuffed animal; Carl and his crayon calliope performing wonderfully silly music, and many more of Bob’s friendly magic toys.
Recommended for grades Pre-K and Kindergarten
Tickets: $5/person


Family Funday
Saturday, December 16, 2:00 pm
The Squeaky Clean Band: Mistletunes

The Squeaky Clean Band: Mistletunes The whole family will have a rockin’ holiday time when Suzanne and Glenn bring the wide world of year-end celebrations to the stage. Traditions and songs of Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Dongzhi, Three Kings Day, and Eid-al-Fitr are just some of the celebrations included in this festive program. Whether your family is celebrating a major holiday, a minor holiday, or no holiday at all, this show has something for you.
Tickets: $8/person


Midweek Matinee
Thursday, December 21, 10:15 am & 12 noon
A Beatrix Potter Christmas: “The Tailor of Gloucester”

A Beatrix Potter Christmas: “The Tailor of Gloucester”  When the mayor orders a cherry-colored coat for his Christmas wedding, the poor Tailor of Gloucester works his fingers to the bone. All goes well until the tailor realizes he lacks the piece of twisted silk needed to sew on the final button. But it is Christmas Eve, that one blessed night when animals are granted the gift of speech. Simpkin the cat and the house mice become steadfast friends and work together to complete a coat that leaves the bedazzled Mayor—and them—speechless for a miraculously happy ending on Christmas Day.
Recommended for grades 3-5
Curriculum Connections: Art, Folk Tales, History, Language Arts (Literature, Reading), Music, Mythology
Tickets: $8/person; $6/person in groups of 20 or more

This performance is supported by a grant from the GEICO philanthropic foundation; free tickets are available for qualifying Title 1 schools.


Midweek Matinee
Thursday, February 1, 10:15 am & 12 noon
A Woman Named Truth

A Woman Named Truth  A great African American leader in the 1800s, Sojourner Truth was born a slave but was freed when she was in her 20s. As an abolitionist, religious leader, and advocate for women’s rights, she became a national figure. During the Civil War she aided the Union troops by bringing supplies, working in a hospital, counseling freed slaves, and encouraging soldiers with her sermons and hymns. You’ll be inspired by the life and work of this remarkable woman in this moving new play with music.
Recommended for Grades 4-7
Curriculum Connections: African American History, Character Education, Music, U.S. History, Women’s Studies
Tickets: $8/person; $6/person in groups of 20 or more


Weekend Performance
Saturday, February 3, 8:00 pm
Daniel Beaty: Emergency!

Daniel Beaty: Emergency! A slave ship suddenly appears in present-day New York harbor, setting off a series of events and reactions from more than two dozen characters, all embodied in this astonishing, Obie award-winning, one-man performance. Heralded by the Cincinnati CityBeat as “a masterful performer,” actor, poet, singer, and writer Daniel Beaty (a regular of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam) weaves a narrative that is a stirring commentary on what it is to be human with the longing to be free.
Tickets: $25/person; $20/person for seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more


Tuesday, February 6, 7 pm
Artist Reception: Janelle Washington

Artist Reception: Janelle WashingtonWith detailed, colorful cuts on paper, Janelle Washington celebrates “African
American beauty, rich culture, and history.” As she seeks to “empower [the individual] to move forward in greatness”, her work gives a contemporary refresh to traditional silhouette portraiture, making it accessible to audiences of all ages and creating a bridge between the old and the new.

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, February 9, 11:00 am
Platinum Live - Mike Wiley: Breach of Peace

Platinum Live - Mike Wiley: Breach of Peace On May 24, 1961, 19-year-old Jean Thompson boarded a Trailways bus in Montgomery, Alabama with 11 other young Freedom Riders bound for New Orleans – and history. Within three months, approximately 300 other riders took up the mantle to desegregate busses, following the path of the first brave few. Actor and playwright Mike Wiley stars in this one-man play that is a living monument to those remarkable men and women who faced violence and arrest in their courageous fight for just and equal treatment for all.
Tickets: $10/seniors 60 and better
Photo by Chris Charles for Creative Silence

Weekend Performance
Sunday, February 11, 4:00 pm
Seoul to Soul

Seoul to Soul Music, drumming, and dancing are universal languages, and in honor of the 2018 Winter Olympics, hosted by South Korea, the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA) and the Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation (KACAF) have joined together to celebrate the commonalities and distinctions of these essential forms of expression. Fascinating, entertaining, and joyous, this international multi-cultural event is perfect for the whole family.
Tickets: $15/person


Midweek Matinee
Thursday, February 15, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Lesole’s Dance Project: Dancing through South Africa

Lesole’s Dance Project: Dancing through South Africa Explore South Africa when Lesolé Dance takes you on an incredible journey emphasizing the role that dance plays in encouraging people in difficult times, and in promoting a deeper understanding and acceptance among people of different backgrounds and traditions. Traditional Zulu; Gumboot, which originated in the gold mines during Apartheid; and Pantsula, a modern social/hip-hop dance form are all part of this fascinating program.

Recommended for grades K-3
Curriculum Connections: Dance, Music, Social Studies, Language Arts, World Languages
Tickets: $8/person; $6/person in groups of 20 or more

This performance is supported by a grant from the GEICO philanthropic foundation; free tickets are available for qualifying Title 1 schools.


Weekend Performance
Saturday, February 17, 8:00 pm
Love Song: Shirley Jones of the Jones Girls

Love Song: Shirley Jones of the Jones Girls Former lead singer of the Jones Girls, Shirley Jones sings your favorite R & B songs and romantic ballads, including her chart-topping “Who Can I Run To?” “Do You Get Enough Love?” and hits from her best-selling albums “Always in the Mood” and “Feels Like Heaven.” Extend your Valentine’s Day celebration, and let your heart swell as you sway to the music of these soul-stirring songs.
Tickets: $30/person; $25/person for seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, February 20, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King

Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King “Struggle for Freedom” celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the context of the American Civil Rights Movement. Featuring songs from the era, this production offers us the opportunity to experience the heroic moment when Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat, The Great March on Washington of 1963, and many more of the key events that shaped both the civil rights movement and our country.
Recommended for grades 3-5
Curriculum Connections: History, Language Arts (Foundational Skills, Informational Text, Literature, Reading, Speaking & Listening, Writing), Social Studies
Tickets: $8/person; $6/person in groups of 20 or more


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, February 22, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Baba Jamal Koram: The Story Man

Baba Jamal Koram: The Story Man African and African American cultures come alive when The Story Man’s wit and wisdom captivates youngsters’ imagination through drumming, call and response games, music and, of course, inspired, light- hearted stories.
Recommended for grades Pre-K- 2
Tickets: $5/person


Weekend Performance
Sunday, February 25, 4:00 pm
PRAISE Dance Festival

PRAISE Dance Festival This popular annual festival returns with another inspirational program featuring the area’s finest liturgical dancers who are selected by audition.
Tickets: $25/person; $20/person for seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more


Midweek Matinee
Wednesday, March 7, 10:15 am & 12 noon
We Can Do It! American Women in History

We Can Do It! American Women in History  When two students explore the attic of a museum, they meet some amazing women from history face to face. “We Can Do It!” celebrates the courageous, confident women who have helped shape our country, from Amelia Earhart and Laura Ingalls Wilder to Sacajawea and Susan B. Anthony.
Recommended for grades 3-5
Curriculum Connections: History, Social Studies
Tickets: $8/person; $6/person in groups of 20 or more

This performance is supported by a grant from the GEICO philanthropic foundation; free tickets are available for qualifying Title 1 schools.


Tuesday, March 13, 7 pm
Artist Reception: Local Women in Abstraction

Artist Reception: Local Women in AbstractionIn recent years, many art institutions have sought to give recognition to women artists who historically were not represented in important collections, exhibitions, or books. This exhibition seeks to build on this momentum by celebrating local female artists investigating various mediums and modes of abstract expression. Line, shape, color, texture, space and form are the universal tools that these artists employ to communicate the ethereal, the mundane and the simply sublime.

Midweek Matinee
Thursday, March 15, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Flight School: The Musical

Flight School: The Musical Penguin is excited to go to the first day of Flight School, where they teach birds to fly. Although Penguin is ready to live on the wind he wasn’t built to soar, as the other birds constantly remind him. But Penguin’s spirit won’t be grounded, so with the help of some friends, Penguin follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly! Based on the popular book by Lita Judge.
Recommended for grades Pre-K-3
Tickets: $8/person; $6/person in groups of 20 or more

This performance is supported by a grant from the GEICO philanthropic foundation; free tickets are available for qualifying Title 1 schools.


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, March 20, 10:15 am & 12 noon
The Story of Anne Frank

The Story of Anne Frank  This meticulously researched production provides an engaging and accessible approach to this time in history as it tells the story of a remarkable young woman. Celebrating the courage and strength of Anne and her companions in the Secret Annex, The Story of Anne Frank offers an opportunity to reflect on a young person’s perseverance in the face of unimaginable odds.
Recommended for grades 6-8
Curriculum Connections: History, Social Studies, Language Arts
Tickets: $8/person; $6/person in groups of 20 or more

This performance is supported by a grant from the GEICO philanthropic foundation; free tickets are available for qualifying Title 1 schools.


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, April 17, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater on Tour: Mother Earth and Me

Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater on Tour: Mother Earth and MeThe magic of earth science takes center stage in this fun, interactive Discovery Theater original as we explore the origins of our planet, the water cycle, and our important role in the ecosystem, as well as folklore about the “big blue marble” we call home. Kick off Earth Month by pledging to become an Earth Warrior—and find out some great ways to start right away!

Tickets: $8/person, $6/person in groups of 20 or more

This performance is supported by a grant from the GEICO philanthropic foundation; free tickets are available for qualifying Title 1 schools.


Thursday, May 10, 7 pm
Artist Reception: Katherine Hart

Artist Reception: Katherine HartHart works with encaustic techniques to cast stories among layers of pigment and wax. Inspired by everything that surrounds or encounters her, she does not premeditate, but rather lets the materials direct the course of the work. The result is a composition emboldened by her organic pursuit, the inherent emotions and challenges of that pursuit—a vivid example of art imitating life.