Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Events and Performances

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The GEICO Gecko Series 2016-2017

The Publick Playhouse is pleased to present the GEICO Gecko Series, a series of midweek matinees for youth generously supported by the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation. GEICO Gecko Series matinees are free to Title 1 Schools in Prince George's County, giving young people the opportunity to experience outstanding performances at the Publick Playhouse. Educators, look for the GEICO Gecko that identifies the performances, and call Group Sales at 301-277-1710 to reserve your space.

Tuesday, October 4, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Andes Manta

Friday, November 4, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Tuesday, December 13, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Snowday: An A Cappella Musical History

Thursday, January 19, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Building Stories

Thursday, February 16, 9:30am & 11:15 am
Anansegromma of Ghana: African Dance, Drums, Story and Games

Wednesday, March 8, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Alexander Who is Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move

Tuesday, March 14, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Thomas Edison: Inventor, Lecturer, and Prankster

Monday, April 3, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Miss Nelson is Missing

 
Weekend Performance
Saturday, December 3, 8 pm
Holiday Concert featuring Chelsey Green and the Green Project

Holiday Concert featuring Chelsey Green and the Green ProjectBillboard charting recording artist Chelsey Green performs holiday music and trounces stereotypes of violin divas as she and The Green Project meld classical technique and themes with modern idioms.
R&B, pop, soul, funk, jazz, alternative, hip hop and gospel are all part of this evening of unique and appealing arrangements of seasonal pieces.
Tickets: $25/person; $20/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, December 8, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Bob Brown Puppets:Nutcracker Fantasy

Bob Brown Puppets:Nutcracker FantasyMaster puppeteer Bob Brown returns to the Playhouse with a holiday show packed with fun and adventure. Youngsters travel to the Kingdom of Snow, where they meet the enchanting Margo Polar Bear, and then it’s on to the Kingdom of Sweets, the Kingdom of Flowers, and more.
Tickets: $5/person
Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 2

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, December 9, 11 am
Platinum Movie: Heaven Is For Real (2014)

A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his young son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Based on the popular book by Pastor Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent, starring Connor Corum and Greg Kinnear.
For seniors 60 and better.
Tickets: $2/person

Midweek Matinee
Friday, December 16, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Frosty

FrostyThe beloved holiday song “Frosty the Snowman” has inspired a brand new musical play filled with enchanting new songs. A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat. When he places the hat on a snowman’s head, the snowman comes to life! But can Frosty the Snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join Billy and Frosty as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills and chills, and the discovery that the real magic of the holidays is love.
Recommended for Grades K -5
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family.
Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, December 20, 11 am
Platinum Live: A Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long featuring The BRENCORE ALLSTARS Band.

Come and celebrate Christmas holiday season by singing favorite songs and greatest hits like Silent Night, Holy Night, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and more. Tis the season to be jolly! Bring the family out for this Sing-A-Long and joyous occasion.
For seniors 60 and better
Tickets: $10/person


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, January 12, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
RC Dance Discovery: Stories to Stage

Relive favorite books and stories through dance, music, and creative movement. Children enjoy familiar, timeless tales while exploring how music and dance can help create characters, settings, and plots.
Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 2
Tickets: $5/person

Midweek Matinee
Thursday, January 19, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Building Stories

Building StoriesPlot, summary, characters and settings can be confusing things to learn about. Join our actor-educators as they get you involved and excited about reading, writing, and making stories. Learn all the different parts of a story as you help create the play onstage in this entertaining presentation.
Recommended for Grades 1 - 6
Curriculum Connections: Character Education, Creative Writing, Reading, Theatre
Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more


Midweek Matinee
Thursday, February 2, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Black History Heroes, Soldiers & Spies

Black American heroes are celebrated in this engrossing production that shares the stories of Colonel Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers as they explore and settle the American West, the Tuskegee Airmen as they take flight to help win World War II, and Mary Elizabeth Bowser as she works as a spy for the Union during the Civil War. This exciting and interactive production will captivate audiences as they are drawn into some of the most unique and exciting stories from Black History.
Recommended for Grades 3 and up
Curriculum Connections: History, Language Arts, Social Studies
Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more


Weekend Performance
Sunday, February 5, 4 pm
Cotton Field to Concert Hall

All ages will enjoy this multi-media extravaganza of drumming, singing, dancing, music, spoken word, narration, and classical music. Follow a young slave from a plantation to the stages of great opera house in this invigorating performance that will gladden your heart.
Tickets: $20/person


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, February 10, 11 am
Platinum Movie: Miles Ahead (2015)

A critically acclaimed exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis, with director Don Cheadle in the title role and also starring Ewan McGregor. Described by the Chicago Tribune as “a fluid, well-staged, freely inventive response to a man's life and music,” Miles Ahead shatters the biopic mold with its original and clear-eyed look at one of jazz music’s greatest artists.
For seniors 60 and better.
Tickets: $2/person


Weekend Performance
Saturday, February 11, 2 pm
Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater on Tour: How Old is a Hero? Young People of the Civil Rights Movement

How Old is a Hero? Young People of the Civil Rights Movement
Discovery Theater’s original touring production introduces us to young heroes—and calls us to join them in changing the world. Meet Ernest Green of the Little Rock Nine, the first student to graduate from an integrated high school; Claudette Colvin, the 15-year-old who refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus (nine months before Rosa Parks); and Ruby Bridges, who won equal rights before she could read. Moving archival musical recordings accent these scenes of struggle and hope.
Tickets: $5/person


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Anansegromma of Ghana: African Dance, Drums, Story and Games

Anansegromma of Ghana: African Dance, Drums, Story and GamesAnansegromma presents an exhilarating and memorable introduction to West African culture. Audiences become members of a typical Ghanaian village, gathering with “royal elders” and court musicians to experience traditional music, storytelling and dance, enhanced by the vibrant colors of their native attire. Through “call and response” songs, games, mime, dance and drum rhythms, Kofi and Kwame offer an engaging, first-hand exploration of West African culture. Their energetic program includes demonstrations of authentic musical instruments, and an explanation of kente cloth symbolism.
Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 2
Tickets: $5/person

Weekend Performance
Saturday, February 18, 8 pm
Luther Re-Lives: A Tribute to the Music of Luther Vandross

Luther Re-Lives: A Tribute to the Music of Luther VandrossRe-experience the satiny, magic vocals of Luther Vandross with a Las Vegas style show starring William “Smooth” Wardlaw, backed by an eight-piece band and light show that takes you back to the days of “The Velvet Voice.” Sing and dance to your favorite Luther song at this special Valentine’s Day concert.
Tickets: $30/person; $25/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more


Midweek Matinee
Thursday, February 23, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Black History Hall of Fame

Join us in this fast-paced adventure and meet over a dozen important African Americans who have made significant contributions in shaping our nation’s past, present and future. Maya Angelou, Aretha Franklin, the Buffalo Soldiers and Mae Jemison are just a few of the hall-of-famers in this interactive performance that makes Black History come alive.
Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 5
Tickets: $8/person, $6/groups of 20 or more


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, February 24, 11 am
Platinum Live: A Black History Month Gospel Celebration featuring Washington DC's own Pink PaLiSh.

Pam Ward, Alisha Glover and SHANG will honor some of the greatest Gospel Artists and pay tribute the Music of Whitney Houston, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, CeCe Winans, Tramaine Hawkins, The Clark Sisters and more.
For seniors 60 and better
Tickets: $10/person

Weekend Performance
Sunday, February 26, 4 pm
PRAISE Dance Festival

Be inspired and uplifted when this popular annual festival returns with outstanding liturgical dance performances by the best studios and dance ministries in the DC area. Audition date 11/12/16, deadline to apply 11/4/16, 5 pm, for an audition application call 301-277-1710.
Tickets: $25/person; $20/seniors, students, groups of 20 or more


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, March 2, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Bob Brown Puppets: Jellybean Circus

Bob Brown Puppets:  Jellybean CircusThe Jumping Jellybeans are the stars of Bob Brown’s puppet circus, with friendly bears, adorable elephants, wacky goony birds and their hilarious pals entertaining kids with tumbling, tricks, and lots more circus fun.
Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 2
Tickets: $5/person



Weekend Performance
Friday, March 3, 7 pm
Prince George’s Best Dance Crew Competition

Prince George’s Best Dance Crew Competition Come cheer for your favorite rising stars from Prince George’s as they compete for cash prizes in this exciting and entertaining contest.
Tickets: $3


Weekend Performance
Saturday, March 4, 8 pm
District Comedy

District Comedy will have you in stitches when they bring DC’s hottest comedians to the Playhouse stage. Since 2009 District Comedy has kept people laughing through nearly 7,000 performances across the DMV, so don’t miss this chance to see the latest, brightest, and funniest talent. This show contains adult-oriented material and may not be suitable for children under the age of 18.
Tickets $15/person


Midweek Matinee
Wednesday, March 8, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Alexander Who is Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move

Alexander Who is Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to MoveWhen Alexander learns his family is moving to a new city, he is sure that he will hate it, so he decides that he won't move. First he tries to live with three different neighbors. Then he tries to build a tent so he can live by himself. Then he decides he'll hide so that his parents will never find him, but that doesn't work out either. With a little help from his mom and dad and even his bossy older brothers, Alexander learns that home is "where your family is, where you're with the people who love you best of all."
Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 3
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships and Family
Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more




Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, March 14, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Thomas Edison: Inventor, Lecturer, and Prankster

Thomas Edison: Inventor, Lecturer, and Prankster Meet the greatest inventor of all time, live and in-person! Help Thomas Edison recreate some of his most famous experiments and learn some secrets that will help you every day: the importance of hard work, the value of mistakes, the ability to turn liabilities into assets, and the necessity of enjoying one’s work.
Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more
Recommended for Grades K - 4
Curriculum Connections: Mathematics, Science, U.S. History

Weekend Performance
Saturday, March 18, 8 pm
Frank McComb

For 20 years Frank McComb has been beguiling fans with his silky, soulful vocals and splendid keyboard work. His expressive neo-soul songs are backed by instrumentals that embrace contemporary jazz and R&B while staying true to the spirit of soul. “Worldwide fans and followers of Frank McComb says that his sound and style of music is the perfect combination of Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.” cdbaby.com
Tickets $30/person $25/seniors, students, groups of 20 or more


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, March 21, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Gus Goes Green: A STEM Adventure

Gus Goes Green: A STEM AdventureWacky Professor Parsnip takes audiences on an adventure through science while teaching young people how to make good choices with diet, exercise and the environment. Exciting science experiments from the lab of Professor Parsnip reinforce healthy habits and good character traits. Interactive and fun, this production features a lots of fun and interesting science experiments.
Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 5
Curriculum Connections: Literature, Mathematics, Reading
Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, March 23, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Rosalia de Aragon: Rosalia and Don Gato

The fun of Southwest cultural traditions come to life in this exciting program which is perfect for young audiences. Puppets, pantomime, and instruments create an exciting journey into the cultural traditions of the South West. Interactive storytelling engages children as they learn about traditional folk dances, music, and stories in Hispanic culture.
Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 2
Tickets: $5/person



Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, March 24, 11 am
Platinum Live: Little Margie Clark and Friends

Margie Clark, also known as Little Margie, is a powerhouse blues, soul, and R&B vocalist. She is one of the original Jewels, a group that has been performing and recording since the late 1950s and whose hit “Opportunity” stayed on the national charts for 11 weeks. Little Margie performs at the Playhouse with her blues band, so don’t miss this morning of pure blues entertainment.
Tickets: $10/person



Weekend Performance
Saturday, March 25, 8 pm
World Dance Showcase

World Dance ShowcaseExperience a myriad of fascinating cultures at the World Dance Showcase. Professional dance companies representing a wide range of national and regional traditions bring beguiling dance, exquisite costumes, and intriguing music to the Playhouse stage for an evening of truly global entertainment.
Tickets: $15/person; $10/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more.



Weekend Performance
Saturday, April 1, 8 pm
Story District presents What Was I Thinking?!?

Join DC's most popular storytelling establishment for a night of hilarious and heartfelt true stories about mistakes, missteps, and epic disasters. Story District is the nation's expert in turning good stories into great performances, being a platform for diverse perspectives and a training ground for new voices on the storytelling stage. Find out more at StoryDistrict.org or follow them on social media at #storydistrict
This show contains adult-oriented material and may not be suitable for children under the age of 18.
Tickets: $15

Midweek Matinee
Monday, April 3, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Miss Nelson is Missing

Room 207 has the worst behaved students in the whole school, but when their sweet teacher Miss Nelson vanishes, the class is taught by a strict substitute, and the students want to find Miss Nelson. This lighthearted musical based on the popular children’s book reminds us all to appreciate the people we have.
Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more
Recommended for Grades K - 5


Weekend Performance
Saturday, April 8, 2 pm
Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater on Tour: Mother Earth and Me

The 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: $5/person


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, April 14, 11 am
Platinum Movie: Risen (2016)

In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of an executed Jew rumored to have risen from the dead. Thoughtful acting by star Joseph Fiennes and a script that deftly blends elements of detective yarn, war story, and religious epic make for a film described by Matt Zoller Seitz (rogerebert.com) as “an old-fashioned Biblical spectacular with fresh blood in its veins.”
For seniors 60 and better.
Tickets: $2/person


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, April 20, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Billy B.: Billy B. Pre

Billy B.: Billy B. PreBilly B. introduces preschoolers to the pride of helping themselves and to the joys of nature in this performance bursting with energetic songs and dances about swamps, estuaries, biodiversity, rainforests, geology and natural wonders. Billy knows that kids love to move and make noise so he creates kinetic learning experiences with original and outlandish melodies that have children dancing, singing, and celebrating life on Earth.
Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 2
Tickets: $5/person



Workshop
Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm
African Dance

Experience African dance and drumming in an open master class of West African movement. Join the dancers from Dallas Black Dance Theatre in this great adventure.
Ages 15 & up
Class fee: $20/per person; $10/observer


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Thursday, April 27, & Friday, April 28, 11 am
Platinum Live: Dallas Black Dance Theatre

A perennial favorite, Dallas Black Dance Theatre returns to the Playhouse with a matinee especially designed for seniors. Tickets sell quickly and early, so don’t wait to buy yours. For seniors 60 and better.
Tickets: $10/seniors; $8/groups of 20 or more


Workshop
Thursday, April 27, 6 pm
Master Class with Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Liturgical Dance for Youth

Dance students ages 8-14 will enjoy learning praise movements and choreography from the professionals of DBDT. This class sold out last year, so reserve your space now, call 301-277-1710.
Class fee: $20/per person; $10/observer


Workshop
Thursday, April 27, 7:45 pm
Master Class with Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Liturgical Dance for Teens & Adults

Dancers ages 15 and up won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn Praise dance movements and choreography from the world-class dancers of DBDT. This class sold out early last year, so don’t want to reserve your spot. Call 301-277-1710
Class fee: $20/per person; $10/observer


Weekend Performance
Friday, April 28 & Saturday, April 29, 8 pm; Sunday, April 30, 4 pm
Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance TheatreCelebrated for a repertory that features innovative modern choreography but also upholds African-American dance traditions, Dallas Black Dance Theatre performs dance pieces that address our collective political, social, and personal experience. Experience the stunning athletic grace of the dancers in works both new and venerable.
Tickets: $30/person; $25/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more
Early bird purchase: The first 50 tickets for each full-length performance sold before December 1, 2016 are $20/person, limit 4 per patron.


Weekend Performance
Saturday, May 6, 8 pm
Comedy Night: I Can't Stop Laughing

If you love to laugh then don’t miss this Comedy Night at the Publick Playhouse. “I Can’t Stop Laughing” features comedian SKIBA and Friends. SKIBA has appeared on BET Comic View, Apollo, the Roland Martin Show, and has headlined at major comedy venues around the world. He is bringing some of his funniest friends with him to keep you laughing all night long. This show contains adult-oriented material and may not be suitable for children under the age of 18.
Tickets: $15/person


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, May 11, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Bob Brown Puppets: Doggy Doodles

Bob Brown Puppets: Doggy DoodlesIt's dogs’ day out when Bob Brown’s puppet canines romp in the snow, do tricks with snowballs, and perform their own rockin’ version of the Elvis Presley hit “Hound Dog.”
Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 2
Tickets: $5/person


Weekend Performance
Saturday, May 13, 2 pm
Mark H. Ronney: An Introduction to Taiko, the Art of Japanese Drumming

High energy, engaging teacher and performer Mark H. Rooney leads this interactive program that features both traditional and contemporary songs and rhythms. Learn more about the instruments, the use of one’s voice in taiko, as well as a bit of Japanese history and vocabulary. Performances include the chance for volunteers to get up and try their hand at playing these BIG drums!
Tickets: $5/person


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Tuesday, May 23, 11 am
Platinum Live: Live Blues featuring Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark

Anthony Clark is a world class musician who has performed his trademark mix of contemporary blues with a funk edge up and down the east coast. He has recorded with some of the best local and national blues acts, and his CD “RAW” has been featured on many college and internet radio stations. Don’t miss this memorable blues concert that has been specially tailored for a senior audience.
For seniors 60 and better
Tickets: $10/person


Weekend Performance
Saturday, June 10, 8 pm
YahZarah: “Purple Reign” A Tribute to the Life & Music of Prince

YahZarah: “Purple Reign” A Tribute to the Life & Music of PrinceGrammy-nominated vocalist YahZarah stars in this performance that recalls the iconic, provocative, and revolutionary music of one of the music industry’s most popular and successful stars. This performance consistently sells out throughout the mid-Atlantic, so don’t wait to buy your tickets.

Tickets: $25/person
$20/person (seniors, students, groups of 20 or more)


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, June 16, 11 am
Platinum Movie: The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2013)

How does a poor, single, African-American mother from segregated 1950s America wind up as one of the world’s most notorious jewel thieves? A glamorous 81-year-old, Doris Payne is as unapologetic today about the nearly $2 million in jewels she's stolen over a 60-year career as she was the day she stole her first carat.
For seniors 60 and better.
Tickets: $2/person


Weekend Performance
Saturday, June 24, 8 pm
A Tribute to the Soul Divas

Relive the hit songs and powerhouse vocals of music’s greatest divas: Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Stephanie Mills, and Chaka Khan. You won’t want to miss this evening of powerhouse performances.
Tickets: $30/person; $25/seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more