Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Events and Performances

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The GEICO Gecko Series 2015-2016

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.

Thursday, October 8, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Felix Pitre: Stories & Songs of Latin America

Thursday, October 29, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Petunia and Chicken

Monday, December 14, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Season’s Greetings

Monday, February 1, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart

Monday, February 29, 10:15 am & 12 noon
The Right to Dream

Monday, March 14, 10:15 & 12 noon
Upcycled Cinderella

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Butterfly: The Story of A Life Cycle

Monday, May 9, 10:15 am & 12 noon
My Heart In a Suitcase

 
Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, September 17, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Let's Drum! Workshop for Tiny Tots

LetChildren learn to play a variety of drums and get an introduction to rhythm, dynamics, and how to play in a group. All instruments are provided. Space is limited, reserve early. Recommended for grades Pre K–1.
Tickets: $5/students and observers


Midweek Matinee
Friday, September 25, 10:15 am & 12 noon
The Lightning Thief

The Lightning ThiefCharacters from Percy Jackson’s Greek Mythology textbook come to life as Percy tries to find Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt, settle a conflict on Mount Olympus, and solve the riddle of the Oracle. Recommended for grades 2-6. Curriculum connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships and Family, Social Studies.
Tickets: $8/person $6/groups of 20 or more



Weekend Performance
Saturday, September 26, 8 pm
Tribute to the Music of Motown by the BRENCORE ALLSTARS

Tribute to the Music of Motown by the BRENCORE ALLSTARS Don’t miss this great night of live entertainment featuring the biggest Motown hits in a series of medleys and powerhouse songs that will have you singing and dancing to your favorites all night long.
Tickets: $30/General Admission, $25/Students, Seniors, Groups of 20 or more


Midweek Matinee
Thursday, October 8, 10:15 am & 12 noon
GEICO Gecko Series: Felix Pitre - Stories & Songs of Latin America

GEICO Gecko Series: Felix Pitre - Stories & Songs of Latin AmericaFelix Pitre brings to life the culture of Latin America with puppetry, stories, songs, instruments and dance, performed in English interwoven with Spanish words and phrases. Recommended for grades K-3. Curriculum connections: Historical, Cultural and Social Context; World Languages.
Tickets: $8/person $6/groups of 20 or more; free to Title 1 schools in Prince George's County.


Weekend Performance
Saturday, October 10, 8 pm
Mud Morganfield

Mud MorganfieldDrawing on the legacy of his father, Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield’s rich baritone voice, excellent timing, and engaging stage presence have made him a blues star. His album “For Pops – A Tribute to Muddy Waters” won Best Traditional Blues Album at this year’s 36th Annual Blues Music Awards, and he was a featured performer at the 2015 Chicago Blues Festival. Backed by some of the best blues musicians in the business, he performs both classics and original songs.

Tickets: $30 / General Admission, $25 / Students, Seniors, Groups of 20 or more

Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, October 15, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Bob Brown Puppets: Panda-monium

Bob Brown Puppets:  Panda-moniumMaster Puppeteer Bob Brown’s enchanting new production presents a delightful cast of adorable, multi-talented pandas and other Chinese circus performers in a 45-minute extravaganza of skill and daring. Recommended for Pre-K – 1
Tickets: $5/person



Midweek Matinee
Monday, October 19, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Mi Casa es Su Casa

Mi Casa es Su CasaThis entertaining program of live music and puppets brings to life the culture of Latin America and introduces some Spanish words and phrases. Recommended for grades K-5. Curriculum connections: Historical, Cultural and Social Context; World Languages.
Tickets: $8/person $6/groups of 20 or more


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, October 23, 11 am
Platinum Movie: The Good Lie

Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) stars in this compelling, warm-hearted, and often funny film based on the true stories of Sudanese war refugees. For Seniors 60 and Better
Tickets: $2/person


Midweek Matinee
Thursday, October 29, 10:15 am & 12 noon
GEICO Gecko Series: Petunia and Chicken

GEICO Gecko Series:  Petunia and ChickenBased on the stories of Pulitzer Prize winning author Willa Cather, Petunia and Chicken depicts the struggles of life on the homestead with imagination, movement, and song, in this award-winning play that inspires students to learn more about the American Frontier. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Curriculum connections: American Literature, U.S. History, Social Studies, Music.
Tickets: $8/person, $6/groups of 20 or more, free to Title 1 Schools in Prince George's County.


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, November 3, 10:15 am & 12 noon
It Takes Courage

It Takes CourageDifferent Americans faced different challenges but all had one thing in common: courage. Helen Keller, Franklin Roosevelt, Bill Gates and Justin Timberlake all overcame enormous obstacles to beome inspiring figures for today's youth. Bullying, disabilities and other issues facing kids today are explored in this remarkable program. Recommended for grades 2-6. Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Anti-Bullying, Character Education, History, Social Studies.
Tickets: $8/Person $6/Groups of 20 or more

Midweek Matinee
Thursday, November 5, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Madeline and the Bad Hat

Madeline and the Bad HatMadeline doesn’t like her new next door neighbor, Pepito, but she eventually discovers that Pepito’s father is rarely at home and that her new neighbor is misbehaving because he is desperate for attention. When Madeline rescues Pepito from danger, they become friends and Madeline learns that first impressions aren’t everything. Recommended for grades K – 2.
Curriculum Connections: Language/Communication Skills, Literature-Based, Musical, Values-Based
Tickets: $8/person, $6/groups of 20 or more


Weekend Performance
Saturday, November 7, 8 pm
Black Violin

Black Violin “Rule No. 1 for a Black Violin show — this is a party!” proclaims this inventive, imaginative duo as they perform their groundbreaking blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, and R&B. Entertaining, intense and spellbinding, Black Violin has created a new genre of music that defies simple categorization and creates a sensation whenever they perform.
Tickets: $30/General Admission, $25/Students, Seniors, Groups of 20 or more


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, November 10, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Native Pride Dancers

Native Pride DancersRainbow colored headresses...pulsating drumming...fancy footwork...experience the excitement of a Native American powwow! World Champion Fancy Dancer Larry Yazzie of the Meskwaki Nation and the Native Pride Dancers perform music and movement passed down by their ancestors for centuries. Enjoy the beauty, skill, and majesty of the flamboyant Fancy Dance, featuring free-style movement with lots of energy, spectacular regalia, and sacred songs from the Northern Plains. Recommended for all ages. Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Physical Education/Health, Social Studies.
Tickets: $8/Person, $6/Groups of 20 or more

Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, November 12, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Monster Intelligence

Monster IntelligenceWhen Melvin the monster makes a birthday wish, the Division for Monster Screams grants his wish, provided he passes a test. Melvin sets off on a quest to learn and study, teaching kids about different learning styles and giving them confidence to tap into their own “monster intelligence.”
Recommended for grades K- 5. Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts, Relationships & Family, Music, Theatre Education, Values-Based, Self-Discovery.
Tickets: $5/person


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Thursday, November 19, 11 am & Friday, November 20, 11 am
Platinum Live: Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Platinum Live: Lula Washington Dance TheatreThe renowned dance company presents a one-hour program created especially for the Platinum audience.
For seniors 60 and better
Tickets: $10/person $8/groups of 20 or more


Weekend Performance
Saturday, November 21, 2pm & 8pm
Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Lula Washington Dance TheatreThe nationally acclaimed dance company blends African, modern, ballet and performance art to create innovative and provocative dance pieces performed with powerful, high-energy artistry.
Tickets: $30 / General Admission, $25 / Students, Seniors, Groups of 20 or more


Midweek Matinee
Thursday, December 3, 10:15 am $ 12 noon
Holidays Around the World

Holidays Around the WorldJoin Nick and Joy as they travel home for the holidays. On the way they encounter people celebrating many different traditional holidays, including The Festival of Lights, Kwanzaa, The Lohri Festival of India, and even Chinese New Year. Experience the costumes, stories, and celebrations that occur around the globe during this special time of year. Recommended for Grades K-5. Curriculum Connections: Social studies, Language Arts.

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, December 4, 11 am
Platinum Movie: Last Vegas

Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline and Robert DeNiro star in this amiable comedy about old friends and a bachelor party. For Seniors 60 and better
Tickets: $2/person



Weekend Performance
Saturday, December 5, 8 pm
A New Orleans Christmas with the Marsalis Family

Celebrate the holidays and Laissez Bon Temps Roulez! when the First Family of Jazz comes from New Orleans with Big Easy entertainment and their incomparable jazz sound. Ellis Marsalis and his sons Jason and Delfeayo perform jazz interpretations of holiday favorites in a festive performance that makes a great gift. So treat your friends, loved ones and yourself to an evening of superb jazz.
Tickets: $30 / General Admission, $25 / Students, Seniors, Groups of 20 or more



Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, December 3, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Bob Brown Puppets: Winter Wonderland

Bob Brown Puppets: Winter WonderlandThe amazing Bob Brown brings some fun friends to the Playhouse to show kids how to enjoy the cold weather. Snowmen, snowflakes and lots of wacky winter fun make this a great show to beat the winter blues. Recommended for Grades Pre-K - 3.
Tickets: $5/Person

Midweek Matinee
Monday, December 14, 10:15 am & 12 noon
GEICO Gecko Series: Season's Greetings

GEICO Gecko Series: SeasonThere's holiday magic galore in this fast-moving, festive winter wonderland that features a levitating elf, a dancing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, toy soldiers, and real white doves. Recommended for all ages.
Tickets: $8/person, $6/groups of 20 or more, free to Title 1 Schools in Prince George's County


Friday, December 18, 11 am Saturday, December 19, 2 pm
Mistletunes Rock N’ Roll Multicultural Holiday Celebration

Mistletunes Rock N’ Roll Multicultural Holiday CelebrationShare in the celebrations of holidays around the world in this inclusive and entertaining performance that presents traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Dongzhi, Three Kings Day and Eid-al-Fitr. Sing along in this show packed with everyone’s favorite holiday songs and learn more about how customs such as lighting candles, exchanging gifts, festive meals and family gatherings are universal to end-of-the-year holidays. Recommended for all ages. Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts, Music, Social Studies
Tickets: $10

Photo by Bob Krasner

Weekend Performance
Sunday, December 27, 4 pm
KWANZAA-IT’S KUJICHAGULIA!

KWANZAA-IT’S KUJICHAGULIA!Join in the traditional storytelling, song and ceremony in a joyous Kwanzaa celebration presented by Queen Nur.
Tickets: $20 / General Admission, $15 / Students, Seniors, Groups of 20 or more

Photo by Walter Petrule

Sunday, January 31, 4 pm
Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart

Jackie Robinson: A Game ApartAcclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley brings legendary athlete Jackie Robinson to life, in this compelling drama that contrasts Jackie Robinson, the baseball star who was cheered by thousands in the stadium, with the Jackie Robinson who had to live in segregated America, using separate restrooms and entering restaurants through the back door. Recommended for all ages. Curriculum Connections: U.S. History, African-American History, Social Studies. Recommended for all ages. Curriculum Connections: U.S. History, African-American History, Social Studies.

Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, February 11, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Tots Percussion Workshop: "Samba!"

Tots Percussion Workshop: "Samba!"Students will learn to play and groove to the rhythms of different instruments found in a traditional Brazilian samba band in this workshop specially designed for small children. All instruments provided. Reserve early, space is limited. Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 1.
$5 Students and Observers


Midweek Matinee
Thursday, February 18, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Queen Nur’s Voices of Courage: Profiles of 19th Century African American Women

Critically acclaimed storyteller Queen Nur creates indelible portraits of seven pioneering, brave African-American women: Sojourner Truth, Maria Stewart, Frances Harper, Cathy Williams, Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell and Mary McLeod Bethune. Don’t miss this stirring historical program of stories and music. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Curriculum Connections: Women’s History, African American History, U.S. History.
Tickets: $8/person, $6/groups of 20 or more