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, 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, 2016 10:15 am & 12 noon
Queen Nur’s Voices of Courage: Profiles of 19th Century African American Women

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


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, February 19, 11 am
Queen Nur's Sweet Potato Pie

Incomparable storyteller Queen Nur presents a rich blend of tales, songs and rhymes celebrating African-American heritage and the art of storytelling, all accompanied by African percussion instruments. This highly energetic and interactive performance will delight as well as enlighten all ages.
Tickets: $10/person $8/groups of 20 or more

Weekend Performance
Sunday, February 21, 4 pm
PRAISE Dance Festival

The popular annual liturgical dance festival returns with the best of DC area liturgical dance by studios, schools, and ministries. This performance usually sells out early, so don't wait to buy your tickets for an inspirational afternoon of dance.

Tickets: $25\Person, $20\Seniors, Students, Groups of 20 or more

Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, February 23, 10:15 am & 12 noon Wednesday, February 24, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Inauguration of Barack Obama: A Change is Gonna Come

Inauguration of Barack Obama: A Change is Gonna ComeThe story of the nation’s first African American President is told in this compelling drama. Recommended for all ages. Curriculum Connections: U.S. History, African American History, Social Studies.
Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more

Weekend Performance
Saturday, February 27, 8 pm
Tribute to the Music of B.B. King

Experience the music of the King of the Blues when the BRENCORE BLUES ALLSTAR BAND comes to the Playhouse with a sensational and heartfelt musical tribute. Top blues artists from the DMV perform the music that made King a legend.

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


Midweek Matinee
Monday, February 29, 10:15 am & 12 noon
GEICO Gecko Series: The Right to Dream

The story of a young African-American's coming of age in Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s is vividly told in this compelling production, offering the audience an individual, inside view of this tumultuous, challenging period of American history. Recommended for Grades 5 and up. Curriculum Connections: Civil Rights, Human Rights, Civics (Government), US History, African American History,

Tickets: $8/person, $6/groups of 20 or more; Free to Title 1 Schools in Prince George’s County

This performance is supported by the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation.

Midweek Matinee
Thursday, March 3, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Junkman

Donald Knaack is The Junkman. Played 100% on recycled materials, Junk Music has gained audiences from rock and jazz to classical and world-fusion. "He introduced the students to new and relevant information about percussion, music, acoustics, the environment and construction." -Seabrook Middle School Seabrook, NH Recommended for all ages. Curriculum Connections: Music, Dance, Visual Arts.
Tickets: $8/person, $6/groups of 20 or more;


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, March 10, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Mark Lohr

Mark LohrAn entertainer who has studied the masters of his craft– Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton– Mark Lohr’s interactive vaudeville will have kids joining in the fun as they help Mark clown around and perform circus tricks. Lohr has been wowing audiences around the globe for more than two decades, and his unique comic style brings together many disciplines of performance art in hysterical ways that will have you laughing and cheering along with your kids.
Recommended for grades Pre-K – 2, but enjoyable for all ages.
Tickets: $5/person


Midweek Matinee
Monday, March 14, 10:15 am
GEICO Gecko Series: Upcycled Cinderella

This imaginative production brings to life the story of Cinderella in a way that will surprise and delight audiences. The wacky duo Dustmop and Binny “accidentally” stumble upon and audience and decide to put on a play with what they have before them. Using household items, recycled objects and physical comedy, the performers create hilarious characters, inventive settings and lively scenes. Packed with character education lessons, Upcycled Cinderella will activate the imagination and encourage young audiences to use teamwork, friendship and creativity in their everyday lives. Recommended for grades Pre-K-5. Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Tickets: $8/person, $6/groups of 20 or more; Free to Title 1 Schools in Prince George’s County
This performance is supported by the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation

Weekend Performance
Saturday, March 19, 8 pm
World Dance Showcase

A fascinating program of dance from around the world, World Dance Showcase features professional, globally diverse dance companies who bring their proud cultural traditions to the stage. Stunning costumes, fascinating music, and graceful dance artistry make this a memorable and unique performance.
Tickets: $15/person; $10/Seniors, Students, and Groups of 20 or more


Weekend Performance
Sunday, March 20, 4 pm
Jeff Majors

Jeff MajorsThe popular gospel and jazz harpist returns for another Palm Sunday concert. Performing inspirational favorites like “The 23rd Psalm” along with newer compositions, Jeff Majors is a charismatic artist who lights up the theatre with his talent and energy. This concert sold out early last season, so don’t wait to buy your tickets.

Tickets: $30/Person, $25/Students, Seniors, Groups of 20 or More


Midweek Matinee
Monday, March 21, 2016; 10:15 am & 12 noon
Skippyjon Jones: Snow What (and the 7 Chihuahuas)

Skippyjon Jones: Snow What (and the 7 Chihuahuas)Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the bravest Chihuahua of them all? Siamese cat Skippyjon Jones looks in the mirror and sees a brave Mexican Chihuahua looking back, so while his sisters read Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Skippy heads off for the REAL adventure awaiting him in his closet. There he transforms into Skippito Friskito, and with the help of his friends the Four Chihuahuas (who think they’re really Seven) Skippyjon must rescue the beautiful princess Nieve Qué (Snow What), battle the evil dragon and defeat the Bruja. Recommended for grades Pre K-3. Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family.

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


Friday, April 8, 2016; 10:15 am & 12 noon Saturday, April 9, 2 pm
Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Schoolhouse Rock Live!Tom, a school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs as “Just A Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction.” Based on the Emmy-award winning series from the 1970s, Schoolhouse Rock Live! is lighting up stages everywhere bringing its infectious zest to a cross-generational audience. Recommended for grades K-8. Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, History, Science, Math.

Tickets: Friday performance: $8/person, $6/groups of 20 or more; Saturday performance: $10/person


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, April 12, 2016; 10:15 am & 12 noon
Henry and Mudge

Henry and MudgeMoving from the city to a new house in the country can be tough. Just ask Henry, who can't find a playmate in his new neighborhood. Luckily, he's got Mudge, a great big, 182-pound canine buddy, with whom he can share all kinds of adventures. Henry teaches his new friend to sit, heel, and shake his hand, but rolling over is one trick Henry just can't seem to teach Mudge, no matter how hard he tries. When Henry's cousin Annie comes for a visit, Mudge is so charmed by her that he finally rolls over at her command! Henry thinks Mudge must love Annie more than him. Very upset, Henry runs away into the cold dark woods to find adventures on his own. Mudge follow's the boy's scent into the forest -- he really does love Henry and doesn't want to be without him. Will the two friends be reunited? Find out in this delightful musical, based on the best-selling series of books by Cynthia Rylant. Recommended for grades Pre-K – 3. Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family.
Tickets: $8/person, $6/groups of 20 or more
photo by Joan Marcus

Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, April 14, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Chicken Dance

Marge and Lola are two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest. First prize is two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks who seem to have the contest locked up. Can Marge and Lola face their challengers, against all odds, and win the talent contest?

Recommended for grades Pre-K - 2.
Tickets: $5/person

Weekend Performance
Saturday, April 16, 8 pm
In Gratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire

Paying homage to one of the most prolific musical ensembles in history, and offering an impressive body of familiar Earth, Wind &Fire tunes, this 13 piece band is led by four exceptional male singers that evoke a nostalgic listen to a legend that today continues its musical reach around the world. In Gratitude performs EW&F hits from the classic years (1973-1985) and more, don’t miss these talented and established musicians performing your favorites: Can’t Hide Love, Reasons, Love’s Holiday, Serpentine Fire, Shining Star, Getaway, Mighty, Mighty, That’s the Way of the World, Devotion, Gratitude, September, Let’s Groove Tonight and more.

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


Midweek Matinee
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 10:15 am & 12 noon
GEICO Gecko Series - Butterfly: The Story of a Life Cycle

GEICO Gecko Series - Butterfly: The Story of a Life CycleEach stage of the journey is brought to life by giant puppets, fun songs and dances. Hudson Vagabond Puppets, known for amazing, untraditional, larger-than-life puppetry and masks, examines the amazing metamorphosis from egg to caterpillar to adult butterfly.
Recommended for grades Pre K - 5. Curriculum Connections: Science, Music, Theatre, Dance and The Arts.
Tickets: $8/person, $6/groups of 20 or more, Free to Title 1 Schools
This performance is supported by the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation

Wednesday, April 27, 7 - 9 pm
Master Class with Dallas Black Dance Theatre: African Dance

Master Class with Dallas Black Dance Theatre: African DanceExperience African dance and drumming in an open master class of West African movement. Join the twelve dancers from Dalls Black Dance Theatre in this great adventure. For ages 15 and up.
Class fees: $20 per person per class; $15 if purchased with a ticket to an April 30 or May 1, 2016, performance; $10 per observer per class.

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29, 11:00 am
Platinum Live: Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Platinum Live: Dallas Black Dance TheatreDallas Black Dance Theatre returns to the Publick Playhouse with a program specially created for the Platinum audience. The performance includes dance pieces set to music by Marvin Gaye and Ray Charles, and "The Ostrich" returns for another lively appearance.
Tickets: $10/Person, $8/Groups of 20 or More

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 6 - 7:30 pm
Master Class with Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Liturgical Dance for Youth

Master Class with Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Liturgical Dance for YouthYoung dancers won't want to miss this 90-minute class that teaches praise dance movements that can be used in worship services or special events. Students will also learn a spiritual ballet. For ages 8-14.
Class fees: $20 per person per class; $15 if purchased with a ticket to an April 30 or May 1, 2016 performance; $10 per observer per class.

Thursday, April 28, 7:45 - 9:15 pm
Master Class with Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Liturgical Dance for Teens and Adults

Master Class with Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Liturgical Dance for Teens and AdultsThis class designed for teen and adult dancers will expand students' knowledge of praise dance movement and choreography that can be used in worship services or special events. Students will also learn a spiritual ballet. For ages 15 and up.
Class fees: $20 per person per class; $15 if purchased with a ticket to an April 30 or May 1 performance; $10 per observer per class.

Friday, April 29, 7 - 9 pm
Master Class with Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Open Master Class - Scholarship Audition

Master Class with Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Open Master Class - Scholarship AuditionAdvanced dance students who would like to attend the Dallas Black Dance Theatre Summer Intensive Professional Workshop can attend this open master class to be considered for a scholarship. Call the Box Office at 301-277-1710 for more information. Class fees: $20 per person per class; $15 if purchased with a ticket to an April 30 or May 1 performance; $10 per observer per class.

Weekend Performance
Saturday, April 30, 2 pm & 8pm Sunday, May 1, 4 pm
Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance TheatreThe acclaimed modern dance company returns to the Publick Playhouse, performing new works by Bruce Woods and Kirven Drought-Boyd, set to music by Philip Glass and Prince.
Tickets: $30/Person, $25/Seniors, Students, Groups of 20 or more

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, May 6, 11 am
Platinum Movie: Get On Up

The incredible story of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, is depicted in this bio-pic starring Chadwick Boseman in an unforgettable performance. Produced by Mick Jagger and directed by "The Help" director Tate Taylor.
Tickets $2/Person

Midweek Matinee
Monday, May 9, 10:15 am & 12 noon
GEICO Gecko Series: My Heart in a Suitcase

GEICO Gecko Series: My Heart in a SuitcaseAnne Lehmann and her family no longer feel safe in their Berlin home. Life in 1938 Germany is deteriorating quickly for the Lehmanns and all Jews living there. This gripping production about Anne and her family's decision whether or not to send her on the Kindertransport is a tribute to the strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of a family's love. Recommended for grades 4 - 8. Curriculum Connections: Family Relationships, Historical, Literature-Based, Values-Based.
Tickets: $8 /Person; $6/Groups of 20 or More; Free to Title 1 Public Schools.
This performance is supported by the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation