Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Events and Performances

 
Weekend Performance
Saturday, September 24, 2 pm
¡Vamos al Carnaval!

¡Vamos al Carnaval!Experience the excitement of Carnaval (the Latin American version of Mardi Gras) with joyful rhythms from different Carnaval traditions. Audiences sing, play instruments and dance to carnavalito from Bovilia, festejo from Peru, plena from Puerto Rico, conga from Cuba, and samba from Brazil.
Free
(photo by Kendall Carr)


Weekend Performance
Saturday, September 17, 2pm
Animal Tales (Animales)

Animal Tales (Animales)Sing and laugh as Latin American singer-storyteller-musician extraordinaire Felix Pitre presents a collection of wonderful animal stories and songs celebrating the environment. Teaching respect for creatures large and small, this audience-participation treat for young audiences includes stories from Brazil, Mexico, and Peru, with songs such as "Froggie Went a Courtin'," "Alouette," and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," among others.
Free

Weekend Performance
Saturday, October 1, 8 pm
Tiempo Libre

Don’t miss this three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean group of seven classically-trained musicians performing sophisticated tropical music featuring an irresistible, exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities and seductive Latin rhythms. Internationally renowned, their critically acclaimed Latin-fused music was described by The New York Times as “dance music of sophistication and abandon.”
Tickets: $25

Weekend Performance
Saturday, October 8, 2 pm
Andes Manta

Andes MantaThe vibrant music of the Andes Mountains will captivate you when the four Lopez brothers perform this centuries-old music on the traditional instruments such as six-foot long pan pipes, llama toenail rattles, and four-foot long flutes known as moxeños.
Free


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, October 11, 10:15 am & 12 noon
USA to Z

USA to ZThis election season join Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam as they take you on a journey through the American political process. Learn the differences between the judicial, legislative and executive branches and what it means to vote while you take part in a live-action game show featuring patriotic prizes and hilarious hosts. From the Constitution to the Declaration of Independence to the swing vote, this show leaves no political stone unturned. USA to Z encourages good citizenship by showing people how they can make a difference in their own communities.
Recommended for Grades 3 - 8
Curriculum Connections: Character Education, Civics, Government, History, Social Studies
Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more

Weekend Performance
Saturday, October 15, 2 pm
Smithsonian Discovery Associates-Fábulas Fairy Tales

Start with three bears, three pigs, and three billy goats gruff. Add two languages, and what do you get? The perfect combination for a fresh and fun introduction to Spanish, literacy through storytelling, math, music and more —and a fábulas new take on a trio of familiar stories in this interactive Discovery Theater original. Children will find our “found” costumes, puppets, and set pieces crafted from recycled materials pretty fabulous, too.
Free


Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, October 21, 11 am
Friday, October 21, 11 am

Platinum Live: Blues Concert Featuring Memphis Gold
International blues star Memphis Gold has been entertaining audiences with his guitar and vocal blues performances for over 50 years. He has shared the stage with such artists as James Brown, Mavis Staples, The Temptations, and many more. Memphis Gold has released four albums and has been featured in numerous blues magazines throughout the world.
For seniors 60 and better
Tickets: $10/person

Weekend Performance
Saturday, October 22, 8 pm
Vivian Green

Singing star Vivian Green has been captivating fans since her first hit “Emotional Rollercoaster” debuted in 2002. Her latest album “Vivid,” was released last year and showcases the spirited, sassy, and vibrant side of her performing style. A neo-soul artist whose work embraces elements of R&B and jazz, Green performs heartfelt ballads and upbeat songs in a concert of lyrical, restorative music.
Tickets: $40/person


Midweek Matinee
Tuesday, October 25, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Alice in Wonderland

Alice in WonderlandThe Lewis Carroll literary classic is magically brought to life in this 45-minute adventure. Join Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, and the Mad Hatter in this imaginative rendition of the tale that has been entertaining youngsters since 1865.
Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 5
Curriculum Connections: Character Education, Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more

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

Hypnotic Brass EnsembleJoin the Chicago-based Hypnotic Brass Ensemble for a music education program that will focus on performance elements; history of the band and instrumentation; and the exploration of composition and creativity. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are seven brothers from the south side of Chicago who come from an extraordinary musical family. The band freely mix the brass band tradition with generous doses of hip hop, soul and funk, creating an intoxicating and boisterous blend
Recommended for Grades 7-12
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Social Studies, Music
Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more

Weekend Performance
Saturday, November 5, 8 pm
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Hypnotic Brass EnsembleHypnotic Brass Ensemble (also known as The Bad Boys of Jazz) is an eight-piece, Chicago-based brass ensemble consisting of eight sons of the jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran. Their musical style ranges from hip-hop to jazz to funk and rock, with calypso and gypsy influences evident as well. The aptly-named Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will mesmerize you with their unique and memorable sound.
Tickets: $25


Midweek Matinee
Monday, November 7, 10:15 am
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThis enchanting musical is based on C.S. Lewis' adventure story about four children of war-torn England, who accidentally enter the land of Narnia by climbing through a magic wardrobe. This strange and wondrous place is ruled by the cold-hearted White Witch, who makes the winter last year round. Although they seem unlikely saviors, the children fulfill an ancient prophecy by defeating the witch, thus restoring sunshine and peace to the spell-bound Narnia and returning the great Lion King Aslan to his throne.
Recommended for Grades 1 - 5
Curriculum Connections: Literature-Based, Music, Visual Arts
Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more

Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, November 10, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Uncle Devin Show

Uncle Devin ShowInteractive, educational and just plain fun, the Uncle Devin Show is a musical experience for children that takes them on a magical journey through the Land of Percussion where they hear, see and play different percussion instruments. Children will gain an understanding of the history of percussion and why it is the easiest, oldest and most diverse form of musical creativity in this positive, uplifting and entertaining program.
Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 2
Tickets: $5/person

Platinum Series for Seniors 60 & Better
Friday, November 18, 11 am
Platinum Movie: Of Mind and Music (2014)

Joaquim de Almeida plays a neuroscientist attempting to help a street singer with Alzheimer's disease in this poignant film set in New Orleans. “Richie Adams' Of Mind and Music is a particularly moving entry in the genre, gaining strength through its undeniable authenticity. Featuring outstanding performances and making excellent use of its scenic New Orleans locations, the film handles its delicate subject matter with a deeply affecting emotional restraint.” The Hollywood Reporter
For seniors 60 and better.
Tickets: $2/person


Midweek Matinee
Thursday, December 1, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Holiday Songs: Music Around the World

Travel the globe and explore some of the many celebrations that happen this time of year in this musical revue. Learn about traditional holiday songs from around the world, including “I Have A Little Dreidel,” “Auld Lang Syne,” “Away in a Manger,” and “Santa Lucia.” Songs and stories come together for a truly magical wintertime show.
Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 5
Tickets: $8/person; $6/groups of 20 or more

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

Billboard 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


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, December 8, 9:30 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
Tuesday, December 13, 10:15 am & 12 noon
Snowday: An A Cappella Musical History

Young audiences are mesmerized by this dynamic vocal quintet that creates unique music using just their voices. Snowday’s talented singers perform upbeat songs and moving rhythms as they trace the history of a cappella singing (singing without instrumental accompaniment). The performance includes an audience-participation vocal drumming lesson and a demonstration of how to create vocal harmonies.
Recommended for all ages. Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Social Studies, Music.
Tickets: $8/person, $6/groups of 20 or more

Midweek Matinee
Friday, December 16, 10:15 am
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
Friday, December 23, 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, February 16, 9:30 am
Anansegromma of Ghana: African Drum, Songs, Stories, and Games

Anansegromma of Ghana: African Drum, Songs, Stories, 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

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

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.

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 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

Experience 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 Discovery Associates 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


Tiny Tots Thursday
Thursday, April 13, 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Billy B. Pre

Billy 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



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


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 Show

Comedy night at the Publick Playhouse will have you in stitches. The night will highlight local talent from the Washington Metropolitan’s area up and coming comedy scene. This show contains adult-oriented material and may not be suitable for children under the age of 18.
$15/Person
For ages 21 and over


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
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
Friday, May 26, 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

Grammy 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


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