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  • Wheaton Family Theatre Series| InterAct Story Theatre

    Scroll Down Arrow Graphic, pointing down Wheaton Family Theatre Series Season 7: 2021—2022 The Wheaton Family Theatre Series is a FREE public performing arts series for kids and families. With theatres and live performances not yet open in the first half of 2021, we discovered creative ways to bring the Series to life virtually for Season 6. As sad as we were not to see everyone in person, we embraced the challenge to be creative and found a whole new way to celebrate theatre for kids and families in Wheaton. Season 7 of InterAct's Wheaton Family Theatre Series will enjoy both an in-person return to Wheaton but also celebrate our virtual performance opportunities for our communities beginning this September. Thanks to the partnership support of Highland Elementary School and their PTA, Connecticut Avenue Estates Civics Association, Wheaton Hills Civic Association; support from a plethora of community members; and funding from Maryland State Arts Council, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Nora Roberts Foundation, and individual and corporate donors. Support also provided by a grant from the Greater Washington Community Foundation. ​ To inquire about reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, for future events, or to obtain additional information, please contact InterAct Story Theatre by email at info@interactstory.com or by phone at (301) 879-9305 . Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance of an event. Season 7 Season 6 Season 5 Season 4 Season 3 Season 2 Season 1 To keep up on the latest news about InterAct’s Wheaton Family Theatre Series Season 7 and get reminders about our next program dates, join our mailing list . We also invite you to check out our past seasons by clicking on any of the season buttons! < Back to Community Page Dancing with Change: Gotta Go! Gotta Go! with Kelly King Live Virtual Performance open to the public! Kelly King, InterAct Story Theatre teaching artist and founder of The Movement Movement, brings us together during this time of change...through dance! We all know how to dance with change--we do it with every step we take. We will use the delightful book "Gotta Go! Gotta Go!" by Sam Swope to guide us on our journey. So, let’s come together and get moving. Together, we’ll create a dance just for us with movements based on the migration journey of monarch butterflies. No prior dance training needed...just bring your body and get ready to move! Best for ages 3 and up. ​ Saturday, February 5 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, February 6 at 2 p.m. To get your FREE tickets to this virtual event, please register by visiting our Eventbrite registration page interactstory.eventbrite.com or scan the QR code. See you soon! The Magic Tree performed by Khaleshia Thorpe Price Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m. Event held at Highland Elementary School - 3100 Medway Street, Wheaton, MD 20902 FREE and open to the public! No tickets or registration needed. A funny, uplifting story adapted from a Zambian folk tale, performed by actor and teaching artist Khaleshia Thorpe-Price. The animals of the grasslands are in terrible trouble—it hasn’t rained in ages, and everyone is hungry and thirsty! Their only hope is to find out how to get the fruit from a mysterious magic tree, but they must journey across the land to learn how...and they have to remember the secret on the long journey back! Best for ages 3 and up. For in-person events masks are required, and anyone over 12 years old must show proof of vaccination or proof of negative test results within 72 hours to enter the event. This program may shift to a virtual performance depending on Covid-19 health and safety needs. Karim Nagi: ARABIQA! Drums and Dances from the Arab World Saturday, April 2 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m. Event held at Highland Elementary School - 3100 Medway Street, Wheaton, MD 20902 FREE and open to the public! No tickets or registration needed. Join Egyptian-American musician and dancer Karim Nagi for an engaging, witty performance spotlighting Arabic music, dance, and culture. Karim shares the unique sounds and histories of percussion and string instruments, demonstrates dynamic folk dances, teaches vocabulary and geography, and gives an uplifting impression of Arab culture. All ages. For in-person events masks are required, and anyone over 12 years old must show proof of vaccination or proof of negative test results within 72 hours to enter the event. This program may shift to a virtual performance depending on Covid-19 health and safety needs. 5th Annual KidStory Theatre Festival A Theatrical Celebration of Stories Written by Kids for Kids Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m. ​ Event held at Highland Elementary School - 3100 Medway Street, Wheaton, MD 20902 FREE and open to the public! No tickets or registration needed. All year long, InterAct Story Theatre artists create stories with kids, and invite kids to share their epic stories with us. Each May, we choose the best of the best and transform them into short plays, musical numbers, and vignettes performed by our InterActors. We can’t wait to see what kids dream up each year! Best for ages 3 and up. For in-person events masks are required, and anyone over 12 years old must show proof of vaccination or proof of negative test results within 72 hours to enter the event. This program may shift to a virtual performance depending on Covid-19 health and safety needs. Cantaré MUCHA MÚSICA - A Musical Journey to Latin America September, 2021 Virtual Program! Cantaré, Latin American Music introduces audiences to the beautiful songs and rhythms of Latin America in an exciting interactive performance. Drawing from the musical heritage of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Cantaré performs songs in Spanish and Portuguese, while sharing the music’s cultural and historical background. All ages. Cantaré: Cecilia Esquivel and Dani Cortaza appear courtesy of Artivate Past programs: Alex and Olmsted Milo the Magnificent October, 2021 Event held at Highland Elementary School - 3100 Medway Street, Wheaton, MD 20902 FREE and open to the public! No tickets or registration needed. A lex and Olmsted’s Milo the Magnificent is a highly engaging puppet show about an aspiring magician. This wordless comedy, inspired by turn of the century vaudeville entertainers, is as highly physical as it is charming. Using stunningly innovative puppetry, Milo presents a variety of magic tricks which don’t always go as planned. Milo the Magnificent, was awarded a 2017 Jim Henson Foundation Grant, a Greenbelt Community Foundation Grant, and received an excellent mention in the New York Times. Alex Vernon and Sarah Olmsted Thomas are also proud company members of Happenstance Theater with whom they have created 10 productions since 2012. Great for all ages! Photo by Sean Dennie For in-person events masks are required, and anyone over 12 years old must show proof of vaccination or proof of negative test results within 72 hours to enter the event. This program may shift to a virtual performance depending on Covid-19 health and safety needs. Urban Artistry Let the Rhythm Hit Em November, 2021 Event held at Highland Elementary School - 3100 Medway Street, Wheaton, MD 20902 FREE and open to the public! No tickets or registration needed. Learn about the music and dance cultures that stem from various African American communities across the United States. Although these urban and hip-hop dance communities transpired amidst struggles and adversity, they have inspired a global commonwealth of artists, practitioners and creatives. In this presentation, we celebrate the diverse communities and influences that contribute to urban dance culture through music and dance. The emcee, DHG and dancers tell the story of where, when and how these dance styles were developed through storytelling, dance demonstrations, call-and-response games and interactive dance workshops. Dance styles in the presentation can include Memphis Jookin, locking, popping, breakin’ house dance, waacking and hip-hip. We are eager to engage an audience of all ages in celebrating the freedom to express ourselves, cultivate self-worth and respectfully hold space on and off the dance floor for each other. All ages! For in-person events masks are required, and anyone over 12 years old must show proof of vaccination or proof of negative test results within 72 hours to enter the event. This program may shift to a virtual performance depending on Covid-19 health and safety needs. Synetic Theater The Miraculous Magical Balloon December, 2021 Event held at Highland Elementary School - 3100 Medway Street, Wheaton, MD 20902 FREE and open to the public! No tickets or registration needed. A series of hilarious pantomime sketches incorporates music, ballet, clowning, and audience participation in this theatre assembly. In The Miraculous Magical Balloon , students will discover the art of acting without words, opening the door to their imaginations. Expressed through body and facial masks, pantomime illusions, and unique choreography, The Miraculous Magical Balloon tells a wonderful story of a traveling actor and his magical trunk of tricks and toys. For in-person events masks are required, and anyone over 12 years old must show proof of vaccination or proof of negative test results within 72 hours to enter the event. This program may shift to a virtual performance depending on Covid-19 health and safety needs. Books Alive with Ali Oliver-Krueger January, 2022 This January, celebrate the start of the New Year as InterAct Story Theatre’s Artistic Director, Ali Oliver-Krueger leads kids and adults in exploring a favorite folk tale together through movement, drama, and song. Everyone’s a part of the story in this Family Arts Workshop! Best for ages 3 and up.

  • Home | InterAct Story Theatre

    InterAct Story Theatre Arts are for everyone, and everyone learns through the arts! interacting with our communities local performances, family workshops and community events interacting with students & learners arts education and arts integration programs for students and teachers interacting online interactive performances, school programs and community programs presented through virtual/online platforms Out of gallery FREE performances for kids and families! Wheaton Family Theatre Series Season 7: 2021—2022 Dancing with Change: Gotta Go! Gotta Go! with Kelly King Saturday, February 5 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, February 6 at 2 p.m. Live Virtual Performance open to the public! Kelly King, InterAct Story Theatre teaching artist and founder of The Movement Movement, brings us together during this time of change...through dance! We all know how to dance with change--we do it with every step we take. We will use the delightful book "Gotta Go! Gotta Go!" by Sam Swope to guide us on our journey. So, let’s come together and get moving. Together, we’ll create a dance just for us with movements based on the migration journey of monarch butterflies. No prior dance training needed...just bring your body and get ready to move! Best for ages 3 and up. To get your FREE tickets to this virtual event, please register by visiting our Eventbrite registration page interactstory.eventbrite.com or scan the QR code. See you soon! Visit our Wheaton Family Theatre Series Page for a listing of our monthly programs Community InterActions A NEW limited podcast series from InterAct Story Theatre! Access podcast episodes and explore the Virtual Gallery New * Now * Next • InterAct Story Theatre presents Community InterActions ! A limited podcast series exploring the impact of Covid-19 on Wheaton and Montgomery County. Click here to listen and explore . Community InterActions is made possible through a Maryland Humanities Grant Program Mini Grant. ​ • Stay Tuned! We're busily planning ahead for spring 2022 of the school year. Please continue to check this website for new Information. ​ • Interested in bringing InterAct Story Theatre to your school or community event? We’re selecting now for fall classes and events. Please fill out our Response Form , and we'll get right back to you about your school or center. • Our new website continues to grow! As we head into the new school year please continue to check out our virtual and online content for our partners and community members. We’re continuing to tinker away—adding more content, posting updates on our DEIA (Diversity-Equity-Inclusion-Access) action plan, adding info on new company members and events, and more! In the meantime, take a look around and if you’ve got thoughts and ideas about what you’d like to see, we’re all ears...just drop us a line at info@interactstory.com . Thanks! • Follow us on Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest info!

  • About Us | InterAct Story Theatre

    About Us Scroll Down Arrow Graphic, pointing down Our Vision and Our Mission Arts are for everyone, and everyone learns through the arts! InterAct Story Theatre creates performances and arts learning opportunities for all ages in: Drama and Theatre Applied Theatre Playwriting and Devising Improv for Actors Music Creative Opera Dance Creative Movement Media Arts and Technology Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Arts Our Core Values Our work at InterAct Story Theatre—on stage, in the community, in the classroom, and behind the scenes, are driven by these core values: Arts are for everyone, and everyone learns through the arts People above things Be open, be transparent, be inclusive Compassion and respect above all Diversity ✴︎ Equity ✴︎ Inclusion ✴︎ Accessibility Humans treating Humans like Humans We are a proud member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education , and strongly align with AATE's Equity and Inclusion Statement: We believe in equity, justice, and inclusion for all. We believe our work is stronger by the many voices, perspectives, and experiences we bring to the organization and the field. We will actively welcome and include all people regardless of race, socioeconomic class, color, national origin, religion, diverse perspectives, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, neurological or physical ability, veteran status, legal status, or education level. ​ As a company dedicated to creating arts and arts learning opportunities for all and motivated by the belief that Arts are for everyone and everyone learns through the arts, the goals of DEIA are near and dear to our hearts. We have been actively implementing our DEIA action plan, which we consider to be a living, evolving part of our mission. We are inspired by the work and transparency of so many in our field. InterAct Story Theatre is a theatre for young audiences and multidisciplinary arts-in-education organization based in Wheaton, Maryland, an urban district just outside of Washington, DC. ​ Our mission is to create meaningful, accessible, interactive theatre and arts learning experiences for kids and the people who love them--especially to those who experience economic, social, or geographic barriers to equitable arts access. We believe that every kid, every grown-up, everywhere deserves great theatre, whether or not you can get to a theatre building. We believe that everyone, everywhere can learn and grow through artistic creation and exploration. And we believe that the arts help foster communication and understanding in our communities, because the arts help us express our ideas, our hopes, our emotions and our experiences when words alone are not enough. ​ ​ We create and produce original theatre for young audiences (professional artists performing for children, youth, families, and communities); present arts programming in our local community; and design and implement innovative, engaging, effective theatre and arts-based educational programs for all ages and stages. In our educational work, we are dedicated to providing quality performances, arts-infused workshops and artist-in-residency programs for students, teachers and families throughout our region and across the country. As experts in arts education and arts integration, InterAct is committed to producing arts programs with artistic integrity and direct relevance to the educational objectives of the schools and community organizations we serve. Our merry band of performers and teaching artists weave their artistry in theatre and drama, music, dance, creative opera and filmmaking with content curricula for students and teachers of all ages. Goal 1: By July 2023, InterAct Story Theatre will develop, produce, and publish a clear, transparent, and consistent set of equity primes for all functional areas that articulate our DEIA-driven mission, vision, and values in a concrete way to internal and external stakeholders. Goal 2: By June 2023, InterAct Story Theatre will advance racial equity in the workplace and all areas of operations by creating equitable, sustainable artistic, instructional, and operational opportunities, with systems of accountability and assessment. Goal 3: By June 2024, all public programs produced and presented by InterAct Story Theatre in Montgomery County and Prince George's County will offer participants the opportunity, welcome, and resources to engage meaningfully in the arts experience in either Spanish or English. Goal 4: By June 2024, 90% of all public programs produced and presented by InterAct Story Theatre in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties will offer fully accessible opportunities for arts participation for persons with disabilities. Goal 5: By June 2023, InterAct Story Theatre will create explicitly supportive and brave spaces for LGBTQ+ students, parents, artists, staff, and volunteers in all areas of programming and operations, and will implement specific training and accountability protocols for company members in creating supportive and brave spaces for LGBTQ+ students, parents, artists, staff, and volunteers. InterAct Story Theatre Company Members Marshal Bailey Teaching & Performing Artist ​ Lenore Blank Kelner Founder Drama, Creative Drama Ali Oliver-Krueger Executive Artistic Director Drama, Music, Opera, Storytelling, Puppetry Tom Teasley Teaching & Performing Artist World Music, Drumming Jordan Brown Performing Artist ​ Kelly King Teaching & Performing Artist Dance Pete Oliver-Krueger CTO / Technical Director Theatrical & Product Design, Multimedia Design Khaleshia Thorpe-Price Stories on Stage Drama Tina Canady Teaching & Performing Artist Drama Nancy Krebs Teaching & Performing Artist Music Penny Russell Teaching & Performing Artist Puppetry Emily Townsend Artistic Administrator and Literary Manager Creative Drama, Dramaturgy, Devising Hannah Fogler Teaching & Performing Artist ​ Marian Licha Teaching & Performing Artist Drama, Storytelling Ashton Schaffer Teaching & Performing Artist Drama Erica Washington Teaching & Performing Artist ​ Noa Gelb Teaching & Performing Artist ​ Anabel Milton Teaching & Performing Artist Drama Evan Simon Performing Artist ​ Steve Wolf Design & Publications Manager Drama, Visual Arts

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