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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. 

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!

Junious Brickhouse, Executive Director, Urban Artistry

Urban Artistry

Let the Rhythm Hit Em

Saturday, November 13 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, November 14 at 2 p.m.

Event held at Highland Elementary School - 3100 Medway Street, Wheaton, MD 20902 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

Synetic Theater

The Miraculous Magical Balloon

Saturday, December 4 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, December 5 at 2 p.m.

Event held at Highland Elementary School - 3100 Medway Street, Wheaton, MD 20902 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.

Cantaré is lead by vocalist Cecilia Esquivel and guitarist Dani Cortaza

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

Cantaré

Alex and Olmsted photo by Sean Dennie

Alex and Olmsted

Milo the Magnificent

October, 2021

Event held at Highland Elementary School - 3100 Medway Street, Wheaton, MD 20902 Alex 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.

 

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