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A Little Princess at Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio
125 S Old Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22204

My oldest daughter, Clara and I saw a performance of A Little Princess last weekend at Encore Stage & Studio. It was the perfect momma-daughter outing for a cold and snowy afternoon. Clara was especially excited that she got to wear her princess dress to the show! Encore’s productions have always captivated my daughter because the actors are all kids who do a great job of entertaining. And this one was no exception!

Sara Crewe, a young heiress to a diamond mine fortune, leaves her home and father in India to go to school at Miss Michin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies in London. When adversity strikes, Sara’s imaginative powers come to the rescue, transforming a drab institution into a place of magic and mystery. Using the grace and virtue of ‘a little princess,’ Sara proves that kindness always wins.

 dsc_0111The Cast of A Little Princess. Photo by Larry McClemons.

There is a lot of talent in the cast of young actors. We especially loved the musical numbers and “Sunny Day in London” was definitely a favorite. Clara has been singing the song ever since! They did a great job with designing the set and using effects. Overall, we thought this was a great performance and told a wonderful story. Take your daughters for fun date next weekend!

dsc_0281-apThe case of A Little Princess. Photo by Aileen Pangan.

img_3168There are 4 more performances remaining: Friday, January 13, 2017 at 7:30pm, Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 11am and 3pm, and Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 3pm. Also, after the 11am performance on January 14th, Encore is hosting a Princess Ball. Dress up in your prince/princess best and make your theatre experience a lasting family memory! There will be royalty sweets and treats, fun activities, creative crafts, and a chance to interact with the cast of A Little Princess! Tickets are $20 and are sold separately.

Tips for your visit:

•The show is recommended for ages 4 and older.
•Ticket prices: $15 adults, $10 children, students, seniors, and military. You can purchase tickets online or at the door.
•The shows last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.
•Concessions can be purchased and enjoyed in the lobby before the show and during intermission.
•There is free and ample parking at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, where all Encore productions are located.
•Encore offers a birthday party package.
•Encore also offers a variety of classes and camps.

Adventures with Mr. Bear – Arts on the Horizon

Arts on the Horizon
The Lab at Convergence
1819 N. Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302

My daughters love to go see children’s shows so we’ve made the rounds at many theatre companies in the DC area but Arts on the Horizon in Alexandria, Virginia is one that I recently learned about:

Arts on the Horizon is a professional, non-profit theatre company with a unique and specific focus of providing performances and education programs for young people ages 0 to 6 years old. We were the first theatre company in the country to focus our work solely on this age range.

Arts on the Horizon values intelligent, innovative, and original work for diverse young audiences that is accessible, affordable, inspiring and fun.  We believe that the arts play an important role in the life of a child. Our interactive, nonverbal shows are performed by professional, adult actors.

When I found out that their December production was “Adventures with Mr. Bear” I knew that my littlest would love it and she definitely did!

adventureswithmrbear-logoWhen we first arrived at the theatre we went to the “Adventure Prep” room and did some activities with Mae’s bear friend she brought along. They first tried on their adventure hats, then did some coloring, read a book, and had a tea party.

img_2659It was soon time to go into the theater for the show. The seating is mostly on the floor except for a few chairs along the back. The theatre is very small, so it’s nice cozy environment for the little ones. I thought the set was really well done: simple with bright colors and fun toys.

img_2660As we waited a few minutes for everyone to get seated, we listened to the live music and played a little game of “eye-spy” with things on the set to keep Mae occupied.

img_2661Then it was time for the show to start:

One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Together, they embark on a journey of endless possibilities – all from the comfort of her playroom!

The show was about 30 minutes long and was completely non-verbal, just live music accompanying the talented acting. I thought that was so unique – we’ve never been to show like this one. I was surprised how attentive the children were with no words being spoken.

It is a really cute production and perfect for kids ages 2-5 years old. If you have the chance to go see a show, you should! I promise you won’t be disappointed! Many weekend shows have already sold out but there are still tickets available for several of the weekday performances. You can purchase tickets here.

Thursday, December 1 at 10:30am  (SOLD OUT)
Friday, December 2 at 10:30am (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, December 3 at 10am (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, December 3 at 11:30am (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, December 6 at 10:30am**
Wednesday, December 7 at 10:30am*
Thursday, December 8 at 10:30am (SOLD OUT)
Friday, December 9 at 10:30am**
Saturday, December 10 at 10am (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, December 10 at 11:30am (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, December 13 at 10:30am
Wednesday, December 14 at 10:30am
Thursday, December 15 at 10:30am**
Friday, December 16 at 10:30am (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, December 17 at 10am (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, December 17 at 11:30am

Arts on the Horizon has an exciting 2016-2017 schedule! See the upcoming productions here.





The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre + Giveaway!



It’s almost that time of year again – and tis the season for The Nutcracker! I’ve always been a huge fan. I started making it a tradition of taking my oldest daughter, Clara since she was old enough to sit through a performance at age 3. We are super excited this year because we’ve never seen The Washington Ballet’s version which has a local spin as it is set in 1882 Georgetown and features George Washington and King George III among other historical figures.

Not only are we thrilled to be going to the show at the Warner Theatre but we also get to give away 2 tickets to a reader! The winner can choose any performance they like from the following dates: Thursday, December 1 7:00pm / Friday, December 2 7pm, Saturday, December 3 2:00pm / Saturday, December 3 7:00pm / Tuesday, December 6 7:00pm / Wednesday, December 7 7:00pm. To enter, simply leave a comment below! I’ll be selecting a winner at random on November 16th and notifying them shortly after! Good luck!


Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker

To purchase tickets by phone for performances at the Warner Theatre, please call 202.397.7328. To buy tickets online for performances at the Warner Theatre or THEARC Theater, please click here.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert at Strathmore + Giveaway!


I am giving away a family four pack of tickets to the August, 5th performance of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert at Strathmore! To enter, just leave a comment on the blog post below. I’ll be choosing a winner at random on Tuesday, August 2 and notifying them shortly after. Good luck!

BSO to Present  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert

Audiences will experience the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing music to the entire film from one of the most beloved film franchises in history

Three Performances Only: August 4, 5 & 6, 2016

Baltimore, MD (May 11, 2016) — The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra today announced an addition to its summer schedule, three performances of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert. The concerts will be performed on August 4 and 6 at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and on August 5 at The Music Center at Strathmore.

The concert will feature a live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.

Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and Producer/Conductor of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, “The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It will be an unforgettable event.”

Brady Beaubien of CineConcerts and Concert Producer for The Harry Potter Film Concert Series added, “Harry Potter is synonymous with excitement around the entire world and we hope that by performing this incredible music with the full movie, audiences will enjoy returning to this world, and to the many wonderful characters and adventures that inhabit it.”

CineConcerts is one of the leading producers of live music experiences performed with visual media. Founded by producer/conductor Justin Freer and producer/writer Brady Beaubien, CineConcerts has engaged millions of people worldwide in concert presentations that redefine the evolution of live experience. Recent and current live concert experiences include GladiatorThe GodfatherIt’s a Wonderful Life, DreamWorks Animation In Concert, Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Justin Freer has quickly become one of the most sought-after conductors of film music with a long list of full symphonic live to projection projects. He has appeared with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. From full-length movie screenings with live orchestra to music-interactive sporting event experiences to original 3D-environment holiday programming, CineConcerts is at the forefront of live entertainment.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert

Baltimore Symphony
Justin Freer, conductor
Thursday, August 4, 20167:30pm (Meyerhoff)
Friday, August 5, 20168:00pm (Strathmore)
Saturday, August 6, 20163:00pm (Meyerhoff)

The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in –a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the BSO performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.


Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall is located at 1212 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, Md.
The Music Center at Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda, Md.


Tickets start at $35 for concerts at both Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and The Music Center at Strathmore and will be available starting May 11, 2016 through the BSO Ticket Office, 410.783.8000, 877.BSO.1444 or


About the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 

Celebrating its centennial in 2016, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is recognized as one of America’s most innovative orchestras and one of Maryland’s most significant cultural organizations. Led by their dynamic and visionary Music Director Marin Alsop, the Orchestra is internationally acclaimed and locally admired for its outstanding concerts, recordings, broadcasts, touring, and for its groundbreaking education and community outreach initiatives. The orchestra’s centennial season is a celebration of Baltimore, featuring artists with deep relationships with the ensemble and the community; partnerships with peer organizations; signature projects; and commissions of new work tied to the city. The BSO annually performs for more than 350,000 people throughout the State of Maryland. Since 1982, its Baltimore home has been Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and in 2005, the BSO became the nation’s first orchestra with year-round venues in two metropolitan areas with the opening of The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland. The BSO boasts trailblazing education and community programs designed for audiences of all ages, from a Music Box Series for toddlers and concerts for schoolchildren and families, to comprehensive programs for aspiring young musicians and amateur adult musicians. The award-winning OrchKids program, launched by Marin Alsop and the BSO in 2008, provides education resources and fosters social change through the power of music for children in the city’s neediest communities. To learn more, please visit


About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.


HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16)


The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is funded by operating grants from the 

Maryland State Arts Council, the Baltimore County Commission on the Arts and Sciences, 

the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Maryland State Department of Education.





Mary Poppins – Encore Stage & Studio

 Encore Stage & Studio
125 S Old Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204

We have been to many Encore Stage & Studio shows in the past but Mary Poppins was the first show we saw that incorporated professional adult performers. This show had a different feel since the adults were played by actual adults! It is definitely at the top of my list as one of my favorites by Encore. Everything about it was Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!


Mary Poppins is a practically perfect, spoonful of sugar nanny that unexpectedly arrives in the Banks household one blustery day. Using lessons disguised as games, she helps to teach the Banks children how to be their best selves. But, is Mary Poppins’ magic enough to save this family from drifting apart? Enjoy your favorite Disney melodies and watch Mary Poppins soar across the stage in this Broadway adaptation that won seven TONY awards, including Best Musical.

SupercaliPhoto by Larry McClemons.

One thing my daughter and I loved about this performance is that Mary (played by 23-year-old Kaely Clapper) actually flew across the stage several times using cables. And Bert even did a few flips mid-air during “Step in Time”. There were a lot of talented actors with great vocals. The set in Mary Poppins was also quite impressive compared to their other shows.

MaryPoppinsMary Poppins (Kaely Clapper) soars over London. Photo by Larry McClemons.

Encore Stage & Studio should be super proud of this performance! And it turns out this was their highest attended summer production since 2007 (with High School Musical!) at over 3400 patrons! Bravo Encore!

Mary Poppins has ended but make sure to catch the next show at Encore this fall – The Best Haunted House Ever, October 14-23.

Good to Know:

•The show is recommended for ages 6 and older. However, my  5 year old absolutely loved the show.
•Ticket prices: $15 adults, $10 children, students, seniors, and military.
•The show lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.
•Concessions can be purchased and enjoyed in the lobby before the show and during intermission.
•There is free and ample parking at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, where all Encore productions are located.
•Encore offers a birthday party package.
•Encore also offers a variety of classes and camps.










Cul de Sac – Encore Stage & Studio

 Encore Stage & Studio
125 S Old Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204

Encore Stage & Studio is delighted to present Cul de Sac, the world premiere play adaption based on the nationally syndicated Cul de Sac comic strip by Richard Thompson. Thompson and his comic strip won the 2010 Reuben Award, the highest honor given by the National Cartoonists Society. The play follows four-year-old Alice Otterloop and her older brother, Petey, as they learn about friendship and the importance of being yourself. When Alice decides to help Petey become more exciting she risks sending Petey further into his shell. With the help of their parents, teachers, and new and old friends the Otterloop children just might be able to learn something from each other.

My daughter Clara and I saw the show last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the entertaining performance by the young cast of actors. We have been attending Encore shows for the past couple of years and it’s always so special for my daughter to watch other children perform on stage. Even more so with Cul de Sac, because the main character is four-year-old Alice who is funny, energetic, and has a great imagination much like my 5-year-old Clara.

I love how the comic strip was brought to life and a great effort was made to preserve the look and feel of it on stage. The set was designed to look like a drawing and included the recognizable Otterloop house, Mr. Otterloop’s tiny red car, Dill’s kiddie car, and Alice’s manhole cover.

AliceOtterloopAlice Otterloop is played by Gabriella Flanagan. Photo by Encore.
OtterloopFamilyFrom left to right: Mr. Otterloop (Henry Hubbard), Alice (Gabriella Flanagan), Petey (Xander Tilock), and Mrs. Otterloop (Caitlyn Knittig). Photo by Encore.

Cul de Sac is a wonderful performance that can be enjoyed by the whole family! Best for ages 4+.

Remaining Performance Dates and Show times:

Friday June 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Sunday, June 12,2016 at 3 p.m

Tickets are $15 for Adults; $10 for Children, Students, Military and Seniors. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at or by calling our box office at (703) 548-1154.

IMG_0798Clara with Alice Otterloop after the performace.

The Wizard of Oz at The National Theatre

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I was thrilled to be able to spend Wednesday evening with my 5 year old daughter, Clara at The Wizard of Oz at the National Theatre. It was the tour’s second night in DC and it was a completely magical adventure to Oz! Clara has been in a bit of an Oz craze ever since we visited The Wizard of Oz themed playground at Watkins Regional Park a few months ago. When we got home from the playground she immediately wanted to see the movie and has watched the all-time classic starring Judy Garland several more times since then. So, it was really special to see The Wizard of Oz on stage in this new adaptation of the of the popular MGM screenplay.

We were enthralled right from the start of the show. My daughter especially loved the live dog playing Toto and it was evident he was a favorite for many people with all sighing coming from the audience! The stage set and costumes were impressive! Glinda the good witch had the most amazing sparkly dress. My daughter is still talking about it! The performance used a lot of special effects like projections, strobe lights, smoke, haze, and loud noises. The song and dance numbers were all very entertaining and had the audience “oohhhing and aahhhing”.

National Touring Production of the Wizard of Oz.Justin G. Nelson as Mayor of Munchkinland, Rachel Womble as Glinda and Sarah Lasko as Dorothy and Company in “Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead” in The Wizard of Oz at the National Theatre May 3-15. © Daniel A. Swalec

I think it is neat that a local actor stars as Dorothy. Sarah Lasko is a University of Maryland and Rockville High School graduate and she most recently appeared at Imagination Stage. Her performance was outstanding!

I definitely recommend the show for kids ages 5 and older. There are some witch scenes that might scare the more sensitive younger kids. It’s the perfect show to enjoy as a family because it’s a story that appeals to all ages and it’s fun! I absolutely love theater dates with my oldest daughter and this one was an extra special treat!

National Touring Production of the Wizard of Oz.Aaron Fried as Lion, Jay McGill as Tin Man, Morgan Reynolds as Scarecrow and Sarah Lasko as Dorothy in “We’re Off to Meet the Wizard” in The Wizard of Oz at the National Theatre May 3–15. © Daniel A. Swalec

Hurry and catch a show if you can, it’s only in DC through May 15. Tickets for The Wizard of Oz start at $48, plus applicable service charges, and are available at the National Theatre box office, online at, or by calling (800)-514-3849. A day of performance lottery for a limited number of best available tickets at $25 each cash only will be held at the theater two hours before each performance.


The Wizard of Oz is coming to the National Theatre + Giveaway!

National Touring Production of the Wizard of Oz.

“We’re off to see…”

The most magical adventure of them all.

The Wizard of Oz is coming to the National Theatre May 3 – 15. I am thrilled to announce that I am giving away a pair of tickets to see the opening night show on Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:30pm. Just leave a comment below for a chance to win! I’ll be selecting and notifying a winner on Sunday, April 17th.

This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage.

Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar® – winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family.

16 Performances:
Tuesday, May 3: 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 4: 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 5: 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 6: 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 7: 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 8: 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 10: 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 11: 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 12: 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 13: 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 14: 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 15: 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


Annie at the National Theatre – Review


“The sun will come out tomorrow….”. Clara and I will be singing the iconic Annie songs for quite a while after watching the opening night show at the National Theatre! It is the world’s best musical for good reason and the performance Tuesday evening was nothing short of spectacular!

HardKnockLifeHeidi Gray as Annie and Macy as Sandy in Annie at the National Theatre March 15 – 20, 2016. © Joan Marcus

We were captivated right from the start. “It’s the Hard Knock Life” was the second scene in the first act and it was amazing! There was so much talent among the cast that it is hard to pick our favorites but Annie is of course at the top of the list. Heidi Gray was a joy to watch; there is serious talent packed into that adorable little girl. Lynn Andrews as Miss Hannigan had us laughing out loud and Mr. Warbucks played by Gilgamesh Taggest was another favorite. And the scenes with Sandy the dog were definitely loved by Clara.

AnniexmasThe Company in “A New Deal for Christmas” in Annie at the National Theatre March 15 – 20, 2016. © Joan Marcus

The set, the costumes, the music, and the acting was all so, so good. I can’t recommend it enough! The show lasted about 2 hours and 30 minutes with an intermission. It was a really late night for Clara, so I packed her pajamas and changed her when we got to the car and she was fast asleep. But it was so worth the tired eyes the next morning! We both absolutely loved the show and it made for a memorable momma-daughter date night!

Annie&SandyMacy as Sandy and Heidi Gray as Annie in Annie at the National Theatre March 15 – 20, 2016. © Joan Marcus

There are just 6 performances remaining, so hurry up and grab your tickets:

• Thursday, March 17 7:30pm
• Friday, March 18 8:00pm
• Saturday, March 19 2:00pm
• Saturday, March 19 8:00pm
• Sunday, March 20 1:00pm
• Sunday, March 20 6:30pm

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Here is the official show blurb if you would like to learn more about the cast and production:

WASHINGTON, DC (January 12, 2016) Leapin’ lizards! With more than 400 performances under her belt, the new U.S. National Tour of Annie will play the National Theatre for one week only, March 15 – 20, 2016. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of Annie is a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic 1977 Tony Award®-winning original.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $48 plus applicable service charges. Tickets are available at the National Theatre box office, online at, or by calling (800) 514-3849. A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of best available tickets at $25 each – cash only – will be held at the theater two hours before each performance. Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by calling (202) 628-6161 ext. 227. For more information, call (202) 628-6161 or visit

After touring the production to 41 cities across the nation, Troika Entertainment, LLC is pleased to announce select new lead cast members for the 2016 leg of the tour.

The new production features a 25-member company: newly cast in the title role of Annie is Heidi Gray, an 11-year-old actress from the Augusta, GA area, making her tour debut. Also new to the Orphanage are Sage Bentley as Tessie, Bridget Carly Marsh as July, Annabelle Wachtel as Molly, and Casey Watkins as Duffy. They join Molly Rose Meredith as Pepper, and Emily Moreland as Kate. Chloe Tiso joins the company as Grace Farrell.

Continuing to star in the company are Gilgamesh Taggett as Oliver Warbucks, Lynn Andrews as Miss Hannigan, Garrett Deagon as Rooster, Lucy Werner as Lily, and Jeffrey B. Duncan as FDR. Sunny and Macy, rescue terrier mixes, star as Sandy.

The featured ensemble includes Chelsey Lynn Alfredo, Jonathan Cobrda, Ruby Day, Todd Fenstermaker, Madisen Johnson, Brianne Kennedy, Tyler Lenhart, Brendan Malafronte, Theresa Rowley, Kelsey Shaw, Connor Simpson, and Daniel Forest Sullivan.

Annie has a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards® for their work. Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who incorporates selections from her father Peter Gennaro’s 1977 Tony Award®-winning choreography.

The original production of Annie opened April 21, 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album, and seven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). The first national touring company of Annie played National Theatre for 18 weeks in 1978. The show remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever. It ran for 2,377 performances after it first opened, has been performed in 28 languages, and has been running somewhere around the world for 38 years.

The beloved score for Annie includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

The celebrated design team includes scenic design by Tony Award® winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One, The Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages), costume design by Costume Designer’s Guild Award winner Suzy Benzinger (Blue Jasmine, Movin’ Out, Miss Saigon), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Ken Billington (Chicago, Annie, White Christmas), and sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenski (Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, Motown). The lovable mutt “Sandy” is once again trained by Tony Award® Honoree William Berloni (Annie, A Christmas Story, Legally Blonde). Musical supervision and additional orchestrations are by Keith Levenson (Annie, She Loves Me, Dreamgirls). Casting is by Joy Dewing CSA and Holly Buczek CSA, Joy Dewing Casting (Soul Doctor, Wonderland, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). The tour is produced by TROIKA Entertainment, LLC.

Treasure Island – Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio
125 S Old Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204

 If you have been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed that we attend several Encore shows each year. They never disappoint and there is something so special about children watching other children perform on stage. My daughter seems to really connect with the characters and she stay’s engaged throughout the show. It’s very unique from most other children’s theaters in the area where the actors are all adults.

We were very excited to see Encore Stage & Studio’s World Premiere of Treasure Island on Saturday:

What starts as a mystery turns into an adventure in a brand new Encore adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel. Young Jemma Hawkins escapes a dull life to search for where “X” marks the spot on a mysterious treasure map left behind by an old sea captain. Jemma meets a slew of thrill seeking sea farers as she races to find the treasure before any pirates do.

 The show was really entertaining and I especially enjoyed the pop culture references that had me laughing out loud. The set was impressive and included a mock ship. The young actors all did an amazing job and I especially loved their catchy sea shanties.

McClemons 102“The crew of pirates hoist sail. Photo by Larry McClemons”
McClemons 100“From left to right: Anne Dieulevent (Miranda Tonsetic), Christina Anne Skyette (Colleen Jackson), Elizabeth Killigrew (Abi Burkholder), Annie Bonney (Cecelia Haislmaier), Grace O’Malley (Isabella Russo), and Jeanne de Clisson (Holly Durham). Photo by Larry McClemons” 
McClemons 101“From left to right: Captain Smollett (Annie Wood), Dr. Livesey (Liam Clancy) and Squire Trelawney (Brian Metcalf) board the ship to Treasure Island. Photo by Larry McClemons”

After the performance, we attended the Pirate’s Party and enjoyed food, games, and crafts. The cast of the show mingled with the party guests and posed for photos.

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At the “Arggs & Crafts” station, the kids made their own pirate hooks out of cups and foil. They also decorated swords and bandannas.

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At the Combat Class, Clara learned all about stage fighting and practiced sword fighting using socks with some of the Treasure Island cast.

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The fun continued when a group of pirates taught Clara a sea shanty.

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We both really enjoyed the show and Pirate’s Party. Clara has been pretending to be a pirate at home ever since!

Good to Know:

•The show is recommended for ages 6 and older. However, my almost 5 year old absolutely loved the show.
•Ticket prices: $15 adults, $10 children, students, seniors, and military.
•The shows last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.
•Concessions can be purchased and enjoyed in the lobby before the show and during intermission.
•There is free and ample parking at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, where all Encore productions are located.
•Encore offers a birthday party package.
•Encore also offers a variety of classes and camps.