Classic stories take on modern twists, and princesses are on the bill at area theatres across the DMV this season. If your family has yet to visit the stately Kennedy Center together, 19th Century Russian Princess Anastasia’s November arrival may entice royal enthusiasts, and don’t miss a new rendition in December of The Shoemaker and the Elves at Keegan Theatre. In January, learn about primate researcher, Jane Goodall’s early years, in a production of Me…Jane at Montgomery College in Rockville, and strap on the five point harness for Beep Beep, Alexandria-based Arts on the Horizon’s newest show engineered just for kids under five.

Photo: Adventure Theatre

Playing this Fall…

Ghostchasers at Encore Stage and Studio
This impressive kid-run ensemble presents a dose of Halloween-themed fun for the elementary set.  Featuring 80’s era scary spoofs like poltergeists, this show is sure to please all in attendance.

When: Through Oct. 14
Online:  Encore Stage

Blueberries for Sal at Adventure Theatre
Celebrate your favorite berry with this storybook classic done Adventure Theatre- style.  Written by Adventure’s talented Artistic Director, Michael J. Bobbitt, this is quality theatrical jam all the way.

When: Through Oct. 21
Online:  Adventure Theatre


Shakespeare for the Young:  The Tiniest Tempest at Atlas Performing Arts Center
Experience Shakespearean “tragi-comedy” with interactive human-sized puppets and live music based on the Bard’s story of The Tempest.

When: Oct. 24-28
Online:  Atlas Performing Arts

Little Shop of Horrors at The Kennedy Center
Little Shop of Horrors is not a Halloween show but it does feature a singing, man-eating plant!  Disney greats Alan Menken and Howard Ashman are behind the score, and a Broadway-trained cast is on stage.

When: Oct. 25-28
Online:  Kennedy Center

Anastasia at The Kennedy Center
Inspired by what many consider the still mysterious fate of the Russian princess Anastasia Romanov, this musical by a Tony-award winning team, offers more intrigue than any Senate confirmation hearing.

When: Oct. 30-Nov. 25
Online:  Kennedy Center

Peter Pan and Wendy at Creative Cauldron
Remember you do believe in fairies, and the find the Lost Boys in Falls Church at the Creative Cauldron, where this original adaptation of the classic Neverland story promises to delight young and old alike.

When: Nov. 2-18
Online:  Creative Cauldron

Coming this Winter and Spring…

Cinderella at Imagination Stage
Local talent Awa Sal Secka brings Cinderella to life in a whole new way for this award-winning theatre’s holiday production.  Meet a wisecracking rat, along with everybody’s favorite evil stepsisters in this wacky retelling.

When: Nov. 3-Jan. 6
Online:  Imagination Stage

The Elves and The Shoemaker by Play Rah Kah at Keegan Theatre
Walk a mile in the lone shoemaker of Grimsville’s shoes for a magical new adventure brought to you by Play Rah Kah, a family focused ensemble also offering classes, camps and educational outreach in D.C.

When: Dec. 22-30
Online:  Keegan Theatre

Me…Jane by MC Children’s Series at Montgomery College, Rockville
Opening MC Rockville’s Children’s Series, this Kennedy Center-commissioned show will have your little Tarzan swinging from the trees learning the importance of protecting animals in this musical adaptation focused on Jane Goodall’s younger years.

When: Jan. 12
Online:  Montgomery College Children’s Series

Huckleberry Finn and the Big River at Adventure Theatre
Twain’s original story of friendship against all odds is brought to life with the goal of educating young audiences about equity, diversity and inclusion.  This all-ages world premiere is based on the book and the Tony Award-winning Big River.

When: Feb. 8-Mar. 10
Online:  Adventure Theatre

Beep Beep at Arts on the Horizon
A broken down ice cream truck leaving all the contents to melt is no laughing matter, but in this highly physical comedy featuring live percussion music, children from zero to five are invited to be part of the action.

When: Mar. 7-23
Online:  Arts on the Horizon

Escape from Peligro Island at Imagination Stage
Introduce Choose Your Own Adventure fun to your young swashbuckler in this show featuring D.C. children’s theatre favorite, Dallas Tolentino as Callaway Brown, an unlikely young hero stranded on a desert island.

When: Apr. 27 – Jun. 2
Online:  Imagination Stage 

—Carolyn Ross