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Unveiled on December 9, 2005, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' new 324-seat Family Theater provides a new home for world-class family theater performances for the nation's youth and continues the Kennedy Center's $125 million commitment to performing arts education for adults and children alike.

"This new venue" said Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center, "expands the Kennedy Center's ability to produce and present excellent works for young people." The inauguration of the Kennedy Center's state of the art 324-seat Family Theater facility coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Kennedy Center's youth oriented Performances for Young Audiences series.

Designed by the architectural firm Richter Cornbrooks Gribble, Inc. of Baltimore, the new theater is located on the site formerly occupied by the AFI Film Theater. Its construction spanned 11 months, and incorporates the most modern theatrical innovations available, including: premium audio technologies; a computerized rigging system; and a digital video projection system.

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Family Theater Seating Chart

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Now performing in the Family Theater :

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Performances for Young Audiences: Outside the Bachx


A world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission
with Full Circle Productions from New York, NY
Outside the Bachx

With Guest Concert Pianist Cristina Altamura and Guest Beat Boxer Gene Shinozaki
Wonder what Beethoven and beatboxing would sound like together? How about a rap-off with Rachmaninoff? Or Debussy on a drum machine? Well, get ready for classical music and hip-hop to collide in full force with the world premiere of Outside the Bachx! Following their white-hot moves in last season's family production of Fresh Noise: A Mashup of Youth Voices--Game On!, Rokafella, Kwikstep, and the rest of the crew are back with a funky twist on everyone's favorite "old-school" composers. Hailed by the New York Times for their "choreographically sophisticated [and] daringly acrobatic" performances that bring "the gritty vibrancy of New York streets" to audiences of all ages, Full Circle Productions jams together hip-hop dancers, a DJ, a concert pianist, spoken word, classical remixes, and more for a show guaranteed to blow Mozart's powdered wig straight off his head! 

For age 8 and up.
Performance Timing: 60 minutes, with no intermission.