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The Eisenhower Theater, traditionally home to many of the Kennedy Center's theater and dance performances, opened in 2008 after a 16-month, $17.9 million renovation. The theater now seats 1,164 people (up from 1100), making it approximately comparable in size to many Broadway theater houses. The theater contains an orchestra pit for 35 musicians that is convertible to a forestage or additional seating space. The gold [fabric is from France] curtain was also replaced during the recent renovations.

Cosmetically, the theater boasts a new color scheme (blue and gold with bronze and stainless steel railings and trim, instead of the previous red and dark wood paneling) and improved décor—the light fixtures, ash wall paneling, and wood-backed seats are all new. Additionally, there is new stage lighting, a new state-of-the-art sound system, and better sound isolation from the Terrace Theater, which is directly above the Eisenhower.

Coming to the Eisenhower Theater :

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The Washington Ballet: ALICE (in wonderland)


The Washington Ballet
Septime Webre, artistic director

ALICE (in wonderland)

Music: Matthew Pierce
Choreography: Septime Webre
Costume Design: Vandal
Set Design: Jim Kronzer
Lighting Design: Clifton Taylor
Puppet Design: Eric van Wyk

Preview Performance: Wednesday, May 6; Opening Night: Thursday, May 7

ALICE (in wonderland) was an instant hit when it premiered in 2012. A work of rich and impressive creativity that is full of whimsical charm and a feeling for the absurd, the visual splendor and imaginative choreography of TWB's production was highly popular with adults as well as children. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is, without a doubt, one of the most famous and enduring of children's classics. Join Alice as she stumbles into adventure, following a time-obsessed rabbit into a wonderland where everything is illogical. She has a series of marvelous adventures with the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and other strange creatures. 

Performance Timing: Act One - 67 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Act Two - 44 min.