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Past Events: Performances for Young Audiences

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites

    May 5 - 14, 2006
    2005-2006 Season
    Puppetry, music, and black light effects turn Caterpillar's struggles to become a butterfly into a "playful and tender" (The Los Angeles Times) glow-in-the-dark event.

  • Hip-Hop to da Head

    Apr. 28 - 30, 2006
    2005-2006 Season
    Meet Kwikstep, Rokafella, Buttafly, Stretch, and the rest of the crew. They're all here for just one thing--to break, lock, pop, and uprock until you stand up and cheer!

  • Hello Maru-Chan: A World of Paper

    Apr. 7 - 9, 2006
    2005-2006 Season
    Actors and puppets tell the story of a little girl born into a world made of paper in this production from Japan's Kazenoko Theatre Company and Australian puppet master Peter Wilson.

  • Walking the Winds: Arabian Tales

    Apr. 7 - 16, 2006
    2005-2006 Season
    This collaboration between Jordanian and American artists celebrates the diversity of Arabian culture with lively song and dance in an engaging "story theater"-style musical.

  • Citizen 13559: The Journal of Ben Uchida

    Mar. 10 - 19, 2006
    2005-2006 Season
    A young Japanese American boy learns how compassion and humor help his family endure a World War II internment camp in this co-commission from Scholastic Entertainment's My Name Is America book series.

  • Cathy and Marcy's Country Music Jamboree

    Feb. 24 - 26, 2006
    2005-2006 Season
    Two-time Grammy(r) winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer take audiences of all ages on an exciting journey through the roots of America's country music.

  • Fiddlin' With Stories

    Feb. 10 - 12, 2006
    2005-2006 Season
    Master storyteller and singer Charlotte Blake Alston joins her jazz violinist brother John Blake Jr. to celebrate the role of stringed instruments in African and African American culture.

  • Brave No World: Identity. Community. Stand-Up Comedy.

    Jan. 27 - 28, 2006
    2005-2006 Season
    A high school senior mixes his stand-up comedy "rants" about culture and society, inspired by Brave New World and other literary classics, with powerful storytelling and contemporary music.

  • Black Boy

    Jan. 13 - 15, 2006
    2005-2006 Season
    This poignant one-man show adapted from Richard Wright's landmark autobiography traces the African-American author's many boyhood struggles.

  • Alexander, Who's Not, Not, Not, Not, Not, Not Going to Move

    Dec. 22 - 30, 2005
    2005-2006 Season
    The irrepressible Alexander now faces moving--as he puts it--"a thousand miles away" in this "hilarious and heartrending" (The Washington Post) musical for the whole family.

  • Alice by Whoopi Goldberg; adapted for the stage by Kim Hines

    Dec. 9, 2005 - Jan. 2, 2006
    2005-2006 Season
    Smart and sassy young Alice heads into the neon wonderland of the Big City to claim a mysterious sweepstakes prize, in this adaptation of Whoopi Goldberg's children's book.

  • The Kennedy Center Alice by Whoopi Goldberg; adapted for the stage by Kim Hines

    Dec. 9, 2005 - Jan. 2, 2006
    2005-2006 Season
    Smart and sassy young Alice heads into the neon wonderland of the Big City to claim a mysterious sweepstakes prize, in this adaptation of Whoopi Goldberg's children's book.

  • Shaanxi Folk Art Theater

    Sat., Oct. 29, 2005
    2005-2006 Season
     The company makes its U.S. debut with an hour-long performance of shadow puppetry featuring a collection of signature vignettes based on Chinese folklore.

  • Moby Dick

    Sat., May 14, 2005
    2004-2005 Season
    Three actors from Germany’s Theater Triebwerk use their bodies and musical instruments to re-create the epic novel about an elusive whale.

  • Lewis & Clark: West for America

    Fri., May 6, 2005, 7:00 PM
    2004-2005 Season
    David Walburn brings history to life with this multimedia presentation of original songs, stories, historical paintings, and photographs.

  • Dancing in the Wings

    Apr. 8 - 16, 2005
    2004-2005 Season
    Debbie Allen adapts her new children’s book for the stage in this world premiere featuring some of Washington’s top young performers.

  • Circo Comedia

    Apr. 8 - 10, 2005
    2004-2005 Season
    Unpredictable thrills and daredevil stunts are the signature style of this clowning duo from Montreal.

  • Corduroy

    Apr. 1 - 3, 2005
    2004-2005 Season
    A new jazz-inspired musical brings to life the popular book about an imperfect teddy bear and the girl who adopts him.

  • As You Like It

    Mar. 4 - 20, 2005
    2004-2005 Season
    The Kennedy Center and The Shakespeare Theatre present a one-hour adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy.

  • Balafon West African Dance Ensemble

    Feb. 11 - 13, 2005
    2004-2005 Season
    The Washington area-based dance ensemble delights with its celebration of traditional West African music and dance.

  • Manchild in the Promised Land

    Feb. 4 - 5, 2005
    2004-2005 Season
    Claude Brown’s autobiographical novel about growing up in 1930s Harlem is adapted into an uplifting theatrical journey.

  • World Tales

    Jan. 28 - 30, 2005
    2004-2005 Season
    Kennedy Center favorite Hobey Ford uses puppets and music to tell multicultural fables with his zany dog “Chester.”

  • Step Afrika!

    Jan. 17 - 23, 2005
    2004-2005 Season
    The explosive ensemble returns, highlighting the percussive dance form of stepping and its links to traditions around the world.

  • Ferdinand the Bull

    Jan. 14 - 16, 2005
    2004-2005 Season
    Masked dancers, larger-than-life puppets, and mechanical figures come together in this narrated ballet about a peace-loving bull from Madrid.

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Dec. 23 - 30, 2004
    2004-2005 Season
    The Kennedy Center's rollicking musical adaptation of Mark Twain's coming-of-age classic returns for one week only.

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