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Prelude 2007

Open House Arts Festival

Performance Schedule

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Performance Schedule organized by perfromavce location and time

Programs, schedules, and artists subject to change without notice.

Great for children in kindergarten and up and their families
Open Captioned event
American Sign Language interpreted
FREE TICKET DISTRIBUTION—Because seating is limited, the Family Theater and Terrace Theater are ticketed. Tickets will be distributed at the venue entrances on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes prior to the start of each event. Limit 4 tickets per person, subject to availability.
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Underground Circus Artist

Circus Spectacular!

Opening Ceremony
(K) (ASL)
In the South Plaza Circus Tent At Noon
Metro, Smooth Jazz 105.9, MIX 107.3
Kick off the festivities with the exhilarating music and choreography of Portland Taiko...the gravity-defying moves of The Jesse White Tumbling Team ...and Texas trick roper Burt Hairgrove, who’s been keeping the “wild” in Wild West for more than a decade.
Circus Parade
Main Plaza 3 P.M.
WAMU 88.5
At 3 p.m., make your way to the Main Plaza to join in the celebration! Volunteers will be handing out balloons while the parade rolls along with stilted ringmaster/puppeteer Christopher Hudert and his life-size marionette of Shere Khan the tiger, Burt Hairgrove, the Russian American Kids Circus, The Jesse White Tumbling Team, the duo of Nicolo and the Queen of Whimsey, and many more - plus the U.S. Park Police Horse Mounted Unit, one of America’s oldest police equestrian teams.

More Family Fun!

Edwin Fontánez's Washington Chalk Festival
News Channel 8, The Politico, ABC-7
Now in its 11th year! Watch local artists at work and create your own colorful sidewalk masterpiece in chalk. This year, the festival welcomes the participation of VSA arts and special guest artist Sidewalk Sam.
12:15 - 6 p.m., NORTH PLAZA
Main Plaza Tent (K)
El Tiempo Latino
Kids enjoy hands-on fun with instruments with the NSO Instrument "petting Zoo", a project of the Women's Committee for the NSO. Plus, play dress up with the Washington National Opera's "Costume Trunk" and release your inner opera star!
2:15 - 6 p.m.
Atrium Workshop Zone
Get an up-close, hands-on learning experience with some of today's performers!
  • Russian American Kids Circus, 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. (ASL)
  • SteveSongs, 2 - 2:45 p.m.
  • The Perfect Unknowns, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. (ASL)
  • Akim Funk Buddha, 5 - 5:45 p.m. (ASL)
Costumed Characters And Book Signing
Mosby the Kennedy Center Cat and the National Symphony Orchestra's Maestro Mouse make for great photos! Plus, husband-and-wife author/illustrator team Peter and Cheryl Barnes will be signing their children's book Maestro Mouse and the Mystery of the Missing Baton from 12 - 3 p.m. in front of the Hall of States Gift Shop.
WTOP's "Man About Town" Bob Madigan
WTOP 103.5
The roving reporter will be checking out today's activities, interviewing the crowd, and reporting back to WTOP for radio broadcast.
Education Station
Head to the Opera House lobby and explore what goes on beyond the stages of the Kennedy Center!
Washington Arts Exchange
WMAL 630
Check out local organizations that contribute to D.C.'s vibrant cultural scene.
12 - 6 p.m., NORTH GRAND FOYER

Special Thanks

The Kennedy Center thanks the Friends of the Kennedy Center Volunteers and its Open House Co-Chairs. Also, thanks to these volunteers who have given 23 years of service to the festival: Frank Beachem, Carmella Connelly, Lucille Kobasa, Ruth Shapiro, and Bill Wortley.