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How to Catch a Star

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - Sunday, December 16, 2018

Performances For Young Audiences The Human Journey

Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers's beloved children’s book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life, featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement. Age 3+

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World premiere Kennedy Center commission

Once there was a boy who dreamed a star could be his new friend—if only he could catch one. He tried climbing to the top of the tallest tree. He tried flying in a paper rocket ship. But nothing worked. Just when the boy was about to give up, he discovered something as dazzling and special as the star he was seeking!

Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers's beloved children’s book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life in a production created and directed by Jared Mezzocchi. Featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement, How to Catch a Star is a whimsical tale of discovery, friendship, and delightful surprises.

Most enjoyed by age 3 and up. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. is a sensory-friendly performance.
Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families, including those with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. If you order these performances and do not require these Accessibility accommodations, your family is still very much welcome to attend.

Stay after for a Creative Conversation 
Following the 1:30 p.m. performance on Nov. 23, young audience members can ask questions and hear stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with some of the artists.


Based on the book by Oliver Jeffers
Created and Directed by Jared Mezzocchi
Composed by Zak Engel
Playwriting Collaborator Jennifer Barclay
Choreographed by Orange Grove Dance Company
Cast features Jonathan Hsu, Dallas Tolentino, Raven Lorraine, and Jonathan Feuer
Scenic and Projection Design by Olivia Sebesky
Costume Design by Jeanette Christensen
Lighting Design by Peter Leibold
Sound Design by Christopher Baine

This event is part of The Human Journey,collaboration between the Kennedy Center, National Geographic Society, and the National Gallery of Art. The Human Journey invites audiences to investigate the powerful experiences of migration, exploration, identity, and resilience through the lenses of the performing arts, science, and visual art.

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